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Alex Combs, Alex Duff 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, aa well as a 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.



[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, 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 CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

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

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 23, 2022. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/combs