Alaska Native Artist Directory

Alaska Native cultures have long utilized art to share their stories. Although the motifs, colors and materials used vary between the cultures, the art works are rich with history and traditions. Art is an important part of the Alaska Native cultural identity. Supporting Alaska Native artists helps to keep traditions alive, ensuring our proud heritage will be shared for generations to come. CIRI encourages support of its shareholder and descendant artists in a variety of ways, including publishing this Alaska Native Artist Directory. A free, online public resource featuring information about eligible artists and their original, handmade Alaska Native artwork and non-consumable, traditional Alaskan handmade items, the directory attempts to connect shareholder and descendant artists with potential customers. CIRI is pleased to support its Alaska Native artists, and urges you to do so as well.


If you are a CIRI shareholder or a CIRI descendant and you are interested in having your information included in CIRI’s Alaska Native Artist Directory, click here to read the program guidelines. Then, if you are eligible and your work qualifies, complete the online artist directory registration form. If you are interested in learning about other artist opportunities, please click here.

Click here to read the program guidelines and submit information
Disclaimer: CIRI provides the Alaska Native Artist Directory as a service and for informational purposes only. Artists are responsible for selling their own artwork; CIRI does not sell artwork for artists or act as a representative for artists, nor does it endorse or take responsibility for any of the artwork. CIRI does not investigate or evaluate the listed artists or artworks, and makes no warranty, express or implied, about the truthfulness of any statement a listed artist makes. CIRI reserves complete discretion in deciding whether to list any artist, to maintain any listing, and to update any listing or link.

Alaska Native Artists

Araina Marsden
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (412) 715-7233
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Ceramics

M20170118_163259s. Marsden specializes in handmade ceramics to create gorgeous and unique items.  Her style reflects inspiration from her Native heritage and her creations are brightly colored with hand carved minimalist designs.  Ms. Marsden is of Athabascan and Tlingit descent.

Charles Lane, Jr.
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: (907) 764-5331
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Ivory, bone and wood

Alaska Native artist Lance Lane is of Yup’ik descent.  Mr. Lane creates a huge array of gorgeous one-of-a-kind ivory carvings, sculptures and jewelry.  He also creates original and rare bent ivory items.

Cheryl Lacy
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 373-7896
Cell: (907) 355-8850
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Beadwork, watercolor and acrylic

Alaska Native artist Cheryl Lacy is of Aleut, Sugpiaq and Scottish descent.  Ms. Lacy primarily works with beads, watercolors, acrylics, metal smelting and glass mosaics.  She began drawing and sewing at an early age and her art is steeped in Native tradition and her own contemporary style. Ms. Lacy was selected for 1% for the Arts Project and developed a 3D Siberian tiger statue set against the mountains which is displayed at the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School in Wasilla.

Cynthia Darosett
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: (808) 747-5971
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Beadwork

Alaska Native artist Cynthia Darosett is of Athabascan descent.  Ms. Darosett works with beads and has more than a decade of experience creating beautiful rosaries, jewelry and keychains.

Danielle Larsen
CIRI Affiliation: Confirmed, registered CIRI descendant
Cell: (907) 240-8008
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Painting, watercolor, caribou tuffting, beadwork, sculpture, seal gut

D. Larsen finished watercolor artwork.salmon.2014Danielle Larsen is of Unangan Aleut, Koyukon Athabascan, Iñupiaq, and European descent, and born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.  Ms. Larsen attended University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and studied with master artists such as Alvin Amason, among others, and explored graphic design, drawing, watercolor and sculpture.  Ms. Larsen creates beautiful one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures and has been showcased in the Blue Holloman Gallery as well as the UAA Student Union Gallery.   Ms. Larsen graduated from UAA with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Painting and Alaska Native Art in 2015.

David Shassetz
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (512) 820-7015
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Wood

Alaska Native artist and original CIRI shareholder David Lee Shassetz was born in Anchorage. He is a retired military veteran and Department of Defense contractor now living in Bluffton, S.C. Mr. Shassetz produces original woodwork items and is a member of the Sun City Hilton Head Woodworkers and Model Makers Guild.

Discount provided to CIRI shareholders, descendants and employees.

 

Dawn Chase
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 306-5283
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Beads and wire

FullSizeRenderMs. Dawn Chase is of Athabascan descent and creates contemporary jewelry designs. She began jewelry making over a decade ago but only recently started selling them. Military personnel receive 10 percent discount.

Emil Vinberg
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: 360-305-8105
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums:

Alaska Native artist Emil Vinberg was born in Seldovia, Alaska, and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. He started painting as a child and counts among his influences Elders, family, and the aquatic environment of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. His favorite mediums are water color and acrylics; custom marine art of your boat by request. Discount provided to CIRI shareholders.

Genevieve Opheim
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 942-7779
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Oil paints

Alaska Native artist Genevieve A. Opheim is a lifelong Alaskan currently residing in Kodiak. Oil paint is her medium of choice. She had a creative desire to paint for her entire life, and now that her sons are older, she has picked up the brush once again.

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Glenn Irby
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: (907) 775-7063
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Ivory and skin sewing

Alaska Native artist Glenn Irby is of Iñupiaq descent. Mr. Irby works with ivory and skin sewing. He is self taught and learned skin sewing from his aunt. He hopes to pass his skills along to his children someday.

J. Argent Kvasnikoff
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 567-3633
Cell: (907) 252-6765
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Ink and paper, typographic print and digital media

Alaska Native artist Argent Kvasnikoff was raised in Ninilchik, Alaska and is of Athabascan descent.  Mr. Kvasnikoff works with ink and paper, typographic print and digital media to create one-of-a-kind contemporary art.  His work reflects his studies of phonetic linguistics and he creates artwork that includes the written alphabet of the Dena’ina language. His art also includes several themes within the overall arc of contemporary symbolism and cultural synthesis.

Jeanette Rowley
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 538-5463
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Beads, shells, metal and soaps

Alaska Native artist Jeanette Marie Rowley creates beaded, shell and metal jewelry, as well as hand-crafted soaps using organic, locally-grown flowers and vegetables. CIRI shareholders, descendants and employees received 25% off all soaps.

Jennine Jordan
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: 907-947-8879
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Beadwork, drawing/painting

Alaska Native artist Jennine Jordan (Inupiaq) creates Athabascan-inspired jewelry and artwork.

Jimmey Hartley
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: (907) 720-1490
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Ivory, antler, and birch and alder wood

Alaska Native artist Jimmie Hartley is of Iñupiat descent. Mr. Hartley creates gorgeous masks, boats and other sculptures utilizing ivory, antler and wood. He also creates ceremonial earthenware and does artwork and illustrated illusions on commission. CIRI shareholders, CIRI confirmed descendants and CIRI employees receive 10 percent off with ID card.

 

 

Judith Kalkins
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 538-8438
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Beadwork, cloth

Ms. Kalkins creates unique and gorgeous beadwork jewelry and a variety of kuspuks.  Ms. Kalkins is of Athabascan descent.

Lance Lane
CIRI Affiliation: Confirmed, registered CIRI descendant
Cell: (907) 435-7548
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Ivory and baleen

Alaska Native artist Lance Lane is of Yup’ik descent.  Mr. Lane creates custom ivory pieces in an array of gorgeous one of a kind carvings, sculptures and jewelry.  He also creates original jewelry and small crafts.

Lee Modrok
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (702) 873-0306
Cell: (702) 355-8460
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Charcoal, acrylics, paint pens and ink

UNIVERSAL DANCE (2)Alaska Native artist Lee Modrok  is of Aleut descent.  Mr. Modrok works with charcoal, acrylics, paint pens and ink.  His style  reflects his love of music, spirituality and the human form to create one-of-a-kind art.

Matthew Wilson
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 980-6510
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Paint, mixed media.

Alaska Native artist Matthew Wilson is a painter and carver. He also works in mixed media. Wilson has been creating art his whole life, using his emotions and experiences as inspiration.

 

 

Melody L. Daniell
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: (907) 280-8426
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Beadwork, leather and fiber arts

Danielle, Melody,Bead brown fur mukluks, 8.17.2015_1Alaska Native artist Melody Daniell was raised on the Kenai Peninsula and is of Aleut, Alutiiq, Sami and Finnish descent.  Ms. Daniell primarily works with beads, leather and fiber arts.  She creates ivory and beaded jewelry, mukluks,  hats, pouches, bone jewelry and some knitted and crocheted items.

Peter Egelak
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: (907) 744-8987
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Ivory and cottonwood trees

Peter Egelak is of Iñupiat descent. Peter utilizes cottonwood trees and ivory to create a variety of unique carvings of walruses, whales and seals. Mr. Egelak also does commission artwork.

Phyllis Oliveri
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 357-1413
Cell: (907) 232-4443
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Fur and yarn

Alaska Native artist Phyllis Oliveri is of Iñupiaq descent. Ms. Oliveri works with seal and beaver skins as well as knit and crocheted items. She has more than 40 years of experience hand stitching baby mukluks and Eskimo yo-yos. She also creates puppets.

Rachel Nielsen
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 891-1161
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Leather, fur, felt, cloth and beads

Alaska Native artist Rachel Nielsen was raised in White Mountain.  Ms. Nielsen works with leather, fur, felt, cloth and beads.  She creates gorgeous sealskin purses and headbands, as well as baby mukluks and fur gloves.

Rhonda Shelford Jansen
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (425) 359-6437
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Paintings, drawing and photography

img_0511aaRhonda Shelford Jansen is of Aleut descent, and born and raised in Homer, Alaska. Rhonda creates gorgeous acrylic paintings and drawings depicting Alaska fishing scenes. Ms. Shelford Jansen attended the University of Washington and studied with pioneer artists Toby Tyler of Homer and Lydia Resoff Shelford.

CIRI shareholders and employees may receive 10% off art directly purchased though Ms. Shelford Janson. (Purchases made though Fine Art American or other services are not eligible for a discount.)

Richard Marks
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Cell: (907) 441-6496
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Beadwork, fabric

Alaska Native artist Richard Marks creates gorgeous one-of-a-kind beadwork and handmade kuspuks.  His jewelry style reflects both traditional and modern.

Robin Murphy
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 632-5306
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Watercolor and oil paints, glass and bead jewelry

Murphy.scenic watercolorAlaskan Native artist Robin Murphy is originally from Nome and is of Iñupiaq descent.  Ms. Murphy works with watercolors and oil based paints, beads and glass to create gorgeous and unique paintings and glass art jewelry.  For the past 30 years, Ms. Murphy worked as an art educator with the Anchorage School District, now retired.   Robin has been featured in art shows such as University of Alaska Anchorage, Kaladi Brothers Coffee and Jitters.  Ms. Murphy was also the recipient of the State of Alaska Art Grant where she traveled abroad in Italy and broadened her artwork and style.

Ruth Stephan
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 830-6687
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Beadwork, leather, pencil, painting

 

Ruth Stephan is of Athabascan descent and originally from Tyonek. Ms. Stephan’s works include a wide range of mediums including beading, leatherwork, drawing and painting. CIRI Shareholders, Descendants and Employee’s are eligible for a discount.

Shanti Thompson
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (360) 201-7419
Silver Hand Artist: No
Primary Mediums: Beadwork, crochet, knitting, tattering, ink and paper

1478635633348_14707947_10211173902850204_7971943539233195747_o Ms. Thompson, who grew up in Anchorage started crafting at age five.  Her works encompass an array of mixed mediums to create gorgeous and delicate art and beadwork designs.  Ms. Thompson studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and also at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Shawn Seetomona
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 333-7712
Cell: (907) 748-0178
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Ivory, baleen, whalebone and caribou antlers

Alaska Native artist Shawn Seetomona was raised in Anchorage and is of Iñupiaq descent. Mr. Seetomona works with ivory, whalebone and caribou antlers and creates gorgeous and unique carvings.He is self taught and enjoys carrying on Native traditions and values.

Virginia Rowley
CIRI Affiliation: CIRI shareholder
Phone: (907) 317-9123
Silver Hand Artist: Yes
Primary Mediums: Fabric and wool

Alaska Native artist Virginia Rowley is of Iñupiaq descent. Ms. Rowley works with fabric and wool. She learned to sew traditional Iñupiaq style atikluks and knit wool hats from her mother and aunt.