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Owen Williams’ Art Exhibition

Owen Williams’ Art Exhibition

There’s a colourful new exhibit up in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery! Stop by from March 5-31st to see Owen Williams’ beautiful artwork.

“Owen Williams is 7 years old and has been into art his whole life. His grandma has been an inspiration and has always encouraged him to explore art. He enjoys using colours in different ways and experimenting with lines. He likes to use art to express his ideas.  Art is awesome!”

Join us on March 8th at 5:30pm at an opening reception for all four of our upcoming gallery exhibits (“Ready Player Two” by Brendan Lee Satish Tang and Sonny Assu, “Filling the Void” by Mark Preston, “Head On/Face Off” a portrait series by the SOVA students).

KIAC Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibition 2014: Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

KIAC Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibition 2014: Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

Artwork created by the talented young students of KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment program. From March 7th to 28th, 2014.

Since 2001, the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC), in collaboration with the Department of Education, has offered a series of enrichment courses for students across Yukon who demonstrate exceptional artistic ability and interest.

Every November, 48 students between grades 8 to 12 travel to Dawson City for a week to take part in specialized art instruction with practicing, professional artists. In 2013, students chose one of four possible courses: 

Collage and Mixed Media with Meshell Melvin
Portrait Drawing and Painting with Suzanne Paleczny
Improv Intensive with George Maratos
Digital Photography with James Whitehead

As well as intensive art training, students are involved in other art-related activities during their stay in Dawson City, including touring the Yukon School of Arts, meeting KIAC’s artists in residence and discussing future career options with their mentors.

Following these workshops, an exhibition is held every year at the Robert Service School in Dawson City, and Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse to highlight the work created by these talented young artists. Additionally, two pieces are purchased by KIAC to be added to their permanent youth art collection, which is currently on exhibition in Dawson City at the Bonanza Recreation Centre, in the City of Dawson Office and at KIAC.


The Yukon Arts Centre is honored to once again host KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibiton, and would like to thank the young artists who contriubted their artwork to this year's exhibition: Julia Allen-Sernes, Alissa Anderson, Emily Anderson, Ashton Arcand, Julia Balderas, Zackery Bartholomeus, Alyssa Blanchard, Akilah Bolton, Brittany Brown, Adriana Brunet, Alyssa Budzinski, Audrey Cherrier-Burnette, Sarah Cardinal, Brandon Crawford, John Dagostin, Keenan Davis, Alexandria Duchaine, Melanie Eckenvogt-Brewster, Nicole Favron, Marlee Firth, Camilla Gaw, Kyla Giesbrecht, Emily Grantham, Micah Hildes, Olivia Holmes, Victoria Holmes, Asia Hyde, Travis Istchenko, Annie Johnsgaard, David Johnston, Melanya Kyikavichik, Sheila Kyikavichik, Jared Leary, Mallory Lipscomb, Annelise Lundgard, Sarah Ann Maningas, Aislinn McManus, Colin Milne, Chontia Murphy, Clara Reid, Violet Robert, Kristy Sibbeston, Finley Sparling, Bambi Stewart, Jen Titus, Ryan Titus, Danielle Van Bibber, Asia Winter-Sinnot, Adrian Woodhouse and Nylan Zalitis.            

This unique program is made possible through generous funding from the Yukon Arts Fund, Youth Investment Fund, Department of Education, Canada Post Community Foundation and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, as well as the support of local businesses and cultural organizations in Dawson City.

For more information regarding the program, please visit KIAC’s website


This is Our Arctic, Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

This is Our Arctic, Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery
Organized by BYTE, This is Our Arctic is a photographic exhibit showcasing the effects of climate change in the Arctic Circle as witnessed and captured by the youth of Inuvik and Old Crow. From January 10th until February, 1st.

In early October 2013, the BYTE team visited the arctic communities of Old Crow, Yukon and Inuvik, NWT to talk to local youth about climate change and teach them about photographic techniques. The youth (aged between 10 and 16 years old) then used cameras to capture evidence of the changing climate in their communities.

Climate change is taking place in the Arctic Circle at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. From dramatic displays of climate change such as permafrost melt and landslides to more subtle changes such as open water, dewdrops forming from melted frost, and warm rays of sun, these photographs capture life in Old Crow and Inuvik amidst recent environmental changes. Aside from climate change, these photographs are also windows into the lives of the local youth, who used BYTE’s workshop as an opportunity to experiment with photography and have fun with friends.

The youth photographers from Inuvik were Faith, Tristin, Kyla, Delaney, Michela, Jessica, Lesli, Katelynn, Madison and Alexa.

The youth photographers from Old Crow were Taryn, Dakota, Tyrone, Aaron, Percilla, Willow, Cheyanne and Shaylene.

BYTE is a ‘by youth, for youth’ charitable organization that focuses on empowering and promoting youth throughout the Yukon and Canada’s North. Their missions is to unite youth, strengthen their voice, take action and bring about positive change for the wellbeing of everyone. BYTE’s facilitation team travels to communities throughout the Yukon, Northern BC and NWT to deliver innovative and relevant programming to youth. They also host events and workshops in Whitehorse that foster creativity, culture and sport, focusing on developing confidence, skills, openness and a sense of belonging amongst the North’s youth.

This project was made possible due to funding from The Small Change Fund and Environment Yukon and the generous donations of Air North and Capital Suites (Inuvik). Thanks also to the Yukon Film Society for providing cameras. 

Youth Art Enrichment 2012: Student Exhibition at the Youth Gallery

Youth Art Enrichment 2012: Student Exhibition at the Youth Gallery

Every November, students from across the territory converge on the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) for a week of specialized instruction with practicing, professional artists. KIAC hosts up to 48 Yukon students from grades 8 to 12, who, in addtion to participating in a variety of multidisciplinary workshops, also have the chance to tour the Yukon School of Visual Arts and meet the KIAC artists in residence. This month, the Youth Gallery at YAC is featuring works by last year's students. These pieces were produced during workshops on the Fundamentals of Drawing with Meshell Melvin, Silkscreening 101 with the Klondike Drawing Company, Improv, Acting & More with George Maratos, and Hand Made Films with Morgan Tams.

Learn more about KIAC and the Youth Art Enrichment Program and check out a few photos of the exhibition below!


Youth Gallery presented by Yukon Electrical, an ATCO Company