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Alvin Amason

Professor of Art
Office: ETBZ
Phone: 907-786-1766


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 Master's 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.


Kodiak High School 1966
B.A. Central Washington University 1973
M.A. Central Washington University 1974
M.F.A. Arizona State University 1976

Career History

  • Native Arts Program Developer, University of Alaska Anchorage, Spring 2009
  • Board Member – Alaska Native Arts Foundation, 2006- Present
  • Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak, Advisory Team, 2003 – present
  • Judge – Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation & Design Project, 2002
  • Alaska Native Arts 2000, Advisory Board, UAF museum
  • Director of Native Arts UAF – 1992 – 2008
  • Board Member, Institute of Alaska Native Arts, 1992-1998
  • Board Member, Kodiak Area Native Association Cultural Advisory Committee, 1991
  • Juror, King County Cultural Resources Division, Percent for Art, Beaver Lake Totem Project, Seattle, Washington, 1990
  • Board Member, Alaska Council of the Arts, Governor's appointment, 1978-1980

Selected Collections

  • Alyeska Pipeline Company, Corporate Collection, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Koniage Native Corporation
  • Doyon Corporation
  • 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
  • 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 of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska

Selected Invitationals

  • United Nation's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – May-June 2009 N.Y.C
  • Alaska 2005 – "Native Arts Now", Kenai Culture Center, summer 2005 Kenai, Alaska
  • "Native Art Invitational" August 2004, Well Street Art Gallery, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • "Gallery Artist" – Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks, Alaska Summer 2003
  • "Shaped by Design" Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Summer 2003
  • "Alaska Native Contemporary Art" Anchorage Museum of History and Art July 2001
  • "Gallery Artist Show" Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska December 2001
  • "Art in Two Worlds" – Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona 2000
  • "The Great Land" – Art from Alaska's Aleutian Islands and the Bering Straits Region, Stonington Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 1996
  • "Art from the Arctic", Greenland, Sami Scandinavia, Canada, Russia, Alaska, 1993 sponsored by the institute of Alaska Native Art, Anchorage Museum of History and Arts National Endowment of the Arts
  • "New Art of the West", Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1990 "Russian America", Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma, Washington, 1990
  • "Multi-media Work", Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla, Washington, 1989
  • "Alaska Native Heritage Festival", Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 1985-1987
  • "Western States Print Invitational", Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1985
  • "Bridges from the Past", Stonington Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska 1984
  • "50 States, 50 Artists", Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1984
  • "Innovations", The Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 1984
  • "Uniquely American, The west Coast", art Train, Detroit, Michigan, 1983-1984
  • "New Directions" Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, 1983
  • "The White House Annual Easter Egg Invitational", Washington, D.C., 1982
  • "Magic Images", Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1981
  • "Art of the States, Nine Alaskans", Alaska State Museum, 1981
  • "Across the Nation:Fine Art for Federal Buildings 1972-1979", Hunter Museum of the Art Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1980
  • "Spirit of the Earth", Native American Center of the Living Arts, Niagara Falls, New York, 1980
  • "Tamamta Katurlluta" – A gathering of Native tradition '98, Pratt Museum, Homer, Alaska 1998
  • Northern Legacy – Alaska native Arts Exhibit – Seattle Center Pavilion, 1994
  • "Working Inspirations" – University of Alaska museum, January 1994
  • Twenty Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Anchorage Museum of history and Art 1993


  • "Brothers on the water", Alaska House N.Y.C. March-June 2009
  • Two Man Show, Lena Amason, Artique Gallery, Anchorage October 2007
  • Two Man Show, Kesler Woodward, Well Street Art Gallery, Fairbanks July 2004
  • "Heart of my Home", One man show, Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage AK, July 2003
  • Four man Show, Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, Dec. 2000
  • "Amason and Manook", Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, May 1999
  • "Caribou People", Alvin Amason, Ron Manook, Glen Simpson, Dick Weyiouanna, Dec. 6 at Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska 1996
  • "Alvin Amason, New Work", Suzanne Brown Galleries, April 6, Scottsdale, Arizona 1995


  • Closing Speaker – Alaska Arts & Culture Conference, Jan. 2009
  • Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, 2004
  • 28th Annual Festival of native Arts, Fairbanks, Alaska, Held in my honor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, March 2001 – Produced by native Students of University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Honored by the Nature Conservancy of Alaska along with Governor Jay Hammond for a "Lifetime achievement award" – March, 1997 – Anchorage Museum of History and Art
  • Individual artist award – 1997 Governor's Awards for the Arts – by GovernorTony Knowles – Juneau, Alaska – February 26th, 1997

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