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Past Artists-in-Residence

2016 Winter Term – Paul Litherland

Paul Litherland 300x200pixSOVA was pleased to welcome artist Paul Litherland back to Dawson as artist-in-residence, February 1 -18, 2016. His exhibition “Force Majeure” was shown at Dawson’s ODD Gallery in 2012.

Paul Litherland is a visual artist/performer living in Montréal. His exhibitions in national and international venues have been reviewed in the Globe and Mail, Artnews, the New Yorker, the Montreal Gazette, The Hindu (India), Diario Monitor (Mexico) and Excelsior (Mexico). His wide-ranging practice incorporates themes of masquerade, vulnerability and machismo, explored through photography and multimedia performances. His work can be found in private and public collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank and the Musée du Québec. Recent exhibitions include “B-Side” at the Ellen Gallery in Montreal, 2015, and “Societé Secret“ at Galerie Clark, in Montreal, 2015. Other exhibitions include “Force Majeure” at the Odd Gallery in Dawson in 2012, “Fall Out” at the University of Toronto’s Blackwood Gallery in 2009, performing “Wood vs. Wood” in Berlin 2008, and was part of the “Faking Death” exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC, in January 2006.

He studied photography and fine art at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and graduated from the MFA program in photography from Concordia in 1994.

photo: video still from “Force Majeure”, 2012, installation by Paul Litherland (photo courtesy the artist)


2015 Fall Term – Joseph Tisiga

Joseph Tisiga was the SOVA artist-in-residence for the 2015 Fall Term, and was  at the school October 13 – 28. Working in a variety of mediums, including painting, collage, sculpture, and performance, Tisiga draws on his Kaska Dene heritage and Euro-American art traditions. His work was included in the “Oh, Canada” exhibition by MASS MoCA (2012); he was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition (2009); and was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Joseph Tisiga lives and works in Whitehorse, and is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto.


2015 Winter Term – Michael Belmore      

Bill Burns and Michael Belmore at The Pit.

Bill Burns and Michael Belmore at The Pit.

Ontario-based artist Michael Belmore is SOVA’s artist-in-residence for the Winter Term. Belmore, alongside faculty member Bill Burns, will work on a range of projects with SOVA students over the course of his stay in Dawson City. He and Burns will guide students through the process of making a large-scale exquisite corpes on paper to be exhibited in the Community Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse from March 5 to 30, 2015.

Belmore was born in 1971 just north of Thunder Bay, Ontario and is of Anishinaabe ancestry. He is a graduate of OCAD University in Toronto and member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Much of Michael’s practice has focused on sculpture in a variety of media, including plastics, metal, wood and stone, that are related to his interest in how nature is understood as a commodity. Belmore has shown his sculptural works internationally and is among those artists featured in a recent exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario entitled: Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes. His art is featured in public and private collections across Canada including the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

2014 – Deirdre Logue 

Deirdre-Logue-Picture_optimizedFor the past 20 years Deirdre Logue’s work has centred around the self as subject. Using ‘performance for the camera’ as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portraits investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety.

Recent solo exhibitions of Logue’s award-winning work have taken place at Open Space (Victoria, BC), Oakville Galleries (Oakville, ON), the Images Festival (Toronto, ON), the Berlin International Film Festival, Beyond/In (Western New York), YYZ (Toronto, ON) and at articule (Montreal).

Logue was a founding member of Media City, the Executive Director of the Images Festival, Executive Director of the CFMDC, and is currently the Development Director at Vtape. Since 1997, Logue has also been dedicated to working at the Independent Imaging Retreat (the Film Farm) in Mount Forest, Ontario, and directs the F.A.G Feminist Art Gallery with her partner/collaborator Allyson Mitchell.

During her time with Nicole Rayburn’s 4D class, Logue directed an assignment related to her practice of ‘performance for the camera,’ which intersected with the class’ video and performance units. Logue spoke with the students about her studio work methodology, and also delivered a public artist talk.

 2013 – Jin-me Yoon


For the past two decades Yoon’s lens-based work in photography, video, performance, and installation, has explored questions concerning history and place, supported by her underlying interest in the formation of the subject and subjectivities. Her current work on Hornby Island, British Columbia further opens this dialogue about displacement, emplacement and place.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Yoon immigrated to Vancouver in 1968 where she continues to live and work. She teaches at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

While in Dawson City, Jin-me Yoon worked with Nicole Rayburn’s 4D class during their performance unit. Yoon’s experience in the fields of performance and video, her interest in conceptual issues surrounding Canadian identity, place, and cultural narratives, as well as her extensive teaching experience, made her an ideal teacher and mentor for the 4D students.


2013 – Steven LoftLoft-Profile_web

Steven Loft

Steven Loft is a curator, writer and media artist of Mowhawk-Jewish heritage.  Loft’s work addresses issues of cultural identity, human rights, and communication, and provides new perspectives on indigenous art and cultural discourse.

Loft’s residency at SOVA coincided with the rise of the Idle No More movement, as well as the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence. Loft worked with Bill Burns’ 2D and 3D classes, exploring the ways in which aboriginal artists have, and continue, to manifest an activist approach to their art, one that could be classified as an “aesthetic of resistance”.

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