Zoe Urness

Bio

Zoë Marieh Urness is a Tlingit Alaskan Native whose portraits of modern Natives in traditional regalia and settings, aim to send a message –– "We are here. And we are thriving, through our traditions." Her unique style fuses documentary and fine art, with her imagery simultaneously reflecting the sensitivity and the ancestral strength of her subjects. Educated at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, Zoe's current project focuses exclusively on sharing beautiful, powerful images of Indigenous Americans, and the lands and traditions they hold dear. Most recently she has visited the Havasupai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Hopi at Second Mesa, the Apache Crown Dancers at Monumental Valley, and the Alaskan natives at the biennial Celebration in Juneau. She has showed abroad in the United Kingdom and has made show appearances at Photo L.A., During Art Basel Miami showing at SPECTRUM, the Heard Market, Native Treasures, and will be making her second appearance on the plaza at Indian Market this August

Accolades

  • The Autry Museum - "Keeping Traditions Alive" - Best in division
  • Indian Market - Blue Ribbon - Best in Category
  • Indian Market - Blue Ribbon - Best of Division

Artwork

Hopi Maiden
Dog Soldiers of the North
Raven Tells His Story in The Fog