The Baranov Museum has been awarded a grant from the Rasmussen Foundation’s Art Acquisition Initiative. The funding will be used to purchase four works by Kodiak artist Alf Pryor.
Museum director Katie Oliver talked about the acquisition:
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The group of four photographs is titled; "South End Canneries." The pictures are each individually mounted on pieces of locally salvaged tin. The subjects of the photographs are two former salmon canneries located on the southern end of Kodiak Island.
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Photographer Alf Pryor has lived in Kodiak all of his life. Every year, he fishes with his family on the southern end of the island. Its an area he calls, "very unique."
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As far as having his work selected to be part of the museum’s permanent collection, Pryor said: "it’s absolutely wonderful."
The Baranov Museum has participated in the Art Acquisition Initiative since 2003, previously works have been purchased from Bruce Nelson, Mark Witteveen, Bob Tucker, Gloria Selby, Peter Line, Sr., and Antoinette Walker.
Oliver explained why the museum is interested in collecting contemporary art work.
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At some point in the future, a reception will be held at the museum to commemorate the acquisition of Pryor’s work.