Sonya Kelliher-Combs

2022 Fellowship AwardVisual Arts2012 Fellowship AwardVisual Arts2008 Fellowship AwardVisual ArtsAward Amount: $12,000

About the artist

Contemporary Alaska Native artist, Sonya Kelliher-Combs lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned her BFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1992, and an MFA from Arizona State University in 1998. Her paintings, drawings and mixed media needlework have been displayed at numerous institutions including the Eiteljorg Museum, the Nicole Fiacco Gallery, the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Anchorage Museum. Her diverse background – Athabascan, Inupiaq, Irish, and German – influences her art, which mixes and explores Western with traditional Native culture, organic with modern materials, and man with nature.

2022 Fellowship Award

Kelliher-Combs will conduct research to develop four bodies of work as a studio artist and curator to include an exhibit of Arctic/Amazon artists in Toronto, a solo show, a curation of gut work and a group exhibit of work by northern Indigenous women.

2012 Fellowship Award

Kelliher-Combs will explore use of traditional and modern materials and create two large bodies of work.

2008 Fellowship Award

Kelliher-Combs will focus on her work; begin building a studio; and return home to rural Alaska to harvest and prepare indigenous materials such as walrus stomach, seal intestine, moose and musk ox hide, and natural dyes

Artwork by Sonya Kelliher-Combs

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