© Parks Canada / Rhonda Markel
The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is a creative journey through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska, and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, British Columbia. Each artist hikes the trail over a two week period, allowing time to work and savour the experience. The artists offer workshops at campgrounds and interact with hikers in creative ways. Watch for post-hike Artist Talks in Skagway and Whitehorse as well!
Parks Canada partners with the Yukon Arts Centre, U.S. National Park Service, Alaska Geographic, and the Skagway Arts Council to facilitate this unique program.
2016 Artists in Residence
Dan Hudson is a Canadian artist based in Canmore Canada. He received a BFA in Visual Art at York University (Toronto, Canada) and studied anthropology at UCSD (California, USA). Hudson maintains a project based art practice that incorporates and combines various media including photography, video, painting, and sculpture.
Hudson’s work has been shown internationally and is represented in the collections of museums, public galleries and private collections throughout North America and Europe. In recent years Hudson has received six international awards for his art projects.
Julie Zhu is an artist and musician and composer working in New York City. Her work stands at an intersection between mathematics, music, and visual representation. Zhu began as a Presidential-Scholar painter and cartoonist for the Washington Post, then majored in both art and mathematics at Yale University and graduated from music conservatory in Belgium in carillon performance. She has since exhibited her work—paintings, murals, sculpture, photographs, music compositions, sound—in Belgium, Holland, Finland, and the United States. Currently Zhu is pursuing an MFA at Hunter College and is the carillonneur at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.
There is no shortage of material remains in any human environment; their value, however, is of subjective and personal estimation. Assemblage and collage artist Andrea Nelson is predisposed to the possibility that treasure exists everywhere. She sees it in dirt, bones, nickel toys, diner menus, airport maps and other relics that wear the weight of their past or contemporary context. Her artistic arrangements illuminate a sense of wonder in the lost, discarded, antiquated and overlooked, drawing lines of association between seemingly unrelated ideas. Nelson’s perspective is greatly influenced by her rural Alaskan world and professional work in archaeology and museums.