Photo Tuesday – Nov 17th

Join APC for the next photo Tuesday – November 17th at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum.

This month we are pleased to feature Mitch and Shalem Kitter as they talk about their Love is Love project.

Starting in 2012, Mitch and Shalem Kitter started the Love is Love Project in Anchorage, Alaska with a goal of photographing and sharing the stories of LGBT couples. Since then the project has grown to include over 33 states, 80 couples, and has been published in places such as Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. Through the project, Mitch and Shalem consult with their subjects to understand more about their relationship, and what makes the couple tick, then attempt to capture those special moments in photography.

They have compiled these images, and the stories shared by the couples in to a book released in June 2015. Lecture attendees will learn about the Kitters’ consultation and photographic process for couples, and see many of the beautiful stories they have captured.


APC Members Show – Submissions Due Nov 21st!!

Eligibility: All current members of the Alaska Photographic Center. Membership dues may be paid with print drop off.

Submission deadline: November 21, 11am to 1pm at Blaine’s Arts and Graphic Supply, 1025 Photo Avenue.

Download the full prospectus here, and be sure to print out the form to submit with your entry!


Entries: All photographs must be ready to hang with these submission requirements:

  1. Each member may submit one photograph.
  2. To ensure consistency, all two dimensional photographs must be matted in white or natural museum board and the frame, a simple, neutral colored metal or wood.. All photographs must be behind glass or Plexiglas and framing should cover all glass edges. Exceptions to this are photos printed on canvas or metal. Use wire on the back for hanging (no saw tooth type hanging devices or single hooks).
  3. Sales are encouraged. APU will take 30% of the sale.
  4. Due to space limitation, no pieces larger than 30 inches in the longest dimension.
  5. Identifying labels must be attached to the back of the artwork. Blank labels are at the end of this prospectus. Make triplicate copies: one for the back of the print, one to leave for us when you bring your print to Blaine’s, and one for your records.
  6. The artist must complete and sign the entry form, which is also at the end of this prospectus. Submit this with your photo.
  7. Be prepared to sign in at the Blaine’s drop off with your name, the title of the photograph, and the sales price. This is necessary for the signage and APU guidelines.

APC will not accept artwork that does not meet the above requirements.

Print Return

Pick up you submission on December 27th, 2015, between 12:00 and 1:00pm at APU or pick up after December 27th, at Blaines during business hours. Please sign the sheet that says you have picked up your photographs. Please pick up prints within one week!!

Artists who do not pick up their hand-delivered work in a reasonable period of time (within one week) will not be eligible to enter in next year’s APC Members Exhibition.

Special Note

When selecting your piece, remember this is an area where there are small children using this facility, so choose your photograph with this in mind. If your piece does not meet the criteria, we will notify you and allow you to select another image. (e.g. nudity or other subject matter not suited for children).


While all entries will be handled with the greatest possible care, neither APC nor APU will be responsible for loss or damage to artwork submitted for this exhibition during the time it is in their possession.

BIO Page

Please submit a one page bio/information sheet about you and your work. You may include a photo of the piece in the show for viewers to connect who you are, and your website and contact information. We will display these bio sheets in a notebook at the show.

Photo Tuesday — October 20th, 7-8:30pm


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Rarefied Light Art Walk!  We’re doing something a little different this month.  We’ve invited all of the artists who have pieces in this year’s Rarefied Light to come and discuss their work and/or process as we do a walk through of the exhibit at International Gallery of Contemporary Art.  Please join us for what should be an interesting and enlightening evening.

This event is free and open to the public.

International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D Street, Anchorage, 7pm.

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Please join us at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D Street, Anchorage, for the Opening Reception of this year’s Rarefied Light on Friday, October 2, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Showing concurrently:  prints by this year’s juror, Susan Burnstine.  Hope to see you.

House in the Birch Forest by Kaitlin Wilson Best of Show

House in the Birch Forest by Kaitlin Wilson
Best of Show

Rarefied Light 2015 – Opening Reception

First Friday Opening: Oct 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm 

International Gallery of Contemporary Art
427 D St, Anchorage

Please join us for the opening reception of Rarefied Light – Alaska’s largest annual fine art photography exhibition. This year APC received 650 entries by 97 artists. Guest juror Susan Burnstine, selected 49 photographs for inclusion in the exhibition

This year, Best of Show is awarded to Kaitlin Wilson, Fairbanks, for the print “House in the Birch Forest”

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:

  • Javid Kamali, Anchorage, “Jump”
  • Shalem Mathew, Anchorage, “Kaden”
  • Meike Paniza, Anchorage, “Sunbeam”
  • Breanna Peterson, Kodiak, “High Five”
  • Cody Swanson, Anchorage, “baby, you didn’t have a choice”

Following the Anchorage exhibit, which will include prints by Susan Burnstine showing concurrently, the exhibit will travel to:

Fairbanks: December 4th to December 26th, 2015
Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts
Pioneer Park Civic Center, 2300 Airport Way
Opening reception Friday, December 4th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Kenai/Soldotna: January 14th to February 26th, 2016
Kenai Fine Arts Center
816 Cook Ave; Open Wed. to Sat. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Opening reception Tuesday, January 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Rarefied Light 2015 is supported by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from Blaine’s Art Supply.

Photo Tuesday – September 15th 2015

Open Projector! (Farewell to Summer)

Tuesday, Sep 15th, 7:00 pm

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C St, Anchorage

Photo Tuesdays resume in September with an open projector night. Please bring current work (created in 2015) and share what you’ve been up to this summer!

Bring your images on a thumb drive – full resolution is fine! And please, no more than 20 images.

Come and see what your fellow artists have been up to this summer!

2015 Rarefied Light Winners

We’re happy to announce that Kaitlin Wilson’s ‘House in the Birch Forest’ was chosen as Best of Show in this year’s Rarefied Light.


Honorable Mentions also went to:

  • Javid Kamali’s ‘Jump’
  • Shalem Mathew’s ‘Kaden’
  • Meike Paniza’s ‘Sunbeam’
  • Breanna Peterson’s ‘High Five’
  • Cody Swanson’s ‘baby, you didn’t have a choice.’

Congratulations to all the winners and those chosen for the final show.  Many thanks to all who entered and to our juror, Susan Burnstine.

2015 Rarefied Light Juror, Susan Burnstine, Lecture


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Please join us for Susan Burnstine’s lecture, Creative Risk: The Personal Photographic Journey, on Thursday, 7/16 at 7pm in the Auditorium at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Rarefied Light 2015 is supported by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

There are still openings for Susan’s workshop, Defining the Personal Narrative, 7/17-19.


Susan Burnstine Workshop

There’s still room in Susan Burnstine’s photography workshop, ‘Defining the Personal Narrative,’ July 17-19:  Photographic images are deeply rooted in personal emotion. This is the case whether they are found or created, regardless of genre—be it landscape, still life, portraiture, nature, abstraction, photojournalism, self-portrait, or documentary. As photographers we strive to convey our vision in a true, honest, and consistent manner, establishing an emotional connection with each image we create.
Through practical demonstrations and creative exercises, participants will learn how to articulate and refine their vision by delving into symbolism, metaphor, and personal stories. In the process, we examine our own personal narratives, aesthetics, and psychology in image making. Through hands-on demonstrations, creative exercises, group discussions, photographing assignments, and portfolio reviews, we are encouraged and inspired to grow and reach the next level of our artistic achievement. We also discuss such practical topics as long-term project development, portfolio editing, marketing, publishing, and exhibitions.

If you haven’t already done so, fill out a form and send it with a check as soon as possible.  The form can be found in this year’s Call for Entries for Rarefied Light:


Rarefied Light Call for Entries



Alaska Photographic Center invites you to enter your photography and participate in Rarefied Light 2015, Alaska’s largest juried photography exhibition.

This year’s juror, Susan Burnstine, is an award winning photographer who builds homemade cameras and lenses using plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects.  Susan is represented in galleries across the globe and widely published throughout the world.

Entries must be postmarked by May 19 or can be dropped off at Blaine’s Art Supply by Thursday May 21.

Download the entry forms and details here