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July 15, 2003

Burke Welcomes Artist-In-Residence Stephen Jackson

Selected Saturdays: July 19, 26; August 2, 16, 23, 30
12 - 4 pm in the Burke Special Exhibits Gallery
Support for this program was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Seattle -- On selected Saturdays this summer, Tlingit carver Stephen Jackson will demonstrate the art of totem pole carving within the temporary exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles. As Stephen creates an original work based on the Tlingit legend of the Kaats grizzly bear, museum visitors will have a unique opportunity to watch a contemporary Northwest Coast artist at work.

Both Stephen and his father, renowned Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson are currently creating a pair of totem poles to replace two that were recently repatriated to the Tlingit tribe by the Burke Museum. While Nathan Jackson's pole will draw upon traditional formline design techniques, the younger Jackson's totem pole is an abstract and innovative contemporary design, radically different from the style of work that many typically associate with Northwest Coast carvers. Gleaning inspiration from what he defines as "the tensions involved in any human encounter," Stephen's provocative new take on the Kaats grizzly bear legend represents the endurance and revitalization of the carving tradition that is central to the theme of the Burke's exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles.

Born in Ketchikan, Alaska, in 1976, Stephen Jackson began carving with his father at the age of four. Stephen perfected his craft each summer, carving between the school years, and received his first private commission at age eighteen. Since then, Stephen has received numerous commissions, both independently and working collaboratively with his father, and he has traveled extensively. He has demonstrated in Bremen, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and participated in a group exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland. This will be Stephen's first museum installation.

Stephen Jackson carves in the gallery from noon to 4 pm on July 19 and 26; and August 2, 16, 23, 30. His demonstration is included with admission to Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles. For more information, call 206-543-5590.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on the first Thursday of each month. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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