Center for Social Equity & Inclusion Lectures

Sonya Kelliher-Combs | A Sense of Place


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The Center for Social Equity + Inclusion and the Painting department sponsored an artist talk and conversation with Alaska-based artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs as part of the ongoing RISD Indigenous Arts Series. The lecture took place on February 26th, 2019 at 5:00 pm in the Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, Canal St., Providence, RI. Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq/Athabaskan)was born in Bethel, Alaska, in 1969 and raised in Nome, she holds a bachelor of fine arts (1992) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master of fine arts (1998) from Arizona State University, Tempe. Her artwork continually references a sense of place, history, culture, and family. Kelliher-Combs is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, the Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor’s Individual Artist Award, the Arctic Education Foundation Academic Excellence Award, and the Best of Show honor at the Visual Arts Center of Alaska’s Vision of New Eyes exhibition. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the National Museum of the American Indian, Anchorage Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, British Royal Museum, Institute of American Indian Art Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and Alaska State Museum.

Publication Date

Winter 2-26-2019


SEI, Social Equity + Inclusion Office, Painting Department, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, lecture, self determination, place, culture, RISD Indigenous Arts Series


Art and Design | Art Education | Critical and Cultural Studies

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Sonya Kelliher-Combs | A Sense of Place