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Alvin Amason

Term Associate Professor of Art, Alaska Native Art
Alaska Native Art Program Coordinator
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(907) 786-1766


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


After high school he attended Central Washington University where he received a B.F.A degree in painting. He then attended Arizona State University and earned a M.F.A degree in painting. He worked for several years for the Navajo Nation as Art Department Chair and instructor at Navajo Community College. He had studios in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, California and Washington state. In 1992, he was offered a position as Director of Native Art at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where he served for seventeen years. After retiring, he was asked to join the Department of Art at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and develop a Alaska Native Art curriculum.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Beginning Alaska Native Art
  • Intermediate Alaska Native Art
  • Advanced Alaska Native Art

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


  • 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
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