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Fine Arts Lecture Series: Nicholas Galanin

Nicholas Galanin

The MassArt Graduate Programs, in collaboration with the Office of Justice, Equity, and Transformation and the MassArt Art Museum, is thrilled to welcome Nicholas Galanin to the Fine Arts Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 6:30pm via Zoom.

Nicholas Galanin (b. 1979, Alaska) is a Tlingit/Unangax̂ multi-disciplinary artist. His work engages contemporary culture from his perspective rooted in connection to land. He embeds incisive observation into his work, investigating intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound. Galanin's works embody critical thought as vessels of knowledge, culture and technology - inherently political, generous, unflinching, and poetic. Galanin engages past, present and future to expose intentionally obscured collective memory and barriers to the acquisition of knowledge.

His works critique commodification of culture, while contributing to the continuum of Tlingit art. Galanin employs materials and processes that expand dialogue on Indigenous artistic production, and how culture can be carried. His work is in numerous public and private collections and exhibited worldwide. Galanin apprenticed with master carvers, earned his BFA at London Guildhall University, and his MFA at Massey University, he lives and works with his family in Sitka, Alaska.

The MassArt JET Office will host a BIPOC Community Gathering with Galanin on Wednesday, March 3 from 4:30-5:30, as an informal opportunity for all members of MassArt's BIPOC community (with a focus on students). Students, faculty, and staff who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) and multiracial regardless of nationality are welcome to attend. For more information about this private event, please contact

Nicholas Galanin’s Wednesday evening lecture is free and open to the public. Please register via Eventbrite for meeting link & details.