About the Artist

Cindy Shake is a versatile inspiring leader, graphic designer, and visual artist. Cindy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Alaska Pacific University and was n
amed American Marketing Association (AMA) Alaska "2014 Marketer of the Year." As an award-winning communications and design professional her development, and design expertise are instrumental as the principal of a successful communications design firm for over 25 years specializing in Tourism, Healthcare, Public Art, Alaska Native Corporations, Oil & Gas and Corporate Marketing Initiatives. Cindy’s creative spark, business acumen, and experience working in various market sectors while understanding Alaska’s economic development opportunities make her an asset in diverse professional circles. After reviewing her nomination for Marketer of the Year, one of the AMA judges wrote, “In under a year, she has not only impacted her peers, clients, and executives at the corporate level but has been influential in transforming the perception of UMIAQ Professional Services in its industry.  Ms. Shake is an excellent example of a marketing leader who can drive change to generate business and create an inspired culture.” 
Cindy creates commercial and
residential steel sculptures.

In addition to her communications profession, her sculptural works include a large-scale 1% Public Art installation is at the corner of Mt. View Drive and Bragaw, and at Chugach Optional Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska. As a published author and illustrator of several books, her popular children's book "The Alaska Animal Alphabet" is in its 4th printing. The Alaska ABC Book and Shake's "Amazing Animal Alphabet" books were selected by Apple for inclusion in their iTunes store as iBooks. A line of Art Quilt Patterns, limited editions of The Alaska Animal Alphabet and Raven-themed 100% Cotton Batik fabrics designed by Cindy are available through the Quilted Raven in Anchorage. 

Committed to public service, Cindy is a 2015 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena Society inductee and is a member of  the Public Relations Society and the American Marketing Association -Alaska Chapter.  Appointed by the office of the mayor as a member of the Downtown Anchorage Advisory Group for the Downtown Anchorage Comprehensive Plan as well as a founding member of the Spenard Farmers Market. The Cook Inlet Literacy Council awarded her the Citizens Literacy Award. 

Cindy's graphic design work has been widely recognized receiving annual awards including the Global Health Care Silver award for excellence in Graphic Design, Advertising Federation Awards for Graphic Design, Illustration and Advertising Campaigns, PRSA Aurora Awards, as well as multiple international Gold and Platinum MarCom and Hermes Creative Awards for excellence.

You can follow works in progress and see images of completed sculptures and artwork on her Blog, Art Making in the North.

Pictured are the 2015 Class of inductees to the Anchorage ATHENA Society, along with Leadership Award winner Carolyn E. Jones. Our smiles were contagious following the luncheon at the Dena'ina Convention Center on Monday in our honor that celebrated the amazing energy and accomplishments from each of these women! I was not only proud but a bit emotional as I learned what each of these empowering women have done not only locally, regionally but globally I realized that I can continue to do more with my life to mentor and pay it forward. Back row from left to right: Dr. Robyn Rehmann, Cindy Shake (me!), Carolyn E. Jones (not only was she the Keynote Speaker but was surprised to be named the 2015 ATHENA of the Year!), Alison E. Kear, and Jackie Purcell. Front row from left to right: Barbara A. Jones, Stephanie Kesler, Kristi Acuff, Julie Hasquet, Hilary Morgan. Special THANK YOU to Jana Hayenga, (The Quilted Raven and Cabin Fever)  2014 Anchorage ATHENA Society Leadership Award Recipient who nominated me and continues to inspire and support others.