Sonya Kelliher-Combs - HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor - The National Museum of the American Indian - George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY

Sonya Kelliher-Combs

Born in Bethel, Alaska, in 1969 and raised in Nome, Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq/Athabaskan) holds a bachelor of fine arts (1992) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master of fine arts (1998) from Arizona State University, Tempe. Her artwork continually references a sense of place, history, culture, and family. Kelliher-Combs is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, the Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor’s Individual Artist Award, the Arctic Education Foundation Academic Excellence Award, and the Best of Show honor at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska’s Vision of New Eyes exhibition.

Selected Artwork

Common Thread by Sonya Kelliher-Combs  Small Secrets by Sonya Kelliher-Combs  Red Reindeer Brand by Sonya Kelliher-Combs  Sea Lion Brand with Blue by Sonya Kelliher-Combs  Black Seal Brand by Sonya Kelliher-Combs

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008  Walrus Family Portraits, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
2007  New Secrets, Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks, AK
2006  Unraveled Secrets, Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM
2005  Anchorage Museum of History and Art Solo Exhibition Series, Anchorage, AK
2002  1000 Secrets, Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, AK
2001  Idiot Strings: Catch and Release, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
2000  New Works, Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK
1998  Asianggataq, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1996  In Search of Self, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
1994  Transformation, University of Alaska Fine Arts Gallery, Fairbanks, AK
1990  Carrie McLain Memorial Museum, Nome, AK