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.


October in the Bear Gallery

October 2018

33rd Annual 64th Parallel Juried Exhibition

Artwork Intake:

12-6pm on Saturday, September 29th

12-6pm on Sunday, September 30th

Bear Gallery (Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way)


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escape to sky by Elizabeth Emery

Fairbanks Arts holds annual juried exhibitions to showcase new work by Interior Alaska artists with the Annual 64th Parallel exhibition occurring each October. Artists may submit works in the mediums of ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, mixed-media, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and video. Fairbanks Arts is pleased to invite a guest juror from outside of Alaska to select from the artwork submitted to 64th Parallel. The 2018 juror is Elizabeth Emery of Cleveland, Ohio.                           

Awards are presented during the First Friday opening reception. Awards with cash prizes include:

  • Juror’s Choice: $125
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $75
  • Jared Baker “Gutsy Art Award”: $75

Submission Information

Artists may submit up to 4 pieces of their original artwork. Entries must be submitted by the artist. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in the Bear Gallery. Only artists residing in the Interior of Alaska, Doyon Region are eligible.

ENTRY FEE: $5 per entry. (Current Fairbanks Arts members receive a fee waiver on the third entry!).

For more submission details and entry form, please view the 2018 64th Parallel Prospectus. Prospectus forms will also be available at intake or the artist may fill one out in advance. If you have any questions, please contact gallery@fairbanksarts.org or 456-6485 ext. 226


First Friday Opening Reception: October 5th, 5-7pm, Bear Gallery

Exhibition on view: October 5-27, 2018

Juror’s Lecture by Elizabeth Emery: Monday, October 1st at 7pm, Blue Room

(3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts), Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way

Each year the juror of 64th Parallel gives a public lecture about their art, process and career as an artist. Please join us for a lecture with Elizabeth Emery on Monday, October 1st at 7pm in the Blue Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Emery earned an MFA from Alfred University and a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work February17,2018_EE-FB BGraham smaller(1)has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in public collections including The Cleveland Clinic, Progressive Insurance, Columbus Metropolitan Library, American Greetings, Rockefeller Collection (Dresden, Germany), Metro Health, Westin Hotel Cleveland, Cleveland Artists Association, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art.

In 2018 Emery was selected as one of 18 local, national, and international Artists-in-Residence for FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. In 2017 & 2015 Emery received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a Dave Bown Award of Excellence in 2015.

Her work is informed by physical movement, gravity, plus daily sightings of color, pattern, and unexpected combinations. Learn more about Elizabeth Emery and her work on her website.

October Gift Shop Artist of the Month

                                          John Kooistra

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I write to remind myself of the greater universe that does not always have me at its center blocking the view.- John Kooistra
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John Kooistra is a poet and essayist who first arrived in Alaska in 1965. After several migratory forays north, he took up full-time Alaskan residency in 1973 and has lived in Fairbanks since 1981. He’s taught philosophy at the University of Alaska, Purdue University, and the College of Wooster in Ohio, fished commercially in Cook Inlet for thirty-two years, and worked as a tradesman. His poems are grounded in the world, in season and place and go on from there to consider the timeless human nature we share. He’s served as the artist-in-residence for Holland-America and Denali National Park as well as publishing poems and essays in various journals. Fifty years of traveling by thumb, car, motorcycle and bicycle have resulted in a lot of travel and journal writing. The poem prints and cards on display at the Bear Gallery combine original poems with original photography.