Drawing / Painting (Brad Kahlhamer)
Brad Kahlhamer investigates his complex American identity through painting, sculpture, performance and music.
Gutskin Sewing (Elaine Kingeekuk)
Elaine Kingeekuk, born and raised in Savoonga, comes from a long line of St. Lawrence Island Yup’ik artists. Her traditional training and expertise lie in the tanning and rendering of animal skins and organs; Elaine is also an incredibly skilled skin sewer.
Honor, Music & How they Are Related (Swil Kanim)
Lummi Violin virtuoso, performer and motivational speaker, Swil Kanim, credits his success in life to his elementary school teachers. His gifts were recognized and celebrated at a very young age and he leads his life knowing that positive acknowledgement can change people’s lives.
Quillwork (Emma Hildebrand)
Emma Hildebrand, Koyukon Athabascan, was born and raised in Northway, Alaska in the Upper Tanana Valley. At age 7 she began to learn beadwork and skin sewing from her Athabascan mother; she later learned quillwork and caribou hair tufting from Dixie Alexander of Fort Yukon. In 2010, she was chosen by the Alaska State Council on the Arts as one of 21 Alaska Native artists and culture bearers designated “Alaska’s Living Cultural Treasures”.
The Art of Local Food (Rob Kinneen)
Gourmet chef Rob Kinneen, Tlingit, is the go to person for a four-course menu at your upcoming gala fundraiser. From hosting an online TV Series, to catering rooms with 500+ guests, Rob is highly sought after by foodies & localvours across the nation.
Graphic Design (Holly Nordlum)
Holly Nordlum is a recognized Graphic Designer who grew up in Kotzebue. She now lives in the Anchorage area with her two sons, and does web design and branding for many Alaskan organizations.
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SPONSORED BY: BBEDC, BBNA, Chugach Alaska Corporation, UAF Bristol Bay Campus, UAF Native Arts Center