Yukon Permanent Art Collection celebrates 40 years and new acquisitions

Some of the works on display as part of the Collective Memory exhibition in the Yukon Arts Centre main gallery. Photo credit: Government of Yukon

In honour of the 40th anniversary of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, a retrospective exhibition of more than 75 works from different eras of the collection’s holdings is now on display in the Main Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Entitled Collective Memory, the exhibition features a selection of pivotal works from the past four decades, highlighting the depth and diversity of the collection. Also included in the exhibition are the 21 works added to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection from the 2020/21 call for submissions.

Collective Memory is presented in partnership with the Yukon Arts Centre and will be on display until February 25, 2022. For those unable to attend in person, an online version of the exhibition can be viewed online at foypac.ca

As we mark the Yukon Permanent Art Collection's 40th anniversary, Yukoners are sharing their thanks and appreciation to the many gifted artists represented for lending their perspectives, knowledge and talents to this vital record of the Yukon experience. I wish to acknowledge the founders, curators, board members and the many patrons and community partners who have been instrumental in the creation and evolution of this important cultural legacy.

Minister of Tourism and Culture Ranj Pillai

For 40 years, the Yukon Permanent Art Collection has served to document, showcase and celebrate Yukon visual arts. FOYPAC is proud to have been involved in the collection’s inception and to continue to support its growth and evolution. We are grateful to our partners as well as arts supporters and artists across the territory for believing in and bringing to life YPAC’s mandate over the past four decades.

Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection acting President Geneviève Gagnon

I am filled with gratitude to have my artwork in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection amongst so many amazing Yukon artists.

Justien Senoa Wood, artist

Quick facts 
  • The Yukon Permanent Art Collection was founded in 1981 by what was then called the Friends of the Gallery, who secured annual funding from the Government of Yukon to preserve, honour and share the exceptional artwork being produced by the territory’s art community for the benefit of all Yukoners.

  • Acquisitions are selected by what is now called the Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection (FOYPAC) through an arm's-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. They ensure artworks in the collection are unique, high quality and relevant to Yukon and/or the legacy of Yukon artists.

  • There are more than 500 works by over 275 artists in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. Works from the collection are displayed in public areas of government buildings throughout the Yukon, as well as special curated exhibitions and loans to other institutions.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture

Mike Thomas
Marketing & Development Coordinator, Yukon Arts Centre

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