Yukon Permanent Art Collection exhibits new acquisitions

Artists Jared Kane, Rebecca Manias, Yukon Government Art Curator Garnet Muething, Minister of Tourism and Culture Ranj Pillai and artist Calvin Morberg pose for a photo in front of the new exhibit Dis Orientation which opened on Thursday November 17, 2022

An exhibition featuring the 16 new works added to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection opened today in the main foyer of the Jim Smith Building in Whitehorse.

Entitled Dis Orientation, the show explores the points of connection between artist, artwork, and viewer and features a wide range of media including stained glass, illustration, carving, painting, textile and digital collage. The artists featured are Claire Falkenberg, Jared Kane, Annie Kierans, Rebecca Manias, Calvin Morberg, Cole Pauls, Krystle Silverfox and Amy Tessaro.

Dis Orientation will be on display until spring 2023. Works from the exhibition can also be viewed at foypac.ca.

Congratulations to these artists on this important achievement. The Yukon Permanent Art Collection is richer thanks to your unique artwork and perspectives. I encourage Yukoners to take in this wonderful exhibition celebrating the immense artistic talent we have in the territory.

Minister of Tourism and Culture Ranj Pillai

This year’s selected works reaffirm the vibrancy of the Yukon’s visual arts sector. The artists showcased in Dis Orientation take us on a journey that expands material practice to communicate bold ideas, honour tradition, and explore contemporary issues. FOYPAC is thrilled to broaden the scope of mediums and voices represented in the collection. We hope you join us in celebrating these pieces and their creators.

Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection President Geneviève Gagnon

I am extremely thrilled that my work 'tth'í' yáw nan (thread beads land)' is in the Yukon Permanent Art collection. It is such an honour to have my work alongside such amazing and iconic artists and artworks in the collection. I hope that this series helps to inspire the next generations of Yukon artists.

Artist Krystle Silverfox

Quick facts 
  • Each year, the Government of Yukon acquires new art for the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. The call for art results in a high number of applications from Yukon artists.

  • Acquisitions are selected by 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. This year’s selections were made from 88 submissions by 40 artists.

  • The Yukon Permanent Art Collection celebrated its 40th anniversary last year with a retrospective exhibition that can be viewed online.

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

  • Krystle Silverfox was shortlisted for this year’s Sobey Art Award.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
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Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture
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