The Government of Yukon is pleased to announce the selection of 16 new works of art to be added to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.
The new acquisitions are the work of artists Cole Pauls, Claire Falkenberg, Jared Kane, Annie Kierans, Rebecca Manias, Calvin Morberg, Krystle Silverfox, and Amy Tessaro. The selected works showcase an array of styles and perspectives and represent a wide range of media including stained glass, illustration, carving, painting, textile and digital collage.
The pieces were selected through the annual call for submissions process held by the Yukon government and the Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection (FOYPAC). This year’s acquisitions represent artists working at different stages in their careers, many of whom are having their work added to the collection for the first time. Selections were made from 88 submissions by 40 artists. These latest additions will be showcased in an exhibition planned this fall in the Main Administration Building in Whitehorse. After the exhibition, the new works of art will be in rotation throughout the Yukon.
We are fortunate to have so many talented artists here in the Yukon and the Yukon Permanent Art Collection is a testament to our territory’s rich history in the arts. Congratulations and thank you to each of the artists for their contributions to the evolving cultural legacy of the Yukon's visual arts.
Minister of Tourism and Culture Ranj Pillai
FOYPAC was blown away by the breadth and strength of the artwork submitted to this year’s Call for Submissions. We're delighted to welcome a dynamic selection of pieces into the collection. Each artwork, in its own way, provides a record of our histories and of our times, anchoring us in identity, resilience, and beauty. FOYPAC is grateful to support the important work of Yukon artists and excited to share these pieces with our community and beyond.
Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection President Geneviève Gagnon
I created Raven and Creek Mother for a YVR Art Foundation scholarship. After the passing of my grandmother, Tawchalla, I decided to make this carving in her honour. The design tells the story of our relationship and working on it helped me grieve. In this piece and in all my work, I want to show my people that healing is possible. I’m really excited that after being on display at the Vancouver airport, it will come home to the Yukon to become part of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.
Artist Jared Kane
The new acquisitions were selected by the Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection (FOYPAC) through an arms-length adjudication process. FOYPAC is a non-profit society made up of artists, art professionals and community members dedicated to the continued growth and development of the collection.
Works from the collection are shown in public areas of government buildings in Whitehorse, Dawson, Faro, Haines Junction and Mayo. They are also periodically displayed in special curated exhibitions produced by Tourism and Culture’s Arts Section or through loans to other institutions.
There are currently over 520 works of art by more than 280 artists in the collection.
The 2022-23 call for submissions will be announced this fall.