Dear InkforAlaska Artists!

Since we started the contest, the protection of Alaskan land and waters has been in the forefront of controversy!  Your participation in this art event shows the commitment you have not only as artists, but as those who care about public lands.  This was our first attempt at a juried event, and you have helped us learn much about the process of online art exhibition and presentation!  Thank you for your support and participation.

Choosing the winners from so many great submissions was extremely difficult, but the judges have made their decisions.

First place: William Hays, Brattleboro, Vermont 

$500 gift certificate from McClains Printmaking Supplies 

Landscape is the foundation of my inspiration. I often work more from memory or an impression than from a particular place. The compositions are the framework on which I hang a sequence of layered colors in rhythmic patterns to create a mood and a harmonious image. Using reduction printing techniques and multiple blocks allows me a level of complexity that suits my drive to create art works which evoke of my imaginings, my experiences, my creations.

Second:               Jack McCarthy, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

$500 gift certificate from Speedball Art Supplies

  I feel that my prints compliment the power and joie de vivre that makes up Alaska. Thank you for the opportunity to share my visual storytelling. The prints offered are a small part of a series I have been working on re: the mythology and spirituality of Northern Alaska.

Third:                   Cynthis Brinich-Langois , Milwaukee, WI 

$300 gift certificate from Graphic Chemicals and Inks

Through a field-based practice, I employ drawings, prints, and written reflections to create site-responsive investigations into a place defined by enormous transformations. I was born in Alaska and grew up in Bethel; while I have lived in many places as an adult, I return to Alaska to revisit familiar places and discover new sites for creative exploration, most recently on a kayak trip through the Beardslee Islands. This work examines the interactions among biological, geological, and anthropological factors that continue to sculpt Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Southeastern Alaska. The shorelines and waterways of Glacier Bay affected, through the twice daily changing of the tides, but on a geological scale, the rising of both the land and sea reforms the landscape itself, as tidewater glaciers retreat up the mountains. As the weight of the ice no longer compresses the land, the rocky shore moves incrementally upward, bringing with it things often hidden below the water.

The islands are always above the sea, and these seemingly disconnected landmasses break the surface of glassy water to form landmarks for boats to navigate safely through the bay. The drawings of islands position the human adventurer as a key observer through whose presence we contextualize the landscape. While the transformation of Glacier Bay is easily observable, it is not unique, and the changes effected upon it, are revealed in diverse climate conditions throughout the world.

Honorable Mention: Charlotte Van Zant King, Goldendale, WA 

$50 gift certificate from Gamblin Artist Colors 

I lived in Alaska from 1978 until 2000, married a USFWS biologist/pilot, and raised our daughter. We lived in Fairbanks, and had a typical Alaskan lifestyle, fishing and hunting to add to the usual life around a small city. I worked as a volunteer for state and federal agencies as a wildlife rehabilitator. I worked as an artist through the public arts programs of state agencies, and produced more than 20 large commissions in tapestries, fiber arts, and ceramic tile murals. My work exhibited from Bethel to Ketchikan, in schools, correctional centers, and Pioneer Homes. In all of this, wilderness was the initial reason I came to Alaska. I lived in Point Barrow, the most remote, and Anchorage, the most urban, and I had opportunities to travel from the Aleutians and down the panhandle, by water, over highways and trails, and in small planes. I think of Alaska as my real home, and always miss being there.

The work I am submitting is from a series of linoleum block prints I began doing in 2010. Many of the birds are in Alaska as well as along the Columbia River Gorge where we live. I hand-color some of the prints with watercolor pencils after I print them. I figured if Audubon’s printmakers could do that, so could I, and it does give slight variations to each print. Other prints, I do not color, since they stand best as stark black and white.


Prizes will be sent to the winners, and the League will gift a free membership for one year, to each artist.

Special thanks to all our sponsors:

Speedball Inc./Akua Inks

Graphic Chemical and Inc

McClains Printmaking

Gamblin Inks