The Bear Gallery

An Art Gallery & Gift Shop in Fairbanks 

Fairbanks Arts Association, in partnership with Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation, offers free admission to the fine art gallery & gift shop located in the heart of Pioneer Park. The Bear Gallery is on the third floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park at 2300 Airport Road.

Winter hours: Noon to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Summer hours: (June, July, and August): Noon to 8 pm, Monday – Saturday.

Scroll through to see what we have in the Bear Gallery & Gift Shop this month.

See a list of upcoming Bear Gallery exhibits.

We offer gift certificates!


In need of a gift for someone artistic? How about a gift certificate that not only promises new art purchases, but also provides artist development opportunities?
Bear Gallery gift certificates are redeemable in the gallery and gift shop, for our artist workshops and for entry fees to one of our exhibitions!

Katie Ione Craney – Landfalls: Dedications to Alaskan Women Writers and Storytellers.

Kristy Summers – Somewhere between here and there

Opening Reception in the Bear Gallery: Friday, June 7, 5-7pm

On View in the Bear Gallery: June 7 – June 29, 2019

In June, the Bear Gallery will be shared by two women who will certainly intrigue your perception of the world. Katie Ione Craney who created her exhibition “Landfalls” in response to Alaska women writer and storytellers reflects on how climate change is processed through artistic work. Kristy Summers, a sculptor living and working in Anchorage, uses mixed media to create intriguing sculptures in her exhibition “Somewhere between here and there”. Join Fairbanks Arts Association and the two artists on First Friday to see how the Bear Gallery yet again transforms to welcome two new exhibits.


Katie Ione Craney

Landfalls: Dedications to Alaskan Women Writers and Storytellers

CraneyKatie Ione Craney arrived in Southeast Alaska to work for Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and now lives with her husband in Haines, where they are nearly finished building their home designed to run fully on alternative energy. Her work reflects on what it means to rely on the land for survival and has been featured and published internationally, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate

Also join Katie’s Artist Talk on Saturday, June 8, for which she invited Alaskan women writers who inspired her! For more info, click here.

Katie Ione Craney is supported, in part, by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support provided by Alaska Women Speak and 49 Writers.


Kristy Summers

Somewhere between here and there

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Kristy Summers, a working sculptor living in Anchorage Alaska was born and raised in the Midwest. She graduated with her BFA from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) in 2002, and her MFA from Alfred University (Alfred, New York) in 2006.  Following her studies at Alfred University, Kristy was awarded a Fine Art Fellowship position at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she continued to work as a visiting assistant professor of sculpture and 3D foundations. She found her way to Alaska in 2014 and is currently the Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Kristy has exhibited her art work at various venues throughout the country including a number of sculpture parks, city outdoor sculpture programs, universities, and gallery settings.

For more information, contact or call (907) 456-6485 x224.



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