Artists in the Collection
Theodore Roosevelt Lambert
Theodore Roosevelt Lambert (1905-1960)
Trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ted Lambert produced an impressive corpus of art that deals knowingly with the outdoor life in Alaska. He worked for a period as a freight carrier and musher, and knew well the ways of the trappers and miners who peopled his paintings. He knew also the land and its moods and captured on canvas nature’s grand vistas and delicate trails.
James Everett Stuart
James Everett Stuart (1852-1941)
James Everett Stuart was a prolific painter who visited Alaska in 1891, 1897, and 1907. His Alaska painting and sketches are of the majestic Coast Mountains, Muir Glacier, and the countless inlets and fjords of the inside passage. Stuart’s work was popular with European collectors and the barons of United States industry, including Marshall Field, J.D. Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan. (He claimed that from 1882 to 1900, his “products” brought him over $300,000!) The Museum’s Fine Arts collection has over twenty J.E. Stuart paintings, the largest of which – 4 x 8 feet – is on display in Signers’ Hall, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Enid Cutler (born, 1921)
Enid Cutler was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied fine art at the University of Iowa, receiving her Master of Fine Arts in 1944. Enid moved to Fairbanks in 1962 when her husband, Howard Cutler (UAF Chancellor 1976-1981), was appointed a university vice-president. She was nurturing to the community and practiced intuitive painting – merging creativity, balance and harmony in life. Her painted portraits of friends and colleagues captured the personality and essence of each sitter. Enid was active in the local art scene until 2004 when she moved to Pennsylvania to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Jules Dahlager (1884-1952)
Jules Dahlager was a printer and journalist who came to Alaska in 1921 to work for the Cordova Daily Times; he remained in the Territory of Alaska the rest of his life. Though he had no formal training in art, he produced many fine paintings, which are highly regarded and sought after by collectors. Dahlager preferred to paint with a palette knife, and his dexterity was so great that he could render even fine detail with impressive clarity.
Sydney Laurence (1865-1940)
Sydney Laurence is Alaska’s favorite landscape painter and the preeminent artist of Mt. McKinley. His artistic talent brought him early recognition, but it was his adventurous trip to Alaska in 1904 and his fascination with the “Last Frontier” that assured him a place in history. Laurence’s Tonalist palette emphasized atmosphere and the quiet aura of vast spaces. Time and again the soft, misty light of dawn or dusk appears in his works, enhancing the poetic qualities of nature that Laurence deeply admired.
Claire Fejes (1920-1998)
Claire Fejes moved from New York City to Fairbanks in 1946. (Her husband was a Russian interpreter for the military during World War II.) Soon after arriving, Fejes began to paint and draw the Native people of the city, which instilled an interest to see the distant villages of Alaska. In 1958, she visited the Inupiaq Eskimo community of Sheshalik (near Kotzebue) and initiated a style of painting that she developed and enriched for some 40 years. Claire Fejes is also known for her published writing in the books, People of the Noatak and Villagers.
Eustace Paul Ziegler
Eustace Paul Ziegler (1881-1969)
Eustace Ziegler was trained as an artist in Detroit, Michigan. However, his career as an Episcopal missionary is what took him to Cordova in 1909. Ziegler painted while traveling his mission route, and captured on widely, people and their activities were the central feature of his paintings. He produced fine portraits of Alaska’s men and women, whom he greatly admired. His later years spent in Seattle enhanced his reputation throughout the Pacific Northwest, but even so, he continued to paint Alaskan scenes from memory and from sketches. The Museum’s Fine Arts collection has over 60 works by the artist.
Fred Machetanz (1908-2002)
In 1935, Fred Machetanz first came to Alaska to visit his uncle in Unalakleet on Norton Sound. Alaska captured his imagination, and after military duty during World War II, he returned north to settle down. Machetanz had earned a Master of Arts degree in painting from Ohio State University and used his skills to illustrate adventure books that he and his wife, Sara, authored. After a successful exhibition of his work in Anchorage in 1962, Machetanz devoted most of his time to painting. His works are characterized by a technique of transparent glazes applied over a blue or white underpainting to create a sense of depth and richness, a technique employed by Maxfield Parrish.