The International Gallery of Contemporary Art (IGCA) is an exhibition space dedicated to new works in visual and interdisciplinary arts. It was established to provide the community with a place where provocative ideas, diverse art forms, artists and audiences can come together, to offer a point of view that encourages vision, risk-taking and discovery, and to be an art space where experimentation and risk are still possible.
Tuesdays through Sundays 12-4 pm
(the gallery is closed from Sunday to Thursday prior to a First-Friday exhibition openings).
Opening Receptions are held on the First Friday of each month 5-8 p.m
Exhibitions change monthly.
To provide a forum for the public exhibition and discussion of contemporary art;
To support and exhibit the work of developing artists and to encourage experimental and explorative art;
To challenge and expand public understanding and perception of contemporary art issues
The International Gallery of Contemporary Art began in the early 1980s as a small room next to the art studio of Anchorage sculptor David Felker. The gallery took its name from its location on International Airport Road, but the name has also come to represent the Gallery’s ability to draw artists from all around the world for exhibitions. From its beginning, the Gallery has been available for artists to exhibit experimental works of art, including installation and performance art. This was revolutionary for Anchorage at the time. In 1989, the Gallery became incorporated and established its non-profit status. A board of directors was also established. Despite the growth of the Gallery over the years, the vision has remained the same: an unwavering dedication to presenting the finest contemporary art available and providing artists with a venue to explore new aspects of their work without concern for commercial viability.
The International Gallery hosts monthly exhibitions by local artists as well as artists from outside the state and across the globe.
Board members provide management and artistic direction.
International Gallery operations are supported, in part, by:
The Alaska State Council on the Arts
The Municipality of Anchorage (through the Municipal Arts Advisory Commission)
The Gallery receives much support from individual contributions and memberships.
“Heart of Anchorage” architectural award for design of International Gallery of Contemporary Art for revitalizing downtown and promoting arts and culture from the Municipality of Anchorage Urban Design Commission. Architectural services/design provided by Mayer Sattler-Smith
Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Arts Organization
Anchorage Daily News (search “Archives”)