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.