Photo Tuesday // Rarefied Light Walkthrough // Nov 15th 2016 7pm


Rarefied Light Art Walk! We had a fantastic response to this last year, so we’re bringing it back for another year!

All of the artists who have pieces in this year’s Rarefied Light are invited to come and discuss their work and/or process as we do a walk through of the exhibit at International Gallery of Contemporary Art.  Please join us for what should be an interesting and enlightening evening.

This event is free and open to the public.

International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D Street, Anchorage, 7pm.



APC Members Show 2016 // Submissions Due Nov 19!

Eligibility: All current members of the Alaska Photographic Center. Membership dues may be paid with print drop off.

Submission deadline: November 19, 11am to 1pm at Blaine’s Arts and Graphic Supply, 1025 Photo Avenue.

Opening Reception:
Friday December 2, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 PM
APU Carr Gottstein Academic Center
Leah J. Peterson Gallery

Download the full prospectus here, and be sure to print out the form to submit with your entry!


Entries: All photographs must be ready to hang with these submission requirements:

  1. Each member may submit one photograph.
  2. To ensure consistency, all two dimensional photographs must be matted in white or natural museum board and the frame, a simple, neutral colored metal or wood.. All photographs must be behind glass or Plexiglas and framing should cover all glass edges. Exceptions to this are photos printed on canvas or metal. Use wire on the back for hanging (no saw tooth type hanging devices or single hooks).
  3. Sales are encouraged. APU will take 30% of the sale.
  4. Due to space limitation, no pieces larger than 30 inches in the longest dimension.
  5. Identifying labels must be attached to the back of the artwork. Blank labels are at the end of this prospectus. Make triplicate copies: one for the back of the print, one to leave for us when you bring your print to Blaine’s, and one for your records.
  6. The artist must complete and sign the entry form, which is also at the end of this prospectus. Submit this with your photo.
  7. Be prepared to sign in at the Blaine’s drop off with your name, the title of the photograph, and the sales price. This is necessary for the signage and APU guidelines.

APC will not accept artwork that does not meet the above requirements.

Print Return

Pick up you submission at APU directly – on December 31st, 2016, between 12:00 and 1:00pm or pick up after December 31st, at Blaines during business hours. Please sign the sheet that says you have picked up your photographs. Please pick up prints within one week!!

Artists who do not pick up their hand-delivered work in a reasonable period of time (within one week) will not be eligible to enter in next year’s APC Members Exhibition.

Special Note

When selecting your piece, remember this is an area where there are small children using this facility, so choose your photograph with this in mind. If your piece does not meet the criteria, we will notify you and allow you to select another image. (e.g. nudity or other subject matter not suited for children).


While all entries will be handled with the greatest possible care, neither APC nor APU will be responsible for loss or damage to artwork submitted for this exhibition during the time it is in their possession.

BIO Page

Please submit a one page bio/information sheet about you and your work. You may include a photo of the piece in the show for viewers to connect who you are, and your website and contact information. We will display these bio sheets in a notebook at the show.

Rarefied Light 2016 // First Friday Opening Reception


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First Friday Opening: Nov 4th, 5pm-9 pm 

International Gallery of Contemporary Art
427 D St, Anchorage

Please join us for the opening reception of Rarefied Light – Alaska’s largest annual fine art photography exhibition. This year APC received 654 entries by 95 artists. Guest juror Amy Arbus, selected 52 photographs for inclusion in the exhibition

This year, Best of Show is awarded to Greg Hensel, Anchorage, for the print “Smoke and Shadows”

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:

  • Will Anderson, Kotzebue, “Cemetary Hill”
  • Joseph Kashi, Soldotna, “Fleeting Images”
  • Charlotte Peterson, Fairbanks, “Untitled”
  • Charlotte Peterson, Fairbanks, “Freak Show”
  • Dennis Walworth, Anchorage, “Untitled”

Following the Anchorage exhibit, which will include prints by Amy Arbus showing concurrently, the exhibit will travel to:

Fairbanks: December 2nd to December 31st, 2016
Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts
Pioneer Park Civic Center, 2300 Airport Way
Opening reception Friday, December 2nd, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Kenai/Soldotna: TBD

Rarefied Light is supported by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from Blaine’s Art Supply.


Photo Saturday // Larry McNeil // Oct 22, 2016


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We are SO pleased to announce that Alaska Positive juror, Larry McNeil will be hosting a lecture on October 22nd at 7pm in the Auditorium at the Anchorage Museum, as part of APC’s Photo Lecture series (yes, normally on Tuesdays!)

Larry McNeil’s art is about the intersection of cultures, American mythology, irony, and satire, and embodies a distinctive sense of American identity. He is from the Dakl’aweidi Kéet Gooshi Hít, Killer Whale Fin House in Klukwan, Alaska, which is one of the oldest Tlingit clan houses on the Northwest Coast.
He has won numerous fellowships, including the Van Deren Coke Fellowship from the University of New Mexico, Eiteljorg Fellowship, an Arts and Humanities Fellowship as well as awards from the National Geographic All Roads Program and a New Works Award from En Foco.






Alaska Positive is the statewide juried photographic exhibition organized and toured by the Alaska State Museum. Its purpose is to encourage the practice of photography as an art form in Alaska. The exhibition will open in Juneau and travel throughout Alaska concluding a statewide tour in 2017.

For more information about Alaska Positive, check out the Alaska State Museum website!

Alaska Photofest 2016 // Sep 9-11


Classes, Workshops, Discussions, Slide Lectures, and Portfolio Reviews
September 9 – 11

For more information and registration:

Eddie Soloway: Memories, Moods and Imagination
Free and open to the public Friday Sept. 9, 7pm


Other Speakers Include: Charles Mason, Jeff Schultz, Ray Bulson, Jackie Kramer, Jim Kohl, Olis Garber, Sarah Beth Chamberlain, Michael Conti, and Hal Gage.

Three days, over 16 events and portfolio reviews. Mix and match to your interests. Events held at BP Energy Center and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Events include:

Charles Mason: On with it All
One of Alaska’s most versatile photographers, Charles Mason (UAF professor of photography and journalism) will discuss his 40 years of photography spanning the genres of street photography to traditional landscapes. His sense of humor and irony are woven throughout his various projects and are infectious. Join AK Photo Fest in welcoming Charles Mason.mason




Eddie Soloway: The Art of Nature Workshop
Eddie Soloway offers an all day workshop on “looking” for images, simplifying compositions, refreshing classical themes, seeing the world anew. Learn conceptual ideas and philosophies of photography and the landscape, and practical skills to bring your photography up to the level of what you see in your minds-eye..


Price for all three days is $360

For more information and registration:

Sponsored by The Alaska Society of Outdoor & Nature Photographers (ASONP) with additional support from Stewart’s Photo

Rarefied Light 2016 Lecture with Amy Arbus // July 21st

The Narrative Portrait

Public Lecture: Thursday July 21st, 7:00 pm

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

This event is free and open to the public

A GIANT thank you to everyone who entered Rarefied Light this year! We had a fantastic selection of 597 images submitted by 95 different artists. The Best of Show and Honorable mentions will be announced during Amy’s lecture.

Rarefied Light 2016 is supported by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


image by Amy Arbus

Rarefied Light 2016 // One week left to submit!

There is only ONE WEEK left to submit your images to Rarefied Light 2016! Don’t miss out!

The competition is open to all photographers residing in Alaska. All photographically derived works are eligible, either two dimensional prints or three dimensional objects and sculpture incorporating a photographic process.

This year’s juror, Amy Arbus, is an award winning fine art photographer.

The call will only accept submissions until May 27th at 6:59pm AKST. Click here to submit, and click over to our Rarefied page to read the fine print!

There will be a Best of Show selection with a $300 Award provided by APC. Additionally, the juror will select Honorable Mention Awards of $100.

APC Members: first entry $15, $5 per each additional entry.
Non-Members: first entry $30, $10 each additional entry.
There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted.

APC Members who have active memberships or renew using CallForEntry, are eligible to use coupon code: APCMEMBER16 to receive your discount on submission rates

APC Membership (optional):
$25 for one-year membership
$15 for students or senior citizens (65 and older)  use code: MEMBERDISCOUNT at submission


Rarefied Light is funded in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from Blaine’s Art Supply.