Confluence at the SOVA Gallery

The Confluence Series at the SOVA Gallery is a community exhibition series which offers a space for KIAC members working in any medium to exhibit their artwork throughout the summer months. The SOVA Gallery is located in the Yukon School of Visual Arts at 3rd and Queen in Dawson City.

2020 Exhibition Schedule:

KIAC’s Confluence Gallery is a summer-long DIY community exhibition series in the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) gallery. Things are little different this year – more social distancing, less openings, same great artwork. Instead of four consecutive shows, one exhibition will take place, the first from July 17 to August 8:

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This exhibition highlights the works of eight 2020 SOVA alumni in the intimacy of the SOVA gallery, following an unexpected creative hiatus due to COVID-19. After taking space from each other and everyone else, they are eager to share their mixed media works with the community that is built on creating space for diletantes like them.

Featuring works by:
Saskia Blagaj-Berger
Julaine Debogorski
Nicole Favron
Jenni Matchett
Johannah Quian
Ellen Sillence
Amira Strain
Keith Verbonac

2019 Exhibition Schedule:

Ken Anderson | Lianne Charlie | Fran Morberg-Green

Valerie Salez | Doug Smarch Jr. | Joseph Tisiga

May 23 – September 13, 2019
At Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, ODD Gallery and Yukon School of Visual Arts on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in in partnership with Yukon Arts Centre. Join interpreters at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre for a walking tour of the exhibition, weekdays at 11am.

A meeting, held in August of 1977 between Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and five Yukon First Nations leaders regarding the then-approved Mackenzie Pipeline, is contained in a document archived in the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government collections.

These minutes of the meeting allows us to be a fly on the wall within a tension filled boardroom. Captured word for word these minutes vividly illustrate the dichotomy of two opposing ways of understanding economic, social and cultural development of a land and its inhabitants. A conversation that simply starts out about the pipeline ultimately became a conversation about First Nations way of life and a declaration for autonomous self-determination.

Through a diverse range of media Yukon artists Ken Anderson (Tlingit/Scandinavian), Lianne Marie Leda Charlie (Tagé Cho Hudän | Big River People), Fran Morberg-Green (Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in), Valerie Salez (1st Generation Canadian), Doug Smarch Jr. (Tlingit), and Joseph Tisiga (Kaska Dene) activate this archival document and ultimately continue the conversation surrounding self-determination in the face of federal and corporate agendas.

This event is supported by the Yukon Arts Centre with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

2018 Exhibition Schedule:

Images, left: Basia Barb Hinton / right: Patty Jackson

The Space Between Things
Basia Barb Hinton

Bear Stories & What the Eagle Saw
Patty Jackson

June 21 to July 14, 2018

Opening: Thursday, June 21 @7pm

The Space Between Things is about creating something out of seemingly nothing – starting from the place of being at a total loss and leading to an investigation of overlooked spaces. The topography is shaped through intimacy, grief, desire, and blowing things up only to piece them back together. The territory includes outliers and margins, by-products and off-cuts, deconstruction and reconstruction. The interstitial ‘Spaces Between’ may initially appear intangible, but a closer look reveals patterns, myth, story and connection.

Bear Stories & What the Eagle Saw. In honour of the Opening Reception on Aboriginal Day, Heart of Stone (Patty Jackson) invites you to see how the art of Hand Carving was brought to her, how it came from where it began, and how it is being passed on. The Carvings have stories, humour, express an appreciation for wildlife and First Nations Culture and a love story intertwined with the heart of it all.


Images, left: Deirdre Sokolowska / right: Ramon Joseph Santos 

July 19 to Aug 11

Opening: July 19 @ 6pm

Ramon Joseph Santos affords us a glimpse into the iconic routine and detail of Dawson City with his canorous landscapes and portraiture.
Deirdre Sokolowska’s series works to disparage their own inaccuracies of perception through gesticulate drawings of paramount figures in their life.

KIAC Members’ Exhibit

Aug 16 to Sept 8

Opening: Aug 16 @ 8pm (as part of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival Gallery Hop)

Confluence Archive