Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 1994

"University museum to exhibit Skondovitch paintings"

In celebration of International Museum Day, the University of Alaska Museum will host a reception Wednesday to show four paintings by Fairbanks artist Alfred Skondovitch, donated by the artist recently for the museum’s fine arts collection.

The museum will also highlight its display, "Art & Craft: Then and Now."

The reception at the museum Wednesday will be from 4-6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information call the museum at 474-7505.

Skondovitch, a 35-year resident of Alaska, is originally from England. After World War II he arrived in New York City, and under the auspices of George Poindexter, soon started exhibiting his works with other major painters such as de Kooning, Chagall, and Franz Kline. In the 1950s he was featured in a New York show highlighting important abstract expressionist artists titled "Ten Americans."

Known for his individual style, Skondovitch was deeply involved with the abstract expressionist movement from its early days. His personal work grows out of this involvement.

He has been an influential member of the Fairbanks arts community for many years.

"His recent donation of four of his paintings to the University of Alaska Museum is a very generous gift and an important addition to the museum’s collection of contemporary fine art," museum officials said. "The museum feels very privileged to present these new acquisitions to the public."