Presented in partnership with the Yukon Arts Centre, the Kluane National Park and Reserve Artist in Residence Program invites Yukon visual artists to create in a peaceful and inspiring setting on the shores of Kathleen Lake / Mät’àtäna Män. The residency offers a unique opportunity for artists to develop and share their practice while enjoying time to retreat, reflect, and focus. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to connect with each artist through unscheduled drop-in Artist at Work demonstrations, and several public workshops and artist presentations.


Meet the two artists selected for the 2022 residency!

Kluane 2022 Artist in Residence David Curtis

David Curtis is an off-grid dwelling filmmaker and artist who lives in Dawson City, Yukon. David uses projected image, sound, and sculpture to explore the fine details of the natural world, inviting us to reflect on our complex relationship to our environment. In all aspects of his life he strives to nurture a balanced relationship between happenstance, laughter and kairos.

During his residency David will be using a variety of lenses and cinematic techniques to capture film footage that focusses on the “small and generally unnoticed, yet monumentally important, ecosystems and cycles of life that unfold beyond the notice of most human visitors”, and sharing his final film at a public screening and artist talk.

David Curtis’s residency will take place from June 27th to July 11th.


Kluane National Park and Reserve 2022 Artist in Residence Tyson Isted

Tyson Isted is a glass artist and painter who lives in Whitehorse. Tyson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and studied Fine Arts at the University of Regina focusing on drawing, sculpture and painting. Midway, he transferred to the Alberta College of Art + Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass in 2012. He moved to the Yukon Territory in 2013 with an adventurous spirit and new lands to be inspired by. Tyson helped build Lumel Glassblowing Studio, now with 15 years of glass experience, he currently works as a Senior Glass Artist doing gallery production, client commissions, teaching workshops, and educating visitors. Tyson enjoys playing music for the church worship ministry, doing breathing exercises and staring at the clouds dreaming about the unimaginable.

During his residency Tyson will be creating sketches, paintings, and photographs from Kluane National Park and Reserve, and bringing this inspiration to the glassblowing studio, where he will create a series of hot glass works that reflects the colours, landscapes and spirit of the park.

Tyson’s residency will take place from July 18th to August 1st. 


Workshops and Artist Talks

David Curtis
Saturday, July 2nd 1-3:30pm, Kathleen Lake Day use area
Observation and Sketching Workshop

An exploration of the ways in which we observe and interpret our surroundings, and how we can hone our powers of observation through drawing. Basic drawing supplies provided or bring your own. All ages and levels of experience welcome.

Thursday, July 7th, 7pm-8:30pm, Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre Theatre
Artist Talk and Presentation

David will share and discuss his artistic influences and work. Enjoy a lively presentation about what it means to live “off-grid”, and how this inspires and impacts David’s creativity.

Saturday, July 9th, 1-3:30pm, Kathleen Lake Day Use Area
Photography and Video workshop

Open your eyes and minds to creative ways to improving your skills and knowledge of creating digital images. Bring your smart phone, tablet, DSLR or videocamera. All ages and levels of experience welcome.

David will also be hosting drop-in Artist at Work demonstrations throughout his residency. Keep an eye out for him and say hi if you’re at Mät’àtäna Män!

Tyson Isted
Saturday, July 23rd 2-4:30pm, Kathleen Lake Day use area
Painting Postcards Workshop

Explore acrylic painting techniques while making your own postcards to share or keep. Painting and postcard supplies provided. All ages and levels of experience welcome.

Saturday, July 30th, 2-5pm, Kathleen Lake Day use area
Charcoal and Fire Workshop

Draw and sketch the beauty of Kathleen Lake as we explore making our own charcoal sticks in the campfire. Tyson will share the role of fire in the creation of glass making. Drawing and charcoal making supplies provided. All ages and levels of experience welcome.

Date to be determined, Whitehorse, Yukon
Final Presentation

Tyson will present his Kluane inspired glass works at a future date. Watch for announcements.

Tyson will also be hosting drop-in Artist at Work demonstrations throughout his residency. Keep an eye out for him and say hi if you’re at Mät’àtäna Män!