FEBRUARY, 2020 | fairbanksarts.org
ON VIEW: February 7 - February 29, 2020

by Anvil Catlin Williamson
It is with pressure that truth is often revealed, and transformation occurs. 

Pressed  represents a collection of narratives about existing in an increasingly inflammatory culture where modern expectations create more opportunities for failure and image is more easily valued over reality.

Pictured: Zealot by Anvil Catlin Williamson
Through Our Eyes

A group exhibition organized by
Sarah Manriquez
Through Our Eyes is a nation wide project that encourages participants to tell their own stories the way they want them presented in the world.

Pictured: Photograph by a Through Our Eyes participant
ARTIST TALK: Monday, February 10 at 7:00 pm
at Wandering Bear Gallery

Featuring Sarah Manriquez and Jason Williamson, the founder of the nation-wide
Through Our Eyes project.
These events are free and open to the public

Brianna Reagan
Pictured: The Keeper of Wisdom by Brianna Reagan
5th Annual Art in the Arctic

This exhibition is held each year in Fairbanks, Alaska and celebrates three northern refuges based in Fairbanks, Alaska: Arctic, Kanuti, and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuges. This year’s show celebrates the marvels of migratory birds.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 27, 5:00-8:00 pm

HOSTED BY: Venue (514 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701)
Northwoods Book Arts Guild is a community of artists actively learning about and creating artist books in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Guild promotes all aspects of book arts through education, participation in exhibitions, and community outreach. NBG hosts frequent workshops, check out their schedule here!
The Folk School of Fairbanks has the mission to perpetuate the joy of hands-on learning and offers year round classes and programs in a wide variety of hands-on disciplines. Check out their upcoming classes!
The Spinners and Weavers Guild: If you are interested in learning how to weave, be sure to check in on upcoming class and workshop opportunities!
TIPS: The opportunity titles are links! check them out for more information about each opportunity.

Many organizations/entities with artist opportunities send out newsletters or maintain e-list, if you would like to receive more information from any of them, make sure to get signed up!

Fairbanks Arts Association manages a gift shop space in addition to the gallery, which receives thousands of visitors each year. Artwork must be of professional quality and reasonable price point for the space.


The International Gallery invites artists to submit proposals for a solo exhibition at any time. The Gallery also accepts proposals from individuals interested in serving as curators for special exhibitions.


Now in its 30th year, the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival celebrates the spring migration of shorebirds as they stop on the rich mudflats around Cordova, Alaska and make their way to their northern breeding grounds.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 19, 11:59 pm AKST

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center is looking for an original piece by an Alaska artist to be featured on event publicity and fundraising materials throughout 2020, with the original artwork to be auctioned in the fall/winter. The featured artist will be compensated.Contract will be negotiated individually with the selected artist.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 28

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. The application for the awards is open to artists, collectives, and collaborations working in all disciplines.

DEADLINE: Saturday, February 29, 4:00 pm ET

Artists can apply to become the 2020 artist in residence with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service to be placed in Alaska’s wilderness with a backcountry ranger while engaging in stewardship projects.

DEADLINE: Sunday, March 1, 11:59 pm AKST

The "Alaska's Heart Through Student Art" Reception will be held in Juneau on Monday, March 16 and is an opportunity to showcase all the creative work going on in education in Alaska. - ARTS IN EDUCATION -

DEADLINE: Sunday, March 1, 11:59 pm AKST

Career Opportunity Grants are designed to provide financial assistance to professional artists for travel to in-state, national, or international events, programs or seminars and for other activities that will contribute to the strength of the artist's professional standing or skill. Career Opportunity Grants will not exceed $1,000.

DEADLINE: Sunday, March 1, 11:59 pm AKST

The Main Street Gallery hosts 11 exhibits each year from September through August, and displays a wide variety of mediums in Solo, Group, Invitational and Open Call exhibits from local and national artists, as well as traveling exhibits. Seven of these exhibits are available each season as an open call to both artists and curators who have a vision for an exhibit!!

DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 5:00 pm AKST

Project Awards and Fellowships are designed to provide artists living and working in Alaska the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor, and to experiment, explore and develop their artistry more fully. In addition to individual artists, groups and collaboratives — two or more artists working together — for the first time will be eligible for Project Awards and Fellowships. 

DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 11:59 pm AKST

The purpose of the online All-State Art Competition is to offer Alaskan students an opportunity to present their creative talent in a juried art show. Awards will be presented for outstanding and original works and certificates will be presented to all participants.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 11:59 pm AKST to complete Intent to Participate Form

Artists residing in Alaska are invited to submit their artwork for consideration in this juried exhibition in Juneau and are asked to fill out this entry form .

DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 5 pm AKST

For this juried exhibition, Interior Alaskan artists are asked to respond to the concept of RESILIENCE, which was chosen through public vote.

Juror: Keren Lowell (Anchorage)

Artwork Intake : Saturday, March 28 from 12:00-6:00 pm and Sunday, March 29 from 12:00-6:00 pm at Wandering Bear Gallery

Exhibition will be on view April 3 - April 24, 2020

DEADLINE: Sunday, March 29, 6:00 pm

Art21 Educators is an intensive, year-long professional development initiative and learning community. The program is designed to support K–12 educators in any subject area who are interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and themes into classroom teaching and learning. - ARTS IN EDUCATION -

DEADLINE: Friday, April 3, 11:59 pm ET

Students can enter artwork into the 2020 State Fish Art Contest for a chance to win the Fish Migration Award created in partnership with the World Fish Migration Foundation. - YOUTH ARTS -

DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 31, 11:59 pm AKST

The Alaska Biennial is organized by the Anchorage Museum. The Biennial celebrates place through the lens of contemporary art. The Biennial includes the All Alaska Biennial juried exhibition, which focuses on new works by Alaska contemporary artists.

DEADLINE: July 13, 2020 at 9:59 pm AKST
a solo exhibition by Sara Tabbert
February 7 - April 4

Alaska State Museum
395 Whittier Street
Juneau, AK 99801

If you are in Juneau, check out Sara Tabbert's recent work, ranging from carved and painted panels to woodcut prints and that surround an installation comprised of many hand-carved boxes and vessels, stacked in the form of The Collector’s Cabin.

Congratulations to 2019 Connie Boochever Fellowship recipient, Klara Maisch!

2019 Connie Boochever Fellowships were announced by Alaska State Council on the Arts on February 7, 2020.

The purpose of the Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship is to recognize and support Alaska emerging artists of exceptional talent.

Congratulations to Creative Capital Award recipient Nathan Shafer of Anchorage! Nathan is a new media artist from Alaska specializing in augmented reality and digital humanities. The award will support his project Wintermoot , which incorporates social practice, augmented reality, graphic novels, and digital humanities to form a series of interconnected epic tales of supernatural people from all over Alaska, spanning several generations.

Dolores Churchill , Haida weaver of Ketchikan, and  Lani Strong Hotch , Northwest Coast textile artist from Klukwan have each been named as United States Artist Fellows in 2020! The United States Artist Awards are unrestricted awards that celebrate artists and cultural practitioners who have significantly contributed to the creative landscape and arts ecosystem of the country. Learn more here.
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