Aleut artist Alvin Amason, originally from Kodiak. received his B.A. and M.A. in art from Central Washington University and his M.F.A. from Arizona State University. A former instructor at Navajo Community College in Arizona. He is currently director of Native Art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Amason's extensive exhibition record includes invitational shows in Arizona. Mic higan. Oklahoma, Montana. and Washington. D.C.. and his work is in the collectio ns of the U.S. National Collection of Fine Arts. the Nodjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark. the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in Washington. D.C., and all three maj or Alaskan museums. His important commissions include large mixed media works fo r the Federal Building in Anchorage and the Anchorage International Airport.
Amason's painting. which often incorporates sculptural elements attached or in r elief, draws less upon the traditional imagery of his Native culture than on hisaffection for and understanding of the animals that he grew up hunting and observing with his grandfather, a hunting guide in Kodiak. Titles like "My heart goes boom, boom, boom," Every time I come here I'm seeing you," and "So Pretty to Me," accompany expressionistically painted images that are both good-natured and insightful.
Peep Peep Peep
My heart goes boom, boom, boom 
Every time I come here I'm seeing you 
Those walrus are awsome 
So Pretty to Me 
"Ooh-ah Ooh-ah Ooh-ah"
"You shot some smiles into my dog"