ADF Announces New Director

Greetings ADF members and supporters,

McQuinn-26I am pleased to introduce myself as the first Executive Director of the Alaska Design Forum. The ADF board members and volunteers have developed a high-quality program that I am proud to represent.

Whether it is bringing a slate of nationally and internationally-known lecturers to Alaska or collaborating on exciting community-focused programs such as Object Runway, the ADF is a resource for design education.

We have an exciting lecture season in store for you! “BLING” investigates the role of ornamentation in contemporary design, and we are kicking it off with lectures by Icelandic fashion designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir. Sigurðardóttir will also offer a unique workshop in Anchorage, free and family-friendly, called “Rhythm Knitting” at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art on Friday, January 24 from 4-6 pm, preceding her lecture. Check out our newly designed website and keep a look-out for our BLING season poster, designed by Karen Larsen. It will wow you!

Over the 10 years I’ve lived in Alaska I’ve seen community support for the arts, architecture and design grow, and I’m excited about the fertile ground for new programs and projects. I’m pleased to be part of this movement, and help lead the Design Forum to expand our programming, develop partnerships and broaden community involvement. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

-Holly McQuinn

ADF Collaborating with IGCA on Object Runway 5


The Alaska Design Forum is proud to announce collaboration with the International Gallery of Contemporary Art (IGCA) on the design competition Object Runway 5. Object Runway is the brainchild of the International Gallery of Contemporary Art. It will be held at Bear Tooth Theater Pub on Thursday, January 23, 2014. 

For Object Runway 5, 54 designers will showcase 70 designs merging the world of fashion and contemporary art. Designs showcased emphasize experimentation and the development of “objects” for a performance.

ADF’s 2014 lecture series BLING, which investigates the role of ornamentation in contemporary design, kicks off with Icelandic fashion designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir’s lecture in Juneau on January 21. She will lecture in Fairbanks on Jan 22 and serve as one of the three judges for Object Runway 5. Steinunn will also present “Rhythm Knitting” a free workshop at IGCA on Jan 24 from 4-6 p.m., followed by a lecture at the Anchorage Museum at 7 p.m. Tickets for Object Runway 5 sold out in less than 8 hours. Designs will be showcased during the month of February at IGCA, 427 D. Street, Anchorage, opening first Friday, February 7.

BLING Lecture Series

We’re proud to present our 2014 lecture series. BLING looks to explore the role of ornamentation in contemporary design. Is it “less is more” or “less is a bore?” 

The first BLING lectures will be Icelandic fashion designer Steinnun Sigurd, on January 21 (Juneau), January 22 (Fairbanks) and January 24 (Anchorage).

See the full BLING season lineup.