Mary Ellen Frank

Doll maker Mary Ellen Frank lives and works in Juneau, Alaska. In March 1988, Frank took a workshop on portrait doll-making at the Alaska State Museum, which inspired her to start working in this art form. She has created more than 100 dolls since 1989. Her work is in permanent collections in museums, has been in national exhibitions, is held in corporate collections and has been featured in national magazines and books. Frank said her inspirations have mostly been older subjects. “My work is largely of the elderly, the weathered and worn. These are my “beautiful people” and they are a group not embarrassed by their age and survival.”