The Valdez Museum’s permanent historical exhibits reflect the history of Valdez, the Copper River Valley, and Prince William Sound from the earliest days, when Native Alaskans first occupied the area, to the present day. Exhibits are located in two buildings that are four blocks apart: the main Valdez Museum at 217 Egan Drive, and the Remembering Old Valdez Exhibit at 436 South Hazelet Ave. We recommend that visitors come to the Valdez Museum first for an overview of our history and then visit the Remembering Old Valdez Exhibit to better understand the period of time surrounding the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake.
The Valdez Museum & Historical Archive has formalized its exhibit proposal procedure by releasing an Exhibit Proposal form. Exhibit proposals will be reviewed annually each June by a selection panel of museum staff, with a goal to finalize the Museum’s exhibition schedule to planning five years in advance of exhibit production. Proposed temporary exhibitions may be related to the visual arts, regional history, environmental science, or any other topic that supports the museum’s mission to preserve, present, and interpret the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin, and Prince William Sound, Alaska.
The new procedure has been implemented as a way to formalize and standardize the selection process for temporary exhibitions. Andrew Goldstein, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, reports, “By planning well in advance with the exhibitors’ input the Museum can budget its funding and work plan more efficiently. The form will also help to reduce any bias in the selection process by evaluating proposed exhibits in the context of the Museum’s mission. And it will provide the Museum with content and cost estimates for grant-writing purposes, which is important for grants that have a longer lead time for applying.” Goldstein also expresses, “In addition, I hope this form will encourage artists to think about how to present their own work and how to develop a body of work that coincides well with the Museum’s programming.”
The Museum’s Egan Commons gallery is a roughly 300 square-foot space accommodating a maximum of sixty linear feet of wall space, with permanent exhibitions in the adjacent Centennial Building portion of the museum. Interested exhibitors are requested to complete the Exhibit Proposal Form; questions may be submitted to Andrew Goldstein, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone number (907) 835-8905.