WhiteFeather Hunter (Montreal, Quebec) December 1-31

WhiteFeather's project as artist-in-residence at KIAC will respond to the local landscape, cultural history and mythology. Utilizing locally sourced biomaterials such as animal intestine, she will construct artificial bones that mimic the natural biological process of osteogenesis. These faux artifacts will be built using textile structures as scaffolds for mineral growth. Following this process of ‘mock-ossification’, she will build text-based osteobiographies (narratives) for each object, referencing and mutating the existing stories, mythologies and histories of the Yukon. 

WhiteFeather is a Canadian artist/researcher, educator, consultant and writer currently based in Montreal. She is a multiple-award winner and grant recipient, holding an MFA in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia University.

WhiteFeather has been professionally engaged in a craft-based BioArt practice for over 14 years, via material investigations of the functional, artistic and technological potential of bodily materials. Her present focus, spanning the last three years and encompassing three different laboratory-based residencies, is on biotextile experimentation and creation of new vital specimens through tissue engineering. Also, hacking electronic laboratory apparatuses as part of the materiality of the work. 

WhiteFeather has shown and performed work in Canada, the US and Australia, given artist talks internationally, has seen her work go viral with over five million hits in three days, and has been featured in international magazines, newspapers, hardcover art books and television spotlights. 

Evan Sabourin, (Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Manitoba) December 1-31

A Self taught multidisciplinary artist from Manitoba, Evan Sabourin's work is predominantly textual, Sabourin borrows heavily from his environments and experiences, from having grown up rurally, his recovery from addiction, (self help) and the ‘DIY’’ punk scene,  with these in mind  Sabourin creates a personal narrative that unravels itself  in a humourous, meditative and self deprecating manner.

While in residence Sabourin plans on Exploring the in-depth relationship between privacy, personal space, and temporary living environments. I would like to create a sculptural installation that investigates the tension between safety and vulnerability created by temporary material structures. The ‘tent’ interests me as a material base for several reasons. The physical qualities - solidly colored, geometrically shaped, and semi-translucent - allow for much possibilities when combined with lights and paint. Tents also have strong ideological and historical connections. They can be linked to ideas of “making it on your own” or “finding yourself,” as well as colonial notions of the modern pioneer setting out into the wilds of Canada (gold rush).

Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, Calgary (November 3-30)

all the darkness was suddenly dark in contrast with something else that wasn't darkness, namely light.

- Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics


During their residency at KIAC, collaborators Caitlind & Wayne (Calgary) intend to continue developing an ongoing series of public, site-specific light installations called The Deep Dark. Intended to illuminate the interspaces between our sacred (and natural) environments and cultural constructs of darkness, The Deep Dark takes on elevated meaning within the context of Dawson City in November – no stranger to darkness, cold, and the elemental power of prolonged night. As part of their research, the artists invite Dawsonites to reflect on what darkness means in Northern Canada through a process of open interviews, tuning in to a collective undercurrent between residents. In response to research and interviews, the artists will develop a second work for The Deep Dark series – light by which the darkness grows darker and disillusions the night.


Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett are Calgary-based artists and collaborators working with diverse mediums and materials, ranging from artificial light to re-appropriated architectural debris. Their practice combines divergent aesthetic and industrial backgrounds, often resulting in transformative public sculptures and installations. Beckoning viewers with interactive contexts and novel materials, their projects invite strangers to share in experiential moments, sometimes prompting unwitting collaborations. Previous works have appeared at festivals and museums internationally, including: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), Pera Museum (Turkey), Whanki Museum (South Korea), i Light Marina Bay (Singapore), GLOW Forum of Light + Architecture (Netherlands), and elsewhere. www.incandescentcloud.com

When working independently, Wayne is a musician and composer; Caitlind is a co-founder and co-curator of WRECK CITY curatorial collective. www.wreckcity.ca

Mandy Espezel, (October 1-30) 

Mandy Espezel is an artist originally from Fort McMurray, and is now based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her work embraces the perpetual filter of subjective identity, often calling on elements of personal experience as starting points for larger social discussions. She studied painting and drawing at the University of Alberta, where she received a BFA in 2007, and expanded her practice at the University of Lethbridge, where she completed her MFA in 2012. Espezel’s work often focuses on feminist-phenomenological understandings/rejections of social norms, the significance of Painting as a contemporary system of communication, and the relationship between human experience and the act of making “things” that may or may not contain artistic/spiritual/cultural value. Her current practice encompasses drawing and painting, as well as installation, animation, sculpture and performance/video.

During her residency with KIAC, Espezel hopes to explore the relationship of these themes within a daily practice of drawing and writing. She is particularly excited to experiment with the written word in concert with the development of a new/evolving visual lexicon informed by her experiences while in Dawson. 

Joseph Tisiga – SOVA artist in residence (October 15-28)

SOVA is pleased to announce that Joseph Tisiga will be our artist in residence for the 2015 Fall Term, and will be at the school October 13 – 28. Working in a variety of mediums, including painting, collage, sculpture, and performance, Tisiga draws on his Kaska Dene heritage and Euro-American art traditions. His work was included in the “Oh, Canada” exhibition by MASS MoCA (2012); he was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition (2009); and was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Joseph Tisiga lives and works in Whitehorse, and is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto.


JOSÉ LUIS TORRES (October 1-8)

José Luis Torres will create a site-specific installation for the ODD Gallery using everyday objects and recycled materials from domestic environments collected from Dawson City.

"My pieces are frequently spontaneous configurations, in the form of site-specific installations and ephemeral interventions with architectural aspects. Throughout the constructions, notions of sculpture and architecture are melded together. Spectators are invited to look, explore and experience the physical work of art which is life sized. 

The goal of my constructions, accumulative, viral and invasive, is not the form but rather the action of giving form to a use or a situation. The dialogue established between the location and the piece of work directly influences the configuration of my constructions, which are sometimes created without sketches or plans, the choice of materials and their proportions.Beyond their sometimes-rudimentary aspect, my works touch on the notion of the memories of a location, a building and the inhabitants. Some of my projects also integrate the public in in their production."     

- José Luis Torres

José Luis Torres was born in Argentina and has a Bachelor's Degree in visual arts, a Master's Degree in sculpture and training in architecture and integrating art with architecture. He has been living and working in Quebec since 2003.

His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, in public interventions and artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe.


Laura Lamb, (September 1-30)

Laura Lamb is a Vancouver-based visual artist (BA Simon Fraser, MFA UVic) working in video, drawing, photography and texts. Performing objects (such as puppets and masks), fascinate her, especially the gap between their clumsy mimesis and their narrative power. Her work investigates the process of the appearance of narrative and image.

For several years Laura’s work has been organized as Lamb’s Performing Objects, a fragmented narrative evoking a troupe of performers who, like many of us, struggle to live authentically and effectively in treacherous times. Over the years this fictive world has grown to include characters, acts, performances, geographies, travels, advertising, songs, slogans and auxiliary troupes.

Laura believes that Dawson and Lambs Performing Objects have many affinities.  For instance, both ask questions around how to live with the past and survive loss, and both propose strategies that allude to other times while attending to the present, create narratives non-hierarchically through fragments, and accept themselves as fiction.  During her stay in Dawson, Laura is exploring these affinities.

Laura talks to Dave White of CBC Yukon

Laurence Dauphinais (September1-30)

Laurence Dauphinais lives and work in Montreal, Quebec. She studied screenwriting and journalism at UQAM and then, went to study commercial photography. Her practice is mainly focused on photography and video, but her process is strongly influenced by her past studies.  She received her BFA from Concordia University in 2014 and been awarded with the Gabor Szilasi price. She also have been nominated for the BMO 1st Art in 2014. Laurence has also been awarded a residency at the Sagamie Center, in Alma, Quebec, for this upcoming November. She currently works as a freelance photographer and teaches photography and video to teenagers.


Her artistic practice is focused on photography and video, although she was interested over the years by cinema, scriptwriting and journalism . These different interests have greatly influenced her artistic work. Indeed, her images are often located at the confluence of documentary and fiction and the research of subjects is made in anthropological manner : on the field and by creating strong link with people. The recurring themes in her work are related to time, memory and decline in relation to human being and his territory.

In her work there is a dialectic of presence and absence and idea of loss and nostalgia. The geographic , demographic and historical situation of this territory appears ideal for her to portray these concepts. She is expecting to find in the banal gestures, places and situations, images that evoke these concepts.

Hear her talk to Dave White of CBC Yukon

Kevin Murphy, (July 2–August 17, 2015) 
The Natural & The Manufactured Thematic Exhibition and Residence

Kevin Michael Murphy is a Vancouver-based artist working primarily in three dimensions, using a variety of materials, often in combination with pre-existing systems, cycles, or organisms. From his contemporary urban perspective, and against a backdrop of growing environmental crises, Kevin explores the ways that humans interact with the living world around them in material, economic, and imaginative terms.

A recurring concern in Kevin’s work is the idea of landscape, the accumulated human and social lenses through which we view land. His project at KIAC will explore the legacy of the Klondike Big Inch Co., a 1950s Quaker Oats cereal promotion that distributed deeds to actual one inch squares of land near Dawson. Capitalizing on romanticized associations with the North and the Klondike Gold Rush, the deeds were wildly successful in capturing children’s imaginations and encouraging cereal sales, yet were ultimately never intended to have legal property value, prompting decades of confusion and occasional dispute. Having collected many Klondike Big Inch deeds over the last year, Kevin will attempt to locate the tiny lots, and will create a series of sculptural and photographic works that examine the sticky relationship between land and landscape.

Kevin received his BFA at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 2009, and went on to work there for a number of years as UBC's Drawing, Painting & Sculpture Technician. This September he will begin his MFA at the University of Guelph in Ontario.


Colin Lyons
 (July 7–August 17, 2015)
The Natural & The Manufactured Thematic Exhibition and Residence

Colin Lyons is a Hamilton based artist, whose recent work fuses printmaking, sculpture, and chemical experiments. He explores industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence, considering sacrificial landscapes, planned obsolescence, and the nature of what we choose to preserve. 

While in Dawson, Colin will be excavating metal fragments and ruins from the dredge tailing piles, and bringing them up to the midnight dome.  There, he will be creating an off-the-grid, etching powered shelter which will be used to restore and etch these fragments using electro-chemical processes. 

Lyons received his BFA from Mount Allison University (2007) and MFA in printmaking from University of Alberta (2012). Recent projects have been presented at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Platform Stockholm (Stockholm), OBORO (Montreal), ARTSPACE (Peterborough), Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (Sarnia), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley), SPACES (Cleveland) and Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops).

Del Hillier (April 12 - May 17, 2015)


For the past two years Del’s primary focus has been on the craft of Marquetry:  the art of using wood veneers to create pictures and designs.  A self-taught ‘Marquetrician’ - a term he’s coined himself - Del mixes an adherence to high craft and history with experimentation and play.  His process-based approach to Marquetry also incorporates additional medias to the craft such as pyrography and woodworking.  At KIAC, Del plans to spend generous time in the studio while also sharing his knowledge of Marquetry through a series of workshops with students at Robert Service School.  

Del studied Visual Art at The Emily Carr University of Art and Design and The Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague.  He is the founder of The Trading Post - a rural trading post in the southern Yukon and facilitator of The Banff Industrial Park Tours.  Del recently participated in the residency Winterjourney at The Banff Centre and will be collaborating in an exhibition this summer at Dynamo Arts Association in Vancouver.


Louise Reimer (April 18 - May 17, 2015)


Louise Reimer is an artist and illustrator from Vancouver. She studied Visual Art at Emily Carr University. Since graduating in 2011, Louise has spent time living in Dawson City and Montreal, and currently resides in Toronto. Her dreamy editorial illustrations have been featured in publications across Canada and the United States. Louise is also known for her delicate, feminine watercolours and drawings, which may help you to "wash your eyes from the ugliness of life." Her work explores representations of strength and femininity, notions of beauty, and our relationship to nature. She is inspired by strong women, girl-culture, feminism, and literature. 

Louise plans on spending her time in Dawson working on a new painting series subverting classical representations of female bodies, exploring the psychedelic possibilities of watercolour, and visiting the dump. This is her first residency

Matthew Rankin (March 17 - April 12, 2015)

Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence


Matthew Rankin studied Québec history at McGill University and at Université Laval before returning into the artistic underclass of his native Winnipeg to become a maker of art films. Working in photochemical hybrids of documentary, experimental drama and animated abstraction, Matthew's films have been the object of both international acclaim and outraged corporate attack. A three-time alumnus of the Sundance Film Festival, Matthew was a 2013 artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and is the winner of the 2014 National Media Arts Prize. Matthew works in English, French and, increasingly, Esperanto.



Kyle Whitehead (March 10 - April 12, 2015)

Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence


Kyle Whitehead is an artist and filmmaker working primarily with small-format cinema, experimental sound and electronics. He prefers a careful and considered approach to image making; which should not be confused with best practices, as his work is more about embracing the potential of an indeterminate process. What he wants is the definitive by chance - leveraging trailing-edge technologies often with unusual or startling effect. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at film festivals and visual arts venues with recent presentations at M:ST 6 (Calgary, AB), Smiths Row Gallery (Bury St. Edmunds, UK), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, NB), Eastern Edge (St. Johns, NL), Latitude 53 (Edmonton, AB), Antimatter (Victoria, BC), The 8 Fest (Toronto, ON) and Paved Arts (Saskatoon, SK). Kyle received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and currently resides in Calgary where he spends most of his time in the dark.

While in residence, Kyle will be continuing his work on an in-progress series of films, inviting local artists and filmmakers to collaborate with him on the project. Initiated during a recent open studio residency at Struts Gallery/Faucet Media Arts Centre in the spring of 2014, Interstices is an ongoing series of collaborative, in-camera, double-exposure Super 8 films, with the potential to continue indefinitely. The concept of the project is simple, Kyle makes the first exposure on 50' cartridges of Super 8 film and then the film is reloaded into a re-usable Super 8 film cassettes and subsequently re-exposed by his collaborators with no prior knowledge of the content of the first exposure. The resulting vignettes, or image-sentences, are aleatoric and non-linear amalgamations of two discrete perspectives. 


Michael Belmore (February 1 - February 28, 2015)

Yukon School of Visual Arts Artist in Residence


Michael Belmore is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and graduated with an A.O.C.A. in sculpture/installation from Ontario College of Art & Design in 1994. Belmore's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions and numerous private collections. His most recent exhibitions include Land, Art, Horizons, North American Native Museum, Zurich, Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, an international exhibition of contemporary indigenous art in Winnipeg, MB and HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian – George Gustav Heye Centre in New York.


Erin Fleck (February 1 - February 28, 2015)


Erin is a playwright, puppeteer and performer based in Toronto.

Erin’s Dora Award Nominated one-woman show Those Who Can’t Do... premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille, and has since toured to Victoria B.C. and New York City.

She has also written and performed original work with Mixed Company Theatre, at Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s HYSTERIA Festival, the Toronto FRINGE! Festival, and Tarragon’s Spring Arts Fair.

She is the Artistic Director of Caterwaul Theatre (alongside Artistic Producer Sarah Fairlie), which produces innovative and immersive storytelling in puppetry.  Erin wrote and performed in Caterwaul’s inaugural production of Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales, which premiered at the 2014 SummerWorks Theatre Festival to much acclaim, and winning the NTS Design Award.

As a playwright, Erin is an alumna of the Stratford Playwright’s Retreat, Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources, Theatre Passe Muraille’s Upstarts, TheatreKairos’ Writer’s Circle and Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program.

As a performer, Erin frequently collaborates with the Steady State Theatre Project (Double Double: Outstanding Production/Ensemble/NOW Magazine Critic’s Pick Toronto Fringe Festival 2010, I Will Not Hatch: Outstanding Ensemble Toronto Fringe Festival 2009, Edmonton Fringe 2012) and is a company member of Dutch Uncle Puppetry, which has been featured at After Hours@TPM (Gregori’s Phantastik Big Time Show) Canzine 2010, Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, the SummerWorks Festival Fiasco Playhouse performance gallery and Factory Theatre’s LabCab Festival. She has also been featured in music videos for Toronto-based bandsDigits and Bad Passion.


Khari McClelland
 (December 29 - Jan 16, 2015)

Dawson City Music Festival Song Writer in Residence


Reared on gospel, blues, jazz and soul in Hitsville, USA, the home of Motown Records, Khari began his musical education early. Every Sunday provided lessons in the roots of African American music and cultural expression,through the wafting sounds of Gospel from street corner churches and local radio programs. Every other day,the sounds of hip hop and contemporary R&B blared from car speakers and boom boxes.

Khari made his exodus from Detroit a decade ago and is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. There, he cut his teeth with some of the best in roots and folk music. Khari is currently a member of the Juno ­nominated and 2014 Western Canadian Award­ winning band, The Sojourners. He has worked extensively with the likes of Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson and Frazey Ford (of the Be Good Tanyas). Khari also had a singing role in a television movie staring Toni Braxton (Twist of Faith, on the Lifetime Network) and sang background vocals for Michael Buble on his NBC Christmas Special.

Khari is currently writing a suite of songs based on the book: I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land (2007). The book won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and was written by Karolyn Smardz Frost, who fullyendorses the project. The book explores the lives of a couple from Kentucky and their escape from slavery to their eventual freedom in Canada. The suite will be used as material for The Sojourners’ next album and an accompanying theatrical interpretation.

During his time in Dawson City, Khari will be working on various outreach projects within the community as well as working on his own songwriting.

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