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"Once Upon a Time" the 34th Annual Wearable Art Show INDIVIDUAL ARTIST Registration!!!

Getting Started on your registration....!

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council began the Wearable Art Show in 1986. It has since become one of Ketchikan’s favorite events, copied in communities across Alaska and in Washington. The Wearable Art Show features 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 for the runway.

You are encouraged, but not required, to create pieces that align with the theme for the 34th Annual Wearable Art Show - "Once Upon a Time". The theme informs the set design and promotion of the show, however it shouldn’t limit your creativity. As an art form, Wearable Art can be provocative and challenging and can include mature subject matter. We encourage you to be expressive with this art form!

We are lucky to have highly efficient, creative, and insightful leadership in the development of the event in the form of the Wearable Art Show Committee. This committee of volunteers meets beginning in October to evaluate the previous year's event, to solve technical problems, to lead  the presentation of the event and to manage the legions of volunteers that are crucial in making the event possible.

The 2020 Wearable Art Show Committee includes:
Loren McCue, Chair
Leila Kheiry, Script writer
Jackie Keizer, Volunteer Coordinator
Jon Schleiff, Safety
Susan Heisler
Barb Morgan
Hunter Davis
Jennifer Hamilton
Rhonda Green
Alex Vrabec

We always need volunteers to help with set design, securing food donation, with food preparation, and with tearing down after the event. If you know someone who is able to help out please let Jackie know at

Rules of the Road!

This is an online registration form for an Individual Artist wishing to participate in the Wearable Art Show. If you are a teacher working with a student group you will need to fill out a Student GROUP form by hand. Please download that form HERE. Schools may only submit a total of 2 Group entries to the show. If you have individual students wishing to participate they will need to submit an Individual Artist registration form.

Because the Wearable Art Show is confined to the Ted Ferry Civic Center, and in the interest of continuously improving the quality of artwork and the performance, we have provided guidelines which artists and models must adhere to in order to participate. Below is a basic list of guidelines, however, you may download this list of guidelines as well.

  • Entry fee is FREE for KAAHC ARTIST members! If you are not an Artist member of the Arts Council the entry fee $60 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 multiple models.
  • Wearable Art must be handcrafted from “scratch”. No ready-made costumes or street clothes will be accepted.
  • Individual Artists will be placed in the Matinee only but may be invited to participate in the Gala events.
  • If INVITED to be in the Gala performances, it is MANDATORY that your entry be in all 3 Gala performances, as well as the Saturday All Ages Matinee (unless deemed by KAAHC inappropriate for young audiences)!
  • First time Wearable models MUST attend at least ONE Wearable Art Show Model 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.
  • 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.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL is mandatory for artists & models. Model must wear the piece or have it to show the committee.
  • KAAHC reserves the right to place your piece in matinee only OR to not include it in the matinee due to content.
  • KAAHC reserves the right to exclude work that is incomplete or inappropriate.
  • KAAHC reserves the right to alter the lineup to better serve the performance.

***New This Year***

  • KAAHC is offering a ticket voucher to Wearable artists for one free seat to one of the Thursday,  Friday, Saturday Galas, or Saturday Matinee. The $45/$15 voucher is a REIMBURSEMENT for a ticket you have already purchased. As before, there will be a limited number of vouchers (50 total) which will be given out on a first come first serve basis as you submit your applications to KAAHC. (Meaning - the sooner you get your application in - the more likely it is you will get a voucher!). Registrations will be numbered as they come in and the foist 50 applicants will be mailed a non-transferable reimbursement voucher. If you are an Artist member of the Arts Council you may purchase your tickets beginning Oct. 8, 2019. Wearable Art Show tickets go on sale to the general public at the Winter Arts Faire, Saturday, November 30, 2019.
  • KAAHC reserves the right to alter the lineup to better serve the performance. We have not done this before, but foresee it being a necessity as artists continue to improve. The goal of the lineup is to create an awesome show. In the past the lineup, based on descriptions of pieces by the artists, misplaced some entries due to mood, strength of the piece and number of models. In 2020 we are reserving the right to alter the lineup after seeing everyone's pieces and performance at the dress rehearsal.
  • During the Model Workshop at the The Plaza Mall, we will have two runways set up. Models may practice on one runway, and on the other models will be coached through their performance as they walk the runway to their music. This model workshop on January 22nd, is open to ALL models!!!
  • Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will allow models to practice in their Studio C (with giant mirrors!) on Friday, January 17 and 24, from 3:30 to 7pm. The door will be open. No coaches will be there to assist you.
  • You may submit up to 3 images of your piece through this form!
  • You must submit your music of 2 minutes or less in person via a thumbdrive to the Arts Council office.
I am aware of the new things happening this year for Wearable.

Important dates

  • Wearable Art Show Q&A - ask all your questions!!! The Wearable Q&A is open to anyone interested in participating in the Wearable Art Show!!!
    • Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm
    •  Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street
  • Grant application must be received by:
    • Monday, December 2, 2019 by 5:00pm - Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK
    • Click HERE to download a Grant Application!!
  • Artist applications must be received by:
    • Monday, January 6, 2020 by 5:00pm - Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK   907-225-2211
  • MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS (Not required for models to attend unless they want to!)
    • Thursday, January 9, 2020, 5:30pm - Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street 907-225-2211
  • First time Models are required TO ATTEND at least one Model workshop:
    • Wearable Art Show Model Workshop #1
      • Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:45pm - Ketchikan Theatre Ballet
    • Wearable Art Show Model Workshop #2
      • Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:30pm - The Plaza, upstairs
  • All models and artists are required to attend the Dress Rehearsal - Ted Ferry Civic Center
    • Wednesday, January 30, 2020
      • 4:30pm -  Matinee Only Acts - Dressed and Ready
      • 6:00pm - ALL Artists and Models Matinee/Evening: Orientation
      • 6:15pm - Gala Acts - Dress Rehearsal
    • Check in for Gala Performances:
      • 7:00pm - Event begins at 8pm
    • Check in for Matinee performance:
      • 1:00pm - Event begins at 2:00pm
I have read the above details and will attend the Mandatory Artist meeting, and the Dress Rehearsal
Individual Artist Registration (...we are finally there!!!)

This application is for INDIVIDUAL Artists only!! This application is not for school groups! If you are a teacher for a school group please download the School Group Application HERE.

Artist Information

First Name
Last Name
Address Line 1
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 as an INDIVIDUAL Artist?


While young artists are welcome to participate in the Wearable Art Show, they must be mature enough to be backstage without a parent/guardian. There will be no constant adult supervision. Artists under the age of 18 will automatically be placed in the matinee performance only, but may be chosen to be included in the Gala performances if given permission by a parent or guardian.

Is Artist under 18
Parental/Guardian Permission for Artists under 18 to participate

Wearable Art at the Main Street Gallery

The KAAHC Program Development committee will be selecting entries for the Wearable Art Show Gallery Exhibit, opening February 10, 2020. You will be notified if your piece is selected by Tuesday, February 4th and asked to bring your piece to the Main Street Gallery ASAP. If your piece is being displayed, you will be asked to pick up your piece on Friday, February 28th between 3pm and 5pm

If selected, would you be interested in your piece, or part of your piece, being included in the Wearable Art Show Gallery Exhibit in the Main Street Gallery, February 10 through February 28, 2020?

I would LOVE to have my Wearable piece showcased during the Wearable Art Show Gallery Exhibit at the Main Street Gallery!!!

Model(s) Information

If you have motilple models, plesae list the leader who will then contact the other models with info

To minimize crowding backstage, we will provide backstage passes only for artists, models, and those who need to assist models with intricate and/or cumbersome pieces only. We will not provide additional passes at a later date. To receive a pass for assistance for your model, you must provide the assistant's name here.

Will your model need an assistant?

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

Are you submitting more than one entry?
Are you using the same models for both pieces?

Description of your Wearable Art piece

Will your piece fit through a door?
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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 Committee.

You must submit your 2 minutes or less of music on a thumb drive to the Arts Council no later than January 6, 2020 at 5pm.

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 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.

HERE is a Model Release form for you to download and print for your models to sign. You can upload your model's completed Model Release form below or you can bring them in with the thumb drive containing your music.

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If placed in the Gala Performances, I understand I will also be performing in the Saturday All Ages Matinee.

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 Arts Council 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 $60 Registration Fee, Artist Level Member, or Artist Family.  Then 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!!!

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.