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!

Gift Certificate Cover

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!


Juror: Jamie Bates Slone


Art Intake: Saturday + Sunday, September 28 & 29, 12-6pm

Juror’s Talk: Monday, September 30, 7pm

Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 5-7pm

On View: October 4 – October 26, 2019


Painting – Drawing – Ceramics – Original Prints – Sculpture – Mixed Media – Photography 

Fairbanks Arts Association invites artists from Interior Alaska to submit their artwork for consideration in this year’s fall juried exhibition. In its 34th year, 64th Parallel Exhibition showcases work by artists from Interior Alaska creating in a variety of media. Fairbanks Arts is pleased to invite a guest juror from outside of Alaska to select from the artwork submitted to 64th Parallel. Jamie Bates Slone, a visual artist from Oklahoma is this year’s juror and will choose from all entered pieces to curate the exhibit on view in October.

Juror’s Choice – $125
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place $75
Jared Baker “Gutsy Art Award” – $75
Honorable Mentions

Click here to download the prospectus.

About the Juror – Jamie Bates Slone

Saudade, Jamie Bates Slone

“Through conjured memory, I revisit my history with physical and mental illness. My current work is a reflection of those memories with an emphasis on the relationship between human biology and human emotion. This type of introspection has caused me to be both wary of the future and empathetic of the past.

BatesSlone_Jamie_HeadShot copyBy using the figure as a metaphor for illness, I am able to convey the sentiments often correlated with disease and disorder. My surface choices are based in psychological research on the connection between color and emotion. My intent is for one to imagine the surface of the skin as a reflection of what is happening inside the body and mind.

In my studio practice, anxieties about my own physical and mental health and obsessions with mortality manifest themselves in the choice of diminutive scale, charged surfaces, and uneasy body language within the figures. These are ideas that are continuously shifting and evolving as I think about how I want these objects to be perceived.” – Jamie Bates Slone

To view more of Jamie’s work, visit her website.


  • Entries are limited to four (4) and must be submitted by the artist.
  • Entries must be paid in full at the time of submission.
  • Only artists residing in the Interior of Alaska, Doyon Region, may enter works
  • Original artwork only. Work must reflect the artist’s unique creative effort.
  • No kits. No copies or replicas of other original artwork or published artwork. (No copies of any published images or copyrighted characters, e.g. Disney).


  • Selected entries must remain on view through 6pm on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
  • Artwork should be photographed or digitally copied before being entered. If artwork sells before getting photographed or copied, FAA will no longer release the work to the artist, it will go to the new owner or buyer.
  • Entries will be handled with the greatest possible care and are insured against damage or loss for the duration of the exhibit. FAA is not responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling.
  • FAA retains a 35% commission on all exhibit sales. Works will be for sale unless noted as NFS (not for sale). Artist payments will be made within 30 days after an exhibit’s closure.
  • Works will be considered FAA property if left in the care of FAA for more than 45 days after the determined pick up day, Sunday, October 27, 2019. During this period, three attempts will also be made to contact the artist (phone and email); if no communication is established during these attempts, artwork is automatically considered abandoned and becomes FAA property without further notice.
  • Submitting an entry constitutes agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions in this prospectus.


  • Entries must be ready for display, matted and framed.
  • Works to be hung on the wall must have wire hangers. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS.
  • Unusual hanging mechanisms must be approved by Fairbanks Arts Association.
  • Large quilts must have 2 inches of Velcro stitched along the entire top. NO VELCRO, NO ACCEPTANCE.


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

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