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.


Cabin #13 Artist Co-op

Cabin #13 is an artist co-op featuring local artists and artisans sponsored by Fairbanks Arts.

Cabin #13 is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

Hours: Noon-8pm, Daily

Fairbanks Arts Association offers a unique opportunity for artists of all types to promote their art in Cabin #13 at Pioneer Park during the summer. Cabin artists share the space with other artists to display and sell their works.


The 2018 Cabin 13 Artists are:

 Katlian Stark

Katlian Stark is a Fairbanks born and raised artist currently living out in the Goldstream Valley, twenty minutes outside Fairbanks in a cabin with her two cats. She completed a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2012 with a minor in Women’s Studies. During that program she cultivated an interest in embroidery, crochet, and a wide variety of materials, which culminated in the style she currently works in. artist photo 2, Katlian StarkMany of the works here at Cabin 13 are done in the medium of Encaustics. The word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos which means to burn in, and this element of heat is necessary for a painting to be called encaustic. Encaustics originated in Egypt around 100-300 AD, and were used more recently by Jasper Johns and Betsy Eby. Recently Katlian has been using them to combine paper, colored wax, and other materials into portraits of everyday objects.



Glory’s Gallery

Glory Image

“My career gave me the opportunity to travel to all seven continents. The many years I lived in Alaska, I still find our scenery, including winters, the finest in all the world. The local children are a favorite of mine. Early in 2000, my son was stationed overseas. To bring a little of home to him I started sending my cards to him. I asked that he bring them back from Iraq. So, began my art career.

I trust you enjoy my pencil art as much as I enjoyed drawing them.”  – Glory Kuleskey



Bead Art by Deb McQueen

Deb Mcqueen is an award winning Seed Bead Artist residing in North Pole, Alaska.

As a self-taught artist Deb has studied the beadwork and bead making styles of many cultures, both historical and current.  She has mastered many bead techniques and is still Deb_McQueen_artist photo_croppedlearning others. Her favorite is her own style of bead embroidery. Deb’s art incorporates natural stones and objects along with semi-precious gemstones.

Using new and antique seed beads as her paint pallet Deb is able to create the flow of water or the wave of wind through a grassy field. The scenic natural beauty of Alaska greatly influences her art.

Deb’s art has been accepted into numerous Juried Art Exhibitions.  She has received several Honorable Mentions, 3rd and 2nd place awards as well as a few of the coveted Jurors Choice Awards.

Deb’s art can currently be found: Alaska House Art Gallery   Fairbanks, Ak., The Bear Gallery Gift Shop   Fairbanks, Ak., Cabin 13 Pioneer Park    (summers) Fairbanks, Ak.

Check out more of Deb’s work: debmcqueen.com, Bead  Art by debmcqueen  on facebook

Rebecca Sirevagg and Beth Emery – Two Sisters


Rebecca Sirevagg


Beth Emery

Beth was born on the coast of Oregon and played in it’s forest and on it’s shores on Beth Imagecertain weekends. She moved on to the deserts of Southern California, then sojourned for a time on the tundra of northern Alaska, along the Bering Sea. She ended up in the birch and black spruce stands of central Alaska.

Beth has always been an artist. She started by writing and illustrating books with her sister about their collection of stuffies. She continued drawing, writing, and painting all through school. In college she majored in Theatre, English, and finally returned to her roots by finishing off her college career in Fine Arts. She especially loves acrylic and watercolor paint. She’s had several poems published, and in April of this year, she had the joy of seeing her first short story published in an e-mag.

Way back in Oregon, her mum went garage sale-ing one auspicious Saturday and brought back to Beth a box of beads. She was *entranced.* So began her next joy: making jewelry and a life-long love affair with beads. In college she learned metalsmithing and her beading branched out into metal and stone. She and her sister, Rebecca Sirevaag, began to sell their work at Farmer’s Market nine years ago. They love that casual summer venue to share their love of jewelry making. A few years back they discovered the FAA cabin in Pioneer Park and stayed for three years. Life forced them to leave the cabin for a time, and they are thrilled to back this summer.

She draws her inspiration from nature, from memories, and from the beads themselves. She adores using recycled materials and parts from old jewelry she finds in thrift stores and garage sales.

She hopes everyone who sees her work, art and jewelry alike, can also see the bit of Beth’s heart that she places there.

Marie Osborn Reid

Marie Osburn Reid has enjoyed watching changes take place in Alaska since it became a state in 1959. She moved from Truckee, California to the “Land of the Midnight Sun” in 1958. With her first husband, Austin G. Ward, they raised three children in Fairbanks. Her first publications were two stories in Highlights for Children magazine under her former name Marie Delilah Ward.

In 2005, after retiring from a top attraction, University of Alaska Museum of the North, she married her long-ago, high school sweetheart, Reford (Jeep) Reid. Young adult Alaska novels began then. Her years with UAMN inspired her to create historical fiction seeing most of Alaska in “The Spirit Basket”. Next written was “Over Rainbows” in a gold and aircraft mystery near Fairbanks. Her son’s mountain experiences inspired “Climbing the Great Denali”. Then came village life and dog-sled racing in her exciting book “Whispers to a Deaf Dog”.

Each book is perfect for readers of about 12 years and up. All are available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble in paperback or ebook.


Eric FosterCopy of Eric Foster

“My name is Eric Foster.  I was raised in Alaska and have lived here since 1959, the year Alaska became a State.  I have lived in Asia off and on since 1987, mostly in Taiwan where I was licensed by the Ministry of Education to teach in public high schools.  My dear in-laws are farmers there and I make frequent visits. I speak stumbling Mandarin and a few words of Taiwanese. My artwork style is heavily influenced by the culture of Taiwan and China.  

Chinese characters reduce entire concepts into only one or two ideograms, similarly I am often compelled to make dualities in the emotions in the story the art is portraying; Like the short joke sentence above my head in this photo from a Taiwanese restaurant; the sentence can be read from left to right or right to left with an almost opposite meaning;  “When I drink my wife is afraid of me”. However, read right to left; ” When I don’t drink, I am afraid of my wife”. In many of my works I am driven to encapsulate as much of a complex story into an image as I can.”

Sometimes I will see an inspirational vista while camping, or a movie or photograph.  However, most of my work just pops into my head and out of my hand when I stare at a blank canvas. For example, the painting that the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner published; the little painting of a temporarily marooned pilot confessing to his dog that is keeping him warm in “I should have checked it Jake”  popped into my head after talking to Alaskan Bush pilots. The painting “Two Lone Wolves” just appeared in my mind, a human social outcast and a wolf dejected from his pack; the Alaskan mountain man puts a huge chunk of roasted meat on the end of a stick and passes it over the fire to the wolf, the man’s hand stays near his rifle,. and the wolf eyes the human for hints of a trap, but they instinctively know they have something profound in common.

-Eric Foster


Devante Owens

Though he was not born in Fairbanks, Devante Owens grew up in Alaska.  After spending two years in an engineering program, Devante switched his major to art.  Though there are remnants of a science background in his work, he is best known for his surreal pastelD drawings and prints that blend the sea and cosmos.  His use of dark backgrounds accentuate color, creating contrast that brings each piece to life and makes the subject matter leap off the canvas. While his work is rooted in realism, he creates false borders and reflections that emphasize interaction between art and the viewer’s world.  In 2017, Devante earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and drawing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While he primarily work in two dimensional medias, Devante has recently begun exploring artist books and hopes to integrate his work into a more interactive form.  He currently works at Well Street Art Company and plans to attend graduate school in the near future.


“While I am technically an “Alaskan Artist” my work is the result of living in a landlocked and isolated environment rather than a reflection on Alaska’s natural beauty.  Instead of gaining inspiration from the scenic landscape and abundant wildlife, I turn my focus to the sea and stars, subjects that always felt out of reach growing up. Living in interior Alaska, we are always subtly reminded of these topics.  Our prized salmon swim in rivers that connect to the ocean, while the aurora we are known for is caused by charged particles colliding with our atmosphere. By combining these immense subjects together in surreal scenes, I have endless combinations for creation and enjoying playing with the possibilities.  My goal is to create work that draws viewers in at first glance but years later they can still find some hidden detail and enjoy the work further.”- Devante Owens

Cabin History

Located within Pioneer Park, Cabin #13 is believed to have been part of the original homestead owned by Dr. Young, one of the first dairy farmers in Fairbanks. It was eventually moved to Pioneer Park, host to many tourists worldwide looking for uniquely Alaskan art, from 11th Avenue. The original cabin was in such rough shape that a few years ago the current Cabin #13 replica replaced it.  As much of the old cabin was saved as could be (notice the log beams) and is incorporated in this cabin.