New works selected for the 2020 Yukon Permanent Art Collection

Karrie Brown, Moose Hide Mukluks

The Government of Yukon is pleased to announce the selection of 11 new artworks for inclusion in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.

The new acquisitions are the work of Yukon artists Justin Apperley, Audrey and Karrie Brown, Kimberly Edgar, Vashti Etzel, Violet Gatensby, Hannah Jickling and Valerie Salez, Daphne Mennell, Roland Peters, Monika Käte Steputh and Eugene Alfred.

The selected works showcase an array of stylistic approaches and themes and represent a wide range of media including carving, photography, painting, beadwork, knife making and even snow shovelling.

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). Selections were made from 129 submissions by 58 artists.

A public exhibition to officially unveil the new artwork will be held this fall.

Each of these 11 new additions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection represents an important verse in the rich story of visual art in our territory. We are thankful for the gifts of hope and beauty these works bring us in our challenging new reality. Congratulations to the artists on this achievement, and our thanks for adding their voice and considerable talents to this invaluable collection.

Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys

The annual call for submissions is always an exciting process. The response this year was impressive, and the selected works reflect the diverse skills and unique vision of both emerging and established Yukon artists. This year’s acquisitions are also notable because for the first time since we began the annual call for submissions in 2008, all of the selected artists are from communities outside of Whitehorse. We're excited to welcome these exceptional pieces from throughout our territory into the collection.    

Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection President Katie Newman

I am thankful that my grandma took the time to pass down her beading skills so that I could create what is now considered an art piece, and am honoured to join both her and my father in Yukon's permanent collection.

Artist Karrie Brown

Quick facts 
  • 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 of the collection.

  • Works from the collection are displayed 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 more than 450 art works by more than 240 artists in the collection.

  • The deadline and parameters for the 2021 call for submissions will be announced later this year.


Stewart Burnett
Cabinet Communications

Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture

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