Alvin Eli Amason

Born and raised in Kodiak of Alutiiq ancestry, Alvin Eli Amason is an Alaska painter who depicts the state’s wildlife with humor and respect.

His paintings and sculpture often use animals and wildlife as subjects. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and taught at Navajo Community College. Amason now teaches at University of Alaska Fairbanks where he heads the Alaska Native Art studies program. He is a member of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation Board of Directors.

Amason’s work has been in invitational shows in Alaska, Arizona, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC. His works are in the Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the Alaska State Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Heard Museum. His daughter, Lena Snow Amason is also an artist. Amason was Rasmuson Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Artist.