2012 KIAC Artists in Residence:

Leah Byrne (December 14 - January 3, 2013)

Leah Byrne is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, film and performance. Her work deals with memory, perception, and physicality. During her residency in Dawson, Leah will be doing a combination of research, archiving, and developing new performance work in the studio. Leah Byrne is a Canadian artist currently living in Invuik, Northwest Territories. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has participated in residencies and exhibitions in Canada and internationally. She loves the North and is especially excited to be in Dawson City at this special time of year.


Sarah Crawley (November 20 - December 28, 2012)

Sarah Crawley is a visual artist who lives and works in Winnipeg. In her art practice she works with ideas generated from lived experience using different photographic technologies and materials. She is currently interested in the impact that place has on identity and has been using pinhole photography, with its long, slow exposures to explore this complicated relationship. Landscape, climate, seasonal changes and quality of light as well as built environment and cultural history together shape her investigations as they all subconsciously play a role in the development of identity.

While in Dawson, Crawley will explore the town and its surrounding landscape by making long-exposure pinhole photographs during the hours of darkness.  During the daylight hours, Crawley will make pinhole self-portraits and hopefully portraits, which test the subject’s endurance as exposure times run around 30 minutes.

Sarah Crawley has exhibited across Canada in solo and group shows as well as internationally. A recipient of many grants and awards, she enjoys sharing her passion for photography through teaching and mentoring and is an active member of the visual art community in Winnipeg.  Currently she works at the Martha Street Studio as the Community Programming Coordinator and is mentoring an emerging artist through the Arts and Cultural Industries Manitoba Youth Mentorship Program. She recently completed a community public art project working with the Eritrean Community in Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.


Sarah Burwash (September 16 - November 16, 2012)

Sarah Burwash is a multidisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia. Based in drawing and installation, her work is nostalgic, reflective and narrative. Drawing on personal history, literature, memoirs, myths and firsthand stories she creates characters, environments and subject narratives that are lyrical yet quiet. Through human interactions, social behaviour and relationships to the land, nature, spirituality and community, Sarah's work explores how the natural world mirrors humans emotions, psyche and relationships to life and death, the light and dark, and the interdependency of these complimentary forces. 

During her time in Dawson, Sarah will be working in watercolour to create elusive narrative drawings for a book being published by Conundrum Press in 2013. The work seeks to personify and illuminate humble and provocative histories, specifically those of the brazen women who were persistent in forging a new social order in Canada, and draws upon stories of earlier settlers, immigrants, first nations and the goldrush. 

SARAH BURWASH received a BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2009, during which she spent a semester abroad in Hamburg, Germany at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Her work is included in private and public collections and has been shown in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has participated in residencies in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Colorado and the Yukon. Sarah recently presented a solo exhibition at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and completed her first animation through The Centre for Art Tapes Media Arts Scholarship program in Halifax. Sarah currently resides in Nova Scotia, working full time as an artist and freelance illustrator.



Jessica Vellenga (October 4 - November 4, 2012)

Based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Jessica Vellenga is a textile artist and emerging designer whose practice is grounded in craftivism (combining the genres of craft, art and activism) and community engagement.

During her stay in Dawson, Jessica will develop a community-based art project celebrating the tradition of the diary. Entitled Dear Diary, the project combines the artist’s personal entries with those by celebrities, historical figures, and Dawson residents. Selected narratives and images will serve as source material for a series of embroidered works on vintage hankies and textiles. The artist welcomes local residents to contribute their own personal anecdotes and diary entries (anonymously if requested) – please contact KIAC for more information.

JESSICA VELLENGA is an active member of the Yukon fibre arts community, servng as Vice President of the Northern Fibres Guild and coordinator of Yarn Bomb Yukon, a fibre arts collective which creates large-scale community based art projects through the medium of yarn bombing. She has participated in a wide variety of art exhibits, conferences, workshops, and public lectures at modern and contemporary art spaces throughout Canada and Europe.  Currently she works at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery coordinating community outreach for the visual arts.



Lewis & Taggart (September 5 - October 2, 2012)

Primarily concerned with notions of place and the potential of a site to shape an artwork, Lewis & Taggart's practice often relies on immersion into foreign environments, whereby the experience of a given environment and its materiality become inextricably linked to their artistic process.

In parallel to their studio practice, Lewis & Taggart operate and program The Museum of Longing and Failure (MOLAF), a small museum based in Bergen that manifests from time to time in faraway places.  During their time in Dawson City, Lewis & Taggart will present a new installment of the MOLAF while laying the groundwork for an upcoming exhibition that explores the concept of "terminality." 

ANDREW TAGGART AND CHLOE LEWIS are a Canadian artist duo based in Bergen, Norway. Their work has most recently been exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland; Rogaland Contemporary Art Centre, Stavanger, Norway; SIM, Reykjavik; and The Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen. In 2010, they completed a collaborative MFA at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway, where they are currently guest teachers.

www.lewisandtaggart.com  |  www.molaf.org


Anna Heywood-Jones (August 20 - September 14, 2012)

Anna Heywood-Jones is a textile artist currently living on Vancouver Island, BC. The basis of her work comes from a passionate desire to investigate and explore the diverse world of natural colour. The materials inspire her, as they tell a story long told throughout the ages. Humans, the world over, have utilized the plants, trees and insects in their local environments to create and hold colour in their daily lives for a millennia and beyond. In recent memory, as the world quickly synthesized around us so did our colour palette; thus our collective knowledge of natural dyes dwindled and has been nearly lost to time. This is what Anna wishes to pay homage to in her work: the invaluable lineage of natural colour

During her time in Dawson City, Anna intends to explore the local natural colour palette as sourced from the flowers, berries, trees and vegetation found in these northern climes. She is inspired by the notion that our memories are left behind in the places we inhabit, or the objects we hold close, and that our personal history is continually layered upon the memories and experiences of those who came before and who, hopefully, will come after. With much of the area's history still self evident, it appears a natural situation to discover the ghosts of past and present while examining a sense of place through an outsider's insight.

HEYWOOD-JONES was raised in rural Ontario where she was home-schooled by ‘back to the land’ parents who encouraged her to learn the traditional fibre arts of spinning and weaving. With strong familial encouragement for exploration in such endeavors, she was able to pursue such childhood dreams as creating a fashion line materialized entirely out of recycled garbage bags; her parents assured her it was ‘trash chic’. Eventually, this life-long interest in textiles led her to the Kootenay School of the Arts (Nelson, BC) in 2006. During her time at KSA Anna discovered natural colour as an area of passionate study. Since graduating from KSA, she has continued to investigate diverse applications of natural colour in conjunction with the study of the historical cultivation and wild crafting of natural dye-stuffs. Anna is both a student and teacher of this age old medium. Between the physical and the intellectual a balance is struck; Anna's work is borne from this tactilely intuitive practice, it is in essence a layering of idea and process. 


The Natural & The Manufactured Exhibition Artist in Residence

Andrew O'Connor (June 29 - August 20, 2012)

Andrew O'Connor is a transmission artist based out of Toronto.  Active in community radio for over 15 years now at stations like CKMS FM in Waterloo, CKLN in Toronto and Shouting Fire Radio in San Francisco, his work has also been heard on programs across the CBC network including Inside the Music, The Signal, Two New Hours and The Current among others. 

While he is in Dawson City, Andrew will be creating an installation for a series of micro FM transmitters as part of the ODD Gallery's thematic The Natural & The Manufactured project. He's also developing a live theatre project with Kitchenband Productions http://kitchenbandproductions.blogspot.ca/ at the Theatre Centre in Toronto about Boblo Island an abandoned amusement park in the Detroit River.  

ANDREW O'CONNOR'S radio work has also been featured internationally on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, WGXC in New York State, and Radio Zero in Lisbon.  His sound installations, often radio based, have been presented at The Vancouver New Music Festival, The Third Coast Filmless Festival in Chicago, Megapolis in Baltimore, OK Quoi in Sackville, and the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in Kitchener.   


The Natural & The Manufactured Exhibition Artist in Residence

B.j. Vogt (July 4 - August 20, 2012)

B.j. Vogt creates sculptures, installations, photographs, and video based works that explore the confluence of humans and nature in an effort to present humanity as a natural process unfolding along the evolutionary time line of the earth. Influenced by research and findings in the fields of geology, astronomy, history, and biology, his work adopts forms and images from these disciplines as vehicles to investigate this concept.

While in Dawson, B.j. plans to adapt themes used in his dynamic installation series: Polypropylene Cycle to the infrastructure of the ODD Gallery, as well as to explore the concept of human actions equating to glacial processes through photography, drawing, and video. The end result will be exhibited as part of the ODD Gallery's thematic The Natural & The Manufactured project.

B.J. VOGT lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri, USA where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture in 2006 from Washington University. Vogt has been the recipient of a Critical Mass for the Arts Creative Stimulus grant, a Santo Foundation Individual Artist award and, in conjunction with a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, the 2006 Bill Kohn Travel Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis. His work is currently featured in the Urbanity exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the 2011 Creative Stimulus Award exhibition: Anomalous Perspectivesat the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri.


Charley Young (April 29 - May 30, 2012)

Charley Young is an interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, drawing, installation and mixed media.  She is predominantly interested in creating large scale, site-specific, ephemeral artwork involving historic buildings that respond to the ever-adapting city.  Her work deals with themes of destruction, loss, memory and architecture.  Deeply rooted in research, these projects showcase the fleetingness of architecture and therefore our own identity and histories.

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, CHARLEY YOUNG moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University. Following that Charley worked to develop engaging youth arts programming at NSCAD University. Young has exhibited around Halifax, and has worked with a variety of heritage groups to preserve, in print, the memory and architecture of heritage properties. This spring, Charley will be starting her MFA degree at the Maine College of Art in Portland Maine. Charley has also been awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center schedule for this upcoming February. 


Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

Andreas Horvath (March 5 - May 1, 2012)

A guest of the Dawson City International Short Film FestivalAndreas Horvath will screen a selection of his short films and host a Q & A as part of this year's program (April 5-8, 2012). During his time in Dawson, Andreas will also work on a new documentary, which investigates the life and work of a few independent gold-miners in and around Dawson City.

ANDREAS HORVATH was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1968. He studied photography in Vienna and multimedia-art in Salzburg. As a freelance photographer and filmmaker he publishes photo books and creates independent films. Horvath's documentaries have received awards at international film festivals, such as Chicago International Documentary Film Festival and Karlovy Vary IFF. As a photographer Andreas Horvath published black and white photo albums about Yakutia, Siberia and rural America.



Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

Joanna Priestley (March 20 - April 12, 2012)

A guest of the Dawson City International Short Film FestivalPriestley will screen a selection of her short animations and host a Q & A as part of this year's program.  While she is in Dawson, Joanna will also work on a new animation about what it means to grow old and to be an elder in modern society.

JOANNA PRIESTLEY has directed, produced and animated 24 films that explore abstraction, botany, landscape, aging and human rights. She has had retrospectives at MoMA (New York), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland), REDAT (Los Angeles), Stuttgart Animation Festival (Stuttgart, Germany) and the American Cinematheque (Los Angeles) and has received fellowships from Creative Capital, National Endowment for the Arts, American Film Institute, MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Millay Colony. Priestley teaches animation workshops worldwide, was founding president of ASIFA Northwest and has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1992. Her films are available on DVD from www.primopix.com or Microcinema International.


Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter in Residence

Colin Huebert (February 3 - 28, 2012)


The Dawson City Music Festival and The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture are excited to be hosting COLIN HUEBERT as the 2012 songwriter in residence. Colin returns to Dawson City after having visited us with the Great Lake Swimmers in 2007. Colin has since absconded from the band to focus on his own project, Siskiyou, his collaboration with Great Lakes Swimmers compatriot Erik Arnesen. Colin will spend the month of February in the historic Macaulay Residency where he will be recording new material and developing work for Siskiyou. In addition to his own work, Colin will also be hosting a songwriter’s circle and sharing his talents with some of the students of our local Robert Service School.


Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artist in Residence 

Bill Burns (January 11-25, 2012)


BILL BURNS is a multi-media artist who works in sculpture, photographs, multiples and books. His gallery installation The Veblen Good: art, fuel and celebrity was presented as part of the ODD Gallery's The Natural & The Manufactured project in August 2011. A guest of the Yukon School of Visual Arts, Burns will be working with the YSOVA students in Charles Stankievech's 4D class during his time in Dawson.

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. His projects such as, Safety Gear for Small Animals (1994-2007) and Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge (2003-2011), have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Ushuaia, Argentina), and KW - Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin). Since 2008, Burns has exhibited projects at the Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK), MKG127 (Toronto), Tensta Konsthall (Spanga, Sweden) and Kunsthallen Nikolaj (Copenhagen).


Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artists in Residence

Ed Pien & Johannes Zits (January 12 - 26, 2011)

ED PIEN uses drawing, papercuts, performance and video to create large scale installations. While in Dawson, Pien will be working with students in Veronica Verkley's 2D class at the SOVA.

Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been drawing for nearly 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University in Toronto and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Bi- ennale de Montreal 2000 and 2002; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional e las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; the Goethe Institute, Berlin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; as well as the Na- tional Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. As an art instructor, Ed Pien has taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He currently teaches part-time at the University of Toronto. Pien is represented by Birch Libralato in Toronto, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montreal and Galerie Maurits van de Laar in The Hague.


JOHANNES ZITS works with and combines digital imaging, collage, photography and painting to focus on the body. His work intends to draw attention to both the conventional image-making process as well as the ways images from mass media are disseminated and consumed. While in Dawson, Zits will be working with SOVA students and on performance and video work which will be shared with the community.

Johannes Zits received his BFA from York University in 1984. He has shown both in Canada and abroad. Zits travels widely while pursuing his art research. His extended stays in various cities include Taipei, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Shanghai, Manchester, Hamburg, Santiago, London and Berlin. In January 2008 he presented a major solo exhibition highlighting his many disciplines at the Centre DíArt Contemporain de Basse Normandie, Caen, France.


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