Call for Art: 2021 Bear Gallery Exhibitions

Entry Period: August 1 – October 31, 2019

The Visual Arts Committee of Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists and artisans from Alaska to submit for review digital images of their work for possible sologroup, or curated exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2021. Every month, the Bear Gallery shows two fine arts exhibitions by Alaskan artists / artist groups working in a variety of media to local and out-of-town visitors of Fairbanks. Portfolios are reviewed by a panel of professional Alaskan artists and are chosen solely on the merit of the work samples entered.

Portfolios may propose the following type of exhibitions:

  • Solo Exhibit: One Artist
  • Group: Separate works of two or more artists
  • Curated: Curator selects theme, conceptual focus, and included artwork.

The submission deadline is October 31, 2019, 
11:59pm MST.


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 2017 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.

Submitting a Portfolio for Review

The application process will be handled through the CaFÉ (Call for 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.

Click here to download the prospectus. 

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, training and prior 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).

Media Specifications: If you need assistance preparing images for upload please see:

File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 5 MB maximum

File formats: 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS
Resolution: minimum 640 x 480, maximum 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio: 4:3 or 16:9
Bit rate: recommended above 240 kbps
Frame rate: minimum 12 fps, recommended 30 fps. The frame rate of the original video should be maintained without re-sampling.
File size: 100 MB maximum

Conditions: Submission to Fairbanks Arts’ Portfolio Review constitutes an agreement to meet the Bear Gallery’s scheduling needs for the 2021 exhibition year, beginning January 2021. 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 to receive the coupon code.


Submit your portfolio for a 2021 exhibition in the Bear Gallery here.  


For questions, email or call (907) 456-6485 ext. 226


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