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Jon Van Zyle

Art is his life and Alaska, all of Alaska, has been his inspiration. Artist Jon Van Zyle has seen more of Alaska in a much more unique way than most can ever experience. Jon has twice completed the 1049 miles of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race between Anchorage and Nome. From these adventures he has created the yearly official Iditarod poster and print series, commemorating the race. In 1979 he was made official Iditarod Artist, a title he still holds today. In 2004 he was inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame.

His acrylic paintings go far beyond the race though, encompassing so much of Alaska’s beauty. His art prints, posters, gift items, clothing, books and fabric enhance Jon's reputation as Alaska’s storyteller through his art.

Jon’s art career has spanned over 4 decades. A prolific artist, producing over 60 paintings a year for one man exhibitions in the United States as well as Europe. Illustrating over 40 award winning children and adult books for prestigious publishers has earned him a reputation with a younger audience as well as many awards. His limited edition prints and posters sell out regularly with over 400 editions in the last 40 plus years.

Jon was just given the prestigious Governors Award for Art and Humanities in 2019. This award is given based on artistic leadership, distinction, merit, and longevity of impact to the state of Alaska.

Jon and his wife, Jona, also an artist, travel extensively, gathering material and experiences for the continuous production of art. The Van Zyles’ live near Eagle Rivers, Alaska, where they raise and train Siberian Huskies. Both inspirational and functional, the dogs play a large part in their lives together. For more information about Jon, visit: www.jonvanzyle.com