Jim Evenson came to Kenai, Alaska in 1955. Evenson was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his BA in Art at Grinnell College, earned an MA degree in Art and an MFA in Painting at the University of Iowa. Evenson taught Art at Ames, Iowa, Cornell College, Anchorage High School (now West High), Kenai Central High School and Kenai Peninsula College over a span of 25 years, retiring from teaching in 1975. Living in Malaga, Spain, while on sabbatical, Evenson began learning stone lithography. He has installed his own press and does all of his own printmaking as well as painting in his Bishop Lake Studio in Nikiski. His work has been exhibited widely in Alaska, the Midwest, Spain, Canada and Russia.