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Steven Gordon & Anvil Catlin Williamson, August 2020, Exhibit & Artist Talk

Steven Gordon is an Anchorage artist painting the landscape of south central Alaska for the past 35 years in a painterly realist style. He went to Dartmouth college and then earned this MFA from the university of Iowa in 1984 and headed up to Alaska to start his adventures with the life and land of Alaska. He’s taught at UAA and APU and had done numerous painting workshops, and artist-in-the-school residencies across the state. His work can be seen in many private, public and corporate collections.

Anvil Catlin Williamson was born and raised in Spokane, WA but has been a permanent resident of Fairbanks, Alaska since 2008. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016 and has been a full-time artist since 2017.

Utilizing animal imagery combined with non-organic components, Anvil’s ceramic and mixed-media sculptures explore the roles of suffering and empathy in the individual life. This current body of work entitled “Shelter” delves into our human need for safety as well as community. All of us have recently experienced changes in how we relate to our physical and emotional shelters in the shadow of current events. The subjects you see represent individuals struggling to find or provide shelter amidst the various forms of isolation that often come with it.

Anvil is also passionate about teaching children to be creative thinkers and thoughtful makers. She has been an instructor with the summer Visual Art Academy at UAF, as well as an Artists-in-Schools resident and private instructor.

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