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Crab Festival Art Show Call for Art

Special thanks to Kodiak artist Bonnie Dillard for creating the artwork representing the 2023 Crab Fest Art Show.

Crab festival Art Show

Kodiak Arts Council and The Frame Shop invite Kodiak artists to submit new original creative work to be included in the 22nd annual Crab Fest Art Show, an official event of Kodiak Crab Festival, on exhibit May 26 to 29, 2023, with a catered opening reception the evening of Friday, May 26. The Art Show will be staged at the Kodiak Harbormaster building in downtown Kodiak. A virtual companion exhibit will be built online to reach a broad audience and provide viewing access from home. We are accepting all contemporary and fine art genre submissions from Kodiak artists completed within the past three years and not previously exhibited at the Crab Festival Art Show. 

Crab Festival Art Show 2023
Entry Guidelines

Eligible Media

Accepting all contemporary and fine art genre submissions from Kodiak artists. All work must have been completed within the past three years (2020 - 2023) and not previously exhibited at the Crab Festival Art Show. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, oil/chalk pastels, block/ink print, pottery/vessels, sculpture, collage, digital art, metal work, jewelry design, fiber/textile art, wood work, and ceramics.


Entries must be delivered suitably finished and ready for display. All paper and canvas work must be matted and framed; works of sculpture and ceramics must be ready for display; weaving or quilts must be ready to hand; jewelry must be displayed in a holder or other display apparatus. Reproduced prints of original paintings, matted-only items, or shrink-wrapped pieces will not be accepted.


Eligible Artists

For this show, the sponsoring organizations broadly define “Kodiak artist” to mean any artist residing in the Kodiak Island archipelago, or an artist whose work or artistic practice is significantly influenced by Kodiak Island. The latter may include, but are not limited to: former Kodiak Island residents, or artists from neighboring communities whose work is inspired by a sense of place and/ or connection to Kodiak Island culture. Open to artists age 16 years and older.


Number of Entries 

A limit of four (4) original pieces of art will be accepted from any one artist. 

Important Dates Deadline 

May 16: Deadline to make an appointment with The Frame Shop for those seeking assistance in photographing their work (optional)

May 19: Deadline to submit entries via Google form

May 25: Bring artwork to Fisherman's Hall between 12:30 and 3:30 pm

May 29: Collect artwork from Fisherman's Hall between 3 pm and 5 pm


Submission Fee

There is a $40 non-refundable fee per participating artist. After submitting digital entries through the online form, artists will receive an email with a link to pay the entry fee online. 

Artist Statements

Participating artists are encouraged to submit an artist statement describing who you are and your artistic practice. Artists statements will be included in the virtual art show to share information about artists with the viewing public. 


Artists may choose to offer their work for sale, or may choose NSF (not for sale). All sales will be conducted online via the website. The Kodiak Arts Council will collect funds on behalf of artists and issue payment to artists via check on or before June 15.

Digital Submissions

Accepting digital submissions in .tiff, .jpg, or .png format with a minimum resolution of 150 ppi


Please save and label your files using the convention ArtistName_Submission#_TitleofWork_DateofCompletion for example: MaryCassatt_1_SelfPortrait_1880. 


If you are uploading more than one image of the same art submission (for example of sculpture or other 3D work), please also add a running number to the end of the file name.


Images/Intellectual Property

All artists retain the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in any artwork or other content in their submission. By completing the submission form and uploading images, artists grant the Sponsoring Organizations a non-exclusive, royalty-free, limited license to copy image, distribute, reformat if necessary, and display the artwork or content. By uploading your images and completing the required submission form, the artist agrees to allow the Sponsoring Organizations to share any or all works of art and/or artist information, e.g.: name, website information, etc., to further promote said artist via our various online portals, including but not limited websites and social media channels. 

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