March 30, 2014

Rarefied Light Archive

2022 Rarefied Light

Juror: Dan Burkholder

Best of Show: Alice Bailey of Fairbanks, Rock Salt, Copperplate Photogravure.

Honorable Mentions:

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.

Click here to view the virtual tour & see the exhibition schedule

2021 Rarefied Light

Juror: Eddie Soloway

Best of Show: Ravens by Bob Hallinen (Anchorage)

Honorable Mentions:

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.

Click here to view the entire exhibition online.

2019 Rarefied Light

Juror: Bob Sacha

Best of Show: Absent Lake with Captive Conifer, Gakona, Alaska by J. Jason Lazarus

Honorable Mentions:

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

Honorable Mentions:
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

Honorable Mentions:
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

Honorable Mentions:
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

Honorable Mentions:
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

Honorable Mentions:

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

Honorable Mentions:
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

Honorable Mentions:
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

Honorable Mentions:
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

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