Sonya Kelliher-Combs is an artist of mixed decent: Iñupiaq from the Alaska North Slope community of Utqiagvik, and Athabascan from the interior village of Nulato.
She received her BFA from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, MFA from Arizona State University. Her work has been shown in numerous individual and group exhibitions, including Sakahan (National Gallery of Canada), HIDE: Skin As Material Metaphor (National Museum of American Indian) and SITELINES: Much Wider Than a Line (SITE Santa Fe).
She is a recipient of the prestigious United States Arts Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Fellowship, Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, Rasmuson Fellowship and is a recipient of the 2005 Anchorage Mayors Arts Award and 2010 Alaska Governor’s Individual Artist Award.
Her work is included in the collections of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Anchorage Museum, Alaska State Museum, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Eiteljorg Museum, and National Museum of the American Indian. Kelliher-Combs currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska.