Applications Open for 2020 Bear Gallery Exhibition August 1- October 31st

Each year, the Fairbanks Arts Visual Arts Committee invites artists to submit portfolios for review. Portfolios are chosen solely on the merit of the work samples entered and are reviewed by a panel of professional Alaskan artists.

Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists, artisans, and curators from Alaska to submit for review a digital portfolio of artwork for solo, curated, or group exhibition in the Bear Gallery for the 2020 exhibition year.

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

The annual submission deadline for Portfolio Review is October 31.

2020 Bear Gallery Exhibition Period: August 1-October 31, 2018

Portfolio Review Prospectus for 2020 show (printer-friendly version)

Submitting a Portfolio for Review

The application process will be 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 Frequently Asked Questions page for helpful tips and instructions, including tutorial videos.


This call is open to residents of Alaska ages 18 or older. An individual artist may have a solo exhibit in the Bear Gallery once every four years. Artists who have had a solo exhibition prior to 2016 are eligible for consideration this year (curated exhibits 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.

Portfolio Submission Requirements:

  • Up to 10 images of work completed in the last 5 years.
  • Group Exhibit 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 and training and gallery exhibitions.
  • Brief Artist Statement/Statement of Exhibit Intent

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).

Conditions:  Submission to Fairbanks Arts Association’s Portfolio Review constitutes agreement to meet the Bear Gallery’s scheduling needs for the 2020 exhibition year, beginning January 2020. 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: $30.00

Non-member: $35 (Become a Fairbanks Arts Association Member here)

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

DEADLINE: October 31, 2018 at 11:59pm MST




For Questions: Email gallery@fairbanksarts.org or call (907) 456-6485 ext. 226


Fairbanks Arts is a nonprofit arts organization promoting traditional and contemporary arts in Interior Alaska since 1966.


Literary Reading with Linda Schandelmeier

Fairbanks Arts Association is the proud host

of the oldest Literary Reading in Alaska.

Readings are usually held in the Bear Gallery the first Saturday of the month.

These events are free and open to the public.

Fairbanks Arts Literary Reading Series Features:  Linda Schandelmeier

Saturday, October 6th from 7pm


Linda Schandelmeier grew up on a family homestead six miles south of Anchorage in the 01950s and 60s. Her new collection of poems, Coming Out of Nowhere is part memoir and part historical document. The poems celebrate the unique and nurturing aspects of homestead life, but do not shy away from unpleasant family details. Linda has one ot0her collection, Listening Hard Among the Birches. Her poetry has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions, including an Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park in 2012, a Rasmuson Individual Artist Project Award in 2006, and an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts in 1984. She is the winner of the Midnight Sun, Fejés, and Anchorage Daily News-UAA prizes for poetry. Linda’s poems have been set to music in three song cycles, one of which, Poem Against the Cold, by British composer Corey Field,  was performed at Carnegie Hall. A retired biologist and elementary school teacher, and an active master gardener and political activist, Linda lives near Fairbanks, Alaska.


Book Signing with Linda Schandelmeier for Coming Out of Nowhere

Date/Time: Friday, October 5th from 5-7pm

Location: Bear Gallery (3rd Floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts) Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701

Cost: This event is free and open to the public.

Website: fairbanksarts.org

Contact: For more information 456-6485 ext. 226 or literary@fairbanksarts.org