Artists from Alaska and around the world utilize Anchorage Museum’s public spaces, indoors and out, virtual and real, to engage the public and explore ideas related to the North. Their research will culminate in performance, print and new media and a major exhibition in 2016.
Polar Lab will include a variety of events, such as pop-up museums, temporary installations, live performances, community-action projects, lectures, events and presentations. Polar Lab is part of the the museum's Northern Initiative.
Submissions for these exhibitions are only accepted through CallForEntry.org.
For more information about these exhibitions, please call (907) 929–9249.
These exhibitions are made possible with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Museum Association, BP, and other local contributors.
Why have a juried art exhibition?
Juried exhibitions are an opportunity to exhibit work by many artists, introduce new artists to “the scene” and provide a survey of the work currently being produced by Alaskans. Guest jurors are esteemed curators, artists and art professionals from the region and beyond. Each juror brings a new perspective to the process; therefore, each exhibition offers a distinct, fresh view.
Every juried exhibition is controversial. While the choices are not arbitrary, each juror’s perspective is his or her own. The museum carefully selects jurors who have significant experience working with artists and evaluating artwork, so the exhibition is based on quality as well as the juror’s vision. By hosting juried exhibitions biennially, the museum is able to include the work of hundreds of artists, ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to participate.
What is the jurying process?
First, each work is first carefully reviewed online by the juror. First-round picks are made through a scoring system. With hundreds of entries, a juror is not able to make comments on each piece. Jurors assess quality, but also are considering such things as the condition of the works and how each work fits into an overall vision for the exhibition. Final-round jurying takes place in person. The juror is flown to Alaska to see the work and the exhibition space, and then makes final selections. The juror writes a statement to articulate his or her choices, and presents a free public lecture announcing the selected works.
How can I apply for an upcoming juried exhibition?
When there is an open entry period for an exhibition, application instructions are available in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
The following are Alaska juried exhibitions that, although not curated by the Anchorage Museum, are often displayed here.
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