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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.

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

Each school year SOVA partners with the Dawson City Arts Society to host two artists from across Canada and the United States during the fall and winter terms. SOVA’s director and faculty select the artists. Each artist gives a public lecture at KIAC. They engage directly with students, discussing the career paths available to professionals in the cultural industries, as well as directing an art project with students.

Tamika Knutson served as SOVA’s Artist-In-Residence for the fall term, and her practice is centered on performance-based productions. Tamika is a Tr’ondek Hwech’in citizen and former SOVA student who completed her BFA in Jewelry Making at NSCAD University. She is currently based at her home in Dawson City and will be teaching enameling to the 3D class.

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