The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank (ACAB) was founded in 1975 by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and was created with two primary goals: to expose more Alaskans to high quality work by contemporary Alaskan artists through the loaning of original art to public offices throughout Alaska and to invest in Alaska’s creative industry through direct purchase of artists’ work. The collection has grown to more than 700 art works in a wide variety of media, styles and subject matter. Although the art is the same as that collected by museums, the purpose of the Art Bank is to provide a circulating collection of Alaskan artwork to exhibit in public buildings throughout the state.
Note: The pieces of work below are examples from the collection. Some pieces may be on loan, click here to contact Jade Aldridge for more information.
Raven Man by James Adcox, 2014.
Butchering at Gambell by Rie Munoz, 1976.
Unknown 2 by Rob Stapleton, 2002.
Flower Squared by Heather Floyd, 2017.
Baleen and Ivory Basket by Andrew Oenga, 1983.
Point Woronzof by Leon Anderson, 1985.
Nizina River Habitat by Kristin Link, 2014.
Winter Fantasy by Sharon Scramstad, 1976.
Our Family(Model) by Sonya Kelliher-Combs, 2007.
Frost and Moraine by David Rosenthal, 2014.
Wolf Mask by Rick Seeganna, 1978.
Anchorage From The Hillside Motel by Michelle Corder, 1981.
Nested Birchbark Basket by Belle Deacon, 1983.
The Art Bank is back! Meet Jade Aldridge, our newest team member. Jade is a lifelong Alaskan and multidisciplinary artist, receiving her BFA in ceramic sculpture and watercolor from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2018. For the last three years Jade has worked with the Municipality of Anchorage Public 1% for Art Program and currently serves on the Anchorage Arts Advisory Commission. She is excited to join ASCA in her new role as Contemporary Art Bank Manager.
Art Bank Hours: Monday - Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm