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Crab festival Art Show 2021

Kodiak Arts Council and The Frame Shop invite Kodiak artists to submit new original creative work to be included in the 21st annual Crab Fest Art Show, an official event of Kodiak Crab Festival, May 27 to 31, 2021. The 2021 Art Show will be in-person and 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. 

Special thanks to Kodiak artist Sally Troxell for creating the artwork to represent the 2021 Crab Festival Art Show.

Crab Festival Art Show 2021

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 (2018 - 2021) 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.


Number of Entries 

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

Important Dates Deadline 

May 17: Deadline to make an appointment with The Frame Shop for those seeking assistance in photographing their work (optional)

May 21: Deadline to submit entries via Google form

May 26: Bring artwork to Fisherman's Hall between 12 noon and 2 pm

May 30: Collect artwork from Fisherman's Hall between 4 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. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the arts and culture sector and on individual artists. Artists may defer paying until sales are realized and/or may participate without paying the fee. There is no fee for young artists in the Youth category. 

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.

Youth Category

Kodiak artists ages 16 and younger are encouraged to submit work in the Youth Category of the Crab Fest Art Show. The Youth category will be accepting digital submissions of original work and the digital submissions will be displayed on a slide show at the exhibit venue and on the virtual exhibit at There is no fee for young artists to participate in the virtual show and works will be listed NSF (not for sale). Please do not bring Youth Art work to the exhibit venue. Youth Category Online Submission Form.

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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