FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks artists turned out en masse Friday to showcase new works as part of the 64th Parallel Juried Exhibition hosted by the Fairbanks Arts Association.
The exhibition, now in its 32nd year, saw 211 entries in the mediums of ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, mixed-media, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video. Of the 211 entries, juror Emily Nachison of Portland, Oregon, whittled the submissions down to 64. Those are now on display in Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way.
“I was struck by the breadth and depth of the work submitted,” Nachison, the fiber department chairwoman and assistant professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, wrote in her juror’s statement. “As a juror I strived to assemble a collection of work that represented a range of processes, ideas and stories. I selected work based on craftsmanship, design and creativity. The work that stood out to me conveyed emotion and individualism. Many of my favorite pieces told a story of connectedness to the Alaskan landscape, to animal companions and to history. ... Your work is inspiring. I believe that art and community plays a vital role in the world.”
One of the main goals of the 64th Parallel Juried Exhibition is to put new endeavors by Interior artists on display. At Friday’s opening reception, established Alaska artists crowded the Bear Gallery with up and coming artists, with the walls and platforms in the gallery displaying the works that juror Nachison had selected. The works ranged from traditional — think demure oils or watercolors on canvas or detailed beadworks capturing traditional craftmanship — to the loud and extreme, like unusual sculptures or cutout displays.
“I am constantly amazed at the talent in our community and always look forward to the 64th Parallel exhibition,” Alyssa Enriquez, visual arts coordinator for the Fairbanks Arts Association, said. “This year as Fairbanks Arts Visual Arts Coordinator, I had the opportunity to sequence such a diverse selection of works for exhibition after the juror made her selection, and the best part of juried exhibitions is the creative challenge of bringing it all together and ensuring the show is visually cohesive and dynamic. There were so many great works selected, from well-crafted basket weaving, contemplative photography, to vast emotive paintings, it’s tough to say I have a favorite.”
The 64th Parallel Juried Exhibition is on display in Bear Gallery through Oct. 28.
This year’s winners include:
Juror’s Choice — Gail Priday for “Forest Floor”
Second Place — Anvil Williamson for “Synthesis”
Third Place — Paul Stark for “Contraceptive Poem #549”
The Jared Baker “Gutsy Art Award” — Wendy Croskrey for “Infinite Moves”
Honorable Mention — Craig Dorman for “Spiral Nest”
Honorable Mention — Aldona Jonatis for “Truffle and Suki”
Honorable Mention — Theresa Woldstad for “Tlingit Diamonds”
Honorable Mention — Deb McQueen for “Summer at the Cabin”
Honorable Mention — Ilisa Walter for “He Sees Freedom, They See Prey”
Honorable Mention — Eric Foster for “I Should Have Checked It Jake”
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