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Wearable Art Show

Artist Application for "Art of Artifice" the 38th Annual Wearable Art Show

DEADLINE to submit your application is Tuesday, January 9, 2024!!! Call with questions! 907-225-2211

This application is for ages 14 - Adult

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!!!! If you are interested in being on the Wearable Art Show Committee - please contact KAAHC!!!  907-225-2211

The 2024 Wearable Art Show Committee includes:

  • Rhonda Green, co-chair
  • Vicki O'Brien, co chair
  • Jan Joregenson
  • Anna Peebles, volunteer coordinator
  • Kathleen Light
  • Nate Edwards IV

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 have them call KAAHC at 907-225-2211

The Youth Wearable Art Show is for artists, models
and school groups ages 13 and younger. However! individual artists 14 to 18 can perform in the youth performance, the adult performance, or both! The Youth Wearable Art Show committee is excited for the third annual event. If you would like to help design the youth performance please let us know!!!! The Youth Wearable Art Show will be March 23rd, 2024 at Kayhi at 7pm, with a dress rehearsal on the 22nd.

The Details!!!

  • Performances for artists and models 14 and older, February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and two performances on February 3rd, 2024. All submitted Wearable Art Show pieces must be performed in all 4 shows.

  • Deadline to submit applications to participate in the February show - January 9th, 2024 (youth performance will be a separate call and application)

  • There is a Mandatory Meeting for Artists on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 at 5:30 pm (It will be in person at the Main Street Gallery. You may request to attend the meeting via ZOOM. Call us if you can't make this meeting! 907-225-2211)

  • The dress rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 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. Please note, we will open the dress rehearsal to volunteers as a way to thank all of the wonderful amazing people that help throughout the wearable art show production. 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 will very likely will have an audience. Please be aware, KAAHC and the Wearable Committee will evaluate the line up at the Dress Rehearsal to be sure we are creating the best performance experience for the audience. If we have not placed all pieces in the most artistically powerful order, we will adjust the lineup after the Dress Rehearsal, and notify models and artists that evening.

  • Artists should purchase their tickets now. All participating artists will be refunded one purchased ticket at a $45 value.

Rules of the Road!

Below is a basic list of guidelines, however, you may download this list of guidelines, your Model Release Form, and body outline to sketch your piece on. CLICK 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 and Humanities 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 will have 2 Wearable Art Show Model Workshops they will take place at The Plaza, Wednesday, January 17th and the 24th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm 
  • First-time Wearable artists must attend both model workshops!
  • 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 KAAHC. It is the artist’s responsibility to inform models that photos may be used in publicizing the Wearable Art Show and KAAHC. Models will be required to sign a release form. (click to download the model 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 have an audience of Wearable Art Show volunteers at the Dress Rehearsal
  • If you have ADA mobility challenges please let us know so we can make accommodations and your experience joyful and rewarding!
  • 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. (No shared Apple links!)

Important dates

Tuesday, January 9, 2024, by 6:30pm
ARTIST APPLICATIONS must be received - Please include Model Release Forms, Music, and images. Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 5:30pm in person ZOOM available upon request.
MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL ARTISTS (Not required for models to attend unless they want to!) If you can't make the meeting call us! (907-225-2211) If your piece is being created by a group of artists - one artist can attend the meeting and relay the information to the other artists.

Wednesday, January 17 & 24, 2024, at 5:30pm
MODEL WORKSHOPS Are available to all artists and models to partake. First timers must attend both workshops! The model workshops will be led by experts in movement and expression and will provide models an opportunity to practice moving in a Wearable Art piece.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 6pm
MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL, Ted Ferry Civic Center. The dress rehearsal will be open to Wearable volunteers to attend. Models are required to wear the entire Wearable Art piece.

February 1, 2 and 3 at 8pm

February 3, at 2pm

February 9, at 5-7pm
PARTY, Artist and Model After Party!!!! Main Street Gallery (Not required, but we would be honored to feed you and tell you how amazing you truly are!!!)

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

Before you start!!!!

We are in the process of getting a "Save" function on this form so that you don't inadvertently lose your inputted information if there is a solar flare. Until that option is available - we HIGHLY recommend you create your answers in a WORD document which you can save and copy and paste from if the worse should happen and your application gets erased. (Please thank Rhonda Green for making this suggestion - it is clear she has been treated poorly by this application form in the past and has come out victorious with a genius solution!!!)

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. There will not be constant adult supervision backstage, and very limited capacity. Youth artists and models are not permitted in the bar area without a parent or legal guardian.

  • Artists and models ages 13 and younger will not perform in the February event, instead they will perform in the Youth Wearable Art Show on March 23rd, 2024. 

  • Artists between the ages of 14 and 18 may perform in both the February Wearable Art Show 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 person who will contact the other models with info. All models must be 14 years old or older.

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 person 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 venue, we will provide backstage passes for models and any artists who need to assist their models with intricate and/or cumbersome pieces only. We will not provide additional passes. Models helping Models, Artists helping Artists makes the world go 'round!

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 collage of ideas, a storyboard, a color palette, drawings, pictures of partially finished pieces, or ideally, images of the finished piece. The more complete you can be showing colors, materials, and how big the piece is - the better for creating a powerful line up for the audience's experience of your piece.

Use jpegs, jps, or pngs only. The system cannot accept any single image over 2GB.

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You must submit your music of 2 minutes or less here or 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 are not required to upload your music at this time, you may bring a thumb drive to the KAAHC instead. But you must provide composer (band) and title of your music choice.

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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/they have 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.

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 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, if the stars have aligned, and you are pure of heart (and have eaten all of your chocolate) you should be able to move forward with your life.

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