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Online Patron Studio Visit:
Sonya Kelliher-Combs

Thurs, Dec 2, 2021
6–7 pm

Online, via Zoom

Virtually visit the studio of Whitney Collection artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs, based in Anchorage, Alaska. Through her mixed media painting and sculpture, Kelliher-Combs offers a chronicle of the ongoing struggle for self-definition and identity in the Alaskan context. Her use of synthetic, organic, traditional, and modern materials moves beyond oppositions between Western/Native culture, self/other, and man/nature to examine the interrelationships and interdependence of these concepts while also questioning accepted notions of beauty.

Sonya Kelliher-Combs was raised in the Northwest Alaska community of Nome. Her BFA degree is from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her MFA is from Arizona State University. Kelliher-Combs’s work has been shown in numerous individual and group exhibitions in Alaska, elsewhere in the United States, and internationally. She is a recipient of the prestigious United States Arts Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Fellowship, Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, Rasmuson Fellowship, and is a recipient of the 2005 Anchorage Mayors Arts Award and 2010 Alaska Governor’s Individual Artist Award. 

This event will have automated closed captions through Zoom. Live captioning is available for public programs and events upon request with seven business days advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made outside of that window of time. To place a request, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.

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