More About Alison Marks

Traditional Tlingit territory is part of what is today's British Columbia and although Alison Marks' career as an artist is perhaps more tied to the US, her art story is firmly rooted in Northwest coast. 

“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. She 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.

Some scholars believe that Marks is the first Tlingit woman to carve a totem pole. 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.

This bio and more of her interesting work can be found on her website.

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