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About fairbanksartsassociation

Fairbanks Arts Association is a nonprofit arts organization that has promoted traditional and contemporary arts in Interior Alaska since 1966.

Pick up a Good Book with Alaska Reads

Although Alaska is a large state, it is possible for us to form rich connections; one such way is through a shared reading experience.

Alaska Reads is a new statewide reading initiative and biannual event that will feature a work centered on some aspect of Alaskan life and culture written by a living Alaskan writer.

We ask you to share in the first Alaska Reads selection, Blonde Indian by Tlingit author, blonde indianErnestine Hayes of Juneau.

Thanks to the Alaska Center for the Book, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Library, and the Rasmuson Foundation, Ernestine Hayes will travel to sixteen different towns around the state during the month of February, meeting people in informal settings, taking questions and entering into conversations about Blonde Indian.

These activities begin in February, so be sure to get your copy soon! Blonde Indian, An Alaska Native Memoir is available at Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery Gift Shop, at the public library or as an e-book. 

Ernestine Hayes will visit Fairbanks February 21-22, 2016 but there will be opportunities to discuss the book before she arrives!

Schedule of Events

Discussion Group led by Frank Soos: Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm in the Bear Gallery (3rd Floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park)

Discussion Group led by Georgine Olson: Tuesday, February 16 at 1:30 pm in the Noel Wien Library

Reading/ Q&A with Ernestine Hayes: Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2:00 pm in the Noel Wien Library Auditorium

Reading/ Q&A with Ernestine Hayes: Monday, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm in the Wood Center Lounge


More information about Ernestine Hayes, Blonde Indian, and upcoming Alaska Reads events in your community can be found at

We look forward to you joining us in this reading initiative- as together we share a good story and conversations when Alaska Reads Blonde Indian by Ernestine Hayes.

January in the Bear Gallery: Mary Virginia Hall & Northern Portraiture

On View: January 8-30, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, January 8, 5-7pm

Bear Gallery & FAA Office CLOSED on January 1st, 2016

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm


Fairbanks Arts Association is pleased to begin the 2016 Bear Gallery exhibition schedule with two excellent exhibits featuring photographer, Mary Virginia Hall, and an open entry exhibit, Northern Portraiture.  Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 8th from 5-7pm in the Bear Gallery.


Mary Virginia Hall



Mary Virginia Hall is an art photographer living 300 miles above the Arctic Circle in the town of Barrow, Alaska.  A native of Alabama, she has always been drawn to photography but spent the creative energies of her youth in the study of musical performance.  After a life-altering move to the state of Alaska in 2007, she redirected that focus and began an intensive self-study in the history of photography, mechanics of cameras, film and the darkroom, and absorbed the concepts of composition through workshop participation.  Her work is heavily influenced by her surrounding environment of the Arctic Ocean coast, a record of her daily emotional struggles living in an isolated environment and dealing with cultural displacement.

Northern Portraiture: An Open Entry Portraiture Exhibit


Artwork Intake (in the Bear Gallery):

3rd Floor, AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way

12-6pm Sunday, January 3rd

12-6pm Monday, January 4th

Northern Portraiture Prospectus

Fairbanks Arts Association invites Interior Alaskan artists to participate in this open invitation exhibit. Each artist is allowed one entry which must be no larger than 24 inches in any direction (this includes the size of the frame/mounting). Entries must be portraits (self-portraits or otherwise) and artists are encouraged to explore the history, implications and alternate interpretations of portraiture as a genre. Artists must read and completely fill out the Northern Portraiture Prospectus above.

Work will remain on view from January 8-30, 2016.


Spend the Weekend with Fairbanks Arts!

Check out a great exhibit and enjoy a reading with two local authors all in one weekend!

December First Friday at the Bear Gallery

Dec. 4, 5-7 pm

Rarefied Light from Alaska Photographic Center in Anchorage On view Dec. 4-26, 2015

House in the Birch Forest by Kaitlin Wilson 

The Alaska Photographic Center (APC) is a statewide organization formed in 1983, with a mission to promote fine art photography in Alaska. Each year APC seeks out a nationally recognized artist to jury the Rarefied Light show and present a public lecture and workshop. Rarefied Light is Alaska’s largest annual fine art photography exhibition. This year APC received 650 entries by 97 artists. Guest juror Susan Burnstine selected 49 photographs for inclusion in this year’s exhibition.
2015 Best of Show was awarded to Kaitlin Wilson, Fairbanks, for the print  “House in the Birch Forest”. Other Fairbanks Artists included in the exhibit are Kate Wool, Ryota Kajita and David Dawson.
The Rarefied Light 2015 exhibition kicked off with an opening reception at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage on October 2nd, will be on view at Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery during the month of December and will then travel to Kenai Peninsula College.
Bear Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 12-6pm
This event is free and open to the public.
For questions contact: 456.6485 ext. 224



On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm in the Bear Gallery

Fairbanks Arts Association’s Literary Series ’15 is pleased to present:

Natalie Taylor & Carolyn Stice

stice and taylor

Natalie Taylor is a recent graduate of the UAF MFA program and currently teaches at UAF and CTC. She writes creative nonfiction, primarily about her family and childhood growing up in Texas and South Africa. Her work has been published in Prick of the Spindle and Sediments and is forthcoming in Under the Sun.
Carolyn Stice writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Cutthroat, Permafrost, Crab Fat, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She lives in Ester, AK.
This event is free and open to the public.
For questions call 456.6485 ext. 226

Using Social Media to Build an Arts Career

A Presentation by Poet & Video Artist, Steve Roggenbuck


You are invited to attend this free presentation on Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm in the Bear Gallery (3rd floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way)

Steve Roggenbuck will present a practical overview of social media strategy for writers, musicians, and other artists to attract the right audience, build real community, and create real-life opportunities from an internet presence. After the presentation, Steve will take questions and offer advice on any specific projects you’re working on.

Steve Roggenbuck is a poet and video artist whose work explores the new forms that literature and humor can take on the internet. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Gawker, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Fader, and The New Yorker. His videos were included in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. He has published six collections of writing, and he is the founder of Boost House, a small press and co-op house currently located in Tucson, Arizona. Now after performing in Alaska, he has performed in all 50 United States.

learn more about Steve at his website:

There is no fee for this presentation. To attend, RSVP to


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

2015_FAA Charlies pARTy for the Arts


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.