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Ketchikan area Artists and Creatives have been inspiring the communities of this area since the beginning. Whether it is beautifully engineered and created halibut hooks, or the magnificent totem poles of the area, to the stories, poetry and drawings for the inception of the Alaska Magazine, to the creation and evolution of Wearable Art in Alaska artists continue to make the world we live in meaningful and joyful.

This page is still a work in progress and will soon contain an Artist Directory of the area artists, and a catalogue of Public Art in the Ketchikan area, plus artists' resources.
Below are the Calls to Artists listed in deadline order. Local and Regional Calls to Artists are posted as we find them. If you know of a Call that is not listed on this page, please e-mail details to we would love to include it here as a resource to artists!


Hello Partners in the Arts and Health!

The arts and mental health are undeniably connected. Arts are where we lose ourselves, where we heal, and find ourselves all over again.

Through the month of February, the Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska will be accepting many forms of art for our 988 CREATE campaign based on the theme: Healing & Support.

Young Alaskan artists could win one of ten $150 prizes (gift cards) – and, more importantly, help change lives for the better!

Contest Overview: What to Share with Young Alaskan Artists!

988 CREATE campaign based on the theme: Healing & Support. Your artwork could win you one of ten $150 prizes (gift cards)
These pieces can be new or past creations and submitted if they fit the theme above.

Submit your unique art for the 988 Create! art campaign by March 1, 2024.
Digital art submissions (jpg, jpeg, mp4, and doc under 25MB) can be submitted here or via email at

The winning submissions will be shared on our Instagram page @ak_youth_voice and on the website:

For details, please check out the above website and let young Alaskan artists know we’re excited to hear from them!

Administered by the Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska (YAHA), with support from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), Alaska Department of Health, Division of Behavioral Health, Spirit of Youth, and [your organization name here], along with many of our other statewide suicide prevention partners.

#Alaska988 #youthresilience #988create

In this email you will find the “988 Create” social media graphics and post, and the “988 Create” flyer. Thank you for your help getting this project launched. Please use these to spread the word about our “988 Create” art campaign this month (February 1-March 1). We will be featuring the winning entries on social media, at our Annual Suicide Prevention Conference as well as making them available to schools, and other organizations across the state. Please spread the word!!


Jenny Baker (She/They)
Adolescent Health Project Coordinator
State of Alaska, Department of Health, Division of Public Health
Section of Women's, Children's and Family Health
3601 C Street, Suite 322. Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 907.269.4517 | Fax: 907.269.3465 | E-mail:

Dena'inaq ełnen'aq' gheshtnu ch'q'u yeshdu. (Dena'ina)
I live and work on the land of the Dena’ina. (English)
Translation by Joel Isaak and Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart

Friday, March 1, 2024
5:00 pm
Juneau, AK

SHI is accepting applications for the first Juried Film Festival, which is held during Celebration at the Goldtown Theatre in Juneau, AK. The event is open to Sealaska shareholders and their descendants and Alaska Natives and Native Americans who are members of an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporation or Indian tribe.


ISSUE DATE: January 9, 2024

Project Overview
The Oregon City Arts Commission seeks an artist, or artist team, to create a replacement sculpture for Oregon City’s public art collection. The artwork will be located on the northwest corner of 7th and Center Streets in Oregon City. The new artwork will replace a piece called “Ancient Voices” by the artist Carole Turner, that was permanently damaged due to a car accident. Photographs of the intended location for the new piece and the previous artwork are included below. Please note that the Arts Commission is not looking to emulate the former piece. Rather, artists should share their vision for new artwork that will become a mid-town Oregon City landmark.

About the Oregon City Arts Commission
The Oregon City Arts Commission is a 9-member volunteer body that meets monthly. Our Vision Statement: The Arts Commission envisions and fosters a future where the arts are supported and celebrated as a vital force that builds community. We strive for a thriving, culturally enriched, and sustainable ecosystem that supports economic prosperity, diversity, equity and connection to place.

The selected artist will receive up to $20,000 for the design, fabrication, and installation of a new sculptural artwork. Fifty percent (50%) of payment will be made by check or digital transfer upon notice of award, with the remaining 50% of funds awarded after the final installation of the artwork. A copy of the standard professional services contract is available on request.

Request for Proposals Issued: January 9, 2024
RFP Deadline: March 4, 2024
Finalists Interviewed by Arts Commission: March 21, 2024
Selected Artist Notified: First week of April 2024
Artwork Fabrication: Mid-April to June 2024
Installation of Artwork: July-September 2024

**Please note that the above dates are subject to change with notice. Please include a timeline for
the fabrication and installation of the artwork if it is substantially different from the approximate
schedule outlined above.

The northwest corner of 7th and Center Streets in Oregon City, Oregon. A square platform measuring approximately 48 inches x 48 inches x 5 inches tall remains at the suggested location and is visible in the Google Map photo above. The platform may be utilized or removed. There is no known structural element to the existing platform.

Selection Process
The selection will be done by the Oregon City Arts Commission. The Arts Commission will review application materials and select 2-3 finalists to meet for an interview. We would like to hold interviews at the March Arts Commission meeting, currently scheduled for March 21, 2024 at 7 pm. Interviews may be held in-person or remotely. The Arts Commission will share the submissions from the 2-3 finalists with the McLoughlin Neighborhood Association for information purposes. The location of the new artwork is in the McLoughlin neighborhood of Oregon City. The Arts Commission is not responsible for lost or delayed applications. The Arts Commission reserves the right to reject any or all entries at any time in the review and selection process or to re-release the call for entries. Applications from artists living within Clackamas County will be prioritized. Artists of color are encouraged to share their submissions.

Selection Criteria
Artists/artist teams will be selected based on artistic excellence, demonstration of skill and quality craftsmanship conveyed in examples of past work. Other factors include the strength and originality of the concept conveyed in the Vision Statement and proposed design.
More specifically, the following criteria will be considered in selecting the artist(s):
1. Preference for artist living within Oregon City, or more broadly in Clackamas County
2. Demonstrated successful experience in the creation of public sculpture
3. Ability to meet deadlines of projects with similar scope
4. Demonstrated success in translating or expressing concepts and themes through artwork

Application and Submission Requirements
Interested artists should submit a PDF document with the following elements:
1. General resume, including current place of residence.
2. Artist’s Vision Statement - A brief letter describing your interest in the project as well as your preliminary vision/concept and plan for the artwork.
3. Description of medium, process, and method you will use to create the proposed work of art.
4. 1-3 examples of previous works (jpeg, pdf, website or Instagram links) with title, year, dimensions, medium, photograph(s) and a brief description.
5. 1-2 Reference(s). If you have previously worked with a public organization/local government agency before, kindly provide this contact information.

Please submit your application materials to Ann Griffin at

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The City of Oregon City respects the civil rights of all the people we serve. In April 2022, the Oregon City City Commission approved the following Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment:
In Oregon City we strive to be a place where all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, or ability feel safe, respected, and valued. We will work to ensure that all staff feel a sense of belonging and all city services and programs are equally available and accessible to everyone. We are committed to sustained improvement by doing the work necessary to achieve this goal. The Artist/Consultant chosen to conduct this work certifies that she/he/they will not discriminate against employees, subcontractors, agency staff or other members of the public based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, or age.

Monday, March 4, 2024
4:30 pm5:00 pm
Main Street Gallery

The Main Street Gallery exhibition space is dedicated to providing a venue for emerging artists to practice and seasoned artists to experiment, encouraging conversation and growth and providing room for the community to experience and explore the arts and humanities!

SHI is accepting application for its Juried Youth Art Exhibit, which is held during Celebration. The event features work by middle school and high school students and monetary awards go to the winners’ sponsoring schools or organizations. The program is open to all youth in grades 6-12.

Monday, March 4, 2024
5:00 pm
Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council
330 Main Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Create the logo for the 2024 Blueberry Arts Festival - and see your artwork worn proudly all over the world!!! Fame and glory is automatic - but if selected, receive $500!

Friday, March 8, 2024
5:00 pm
Main Street Gallery

Be part of the 3rd Youth Wearable Art Show at the Kayhi Auditorium!! Pieces must be created by hand to be worn on the body. More information and application coming soon!

Dress Rehearsal - required
Friday, March 22, 2024
Kayhi Auditorium , 6pm

Saturday, March 23, 2024
Kayhi Auditorium, 7pm

❄️ WINTER * NEW $1,800.00 Innovate Grants for Art + Photo
Deadline: March 21, 2024 11:59pm PST

WINTER 2024 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS — Innovate Grant is thrilled to introduce our newly increased award amounts of $1,800.00.

Innovate Grant awards (2) $1,800.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (12) honorable mentions (6 in art and 6 in photo), will be featured on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant's commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

Innovate Grant awards:
+ 1 x $1,800.00 Grant to a Visual Artist
+ 1 x $1,800.00 Grant to a Photographer
+ 12 x Honorable Mentions

Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at

How to Apply: Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: March 21, 2024
Region: US & International
Awards: 2 x $1,800.00 USD Grants // 12 x Honorable Mentions

Apply Online Today

Entry Guidelines:
Artwork must include birds, avian habitat and/or migratory bird patterns from the list providedon
the backpage.

Artwork must be recent, original, and not previously exhibited in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Open to all Alaskan artists working in all media with a maximum of two entries per artist.

Label each piece with “item 1”and “item 2” to correspond with each entry form.

All two-dimensional entries must be framed and ready to hang (hardware, wire etc.) All three-dimensional entries must be ready for display. Note on entry form if you include stands or props with your piece.

You may sell your artwork at the exhibit. Proceeds benefit the artist (65%) with 25% going to SEADC educational programs including this juried art show and 10% to KVB.

Submit your work to:
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
50 Main Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901 C/O Hummingbird Festival
Mailed entries must include return postage.

Dates to Remember:
Entry deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.
The art show will be on display at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center until June 30, 2024.

Adult Best of Show (18 & up) - $500.00
Juvenile Best of Show -$100.00
Adult First Prize - $300.00
Juvenile First Prize - $75.00
Adult Honorable Mention - $200.00
Juvenile Honorable Mention - $50.00

We reserve the right to exclude work that is inappropriate for this exhibit or is not properly prepared for display. Your work will be treated with care. The Forest Service and the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau are not responsible for loss or damage of artwork.

For questions contact Hazel Brewi at 228-6246 or

Friday, April 5, 2024
5:00 pm
Juneau, Alaska

Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for dance groups that wish to perform at Celebration 2024.

Applications due April 5, 2024

SHI’s Board of Trustees named Dakhká Khwáan Dancers (People of the Inland) as the lead dance group for Celebration 2024. Dakhká Khwáan Dancers (pictured above), a Tlingit group based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, will lead all dancers for the first time since the group initially performed at Celebration in 2008. The honor is given to one dance group every two years. The lead dance group is responsible for leading the Grand Entrance and Grand Exit songs, during which every participating dance group dances across the stage to mark the beginning and end of Celebration. That requires the lead group to drum and sing for up to three hours straight during both processions.

Monday, April 8, 2024
137 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14604
Call to Artists Deadline April 8, 2024

Here's why you should get involved:
FREE: Participating in 6x6 is absolutely free and all entries are accepted.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL: Artists from around the world are welcome.
MEANINGFUL: Funds raised by the donated artworks help support RoCo’s mission.

What you need to know:
WHO: Creative peoples of all ages from around the world - no artistic background needed!
WHAT: Thousands of 6” x 6” (or 15cm x 15cm) from all around the world!
WHEN: US entries mailed by April 8 // International entries mail by April 1
WHERE: Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY, USA in-person and online

SHI is accepting applications for its Native Artist Market, which is held during Celebration. The event is open to Sealaska shareholders and their descendants and Alaska Natives and Native Americans who are members of an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporation or Indian tribe.

Saturday, June 1, 2024
4:30 pm5:00 pm
2106 Tongass Avenue

The Commons Gallery is a collaboration between the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and Tongass Federal Credit Union. The Commons Gallery is Ketchikan’s newest gallery space, located in one of Ketchikan’s newest gathering spots. The focus of the space is to support and encourage entrepreneurial efforts by providing temporary office space, meeting spaces, and small business assistance. It is in this commons area that The Commons Gallery lives. In the entrepreneurial spirit of the venue, emerging and established artists are invited to exhibit their work quarterly in this flexible and vibrant location.

Call to All North American Artists for USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2024

The 5th annual SOS ART Challenge and Exhibit of Miniprints on Peace and Justice

1) Miniprints from any North American artist or artist living in the USA
2) Miniprints limited to only traditional techniques of printmaking (digital prints not accepted)
3) Miniprints to relate to themes of peace and justice
4) Artist to submit up to 3 different miniprints
5) Unique size of miniprint: image 6x6", centered in paper 10x10"
6) Miniprint to have been created within the past 5 years

1) Deadline for application: June 3, 2024

2) Each miniprint to be artist-signed and accompanied, written on its back, by its technical details:
Name of Artist:
Title of miniprint:
Printmaking technique:
Year of creation:

3) Each submission to be accompanied, submitted online, by artist's and miniprint(s)’ information: *Artist: address, e mail, telephone, short biography, etc.
*Miniprint: information relating to each print and its accompanying statement, etc.
This information is to be provided by completing the "USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice Application Form" attached here or obtained at

4) Artist to send up to 3 numbered and signed prints of every different miniprint submitted; one to become part of the "USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2024" portfolio that will remain with SOS ART; the others (one or two for each different miniprint) to be offered for sale.

5) Miniprints to be sent loose (ie not matted or framed) in protective material, mailed to: SOS ART, 216 Erkenbrecher Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229

6) Miniprints to be received by SOS ART no later than June 10, 2024

1) The annual Miniprint Challenge and Exhibit is organized by SOS ART, a Cincinnati-based non- profit organization whose mission is to promote the arts as vehicles for peace and justice and for a better world (website:; e mail:

2) A selection of up to 50 miniprints received, chosen by SOS ART invited reviewers, will be exhibited at the yearly SOS ART exhibit and event for peace and justice to take place at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from June 21 until July 14, 2024; also possibly later at different venues. Miniprints not exhibited will be available to view by the public during the exhibit.

3) SOS ART and its invited reviewers will select up to 5 favorite "Coup de Coeur" miniprints (taking into account content, originality, artistry, skills, etc.). The artist creator of each "Coup de Coeur" miniprint will be recognized with a cash gift of $200.

4) Miniprints available for sale will be each offered for the unique price of $50 ($35 to benefit the artist and $15 as a donation to SOS ART). Miniprints not sold during the exhibit will not be returned and SOS ART will continue to offer them for sale in the future. Artists will retain copyrights to their artworks.

5) Images of all miniprints received will be included, with accompanying information, in a "USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2024" gallery folder posted on SOS ART's website (

To view the works submitted in previous years please check the following online galleries: USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Exhibit

Friday, August 2, 20242:00 pmSunday, August 4, 20249:00 pm

Sunday, September 1, 2024
4:30 pm5:00 pm
2106 Tongass Avenue

The Commons Gallery is a collaboration between the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and Tongass Federal Credit Union. The Commons Gallery is Ketchikan’s newest gallery space, located in one of Ketchikan’s newest gathering spots. The focus of the space is to support and encourage entrepreneurial efforts by providing temporary office space, meeting spaces, and small business assistance. It is in this commons area that The Commons Gallery lives. In the entrepreneurial spirit of the venue, emerging and established artists are invited to exhibit their work quarterly in this flexible and vibrant location.

The Positive Impact of the Arts Sector in Ketchikan

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