November 13, 2017


Rarefied Light Call For Entries Open
Mar 15 @ 12:00 am – May 5 @ 6:59 pm
Rarefied Light Call For Entries Open

The juror for 2019, Bob Sacha is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects. Bob is a Tow Professor for visual journalism at the new City University of NY Graduate School of Journalism.

Bob has also directed, produced, shot and edited nonfiction video stories for Al Jazeera America Online, Yahoo News, AudubonScience, Apple, the Asia Society, Starbucks, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundation, among other international clients. He has worked as a staff producer and editor at MediaStorm, where his projects were nominated for three national news Emmys and won numerous awards including an Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Award.

Photo Tuesday // A Fork in the Road: Finding Light in the Dark @ Anchorage Museum
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photo Tuesday // A Fork in the Road: Finding Light in the Dark @ Anchorage Museum

In 2013, at the age of 27, O’Hara Shipe’s life took a dramatic turn. After spending the majority of the previous 22 years of her life diligently guarding the net for various ice hockey teams around the world, Shipe suffered a career ending injury. Over the next six years she would endure four surgeries, hundreds of medical tests and the ultimate diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, Post-Concussion Syndrome, ME/CFS and Fibromyagia. However, throughout the dark periods, Shipe discovered her passion for the human connection associated with creating photographic portraits.

In her lecture, Shipe will discuss the role photography has played in her life post-professional sports. She will also share anecdotal tips for helping to naturally draw out the character of your subjects to create a memorable, authentic portrait.

Photo Tuesday // Been there done that, with Kevin Smith @ Anchorage Museum
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Photo Tuesday // Been there done that, with Kevin Smith @ Anchorage Museum

Been there done that, the challenges of figuring out the photographic puzzle

Kevin is a free-lance visual artist specializing in fine art, environmental portraiture, architectural, and artwork photography. UAA photography professor Sam Kimura first encouraged his love for photography in 1983. After graduating from UAA in 1986 with a degree in Advertising and Public relations he moved overseas to Germany where he spent 10 years playing semi-pro basketball and also worked as an advertising executive. Returning each summer during the off season to photograph the wilds of Alaska, Smith returned for good in 1996. After he moved back he spent the next 5 years shooting for Chris Arend; one of the most respected names in Alaskan photography, before moving out on his own in 2002. He has won numerous local awards for his fine art photography and his work has been widely published not only in Alaska but throughout the US and world wide. 

Smith specializes in fine photographic art installations featuring Alaskan themes. So far he has done installations in 12 Alaskan village schools; Akiak, Akiachak, Tuluksak, Noatak, Deering, Shungnak, Kalskag, Kobuk, Ruby, Mountain Village, Anaktuvuk Pass, and Nulato, as well as murals for fire stations # 3 and # 4 in Anchorage, the Machentanz Elementary School in Palmer, the Joe Redington Sr. Jr/Sr High School, Dena’ina Elementary School and the Mat-Su Career and Technical Center High School in Wasilla, Ryan Middle School in Fairbanks, the Harry J. MacDonald Center in Eagle River and murals and interior artwork for the “Top of the World Hotel” in Barrow and the Imaging Center in Anchorage.

Rarefied Light // final jury drop off @ Blaines Art Supply
Jun 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Final submission – Exhibition-ready artwork
Artwork that is selected from the digital submissions for the final judging in Anchorage must be exhibition-ready by June 29th, 2019
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
  • 3 Dimensional art work may not be able to travel with the show due to the fragile nature of the pieces and gallery display limitations.

APC reserves the right to exclude submitted artwork that does not meet the above criteria or is ineligible for public display in any specific gallery space.

Rarefied Light Juror Lecture @ Anchorage Museum
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rarefied Light Juror Lecture @ Anchorage Museum

Join us for 2019 Rarefied Light juror Bob Sacha for his public lecture – “Embracing Creativity, but first, Coffee”

Rarefied Light Workshop
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm
Rarefied Light Workshop

Visual Storytelling – Creating short, powerful iphone videos

We’re living in the age of online sharing, and visual media is what everyone is sharing. If you have a camera and an internet connection, you can create compelling visual stories—short films, really—using video, audio, and stills.

You hold in your hand one of the most powerful and artistic storytelling tools in history: your smartphone. In this workshop, students have a unique opportunity to utilize and explore the possibilities of storytelling with a smartphone. The workshop emphasizes storytelling over technology, using the smartphone to capture photos, video, audio, notes, sketches and found media for a documentary-style project. Students edit using the phone or computer to create short, visually-focused narratives.

An engaging story can be told using the camera of your choice: smartphone, DSLR, or video camera. In the interest of capturing clean, strong sound, we demo audio recorders and various microphones, from iPhone to wireless to shotgun. We also learn how to add interviews, music, and text to our stories. Audio-visual software like Adobe Premiere Pro and InqScribe allow us to delve even further into the art of storytelling.

By using these newfound techniques to build on the narrative skills you already possess, you are able to seriously elevate your work. The result? Funny, emotionally compelling visual stories that people want to watch.

Rarefied Light – First Friday Opening Reception @ International Gallery of Contemporary Art
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guest juror Bob Sacha, New York City, selected 55 photographs by 34 artists for inclusion in this year’s exhibition.

Best of Show is awarded to:  J. Jason Lazarus, Fairbanks “Absent Lake with Captive Conifer, Gakona, Alaska”


In addition, Bob chose 5 pieces for the honorable mention award.

  • Susan Biggs, Soldotna, “Abstract 6
  • Christine A. Eagleson, Anchorage, “Architect Eyes”
  • Johanna Grasso, Anchorage, “Wings” 
  • Kamini Grover, Anchorage, “Untitled 5” 
  • Tom Turner, Eagle River, “Summit Lake 02”
Photo Tuesday // Young Kim // The Things That Shape Us @ Anchorage Museum - Auditorium
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our November photo Tuesday as Young Kim (@TheYoungKimosabe ) takes us through “The things that shape us”

Young describes his work as photography that explores how an environment and circumstance can shape an individual’s growth and development.



APC Members Show – Opening Reception @ APU Carr Gottstein Academic Center - Leah J Peterson Gallery
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The annual Members’ Exhibition is an opportunity for all  interested APC member artists to exhibit their work

Join us for a First Friday Opening Reception, and stop by to see the show through the month of December


Beach Glass by APC Member Kris McCleary

Rarefied Light Jurors Choice Show – Opening Reception @ APU Grant Hall - Conoco Phillips Gallery
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Each year, APC sponsors Rarefied Light, Alaska’s largest juried fine art  photography exhibition. A nationally recognized photographer is selected  to jury the show and conduct a 2½ day workshop.

Bob Sacha, the 2019  Rarefied Light juror, selected from 525 submissions the 55 photographs  for the final exhibition. In addition, Mr. Sacha chose two artists whose work  is featured in this invitational group exhibit, J. Jason Lazarus and Tom Turner.

Show on display December 6 – 29, 2019


image by Tom Turner

image by J. Jason Lazarus