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
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 JackieKeizer@yahoo.com
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Each Individual Artist may submit up to two entries. Entries can include multiple models.
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.
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.
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 screen....it 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.
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