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Barry McWayne


UA Museum Practicum Scholarship

Barry McWayne arrived in Alaska in 1968. In 1970 he was offered a position at the University of Alaska Museum to create and head a new photographic department. Barry spent his career at the museum until his retirement in 2007. With more than 150 exhibitions to his credit, Barry received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts in 1985 in recognition of his achievements in photography. His work has been acquired by all major museums in Alaska, several major corporations, and by private collectors in and out of the state. In addition, he taught university courses, gave workshops around the state from Dutch Harbor to Ketchikan, and mentored many young photographers. He founded a local photography club known as Camera Arts in the 1970s. There was never an agenda, roll was never taken, fees were never charged, and no one who wanted to join the table was ever turned away. Professionally, he loved the work of Ansel Adams, and pursued his own work with a similar vision and craftsmanship of that photography giant. Barry and his wife, Dorli, created the UA Museum Practicum Scholarship to provide opportunity for students to gain hands-on, professional experience in a museum in pursuit of a career in that field. Barry died in early August of 2010.

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