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Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

© 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.

2015 Artists in Residence

Kevin Curry
July 1 - 14

Kevin Curry is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Florida State University, where he teaches Digital Foundations, Sculpture and Public Art & Architectural Art. Kevin received his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and his MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. Kevin has been an Artist-in-Residence in Houston, TX, Fort Collins and Denver, CO. and at Grand Canyon National Park. Besides numerous private collections and exhibitions, Kevin also completed a public art commission for the City of Denver titled “Face the sun” and recently exhibited a floating sculptural work at the Mourdes Collection in West Palm Beach.

Heather Callaghan
July 8 - 21


Heather Bell Callaghan is a local girl who loves the outdoors and was born and raised in the southern Yukon. Her first art mentor was her Grandma, Tlingit artist Eliza Bosely (nee Fox), who lovingly shared with her various technical skills that she thought were both useful and beautiful. Heather is from the Eagle-Killerwhale Clan and has spent the last ten years travelling, studying art, playing outside, taking dance classes, and learning as she goes. Her time as a patrol person on the Chilkoot Trail and growing up on the Haines Road allowed her much time in the mountains where she cultivated a deep love of our rugged home.

Michelle Latimer
July 29 - August 11

Michelle Latimer is a filmmaker, producer, actor and curator. Her award-winning documentary, ALIAS, premiered at the 2013 Hot Docs Film Festival before screening internationally. Prior to that, her short film Choke premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, received a special Jury Honorable Mention in International Short Filmmaking, was named by Toronto Film Festival among Canada’s Top Ten of 2012 and nominated for a Genie Award. Michelle is currently starring in the critically acclaimed television series Blackstone, and appears as an industry judge on CBC’s, Short Film Face Off. In 2013, she was named among Playback magazine’s 10 To Watch.

Artists Gallery

Artist Residency Gallery