Preston Singletary grew up in Seattle and learned about his Tlingit heritage from his great grandmother, who was from Sitka. He has worked with glass since 1982 and initially focused on mastering the techniques of the European tradition before beginning to integrate this skill with images and ideas from his culture. Since then he has become internationally celebrated for his innovative creations that use a medium not known in pre-contact times as an expression of the strength of contemporary Native culture.
Singletary’s artworks are represented in museum collections such as the British Museum in London and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Singletary created one of three monumental works for the Walter Sobolef Building: the glass screen in the clan house, which is flanked by two glass posts depicting Eagle and Raven warriors.