UAF Rasmuson Library Mural Call for Artists


February 4
Deadline to submit a portfolio for 1st Call

March 11
Deadline to submit a concept and rendering for 2nd Call

Download the application and call for artists here

See selection timeline below.


June 17
Mural Installation

July 8
Mural Unveiling


  • Finalists’ Submission of Design Proposals (For 3 finalists): $500
  • Finalist: $20,000 plus a $2,500 travel and shipping allotment


The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking to commission an artist to create a mural for display at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library located on the Fairbanks campus. The mural should reflect the diversity of Alaska Native cultures, the knowledge, cultural practices and technologies, as well as contributions Alaska Natives, have made to the state and university.  The mural should aid in creating an inclusive environment that inspires others.

The mural will be housed in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Alaska’s largest, with more than 1.7 million items, including books, periodicals, films, sound recordings, microforms, government documents, maps, manuscripts and archival materials, as well as electronic access to more than 20 million titles worldwide.

The Rasmuson Library has one of the world’s finest collections of Alaska and polar regions materials including books, periodicals, photography, manuscripts, films, oral histories, rare books and maps. The collections are centered on Alaska but include many items about the circumpolar North and Antarctica.

Elmer E. Rasmuson was born in Yakutat, Alaska, in 1909. He graduated from Harvard University in 1930. Rasmuson returned to Alaska in 1943 as president of the National Bank of Alaska, the first statewide banking system in Alaska. Active in public affairs, Rasmuson was mayor of Anchorage, chairman of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. and a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents from 1950-1969.


  • Download application and call for artists here.
  • Applicants are required to submit a resume, statement of interest and a portfolio of work samples, consisting of no more than 20 images of past, original work. Application materials can be sent to:

Call for Mural Artists
204 Brooks Building
1736 Tanana Loop
PO Box 756500
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6500

The committee will select three finalists who will receive a $500 award to create a concept and artist rendering for the final award:

  • Submit sketch(es) of your concept/rendering for the mural. Selected artists can propose more than one concept.
  • Submit a brief written proposal that explains each concept/rendering.
  • Final decisions will be made by a panel of artists and community members to select 1 artist who will receive an award of $20,000, plus a $2,500 travel and shipping allotment. Artists will be contacted
  • Please email questions to


  • Dimensions of final mural must be (6 ft height x 12 ft length)


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • This call is for original mural proposals only.
  • Artist groups are welcome to participate but will split the payment for their mural.
  • Art installation and unveiling will occur April 22, 2019.


  1. Artistic excellence, quality of skills and techniques and the ability to communicate a unique vision
  2. Overall professionalism and presentation of ideas
  3. Potential artists must have previous mural experience and potential to successfully complete the project within the required time.


The committee will evaluate artist qualifications based on artistic merit as evidenced by submitted materials and the longevity and maintenance needs of proposed artwork. The committee and the University of Alaska Fairbanks reserve the right to reject any and all applications.


January 16
Announcement of 1st Call

February 4
Deadline to submit a portfolio for 1st Call

February 11
Review submissions and selection for 2nd Call

February 18
2nd Call awardees contacted three finalists awarded contracts

March 11
Deadline to submit a concept and rendering for 2nd Call

March 18
Selected artist contacted


April 21
Visual progress report with photos

June 3
Mural arrive at UAF, artist conduct workshop at UAF

July 1
Mural Installation

July 8
Mural Unveiling