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Sheldon Jackson Museum Artist Recap Talk

by Amy Carney on 2019-08-28T11:20:44-08:00 in Events, Museums | Comments

Native doll dressed in a kuspuq and mukluks.The Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to attend artist-in- residence Neva Mathias’s Recap Talk and Doll Sharing Event on Sat., Sept. 7th at 3pm. During the event, Cup’ik artist Mathias will share information about her background and her artwork and students from her doll making class will share their finished dolls.

Neva Mathias first began making baskets in 1979. By 1985, was practicing her art form in expert fashion. She learned to make baskets and dolls and how to prepare the raw materials to make them from her mother. Her dolls, which she makes during the winter months, are made using seal fur, seal skin, kuspuk materials, and fur. Her grasses for basketry, made during the summer while she is at fish camp, she collects from the beaches of Hooper Bay. She will be in residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum until Sept. 11th and teaching and creating at the museum most days from 10am and 1:30pm-4pm. To find out more, call (907) 747-8981.

The Alaska Native Artist Residency Program is sponsored by the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum and made possible with the support of the National Geographic Lex-NG Fund, which funded the program in 2018 and 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Arts Southeast Inc., other local arts organizations, volunteers, and the general public. If you are interested in supporting the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, you may call (907) 747-6233 or visit


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