Marks’ paddle, “Burt Reynolds” has been acquired for the permanent collection of Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art. The paddle was purchased from Steinbrueck Native Gallery in Seattle.
On October 27, 2019 Alison Marks became the first Tlingit woman to carve and raise a totem pole. The 10 ft old growth red cedar totem pole was carved in honor of Marks’ grandfather, John Bremner Sr. The pole depicts a Raven on top, Bremner’s clan, and John Bremner Sr is depicted on the bottom, holding a thermos of coffee.
The totem pole was made possible by the James W. Ray Venture Project Award from the Frye Art Museum/Artist Trust consortium. The totem pole was carved under the instruction of David A. Boxley in Kingston, WA then finished in Yakutat, AK. The totem pole was raised in Yakutat next to the house that John Bremner Sr. built. The raising was accompanied by a traditional Tlingit ceremony and potlatch.
Alison Marks had a quick residency at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. From March 15-22, 2019, Marks created new work on the IAIA campus. The piece Marks worked on at IAIA debuted on April 9 at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
Alison Marks and Crystal Worl had a two woman show at Stonington Gallery in Seattle. The show ran from February 7-February 28, 2019. Both Marks and Worl created new works for the show.
“We chose the theme as we are both from the Raven clan. Raven is also widely known as a trickster on the Northwest Coast. There are endless possibilities as to what Raven could be up to”.
Thank you to Stonington Gallery, Crystal Worl and the city of Seattle for a great exhibition!
Thank you to the Bill Reid Gallery and the Rematriate Collective for including my work in the exhibition Womxn and Waterways! The exhibition opened on April 9, 2019. I created a new work responding to the exhibition theme. Since the beginning of my career, it has been a dream to show in the Bill Reid Gallery space. If you missed the opening celebration, the exhibition will be on view through October 2, 2019.
Acrylic on alder
12″ x 10″ x 6″
“The Sneeze” has been acquired by Sealaska Heritage Institute for their permanent collections. The mask is currently on display at the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, AK.
Although the solo exhibition “One Gray Hair” at the Frye Art Museum has ended, a piece of the show will live on in the permanent collections of the Frye Art Museum. The selected piece is “Chemically Tanned”, a rawhide cast of a female form.
Thank you to the Frye Art Museum and staff for a wonderful exhibition experience.
Thank you to Sealaska Heritage Institute for the opportunity to design the Celebration 2018 artwork. Celebration is a biennial dance event held in Juneau, AK.
The design is a speech bubble, depicting how words take on a life of their own when released into the world. The first Celebration held in 1982 was powerful. There was more Lingít spoken than English. The event brought back a resurgence of traditional dance. Now, with our Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages critically endangered, it’s time to use the vibrancy of our culture and dance to bring back our languages.
More information on Celebration here: http://www.sealaskaheritage.org/institute/celebration/celebration-programs