Results of the Alaska Hummingbird Juried Art Show

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

KETCHIKAN, Alaska, April. 10, 2018 –A warm, springtime thank you goes out to the 69 artists from Two Rivers, Juneau, Port Protection, Skagway, Craig, and Ketchikan who submitted entries for the Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show. There were 41 adult and 55 juvenile art submissions celebrating the return of the migratory birds to Alaska. The show is judged through a blind judging process. The winners are listed below.

Adult Category

  • Best of Show: Judy Madden, “Forget Me Not/Alaska Birds & Flowers,” Quilting, Long arm quilting by Jill Bennett, Species: Various migratory species
  • First Place: Fil Besaw, “Snow Geese Migration,” Acrylic, Species: Snow Goose
  • Honorable Mention: Courtenay Birdsall, “Plover Plethora,” Watercolor, Species: Various plover species
  • People’s Choice: Kerry Howard, “Jewel in the Snow,” Photo printed on metal, Species: Rufous hummingbird

Juvenile Category

  • Best of Show: Samuel Axelson, “Splash of a Mallard,” Watercolor, Species: Mallard duck
  • First Place: Chole Spielman, “Forest Flight,” Digital, Species: Downy woodpecker
  • Honorable Mention: Violet White, “The Violet Sunset,” Oil pastel and pencil, Species: Rufous hummingbird
  • People’s Choice: Ema Oshima, “They’re Back!,” Digital, Species: Various migratory species.

Thirteen years ago, the Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show was created to educate and promote awareness of the spring migratory birds of Southeast Alaska through creative arts. This year’s art show will be on display through May 25, 2018 at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. The U.S. Forest Service and the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau (KVB) co-hosted the opening reception on April 6, 2018. The KVB provided refreshments and support throughout the evening.

For more information, contact Leslie Swada at 907-228-6290 or Follow the Center on Twitter at @AKDiscoveryCtr or the web at For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

Forget Me Not & Alaska Birds quilt in colors of green, yellow, pink, blues, reds

The best of show award went to Judy Madden’s “Forget Me Not/Alaska Birds and Flowers” quilt.



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