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Perry Eaton

Transformation Tools: Alutiiq Masks of Kodiak Island - Perry Eaton

February 11 - March 18, 2011

"Transformation Tools: Alutiiq Masks of Kodiak Island" presents the work of Perry Eaton, one of the most well-known and knowledgeable Alutiiq mask carvers in Alaska. Eaton’s cultural involvement goes back to the early 1970’s and recently included him arranging to bring traditional masks from the Pinart Collection in France back to Kodiak for an exhibition and subsequent reawakening of traditional Alutiiq carving. As a result of his deep connection to the reclamation of this mask making tradition and his artistic gifts, the gallery will also be hosting Mr. Eaton as an artist in residence from February 14-18 & 21-22. During this period he will give a public lecture, instruct and interact with students, give demonstrations, and carve and construct a mask in the gallery where his work will be exhibited.

This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Perry Eaton Image Gallery

View a selection of masks in the image gallery.

Calvin News & Stories

Read the Calvin News & Stories (February 25, 2011) article about Perry Eaton's work entitled: Artist Recovers Alutiiq Culture, and see a VIDEO of him explaining a mask in the gallery.


Opening Reception Friday, February 11 from 6-8pm

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, February 11 from 6-8pm. Refreshments served in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Mask Carving Demonstration

February 14-18 & 21-22 (Center Art Gallery)
Perry Eaton will be an artist-in-residence and carve a mask in the gallery. Groups welcome. Contact the gallery to schedule a visit.


Wednesday, February 16, 7pm (Recital Hall)
Perry Eaton will give a lecture on the history of masks and the reclamation process of the Alutiiq mask making tradition. This lecture sponsored by the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.