Credit: Photographs courtesy of Chris Arend Photography
Etched glass, 8 panels, 9 ft x 2 ft, 2010
Sixth Avenue transit stop
This etched glass artwork was inspired by the corralling of reindeer in Wales, Alaska. The stylized antler shapes convey a cluster of reindeer during the community’s herding celebration. After ID tags are put on the reindeer during this celebration, the animals are freed to roam for another year. The panels were etched by Lise Hoffman of Oceanid Designs, Anchorage.
Ronald Senungetuk is a prolific Iñupiat artist originally from the western Alaska village of Wales. Dedicated to providing educational opportunities for young Native artists, Senungetuk founded and directed the University of Alaska Fairbanks Native Arts Center (1965–1986) and was chair of the UAF Art Department from 1977-86. He trained at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology and studied metalsmithing and sculpture on a Fulbright Fellowship at Statens Håndværks og Kunstindustriskole Skole in Oslo. He’s a recipient of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Distinguished Artist award. He had a solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum in 1991. He lives in Homer, Alaska.