Call for Art: 2024 Bear Gallery Exhibitions

Entry Period through October 31, 2022

Artists and creatives residing in Alaska are invited to submit digital images and/or videos of artwork for possible solo, group, or curated exhibitions in the Bear Gallery for the year 2024. Every month, the Bear Gallery shows two exhibitions by Alaskan artists/artist groups working in a variety of media to local and out-of-town visitors of Fairbanks. Applications are selected on the merit of the work samples and artist statement. 

Exhibition types include:

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

Submitted applications are reviewed by a panel of professional Alaskan artists through a blind jury process. Work samples should be cohesive and illustrate the artist’s ability to create a strong body of work.

Fairbanks Arts’ goals for the exhibition year include:

  • Showcasing contemporary artwork created by Alaskan artists. If selected for an exhibition, artwork in the exhibition must be completed within the last 2 years.
  • A diverse range of exhibitions in media, subject matter, and artists’ backgrounds.
  • Exhibitions that facilitate community engagement and dialogue. Fairbanks Arts strives to create connections among our community through the arts, and exhibitions that bring together individuals, groups, organizations, or various parts of the Fairbanks/statewide community further this goal. 

Application Notes: Artists may submit only one solo application. Group or curated applications consisting of a juried component or a call for entry that would take place in the gallery, or that ask for an exhibition-specific entry fee cannot be submitted for portfolio review. Curated and group exhibitions must have an organizing representative. 

Application submission constitutes an agreement to meet the gallery’s scheduling needs for the exhibition year beginning January 2024. Any selected artist unable to meet the gallery’s schedule will have to re-apply for review the following year.  


The submission deadline is October 31, 2022, 9:59pm AKST.


Eligibility

This call is open to residents of Alaska ages 18 or older. To be considered a resident for the purposes of this application, artists must reside in Alaska six months out of the year. An individual artist or group of artists may have an exhibition in the Bear Gallery once every four years. Artists and/or groups who have had an exhibition prior to 2020 are eligible for consideration this year (curated exhibits are not subject to this policy). 


Rules and Terms to Apply

Submitting artists MUST be 18 years or older and residents of Alaska. Artwork must be original works of art by the submitting artist. Information contained in this application, including all attachments and supporting material must be true and correct. Submission of an application for exhibition constitutes agreement to meet the Bear Gallery’s scheduling needs for the exhibit year 2024, beginning January 2024. Any selected Artist unable to meet the Bear Gallery’s schedule may have to resubmit for review in the following year. An artist/curator selected for exhibition will be provided an exhibition contract with details and timeline that must be adhered to. If awarded an exhibition, information contained in this application, such as the submitted work samples and artist website, may be used for educational and promotional purposes by Fairbanks Arts Association.


Submitting a Portfolio for Review

The application process will be handled through the CaFÉ (Call for Entry.org) 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 help page for artists for tips and instructions, including tutorial videos.


Application Requirements

Up to 10 images of work completed in the last 5 years:

  • Group exhibition of more than 5 artists: two images of each artist’s work will be accepted.
  • 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).
  • Work samples should be cohesive and illustrate the artist’s ability to create a strong body of work. Samples submitted do not commit the artist(s) to showing specific artwork in the gallery.

Artist statement: The blind jury will review the artist statement. The inclusion of any names or studio names will result in Fairbanks Arts discarding the statement. See artist statement section for more information.

Artist resume: Not to exceed two pages and must be submitted as a PDF. Resumes should include relevant education, training, and gallery exhibitions. The artist resume is not visible to the review panel. 

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: https://www.callforentry.org/artist-help-cafe/uploading-media/

IMAGE UPLOAD OPTIONS:
File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side
File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 5 MB maximum

VIDEO UPLOAD OPTIONS:
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

Entry Fee

Current Fairbanks Arts Association Members: $30*
Non-member: $35. Become a Fairbanks Arts Association Member here.

* FAA Members must contact gallery@fairbanksarts.org to receive the coupon code.


Submit your portfolio for a 2024 exhibition in the Bear Gallery here!  

For questions, email gallery@fairbanksarts.org or call (907) 251-8386 ext. 3

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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, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.