Jackson Polys: Manifest X
Jackson Polys (Tlingit) lives and works between what are currently called Alaska and New York. His work examines the limits and viability of desires for indigenous growth. He began carving with his father, Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson, from the Lukaax.ádi clan of the Lk̲óot K̲wáan, and had solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and the Anchorage Museum before receiving a B.A. in art history and visual arts, and an M.F.A. in visual arts, both from Columbia University. He taught at Columbia from 2016–17, and was advisor to Indigenous New York with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Polys received a 2017 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Mentor Artist Fellowship. His individual and collaborative works reside in collections of the Burke Museum, Washington; Goldbelt Corporation, Alaska; cities of Ketchikan and Saxman, Alaska; Field Museum, Chicago; Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska; and the Übersee Museum-Bremen, Germany; and have appeared at Artists Space and Hercules Art/Studio Program, New York City; James Gallery, Pittsburgh; Ketchikan Museums, Alaska; Microscope Gallery, New York City; Sundance Film Festival; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.