Gail Priday is an artist living in Fairbanks, Alaska. She holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an MEd in art education from Towson University, and a BA in art from James Madison University. She is currently employed by the University of Alaska Museum of the North as a museum educator, and she has served as an executive member of the Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA) Board of Directors since 2017. Teaching and sharing art with people of all ages has been a priority since starting her career as an art educator in 1999. Since then, she has taught in K12 schools and as an adjunct professor of art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, worked as the education coordinator for FAA, and has led and organized countless in-person and virtual workshops for children and adults.
Priday finds inspiration from the natural world, specifically the boreal forest. She values interdisciplinary collaborations and has been involved in ITOC, an arts-humanities-science collaboration, since 2016.
Her work has been featured in exhibits, public spaces, and private collections throughout Alaska and beyond.
The Alaska State Museum in Juneau will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work in December 2022.
"My work celebrates the blooming and decaying forest floor, individual trees, withered berries, dried leaves, and ever-changing light. The easily overlooked features of the landscape hold great significance to me. They suggest an extraordinary and active world that exists quietly beside my own. My work provides a space to explore such topics while bringing attention to the wonder, beauty, consistency, and variety of my surroundings."