NEWS: Alaska’s Newest License Plate Selected by Public Vote

Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins

Anita Laulainen of Palmer wins Alaska’s Inaugural License Plate Design Competition

December 1, 2017

Sitka – The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Office of Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) are pleased to announce that one original design has been selected by public vote as Alaska’s new “Artistic License Plate.” 

The winner is an aurora-inspired design by Anita Laulainen, a UAA graphic design student from Palmer, Alaska. Laulainen’s original design was one of 142 submissions from Alaskans of all ages and geographic locations around the state.

“Congratulations to Ms. Laulainen and thank you to the celebrity jury and every Alaskan who voted,” said Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins. “I’m excited that Alaska’s hundreds of thousands of license plates have the potential to transform into miniature six-inch by twelve-inch canvases of beautiful aurora borealis-inspired art.”

A plate featuring Ms. Laulainen’s design will be produced by DMV for the next four years, until the Alaska State Council on the Arts holds the next competition. The plates will be available for Alaskans to purchase in early summer 2018. The proceeds will be reinvested into artistic and cultural programs by ASCA in a continuing effort to diversify revenue and advance Alaska’s creative industry.

Over 17,000 Alaskans weighed in on their favorite of five designs that were narrowed down by a panel of celebrity judges. The Artistic License Plate Competition is a partnership between ASCA, Alaska DMV, and Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins. The competition inspired a deep appreciation for Alaska’s unique arts, culture, and way of life. All of the submitted designs highlighted the incredible beauty in our day-to-day lives as Alaskans.

Questions? Please reach out to Calvin Zuelow in Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ office at (907) 747-4665 or at


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