Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas
Corrie Francis Parks
Ava P. Christl
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 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 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.
Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas are visual artists from Montreal, Quebec. They received their MFA degrees in Studio Arts from Concordia University, where they now teach photography. Jessica Auer’s work is largely concerned with the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, she explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge. Through the use of photography, video, and mapping, Andreas Rutkauskas’ projects have addressed the impact of Internet-based research on wilderness recreation, the borderlands surrounding the Canada/US international boundary, and cycles of industrialization and deindustrialization. They are both members of the Field Workers, an artist collective that will be exhibiting at oslo8 in Basel, Switzerland in June 2015.
Steve Snell (b. 1983) grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Miami University in 2006, Steve moved to Alaska and eventually became the art teacher in Yakutat. In 2011, he received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the HUB-BUB in Spartanburg, South Carolina and at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. Steve is currently on the faculty at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he teaches painting, art history, and adventure-art. His work has been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States.
Daphne Mennell is one of the Yukon's better-known artists. She has a number of pieces in major public collections in the Yukon and in private collections throughout the world. Her paintings are known for their lively colour and movement, depicting the Yukon and Alaska landscapes she loves. Perhaps Daphne’s most beloved work is the “Whitehorse Horse”, a large metal sculpture that rears above the main roadway into Whitehorse, Yukon. She created this sculpture, along with the caribou atop the Carcross village entrance sign, with the assistance of welder Roger Poole.
Cassandra Loomis is a bibliophile and an avid traveller whose journeys have been inspired by reading one-too-many adventure books. Each new place she’s travelled to has infected her with an even greater curiosity to travel more and paint more. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA and a focus in illustration. For the past 10 years she has been an artist for the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain and creates murals for stores across the United States. She also moonlights as a painter of portraits and restaurant murals.
Nicole Bauberger worked as apprentice and assistant painter to David Bierk for five years. This was an intensive education in oil paint, methods and materials, art history, contemporary art practice and art business for Bauberger. She made her first experiments with encaustic and painted her first dress painting in the BierkArt Studio. In the spring of 1999 she left the studio and has been a self-employed artist ever since. She has toured four different public gallery shows across Canada, and has had her paintings shown in commercial galleries and at festivals. Bauberger studied painting in Ontario, and began painting the Yukon in 2001. She moved to the territory in 2003.
Kara Sievewright is a writer and artist who creates graphic stories, prints, zines, websites and books. She has published writing, illustrations and graphic stories in carte blanche, World War Three Illustrated, Broken Pencil, filling station and West Coast Line. She has exhibited her comics and books in Poland, Chicago, Paris, Toronto, New York, and at many zine and comic festivals. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is working on a graphic novel with funding from the Toronto Arts Council. She is from the West Coast, but is currently living in Toronto.
Jay White likes to bring his imagination to life through oil and watercolour paintings, animated short films, and through interdisciplinary collaboration with other artists. His career runs the gamut from creating music videos, animated television shows and video games to painting exhibitions and collaborations with theatre and dance companies.
His work as Art Director on the animated series Dragon Booster helped it garner a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series in 2005. Jay’s last short film, Boar Attack, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won many Best Animated Short awards at festivals internationally, and was longlisted for Academy Award nomination in 2009. His current animated short film, The Perfect Detonator, premiered at the St Louis International Film Festival, and is now showing in festivals across the world.
Corrie Francis Parks
Corrie Francis Parks is a photographer and filmmaker based in Big Sky, Montana. An alumna of Dartmouth College and University of Southern California, her award-winning films have been exhibited at over 100 national and international film festivals. She combines photography and animation in time-based works for gallery exhibition and installation.
Through long exposures and open-shutter camera movement, her still photography and animated light paintings bring a new palette of textures and rhythms derived from the natural world into the galley setting.
She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Fundación Valparaíso, a Fulbright Fellow to New Zealand, and a recipient of a Sierra Foundation Grant for her work in experimental photography.
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Based in Whitehorse, YT, local artist Emma Barr
graduated from the Kootenay School of Arts in Nelson, B.C. with a major in mixed media. Her studio work consists primarily of acrylic paintings characterized by vibrant colours and simplified line and form; this bold, evocative style uniquely captured the striking scenery of the Chilkoot Trail. When Barr is not painting, she also teaches art and is a production designer for the film industry.
Ava P. Christl makes large scale oil paintings using colour, texture and form to evoke a sense of place. Recurring themes are those of nature and place, wilderness, and the human relationship with the living land. Ava holds a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has shown her work throughout Canada. Her works are held in private and public collections including the Art Bank of Canada. In 2011 her painting “First Snow, Richardsons” was selected by the National Capital Commission to represent Yukon in their banner project featuring the work of 13 Canadian visual artists, one from each province and territory. During her month on the Chilkoot Trail, Christl was inspired by the land and by the rich history of the Trail. Her resulting artworks “are reconstructions of places seen and remembered, and imagined memories of stories and people unknown who left their mark on that land”.