International Gallery of Contemporary Art is Proud to Present
The Artist as Culture Producer: Conversations in Alaska

Sharon Louden - Advocate for Artists and Editor of the "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" series
Hrag Vartanian - Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Hyperallergic 
Matthew Deleget - Artist, Curator, and Arts Worker
This April these visiting artists will be traveling across Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks) to talk about Living and Sustaining a Creative Life in town-hall forums, open to all. Join us for lively exchanges followed by a book signing for "The Artist as Culture Producer," the platform for these conversations.



All Events are Free!  

April 12th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium: Book Conversation based on Sharon Louden’s book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Sharon will moderate a conversation with contributors to her book Hrag Vartanian, Matthew Deleget, and Deana Haggag.


April 15   from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium: Sharon Louden and Matthew Deleget conduct professional development workshops sharing keys for artists to sustain their creative lives. Based on Sharon Louden's webinars for Creative Capital and centered around the professional development platform,, Sharon and Matthew not only give information that applies to everyone but also try to resolve issues by individuals who bring their inquiries to them. This is open to all. Documentation supports these workshops. Artists bring your questions! Matthew and Sharon are excited to answer them.      

This series is made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) which has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is matching NEA Art Works Grant of $25,000 to the International Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Don Mohr, President of the IGCA’s Board of Directors, said, “It is with great pleasure that we accept this prestigious grant award. We look forward to working with Sharon Louden, Hrag Vartanian and Mathew Deleget as they visit Alaska. The project fits well with our mission; to provide a forum for the public exhibition and discussion of contemporary art, to support and exhibit the work of developing artists, to encourage experimental and explorative art, and to challenge and expand public understanding and perception of contemporary art issues.”

The International Gallery of Contemporary Art will match this grant with funds from many funders including the Ford Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. The project is facilitated by the IGCA’s partners in Alaska. These partners include the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Design Forum, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Museum of the North, Fairbanks Arts Association, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Mendenhall Public Library in Juneau, Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan Public Library, and Parnassus Books.

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

This project is made possible by the support from the following organizations:

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