Jack Ayap’run Abraham

2005 Fellowship AwardFolk & Traditional ArtsAward Amount: $12,000

Jack Abraham is of Yup’ik and Aleut descent and demonstrated an interest in his culture’s art form from an early age. “I have never felt more centered and focused than after learning about the history of my people. I can reach into the future with a firm grip on the past.” His sculptures of masks and other artifacts show the influences of Alaska Native cultures, while some have components of contemporary life and are wired with electronic parts and batteries. Abraham’s work has toured the country in an exhibition by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Much of his work dating from the 1980s can be seen in the Anchorage Museum.


Artwork by Jack Ayap’run Abraham

This art was purchased through the Alaska Art Fund managed by Museums Alaska.