In the Special Exhibits Gallery

Photo credit: Grace Berg Schaible Papers, UAF Archives, UAF-1995-0216-00002
PHOTO CREDIT: Grace Berg Schaible Papers, UAF Archives, UAF-1995-0216-00002

Explore the story of an Alaskan woman, whose love of polar bears and passion for the North led to an extraordinary museum collection.

Grace Schaible grew up in Juneau, Alaska. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and became one of the university's most generous supporters. Her gifts include scholarships, endowments, and more than 2,000 works of art. Every piece in this exhibit was donated by Grace. She was a legal pioneer, too! After earning her law degree from Yale University, Grace returned to Alaska to practice. She was appointed attorney general in 1987 and also served as a University of Alaska regent.

"Stung" by Mialia Jaw

Grace loves polar bears. When she was younger, she used to travel every year to the Canadian Arctic or Svalbard to watch them. She has amassed one of the largest collections of polar bear artwork in the world. She collects bronzes, stone sculptures, original oils, prints, and much more. And she donated most of it to the the UA Museum of the North.

Learn more about Grace's legacy.

This exhibit is a select portion of the artwork that Grace Schaible donated to the museum. It represents a fraction of the entire collection. Visitors can also discover how to find many of her donations in the permanent galleries of the museum.


And learn about the northern artwork she has collected

Learn more about the exhibit

Download a walking tour of objects donated by Grace on permanent display

Listen to a StoryCorps interview with Grace Schaible

Explore ethnological objects from the Grace Schaible collection

Polar Bear Portrait-favorite by Todd Sherman
Polar Bear Portrait-favorite by Todd Sherman

Honoring Her Legacy

We recently lost one of our greatest supporters and advocates, Grace Berg Schaible
(November 28, 1925 - June 10, 2017)

Farewell to a Fairbanks pillar: Alaska's first female attorney general left her mark
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial; June 13, 2017)

The university mourns ardent supporter Grace Schaible
(UAF Cornerstone; June 12, 2017)

Grace Schaible, first woman attorney general in Alaska, inspired generations
(Alaska Dispatch News; June 11, 2017)

Grace Schaible, UA benefactor and first female Alaska attorney general, dies
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; June 10, 2017

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