CHILKOOT PAST ARTISTS GALLERY

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Past Chilkoot Trail Artists-in-Residence

2016: Dan HudsonJulie ZhuAndrea Nelson

2015: Kevin CurryHeather CallaghanMichelle Latimer 

2014: Jessica Auer & Andreas RutkauskasDaphne MennellSteve Snell

2013: Cassandra LoomisNicole BaubergerKara Sievewright

2012: Jay WhiteCorrie Francis Parks

2011: Emma BarrAva P. Christl

Artist Bios

Dan Hudson (July 6 - 19, 2016)

Dan Hudson is a mid-career artist that has maintained an active studio practice for thirty years. His work is best understood as a form visual anthropology. It blurs the boundaries between documentation, voyeurism, personal journal, and art. His projects explore our sense of place, and investigate concepts of “time” within our current ecological situation and the socio-political context of everyday life. I use ordinary routines and deceivingly simple observations as triggers to pose big questions. 

Julie Zhu (July 14 - 27, 2016)

Julie Zhu is an artist and musician and composer working in New York City. Her work stands at an intersection between mathematics, music, and visual representation. Zhu began as a Presidential-Scholar painter and cartoonist for the Washington Post, then majored in both art and mathematics at Yale University and graduated from music conservatory in Belgium in carillon performance. She has since exhibited her work—paintings, murals, sculpture, photographs, music compositions, sound—in Belgium, Holland, Finland, and the United States. Currently Zhu is pursuing an MFA at Hunter College and is the carillonneur at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

Andrea Nelson (July 22 - August 4, 2016)

There is no shortage of material remains in any human environment; their value, however, is of subjective and personal estimation. Assemblage and collage artist Andrea Nelson is redisposed to the possibility that treasure exists everywhere. She sees it in dirt, bones, nickel toys, diner menus, airport maps and other relics that wear the weight of their past or contemporary context. Her artistic arrangements illuminate a sense of wonder in the lost, discarded, antiquated and overlooked, drawing lines of association between seemingly unrelated ideas. Nelson’s perspective is greatly influenced by her rural Alaskan world and professional work in archaeology and museums.

Kevin Curry (July 1 - 14, 2015) 

Kevin Curry is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Florida State University, where he teaches Digital Foundations, Sculpture and Public Art & Architectural Art. Kevin received his BFA from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and his MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. Kevin has been an Artst-in-Residence in Houston, Texas, Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado, and 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. 

Heather Callaghan (July 8 - 23, 2015) 

Heather Bell Callaghan is a local girl who loves the outdoors and was born and raised in 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 her rugged home. 

Michelle Latimer (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. Priot 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. 

Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas (June 18 - July 1, 2014) 

Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas are visual artists from Montreal, Quebec. They received their MFA degrees in Studio Arts from Concordia University, where they now teach photography. Jessica Auer's work is largely concerned with the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, she explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge. Through the use of photography, video, and mapping, Andreas Rutkauskas' projects have addressed the impact of internet-based research on wilderness recreation, the borderlands surrounding Canada/US international boundary, and cycles of industrialization and deindustrialization. They are both members of the Field Workers, an artist collective that was exhibited in Oslo8 in Basel, Switzerland in June 2015. 

Auer's and Rutakauskas' exhibition Out of Office featuring artwork created on the trail was exhibited at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery from December 8, 2016 - February 25, 2017.

Steve Snell (July 3 - 16, 2014) 

Steve Snell (b. 1983) grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Miami University in 2006, Steve moved to Alaska and eventually became an art teather in Yakutat. In 2011, he received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the HUB-BUB in Spartanburg, South Carolina and at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. Steve is currently on the faculty at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he teaches painting, art history, and adventure-art. His work has been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States. 

Chilkoot Legends Website 

Chilkoot Legends Trailer

Daphne Mennell (July 28 - August 12, 2014) 

Daphne Mennell is one of the Yukon's better-known artists. She has a number of pieces in major public collections in the Yukon and in private collections throughout the world. Her paintings are known for their lively colour and movement, depicting the Yukon and Alaska landscapes she loves. Perhaps Daphne's most beloved work is the "Whitehorse Horse," a large metal sculpture that rears above the main roadway into Whitehorse, Yukon. She created this sculpture, along with the caribou atop the Carcross entrance sign, with the assistance of welder Roger Poole. 

Cassandra Loomis (July 4 – 17, 2013)

An avid traveller, Cassandra Loomis is often inspired to paint the world around her. Graduating with a BFA and focus in illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Loomis has been a mural artist for the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain for the past ten years. She also paints portraits and murals in restaurants across the US. During her residency, Loomis chose to document the natural and historical scenery of the Chilkoot Trail in a series of watercolour paintings.

Chilkoot Trail Watercolours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Bauberger (July 10 -23, 2013)

Having studied painting in Ontario, Nicole Bauberger spent five years working as an apprentice and assistant painter to David Bierk. At the BierkArt Studio, she began to experiment with encaustic and painted her first dress series. Since 1990, Bauberger has been a self-employed artist, having travelled across Canada with four separate public gallery shows. In 2001, she began painting the Yukon, eventually moving to the Whitehorse in 2003.  During her residency on the Chilkoot Trail, Bauberger followed a strict regimen, completing one painting of the surrounding scenery per day. Following her hike, she also completed 100 small encaustic paitings of dresses located within the Trail using notes from her journey.

Trail Paintings

100 Dresses for the Chilkoot Trail

 

Kara Sievewright (August 10 -23, 2013)

A writer and artist who creates graphic stories, prints, zines, websites and books, Kara Sievewright graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia. Her comics and zines have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and her writing, illustrations and graphic stories have been published in carte blanche, World War Three Illustrated, Broken Pencil, Filling Station and East Coast Line. Originally from the West Coast, Sievewright is currently working on a graphic novel whilst living in Toronto.  During her two week residency, Sievewright created a multilayered graphic story that explored the myths and stories about the North and the Chilkoot Trail. These stories were posted online and were published in one final piece. In addition to this individual artwork, Sievewright also hosted two comic jam workshops for kids, youth and families where participants created a collaborative comic/map of the Chilkoot Trail.

Chilkoot Comics

 

Jay White (2012)

Jay White has a sixteen year career in storytelling, creating unique narratives through oil and watercolour paintings, animated short films and video games, and interdisciplinary collaborations with theatre and dance companies, as well as other artists. He garnered a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series in 2005 as Art Director for the animated series Dragon Booster, and won Best Animated Short at Toronto International Film Festival for his film, Boar Attack, which was also long-listed for an Academy Award nomination in 2009. White currently teaches in the Animation Department at Emily Carr University. During his residency, White began a one hundred day drawing project: Four Stories (Drawing, Feeling, Forgetting). Whilst on the Trail, his drawing schedule was dictated by an alarm that would go off at six random times provoking him to draw in a random direction and random attitude (up or down from a horizontal perspective). The resulting sketches became a record of what was around him at that exact time – a personal calendar of sorts of his hike/life the Chilkoot.

Four Stories

 

 

Corrie Francis Parks (2012)

A photographer and filmmaker based in Big Sky, Montana, Corrie Francis Parks is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California. Her award winning films have been shown at both national and international festivals, and her experimental photography has garnered her the Sierra Foundation Grant, an artist residency in MacDowell Colony and Fundación Valparaíso and a Fulbright Fellowship in New Zealand.  Using still photography and animated light paintings, Parks is able to create novel textures and rhythms gleaned from the natural world. During her two weeks on the Chilkoot Trail, Parks asked herself and fellow hikers: What do you want to remember from this journey? Through stories and drawings, 150 people, as well as Parks herself, wrote postcards to themselves encapsulating their daily experience on the Trail. A year later, she mailed these postcards to remind people of their journey across the Chilkoot.  Parks also animated some stories described or drawn on postcards, creating short films that she perceives as “a collaboration with past and present, rooted in real people and landscapes I encountered on the trail and playfully reinterpreted through my personal imaginative memories of my own journey”.

Klondike Letters Project

Klondike Postcards

The Chilkoot Trail, an artist's journey

 

 

Emma Barr (2011)

Based in Whitehorse, YT, local artist Emma Barr graduated from the Kootenay School of Arts in Nelson, B.C. with a major in mixed media. Her studio work consists primarily of acrylic paintings characterized by vibrant colours and simplified line and form; this bold, evocative style uniquely captured the striking scenery of the Chilkoot Trail. When Barr is not painting, she also teaches art and is a production designer for the film industry.

Examples of Barr's work

   

   

Ava P. Christl (2011)

Ava P. Christl makes large scale oil paintings using colour, texture and form to evoke a sense of place.  Recurring themes are those of nature and place, wilderness, and the human relationship with the living land.  Ava holds a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has shown her work throughout Canada.  Her works are held in private and public collections including the Art Bank of Canada.   In 2011 her painting “First Snow, Richardsons” was selected by the The National Capital Commission to represent Yukon in their banner project featuring the work of 13 Canadian visual artists, one from each province and territory. During her month on the Chilkoot Trail, Christl was inspired by the land and by the rich history of the Trail.  Her resulting artworks “are reconstructions of places seen and remembered, and imagined memories of stories and people unknown who left their mark on that land”.

Chilkoot Trail Paintings