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2019 Indian Art Market: Sam Dimmick Takes Best in Show
Posted October 16, 2019
Native Alaskan artist Sam Dimmick with one of the pieces he brought to 2019's Indian Art Market. Credit: NHMU
By Riley Black
Native Alaskan sculptor Sam Dimmick with his prize-winning piece at this year's Indian Art Market.
Dimmick, the Best in Show award winner of this year’s Indian Art Market, traces his work back through those who taught him. “I had five teachers, all from Alaska except for one,” Dimmick says. That other teacher was Lee Milot, a member of the Nez Perce who traveled to Alaska during the 1960s to both learn and teach from Native Alaskans. Dimmick learned directly from Milot, honing his carving skills. “Everything I do represents the people before me, not only in tradition but the people who took the time to teach,” Dimmick says. “I honor them with my heart every day.”
Those threads continue into the future. Of the Art Market, Dimmick says “One of the reasons I go to these things is to see other people and learn.” The different skills and traditions that many bring to one place is inspirational, and in turn can create new connections with others. “I didn’t realize when I was younger that this was a lifelong teaching thing,” Dimmick says, with each creation bringing new opportunity to bring people together.