January in the Bear Gallery: New Progressive Art Projects of FRA

Interior Visions: Selections from Fairbanks Resource Agency’s New Progressive Art Projects

Curated by Phoebe Rohrbacher

On view: January 5-27

Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 5-7 pm

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Untitled by Ernie Titus

Over the past two years, inspired by a nationwide movement to include people with developmental disabilities in contemporary art, Fairbanks Resource Agency (FRA) has provided self-taught artists time, space and resources to create art. This innovative and progressive art program is relatively young and small compared to similar programs down south, but it has already begun to produce fascinating and excellent creative voices. Interior Visions: Selections from FRA’s New Progressive Art Projects serves as an example of what a progressive art studio for artists with developmental disabilities could bring to our community. The show is curated by Phoebe Gonzales Rohrbacher, who joined FRA’s art program at the Discovery Center, under the supervision of Lisa Sawyer.

Rohrbacher has exhibited in group and solo exhibits in Juneau, and was a recipient of a 2010 Rasmuson Individual Artist Award, and a 2007 Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Grant. Since 2008, she has worked with individuals living with disabilities in various capacities. Before coming to FRA, she worked as art facilitator at the Canvas, an integrated studio in Juneau, Alaska. The following artist will be exhibiting their work: Frankie Aguilar, Nan Bailey, Jeff Brown, Samantha Chambers, Josh Carpenter, Nathaniel Chappell, Talon Doughty, Logan Foster, Mikayla Gustafson, Erin Heim, Keith Johnson, Kyle Lundberg, Sandy McWhirter, Diane Mobley, Godfrey Nicolie, Thomas Scheurer, Katie Stewart, Ernie Titus, Lorren Wilson, Lenny Wildrick, Kristina Wessner, Michael Tse, Chelsea Danico, and Karl Woodruff.

Curator Lecture with Phoebe Rohrbacher

Monday, January 22 from 7-8pm

Blue room, 3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park


Also on view in the Bear Gallery: Interior Alaska/ Exterior Tokyo, a solo exhibition by Ryota Kajita

Gift Shop Artist of the Month: David Bowen

Watercolor Corner Artist of the Month: Ann Tremarello