Chamber's ‘Artist of the Year’ contest accepting applications; announces changes to contest

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce's Artist of the Year Contest is underway and all are welcomed to apply.

2019 Artist of the Year Katie Ganley's winning piece entitled 'Crane’. It is on display at the Fairbanks Greater Chamber of Commerce building, along with art from other past winners. (Photo Courtesy KTVF/Andrew)

According to the Chamber's website, the contest is meant to help local artists ‘...grow the business side of their art through opportunity, exposure, and networking.’ According to the President and CEO of the chamber, Marisa Sharrah, there are some changes that have been made to the contest this year.

Instead of just submitting one piece, the chamber is asking for an additional 3 to 7 pieces be submitted from each artist, as part of a portfolio. She says this change was requested by local artists. There is also a 100 to 200 word written portion that must be included.

Sharrah also says the chamber plans to highlight this year's winner throughout the year. Their hope is to be able to spotlight the artist, in some fashion, around once a month.

Sharrah spoke about how a winner is chosen.

"We have people from the arts community that will pull together and they will look at all the art that has been submitted," said Sharrah. "They narrow it down to three to five pieces. We take those pieces and we present them at the Fairbanks chambers' annual meeting, which this year is on December 10th, and our membership then gets to go in and vote their favorite of those finalists."

Awards for this year's winner include featured artwork in chamber promotional material, a one year membership to the chamber, promotion of events and other venues the winner appears in, among others.

Artists can apply for the contest on the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce's website:

The application process ends on November 15th.

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