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The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank (ACAB) was founded in 1975 by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. It was created to address two primary concerns: to expose more Alaskans to high quality work by contemporary Alaskan artists through the provision of outstanding art to public offices throughout Alaska, and to provide support to professional artists in Alaska through purchase of their work. The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank is part of the Art in Public Places Program, and consists of portable artwork lent for display in public spaces. Artworks are loaned through the Alaska State Council on the Arts to state offices throughout Alaska, including the Alaska Congressional delegation offices in Washington, D.C.
The collection began with annual purchases from juried exhibitions, recommendations for direct purchases by ASCA’s statewide public art advisory panel, and acquisitions through statewide calls for entries. Recently, the Art Bank holdings have been increased through semi-annual Calls for Art to update and revitalize the collection. The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank now consists of-over 700 art works in a wide variety of media, styles and subject matter. This diverse collection now provides a detailed look at the evolution of contemporary art in our isolated state, from the construction of the Alaska pipeline to the present day.
New Art Bank Loans
This program is for State of Alaska offices only, and is for publicly accessible areas. Anchorage area offices are encouraged to visit the Art Bank at 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102 during open hours to view the selections. Out-of-Anchorage offices can view a small selection of available works at the left of this screen, and are encouraged to contact us by email for further options. Please email Betany Porter for any questions.
If you have borrowed art from us before and are interested in returning, exchanging, or renewing your loans, please get in touch with us at your earliest convenience. Please have the Art Bank number (example: 99.01), so that we can research your art loan agreements
Contact Betany Porter for more information.