Art – 2022

Michelle Cornelius

Department L

Exhibit Entry – Hoskins Building:

  • Friday, August 5, 11 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 11 am – 7 pm

Exhibit Pick-up – Hoskins Building:

  • Tuesday, September 6, 1 pm – 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 10, 1 pm – 6 pm

For mail in instructions – See Competitive Exhibits General Info.


  • A: Junior, ages 5 through 8
  • B: Junior, ages 9 through 12
  • C: Junior, ages 13 through 17
  • O: Open
  • P: Professional (sells or instructs Art)

If subcategory is not specified, entry will be classified as OPEN.

(Entries from children under 5 years must be entered in Creative Arts & Crafts Department – see Division 11, Class 11)

Entries without entrant contact/mailing information will be automatically disqualified and not judged.

Division 01: Art


  • 01 Acrylic
  • 02 Charcoal
  • 03 Colored Pencil
  • 04 Ink / Marker / Pen and Ink
  • 05 Mixed Media (created using 2 or more mediums)
  • 06 Oil
  • 07 Pastel (soft, hard, pan and Oil Pastel)
  • 08 Pencil (graphite)
  • 09 Watermedia ( Watercolor gouache)
  • 10 Alaska State Fair Theme: “ EXPERIENCE THE WONDER”
  • 11 Digital (not photographic)
  • 12 Workshop (created in a learning environment)
  • 13 Other


Design, composition, originality, creativity, color saturation, value, tone lighting, contrast emotional response, technical expertise, and craftsmanship will all be considerations.  Presentation of all work will be judged on presentation (framing, proper hanging hardware, matting if used, cleanliness).

Artwork Dos / Don’ts:


  • Enter Art that is sized as follows: Maximum size 60 united inches (example: height + width: 24+36 = 60 united inches).
  • Minimum size is 18 united inches (example: height + width: 8+10 = 18 united inches)
  • Present original art you have made yourself within the last two years (2020, 2021).
  • Do enter art that fits the size requirements.
  • Present art in frames that are sturdy and that enhance your hard work. 
  • Present frames with and without out glass that are clean with no dust or fingerprints. 
  • Follow framing guides.
  • Consider copy right laws when using reference material .  Ask for permission or price for use of the reference and give credit to photographers who’s work you are utilizing for your project.
  • Look for mail in instructions – See Competitive Exhibits General Info. DO enter no matter where you are in ALASKA! 
  • Enter once per class, three pieces per entrant. Put your name and contact info on paper and attach to the artwork.
  • Pick up your art on time.  Get a friend to pick up on time if you can’t.


  • Don’t present art that is not made by yourself, alone, including artwork which has been put together with the help of an instructor, unless you are entering  (ONCE) in WORKSHOP Class.
  • Don’t enter paintings under 18 united inches nor over 60 united.  (5×7 is only 12 united inches)
  • Don’t use photo reference that is not your own, or borrowed without permission.
  • Don’t put your contact info on the back of the canvas material itself.  Over time it can come through.
  • Don’t present art you have purchased as a kit and completed.
  • Don’t present art that is more than two years old.
  • Don’t present art that has been previously entered at the Alaska State Fair.
  • Don’t present art work with Slogans. 
  • Don’t present art that is dusty, fingerprinted. 
  • Don’t present art with nudity as it is prohibited due to the age of most of the fair goers.
  • Don’t forget your yellow fair card or pick it up before your entry prior to checking in at ART EXHIBITS.
  • Don’t forget to pick up your art on time.  Your work will become property of the Alaska State Fair.

Framing Art Work DOs / Don’ts:


  • Always put charcoal , graphite, ink, pastel and watercolor on paper behind glass for protection. 
  • Use a frame that can be securely wired with hanging hardware.  
  • Frame acrylic or oil paintings in frames without glass.
  • Always frame canvas panels.
  • Present gallery wrapped canvases that have wrapped edges painted with design or dark painted edges to the back presenting a finished, gallery type painting. 
  • Present drawings, watercolor, pastel, charcoal  in frames with glass for protection that can be securely wired with hanging hardware.  
  • Hang with D ring or eyelet hardware with wire.  Find at Fred Meyers or Lowes.

Acceptable Framing:


  • Don’t present any unframed canvases with any staples that are not hidden while hanging. 
  • Don’t present paintings that are not fully dry. 
  • Don’t present any canvas panel without frame.
  • Don’t use string, fishing line, yarn, rope, saw tooth hangers ( Cardboard OR metal) or taped/glued/ or soldered wire. (Frames with sawtooth, cardboard or other type flimsy hangers are not safe for your artwork or artwork that hangs near it as it could malfunction and drop causing breakage or damage to yours or surrounding artist’s work.)
  • Don’t present work that is attached to “Sticky Hanger”, regardless of age.
  • Don’t present anything not ready to hang.

Do Not Use:


  • The superintendent reserves the right to not hang any entry.
  • Entries not meeting any and all requirements (including framing requirements) will be disqualified.
  • Disqualified entries will not be judged, however, if space permits, they may, in that event, be displayed.

Special Awards – Art

Outstanding entries will be recognized by these generous donors:

Best of Show

Alaska Watercolor Society

Professional Watercolor

Best of Juniors

Valley Fine Arts Association

Superintendent’s Award

Special Note from Art Superintendent:

Hello Fellow Artist and Fair Exhibitor!

Best practice for winning at the Alaska State Fair is to bring your best! 

If you have successfully created some great art, share it at the fair!  Showcase your art with the best presentation by displaying in an attractive, clean frame that is properly set up to hang.  Thousands of people will be walking by and enjoying your art. Prepare it for hanging for the duration of the fair on sturdy hanging hardware.  Know what you need to know to succeed by reading the following entry rules before you drop off the art during the times indicated. Best of luck and see you at the fair!

-Michelle Cornelius, 2022 Alaska State Fair Art Exhibits Superintendent.

Author: Betty Shadura

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