Grade 8 finalist from F.H. Collins School

After a tough juried judging process, the winning entries of the Paleo Art Contest have been decided! Altogether, it is estimated that over 500 entries were submitted for this territory wide art contest, made possible through a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre, the Beringia Interpretive Centre and ATCO Electric Yukon.


The Paleo Art Contest Winners

On opening night, participants and their families came to see their work displayed in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery, along with the official announcement of the winners and awards ceremony. The works will be on display in the gallery until November 29th, 2014.


A wall of contest finalists

As a theme for the contest, we asked students in grades 1-12 and adults for the over 18 category from across the territory to represent ‘what their backyard would have looked like during the last Ice Age’.
Some students found inspiration while on a free school tour with an interpreter from the Beringia Centre through the Ice Age Mammals exhibition at YAC, where a full size cast of a Mastodon skeleton, a large collection of fossils, interpretive panels and multimedia presentations present an exciting and stimulating look at the paleontological remains from the last Ice Age in the Beringia region.

Grade 4/5 submission from Johnson Elementary School

Others took inspiration from their own wide imaginations.  Landscapes and animal figures were created using every color of the rainbow and often showed dynamic scenes of hunt, grazing or movement.
Some contest participants used collage techniques or cut-outs to create their artwork, while others made simple silhouette figures. A beautiful collection of batiks was submitted by the Grade 9/10 Porter Creek Secondary School.
Altogether, the entries were skillful, creative and beautifully executed.

Grade 9/10 Submission from Porter Creek Secondary School

The theme of wild environments seemed to resonate with the youth of the Yukon, who created vivid depictions of landscapes full of big creatures from long ago. Some young artists used organic materials from this area like leaves, berries and twigs to create their backyard environment which brought another dimension to the concept of ‘realism’.

Grade 8 Submission from Watson Lake Secondary School

In the end, thirteen prizes were awarded to winning entries.

These lucky winners are as follows:

Whitehorse Grade 1/2...Holy Family School
Community Grade 1/2...Home School
Whitehorse Grade 3/4...Takhini Elementary
Community Grade 3/4...Ross River School
Whitehorse Grade 5/6...Christ the King School
Community Grade 5/6...Tantalus School
Whitehorse Grade 7/8...Ecole Emilie Tremblay
Community Grade 7/8...Watson Lake Secondary
Whitehorse Grade 9/10...F.H.Collins School
Community Grade 9/10...Watson Lake Secondary
Whitehorse Grade 11/12...F.H.Collins School

However, all of the entries deserve recognition and gallery display due to their creativity, beauty and individuality. It is clear that we have a huge amount of artistic potential here in the Yukon, and many imaginative young people. 

Grade 1/2 Winning Submission from home school

Free public tours are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 3pm of the Ice Age Mammals and Sandra Grace Storey exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre for the public and school groups. Complimentary transportation for the latter is offered by the City of Whitehorse. If interested, please contact Gallery Outreach Coordinator Jessica Vellenga at 393-7109 or at for more details.