Phillip Charette Art Blog
Phillip John ___Aarnaquq___ Charette, Alaskan Native Yup__™ik artist, has been awarded the 2009 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Fellowship. SWAIA, a non-profit organization, is an advocate for Native American arts and cultures (particularly those in the Southwest). SWAIA creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists in part by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market each August. The Fellowship program is a highly competitive application process with over a thousand applications received each year. Phillip is one of only five artists to receive the 2009 Fellowship. The purpose of the SWAIA Fellowship Program is to help emerging and established American Indian artists reach the next level by providing funds to help advance their talents, assist with promotion, building a portfolio, further their professional development, and more. For over 20 years, SWAIA has awarded more than 130 fellowships to select Native American artists based on their achievement of excellence in the arts. The current fellowship award is $5,000. In 2008, SWAIA_® awarded fellowships to six talented artists.
Phillip__™s expansion plans include the purchase of welding equipment that will allow him to begin producing large outdoor metal sculptures. ___Winning this highly coveted Fellowship is one of the most exciting things to happen to me as an artist. To win this award is a statement of where I__™ve come as a professional artist and I__™m thankful to the SWAIA selection committee for giving me this recognition,___ said Phillip.
Phillip__™s artistic focus has been on mixed media sculptures and prints that are contemporary renditions of traditional Yup__™ik ceremonial masks. He has participated in shows at the Smithsonian, the Eiteljorg, and the Heard Museums, and was a part of the Changing Hands 2: Art Without Reservation national museum tour. His work has been collected privately and by museums, including the Portland Art Museum and the Hallie Ford Museum. He makes his home in Eastern Oregon.