2011 KIAC Artists in Residence:

Ursula A. Johnson (December 2 - December 19, 2011)

URSULA A. JOHNSON of the Mi’kmaw First Nation utilizes performance, installation and traditional Aboriginal art forms to create conceptual works combining images and elements from a multitude of sources that explore and challenge ideas of ancestry, identity and culture.  Johnson is part of the 2011-12 Visiting Aboriginal Artist Series hosted by the the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre & Yukon School of Visual Arts. 

During her time in Dawson Ursula will present an artist talk at DZCC, host an open studio at Macaulay House, and visit Old Crow and Robert Service School, in addition to working on her own studio practice.

A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Ursula A. Johnson lives in Halifax, NS. Her work has been featured in The Coast, Visual Arts News andExpressions, her performances have been part of Prismatic and Nocturne in Halifax. 


Caitlin Erskine-Smith (October 31 - December 12, 2011)

Erskine-Smith’s MISSIVES is currently on exhibit in the ODD Gallery until the end of November.  Focusing in textiles, her work incorporates traditional techniques to consider modern conflicts of identity, language and change.  Caitlin hand weaves large-scale pieces that explore the challenges inherent in communication and understanding.  Through a labor and time intensive process, layers of text are woven together, their legibility and meaning obscured in the process.

During her time in Dawson, Erskine-Smith will work on a series of weavings based on letters to family and friends, reflecting on her time in Dawson City.  Since her arrival at the Macaulay house she has been writing a letter a day along with a line drawing on velum to accompany the text.  These two layers will be used as the basis for woven versions of the letters, where the layers will be intertwined rather than overlaid, incorporating image and text into one piece.

CAITLIN ERSKINE-SMITH was born in Toronto, and has studied art and design in Europe, South America, and at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.  She has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions across Canada and Internationally, including Unity and Diversity, at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea, at Nuit Blanche and Luminato in Toronto, and at Nocturne, in Halifax.



Curtis Grahauer (October 31 - November 30, 2011)

Curtis Grahauer is a Vancouver based artist and filmmaker whose social art practice involves fun, community and a DIY spirit. Grahauer is part of the collective Weekend Leisure, who collaborate with artists, musicians, comedy groups, and filmmakers to produce short video sketches, public access television shows, and karaoke videos and events.  He is currently collaborating with a group of Vancouver filmmakers, comedians and musicians to put together Steel Viper Force: Fiero's Redemption, a feature-length homage to direct-to-video action movies of the 80s and 90s, which is directed by Grauhauer.

In addition to his work with Weekend Leisure, CURTIS GRAHAUER curated Public Access: 1999 & Beyond for the Helen Pitt Gallery and has collaborated on various internet shorts with Vancouver comedians and performers. His recent projects have been included in the LIVEPerformance Biennale and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. In June 2012, he will be an artist in residence at SÍM in Reykjavik, Iceland.




Joi Arcand (September 23 - October 28, 2011)

JOI T. ARCAND is a photo-based artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her photo work merges the personal with the political through the use of her own family history in addressing the Canadian aboriginal experience. Drawing from her family narratives, Arcand’s work connects memory and landscape with humour and nostalgia, while asking questions about what it means to be a mixed-race Aboriginal woman. She became interested in her own family's history through her work with the Muskeg Lake Community Archives, where she compiled old photographs and interviewed Elders in the community. 

While in Dawson, Arcand will be working from her grandmother's collection of family snapshots to create embroideries with her own hair, which she recently cut specifically for this project. She will also be building a miniature replica of her family farm using found materials and family photographs, which will be re-photographed using stereo-photography.

Arcand received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. She has served as chair of the board of directors for Paved Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, York Quay Gallery in Toronto, Mendel Art Gallery and Paved Arts in Saskatoon, grunt gallery in Vancouver, and published in BlackFlash Magazine.


Jp King (September 23 - October 28, 2011)

Jp KING's story-telling techniques attempt to unpack popular American & Canadian mythologies in whimsical and historically slippery ways through collage, writing, and book-making. Seeing the collage-original not as an end, but instead as a means to a final print, he often enlarges his works to make visible the delicacy of paper and ink . Through a digital process the original becomes an inexhaustible plate from which variable prints are pulled. He uses language much like a painter uses a palette. Relying on absurdity to refrain from finger-pointing at what is upsetting, King uses humour as a practical device to deliver a softened sadness and emptiness in the world. In trying to understand his own masculinity, relationships, and fragmentary family unit, he carries, and lays to rest, a handful of feelings surrounding heroship and failure.

While in Dawson Jp is working on a series of collages and a new manuscript that explores a post-information, post-history future, in which a band of miners seeks documents from buried landfills of the past, while battling another group that wishes to not look back.

Originally from Toronto, Jp King has lived in Montreal for the last six years, graduating from Concordia University, and then managing a small print shop. His book of poems and illustrations We Will Be Fish, was published by PistolPress in 2008. He is moving to Toronto to start his own unique print-production facility called Paper Pusher.



Matt Shane (June 1 - July 1, 2011)

Matt Shane's practice is rooted in drawing and painting, and often addresses social and art-historical issues surrounding landscape. Many of his recent works are situated within a highly individualized cosmological frontier where wilderness and civilisation collide and bleed together. His works typically do not depict existing geographies but rather builds on diverse source imagery to create new worlds. His works find resonance in the Sublime tradition of landscape painting, evoking both the natural beauty and terrifying awe of our vast spaces within a more contemporary context of industrialization, land-use and spoiled utopias.

During his time in Dawson, Matt will be working on a series of new paintings and drawings that draw upon the local landscape as means of finding new compositional, inspirational and conceptual elements for his work. Matt is also in Dawson to install and present one of his works for The Creation of Evolution, the first installment of the ODD Gallery’s two-exhibition incarnation of The Natural and The Manufactured 2011, opening June 16.

MATT SHANE was born in Vancouver and raised in Tsawwassen, BC. He received his BFA from the University of Victoria in 2004, and is currently completing his MFA at Concordia University in Montreal. His solo and collaborative projects have been exhibited at Redbird Gallery, Articule and Emporium Gallery in Montreal, as well as at Bleicher/Golightly Gallery in Los Angeles. His work has also been included in many group exhibitions, including at Jacana Contemporary Art (Vancouver) and Peter Rotter Gallery (Toronto). In 2009, Matt was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre.



Teodora Zamfirescu (June 1 - July 1, 2011)

Zamfirescu is an interdisciplinary artist whose works typically move between video, performance, installation and drawing. Her work often displays a conceptual and procedural fascination with notions of "the journey," with the artist finding different ways to depict and enact the small moments that comprise larger creative, physical and metaphysical movement. As such, Zamfirescu calls many of her projects a "journalism of the insignificant.” Her works suitably focus on a kind stream of consciousness approach that highlights the process of her practice.

While in residence, Teodora will be working on a new suite of drawings that attempt to capture the undrawable—the material or psychological abstractions that can not easily be represented by a process of mark making—through the lens of her journey to Dawson City. Through KIAC’s educational programming, the artist will also be facilitating a drawing workshop, “A Workout in Imagination and Reality” throughout June, and participating with the KIAC Art Camp.

TEODORA ZAMFIRESCU is an artist and visual arts educator based in Vancouver. She received her BFA from Simon Fraser University and a BEd from the University of British Columbia. Her work has been shown at Montreal Underground Film Festival, Edgy Women Festival, Hunter Bisset Gallery (Vancouver), Regional Assembly of Text (Vancouver), and extensively in Madrid, where the artist lived for a number of years. Her monograph of drawings, What's Yours is Mine, was published in 2010.  She is currently involved in 52 Pickup, a video art challenge that involves making a video a week for one whole year.




The Natural and the Manufactured Residency

Steve Badgett & Deborah Stratman (July 4 - August 17, 2011)

Steve Badgett & Deborah Stratman are both based in Chicago. Badgett is best known for his work with SIMPARCH, an artist group whose work often combines large-scale construction and architectural design within a practice guided by site-specific cultural analysis. SIMPARCH's recent research and projects have addressed ideas surrounding leisure culture, migration, military history and the politics of built environments. Stratman's practice is based in video, sound and installation, and has often dealt with notions of surveillance and structures of social control, positing questions surrounding the relationship between the physical environment and human intervention. Working collaboratively and individually, Badgett and Stratman have shown their work at some of the globe's premier art institutions and events including the Whitney Museum (New York), the Tate Modern (London), the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Documenta (Kassel), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Georges Pompidou Centre (Paris), the Renaissance Society (Chicago) and the Centre for Land Use Interpretation (Wendover, Utah).


The Natural and the Manufactured Residency 

Bill Burns (July 4 - August 17, 2011)

Bill Burns was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria and an MFA from Goldsmith's College in London, UK. For many years, his work has investigated the relationships of animals (both wild and domestic) and human habitation. His well known project, Safety Gear for Small Animals (2004-2007) toured internationally to the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Ushuaia, Argentina), and KW - Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), as well as throughout Canada. Since 2008, Burns has exhibited animal-related projects at the Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK), MKG127 (Toronto), Tensta Konsthall (Spanga, Sweden) and Kunsthallen Nikolaj (Copenhagen).


Sarah MacIntyre (April 29 - May 30, 2011)

Sarah's multidisciplinary practice is primarily influenced by the exploration of materials and her relationship to landscape and place. Her works seek to explore the functional and aesthetic qualities of her chosen materials, often employing low-fi and craft techniques to create drawings, prints and small scale sculptures. Her work incorporates a narrative element constructed from personal and borrowed memories which blend fiction with fact. More recently she has began to explore her relationship as an artist with the objects which she constructs, creating an ongoing dialogue between herself and the work.

During her time in residence, Sarah will draw inspiration from the natural and built landscape, history and current culture of Dawson area to develop a bank of visual imagery that she will translate into new work such as drawings prints and sculptural constructions. She will also be using her time in Dawson to explore new materials and processes whilst continuing to use a low-tech, DIY approach to her work.

Sarah MacIntyre is a visual artist from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She graduated with a Masters degree in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007 and since then has worked professionally as an artist and Arts Education Officer for Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre on the island of North Uist. Her work has been shown extensively in Scotland at Newton Lodge, Edinburgh College, Staffin Hall, Royal Scottish Academy and Roxy Art House. In addition to her personal work she also works as one quarter of the Scottish based arts collective Low Pressure.




Santiago Giralt (April 29 - May 20, 2011)

During his residency in Dawson, filmmaker Santiago will be working on a few things: “as a Gemini, I need to have more than one thing going on and I usually try to have two ongoing projects so I can switch from one to the other.” One of the projects he will be working on is a screenplay for a movie made in English called The Queen Bee, a love story between an Argentinean woman and an American man. This project is a very quiet and silent movie as the characters don't share a common language. The other project is a novella called It's Impossible to Sleep. This project is a recollection of memories from the artist's late childhood and early teenage years. Santiago will also be taking notes and shooting some initial footage for a possible movie in Dawson City

Santiago Giralt graduated from the Universidad del Cine and directed four movies in four years. His first two movies where in collaboration with other filmmakers: UPA! An Argentinean Movie (2007) and The L. Sisters (2008). He did All The Lonely People (2009) and Before Opening Night (2010) as a solo director. He is a prize-winning screenwriter. He is also an actor and a co-producer in all his film projects. In 2008, he edited his first novel, The General’s Lover, shortlisted for the Planeta Award 2008, between more than a thousand novels. He has finished a second novel, Shotgun, and his first play, The Camping Trilogy


Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

Marcia Connolly (March 2 - April 22, 2011)


Marcia Connolly is an award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and video-journalist. In response to Connolly’s documentary on artist Annie Pootoogook, Atom Egoyan stated, “Her camera has found a beautiful way of implicating itself into Pootoogook's community in Cape Dorset, creating an intimacy and sense of spiritual kinship which is profoundly touching and rare.” Connolly’s most recent film Ghost Noise leads the viewer into the magical world of Inuit artist Shuvinai Ashoona. The film mirrors the poetry found within Ashoona’s meticulously detailed drawings that deftly reflect personal experience, psychological perception, Inuit mythology and the landscape. As Ashoona states, “Everything’s a ghost noise… It’s good to listen to them but it’s not good to learn it.”


Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

Angela Joosse (March 2 - April 27, 2011)

Angela Joosse makes films, videos, and site-specific installations. Her body of work centres on questions of embodiment, technology and the human-machine interface.  Joosse's collaborative installations include Collect My Junk, a collage piece that examines the appearance and disappearance of common objects, and Film-Lab-Digestive-Track, an interactive textile installation that is evocative of the bodily processes of birth, generation and decay. Her recent films and videos (Levitas, Film-Landscape-People: an Exquisite Corpse, Shapes Eat Shapes, 4C, and Avra) have screened at venues including the Korean Cinematheque, Edinburgh International Film Festival, DeLeon White Gallery in Toronto, Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, aluCine Toronto Latin Film Festival, Montréal Festival des Films du Monde, and the Dawson City International Short Film Festival.

Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter in Residence

Christie Fellows (February 1 - 28, 2011)

The Dawson City Music Festival and KIAC are pleased to welcome DCMF Songwriter-in-Residence Christine Fellows along with husband and co-resident John K. Samson.   This Winnipeg-based pair are two of Canada’s most erudite and accomplished songwriters.

Four nuns traveling by canoe toward an unknown destination, a small-town stenographer crowned beauty queen, a landlocked mermaid, and a reckless runaway with one true wish—these are some of the characters that inhabit the songs of Winnipeg singer/songwriter Christine Fellows. Though they drift from swimming pools to frozen lakes, from Venetian canals to inland rivers, all the women in these songs are connected—all are femmes de chez nous (“our gals”), the titular characters of Fellows’ fifth and most ambitious solo release to date: Femmes de chez nous (cd) and Reliquary/Reliquaire (dvd), a bilingual studio album and performance film, and a testament to resilience, community and the transformative power of art. As you can see in the following video, Femmes de chez nous was the product of Christine’s last residency at a museum in Winnipeg - we can’t wait to see what she comes up with this time (we hear it’s a full-length musical).


Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artists in Residence

Graeme Patterson (January 7 - January 30, 2011)


The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture is pleased to welcome Graeme Patterson to Dawson City. Patterson was invited by Yukon School of Visual Art instructor Veronica Verkley to undertake a series of animation workshops for students at the art school.

Originally from Saskatoon, Graeme Patterson is a Sackville-based artist, whose work stems from a self-developed approach to stop-motion animation. Since 2002, Patterson has been creating highly individualized sculptural installations utilizing video, robotics, audio and music, often with some interactive components, designed to bring the viewer into the surreal world of his animations. His works--which oscillate between the grand-scale and the miniature--blend personal history and experience with fictional elements and cultural mythologies. According to the artist, his practice finds its inspiration "from a desire to constantly develop an alternate reality that stimulates reflective engagement with universal themes of longing, loss and recovery."

GRAEME PATTERSON completed his Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2002. His works have been shown in solo exhibitions across Canada at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Rooms (St. John's), the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Illingworth-Kerr Gallery (Calgary), Rodman Hall (St. Catherines) and Galerie Simon Blais (Montreal), as well as in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. In 2009, Patterson was a finalist for the Sobey Award for contemporary art. He is represented by Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary.



Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artists in Residence

Steve Badgett & Deborah Stratman

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture is pleased to welcome Steve Badgett & Deborah Stratman to Dawson City.   Badgett and Stratman were invited by SOVA instructor Charles Stankievech to collaborate with students in a series of workshops. 

Steve Badgett & Deborah Stratman are both based in Chicago. Badgett is best known for his work with SIMPARCH, an artist group whose work often combines large-scale construction and architectural design within a practice guided by site-specific cultural analysis. SIMPARCH's recent research and projects have addressed ideas surrounding leisure culture, migration, military history and the politics of built environments. Stratman's practice is based in video, sound and installation, and has often dealt with notions of surveillance and structures of social control. Her projects, rather than telling stories, often posit a series of problems surrounding the relationship between physical environments and the very human struggles for power, ownership, mastery and control that are played out on the land.

Working collaboratively and individually, STEVE BADGETT and DEBORAH STRATMAN have shown their work at some of the globe's premier art institutions and events including the Whitney Museum (New York), the Tate Modern (London), the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Documenta (Kassel), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Georges Pompidou Centre (Paris), the Renaissance Society (Chicago) and the Centre for Land Use Interpretation (Wendover, Utah), to mention just a few. In the summer of 2011, Badgett and Straman will be returning to Dawson City as part of the ODD Gallery's annual thematic exhibition series, The Natural & The Manufactured.




Sonja Ahlers
Whitehorse, YT
August 25 – September 21, 2011

Micah Adams
Toronto, ON
September 2 - 26, 2011

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