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Alvin Amason

Term Associate Professor, Native Arts
Department of Art
Engineering Temporary Building

(907) 786-1766
aeamason@alaska.edu

Education

  • M.F.A., Arizona State University
  • B.A., Central Washington University
  • M.A., Central Washington University

Biography

Alvin Amason was raised on Kodiak Island. His family was involved in fox farming, commercial fishing, and bear guiding. After high school he attended Central Washington University where he received a Masters degree in painting.  He then attended Arizona State University and earned an M.F.A. He worked for several years for the Navajo Nation as Art Department Chair and instructor at Navajo Community College. He has had studios in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, California, and Washington State. In 1992, he was offered a position as Director of Native Arts at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where he served for seventeen years. After retiring, he was asked to join the Art Department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and develop a Native Arts curriculum and studio. He serves on the board of directors for the Alaska Native Arts Foundation and has a studio in Mountain View.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Beginning Native Arts
  • Intermediate Native Arts
  • Advanced Native Arts
  • Intermediate Painting
  • Advanced Painting

Professional & Department Service

  • Native Arts Coordinator
  • Visiting Elder Program Coordinator
  • BFA Committee
  • Community Outreach Committee

Solo Exhibitions

2012     “Open House”,  Magpie Artworks, Anchorage, Alaska
              “Amason and Eaton”, Magpie Artworks, Anchorage, Alaska
2009     “Brothers on the Water”, Alaska House, New York, New York
2007     “Alvin and Lena Amason”,  Artique Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
2004     “Alvin Amason & Kesler Woodward”, Well Street Art Gallery, Fairbanks, Alaska
2003     Heart of My Home”, Decker Morris Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
 
 

Group Exhibitions

2016     “UAA Faculty Exhibition”, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
2013     “Re/Marks”, works from the collection of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2011     “The Alaskans”, Masks at the Stonington Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2009     “United Nation’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous”, New York, New York
2005     “N.Y.C Alaska”, New York, New York
              “Native Arts Now”, Kenai Culture Center, Kenai, Alaska
2004     “Native Art Invitational”, Well Street Art Gallery, Fairbanks, Alaska
2003     “Gallery Artist” ,Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks, Alaska
             “Shaped by Design”, Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2001     “Alaska Native Contemporary Art” , Anchorage Museum at Rasmusen Center, Anchorage, Alaska
              “Gallery Artist Show” Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
2000      “Art in Two Worlds”,  Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
 
 

Collections

  • Institute of American Indian Art , Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • National Collection of France at Chatau-Muse’e, Boulogne-sur-mer, France
  • Clark Middle School, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Alyeska Pipeline Company, Corporate Collection, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Koniag Native Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Doyon Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska
  • University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • His Holiness, Patriarch Aleksy II, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
  • National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark

  • U.S. Government Services Administration, Federal Bldg., Anchorage, Alaska
  • Alaska Indian Arts and Craft Board, Department of Interior, Washington D.C.
  • Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • State of Alaska Art Bank, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska
  • Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Amason work

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