Rarefied Light 2016 // First Friday Opening Reception


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First Friday Opening: Nov 4th, 5pm-9 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 654 entries by 95 artists. Guest juror Amy Arbus, selected 52 photographs for inclusion in the exhibition

This year, Best of Show is awarded to Greg Hensel, Anchorage, for the print “Smoke and Shadows”

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:

  • Will Anderson, Kotzebue, “Cemetary Hill”
  • Joseph Kashi, Soldotna, “Fleeting Images”
  • Charlotte Peterson, Fairbanks, “Untitled”
  • Charlotte Peterson, Fairbanks, “Freak Show”
  • Dennis Walworth, Anchorage, “Untitled”

Following the Anchorage exhibit, which will include prints by Amy Arbus showing concurrently, the exhibit will travel to:

Fairbanks: December 2nd to December 31st, 2016
Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts
Pioneer Park Civic Center, 2300 Airport Way
Opening reception Friday, December 2nd, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Kenai/Soldotna: TBD

Rarefied Light 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 Saturday // Larry McNeil // Oct 22, 2016


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We are SO pleased to announce that Alaska Positive juror, Larry McNeil will be hosting a lecture on October 22nd at 7pm in the Auditorium at the Anchorage Museum, as part of APC’s Photo Lecture series (yes, normally on Tuesdays!)

Larry McNeil’s art is about the intersection of cultures, American mythology, irony, and satire, and embodies a distinctive sense of American identity. He is from the Dakl’aweidi Kéet Gooshi Hít, Killer Whale Fin House in Klukwan, Alaska, which is one of the oldest Tlingit clan houses on the Northwest Coast.
He has won numerous fellowships, including the Van Deren Coke Fellowship from the University of New Mexico, Eiteljorg Fellowship, an Arts and Humanities Fellowship as well as awards from the National Geographic All Roads Program and a New Works Award from En Foco.






Alaska Positive is the statewide juried photographic exhibition organized and toured by the Alaska State Museum. Its purpose is to encourage the practice of photography as an art form in Alaska. The exhibition will open in Juneau and travel throughout Alaska concluding a statewide tour in 2017.

For more information about Alaska Positive, check out the Alaska State Museum website!

Alaska Positive // Call for Entries

Alaska Positive is back in action! The deadline for entries is Sep 23 – just around the corner!!

This is a great opportunity for local Alaskan photographers to enter their work in a fantastic showcase of photography from around the state.

Go check out their online call for entries here:

Open Projector Night! // Tuesday Sep 20th 7pm

Tuesday, Sep 20th, 7:00 pm
Studio 325
325 Barrow St, Anchorage, Ak

Please join us for an open projector night and social gathering! Bring up to 20 images to share (full res is fine!) BYOB and come catch up with your fellow photographers as show off images from the gorgeous summer we’ve had!

Alaska Photofest 2016 // Sep 9-11


Classes, Workshops, Discussions, Slide Lectures, and Portfolio Reviews
September 9 – 11

For more information and registration: http://jackiekramerphotography.com/akphotoregistration

Eddie Soloway: Memories, Moods and Imagination
Free and open to the public Friday Sept. 9, 7pm


Other Speakers Include: Charles Mason, Jeff Schultz, Ray Bulson, Jackie Kramer, Jim Kohl, Olis Garber, Sarah Beth Chamberlain, Michael Conti, and Hal Gage.

Three days, over 16 events and portfolio reviews. Mix and match to your interests. Events held at BP Energy Center and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Events include:

Charles Mason: On with it All
One of Alaska’s most versatile photographers, Charles Mason (UAF professor of photography and journalism) will discuss his 40 years of photography spanning the genres of street photography to traditional landscapes. His sense of humor and irony are woven throughout his various projects and are infectious. Join AK Photo Fest in welcoming Charles Mason.mason




Eddie Soloway: The Art of Nature Workshop
Eddie Soloway offers an all day workshop on “looking” for images, simplifying compositions, refreshing classical themes, seeing the world anew. Learn conceptual ideas and philosophies of photography and the landscape, and practical skills to bring your photography up to the level of what you see in your minds-eye..


Price for all three days is $360

For more information and registration: http://jackiekramerphotography.com/akphotoregistration

Sponsored by The Alaska Society of Outdoor & Nature Photographers (ASONP) with additional support from Stewart’s Photo

Rarefied Light 2016 Lecture with Amy Arbus // July 21st

The Narrative Portrait

Public Lecture: Thursday July 21st, 7:00 pm

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Auditorium
625 C St, Anchorage

This event is free and open to the public

A GIANT thank you to everyone who entered Rarefied Light this year! We had a fantastic selection of 597 images submitted by 95 different artists. The Best of Show and Honorable mentions will be announced during Amy’s lecture.

Rarefied Light 2016 is supported by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


image by Amy Arbus

Rarefied Light 2016 // One week left to submit!

There is only ONE WEEK left to submit your images to Rarefied Light 2016! Don’t miss out!

The competition is open to all photographers residing in Alaska. All photographically derived works are eligible, either two dimensional prints or three dimensional objects and sculpture incorporating a photographic process.

This year’s juror, Amy Arbus, is an award winning fine art photographer.

The call will only accept submissions until May 27th at 6:59pm AKST. Click here to submit, and click over to our Rarefied page to read the fine print!

There will be a Best of Show selection with a $300 Award provided by APC. Additionally, the juror will select Honorable Mention Awards of $100.

APC Members: first entry $15, $5 per each additional entry.
Non-Members: first entry $30, $10 each additional entry.
There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted.

APC Members who have active memberships or renew using CallForEntry, are eligible to use coupon code: APCMEMBER16 to receive your discount on submission rates

APC Membership (optional):
$25 for one-year membership
$15 for students or senior citizens (65 and older)  use code: MEMBERDISCOUNT at submission


Rarefied Light is funded in part 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.