Statewide Artists Invited to Respond to Concept of RESILIENCE



(visual, performing, film, writing – if it can exist online, you can enter it!)


Merriam-Webster defines RESILIENCE as:

1: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress

2: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change


What does RESILIENCE mean to you?

Submit your work to this online exhibition using the embedded entry form below.


We are pleased to adapt our spring exhibition to invite artists of various disciplines around the state to respond to this concept.

The concept ‘Resilience’ was chosen by a public vote held in 2019 among Fairbanks Arts members. Resilience was originally intended to be a juried exhibition of visual art only open to Interior Alaskan artists and held in the Wandering Bear Gallery. However, given the concept and the current context, we want to make space for a larger dialogue around the arts and resilience. Therefore, we invite statewide artists working in various disciplines to submit work responding to the concept in this online exhibition. 

Artist Keren Lowell, invited to jury the original Resilience exhibition, will assist Fairbanks Arts in awarding prizes, honors, and facilitating conversations around creativity and resilience throughout the exhibition. 



Note: Due to COVID-19 related changes to Fairbanks Arts’ exhibition schedule, the entry period for this opportunity has been extended and Resilience will be Fairbanks Arts’ June exhibition.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT WORK: Sunday, May 31 at 6pm


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Meet the Juror – Keren Lowell

Keren+headshot+1Keren Lowell grew up in Colorado and spent the better part of her younger adult life living in big cities, small towns and rural places. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and in 1985 earned her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Comparative Arts of the 20th Century – Music, Visual Art and Poetry. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture shortly afterwards. 

Lowell moved to Fairbanks Alaska from Magnolia Mississippi in 1994, then to Anchorage six years later. She taught in the art departments at several of University of Alaska’s campuses (University of Alaska Fairbanks and affiliated military extensions programs, University of Alaska’s MatSu campus, and the University of Alaska Anchorage), and served as UAA’s fiber program director until 2015. During these years, she also made a living as a freelance handyman/contractor, dog-walker, prep cook/waitress, graphic designer, stained-glass artisan, mender and florist’s assistant. 

Lowell worked at the Alaska State Council on the Arts from 2011 until 2019 in several capacities, as the agency’s office assistant, administrative assistant/finance officer and the Visual and Literary Arts Program Director. Currently, she is working for Rasmuson Foundation as a contractor for this year’s Individual Artist Awards program. 

Starting in 2011, Lowell started a project at the Spenard Farmer’s Market, with a booth that offered a mobile mending service. The project expanded to several other places, first as a series of open-sew mending sessions at the Anchorage Community Works, then a series of structured workshops at the Church of Love in Spenard. The Bunnell Street Art Center invited Lowell to hold four weekends of sewing workshops in Homer in 2018, and most recently, Lowell and fellow textile artist Amy Meissner have held monthly mending sessions at the Anchorage Museum’s SEEDLAb as part of an initiative to contribute to Alaska’s repair culture.

In addition to her interest in connecting people through the slow activities of sewing and mending, Lowell continues to exhibit her work throughout the state, and is regularly included in juried, curated and group exhibits. She lives in Anchorage with her grey tabby cat, who still has not yet revealed to anyone her true name.

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Fairbanks Arts programs are made possible by individual and corporate contributions, the City of Fairbanks Hotel/Motel Bed Tax, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska State Council on the Arts, and Fountainhead Development, Inc.

The mission of Fairbanks Arts Association is to promote excellence in contemporary and traditional arts in Alaska’s Interior. Fairbanks Arts holds annual juried exhibitions to showcase new work by Interior Alaskan artists and contracts with artists, university faculty, curators, and museum professionals (statewide and nationwide) to ensure the broadest spectrum of critical appraisal for our exhibitions. The juror, Keren Lowell, will award prizes for this exhibition.