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Visiting artists play a fundamental role in connecting SOVA students with a network of top-calibre professionals from across Canada and beyond. Each year SOVA hosts two Artists-in-Residence (AiR) who work closely with students on special projects, studio assignments and exhibitions. SOVA’s small class-sizes ensure that students enjoy one-on-one attention from each artist, as well as the opportunity to interact with them at receptions, performances and other social events.

Jeneen Frei Njootli | 2018 Artist-in-Residence (Winter Term)

photo courtesy Dan Sokolowski

photo courtesy Dan Sokolowski

SOVA welcomes Jeneen Frei Njootli as SOVA’s Winter Term Artist-in-Residence. Jeneen is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and co-creator of the ReMatriate collective, based on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. She is the recipient of the 2017 Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Artist Prize.  Sound, performance, textiles, workshops and barbecues are some of the ways her practice takes shape. Jeneen recently screened her experimental short film, Being Skidoo, in Haines Junction at the Da Kų Cultural Centre and at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse.

During the residency, Jeneen is working on some sewing, textile and sound projects. The SOVA students will do two workshops with her where they learn to make contact microphones, which will result in some performative, amplified mark making with dremmels.

“I like to make my own microphones and have recently been into playing beadwork through contact mics, guitar pedals, and an amp. While I am here, I’m hoping to make some mitts and lil toddler moccasins, recording the sound through the process.”

Tamika Knutson | 2017 Artist-in-Residence (Fall Term)

Tamika describing brooch2 copyTamika Knutson joined us as SOVA’s Artist-In-Residence for the 2017 fall term and taught a workshop to the SOVA students about the basics of enamelling for jewellery and enamelling techniques. On October 19th she gave an artist talk at SOVA, hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC).

Tamika Knutson is Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation from Dawson City, Yukon Territory. After completing the one year Foundation Program at Yukon School of Visual Arts in 2013, Tamika transferred to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to further explore a variety of mediums and subjects in visual arts. Tamika earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in jewellery design and metalsmithing in April 2017. Her Current body of work is influenced by traditional First Nations craft.

Tamika had an exhibition of her jewelry at the SOVA Gallery, May 17th to June 4th, 2017.


Mary Anne Barkhouse | 2017 Artist-in-Residence (Winter Term)

SOVA is pleased to welcome Mary Anne Barkhouse to Dawson City as Artist-in-Residence from February 1-15, 2017. She is also the third presenter in the Indexes of the Land II:  Aboriginal Artists Lecture-Workshop 2016-17 series.

While Artist-in-Residence at SOVA Mary Anne will conduct pinhole camera sessions for the 4D class and plaster casting sessions with 3D students.

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in 1961 in Vancouver, BC. She belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation and is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. She graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and has exhibited and lectured widely across Canada. Working with a variety of media, Barkhouse examines environmental concerns and Indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Barkhouse’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Archives of Ontario, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. In addition she has public art installations at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario in London, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Millennium Walkway in Peterborough, Ontario.

Below are samples of pinhole photographs and casting work done by SOVA students in workshops with Mary Anne. (Please click on images to enlarge.)

Peter Morin | 2016 Artist-in-Residence (Fall Term)

peter_morin51369SOVA is pleased to welcome Peter Morin to Dawson as artist-in-residence, October 17 – 27, 2016. He will also be the first presenter in the Indexes of the Land II:  Aboriginal Artists Lecture-Workshop 2016-17 series. Indexes of the Land II

Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator and writer residing in Victoria, BC. Morin studied art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and in 2011 completed his MFA at UBC-Okanagan. Morin’s artistic practice and curatorial work hinge on issues of de-colonization and indigenous identity. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions across Canada and internationally including: Team Diversity Bannock, the World’s Largest Bannock Attempt and 7 Suits for 7 Days of Colonialism. Morin’s performances include: Making Objects at AKA in Edmonton, First Nations DADA at Open Space, Victoria, Peter Morin’s Museum at the Satellite Gallery, Vancouver and Circle at Urban Shaman, Winnipeg.

Morin has curated exhibitions at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, The Burnaby Art Gallery and Grunt Gallery. In 2011 Morin curated Revisiting the Silence, an exhibition of photographs by Adelaide de Menil, at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. In 2010 the artist was awarded the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art. Morin is currently an Assistant Professor in the Visual and Aboriginal Art program at Brandon University.

photo of Peter Morin by Greg Staats


Past Artists-in-Residence

school logos Emily Carr University Dawson City Art Society Nova Scotia School of Art And Design Yukon College Ontario College of Art University Alberta College of Art and Design Fraser Valley University Thompson Rivers Trondek Hwechin