Art Contest

Registration for the second annual Memorial Day Emerging Artists Festival and Competition is now closed. This competition has a $1,000 cash first prize plus cash $300 second prize and $150 third prize. All judging will be based upon the quality of the overall body of work submitted to the jury.

Only submitted and accepted pieces may be displayed.

Artist submissions will also be considered for other exhibitions and displays including the Rotary Art Park, the September invitational sale, and the year­long Art Display Drawers at Soldotna Public Library.

This is a statewide competition is intended to encourage new and emerging artists. Accordingly, this competition and exhibition is limited to emerging artists in Alaska who have had not more than one major solo exhibit in a generally recognized gallery or regional art center. Not more than fifteen emerging artists will be selected for the curated exhibit. Professional curation is provided by university art instructors.

Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $300 second place and $150 third place. Awards will be determined by judging the overall bodies of work actually hung and exhibited at Alaska Emerging Artists Competition, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Soldotna Creek Park, Soldotna, Alaska. This will be an outdoor exhibit housed within protective enclosures on the level park above the Kenai River.

Selected artists must deliver and hang work between 9am and 11am on day of exhibit. The exhibit will run from noon to 7pm May 28, 2016. Live music and refreshments will be provided. Food vendors will also be present.

All work must be taken down and removed at 8pm Saturday  evening, May 28, 2016.

There is no application fee and no admission fee will be charged to viewers.

Competition Eligibility – Any Alaska resident of any age working in 2D art forms, including all painting media, photography, drawing, collage, fabric, etc

Submission requirements. Jurying will be made by university art faculty and others, and based upon the overall body of work submitted by an artist, not upon individual items. All submissions should be made through unless other arrangements are made through Art Space. Every submission should include not less than 6 nor more than 12 proposed works.  Not more than two body of work submissions will be allowed per artist.

All works must be ready to hang.

This is a family­oriented event in a public park. Any work deemed inappropriate or offensive will not be hung and, if hung, will be removed immediately upon request.No alcohol or intoxicating substances are allowed and any persons impaired thereby will be asked to leave immediately.

For more information, please Email

Event Date: 5/28/16 ­ Saturday, Soldotna Creek Park, noon to 7pm

Entry Deadline: 4/18/16

Jurying will commence April 19, 2016 and be completed by April 29, 2016

No entry fee, no commission, no admission fee


Not more than two consistent bodies of work in any 2D media may be submitted by any one artist. Jurying will be made based upon each overall body of work. All entries should be submitted through,

Media: Any 2D media
Images ­ Minimum: 6, Maximum: 12
Total Media ­ Minimum: 6, Maximum: 12

Last year’s 2015 Emerging Artists Festival

Held May 23, 2015 Soldotna Creek Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAContest Winners: Front row left to right: Julie Drake – First Place, Amy Kruse, -Second Place, Francine Long – Third Place
Rear row left to right: Cam Choy – UA-KPC Associate Professor of Art, Joe Kashi, Nathan Nash – UA-KPC adjunct art professor (photo Shauna Thornton)

(Gallery photos Bill Heath)