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Artist Application for Registration to the 36th Annual Wearable Art Show

DEADLINE to submit your application is Monday, January 10, 2022!!! Call with questions! 907-225-2211


We are hoping with the implementation of the following mitigation we can keep our Wearable Art Show as close to "normal" as possible. We have worked with Public Heath nurses, and Ted Ferry Civic Center to develop the following mitigation plan.

  • Artists, models, volunteers, staff, and audience who have active Covid-19 or are showing symptom of Covid-19 will be asked to not attend the event.
  • Artists, models, volunteers, staff, and audience will be require to show proof of being fully vaccinated from Covid-19 via your vaccination card OR show proof of a certified negative molecular Covid-19 test within 72 hours of being in the building. What this means for artists and models and helpers is that you will most likely need 3 tests to participate. We are hoping - but not promising by any stretch - that we might be able to have rapid tests for artists and models at the venue. But again, we cannot promise that, so please do not depend on it.
  • Artists, models, volunteers, staff, and audience will be required to wear a mask at all times unless sitting at a table with their pods.
  • The capacity of the venue has been reduced to about 50%. In order to keep the backstage area less crowded we cannot allow anyone other than artists and models backstage. Please plan on asking your fellow artists and models to help you if you have a complicated piece that requires more hands.
  • Because of the reduction in capacity, we will not have a Finale walk with all models on the catwalk together. Instead we will ask artists and models to go home shortly after you perform. This is a complete and total bummer.
  • We will stagger arrival and departure of artists and models. Artists and models who perform in the first half of the show will arrive an hour prior to the start of the show, and leave when finished. Artists and models in the second half of the show will arrive an hour prior to the start of the second half.
  • All pieces must incorporate a mask.
  • Please know that if we did not have to make these mitigation stipulations - we wouldn't. BUT also know that that your audience is chomping at the bit to see your work and will be as enthusiastic as they always are. We will do our darnedest to make the 36th Annual Wearable Art Show a complete blast for you and the audience!!!!!

New This Year!!!

  • There aren't enough exclamation points in the world to express how excited we are to announce a NEW YOUTH WEARABLE ART SHOW!!!!! The Wearable Art Show Committee and the KAAHC staff have been thinking about this and working on it for years. We thought this year would be a great opportunity to get it started. Artists 13 and younger will perform in the youth performance only, while artists 14 to 18 can perform in the youth performance, the adult performance, or both! We are pulling together a second committee to build the youth performance of art teachers, wearable artists and young people. If you would like to help design the youth performance (and come up with a snappy name!) please let us know!!!!
  • The Youth Wearable Art Show will be March 26th, 2022 at Kayhi, with a dress rehearsal on the 25th.
  • Because we will have a Youth Wearable Art Show, the Saturday matinee will not be a family focused event. We will be partnering with Cape Fox to have a "Brunch and a Show" in which people can purchase the brunch and Wearable tickets together. Cape Fox will have a Bloody Mary bar, and mimosa bar, oh, and pancakes and waffles and stuff. The matinee will start earlier than in past years so it can coincide with the brunch. People do not have to have the brunch to attend the matinee.
  • First time Wearable artists will only perform in the Saturday Matinee show as a way to learn the ropes, and to experience the show. First time Wearable artists may be invited to perform in the evening shows depending on their application.

The Details:

  • Performances for artists and models 14 and older, February 3, 4, and two performances on February 5, 2022.
  • Deadline to submit applications to participate in the February show - January 10th, 2022 (youth performance will be a separate call and application)
  • There is a Mandatory Meeting for Artists on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 5:30 pm (It will be via ZOOM, you'll get your link when you apply. Call us if you can't make this meeting! 225-2211)
  • This year we are requiring that your Wearable Art piece includes a face covering, this requirement helps to protect you, the audience, and will be required for participation in the event. Additionally artists and models are required to wear masks at all times in the venue.
  • Dress rehearsal will be Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 This is REQUIRED. All pieces must be finished for the dress rehearsal, no matter what. this will be the best opportunity for artists to see and appreciate each others' work up on the runway. The dress rehearsal might end up being open to volunteers, and/or the artists' comp choice. This is not to say you cannot use the dress rehearsal to understand how your piece will move on the catwalk, or how your movements can best showoff your piece. It will still be a rehearsal, but you very likely will have an audience. (We will go back to artist comp ticket vouchers when the global pandemic blows over and we can have events like we used to!!)

Further Information:

This year, the Wearable Art Show will look different but it is more important than ever, and we are really excited about some of the fun, creative ways we will bring the “Under Construction ” 36th Annual Wearable Art Show to our community. The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council began the Wearable Art Show in 1986. It has since become one of Ketchikan’s favorite events and is copied in communities across Alaska and in Washington. The Wearable Art Show focuses on one-of-a-kind, handcrafted artwork designed to be worn by the human body. Artists of all media are invited to create functional - and not so functional - pieces of WEARABLE ART. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Images of your Wearable Art in your application help the line up committee understand where best to place your work in the overall show. However, we reserve the right to move models within the line up if the committee determines it would be best for the overall presentation of the event.

We are lucky to have highly efficient, creative, and insightful leadership for the development of this event in the form of the Wearable Art Show Committee. This committee is possibly the best committee in the history of the universe and we are very, very lucky to benefit from their knowledge, energy, and commitment to Wearable Art!!!!

The 2021 Wearable Art Show Committee includes:
Hunter Davis
Irene Dundas
Rhonda Green
Arizona Jacobs
Jan Jorgensen
Jackie Keizer
Leila Kheiry
Loren McCue, Chair

As always, we will need volunteers to help with setting up and tearing down each performance. If you know someone who is able to help, please let Katy know at

Rules of the Road!

This is an online registration form for an Individual Artist wishing to participate in "Under Construction" the 36th Annual Wearable Art Show, February 3, 4 and 5, 2022. If you are an artist 13 and younger, or have models 13 and younger, you will be performing in the new Youth Wearable Art Show March 26th, 2022 at the Kayhi Auditorium and NOT in the February performance. There will be a separate application for you soon!

Below is a basic list of guidelines, however, you may download this list of guidelines as well. Download Guidelines Here

  • The Wearable Art Show showcases artwork, made by hand, that is designed to be worn on the human body.
  • Entry is FREE for KAAHC ARTIST members! If you are not an Artist member of the Arts Council, the entry fee is $75 per artist. If you would like to become a member - or update your membership - you will be able to do that at the end of the registration form and we will love you forever.
  • Each Individual Artist may submit up to two entries. Entries can include up to six models.
  • Wearable Art must be handmade from “scratch.” No ready-made costumes or street clothes will be accepted.
  • We hope to have Wearable Art Show Model Workshops. Stay tuned for further updates!
  • If we have model workshops - first-time Wearable artists must attend at least 1 workshop
  • Provide music for your performance that is no longer than 2 minutes. If the music you provided is longer than two minutes and has no timing indications, your application will be considered incomplete.
  • Artists must provide their own model for all performances. Models cannot appear in more than two pieces. If you need help finding models call us!
  • A photographer will document the event for the Arts Council. It is the artist’s responsibility to inform models that photos may be used in publicizing the Wearable Art Show and the Arts Council. Models will be required to sign a release form.
  • The Dress Rehearsal is mandatory for all artists and models. Models must wear the entire Wearable Art piece or have it ready to show the committee. We will most likely have an audience at the Dress Rehearsal
  • If you have ADA mobility challenges please let us know so we can make accommodations.
  • KAAHC reserves the right to exclude work that is incomplete or inappropriate.
  • KAAHC reserves the right to alter the lineup after the Dress Rehearsal to better serve the performance.
  • You must submit up to 3 images of your piece through this form!
  • You must submit your music of 2 minutes or less via thumb drive or e-mail to the Arts and Humanities Council office. You must own the music and it must be in an MP3 or MP4 format.
I am aware of the new aspects and mitigation this year for Wearable.

Important dates

Monday, January 10, 2022, by 5 pm
Artist applications must be received - Please include Model Release Forms, Music, and images. Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK   907-225-2211

Thursday, January 13, 2022, 5:30 pm via ZOOM.
MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS (Not required for models to attend unless they want to!) (You will get your ZOOM link upon registration. If you can't make the meeting call us! 907-225-2211)

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 6pm
MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL, Ted Ferry Civic Center. This may become open to volunteers, and as an "artist comp" event - plan accordingly!!! Models are required to wear the entire Wearable Art piece.

February 3, 4, 5, 8pm
Evening performances, Ted Ferry Civic Center

February 5, 12pm
Matinee Performance, Ted Ferry Civic Center

February 11, 5-7pm
Artist and Model After Party!!!! Main Street Gallery

I have read the above details and will attend the Mandatory Artist meeting.

Artist Information If more than one artist please list main contact.

First Name *
Last Name *
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
This is the number we will use to contact you for program information and if there are emergencies the day of the performance.
Is this your first Wearable Art Show?


While young artists and models are welcome to participate in the Wearable Art Show, they must be mature enough to be backstage without a parent/guardian and responsible enough to wear their mask at all times. There will not be constant adult supervision backstage, and very limited capacity. Artists and models ages 13 and younger will not perform in the February event, instead they will perform in the brand new Youth Wearable Art Show on March 26th, 2022. 

Artists between the ages of 14 and 18 may perform in both the February event and in the Youth Wearable Art Show in March.

Is Artist between the ages of 14 and 118?
Parental/Guardian Permission for Artists between the ages of 14 and 18 to participate

Model(s) Information

There is a maximum number of 6 models for each piece. If you have multiple models and you are NOT the contact, please list the leader who will contact the other models with info. All models must be 14 years old or older and have proof of vaccination or tested 72 hours before entering the venue.

Are all models 14 years or older?
Input "Self" if you are the artist AND the Model
If you have multiple models, please list the leader who will then contact the other models with info. Input "Self" if you are the artist AND the Model.
Again, just the leader's address, or "Self" if you are the Artist and the Model.

To minimize crowding backstage, and to adhere to capacity regulations of the venues, we will provide backstage passes only for models, and the artist who needs to assist models with intricate and/or cumbersome pieces only. We will not provide additional passes. Models helping Models, Artists helping Artists!

Each Individual Artist may submit up to two entries. Entries can include up to six models.

Are you submitting more than one entry?
Are you using the same model(s) for both pieces?
Will your model(s) need your assisance?

Description of your Wearable Art piece

Will your piece fit through a door?

You must submit 3 images of your piece. The line up committee will make determinations based on the images you submit. Images can be a collages of ideas, a storyboard, a color palette, drawings, pictures of partially finished pieces, or ideally, images of the finished piece. This part of the application is required and incredibly helpful in saving time later, and in the overall presentation of the Wearable Art Show!

The submission form will upload your images at the end when you submit your form. The system cannot accept any single images over 2GB.

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You must submit your music of 2 minutes or less via thumb drive or e-mail to the Arts and Humanities Council office. You must own the music and it must be in an MP3 or MP4 format. The entirety of your music must not exceed 2 minutes.

If multiple artists choose the same music, the first artist who turned in their application will be given priority for use, all others will need to find different music. The final decision about music selection and lineup will be made by the Wearable Art Show Committee.

You must submit your 2 minutes or less of music on a thumb drive to the Arts and Humanities Council no later than January 10th, 2022 with your application. Your application is incomplete without it.

We are unable to accept late music submissions.

I grant permission for images, recordings, live streaming and KPU airings of my work to be used for KAAHC publicity and archival purposes.
I have informed my model(s) of all of the above, and he/she has consented to the use of photos, recordings, live streaming and KPU airings to be used for KAAHC publicity and archival purposes. My Models will sign a model release form.

Refer to Rule #1

First Rule of 2021 Wearable: Everything is Subject to change.

I have read and understand rule #1

Almost Done!!

You must click the "Go To Payment Page" button below and fill out the payment form, even if you are a member and do not owe any money!!!! Your Wearable Art Registration Form is not submitted to the us until you complete the registration process. On the next page, you must choose either; "I am already an Artist Level Member or above", "Non-Member $75 Registration Fee", "Artist Level Member", or "Artist Family". Click the "Add to Cart" button then, finally, the "Complete Registration" button on the final page to submit your completed form. Whatever you do, DO NOT give up you are almost there!!! We have found that eating chocolate while filing out forms keeps you going!!!

If, after hitting the "Go to Payment Page", you don't get to a new means you didn't fill out something in this form. Scroll up and you will see bright red commands to fill something out or to check a box. Then you should be able to move forward with your life.