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Meet the artist: David Boxley, 2013 Artist Trust Fellowship Recipient

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Sat., May 3, 2014 | 11 am – 2 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or w/ UW ID

Meet Alaskan Tsimshian artist David Boxley, 2013 Artist Trust Fellowship Recipient, and talk to him about his work. David will be doing carving demonstrations in the galleries, as well as talking to visitors about the tools he uses to create his pieces. In addition to carving, David will have tools and finished pieces on display during this special, one-day program.

About David A. Boxley
David Boxley is a Tsimshian carver from Metlakatla, Alaska. Born in 1952, he was raised by his grandparents. From them he learned many Tsimshian traditions including the language. After high school he attended Seattle Pacific University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. He became a teacher and basketball coach to Junior and Senior high students in Alaska and Washington.

David Boxley is a recipient of a Bill Holm Center Fellowship. In May 2013, Boxley conducted research in the Burke Museum's ethnology collection on serving trays, bowls, bentwood boxes and bowls from the northern Northwest Coast. Boxley has dedicated the last 30 years and his artistic career to the revitalization and rebirth of Tsimshian arts and culture. He is committed to practice the culture of his ancestors by hosting traditional potlatches in Alaska and Seattle celebrating important events that have included the carving and raising of totem poles. He has been involved in the formation of four successful dance groups showcasing the traditions of storytelling with song & dance featuring elaborate carved masks, rattles, paddles and other performance items. David is also dedicated to saving the language by teaching Smalgyak classes to Tsimshian communities in Seattle and throughout Southeast Alaska.

Artist Trust's Meet the Artist program is an integral component of the annual Artist Trust Fellowship.  Meet the Artist events bridge our artistic community with the diverse communities in Washington State, increasing awareness about the vital roles art and artist play in our culture.  Find out more at www.artisttrust.org.

Artist David Boxley
Box Drum by David Boxley
Part of the Burke Museum's ethnology collection, Object #2005-137/1