Yukon visual artists will be eligible to apply for a $20,000 prize to support their art through a new privately-funded award that was announced today.

The new Yukon Prize for Visual Arts will recognize excellence by Yukon visual artists and be a catalyst for the promotion of Yukon visual art across Canada.

The prize is open to Yukon artists working in any medium, including painting, carving, sculpture, ceramics, prints, electronic media, photography, textiles, glass, regalia, jewelry and drawings.  

Three outstanding Canadian arts professionals have agreed to serve as jurors and will select the award-winners.  They are Candice Hopkins, internationally known independent curator, now Ottawa based, and a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation; Ryan Doherty, Chief Curator of Contemporary Calgary; and Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto.

In June 2021, the jury will choose six finalists.  In September 2021 a winner will be chosen from among the finalists.  The winner of the Yukon Prize will receive $20,000 and each of the finalists will be recognized by a $1,000 award.  A gala event will be held in September 2021 to announce the winner and celebrate Yukon visual arts.

All six finalists will be included in a curated group exhibition in Whitehorse at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery from September to November 2021.

Applications open on January 1, 2021. For more information go to the Yukon Prize website