Artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs shares her work and philosophy in a talk June 17
June 07, 2007
Sonya Kelliher-Combs will share her work and artistic philosophy in a talk June 17 at 3 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Kelliher-Combs is the second artist to present her work in the 2007 Artist Talks series featuring Alaska Native artists from the exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 - Contemporary Native North American Art from the West, Northwest and Pacific, now on view at the museum through Sept. 16.
Through her mixed media painting and sculpture, Kelliher-Combs explores her own heritage (Athabaskan, Inupiaq, Irish and German), focusing particular attention to themes of identity and self-definition in Alaska Native cultures. Says Kelliher-Combs, "My work and process reflect a questioning and understanding of beauty and examine relationships between Western culture and Alaska Native culture, nature and man, and organic and synthetic."
Kelliher-Combs grew up in Nome, Alaska, before pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively across Alaska and has been included in numerous national and international traveling exhibitions. In 2007, Kelliher-Combs received the prestigious Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. She curated the museum's Points of View exhibition, Con-Census, which is on view through Oct. 14.
For more information, contact the Anchorage Museum Education department at 343-6185.