Arctic Sculpture: Ivory Carvings from the Anchorage Museum Collection opens Friday

March 29, 2024

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Anchorage Museum announces the opening of Arctic Sculpture, a new exhibit showcasing the rich tradition of ivory carving among Alaska Native cultures. Running from March 29, 2024 through 2026, this exhibit highlights the intricate artistry and cultural significance of walrus ivory in the region.

Arctic Sculpture delves into the deep connection between walrus and Alaska Native people, who have been carving and sculpting ivory for generations. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a diverse range of ivory forms from Inuit and Saint Lawrence Island Yupik cultures, including items crafted for leisure, trade, and tourism. From cribbage boards to model ships, as well as original works of art, the exhibit offers a compelling glimpse into the artistic expression of Indigenous communities.

Among the highlights of Arctic Sculpture are detailed scrimshaw pieces and finely carved figurines depicting Arctic wildlife, marine mammals, humans, and spiritual beings. Curated utilizing Anchorage Museum collections artifacts, the exhibit celebrates the evolution of walrus ivory as a medium for Alaska Native artistic expression.

“Arctic Sculpture explores the rich history and cultural significance of walrus ivory carving among Alaska Native communities,” said John Hagen, Curator of Indigenous Arts and Initiatives at the Anchorage Museum.

“This exhibit offers a unique opportunity for patrons to appreciate the intricacy and skill of these carvings up close, and to learn more about the traditions and stories behind each piece.”

Don’t miss the chance to experience the beauty and cultural heritage of Arctic Sculpture at the Anchorage Museum. For more information or to set up interviews, visit our website or contact Leroy Polk at or (907) 929-9231.

About the Anchorage Museum 
The Anchorage Museum shares the art, history, culture and stories of Alaska and the North from diverse perspectives through exhibitions, public programs, and community projects focused on people, place, planet and potential. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the museum sits on the traditional homeland of the Dena’ina Eklutna. Learn more at

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