Tommy Joseph
Tlingit Carver
Sitka, AK
2007 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud.

Tommy Joseph creates hybrid carved wooden totems that are imaginative interpretations of creatures, be they fish, animal, or human. He uses stylistic and formal elements drawn from his Tlingit heritage as inspiration to create innovative reinterpretations that comment on contemporary community life. The artist—of Eagle Moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan—has been actively working in Northwest Coast carving for more than twenty years as an instructor, interpreter, and demonstrator.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.
  • Artwork by Tommy Joseph
    Eagle Helmet, 2005, alder, polar bear fur, copper; photo courtesy the artist
Artwork by Tommy Joseph