Call for Art: 2023 Bear Gallery Exhibitions

Entry Period: August 1 – October 31, 2021

The Visual Arts Committee of Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists and artisans residing in  Alaska to submit for review digital images of their work for possible solo, group, or curated exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2023. Every month, the Bear Gallery shows two fine arts exhibitions by Alaskan artists/artist groups working in a variety of media to local and out-of-town visitors of Fairbanks. Portfolios are reviewed by a panel of professional Alaskan artists and are chosen solely on the merit of the work samples entered.

Portfolios may propose the following type of exhibitions:

  • Solo Exhibition: One artist
  • Group: Separate works of two or more artists
  • Curated: Curator selects theme, conceptual focus, and included artwork

The submission deadline is October 31, 2021,
11:59pm MST.


This call is open to residents of Alaska ages 18 or older. An individual artist or group of artists may have an exhibition in the Bear Gallery once every four years. Individual artists or groups of artists who had an exhibition prior to 2019 are eligible for consideration this year (curated exhibitions are not subject to this policy). 

NOTE: Artists may submit only one solo proposal. Group proposals consisting of a juried component, a call for entry, or an exhibit entry fee cannot be submitted for portfolio review. Curated and Group exhibits must have an organizing representative.

Submitting a Portfolio for Review

The application process will be handled through the CaFÉ (Call for Entry.org) website. CaFÉ has become an industry-standard, pulling together thousands of calls for art into one location. Once you have your artist profile and portfolio set up on CaFÉ, applying to multiple calls for art is simple and efficient.

If you are new to using CaFÉ, visit this help page for artists for tips and instructions, including tutorial videos.

Printable Prospectus for 2023 Exhibition Year Portfolio Review

Portfolio Submission Requirements:

  • Up to 10 images of work completed in the last 5 years.
  • If approved for an exhibition, artwork in the exhibition must be completed within the last 2 years.  
  • Group Exhibition of more than 5 artists: two images of each artist’s work will be accepted.
  • Artist Resume: Not to exceed two pages. Include relevant education, training, and prior gallery exhibitions. Resumes should include relevant education, training, and gallery exhibitions. Artist Resume is not visible to the jurors.
  • Brief Artist Statement/Statement of Exhibition Intent. Artist Statement/Statement of Exhibit Intent is visible to the jurors.

Work Samples: No less than 5 and no more than 10 work samples must be uploaded in the “My Portfolio” section of CaFE. Samples should reflect high-quality work completed within the last five years. Up to three video files may be uploaded (this is included in the maximum of 10 uploads).

Media Specifications: If you need assistance preparing images for upload please see: https://www.callforentry.org/artist-help-cafe/uploading-media/

File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side
File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 5 MB maximum

File formats: 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS
Resolution: minimum 640 x 480, maximum 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio: 4:3 or 16:9
Bit rate: recommended above 240 kbps
Frame rate: minimum 12 fps, recommended 30 fps. The frame rate of the original video should be maintained without re-sampling.
File size: 100 MB maximum

Conditions: Submission to Fairbanks Arts’ Portfolio Review constitutes an agreement to meet the Bear Gallery’s scheduling needs for the 2023 exhibition year, beginning January 2023. Any selected artist unable to meet the Bear Gallery’s schedule may have to re-submit for review in the following year.

Entry Fee:
Current Fairbanks Arts Association Members: $30*
Non-member: $35. Become a Fairbanks Arts Association Member here.

* FAA Members must contact gallery@fairbanksarts.org to receive the coupon code.

Submit your portfolio for a 2023 exhibition in the Bear Gallery here.  

For questions, email gallery@fairbanksarts.org or call (907) 251-8386 ext. 3

Donor Logos for WebsiteFairbanks Arts programs are made possible by individual and corporate contributions, the City of Fairbanks Hotel/Motel Bed Tax, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Joseph Holt Book Release: An MFA Faculty Reading

Literary Reading featuring Joseph Holt

with Daryl Farmer and Sara Eliza Johnson

September 4, 2021 at 7 pm

Bear Gallery, 2300 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701

Fairbanks Arts is pleased to present a book release with University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) author Joseph Holt! This event will additionally feature UAF faculty members Daryl Farmer and Sara Eliza Johnson.

This free event will start at 7 pm in the Bear Gallery. We welcome masked individuals with a cap of 20 audience members.

Joseph Holt grew up in South Dakota and graduated from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has taught at the American College of Norway, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center. His nonfiction has appeared in The Sun and J Journal: New Writing on Justice. His fiction has received an AWP Intro Journals Award and appeared in Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Holt is a Term Assistant Professor in English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His story collection Golden Heart Parade is being published this month by Santa Fe Writers Project. His website is www.holt.ink.

The influence of Fairbanks shows in the title of Joseph Holt’s debut story collection: Golden Heart Parade. The phrase, of course, echoes the many instances of “Golden Heart” that appear around the Fairbanks community. But to Holt, the title also describes the characters who populate his stories: warm, welcoming, and well intentioned. Yet they are characters who, despite those endearing qualities, might nonetheless flounder. “Golden Heart Parade introduces characters in mutiny against themselves and the status quo,” says Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen and Stop That Girl. “These stories are comic and heartbreaking.”

Daryl Farmer is the author of two books: Bicycling beyond the Divide, a nonfiction travel narrative, and Where We Land, a collection of short fictionalstories. His recent work has been published in several journals including Terrain.org, Ploughshares and Natural Bridge. Daryl writes in three genres: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. For him, it is not the genre, but the sense of place that is of primary importance, and much of his work seeks to illuminate the role that the environment plays in our day to day lives.

Sara Eliza Johnson grew up in Stratford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Cornell University. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon and her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Utah. Her first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series and was published by Milkweed Editions in 2014. Her second poetry book, Vapor, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2022. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. Read more at saraelizajohnson.com.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (907) 251-8386 or email literary@fairbanksarts.org.