Call for submissions for Alaska Postive A biennial exhibition of Alaska photography

Now in its 49th year, Alaska Positive encourages photography as an art form in Alaska. The next call for entries for Alaska Positive will open September 3, 2019. Entries will be juried by nationally renowned photographer, David Michael Kennedy.

Guest juror David Michael Kennedy’s photographic career spans over 40 years. His works are held in museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Institute. Kennedy’s career started in New York with commercial photography including iconic portraits of musicians, actors and artists. In 1986 he moved to New Mexico to focus on fine art photography. His name is synonymous with New Mexico landscapes. Kennedy’s images are materialized through the platinum/palladium printing technique, a pre-digital, by-hand process at which he is considered one of the best in the world.

In addition to receiving recognition for their work, photographers whose photos are selected for Alaska Positive 2019 will compete for several cash awards. Kennedy will bestow one Juror’s Choice award for $300, and two $150 Awards of Recognition. The awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museum (FoSLAM). Kennedy will also select some photographs for Honorable Mention.

Alaska Positive will open at the Alaska State Museum on December 6, 2019 and run through February 15, 2020. The exhibition will then travel to museums throughout Alaska including the following:

  • Sheldon Jackson Museum: March – May, 2020
  • Wasilla Museum & Visitor Center: June – September, 2020
  • University of Alaska Museum of the North: October – November, 2020
  • Haines Sheldon Museum: mid-December – February, 2021
  • Cordova Historical Museum: March – mid-April, 2021
  • Valdez Museum: May – September, 2021

Exhibit dates are subject to change.

Call for submissions for Alaska Positive 2019 will open September 3, 2019 and close October 12, 2019 on CaFÉ, For more information contact the Alaska State Museum curator of exhibitions by calling 907-465-4819 or e-mailing Jackie Manning