Up With Art call for FNSBSD K-12 student artwork

Exhibition On View: March 3–31

Fairbanks Arts invites Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) affiliated students in grades K–12 to submit one piece of artwork to Up With Art, a student artwork exhibition to be displayed during the month of March in the Bear Gallery for National Youth Art Month.

DEADLINE TO ENTER ARTWORK ONLINE: Wednesday, February 22, by 5 p.m. AKST 

All submissions must be registered online by this deadline in order to be included in the exhibition. There is no cost to enter artwork. All submitted artwork that meets the below eligibility requirements will be exhibited. 

The artwork may be made at home or in school.

Artwork may be any of the following media: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, print, mixed-media, jewelry, fiber, and photography. If you have a question about the suitability of a student’s artwork for entry, contact gallery@fairbanksarts.org

Art is key to a complete education and is a powerful vehicle for expression, exploration, and skill-building – While submitted works of art can be about (nearly) anything, as part of the 2023 Up With Art exhibition, Fairbanks Arts will offer prizes to awardees, as outlined below.

Community judges will name awardees in the following three categories for Kindergarten-8th grade: 

  • Imagination: Where does your imagination take you? What kind of creatures, worlds, and things can you create in your mind? Is there an alternative world you’d like to go to, a fantastical animal you made up, or a crazy dinner you imagine your family eating?
  • Stories: How can you tell a story or create a scene in your art? Are you inspired by movies, stories, or comic books? How could you recreate a favorite memory with your friend, create a scene from a story you read, or imagine something in the future you’d like to happen?
  • Connection: What connections and relationships are important in your life? How do you connect with your community? Do you like spending time with your neighbors, your classmate, or your pet?

Guest artist judges will name awardees in the following categories for 9th-12th grade: 

  • Two-dimensional: Best of Show, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place
  • Three-dimensional: Best of Show, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place 


Wednesday, Feb. 225:00 p.m.DEADLINE to register artwork online
Friday, Feb. 2412:00–6:00 p.m.Teacher ONLY Artwork drop off
Saturday, Feb. 2512:00–5:00 p.m.Artwork drop off for all—time slot specific to grade, see below
March 3–March 3112:00–6:00 p.m. (Mon-Sat)Gallery open hours
Saturday, April 112:00–4:00 p.m.Artwork pick up for all

ARTWORK REGISTRATION AND DROP OFF: Students’ parents/guardians or teachers must complete and submit the Up With Art registration form online no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Please note: there are separate submission forms depending on whether you are submitting a registration as a parent/guardian OR as a teacher. The forms are linked near the top of this web page.

ARTWORK DELIVERY: Deliver entries to the BEAR GALLERY (3rd Floor Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way) on Saturday, February 25 during the time slot corresponding to the student’s grade, listed below. If parents/guardians have students in different grades, they are welcome to drop off all of their students’ artwork during one of the relevant grade timeslots. Please email gallery@fairbanksarts.org to discuss alternative artwork delivery times if your assigned time slot does not work for you. 

Friday, Feb. 24Saturday, Feb. 25
12–6 p.m.: Teacher drop-off 12:00-3:00 p.m.: (parents/guardians of) grades K-5
3:00-5:00 p.m.:  (parents/guardians of) grades 6-12

ARTWORK PICK UP: Parents/guardians and teachers may pick up student artwork on Saturday, April 1, in the Bear Gallery. Pick-up times are not grouped by the student’s grade.

Saturday, April 1
For All: 12:00-4:00 p.m.


  • Submissions are open to K–12 students enrolled in a Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) affiliated institution including public schools, charter schools, B.E.S.T., etc. 
  • Original artwork created by the student artist only, that reflects the artist’s unique creative effort. 
  • Fairbanks Arts encourages submissions of artwork that is not a copy of other artists’ original artwork, published artwork, or copyrighted characters. 
  • Artwork containing violence, discriminatory content, or inappropriate language will not be exhibited. Fairbanks Arts Association reserves the right to turn away artwork deemed inappropriate for exhibition in a K-12 student art show in a Fairbanks North Star Borough facility. 


  • Submitted artwork remains on view through 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023. 
  • Work should arrive in good condition and be free of folds, tearing, cracks, etc. Entries will be handled with the greatest possible care; however, Fairbanks Arts is not responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling. Submissions deemed ‘damaged’ will not be exhibited to avoid further damage.
  • Artwork in the exhibition will not be for sale.
  • Submitting an entry constitutes an agreement on the part of the parent/guardian or teacher to all conditions in the prospectus (downloadable PDF below).
  • Artworks will not be discarded after the exhibition. If you cannot pick up your students’ artwork on Saturday, April 1st, please make alternative arrangements by emailing gallery@fairbanksarts.org


  • Entries must be secure and ready for display. 
  • 2D entries on paper must have:
    • A sturdy backing paper (cardstock or paperboard).
    • Velcro attached to the back of the piece. The walls in the Bear Gallery are carpeted, and the ‘hook’ part of velcro (the less soft part) sticks well to the walls. Velcro with an adhesive on the back of it can be purchased at craft or home improvement stores and stuck to the back of the artwork. Please be sure to minimally use four pieces of velcro (one on each corner), though if the artwork is larger, it may need more velcro to hang securely. Donated velcro will be available upon request.
    • Framed 2D artwork should be wired for hanging. Visit this link for a tutorial: Hanging Frames (https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/hanging-a-painting-wire-d-rings-2578378) 
  • 3D artworks are highly encouraged for this exhibition! 3D artwork will be displayed on a pedestal in the gallery; please ensure the artwork is secure and doesn’t have any loose pieces.