State of the Arts
Quarterly E-Newsletter of 
Fairbanks Arts Association
Volume 20, Issue 3

Message from the Director

Dear Friends, 

It is hard to believe that October is almost over and that the Holiday season will be here soon. This summer, you received rapid-fire communications from our office regarding the state budget situation and requests for supporting the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA). I want to take the opportunity to provide an update, gratitude, and a request
The Update: 
After ASCA funding was vetoed by Governor Dunleavy and all ASCA staff were let go in mid-July, it was announced in mid-August that ASCA funding would in fact be retained; we would not be the only state in the nation without an arts agency after all. After a roller coaster journey for this advocacy issue, it came as a pleasant shock and a sigh of relief to artists, organizations, schools, and arts supporters. However, I think it is safe to say that there is still disappointment at the incredible disruption that occurred, and rebuilding that has become necessary as a result of agency's entire staff being let go. 
So, what has happened since then? 

ASCA's Executive Director, Andrea Noble, rejoined the organization and was recently joined by Laura Forbes, ASCA's Arts Education Program Director. These two long-time staff members have the unenviable job of piecing the office back together after a storm, but are well-equipped to do so. Welcome back Andrea and Laura!
What does this mean for ASCA grantees (like us) and the programs we offer? 
ASCA was fully funded for FY20, and therefore Fairbanks Arts and other ASCA grant recipients will eventually receive FY20 funds. While this happily means we will have operating support and are offering Artists in Schools residencies this year, the journey has been a bumpy one and has not been without damages. There is much work ahead to ensure that Fairbanks Arts and our affiliate arts organizations have the necessary support moving forward to continue providing programs and services that are important to our community. This also means communicating with our partners and supporters with candor about challenges, successes, and needs that come with providing such programs and services (think process shots rather than glamour shots).
The Gratitude: 
The restoration of the Alaska State Council on the Arts was a tremendous testament to the power of your collective voices. Individuals and organizations across the state (and nation) mobilized with a unified message that the arts and culture are core to our identity as Alaskans, integral to educational and economic success, and, for so many reasons, absolutely worthy of support. Thank you to everyone who raised voices in support of the arts, sent emails, wrote letters, made phone calls, and attended meeting after meeting in order to support ASCA. Your message that art matters was heard loud and clear. 
The Request: 
Please continue being an excellent supporter of causes you care about in your community in whatever ways you are able. I was humbled and grateful this summer to hear so many personal stories about histories, values, connections, and hopes as Alaskans stepped forward on many issues held dear. Please take a moment now to share your story with us about why the arts are important to you and why you care about living in a community that values the arts. 

Thank you for all that you do,

Jessica Peña
Executive Director

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You raised $2,952.75 for Fairbanks Arts! 
You are invited to attend Fairbanks Arts Association's annual meeting on: 
Thursday, November 20 at 6pm in the Bear Gallery.

VisualArtsVisual Arts

Bear Gallery Winter Hours: 12-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday

The Gallery and our office will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Sunday, December 22 through Wednesday, January 1.

The Bear Gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park at 2300 Airport Way. 
Elevator access to the third floor can be found in the back of the building.
Fairbanks Arts is accepting applications for 2021 exhibitions in the Bear Gallery until October 31!

The Visual Arts Committee of Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists and artisans from Alaska to submit for review digital images of their work for possible solo , group , or curated exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2021. Every month, the Bear Gallery presents exhibitions by Alaskan artists / artist groups working in a variety of media for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Portfolios may propose the following type of exhibitions: 

  • Solo Exhibit: One Artist 
  • Group: Separate works of more than two artists 
  • Curated: Curator selects theme, conceptual focus, and included artwork.
Deadline: October 31, 2019

For more information and to submit a portfolio, please visit
October in the Bear Gallery
Saudade by 64th Parallel juror
Jamie Bates Slone

Fairbanks Arts Association presents:

34th Annual 64th Parallel Juried Exhibition

On view until  Saturday, October 26

This is your final week to see this wonderful exhibition! 

We would like to thank Sophie Station Suites for their generous sponsorship of this exhibition!

November in the Bear Gallery

  Brianna Reagan, Wilderness Inside
Fairbanks Arts Association presents solo exhibitions by:

Brianna Reagan 
LJ Evans 

Opening Reception
Friday, November 1, 5-7pm

On View in the BearGallery 
Friday, November 1 - 
Saturday, November 30

LJ Evans, Scott & Mattie
December in the Bear Gallery

Best of Show: J. Jason Lazarus,
Absent Lake with Captive Conifer, Gakona, Alaska

Fairbanks Arts Association presents:

Rarefied Light
Sponsored by Alaska Photographic Center

Opening Reception
Friday, December 6, 5-7pm

On View in the Bear Gallery 
Friday, December 6 - Saturday, December 28
Featured artists in the Gift Shop

Mary Anne Fortune

Teresa Shannon

Brianna Reagan


Choose a concept for artists to respond to for Fairbanks Arts' 2020 Spring Juried Exhibition! 

Deadline to vote on a theme is Friday, November 29 at 11:59pm AKST.

1) Miniature
2) Sticks & Stones
3) Invisible
4) Resiliency
5) Wandering

For more information on our visual arts programs, visit our websiteemail or call 456-6485 ext. 226.  

LiteraryLiterary Arts

Upcoming Readings* in the Fairbanks Arts Literary Series

* Please note that there will be no literary reading during the month of December. Instead, visit the Bear Gallery gift shop and enjoy the many publications by local authors and start preparing your poetry to submit to the 25th Statewide Poetry Contest! 
Save the Date! 
For more information on our literary programs, visit our websiteemail or call 456-6485 ext. 224.  

AffiliateHappeningsAffiliate Happenings

Events, Classes, and Meetings

ArtistOpportunitiesArtist Opportunities

Literary Arts  
Alaskana Raven Bookstore is looking for local authors for First Friday events. Contact James at  or 347-8302.
Our Literary Reading Series Writer Application is online!  Visit our website to apply for a reading in the Bear Gallery in 2020
October 25, 7pm:
Dead Writers fundraiser for the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series, The Pub. For more information, click here.
October 31: Deadline to apply for the 2019 Alaska Literary Awards. Click here for more information.  
December 1, 2019:
Entry period opens for 25th Statewide Poetry Contest on

Visual Arts
October 31, 2019:
October 31, 2019: 
Deadline to apply for the 2019 Connie Boochever Artist Fellowships.  Click here for more information.  
October 31, 2019:  Deadline to apply for 2021 Exhibits at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Click here for more information.
November 15, 2019:
Deadline to submit application for Art in the Arctic Show at Venue in February. Send submissions to
November 23, 2019: 
Deadline to apply for the  Sheldon Jackson Museum Solo Artist Exhibitions 2021-2022. Click here for more information.
November 29, 2019:
July 13, 2020: 
Deadline to apply for the  All-Alaska Biennial 2020 at Anchorage Museum. Click here for more information.

Performing Arts
December 6-8, 2019:
3rd Annual Alaska Music Summit at the Anchorage Museum. Click here to for more information.

Multidisciplinary Arts
December 16, 2019:
Deadline to nominate individuals for the Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Awards.  Click here for more information.
October 31, 2019: 
Deadline to apply for the  Alaska AIR: 2020 Bunnell Artist in Residence.  Click here for more information.

Youth Arts
November 5, 2019:
Deadline for the National Archives' Youth Art Competition for students grades 4-6  in conjunction with their  Rightfully Hers  exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage  and the 19th Amendment.  Click here for more information.  

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The Folk School's

Portfolio  Raffle &  Print Sale  

Artists include:
Mandy Bernard, Hannah Rose Berry, Bill Brody, Glenna Gannon, Scott Hansen, Jessie Hedden, Kayde Kaiser, Yumi Kawaguchi, Mary Maisch, David Mollett, Tony Perelli, Macy Possenti, Gail Priday, Natalie Ott Schuldt, Sara Tabbert, Ina Timling, Jesse Venable

Two complete sets of original prints from at least 15 artists (from Alaska and beyond) will be raffled, and you could be a winner!

Tickets are available at The Folk School cabin, The Bear Gallery at Pioneer Park, and at until Nov. 22.

Tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $25.

Drawing will take place at The Folk School on November 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Print Opening & Sale (TFS Cabin): November 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and November 23, 12:00 - 5:00 pm.

Partial proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will benefit the programs and efforts of Fairbanks Arts!

Saturday, November 2, 10am-5pm

Saturday, November 30, 10am-5pm

This holiday season, Fairbanks Arts is hosting two Mini-Bazaars in the Bear Gallery. Both bazaars happen concurrently with other large holiday events in Pioneer Park's Exhibit Hall in November . These intimate events feature up to ten vendors offering original, handmade goods and showcasing their craft to provide visitors with a unique shopping experience.

For more information, visit

We are looking for supplies!

The Far North Quilt Trail Project (TFNQTP), founded by Fairbanks Arts' very own exhibition tech Somer Hahm, is a community wide project designed to enhance, engage and inspire Fairbanks and our surrounding communities in creating beautiful and accessible public art pieces. 

Barn quilts originated in Ohio in 2001, and have grown exponentially in popularity. These large, bold, geometric paintings placed on the sides of barns, businesses and other buildings are now found nationwide. Many barn quilts linked together in one area is known as a quilt trail. These self-guided touring trails positively impact both urban and rural areas in a myriad of ways by bringing attention to significant architecture, honoring familial heritage, and creating commerce in communities by ushering interest and tourism to the area. 

Please consider supporting TFNQTP by donating supplies! We asked Somer what is needed and she gave us a list of materials that are useful: 

1.  Exterior  Acrylic Latex Primer and/or Paint (No paint that has been stored outside during the winter or paint that is more than one year old please!)
2. 6 or 4 inch paint rollers and foam replacements 
3. Quality new or gently used/clean latex paint brushes, any size 
4. Plastic disposable paint tray liners, small or large
5. Monetary donations to the FNQTP will be accepted as well as private commissions for barn quilts starting in spring of 2020

To help out, you can get in touch with us at or contact Somer directly at 

You can also follow The Far North Quilt Trail Project online on Facebook and Instagram @thefarnorthquilttrailproject and look for an updated database of barn quilts in our community at

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