“Looking back takes me forward”
Raised in the Southeast Alaska town of Yakutat, Jennifer was surrounded by nature and traditional ways of life. Jennifer is Tlingit of the Eagle Kaagwaantaan clan and now calls Sitka, Alaska home.
In 2012, Jennifer was awarded the Master Artist and Apprentice Grant in Traditional Native Arts from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. This launched her apprenticeship in the art of metal carving with renown Tlingit artist, Nicolas Galanin. Jennifer continued her carving career with Master Carver, Dave Galanin, from whom she learned to understand more about her Tlingit culture and the art of carving on metals.
Jennifer draws inspiration from traditional Tlingit formline designs, historic artifacts, spruce root basket weaving patterns, and from the contrast and texture of metals. Jennifer strives to continuously push the boundaries of her medium.
Jennifer is an award-winning artist with such honors as:
First Place for metal carving, Carving & Sculpture Division Best of Division, Carving & Sculpture Division 2016 | Celebration Northwest Coast Juried Art Show | Juneau, Alaska
People’s Choice - Jewelry/Metalwork 2017 | Adaka Cultural Festival | Whitehorse, Yukon
Best of Spruce Root Category, Endangered Art Division 2020 | Celebration Northwest Coast Juried Art Show | Juneau, Alaska
Fellowship Award Recipient 2020 | Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards | Alaska
“I am fulfilling my dream of pursuing something related to traditional Tlingit art, while having the freedom to express my own style. My hope is that you will enjoy something I’ve created.”
— Jennifer Younger