UAF Department of Art Contact Information
Meet our faculty, staff and adjunct instructors!
Miho Aoki studied digital art and animation at the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University. Her works have been exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, University of Alaska Museum of the North, and other art galleries. She also produces computer-generated animations for art performances and educational videos.
On Sabbatical for AY22-23
Wendy Ernst Croskrey is a professor at UAF. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1990. She has served as an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. Professor Croskrey has been a visiting artist and presented workshops in Alaska, Arizona, Canada, Colorado, Minnesota and Texas. She has commissions in various regions of the country including Alaska and the Midwest. Solo and two person exhibitions include The University of Tasmania, Australia, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, The International Gallery in Anchorage, Alaska, Nemo Art Gallery Anchorage, Alaska, Jeffery Tabor Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Other invitational/juried gallery exhibitions include The Babuino Arte in Rome, Italy, The Poimena Gallery in Tasmania, Australia, University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska, the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona, the University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Beijing, China, and Chuck Leviton Gallery in New York.
Mareca has been with the museum since 2008. She was born and raised in Fairbanks with many years abroad in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and Spain. She studied studio art and art history in Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge and graduated with a degree in Studio Art from Carleton College in 2003 and an MFA from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, CA in 2007.
Somer Hahm is a visual artist and a visitor living and working on the ancestral lands
of the Tanana Dene peoples, also known as Fairbanks, Alaska. She received a BFA from
University of Montana, Missoula in 2005 and an MFA, with an emphasis in Painting and
Drawing, from University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2008.
With robust involvement in the Fairbanks art community, Somer exhibits her work statewide
and teaches painting and drawing workshops for the Folk School of Fairbanks and Well
Street Art Company and is an Adjunct Professor of Drawing at the University
of Alaska - Department of Art. Employment as Fairbanks Arts Associations Exhibition Technician, installing rotating exhibits at Bear Gallery, allows her to work one on one with Alaskan artists in all career stages and hands on with a diverse variety of art works.
Motivated to create community involvement and interest in public art, Somer founded the Far North Quilt Trail in 2019. In 2020, Hahm received a Rasmuson Individual Artist Project Award, funding from the Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts to further her artist-led endeavor of creative place making, initiating Alaska’s first barn quilt trail. Somer is a mother of two young children.
J. Jason Lazarus is an Alaska-based photographer and educator that creates handmade and narrative-driven photographic work utilizing a wide range of alternative and historical photographic processes. Lazarus has served as a photographic educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2005, teaching and developing a wide range of courses in digital, alternative and traditional darkroom photography. His alternative process work ranges from abstract Chemigram prints that discuss the complex historical legacy left behind by World War II to darkroom-printed Mordançage images that show a fragile Western American landscape decaying under the pressures of resource development, economic failures and climate change. Lazarus also spends the lengthy, dimly-lit winter months in Alaska creating unique portraits of its fragile tundra with his Fujifilm xPro-3 digital camera, finding an uncanny beauty among its bleak northern latitudes, as seen in his series entitled “Resilient”.
Portrait by Artem Zhdanov
Da-ka-xeen received his A.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and his B.F.A.
from the University of New Mexico. From 1994-2000 Mehner served as the founder and
director of Site 21/21, a contemporary art gallery in Albuquerque, NM, and was a founding
member/owner of the (Fort) 105 Art Studios in downtown Albuquerque in 1998. Da-ka-xeen
returned to Alaska in 2000 and earned his M.F.A in Native Arts from the University
of Alaska Fairbanks in 2007.
Da-ka-xeen work in photography and sculpture has been exhibited from New York to California; Alaska to New Mexico. Collections include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the University of Alaska Museum of the North (Fairbanks, AK), and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM), C.N. Gorman Museum (Davis CA) and the Alaska State Museum (Juneau, AK). His work has been featured in the art magazines Sculpture and American Indian Art, and in numerous newspapers, art catalogs, and blogs. He is an Assistant Professor of Native Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the director of the UAF Native Arts Center.
Jamie Smith is the creator of the Alaskan cartoon feature “Nuggets” appearing weekly in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner since 1988. He also teaches drawing classes, participates in artist residencies, and gives presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and does freelance illustration for clients throughout the community. MFA Sequential Art, Savannah College of Art & Design.
Indi is a multi-media artist from Hawaii. She got her MFA at UAF in 2020 and her BFA at Creighton University in 2017. Her specialty is bone carving, but she also does leathercraft, drawing, sculpting, digital modeling, and 3D printing.