2022 Rarefied Light
Juror: Dan Burkholder
Best of Show: Alice Bailey of Fairbanks, Rock Salt, Copperplate Photogravure.
Susan Andrews of Fairbanks, Summer’s Celebration, Cyanolumen.
Susan Biggs of Soldotna, Birthday Friends, Archival Pigment Print.
Johanna Grasso of Anchorage, Innocence, Photography.
Andrea Jacobson of Anchorage, Light in the Forest, Digital Print.
Joseph Kashi of Soldotna, At Soldotna Airport – Autumn, Digital Photography.
This year’s competition drew 460 photographs from 70 Alaskan artists. Dan Burkholder has selected 55 entries that will travel the state until 2023.
2021 Rarefied Light
Juror: Eddie Soloway
Best of Show: Ravens by Bob Hallinen (Anchorage)
Dean Cully, Anchorage, Valley Thaw 1
Susan Johnson, Kasilof, The Sky is Crying
Trevor Jones, Anchorage, Narwhal Family
Javid Kamali, Anchorage, Three Second Backward Tie
Breanna Peterson, Kodiak, In-Between
2020 Rarefied LITE
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic – Alaska Photographic Center (APC) was forced to canceled 2020’s edition of Rarefied Light, our long-running statewide annual juried photo exhibition.
In it’s place APC opted to utilize 2020 for a Rarefied “Lite” online exhibition.
2019 Rarefied Light
Juror: Bob Sacha
Best of Show: Absent Lake with Captive Conifer, Gakona, Alaska by J. Jason Lazarus
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
2018 Rarefied Light
Juror: Arthur Meyerson
Best of Show: Roadtrip Douglas Yates
Dean Cully, Aerial: Cape Thompson Summer Sunset Storm
Hal Gage, Young Fisherman at Graveyard Point, Alaska
Hal Gage, Stumps, Oregon
Matt Johnson, Field Jacket
Charlotte Peterson, Untitled
The 2018 Rarefied Light call for entries was accepted online through Call For Entries. 610 entries were received by 91 artists. Guest juror Arthur Meyerson, selected 50 photographs by 34 artists for inclusion in the exhibition.
Rarefied Light 2018 opened at the Anchorage Museum
2017 Rarefied Light
Juror: Henry Horenstein
Best of Show: Horizon: Two Tara Horton
Tradition Joshua Borough
Stylist Perspective I Christine Eagleson
Scott and Mattie LJ Evans
Shelter Greg Hensel
Another Ordinary Day Javid Kamali
The 2017 Rarefied Light call for entries was accepted online through Call For Entries. 506 entries were received by 82 artists. Guest juror Henry Horenstein, selected 43 photographs by 25 artists for inclusion in the exhibition.
2016 Rarefied Light
Juror: Amy Arbus
Best of Show: Smoke and Shadows Greg Hensel
Cemetery Hill Will Anderson
Fleeting Images Joe Kashi
Freak Show Charlotte Peterson
Untitled Charlotte Peterson
Untitled Dennis Walworth
Rarefied Light 2016 was juried by Amy Arbus. Amy has had 35 solo exhibitions worldwide and her photographs are part of the collection of The National Theatre in Norway, the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art.
The 2016 Rarefied Light call for entries was accepted online through Call For Entries. Initial deadline for digital entries was May 27, 2016.
Rarefied Light 2016 opened at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art
427 D St, Anchorage, AK 99501
First Friday Opening Reception: Nov 4, 2016 at 5:30-7:30 pm
2015 Rarefied Light
Juror: Susan Burnstine
Best of Show: House in the birch forest Kaitlin Wilson
Jump Javid Kamali
Kaden Shalem Mathew
Sunbeam Meike Paniza
High Five Breanna Peterson
baby, you didn’t have a choice Cody Swanson
Rarefied Light 2015 was juried by Susan Burnstine. Susan is a well-known and highly respected photographic artist. She presented a free public lecture at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center auditorium on July 16, 2014 at 7:00pm.
The 2015 Rarefied Light prospectus can be found here [PDF]. Initial deadline for digital entries was May 19, 2015. The prospectus also has information about our workshop “Defining the Personal Narrative” with juror Susan Burnstine, which took place July 17-19, 2015.
We encourage you to become a member of APC. Our membership brochure details all the advantages of being an APC member, including reduced entry fees for Rarefied Light and preferred workshop participation.
Rarefied Light 2015 opened at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art on October 2, 2015.
2014 Rarefied Light
Juror: Joyce Tenneson
Best of Show: Sadie, Linda Smogor
Linda Infante Lyons, Going Nowhere, Wales, AK,
Javid Kamali, Free
Tami Phelps, When Neighbors are Artists and Utopia With a Hitch
Gary Postlethwait, Linda
Vanessa Powell, How Extraordinary.
2013 Rarefied Light
Juror: Sean Kernan.
Best of Show: The Last Exit on Earth Gary Postlethwait
Cold as Ice Bob Hallinen
Snow Shower in October Ryoto Kajita
Waiting to Happen Javid Kamali
April Snow, 2013 Clark James Mishler
Abandoned House in Blizzard, Barrow, AK
Mary Virginia Stroud
2012 Rarefied Light
Juror: Cig Harvey.
Best of Show: Taurus Maggie Skiba
Coney Island Sundays Brian Adams
Regalia Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz
Moving Through Laura Avellaneda-Cruz
Circus Girl (Lawrence-Atwood Far North Big Top Attractions), c.1902 Hal Gage
The West Loren Holmes
Elizabeth Matt Johnson
Split Janice Parsley
2011 Rarefied Light
Juror: KayLynn Deveney.
Best of Show: Wit Bob Curtis-Johnson
Dimond Center Hotel #1 Joseph Kashi
Anuket Garry Kaulitz
Statis Garry Kaulitz
Phil Mitch Kitter
Mounted, 2010 Clark James Mishler
Alaska Landscape #3, 2010 Clark James Mishler
Pig Face Tim Thomas
‘Berg’ with Mud Hat Tim Thomas