Bio + Contact


“Culture is not stagnant. Through contact and the technological revolution Tlingit culture is constantly adapting, observing, and searching for its place in the world.”

Alison O. Marks is a Tlingit artist born and raised in Southeast Alaska. Marks is believed to be the first Tlingit woman to carve and raise a totem pole. She has studied under master artists David R. Boxley and David A. Boxley in Kingston, Washington. Painting, woodcarving, regalia and digital collage are a few of the mediums the artist employs. In addition to her contemporary art practice, Marks is committed to the revitalization of the Tlingit language and creating works for traditional and ceremonial use.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of, among others, the Burke Museum, Seattle; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Château Musée Boulogne-sur-Mer, France; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; and the British Museum in London.

Alison Marks can be reached by email:

alison-marks@outlook.com

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Alison Marks CV

Solo Exhibitions

2019

  • Alison Marks: Decaf/Regular, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

2017

  • One Gray Hair: Alison Marks, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Select Group Exhibitions

2019

  • Water Honours Us - Womxn and Waterways, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • yehaw, King Street Station, Seattle, WA
  • Two Ravens: Alison Marks and Crystal Worl, Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018

  • Mother Tongue: Indigenous Languages & Art, Idyllwild Arts, CA

2017

  • We Are Native Women, Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol, UK

2016

  • Native Hands: Indigenous Art of the Salish Sea, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Neon NDN, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Out of Sight, King Street Station, Seattle, WA
  • From One Culture to Another, Château Musée Boulogne-sur-Mer, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
  • Celebration Juried Art Show, Walter Soboleff Center, Juneau, AK
  • Masters of Disguise II: A Group Mask Exhibition, Stonington Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Culture Shift: Une Révolution Culturelle, Art Mûr, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Talents from Native Alaska, Orenda Art International, Paris, France
  • Building Upon the Past, Visioning Into the Future, Evergreen Gallery, Olympia, WA

2015

  • Form & Function Reconstructed, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA
  • Bellingham National 2015, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
  • Grand Opening Exhibit, Walter Soboleff Center, Juneau, AK
  • Geometry of Knowing Part 4: YOU ARE HERE, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2014

  • Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired, Burke Museum, Seattle, WA
  • In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA
  • Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth, O’Brian Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • A Timeless Journey III – Paddles of the Northwest Coast, Steinbrueck Native Gallery, Seattle WA

2013

  • First Nations Art, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford ON, Canada
  • Thinking of Raven: A Group Exhibition, Stonington Gallery, Seattle WA
  •  Featured artist, Expressions in Adornment, Steinbrueck Native Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012

  • Celebration Juried Art Show, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, AK
  • I Like Your Status, Emily Carr Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver B.C.

Awards & Fellowships

2018

  • Project Award, Rasmusson Foundation, Anchorage, AK

2016

  • Best of 2D: Print Division, Sealaska Heritage Institute Juried Art Show, Juneau, AK
  • 2nd Place: Formline Division, Sealaska Heritage Institute Juried Art Show, Juneau, AK

2015

  • James W. Ray Venture Project Award, Frye Art Museum/Artist Trust Consortium, Seattle, WA
  • Spring Native Arts Grant, Potlatch Fund, Seattle, WA
  • First Place, Bellingham National 2015 Exhibition and Awards, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

2014

  • Grants for Artist Projects, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
  • Artist Designed Collection Fellow, Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM

2013

  • Fall/Winter Native Creative Development Grant, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Olympia, WA
  • Spring Native Arts Awardee, Potlatch Fund, Seattle, WA

2012

  • Visiting Research Award, Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum, Seattle, WA

Education & Residencies

2019

  • Artist in Residence, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2014-2016

  • Student of master Tsimshian artists David A. Boxley and David R. Boxley

2015

  • Weeklong apprenticeship with glass artist Preston Singletary

2014

  • Aboriginal Visual Arts Residency, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

Teaching Experience & Guest Lectures

2018

  • Formline design instructor, Latseen Northwest Coast Arts & Leadership Camp, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau AK

2015

  • Guest lecture, Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The North, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • Formline design instructor, Yakutat Culture Camp, Yakutat AK
  • Featured artist, Yakutat Tern Festival, Yakutat AK
  • Guest lecture, Burke Museum, Seattle WA
  • Guest lecture, Northwest Coast Art and Culture course, University of Washington, Seattle WA

2013

  • Art kit developer, Northwest Coast Artist and K-12 Teachers Workshop, Juneau AK
  • Drum-making instructor, Yakutat Culture Camp, Yakutat AK

Collections

  • Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
  • British Museum, London, UK
  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Château Musée Boulogne-sur-Mer, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
  • City of Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, AK
  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Burke Museum, Seattle WA
  • Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
  • Tongass Historical Museum, Ketchikan, AK