Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2005

Writers conference slated

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold the statewide Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference from June 10 to 14 at Land's End Resort in Homer. It will feature former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as the keynote presenter, as well as 20 other faculty members, including noted authors, editors, publishers and agents from throughout Alaska and the United States.

Other out-of-state authors and poets include Eva Shaw, Jack Driscoll, Jan Harper Haines, Pamela Houston, Allison Hedge Coke and Gary Ferguson.

The conference will include daily workshops, craft talks, manuscript reviews, panel presentations and evening readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing.

Evening readings by conference faculty will be open to the general public at no charge.

The general conference fee, including luncheons, the opening dinner presentation and workshops is $295. Advanced registration is required.

One University of Alaska Anchorage academic credit is optionally offered for the additional tuition of $112. For specific program and registration information, visit the Web site at

Peninsula Art Guild announces scholarships

The Peninsula Art Guild is offering art scholarships to students 18 or older pursuing art education at a college or university.

Applicants enrolled in college must have at least a "C" average in all subjects. Scholarships will be awarded to students planning on majoring in one of the visual arts or to students who have an interest in a field with a related study of visual arts, such as art education, art therapy or museum studies. Scholarship recipients also will receive a one-year membership to the guild.

Applicants should submit an application, three to five samples of their artwork that is original in concept and a 200-300 word summary of their reason for pursuing a career in art and their future goals.

Applicants interested in taking part in art workshops or studying art in other noncollege settings need to fill out a different application.

Work should be submitted at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai.

The deadline is May 31.

Recipients must notify the guild in writing of the name and address of the college they attend, proof of enrollment, their student identification number and the address of the office where funds should be sent by Jan. 5. If the student does not provide the guild with this information, the scholarship will be void.

For more information, call Debbie Harris at 283-7663 or e-mail

Young writers workshop slated

In conjunction with the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, a workshop for young writers will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 10 at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College in Homer. Jack Driscoll, prize-winning novelist, poet and a teacher for 25 years at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, will conduct the workshop, called "Taking Chances: Following Hunches."

The workshop will focus on turning away internal censors that can block creativity.

The workshop is for young writers entering 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The cost is $45 and the registration deadline is June 1.

To register, complete the form on the conference's Web site: and mail it to Young Writers' Conference Workshop, Kachemak Bay Campus, 533 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK 99603.

Submissions wanted from women writers

Alaska Women Speak is accepting submissions for its summer issue with the theme, "Going Out — Weather or Not!" Stories, articles, poetry, art and photography submissions should be e-mailed to Carole Mercer at by June 3.

Stories or articles can be up to 2,000 words and should include at least one accompanying picture, if not more. Submission is sent by e-mail and text should be saved as a .doc or .rtf file. If the story is a reprint, specify so that credit can be given.

Contributing writers retain first rights of published material. All articles will be considered, although it is up to the editor whether the piece is right for an issue. Contributing authors receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Alaska Women Speak solicits work by women but does not discriminate.

Poetry does not necessarily have to be on the theme, meaning the editor looks for a certain quality that speaks or works. Preference is given to submissions that are received in advance of the deadline.

The deadline for the fall issue, "Diversity in Alaska," is Sept. 2. The deadline for the winter issue, "More Stories about Bush Alaska," is Nov. 30.

For more information, contact Carole Mercer, co-editor, at

Student artwork wanted for book cover

Student artists can enter a contest to design the cover of a soon-to-be-published book by Minnesota writer Ed Newman.

The novel is "The Red Scorpion," a haunted house story blended with a tale of a teenage crisis of courage. More details about the story can be viewed at

High school and undergraduate students are eligible to enter the contest. Submissions from home- and private-school students are welcome. No work from professional artists will be considered.

Artwork must be original, but photos or slides of the artwork may be submitted. Original art will be required if a photo of a piece is selected. Artwork may be in any medium, though consideration for use on a book cover will determine the winning submission. Digital artwork should be submitted on CD.

More detailed rules are available online at or

Student artists must be willing to sign a release of first rights to Savage Press. Savage Press reserves the right to manipulate the work within reason.

The deadline for entries is July 2. If no suitable artwork is submitted, the deadline for entries may be extended or the contest may be canceled. Savage Press is not responsible for return of entries.

Entries should be sent to Savage Press, P.O. Box 7343, Duluth, MN 55807. Entries must include the artist's name, address, the school they attend and a valid e-mail address or phone number. For rules clarifications, e-mail ennyman@

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