November 13, 2017


Rarefied Light // First Friday Opening Reception @ First Friday // Rarefied Light Opening
Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rarefied Light // First Friday Opening Reception @ First Friday // Rarefied Light Opening

Please join us for the first Friday opening reception of Rarefied Light 2017!

ConocoPhillips & Leah J Peterson Galleries
Alaska Pacific University
4101 University Drive, Anchorage

This year’s guest juror Henry Horenstein, selected 43 photographs for inclusion in the exhibition.

Showing concurrently: prints by Henry Horenstein and a tribute to Rene Haag

Rarefied Light Walkthrough @ Alaska Pacific University
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rarefied Light Walkthrough @ Alaska Pacific University

November’s Photo Tuesday will be an in depth walk through of the 2017 Rarefied Light show.
Meet us in the Leah J Peterson Gallery and come chat with some of the artists and find out more about how they created their images, their inspiration and process.

If you missed our First Friday, you won’t want to miss this!!

Photo Tuesday // Holiday Party & Print Exchange @ The Studio
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Photo Tuesday // Holiday Party & Print Exchange @ The Studio

This year, due to space and gallery constraints, we are unable to sponsor a members show exhibition. The members show will resume in 2018, at APU.

In lieu of our traditional December First Friday members show, we will be hosting a holiday gathering onTuesday, December 19th at The Studio – 245 W 5th Ave Suite 108.

This will be a potluck style gathering, and we encourage all attendees to bring a wrapped (or envelope enclosed) 8×8 or 8×10 print for a blind an exchange. Please ensure that your name and title are included with the print! We are excited about this opportunity for members and artists to share their work with each other in a tangible way!

Juror’s Choice // First Friday Opening Reception @ Blue Holloman Gallery
Jan 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Juror's Choice // First Friday Opening Reception @ Blue Holloman Gallery

Each year, our Rarefied Light juror is asked to select two artists whose work is featured in an invitational group exhibit. This year, juror Henry Horenstein chose Tara Horton and Christine Eagleson

Their work will be on display at Blue Holloman Gallery Jan 5th – Jan 30th 2018

Unseen with Joe Yelverton // Photo Tuesday @ Anchorage Museum - Aditorium
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Unseen with Joe Yelverton // Photo Tuesday @ Anchorage Museum - Aditorium

Unseen focuses on the Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Squadron, the only military team in the United States whose daily mission includes both military and civilian search and rescue. This Anchorage based team is widely considered the busiest, most elite, and most versatile group of professional rescuers in the world. Despite that they are experts at saving lives, they are also highly specialized combatants. In other words, they are equally skilled in killing people. This dichotomy adds to the complexity of the job, and to the enigmatic nature of the people who do it for a living.

This project was generously supported by grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Rarefied Light 2018 – Call for Entries Opens!
Feb 1 – Apr 22 all-day
Rarefied Light 2018 - Call for Entries Opens!

The juror for Rarefied Light 2018 is Arthur Meyerson.

His awards are numerous, including gold medals from the New York Art Directors Club, the Art Directors Club of Houston, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and the prestigious Stephen Kelly Award for his work on the Nike advertising campaign.

Besides his commercial work, Arthur’s fascination with light, color and the moment continues and has culminated into an impressive body of personal work as well. His photographs are included in many public and private collections and have been exhibited internationally.

A photographer with a strong commitment to his profession, Arthur teaches photography workshops and participates in speaking engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Santa Fe Center for Photography as well as serving on the Board of Advisors for the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the Houston Center for Photography.


Submit your Rarefied Light 2018 entries via the Call for Entries website.

The call for entries will close April 22nd at 6:59pm AKST

India iphone photography with Javid Kamali // Photo Tuesday @ Anchorage Museum - Aditorium
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
India iphone photography with Javid Kamali // Photo Tuesday @ Anchorage Museum - Aditorium

India is a land of contrasts, colors, chaos and many surprises. Even though I visited only a tiny fraction of this tremendous landscape, its deep impact will never fade. It is an honor and pleasure to share my experiences on this photographic journey with others.

This body of work is a collection of images created using my iPhone during a designated iPhone photography workshop in India led by instructor Karen Devine in early 2016. During this workshop, participants were instructed and encouraged to exclusively use their iPhone cameras but also to enhance the plain images and create photo composites by using a wide range of apps designed for the smartphone photographer.

The tools used to create these images, however, should by no means distract from the incredible richness and beauty witnessed firsthand in this workshop. In fact, for this presentation, I primarily chose to use plain images with basic enhancements to certain photos, without changing the content.

Photography is more than just my hobby; I chose it because it perfectly intertwines my interests in the scientific and artistic worlds. Simplicity, human elements, shapes and patterns are consistent themes in my images. I intentionally focus on every day objects in an effort to present them in a new light, and instinctively search for the abstract in concrete and otherwise ordinary images

MENADELOOK with Eileen Norbert @ Anchorage Museum Auditorium
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MENADELOOK showcases nearly one hundred photographs taken by an Inupiat photographer, Charles Menadelook, that documents life in Wales, in the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia, in the early twentieth century.  Photographs of Inupiat life in this period are rare, and photographs taken by an indigenous person are nearly nonexistent.  These photographs provide a unique view into the Inupiat world during the early decades of the last century and give both a pictorial and Native perspective on Inupiat traditions and historical events.

Charles Menadelook, an Inupiat, was born in Wales, Alaska, in 1892.  One of the first Alaskan Natives to become a teacher, he taught in Diomede, Shishmaref, Shaktoolik, Kotzebue, Noatak, Sinuk, Nome, Gambell, and Unalaska.  Menadelook’s photographs are a historical treasure of a changing like for the Northwest Inupiat’ – written by Rosita Wohl

The lecture and book edited by Menadelook’s granddaughter Eileen Norbert, who first started collecting these photographs in the 1980’s as a senior in anthropology at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Norbert realized the value of this historic collection meticulously researching and recording the stories behind the photographs.  When Eileen Norbert retired she devoted her time to restoring Charles Menadelook’s photographs, editing, and with the help of Rosita Wohl published the book titled MENADELOOK that documents Inupiat life from their own perspective.

Photo Tuesday // Kerry Tasker @ Anchorage Museum - Aditorium
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photo Tuesday // Kerry Tasker @ Anchorage Museum - Aditorium

Join us for April’s Photo Tuesday with guest speaker Kerry Tasker!

Kerry will share with us some of his recent work/projects and talk about what he’s up to currently

Come and be inspired!

Rarefied First Round Due to Blaines @ Blaines Art Supply
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Final submission – Exhibition-ready artwork
Artwork that is selected from the digital submissions for the final judging in Anchorage must be submitted in person or mailed to Blaines BEFORE June 2nd
Exhibition ready requires:

  • No watermarks or logos on the printed images
  • Two dimensional art should be framed and matted with white or natural white museum board and in a simple, neutral-colored metal or wood frame with an exception for images printed directly on 3D objects.
  • Metal and Canvas prints must be framed for protection
  • Plexiglass must be used for framed artwork larger than 20”
  • Frame size is limited to 30″ on the longest side – due to the traveling nature of the show

APC reserves the right to exclude submitted artwork that does not meet the above criteria.