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Alex Combs

Biography to Display: 

 

 

Born 1919,  Hazard, Kentucky

 

Died 2008 Halibut Cove, Alaska

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1952 MFA Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

 

1942-1945 Deep Sea Salvage Diver, US Navy, Italy

 

1952-1955 Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

1955 Potter, Anchorage, Alaska 

 

1956 – 1962 Superintendent of Art, Anchorage Public School Districts, Anchorage,Alaska

 

1962-1979 Professor, Anchorage Community College, Anchorage,  Allaska

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Alex Duff Combs is known as a potter who worked in stoneware, a ceramic artist, painter, and designer.  Combs worked in an abstract expressionist style and is credited with bringing modern art to Alaska.

 

 In 1975, Combs designed a concrete frieze for an addition to the Anchorage Art Museum which consisted of 40 panels, each weighing several tons[1]

 

The Alex Combs Award created in his honor is given every year to an Alaskan artist.

 

 

 

“Museum Historical Timeline.” Anchorage Museum, accessed June 22, 2021. https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/governance/museum-historical-timeline/

 

SOURCES:

 

“Alex Combs Award.” Bunnell Street Arts Center, accessed June 22, 2021.   https://www.bunnellarts.org/alex-combs-award/

 

“Alex Combs: Obituary.” Anchorage Daily News, June 5, 2008.             https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/adn/obituary.aspx?n=alex-combs&pid=111069823

 

Anderson, Tasha. “Anchorage Museum Expansion: Looking Back, Building Out, Moving Forward.” Alaska Business Monthly, Sept. 2017. https://bi.gale.com/essentials/article/GALE%7CA504858696/f79c07943b7a1cd3513863fa 743bf4d5?u=iastu_main

 

Anderson, Tasha. “Anchorage Museum Expansion: Looking Back, Building Out, Moving Forward.”             Alaska Business Monthly, Sept. 2017.

 

Dunham, Mike and Debra McKinney. “Alex Duff Combs Brought Alaska Modern Art.” Annette      Potter Family Genealogy: Potter Family, May 24, 2008.         http://yeahpot.com/combs/alexduff.html

 

Jackinsky, McKibben. “A Creative Getaway: This center, located at Halibut Cove just a short boat ride away from Homer, provides guests a relaxing atmosphere with artistic flair.” Alaska       Business Monthly, Oct. 2004.   https://bi.gale.com/essentials/article/GALE%7CA123581204/5c83d3ef3d372a79e1027c2d d17a121b?u=iastu_main

 

 

 

“Museum Historical Timeline.” Anchorage Museum, accessed June 22, 2021.             https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/governance/museum-historical-timeline/

 



[1]

“Museum Historical Timeline.” Anchorage Museum, accessed June 22, 2021. https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/governance/museum-historical-timeline/

 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Pomona, California

Anchorage Art Museum, Anchorage, Alaska

 

 

 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Dunham, Mike and Debra McKinney. “Alex Duff Combs Brought Alaska Modern Art.” Annette Potter Family Genealogy: Potter Family, May 24, 2008.

http://yeahpot.com/combs/alexduff.html

 

 

 

 

Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
   
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
1980-1989
Bowl
Date: 1980-1989
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.90, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.90, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified December 5, 2021. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/combs