The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) recently awarded 16 artist fellowships to Alaska Native, American Indian and Native Hawaiian artists who are making a significant impact in their discipline.
Sealaska shareholder Israel Shotridge was awarded a fellowship for traditional arts. Also receiving a fellowship for visual arts was shareholder Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N'ishga).
Shotridge recently unveiled an 8-foot panel commissioned by Cape Fox Corporation for its 40th anniversary. Titled The Journey, the panel (8 feet by 4 feet) was unveiled at a ceremony on November 10, 2013, and later installed at Cape Fox Corporation’s headquarters.
Shotridge lives in Vashon, Washington where he owns and operates Shotridge Studios. He is known for the unusual depth of relief in his work. He carves traditional forms like totem poles, bentwood boxes and masks, as well as modern forms like doors. Cultural stories or songs usually inform his inspiration, which evolves into unique contemporary compositions for cedar, maple and alder.
Shotridge is Tlingit, Eagle, Teikweidí (Bear) and was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. His Tlingit name is Kinstaadaal (The Bear That's Standing Up). His mother was Esther Shea, Teikweidí Clan matriarch. His father was Milton Jackson, Tlingit, Kaagwantaan from Klukwan, Alaska. Learn more at www.shotridgestudios.com