Three selected artists, Heather Callaghan, Kevin Curry, and Michelle Latimer are set to hike and represent the Chilkoot trail for the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency. During their residency the artists will create art during and after the hike, and lead talks in surrounding communities and on the trail to inspire Canadians and Americans to appreciate the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail.


Hiking Chilkoot Trail July 1 – 14, 2015

Kevin Curry is from Tallahassee, Florida and is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Florida State University, where he teaches Digital Foundations, Sculpture and Public Art & Architectural Art courses. Kevin received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and his MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. Kevin has been an Artist-in-Residence in Houston, Texas, Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado. and at Grand Canyon National Park. Besides numerous private collections and exhibitions, Kevin also completed a public art commission for the City of Denver titled “Face the sun” and recently exhibited a floating sculptural work at the Mourdes Collection in West Palm Beach.

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Kevin will present a talk at The Old Fire Hall Wednesday, July 15th at 5:30pm.


Representing Chilkoot Trail in Skagway July 8 – 15, 2015
Canadian side of Chilkoot Trail (Lindeman, Bave Loon, and Bennett) July 17 – 23, 2015

Heather Bell Callaghan is a local girl who loves the outdoors and was born and raised in the Southern Yukon. Her first art mentor was her Grandma, Tlingit Artist Eliza Bosely (nee Fox), who lovingly shared with her various technical skills that she thought were both useful and beautiful. Heather is from the Eagle-Killerwhale Clan and has spent the last 10 years traveling, studying art, playing outside, taking dance classes, and learning as she goes. Her time as a park ranger on the Chilkoot Trail and growing up on the Haines Road allowed her much time in the mountains where she cultivated a deep love of our rugged home.

Heather will be talking at the Fireweed Market on Thursday, July 30, as well as presenting a talk at The Old Firehall on Friday July 31 at 5:30pm.


Hiking the Chilkoot Tail July 29 – August 11, 2015

From Hamilton, Ontario, Michelle Latimer is a filmmaker, producer, actor and curator.  Her award-winning documentary, ALIAS, premiered at the 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival before screening internationally. Prior to that, her short film Choke premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, received a Special Jury Honorable Mention in International Short Filmmaking, was named by Toronto Film Festival among Canada’s Top Ten of 2012 and nominated for a Genie Award. Michelle is currently starring in the critically acclaimed television series Blackstone, and appears as an industry judge on CBC’s, Short Film Face Off. In 2013, she was named among Playback Magazine’s 10 To Watch.

Michelle will present a talk at The Old Fire Hall on Friday, August 14 at 12pm until 1pm.


The Chilkoot Artist Residency was developed to help connect people with the Chilkoot Trail, a co-managed United States and Canadian Historic site, through art. During their hikes, artists have the opportunity to pursue their own work in a sublime atmosphere amidst the cultural and natural splendors that The Chilkoot Trail has to offer.

For the Yukon Arts Centre, the residencies are a way of fostering Yukon’s creative and cultural economy by developing programming ties with tourism, extending its programs to remote areas of our territory. The residency program brings new boarder audiences into contact with contemporary artists and it also provides a stimulating working experience for the artist. The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency encourages art making that explores and even challenges ideas and issues in creativity and medium exploration.