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Alaska Native Arts Foundation Newsletter


As you may know, ANAF is currently showing a group photography exhibition titled, "Oh Snap!" for the remainder of November. If you have not already visited, we encourage you to stop by to view the show. If you have already seen it, please tell a friend, or simply take another glance for yourself! Upcoming at ANAF is our December 7, First Friday featuring the exhibition, "unspokeness" by Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq). In the same evening, we celebrate with our 10 Year Anniversary Reception!

Over the last ten years, we have served as a platform for 1,100 artists through exhibitions, programs and projects, to name a few:

Hosted a total of 40 First Friday exhibitions, 19 of which were first time gallery shows.

Conducted two successful Master Artists Workshops with Larry Ahvakana (Inupiat) and Nicholas Galanin (Aleut/Tlingit) for ten emerging artist participants.

Established the Cultural Arts Project Support (CAPS) Program and invested in 70 individual artists and Alaska Native entities that have received a combined value of approximately $200,000 to fund supplies and equipment, training and artist participation in exhibits and events.

Held Artists as Entrepreneurs Business Training for over 15 artists; and the upcoming Train the Trainers for ten artists in December 2012.

As we reflect on our successes and accomplishments, we take the time to Thank You to our artists, partners, sponsors and friends of the gallery! We hope to see old friends, make new ones and share our gratitude celebrating our mission at the 10 Year Anniversary Reception on December 7, 2012 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for our First Friday and 10th Anniversary Reception. Your support renews our dedication to continue to serve our artists!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Trina, Carrie, Ryan, Sabrina and Eric

ANAF Staff


10th Anniversary Reception!

Please join us for our 10th Anniversary Reception at the ANAF Gallery on December 7, 2012 from 5: 00 pm-8:00 pm. We will have our regular First Friday food (salmon strips and salmon dip) and special ANAF cupcakes and cake. Our featured exhibit artist is Tanya Lukin Linklater with her show 'unspokeness'. Come and celebrate our achievements over the past 10 years!

Oh Snap!

November 2012

For the month of November, ANAF exhibited photographs by fourteen Alaska Native artists. Their photographs depict their unique perspectives.

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December 7, 2012

An exhibit and reception featuring recent work by Alutiiq artist, Tanya Lukin Linklater; and ANAF's 10th Anniversary Reception

An exhibit opening and reception featuring Tanya Lukin Linklater. Experience this compelling exhibit, a mixed media body of artwork that delves into the meditative process of locating, excavating and tracing history with the present moment.

Alaska Native Visionary Awards

November 16, 2012

ANAF donated six pieces of artwork to the Alaska Native Visionary awards for their six awardees. The Alaska Native Visionary Awards was November 16, 2012 at Snow Goose. The Alaska Native Heritage Month committee presented the Alaska Native Visionary Awards, which is the first of its kind to recognize and honor Alaska Natives who are perpetuating and preserving culture through artistic and visionary ventures, such as, film, photography, music, visual and literary art, performance art and so much more.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2012 Alaska Native Visionary Award winners: Mike McIntyre, Liz Medicine Crow, Muriel Amos, Benjamin Schleifman, Sperry Ash and Denali Whiting!

Business Training -- Artists as Entrepreneurs -- Part Two

December 2012

The second Business Training will be at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage on December 10-12, 2012.

The 'train the trainer' session will instruct eight to ten artists from the October workshop to learn tools to share knowledge and skills and empower the artists to provide the training in their home communities.

First Peoples Fund will conduct the training in partnership with Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), First Peoples Fund (FPF), and Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC). This training provides the artists with the insight and knowledge to further expand their careers.


Business Training -- Part One

October 2012

Eighteen Alaska Native artists participated in the Business Training Workshop on October 16 & 17, 2012 at Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage! This training provided artists with the insight and knowledge to further expand their art career.

Mike Jackson (Oglala Lakota) and Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta/Taos Pueblo) were the co-instructors for the workshop. They provided insight and fundamental knowledge about the art world, values and culture. Each artist shared their artwork and stories and they strengthened their beliefs in themselves.

The business training provided artists with an opportunity to learn about expressing personal vision and values; determining art marketing, business and financial management abilities; plan and set goals leading to weekly and monthly and annual business calendars; budgeting and establishing successful pricing structure; marketing business using a variety of approaches and tools, and completing a marketing plan.

First Peoples Fund conducted the training in partnership with Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC).

Alaska Federation of Natives Convention

October 2012

Alaska Federation of Native (AFN) was October 18-20, 2012. ANAF was able to attend AFN Arts & Crafts Fair to develop relationships, sign up new artists and purchase artwork to sell in our gallery and online store.

AFN Convention is the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of any Native peoples.

Each year, the AFN Convention draws between 4,000–5,000 attendees. The proceedings are broadcast live via television, radio and webcast reaching a diverse audience from Barrow to Ketchikan, from the Aleutian Chain to the Canadian border. During the convention, the entire state of Alaska is blanketed with discussion on current events and issues. International observers are present at most meetings, both exchanging information and learning from the Alaska Native experience.

Birds of a Feather

October 2012

Our October exhibit feautured "Birds of a Feather" by Jim Miller (Yup'ik/Alutiiq). In his solo exhibit, he represented his ancestry through his culturally expressive woodcarvings.


We welcome Georgia Blue to our board! She brings with her a knowledge of Alaska Native art and a background in retail and gallery work. She is opening a new gallery in Anchorage, blue.hollomon Gallery, which will feature an eclectic mix of artwork by Alaskan artists.

Georgia was the enterprise director at the Anchorage museum for 20 years where she oversaw the management of the Anchorage Museum shop and developed several major craft events like Crafts Weekend. She received a Mayor’s Art Award for Crafts Weekend, she also worked at the Alaska State Council of the Arts, the Visual Arts Center of Alaska and ran the Stonington Gallery.

Georgia says, “I’m excited to work on making Anchorage a center for Alaska Native art!”


Artist Database Project

ANAF is in the process of a two-part artist project. The first step in the project verifying the accuracy of contact and other vital information of the approximately 1,100 artists registered with ANAF. The second part of the project is making sure that that ANAF has an artist biography for each artist and collect demographic information. Customers are always eager to know more about the artists that ANAF represents. If you are an Alaska Native artist please contact Eric to update your information. Please send us your biographies and photos.

Our new policy is that we will not purchase artwork unless we have updated biographies and photographs of our artist.

Wear Art, Thou?

April 2013

Call to Alaska Native Artists for Wearable Art!

Please submit photographs of your wearable art by March 1, 2013! Your art could be showcased in our Alaska Native fashion show in April 2013.

Submit your photos to:


To buy a table or inquire about sponsorship, e-mail Trina at trina@alaskanativearts.org

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   November 22: Thanksgiving (Closed)

   December 7: First Friday featuring Tanya Lukin Linklater and 10 Year Anniversary Reception, Anchorage

   December 13: Fortnight to Christmas: Studio Holiday Party

   December 20: Hanukkah

   December 24: Closed 1/2 day

   December 25: Christmas (Closed)

   December 31: New Years Eve  

   January 1: New Years Day (Closed)

   January 4: First Friday curated by Sonya Kelliher Combs, Anchorage


Alaska Dispatch

Jim Miller was the featured First Friday artist for the month of October 2012 at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation in downtown Anchorage. His show, titled “Birds of a Feather,” represented his ancestry through culturally expressive woodcarvings.


First Alaskans Magazine

ANAF's wearable art was featured in the Clare to Clare Fashion Show in August 2012. Our pieces from the fashion show were featured in First Alaskan's magazine.

Click here to view the 2 page spread in First Alaskan's


    ANAF Board Member and artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit) has a solo exhibition, “Finding My Song" at the Anchorage Museum! Click on link for more info:


    When it comes to the work of artist Drew Michael (Yup'ik/Inupiat), he's all about breaking the rules if it means finding a voice. Read the article about him in Alaska Dispatch to learn more about Drew:


    ANAF Board Member, Susie Bevins-Ericson (Inupiat), received the 2012 Native Arts Governors Award. This is a very high honor! Congratulations Susie!


    ANAF artist Benjamin Schleifman (Tlingit) was awarded an Alaska Native Visionary Award. The award recognizes and honors Alaska Natives who are perpetuating and preserving culture through artistic and visionary ventures such as film, photography, music, visual and literary art, performance art and so much more. Congratulations Benjamin!              


500 West 6th Avenue

Anchorage, Alaska 99501

907-258-ANAF (2623)

907-258-2611 (fax)

E-mail: info@alaskanativearts.org

Website: www.alaskanativearts.org


Mon. - Fri.: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed


The Alaska Native Arts Foundation (“ANAF”) brings exposure to Alaska Native art in the global marketplace by increasing awareness of the cultural expressions of Alaska's indigenous peoples and stimulate demand for Native works of art.  ANAF’s primary goals are to be art consultants to our customers and stewards to our artists.  Established in 2002, ANAF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Anchorage.


ANAF was created from visions that stemmed from Alaska Native artists and leaders with a broad understanding of Alaska's economic and political landscapes and individuals with established connections to potential art markets.

    Perry Eaton (Chair)

    Susie Bevins-Ericsen

    Alvin Amason

    Alice Rogoff

    Barbara Overstreet

    Veronica Slajer

    Mary Sattler

    Da-ka-xeen Mehner

    Rita Stevens

    Georgia Blue


ANAF represents over 1,100 Alaska Native artists and displays over 2,000 unique art online and in the Anchorage gallery. ANAF connects experienced collectors and patrons of Alaska Native art with artists whose work matches their tastes. At the same time ANAF seeks to educate those who wish to become collectors in the cultural meaning of Alaska Native art as well as the quality and authenticity specific to the work produced by ANAF’s partner artists.


One-of-a-kind pieces are available for purchase from materials such as: whalebone, ivory, sealskin, moosehide, cedar bark and baleen, to name a few! Visit our downtown gallery or on-line www.alaskanativearts.org.


Please check out our sale! 15-85% off select items. Sale prices are updated on our website and marked in red pen on tags in our gallery.


If you are interested in having an opening exhibit for First Friday at ANAF, please submit your proposals with photographs to info@alaskanativearts.org.

Click here to download the Exhibits Application Form


ANAF is always looking for new Alaska Native artists. We welcome you to fill out our artist participation form.

Click here to download the Artist Registration Form



If you are fascinated by art, enjoy working with the public, and want a challenging, meaningful volunteer position, submit your inquiry to the Alaska Native Arts Foundation! Enthusiasm, flexibility and an interest in sharing an appreciation for Alaska Native art, we welcome you!

Volunteer Projects Include:

    Writer: Outreach to artists to update online biographies

    Inventory Assistant: Help receive incoming art and input to online system

    Photography Assistant: Support photographer to upload artwork images to web

    Other: Please describe your strengths and how we may best utilize your skills

How to Apply:

Please complete the form and attach your resume.

Please click here to download the volunteer form


ANAF enjoys sharing new art and events that are taking place in our gallery. Stay updated on brand new art and other activities through social media pages. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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