Nicholas Galanin


Nicholas Galanin

Tlingit/Aleut Multi-Disciplinary Artist (b.1979)



Nicholas Galanin's First Law of Motion, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, CA 2011

New Culture, Trench Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver B.C. 2011

Raven and the First Immigrant, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, B.C. 2010

Oblique Drift, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe, NM, 2010

Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., 2009

Native Preference, ANAF Gallery, Anchorage, AK, 2009

What Have We Become?, Takatake Gallery, Whakatane, New Zealand, 2006




KINDRED SPIRITS Native American Influences on 20th Century Art, Peter Blum Gallery, NYC, NY


Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH


Skin, Raw, Gallery of Architecture and design, Winnipeg, Manitoba. CA


Time Based Art Festival 2010, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.


It's Complicated- Art about home, Evergreen Gallery, Olympia, WA


Beat Nation, New Forms Festival, Vancouver BC. CA


Dry Ice, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe, NM


100 Records, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA


Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Thaw Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN


Inspiration, Pratt Museum, Homer, AK


Images Forward, Berlin Gallery, Pheonix, AZ


Currents: Native American Forces In Contemporary Art, UNC, CO


Crunchtime 2010, York, England. UK


Baie-Saint-Paul’s International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie-Saint-Paul,Qc Canada


Dry Ice Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, NJ


Currents: Native American Forces In Contemporary Art, CVA, Denver, CO


The Muhheakantuck in Focus,Wave Hill Gallery, NYC, NY


A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply, Burke Museum, Seattle, WA


Continuum: Vision & Creativity on the Northwest Coast, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.


Beat Nation—Hip Hop as an Indigenous Culture, Saw Gallery/Grunt Gallery, Canada


Skabmagovat, Film Festival, Inari, Finland


ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto


Identity: Shaq'asthut—Gathering Place, Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Vancouver, B.C.


Identity, Alaska House, NYC, NY


Northern Disclosure: Acquisitions of Contemporary Art in the Museum of the North Fine Art Collections, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks, AK (2005-2008)


Second Lives, Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY


Twisted Path, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME


Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA


Native Voices: Contemporary Indigenous Art, FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY


On The Edge, Forging New Directions In Alaska Native Art, Museum of the North, Fairbanks, AK


No Reservations, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2006-2007)


Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2, Museum of Art & Design, NYC, NY(2005-2006)


Totems To Turquoise, Natural History Museum, New York, NY (2004-2005)


Te Tataitanga Matatau, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, NZ


He Rere Kee, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, NZ


Summer Show, Sir John Cass, London, UK



"Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art" Hood/UPNE, October 2011

"Book art, Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books" Published Gestalten, April 2011

"Tidal Echoes" University of Alaska, 2011

“Second Lives, Remixing the Ordinary” Exhibition catalog published by The Art & Design Museum, NYC 2008

“A Generation of Innovators in Southeast Alaska: Nicholas Galanin, Stephen Jackson, Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner and Donald Varnell” American Indian Art Magazine, Autumn 2008, Aldona Jonaitis

“Tribal Hybrids” ArtNews, June Issue, 2007, Cynthia Nadleman

“No Reservations” Exhibition catalog published by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

“Changing Hands 2” Exhibition catalog published by The Art & Design Museum, NYC.

“What Have We Become?” Exhibition catalog 2006

“Totems to Turquoise” Exhibition catalog published by The Natural History Museum, NYC.

“Painted Bravery: Contemporary Native Artwork Redefines Tradition” The Anchorage Press, Rose Wallin

“Beyond Tradition: Native Artists Challenge Expectations in Touring Exhibit of Contemporary Works”

Anchorage Daily News, Sarah Henning

“Visions of Native Americans in Today’s World” The New York Times, Ben Genocchio



Humboldt - Forum, Berlin, Germany.

Musée D'Art Contemporain De Baie St-Paul, QC, Canada

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Sealaska Heritage Foundation, Juneau, AK

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

Pratt Museum, Homer, AK

Museum of the North, UAF, Fairbanks, AK

Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK

Shee Atika, Sitka, AK

Sir John Cass, London, UK

Burke Museum, Seattle, WA



Best Experimental Film, ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto 2008

Rasmuson Individual Artist Fellowship 2008, 2011

1st place, Contemporary Arts, Sealaska 2006

Goldsmiths Commendation London, UK 2003

A.S.C.A, Esther Littlefield Heritage Study Award, Sitka, AK 1998



"One History- Two Perspectives", Humboldt - Forum, Berlin, Germany. 2011

NMAI, NYC, NY. 2011

UBC, Vancouver, B.C. 2011

Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. 2010

Emily Carr, Vancouver B.C. 2010

University of Washington. 2010

IAIA, Sante Fe, NM. 2010

MOCNA, Sante Fe, NM. 2010

Celebration 2010, Juneau, AK. 2010

CVA Denver, Co. 2009

Bill Reid Gallery Artist Talk Series, Vancouver, B.C. 2009

Artist Talk, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. 2009

“Finding Common Ground: Celebration 08” Juneau, Alaska. 2008

“Explorations of Identity in Contemporary Native American Art” Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK. 2007

“Sharing Our Knowledge” Clan Conference 2007, Sitka, AK. 2007

“What Have We Become?” Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka Ak. 2007

“Contemporary Native American Art”, S.E.A.I.C.C., Sitka, AK. 2006

“Ngaru Rua Roa, Ngaru Paewhenua Tlingit Art”, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ. 2004

“Tlingit Art and History”, University of North London, London, UK. 2003

British Museum Ethnology Department Seminar Series, “Tlingit Art”, London, UK. 2002



Master/Apprentice: Instructor, Alaska State Council for the Arts Award 2006 - 2008

Master/Apprentice: Instructor, Shee Atika scholarship award 2004, 2007

Tlingit metal engraving, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka, AK 2003-2006

Tlingit metal engraving, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka, AK 2003

Tlingit design and carving 2D, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka, AK 2002



The Devilfish Gallery, Co-owner 2007 - present

HomeSkillet Records, Co-founder 2004 - present

HomeSkillet Fest 501(c)3, President 2006 - present

Tamborings, US utility patent pending 2003



Four Seasons 12' copper pillar. Sitka, Alaska 2008

48' Tlingit House Screen. Sitka, Alaska 1998

15' carved panel. Sitka, Alaska 2004



MVA in Indigenous Visual Arts, Massey University, New Zealand 2007

B.A. Silversmithing and Jewelry Design with honors, London Guildhall University, London,UK 2003

Associate of Arts, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka, AK 1999



Master Carver Will Burkhart, 1998-Present

Master Carver Louis Minard, Sitka, AK, 1998-2004

Master Carver Jay Miller, 1998-Present.

Master Carver Wayne Price, 1998-2000

Master Carver Dave Galanin, 1997- Present