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.