The Alaskan Artists
Karen is a Nome artist known for her sculptures and her relief prints. She began her career with a focus on sculpture, starting with an apprenticeship in wood relief carving in Norway. Her studies continued and her carving experience increased when she then attended the Native Carving shop at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Influenced by a myriad of sources, Olanna draws from Greek myth, Alaskan shamanistic transformations and ancient goddess imagery as well as a variety of animals and human characteristics. From figures that are soft and insubstantial as a cloud to those that are sharp and penetrating like a knife, she explores the foundations of existence that are manifest in, yet transcend, myth and legend.
Sara is a printmaker and mixed media artist from Fairbanks. With an MFA in printmaking from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her love of woodblock printing has led to the creation of carved, painted wooden panels. In addition to smaller work, Tabbert’s large-scale public art commissions can be found throughout Alaska. Her work is housed in public collections through the state and far beyond. In early 2020, the Alaska State Museum presented a solo exhibit of her recent work. Tabbert has been awarded grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. In addition to residencies in the US, Canada, Argentina, and Italy, Tabbert has been a summer and winter artist in residence through the National Park Service in Denali, Zion and Isle Royale National Parks, as well as on the Chilkoot Trail in a joint residency hosted by NPS and Parks Canada. She was recently selected as a 2021 Windgate Fellow at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia.
Alvin was born and raised in Kodiak of Alutiiq ancestry. He is an Alaska painter who depicts the state’s wildlife with humor and respect. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and taught at Navajo Community College. Amason now teaches at University of Alaska Fairbanks where he heads the Alaska Native Art studies program. He is a member of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation Board of Directors. Amason’s work has been in invitational shows in Alaska, Arizona, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC. His works are in the Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the Alaska State Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Heard Museum.
Steven studied art at Dartmouth College while completing a degree in biology. There he met his wife, Karen, and they married just before graduation in 1979. For the next five years Steve studied art at the University of Iowa School of Art, earning his MFA in painting in 1984. They now live in Anchorage with their four children. Steve taught painting, drawing, and design classes as an adjunct instructor at University of Alaska Anchorage before becoming director of the Art Program at Alaska Pacific University. Since 1992, he has worked full time as a professional artist painting the south central Alaskan landscape. He has received several public art commissions and has had numerous one-man shows across the state. His work can be seen at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and in many collections across the U.S.
Ray lives on a hill above Tongass Narrows in rainy Ketchikan, where he creates fishy images that swim into museums, books and magazines, and onto t-shirts worn around the world. He draws his inspiration from extensive field work and the latest scientific discoveries, bringing a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology and paleontology. In 2007, Ray was awarded a gold medal for distinction in the natural history arts by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and in 2006 received the Alaska Governor’s award for the arts. In 2011, Ray and Kirk Johnson were jointly awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to support their ambitious book project The Eternal Coastline: the Best of the Fossil West from Baja to Barrow. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, lectured at Cornell, Harvard, and Yale, shown work at the Smithsonian and has been honored by the naming of a species of ratfish, Hydrolagus trolli, and a genus of extinct herring, Trollichthys.