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The territorial government has selected 16 new works of art to add to the Yukon’s permanent art collection.

By Whitehorse Star on June 2, 2022

The territorial government has selected 16 new works of art to add to the Yukon’s 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 works selected present a range of styles and perspectives and represent a wide range of media, including stained glass, illustration, sculpture, painting, textiles and digital collage,” the government said last Friday.

The pieces were selected through the annual call for proposals process organized by the government and the Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.

There are currently over 520 works of art by over 280 artists in the collection.

This year’s acquisitions represent artists working at different stages of their careers, many of whom are seeing their work added to the collection for the first time.

Selections were made from 88 submissions by 40 artists.

These latest additions will be featured in an exhibit planned for this fall at the Government of Yukon’s main administration building in Whitehorse.

After the exhibit, new artwork will be rotated throughout the Yukon.

“We are fortunate to have so many talented artists here in Yukon and the Permanent Art Collection of Yukon is a testament to the rich artistic history of our territory,” said Tourism and Culture Minister Ranj Pillai.

“Congratulations and thank you to each of the artists for their contribution to the evolution of Yukon’s visual arts cultural heritage.

The Friends, said the organization’s president, Geneviève Gagnon, “were blown away by the breadth and strength of the works submitted to this year’s call for proposals.

“We are delighted to welcome a dynamic selection of pieces to the collection. Each work, in its own way, bears witness to our stories and our times, anchoring us in identity, resilience and beauty.

The Friends, added Gagnon, “are grateful to support the important work of Yukon artists and excited to share these pieces with our community and beyond.

Artist Jared Kane created Raven and Creek Mother for a grant from the YVR Art Foundation.

“After my grandmother, Tawchalla, passed away, I decided to make this sculpture in her honor,” Kane said.

“The design tells the story of our relationship and working on it has helped me to grieve. In this piece and in all my work, I want to show my people that healing is possible.

“I’m really thrilled that after being on display at the Vancouver airport, it’s coming back to the Yukon to be part of the Permanent Collection of Yukon Art,” Kane said.

The new acquisitions were selected by the Friends through an independent bidding process.

The non-profit society is made up of artists, art professionals and community members dedicated to the continued growth and development of the collection.

Works from the collection are displayed in public areas of government buildings in Whitehorse, Dawson City, Faro, Haines Junction and Mayo.

They are also displayed periodically in special exhibitions organized by the arts section of tourism and culture or through loans to other institutions.

The 2022-23 call for applications will be announced this fall.