49 Writers

Nicholas Galanin

Sculpture, video, textile and works on paper — varied mediums are only part of how multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Galanin extends his range. His practice builds on his traditional skills and celebrates creative autonomy. He explores the complexities of contemporary indigenous identity.

49 Writers

Stormy Hamar

Stormy Hammar's work combines function with artistry, intense research with wild speculation. His day-to-day incremental progress is on a multi-generational schedule. His lifelong subject: dugout canoes.

49 Writers

Mary Katzke

Decades after picking up her first camera, Mary Katzke has produced and directed more than three dozen films, featuring everything from community changemakers to environmental catastrophes. She sees photography and videography as a form of “visual poetry” — a way to record vital histories and communicate important messages about communities, culture and moments in time.

49 Writers

Katie O'Loughlin

A lifelong Alaskan and near-lifelong dancer, Katie O’Loughlin found her artistic community early. Trips to Cuba to explore dance and culture helped her find a new sense of unity, a better understanding of how people work together, the relationships between dancers and music.

49 Writers

Ricky Tagaban

Ricky Tagaban is a Chilkat weaver from Juneau who studied traditional ways with the late master weaver Clarissa Rizal.

49 Writers

Kim McNett

What infuses all Kim McNett does is a shared joy — the pleasures of experiencing the world around us and playing in it. She continues her own learning even as she leads others into a greater awareness of their surroundings and confidence in their artistic abilities.

49 Writers

Jacob Dee

“I’ve always loved albums full of engrossing psychedelia,” Jacob Dee says over drinks at the Writer’s Block Bookstore and Café in Anchorage. His enthusiasm and delight for “art pop” — a term he prefers over the more isolating or alienating “experimental music” designation — is infectious and palpable.

49 Writers

Armin Abdihodžić

“It’s not enough to just pick up a guitar and start playing,” Armin Abdihodžić says as he unlatches the case resting at his feet in his office. “You want to pick it up and be inspired.”

When he plays his new, custom guitar, it’s tempting to assume that Abdihodžić possesses easy access to some mythical, transcendent space reserved for only the most skilled and capable musicians.

49 Writers

Amber Webb

Amber Webb, a Curyung tribal member who grew up mainly in Dillingham, is a visual artist. The tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women influences her work.

49 Writers

Colleen Firmin Thomas

Growing up between Fort Yukon and Fairbanks, visual artist Colleen Firmin Thomas became accustomed to living simultaneously in worlds that contradict. Her mother is Gwich’yaa Gwich’in and pursued a career teaching at Fort Yukon School. Her father, who is white, grew up in Anchorage, traveled to Fort Yukon as a teenager to trap, and stayed.

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