• Artist of the Year



    About Us

    At this year’s Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, Jamie Smith was selected as the 2020 Artist of the Year for his piece titled, “Welcome Committee.”

    For over thirty years (since 1988) I’ve been the creator of the weekly cartoon feature “Nuggets” that appears in the Sunday edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. I also teach drawing classes at local schools, participate in artist residencies by giving classroom demonstrations, presentations and workshops, along with freelance illustration for non-profits and community businesses.
    I always welcome new creative pursuits such as this. Being considered for Artist of the Year would be both an accomplishment and opportunity to expand beyond my established base of clients, and explore more potential commercial possibilities – and hopefully share a few smiles along the way.

    About the Artist of the Year Contest
    The contest provides local artists in the Fairbanks/North Pole community the opportunity to be showcased to thousands of Fairbanks residents and tourists...

    The winning artwork will be featured on the Chamber's marketing materials throughout the year, including, but not limited to, the membership postcard, the Chamber's website, and the Fairbanks and North Pole vicinity map.

    The winner is recognized in the Chamber's eNews and showcased at a special First Friday event hosted by the Chamber. The artist will also be provided multiple opportunities to display and sell their artwork at events throughout the year.


    Welcome Committee 2019
    Crane by Katie Ganley 2019
    Harrison Carpenter 2018
    Chelsea Roehl 2017
    Hannah Foss 2016
    Brianna Reagan 2015
    Trevor Gridley 2014
    Lucas Elliott 2013
    Matt Moberly 2012