Yup’ik Masks and Teasing Masks
Talk by Artist-in-Residence Percy Avugiak
As part of the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, artist Percy Avugiak (Inupiaq/Yup’ik) will give a talk on Yup’ik masks on Sat., Aug. 27 from 3-4pm. The talk will be held in-person at the museum and on Zoom.
- Avugiak’s talk will focus on traditional Yup’ik masks and their different styles and uses, including “teasing masks” and the “teasing masks” he has made.
- People wishing to reserve their spot to attend in-person or who wish to be emailed a zoom link should call (907) 747-8981.
Percy Avugiak is an Inupiaq and Yup’ik painter and carver with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UAF. He will be the Sheldon Jackson Museum’s artist-in-residence and working most days at the museum from August 19 to Sept. 10.
His Inupiaq roots are from the village of White Mountain and was raised in the Yup’ik village of Chefornak, Alaska. He lives and creates art in Eagle River with his Inupiaq wife who is originally from the village of Shishmaref. His early painting are of whimsical Alaska animals enjoying different scenes. He considers his best examples of artwork to be his abstract Alaskan Native dancing and singing paintings. He also specializes in traditional mask making, wood and ivory carvings, acrylic landscape and portrait paintings, drawings and ivory/baleen jewelry making.
See more of Percy Avugiak’s artwork at https://www.avugiaksart.com/ and on his Facebook page.
Read HERE about the 2019 mural created by Avugiak for the Rasmuson Library located at his alma mater.