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You are invited to Charlie’s pARTy for the Arts fundraiser!

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Twenty-five local artists were asked to create an original work of art from an item generously donated by Samson True Value Hardware for FAA’s annual Charlie’s pARTy fundraiser. This year’s special object is a paintbrush and we are excited for you to see what artists have been coming up with! Join Fairbanks Arts on Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm for this special event in the Bear Gallery and enjoy food, friends and fabulous art! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Be sure to get your tickets now so you can have a great time AND support the arts! All proceeds from this benefit programs of Fairbanks Arts Association.


Intake for the 64th Parallel Exhibition Juried by Nina Elder

Intake for the 64th Parallel Exhibition is THIS weekend, Sept. 25th-27th, from 12-6 Friday, Saturday & Sunday in the Bear Gallery.

Nina Elder will give her juror lecture on Monday, September 28th at 7pm in the Blue Room on the 3rd floor in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park (2300 Airport Way).

‘Defunct: Ojo Caliente’ by Nina Elder 2011 Acrylic on Panel 48″ x 60″

‘Defunct: Ojo Caliente’ by Nina Elder 2011 Acrylic on Panel 48″ x 60″

This year’s 64th Parallel exhibit will be juried by artist, Nina Elder, of Santa Fe.

Nina Elder is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where she cultivated a curiosity about gravel pits, mines, and lumber mills. Her work examines the visual evidence of land use in the American West and its cycles of production, consumption, and waste. Through paintings and drawings she endeavors to illuminate that the contemporary landscape is the physical manifestation of modern needs, economies, policies, and powers. Her relationship to Alaska stems from her multi-year project with the Polar Lab at the Anchorage Museum. Nina’s work is exhibited and collected nationally, and has been included in publications such as Art in America, VICE, and New American Paintings.  After earning her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Nina returned to northern New Mexico where she co-founded an off-the-grid artist residency program called PLAND: Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation.  She now is the Residency Director at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Nina is represented by RULE Denver, RULE Marfa, and Central Features in Albuquerque. Her work can be seen at

Literary Reading on Saturday, 9/12

This Saturday, September 12th at 7pm in the Blue Room* across the hall from the Bear Gallery, FAA plays host to the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Creative Writing Faculty. This event is FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you all there!

For more information about the writers at this reading, please check out the literary page for the event.

Flier for September 12th Literary Reading in the Blue Room.

Flier for September 12th Literary Reading in the Blue Room.

*Because of the large size of the current Bear Gallery exhibit, the location of the Literary Reading this month has changed. The Blue Room is easy to find. Just make your way to the Bear Gallery and follow the arrow signs to the Blue Room.

Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living

Organized by the Anchorage Museum, the exhibit Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living is coming to Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery for September 2015 thanks to generous support provided by the Rasmuson Foundation.

About half of Alaska’s residents live in traditional Dena’ina territory but have little knowledge about the indigenous people who have called South-Central Alaska home for centuries. The Anchorage Museum changed that with the first major exhibition ever presented about the mapDena’ina Athabascan people. This exhibit demonstrates that, although Dena’ina have experienced life-altering changes during the past 200 years, many core values and traditions survive.

Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living, will be on view at the Fairbanks Association’s Bear Gallery from September 4 through 26, 2015. The gallery is located on the 3rd Floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way. Gallery hours are from Noon to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. There is no admission charge to enter the gallery. The exhibition is comprised of Dena’ina art and artifacts on view in the Bear Gallery as well as a film series, lecture and workshop held in the Pioneer Park Theater and Blue Room in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts.

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A Feast of Summer Literary Events at FAA

Fairbanks folks rejoice! FAA has been blessed with a feast, a buffet, a potpourri, a glorious abundance of literary events for the summer months! The next 3 weeks are absolutely packed full of amazing literary readings.

As usual, these readings will take place in the lovely Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way.
Read on to discover the two events taking place in July…

First up on July 18th is the amazing author Robin McLean. Her book Reptile House won BOA Editions’ Fiction Prize and is making some serious waves in the literary community. This is a special reading, as Robin is traveling to Alaska from her home in New Hampshire on her whirlwind book tour. FAA is honored that Robin has made Fairbanks a part of her scheduled tour.

For more information on Robin check out her website.

Robin McLean's Reading Information

Robin McLean’s Reading Information

The award-winning

The award-winning “Reptile House” by Robin McLean

The week after on July 25th, local poetry darling Jill Osier, fresh from her stint as the 2014-2015 George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy, will grace the Bear Gallery with her own unique voice and flowing words.

Jill Osier Literary Reading Information

Jill Osier Literary Reading Information

The first week in August will also feature a fantastic reader. Keep watching for more information as that day comes nearer…

FAA’s June Visual Arts Exhibit & Literary Reading

Join Fairbanks Arts this weekend for the opening reception of the June Bear Gallery exhibit and a reading of recent works by members of the Community Writers Group!

June Visual Art Exhibit in the Bear Gallery

First Friday opening reception: June 5, 5-7 PM

On Display in the  Bear Gallery: June 5-27

Thomas Payer

Visions of Alaska

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   Having lived in Alaska for over 30 years Tom is trying to provide others with a taste of the Alaska lifestyle he loves through his photographs and the images created from them. 
   Tom has been fortunate to have experienced the Alaskan dream…life in a small, remote cabin, hauling water, hunting and trapping. A dog team provided him with winter transportation and a means to haul supplies. Living by modest means brings you closer to the land and gives you a greater insight in to why we live in Alaska.
   He has put together a collection of photos and images that he hopes best represents the spirit of Alaska and it’s inhabitants. Alaska has a rich history and heritage that he hopes he can share with you through his work.


Mareca Guthrie

The Days are Long, the Years are Short

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Gretchen Rubin made the observation that “the days are long, but the years are short.” Babies grow up, loved ones grow old, and with the wisdom of hindsight we realize that quiet moments of domestic life are often the most valuable. This body of work is a celebration of family life: portraits of family, food, friends, and pets. 

Mareca Guthrie was born and raised in Fairbanks. She graduated from Carleton College in 2003 and received her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Mareca is an assistant professor of art at UAF and the curator of the fine arts collection at the UA Museum of the North.

Fairbanks Arts Association’s Literary Reading Series ’15 presents:

Community Writers Group

Saturday, June 6 at 7 PM in the Bear Gallery

Please join Fairbanks Arts Association for a reading of recent works by members of the Community Writer’s Group and enjoy the richness of Alaska’s literary community.  Readers will include Greg Shipman, Kathleen Wallace, Nancy Slayton & Jim Durkee.

This event is free and open to the public.

For Questions, contact