Adaptation – Fairbanks Arts Spring Juried Exhibition

Juror: Alvin Amason

Art Intake: Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31, 12pm-6pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 5-7pm
On View in the Bear Gallery: Friday, April 5 – Saturday, April 27
Juror’s Talk: Monday, April 1, 7pm

Each spring, Fairbanks Arts invites artists and makers from the Alaskan Interior to enter up to 4 original pieces for consideration in their Spring Juried Exhibition. Entries should contemplate this year’s concept, Adaptation, which was chosen by the public. Well-known Alaskan artist Alvin Amason is the juror for Adaptation and will select entries to be on view in the Bear Gallery as part of the exhibition between Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 27, 2019. Out of all pieces in the exhibition, he will select three awards and honorable mentions to be dedicated during the Opening Reception on Friday, April 5.

Also join us for the Juror Talk with Alvin Amason on Monday, April 1, at 7pm in the Blue Room (3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park).


Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31, 12pm – 6pm:  Intake
Monday, April 1,  all day: Jury of Artwork
Monday, April 1, 7pm:  Juror’s Talk
Tuesday, April 2, 12pm – 6pm:  Pick up entries not selected
Friday, April 5,  5pm – 7pm: Opening Reception
Sunday, April 28,  12pm – 6pm: Pick up exhibit entries


Entry Guidelines

Entry fee: 5$ / piece. Limited to four entries. Current Fairbanks Arts members receive a fee waiver on the third entry only.


  • Artists must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  • Artists are limited to four entries.
  • Only artists residing in the Interior of Alaska, Doyon Region, are eligible to enter.
  • Original artwork only. Work must reflect the artist’s unique creative effort.
  • No kits. No copies or exact replicas of other original artwork or published artwork (No copies of any published images or copyrighted images, e.g. Disney).
  • Work must have been completed within the last two years and NOT PREVIOUSLY EXHIBITED IN THE BEAR GALLERY.


  • Selected entries must remain on display through 6pm on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
  • Entries will be handled with the greatest possible care and are insured against damage or loss for the duration of the exhibit. FAA is not responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling.
  • FAA retains a 35% commission on all exhibit sales. Works will be for sale unless noted as NFS (Not For Sale). Artist’s payments will be made within 30 days after the exhibit closure.
  • Works will be considered FAA property if let in the care of FAA for more than 45 days after the determined pickup day. During this period, three attempts will also be made to contact the artist (phone or email); if no communication is established during these attempts, artwork is automatically considered abandoned and becomes FAA property without further notice.
  • Submitting an entry constitutes agreement on the part of the artists to all conditions in this prospectus.


  • Entries must be ready for display, matted and framed.
  • Works to be hung on the wall must have wire hangers. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS.
  • Unusual hanging mechanisms must be approved by Fairbanks Arts Association.
  • Large quilts must have 2 inches of Velcro stitched along the entire top. NO VELCRO, NO ACCEPTANCE.

Download the 2019 Spring Juried Prospectus here.


About the Juror – Alvin Amason

Alvin Eli Amason (born 1948) is a Sugpiaq painter and sculptor. He was raised on Kodiak Island where his family has a rich history of trapping, fox farming, commercial fishing, and  bear guiding. After high school he attended Central Washington University where he received a Masters degree in painting . He then attended Arizona State University where received an M.F.A. He worked for the Navajo Nation as Art Department Chair for several years and as instructor at Dine’ College in Tsaile, Arizona. He has had studios in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Arizona, California, Washington, and Alaska. In 1992, he was offered a position as Director of Native Arts at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where he served for seventeen years. After retiring, he was asked to join the Department of Art at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and developed an Alaska Native Arts program and studio.

He has served on the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Alaska Native Arts, and on the Alaska Native Arts Foundation. His work can be found in collections in the Musee de Boulogne-Sur-Mer in France, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum in Alborge, Denmark, in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri and in the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In Alaska, Alvin’s art can be found in the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, the Anchorage Museum, University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, and in the Alutiiq Museum on Kodiak Island.

In 2016, Alvin was asked to produce a major work for the Anchorage Museum expansion. This work was installed in the fall of 2017, a Kodiak Bear out of oils on wood, canvas, and aluminum. The painting is 19 feet tall and is titled “Everything I love is here”. It is a flagship piece of the museum.

In 2018, Alvin received the State of Alaska Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Artist and also the Rasmuson Foundation’s Outstanding Artist Award. He is currently in the “Place of Origin” exhibition at the Rovaniemi Museum in Finland, in the Aiviq and Nanuq exhibition at the Anchorage Museum and in an exhibition called “The Inspirations” curated by Donnie Varnell at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.

For question about Adaptation, please email or call (907) 456-6485 x224.