Date: April 1–30, 2023
Call for Submissions:
The 8th Annual Art in the Arctic Art Show
Submission Deadline: February 24, 2023
THE SHOW: The Art in the Arctic Art Show is held each year in Fairbanks, Alaska. This Art Show celebrates three northern refuges based in Fairbanks, Alaska: Arctic, Kanuti, and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuges. The scale, expanse, and wildness of Alaska’s Refuges distinguish them from most other Refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. These refuges protect habitats for wildlife, fish, and birds, as well as massive landscapes for unparalleled outdoor adventures.
THEME: This year’s Show celebrates Fire and Ice.
FIRE: Fire is a natural process that can be beneficial to ecosystems. Low–intensity fires can naturally “clean” a forest by removing flammable and thick vegetation from the forest floor. The result is improved habitat for wildlife, healthier soil, and new growth of native plants. It also helps reduce the risk of large scale high–severity fires that burn through forests with intense heat. High–severity fires across large landscapes can be devastating for wildlife, habitat, and surrounding communities. Fires are becoming more frequent, and more fires reburn the same location or smolder underground, surviving winter and reigniting the next spring. Scientists predict that boreal forest vegetation will change dramatically, and deciduous vegetation will become increasingly dominant on the landscape.
ICE: Frozen bodies of ice can be found within the northern refuges much of the year. Break–up and freeze–up are less predictable. Break–up is earlier, often less violent with fewer ice jams and flooding. Freeze–up is now later with a longer slush season. Thinner, more dangerous ice, and open water in mid–winter is common. Changing ice conditions impact wildlife, habitats, and humans. These changes limit access to subsistence resources. We invite artists to share their stories about fire and/or ice in this year’s show. Art in the Arctic will highlight the artist, their artwork, and the artist’s story and connection with the role of fire and/or ice found in at least one of the three northern refuges. This event is co–hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges.
EXHIBIT: Each artist will be expected to draft a short narrative (2–4 sentences) to associate their art with the theme of the show. Selected artwork and artist biographies will be on display at VENUE from April 1–30, 2023. Artwork will be available for sale to the public. Proceeds of sales will be split with VENUE (60% to artist, 40% to VENUE).
SPACE: Each artist is invited to provide up to four pieces of artwork. Original art will be prioritized in the selection process (prints accepted as space allows). Art that does not reflect the theme will not be exhibited.
ELIGIBILITY: The Art in the Arctic Art Show is committed to showcasing artwork that exemplifies the role of fire and/or ice on National Wildlife Refuges in northern Alaska. All work exhibited at the show must feature compositions or objects that have a nexus to 1) fire and/or ice on Alaska’s northern National Wildlife Refuges; 2) subsistence activities involving fire and/or ice 3) the role of fire and/or ice on wild landscapes; and/or 4) any activity (i.e.: wildlife viewing, hunting, scientific research) involving fire and/or ice.
TO APPLY: Applicants must submit up to 10 high resolution images of their artwork (300 dpi and 1,400 x 2,000 pixels) and an artist statement (1,000–character maximum). All mediums welcome, including photography, poetry, sculpture, watercolor, fiber arts, etc. Applicants must provide a detailed description of each submission including the connection it has to fire and/or ice and at least one of the three northern national wildlife refuges. In addition to the above 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.
The deadline has passed for submitting works for the show.
Join us at Opening Night for Art in the Arctic on March 30 from 5 to 9 pm at Venue in Fairbanks. Meet the artists, meet your Friends, enjoy the art and hors d’oeuvres.
For questions about the application process or the Show, contact Allyssa Morris at
Allyssa_Morris@fws.gov or (907) 456–0224.
ACCEPTANCE: All applicants will be notified about whether their artwork will be accepted as part of the show by March 1, 2023.