Ron Senungetuk: A Retrospective

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December 12, 2020 - March 14, 2021

“All world art regardless of age is based on a will to express. You “portray” art because you are a member of society and you interpret what is around you. While doing this, others may try to limit you, but you have no limits.” Ron Senungetuk, 2006

Iñupiaq artist Ronald Senungetuk was a world-renowned sculptor, silversmith, and woodcarver. As an artist, educator, and mentor, he had a profound impact on the visual arts in Alaska. He founded the Native Art Center in 1965, and was one of the first Alaska Native professors to receive tenure from UAF. 

Senungetuk was a recipient of both the Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Award and the Alaska State Council on the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska for his work in advocating for art in Alaska.

Two Spirits by Ron Senungetuk
Two Spirits by Ron Senungetuk. Collection of UA Museum of the North.
Migration 1,2,3, 2008 by Ron Senungetuk. Collection of the Pratt Museum.
Migration 1,2,3, 2008 by Ron Senungetuk. Collection of the Pratt Museum.