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, 4,000 posters and several thousand lapel pins.

2014 Art Print Sale-and-Signing Events

2014 ARR Art Print

The The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) released its 2014 annual poster/print during public sale-and-signing events in late November / early December 2013 (Anchorage, Talkeetna and Fairbanks).  2014 print artist Ray Gamradt was on-hand to sign the prints and posters.  

Additional details in this news release.

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2015 Commemorative Art Print Contest

pdf icon News release with instructions on how to enter the 2015 Alaska Railroad Art Print Contest. Instructions are similar to previous years' contests.

During the last solicitation for artwork submissions in spring 2013, the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) chose Anchorage artist Ray Gamradt to create the 2014 print artwork.

Beginning November 1, 2013, the Alaska Railroad is soliciting submissions from Alaska artists who wish to compete in the upcoming Alaska Railroad Art Print Contest. Depending upon submissions, the Alaska Railroad my choose artists to create artwork for 2015 and 2016.  Dates to remember:

  • February 21, 2014 – 2015 print contest submissions Must be received by 5:00 p.m.
  • mid-March 2014 – Committee review complete; winning entry selected.
  • March 31, 2014 – Artists notified of contest results.
  • April 15, 2014 – Submissions must be retrieved.
  • April 16, 2014 – Submissions not retrieved will be discarded
  • September 30, 2014 – Chosen artist must deliver completed artwork 
  • early December 2014 – 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 or the railroad's role in the community of Nenana. The focus for the 2015 print is train service or railroad infrastructure in Portage, Whittier or along the Whittier Branch (Portage to Whittier).

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 December.  Additional community locations may be added depending upon the print subject. 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 2014. 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 2015 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.