Robin Lovelace (Tlingit/Tagish)


Robin Lovelace is a gifted sculptor and lifelong Alaskan. As an artist she sees and hears clues in the works and oral tradition of her Tlingit/Tagish forebears.


“I believe our ancestors left directions and hints in their stories and artwork as avenues to understand ourselves and our roles in today’s world,” says Lovelace

While Lovelace honors tradition, she feels that it’s vitally important for Northwest Coast art to be viewed as highly evolved and therefore ever-progressing.

“My artwork is a vital part of my own self-determination and I create objects of power and wealth to help foster my people’s cultural pride,” says Lovelace. “It is my goal and desire to pass down my knowledge and skills to future generations.”

Robin works in various media, including hardwoods, stainless steel, bronze, copper, and stone. Lovelace was born in Sitka and resides in Anchorage with her husband and three children.

    • 2017
      – Sheila: Women, Art, and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
    • 2013
      – RezErect: Native Erotica, The Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver BC
    • 2012
      – SHARK!, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale FL
    • 2011
      – Expand Your Vision, Stone Sculpture, AK Native Arts Foundation, Anchorage AK
    • 2008
      – Northwest Coast Artists’ Gathering, NMAI, Juneau AK
    • 2004
      – Gathering of Carvers, Ketchikan AK
      – Nearly 30 carvers participated in the creation of three 10-foot house posts
      – Robin worked on the Tlingit pole with a team headed by Stephen Jackson, along with Tommy Joseph and Bill Pfieffer
    • 2003
      – Undercurrent, Decker/Morris Gallery, Anchorage AK exhibition of Emerging Native Artists, curator Sonya Kelliher-Combs


    • 2014
      – Contemporary Native Art Magazine – Issue #4 – 8/2014
    • 2013
      – Huffington Post – Bill Reid Gallery’s ‘Rez Erect’ shows Native Erotica – 9/262013
      – Daily Xtra – First Nations sexuality celebrated in new Vancouver Exhibit – 9/2013
    • 2011
      – – Alaska Native Artists Take on a Rock Hard Challenge – 8/2011
      – 61º NORTH – Tlingit artist carves out her niche – Spring 2011
    • 2010
      – Anchorage Press – Like Father, Like Son – 8/28/2010 – photos and additional reporting  *Alaska Press Club Art Story of the Year*
    • 2009
      – Canadian Geographic – The Messenger – Kwäday Dan Ts’ìnchi – Spring 2009
    • 2005
      – Anchorage Daily News/Juneau Empire – Southeast carver combines…8/2005
      – The Seattle Times – Tlingits bring a story full circle… 8/2005
    • 2004
      – Ketchikan Daily News – They Came to Carve – 8/2004
    • 2003
      – Anchorage Press – “Undercurrent” – 3/2003
      – Anchorage Daily News – Decker/Morris Exhibit Features Diverse… 3/2003


    • 2012
      – EXPAND YOUR VISION:  Cultural Exploration with Silver, Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut Artist)
    • 2011
      – EXPAND YOUR VISION: Cultural Expression Through StoneLarry Ahvakana (Inupiaq Sculptor) and Patrick Stone
      – Master Artist & Apprenticeship Program ASCA
      – Finished pieces exhibited at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation Oct-Nov
      – Robin was one of five Alaska Native Artists hand-selected to study an advanced level, intensive limestone sculpture workshop
    • 2005
      – Master Artist & Apprenticeship Program ASCA
      – Training included contemporary design, metal armature, plaster casting, clay modeling, silicone molding, and resin casting
    • 2003
      – Master Artist & Apprenticeship Program ASCA
    • 2001
      – Kaats’ House post – Burke Museum Harriman Expedition Retraced Project
    • Tlingit Battle Dress
      – miniature Tlingit shark war helmet
      – Training included Tommy’s vast research of Northwest Coast battle dress, selection of wood (yew), scale of miniature helmet
    • Eagle Forehead Mask
      – training included all steps from falling of tree to finished piece
    • Northwest Coast Carving and Design under David Boxley – Tsimshian Carver
      – Have taken numerous classes learning carving, painting, design, and utilization of traditional tools and techniques
      – Projects include: Raven Articulating Mask, two-dimensional panel, Eagle Rattle, Tlingit-Style Raven Bowl, and Tsimshian Portrait Masks
    • Additional projects include: Moon and Eagle frontlets, Shark Mask, Maskette, Paddle, and Spoons


    • Apprenticeship under Tommy Joseph – Tlingit Carver
    • Apprenticeship under Stephen Jackson – Tlingit Sculptor
    • Apprenticeship under Frank Perez – Tsimshian Carver


    • 2010
      – Metlakatla Portrait Mask Carving Workshop – Co-Instructor
      – Robin assisted Master Carver Frank Perez instruct a two-week traditional mask carving workshop in Metlakatla
      – 8 participants, multigenerational, ages 10 – 65
    • 2008
      – Carcross-Tagish Totem Pole Project
      – Worked on team carving two traditional 11-foot house posts on display outside of CTFN Learning Center
      – Served as Advanced Carver helping to instruct team members
      – Northwest Coast Artists’ Gathering, NMAI, Juneau AK
    • 2004
      – Gathering of Carvers, Ketchikan, AK


    • 2010
      – American Museum of Natural History – studied NWC collection
    • 2009
      – Bill Holm Center Visiting Research Award – studied Burke NWC collection
      – Royal BC Museum – studied Kwäday Dan Ts’ìnchi artifacts
    • 2004
      – Caring for Native Collections in Small Museums – NMAI


    • Clan Leader
      – Robin has served on CTFN General Council since 1998.  She has been involved from the adoption of Constitution, to Self-Governance Agreement, to the signing of final agreements for the Yanyeidí clan.
      – Represented CTFN Yanyeidí – Sharing our Knowledge- Conference of Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida Tribes and Clans Sitka, AK –  2007 and Juneau, AK – 2009
    • Board Director
      – CTFN Development Corporation – 2006 – 2009
      – Reviewed and directed CTFN investments and viability of prospective partnerships and start-up businesses
    • CEO/Founder
      – Innovative Healing Solutions AK – 2013 – present
      – Serve as a platform for innovative healthcare technologies to effectively serve the Alaska patient.