Much more than a retail shop, the Alaska Native Arts Foundation (ANAF) represents the best of Alaska’s Native visual art culture. Representing over 1,100 Alaska Native artists, ANAF offers a broad spectrum of items for sale that range from unique walrus whisker earrings, baleen baskets and beautifully carved masks, to oil and acrylic paintings and bronze sculpture. The Foundation operates as a nonprofit and uses the proceeds from sales to support and build the artistic skills of Alaska Native artists and artisians. ANAF’s programs include artist workshops, project grants as well as the use of gallery space for individual or group exhibitions.
The gallery space showcases curated shows that feature original artwork from renowned, mid-career, and emerging Alaska Native artists on a monthly to bi-monthly basis. Exhibit openings coincide with Anchorage’s “First Friday” gallery walks and attract hundreds of visitors in one night. ANAF staff members are experts in Alaska Native art and heritage and gladly provide visitors with both the personal and cultural information associated with the artists and the art they represent.