Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the National Park Service are pleased to announce the visual artists chosen for the 2014 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program.
With a record 170 applications received (a 40% increase from 2013), interest in this unique program is growing rapidly on both sides of the border. In its fourth consecutive year, the program invites selected artists to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). Three artists are chosen – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaska) - to participate in this cross-border creative journey.
For the first time in four years, one of the spots was awarded to a collaborative duo. Representing Canada are Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas, who will be hiking the trail June 18 to July 1. Nebraska-based artist Steve Snell, the USA representative, will be hiking July 3 to 16. Yukoner Daphne Mennell will be on the trail July 28 to August 12 as the regional artist.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas are visual artists from Montreal, Quebec. They received their MFA degrees in Studio Arts from Concordia University, where they now teach photography. Jessica Auer's work is largely concerned with the study of cultural sites. Through the use of photography, video, and mapping, Andreas Rutkauskas' projects have addressed the impact of Internet-based research on wilderness recreation, the borderlands surrounding the Canada/US international boundary.www.jessicaauer.com www.andreasrutkauskas.com
Steve Snell(b. 1983) grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from Miami University in 2006, Steve moved to Alaska and eventually became the art teacher in Yakutat.Steve is currently on the faculty at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he teaches painting, art history, and adventure-art. www.steve-snell.com
Daphne Mennellis one of the Yukon's better-known artists. She has a number of pieces in major public collections in the Yukon and in private collections throughout the world. Her paintings are known for their lively color and movement, depicting the Yukon and Alaska landscapes she loves. www.daphnemennellyukonart.com
Did You Know?
The Chilkoot Trail, in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, is 33 miles long and is shared with our neighbor, Parks Canada. Hikers cross the border at the top of the pass and enter British Columbia. The trail is considered to be the world's longest outdoor museum.