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Annual Art Print / Poster

Each year, the Alaska Railroad Corporation commissions an artist to produce artwork that is the basis for a limited edition print, poster and lapel pin and other gifts and materials. The annual Alaska Railroad artwork is a favorite among rail fans and Alaska art collectors. These collector's items are available for sale through the Anchorage Historic and Fairbanks depots, as well as the online Gift Shop. The Railroad has traditionally produced 750 signed and numbered prints, 3,000 posters and several thousand lapel pins.

2016 Art Print Sale-and-Signing Events

The The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) releases its 2016 annual poster/print during public sale-and-signing events in November and December 2015 (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Houston) featuring artist Jason Vukovich who will be on-hand to sign the prints and posters.  

Additional details in this pdf icon  news release.

2016 Print - see an image of the print and details about the artist and sign/sale events.

Annual Print History

2017 Commemorative Art Print

Depending upon submissions, the Alaska Railroad my choose up to two artists to create artwork for two consecutive years.  This was the case during the last solicitation period November 2014 through February 2015.  In spring 2015, the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) also chose Wasilla artist Taffina Katkus to create the 2017 print artwork. This was in addition to selecting Jason Vukovich to create the 2016 print artwork.  The next art contest will be conducted for the 2018 art print.

Beginning November 1, 2016, the Alaska Railroad will solicit submissions from Alaska artists who wish to compete in the 2018 Alaska Railroad Art Print Contest.  Dates to remember:

  • November 1, 2016 - the contest entry period begins
  • Last day of February 2017– print contest submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m.
  • mid-March 2017 – Committee review complete; winning entry selected.
  • March 31, 2017 – Artists notified of contest results.
  • April 15, 2017 – Submissions must be retrieved.
  • April 16, 2017 – Submissions not retrieved will be discarded
  • August 30, 2017 – Chosen artist must deliver completed artwork 
  • November/December 2017 – Chosen artist participates in sale-and-signing events  

Artist ideas must have an Alaska Railroad theme to be considered.  For 2012/13, we sought a focus on Seward. For 2014, we sought a focus on the Hurricane Turn flag stop service. The focus for the 2015 print was Portage to Whittier. The focus for the 2016 and 2017 print is Houston, located at the juncture of the existing main line and a new rail extention to Port MacKenzie, currently under construction. A focus has not yet been selected for 2018.

Artists chosen to design the artwork as the basis for a print are paid $3,000, and are given 10 artist proofs and 20 posters. The artist must agree to participate in sale-and-signing events in Anchorage and in Fairbanks, typically organized in November/December.  Additional community locations may be added depending upon the print subject or location (potentially in Houston, for example). The Alaska Railroad will pay for the artist’s travel expenses. The Alaska Railroad retains all and exclusive rights to the artwork.

A selection will be made by the end of March in the year prior to the poster year (i.e. March 15 for the 2016 print). A committee will review the submissions and the successful artist will be notified by telephone and by U.S. mail. The selected artist can request access to Alaska Railroad property for research purposes by contacting Corporate Communications Officer Stephenie Wheeler at (907) 265-2671. Safety is of paramount concern at the Alaska Railroad, and coordination is required before entering Alaska Railroad property. The selected artist must complete the artwork by early September. Prints are typically made available to the public by early December.

Artwork that is not selected as the basis for the print will be returned to the submitting artists. In order to be returned by mail, submissions must include a self-addressed and stamped envelope. Artwork can also be retrieved in person.