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Homer photographer is in Alaska Positive

Homer photographer Linda Smogor’s work has been selected for the Alaska Positive juriedphotography exhibit at the Alaska State Museum, Juneau, according to a press release from the museum. A biennial series meant to encourage photography as an art form in the state, the exhibit opens Dec. 6 and runs through Feb. 15, 2020. The exhibition will then travel to museums throughout Alaska, including the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka; the Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center; the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks; the Haines Sheldon Museum; the Cordova Historical Museum; the Valdez Museum; and the Tongass Historical Museum, Ketchikan.

The juror for Alaska Positive was David Michael Kennedy, whose photographic career spans over 50 years. His works are held in museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Institute. Kennedy selected 38 photographs by 26 photographers for the exhibit. Overall, 202 photographs were submitted by Alaskan photographers for the competition.

The top award, the Juror’s Choice, went to Cody Swanson of Anchorage for the photograph titled Dipnetters. Awards of Recognition went to Mike Gates of Ketchikan for Self, and Iris Korhonen-Penn of Juneau for Auke Lake, Bunchberry, Eagle Beach, and Lincoln Island. These awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.

David Michael Kennedy gave a lecture at the Alaska State Museum on Nov. 15. The lecture was recorded for later broadcast by 360North in partnership with KTOO. It will also be available on the following websites, and

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