2020 Salem Court • Anchorage, AK 99508
1998MFA, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1992BFA Cum Laude, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019Goodbye: The Things We Carry, Yukon Arts Center, Whitehorse, YT Canada
2019Mark   Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY
2019Brand   Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK
2018Recent Work   Cyranos Gallery, Anchorage, AK
2017New Work   Kenai Arts Center, Kenai , AK
 Remnant    Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM
2016Sonya Kelliher-Combs    Carrie McLain Museum, Nome, AK
2015Stitch: Line    International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
2014Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Recent Work    Jaffe Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2012Qupak    Pratt Museum, Homer, AK
 Where they Overlap    Gorman Gallery, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2011Hide    Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM
2010Hide    National Museum of Indian Art, New York, NY
2008Walrus Family Portrait    International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
2007New Secrets    Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks, AK
 Unraveled Secret    Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK
2006Unraveled Secret    Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM
 Secret    Modo Gallery, Hudson, NY
2005Untitled Secrets    Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks, AK
 Untitled    Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
20021000 Secrets    Decker/Morris Art Gallery, Anchorage, AK
2001Idiot Strings, Catch and Release    Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
2000New Works    Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, AK
1998Asianggataq    Harry Wood Art Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1994Formline    Carrie McLain Museum, Nome, AK
 Transformation    University of Alaska Fine Arts Gallery, Fairbanks, AK
1990Sonya Kelliher-Combs    Carrie McLain Museum, Nome, AK
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
2019Physical Narrative, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2018Aiviq & Nanuq: Sea Horse and Sea Bear of the Arctic, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
 Among All These Tundras, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada
 Place of Origin, Korundi Museum, Rovaniemi, Finland
 Art for a New Understanding, Native Voices 1950's to Now, Crystal Bridges, Fayetteville, AR
 Stitching Beads North Atlantic House, Copenhagen, Denmark
 The Things We Carry Kunsthall Svalbard, Northern Norway Art Museum, Svalbard Norway
 The Un-heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S., Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
2017Subsistence (NO/US) Gallery of Northern, Norway, Harstad, Norway
 Native Art Now,   Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
2016-17 Decolonizaing Alaska,   Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK,   Alaska State Museum, Juneau AK   Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
2016SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas    SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
2015Fifth World    Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
 Gyre: the Plastic Ocean    David J. Spencer CDC Museum, Atlanta, GA
2014Annual Group Show    Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
 Develop/Assemblage/Construct    International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
 Native Art Now - Contemporary Indigenous Art from North America   Nordamerika Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
 Gyre: The Plastic Ocean    Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2013Masks and Transparencies: Contemporary Artists of Alaska    Orenda Art International, Paris, France
 Sakahan    National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
 This is not a Silent Movie    Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; University of Montana, Missoula, MT
2012True North    Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2010-11This is Displacement    Center for the Arts, Big Fork, MN; Northrup Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; Diverse Works, Houston, TX;  American Indian Community House, New York, NY
2010Contemporary Inuit Art    Katuaq Cultural Center, Nuuk, Greenland
2009Dry Ice    Robeson Arts Center, Princeton, NJ
 50/50: Fifty Years of Alaska's History    Statewide touring exhibit
2008Native Voices, Contemporary Indigenous Art    Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007Diversity and Dialogue: The Eitlejorg Fellowship    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN
2005Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, Part 2    American Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY
 Cheongju International Craft Biennial    Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju, South Korea
 Alaska Native Art & Culture Festival    Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
 Defiant Objects    Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2004Works from Spenard 4215    International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
 Alaska Native Art: People of a Place, Art of a People    Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York, NY
 Grand Opening    The Center, Anchorage, AK
2003Points of View    Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2002The 8th Native American Fine Art Invitational    Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2001Ceremony of Healing    Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK
 State of the Art Biennial    Parkland College, Champaign, IL
2000INVITATIONAL 7    Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, AK
1993Arts from the Arctic    Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe
Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
British Royal Museum, London, England
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY
Nordamerika Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Anchorage, AK
Anchorage School District, Chugiak High School, Chugiak, AK
Anchorage School District, South Anchorage High School, Anchorage AK
Cook Inlet Region Incorporated, Anchorage, AK
Denaina Civic Convention Center, Anchorage, AK
Fairbanks Airport, Fairbanks, AK
Kawerak, Inc., Nome, AK
Nome-Beltz High School, Nome, AK
Shell Anchorage Corporate Office, Anchorage, AK
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, AK
2017Perseverance, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2016Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations, Anchorage Museum,  Anchorage, AK
2015-16Curated Conversations, panel discussion series, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2007Concensus, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
2007Assistant Curator, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage, AK
2003Undercurrent, Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage, AK
1999-2000 Program Manager, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage, AK
Selected Presentations, Residencies and Professional Experience
2019Speaker, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2019Artist in Residence, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM
2019Panelist, Columbia University, New York, NY
2018Speaker, Aiviq & Nanuq, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
 Speaker, Place of Origin Symposium, Northern Arts Network, Rovaniemi, Finland
 Speaker, United States Artists Convening
 Panelist, Minimalism and Material, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
 Speaker, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Convening, Portland Oregon
 Panelist, Un-Heroic Act: The Social Dimension and Political Action, New York, NY 2017
 Panelist, Museums Alaska Conference, Anchorage, AK
2017Panelist, Subsistence: The Essential Arctic, Harstad, Norway
2016Speaker, Curated Conversations at the Arctic Frontiers Conference, Tromsø, Norway
2015Speaker, Curated Conversations at the Arctic Circle Conference, Reykjavík, Iceland
 Speaker, Circumpolar Expressions & Identities Symposium, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
2014Smithsonian Spotlight, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
 Artist in Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
 Master Artist, Material Traditions: Gut Sewing, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
 Mentor, Institute of American Indian Art Student, Anchorage, AK
2013Artist Participant, Material Traditions: Quill Workshop, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK
 Painting Instructor, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage, AK
 National Museum of the American Indian/Sheldon Jackson Artist Collection and Leadership Program, Sitka, AK
2011Artist in Residence with Melanie Yazzie, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
2009Artist in Residence, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA
2007Artist in Residence, University of Alaska Native Arts Center, Fairbanks, AK
1998Drawing Instructor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
1996Drawing Instructor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ  
1994Painting Instructor, University of Alaska, Northwest Campus, Nome, AK
1992Gallery Manager, Institute of Alaska Native Arts, Fairbanks, AK
Professional Organizations and Memberships
2017-2019Alaska Native Place
2017CERF+, Board Member
2007-2016 Institute of American Indian Arts Board, a United States Presidential Appointment
2014-2019First Light Alaska, Board Member
2006-2009Board of Director, Nome Native Arts Center
2006-2007Member, Bering Straits Culture Center Advisory Committee
2002-2009Founding Board of Director, Alaska Native Arts Foundation
2003-2018Member, International Gallery of Contemporary Art
2002Member, Anchorage Cultural Council
2000-2010Member, Alaska State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Advisory Committee
1999-2002Member, Doyon, Ltd. Arts Advisory Board
Honors and Awards
2018United States Artist Fellow
2017Joan Mitchell Fellow
2014Dartmouth Artist in Residence, Hanover, NH
2013Alaska State Council on the Arts Travel Award, Anchorage, AK
2012Rasmuson Fellowship, Anchorage, AK
2011Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship
 Alaska Governors Individual Artist Award
2008Rasmuson Fellowship, Anchorage, AK
2007Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship, Indianapolis, IN
2005Anchorage Alaska Mayors Individual Arts Award