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

Photo Tuesday – April 21, 2015


Join Kris McCleary and Loren Holmes as they share their images of the diverse rugged landscape, nature, and culture of Iceland. McCleary’s photos were taken while traveling the circumference of Iceland with Pixelchrome Tours in July 2014, and Holmes’ were taken during the Arctic Circle Conference in October 2013.

Kris McCleary & Loren Holmes
Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice
Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 pm
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

Photo Tuesday


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Vanessa Powell is an artist, a teacher, a photographer, and a dreamer.  From a very young age, Vanessa began living and embracing the creative process.  Alaska Photographic Center invites you to listen to her speak at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center on March 17, at 7pm, in the Auditorium.  Vanessa’s time will include an intimate discussion of her sources of inspiration, her creative process, and how she battles through the fear that can often accompany the artistic soul.  Sponsored by the Alaska Photographic Center.  Free and open to the public.