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Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA)

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982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
(867) 993-6390 https://yukonsova.net/

The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) is Canada’s most northerly post-secondary fine arts school, and it receives its accreditation through the Applied Arts Division of Yukon College. SOVA is located within the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in Dawson City, Yukon Canada. SOVA offers a Foundation Year Program, which is the equivalent of the first year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The school offers an experimental, integrated curriculum that is studio-based with liberal arts courses. Successful students continue their degrees at their choice of four partnering art schools across Canada, including the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax.

YSOVA is a partnership between the Dawson City Arts Society (KIAC), Yukon College and Tr’ondek Hwech’in. Each founding organisation has equal representation on the governing council. Yukon School of Visual Arts changed its name from KIAC School of Visual Arts (KIAC SOVA) in the fall of 2010 to distinguish itself from the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture.

The curriculum includes studio classes in 2D, 3D, and 4D (new media), as well as liberal arts classes in English and Visual Culture Studies. The design of the curriculum and the intimacy of the school creates an integrated curriculum with themes and issues crossing over from course to course.

The school is located in a 7,800-square-foot (720 m2) historic building in downtown Dawson City. This two-story structure was custom designed specifically for the needs of the foundation year program with studio facilities, a lecture room, a media lab, indoor/outdoor common areas, woodshop, a library and digital resource centre, a student gallery and an art supplies store. Laptop computers and a digital still camera are assigned to each student for use in both their academic and studio coursework, and wireless internet is available throughout the facility.

Yukon School of Visual Art SOVA in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

January 2019

Funding & Grant Info Session for Yukon Artists

January 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada

When: Wednesday, January 23rd, 7 - 8:30 PM Where: SOVA Lecture Room (upstairs) Free! Calling all Dawson artists and creatives! Join KIAC, SOVA, and the Yukon Arts Branch for a free info session on territorial grants and funding opportunities for artists, including the Touring Artist Fund and Advanced Artist Award. The presentation will be followed by a Q& A. Hope to see you there! Ross Burnet, of Arts Fund, is also available for one-on-one consultations at any time for groups…

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February 2019

Artist Talk with SOVA Artist-In-Residence Lisa Birke

February 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Please join us for an Artist Talk with SOVA's visiting Artist in Residence Lisa Birke on Thursday, February 7th @ 7pm in the SOVA Lecture Room (upstairs). Lisa Birke is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is a collision of video, performance art, and installation. In her work she explores the stories that we re-cite and how these inform our conception of the world and the tragi-comic perception of ourselves. Filmed in the Canadian landscape, absurd yet insightful performative acts become…

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March 2019

Thaw-Di-Gras Spring Craft Fair

March 16, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 9:00 am
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Thaw Di Gras weekend is a very busy weekend! Here's another event to add to your schedule: the KIAC Spring Craft Fair happening in the SOVA Gallery on Saturday March 16th from 12 - 4. Artists interested in participating, please contact KIAC at 993-5005 or kiac@kiac.ca

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June 2019

Trish Salah: Trans and Queer Writers’ Workshop (LGBTTIQ2SNB) Pt. 1

June 1, 2019 @ 4:00 am - 5:30 am
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join Trish Salah, the current Berton House Writer-in-Residence, for a Saturday morning exploration into creative writing. This is a free workshop for lesbian, gay, non-binary, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two spirit, Intersex, queer, and genderqueer writers. The intersections of writing and queer/trans experiences will be discussed. Trish will guide the group through writing exercises and writing from prompts, sharing their work, and offering one another constructive and positive feedback. Writers of all levels are welcome to this introductory workshop, and genre…

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Lawrence Hill: Writing Masterclass

June 1, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Lawrence Hill will lead a short master class focusing on the use of point of view to enrich fictional narratives. What are some of the most effective ways to exploit the advantages of perspective in fiction, and what pitfalls can be avoided? The class will allow time for questions and answers. Please note- the capacity for this event is 20. The cost is $39 for non-members and $35 for KIAC members.

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Trish Salah: Trans and Queer Writers’ Workshop (LGBTTIQ2SNB) Pt. 2

June 2, 2019 @ 4:00 am - 5:30 am
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join Trish Salah, the current Berton House Writer-in-Residence, for the Sunday morning continuation of an exploration into creative writing. This is a free workshop for lesbian, gay, non-binary, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two spirit, Intersex, queer, and genderqueer writers. The intersections of writing and queer/trans experiences will be discussed. Trish will guide the group through writing exercises and writing from prompts, sharing their work, and offering one another constructive and positive feedback. Writers of all levels are welcome to this introductory…

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Fear the First Draft: Writing Masterclass with Eden Robinson

June 2, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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The Novel Process:  Fear the First Draft Or: Why does my first draft suck?  Why am I stuck on the first chapters?  It worked in my head but on paper none of it is gelling!  Writing a novel looks intimidating, but we can break the work down into manageable chunks.  The first chunk we need to consider is how you write and what you're telling yourself about how you write.  Then we explore ways to free your muse and set…

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Industry Brainstorming Session: Sean Cranbury

June 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Starting in 2019, the West Coast Book Prizes Society will officially change its public name to the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. Representation for Yukon has been present in the society’s constitution since 1985 when it was founded. Join us to discuss ideas on how the organization can support the Yukon writing industry. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Join Sean Cranbury, the Executive Director of the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, for an industry brainstorming session. How can accessibility and inclusivity be increased in…

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August 2019

Professional Development Series: Online Retail for Artists (Part 1)

August 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join freelance Creative Director Anna Edell from Toronto, ON for a two-part workshop series for artists, crafters, and creatives. Part 1 - A Guide to Online Retail Tuesday, August 20th 6 - 8 PM SOVA Analyze the anatomy of a website, build your store, and navigate the basics of shipping, taxes and analytics. Participants will compare the most popular e-commerce platforms available and choose the one that will work best for their needs. Part 2 - Marketing & Branding Tuesday,…

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Professional Development Series: Marketing & Branding for Artists (Part 2)

August 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join freelance Creative Director Anna Edell from Toronto, ON for a two-part workshop series for artists, crafters, and creatives.   Part 1 - A Guide to Online Retail Tuesday, August 20th 6 - 8 PM SOVA Analyze the anatomy of a website, build your store, and navigate the basics of shipping, taxes and analytics. Participants will compare the most popular e-commerce platforms available and choose the one that will work best for their needs. Part 2 - Marketing & Branding…

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September 2019

Professional Development Series: Created in the Yukon & Yukon Art Guide

September 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join Erin Corbett, Visual Arts Project Coordinator and Garnet Muething, Art Curator from the Yukon Government Tourism & Culture Branch for a free informative session about opportunities for visual artists through Government of Yukon. Learn how you can make the most of programs for Visual Artists including Created in the Yukon promotional supplies, the Art Adventures on Yukon Time listings and upcoming artwork commission and purchase projects for Whistle Bend Place and Yukon Permanent Art Collection. The info session is…

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October 2019

Artist Talk & Lunch with Tania Willard & Gabrielle Hill

October 25, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 am
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Please join Tania Willard & Gabrielle Hill for a lunch hour talk about their work, Coney Island Baby and Bush Gallery. In honour of the exhibition Coney Island Baby we will be serving up hot rabbit stew and bannock! (veg option available) 12 - 1pm in the SOVA Gallery at Yukon School of Visual Arts   CONEY ISLAND BABY is on view October 3 – November 15, 2019 in the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho / KIAC Emphasizing invisible labour…

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January 2020

Free Info Session: Yukon Permanent Art Collection

January 8 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Calling all Dawson artists and creatives! KIAC, SOVA, Yukon Government and Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection (FOYPAC) are hosting an info session about the Yukon Permanent Art Collection: what it is, when are the deadlines, who's it for, and how to apply! The presentation, hosted by local artists Veronica Verkley and Cari Tangedal, will be followed by a Q & A. When: Wednesday, January 8th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM Where: SOVA Lecture Room (upstairs) Totally Free! Please note: artists…

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February 2020

Youth Art Series: Breakdancing w/ Cormac Hopkins

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join Whitehorse breakdancer Cormac Hopkins for a free two-hour dance session presented by KIAC and the TH Youth Centre! It's 7 - 9 at SOVA (the Yukon School of Visual Art) upstairs in the classroom. No experience necessary, and snacks are provided!

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Artist Talks: Kablusiak and Kelsey Whyte

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 982 Third Ave
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join SOVA artist in residence Kablusiak and KIAC artist in residence Kelsey Whyte as they share their work and talk about what they have been doing during their time in Dawson City. Kelsey Whyte (Toronto) Kelsey Whyte is an artist living in Toronto, Ontario. A photography graduate of both OCAD U & Sheridan College photography is the base of her practice as she continues to explore different mediums. As an artist and woman, the ongoing conversation on female identity is…

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