12 Sep Da-ka-xeen Mehner
Fellowship: Conversations (2015)
Cultural Affiliation: Tlingit/Nisga’a
Mehner was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he currently resides. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an Associate in Arts in 1992, the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003, and the University of Alaska—Fairbanks with a Master for Fine Arts in Native Arts in 2007. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Career Opportunity Grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts; in 2014, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship; and in 2015, a U.S.A. Rasmuson Fellowship in Traditional Arts. Currently, he is the department chair and associate professor at the University of Alaska—Fairbanks’ Native Art Center. Via photographic images, video, performance pieces, and sculpture, Mehner depicts his personal experiences and history as an urban Indian. Expressing his ideas mainly through self-portraits, Mehner seeks to convey his own perspective on identity.