Art in the Arctic Art Show


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The Art in the Arctic Art Show celebrates wildlife and their habitats as a legacy of environmental conservation and National Wildlife Refuge management in Alaska.  

2019 Information Coming Soon! Take a look below for info on last year’s event

2018 Show Details

Dates: March 8, 2018 – 6-9 pm (complimentary appetizers and beverages)

Location: Venue, 514 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Exhibition: Artwork will remain on exhibit at Venue through March 31, 2018


THE SHOW: The Art in the Arctic Art Show is held each year in Fairbanks, Alaska.  2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In celebration, this year’s show seeks to connect the public with the significance and history of Wild and Scenic River designation, especially within national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The show strives to link how clean, intact watersheds benefit the overall health of communities. Attendees of the show and viewers of the exhibited artwork will form an emotional connection to wildlife refuges and wild rivers through the impacts of art and storytelling. Most attendees of the Art in the Arctic Art Show have never been to a refuge – artists will bring the refuges to them through their art.

This event is co-hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. 

Call for Applications: The 3rd Annual Art in the Arctic Art Show on March 8, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Application Deadline: Jan. 22, 2018;   Notification Date:  No later than Jan. 29, 2018

Selected artists will attend the March 8 event to share the inspiration behind their artwork. They will also be expected to draft a short narrative (2-4 sentences) to associate their art with the theme of the show. Narratives will remain on display with the art for the duration of the month-long exhibition at Venue. Artwork will be available for sale to the public, and proceeds of sales will be split with Venue (60% to artist, 40% to Venue).

SPACE: Each artist may provide up to 4 pieces of art to be exhibited at Venue.

ELIGIBILITY: The Art in the Arctic Art Show is committed to showcasing artwork that exemplifies the conservation contributions of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Wildlife Refuge System. All work exhibited at the show must feature compositions or objects that highlight 1) rivers (designated or undesignated); 2) communities that depend on the health of rivers; 3) people recreating or subsisting on rivers; and/or 4) natural landscapes, habitats, wildlife, or fish that depend on the health of rivers.

TO APPLY: Applicants must submit 3-5 images and an artist statement. The images must be representative of the work to be exhibited at the Art in the Arctic Art Show. Minimum image resolution should be 300 dpi and 1,400 x 2,000 pixels. The artist statement should be no more than 1,000 characters.

In addition to the above application materials, please submit your 1) name; 2) mailing address; 3) phone number; 4) email address; 5) website (if you have one); and 6) a unique identifier for each of your submitted images.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2018.

Submit electronic applications here:

Mail hard-copy applications here:

Allyssa Morris
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
101 12th Avenue, Room 236
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

For questions about the application process or the Show, please contact Allyssa Morris at or (907) 456-0213.


ACCEPTANCE: The top 6 applicants will be invited to exhibit and sell their work.

All applicants will be notified about acceptance by January 26, 2018.