Joseph Tisiga Awarded $20,000 as the Winner of the First-Ever Yukon Prize for Visual Arts

“I really enjoy this help and recognition for Yukon art”, said Tisiga.  “It would be excellent if the Prize encourages people to arrive up and see what’s heading on in Whitehorse.  There’s definitely exciting perform becoming created by Yukoners and with any luck , this prize will persuade Yukon artists to acquire pitfalls and do extra experimental get the job done, and really encourage the art-obtaining public to assist Yukon artists.”

The remaining finalists had been selected from 107 entries and will obtain $2,000.  They are:

  • Sho Sho “Belelige” Esquiro
  • Veronica Verkley
  • Ken Anderson (KHÀTINAS.ÀXH)
  • Amy Ball
  • Krystle Silverfox.

The winner announcement marks the fruition of the inaugural Prize, which will come to be a biennial party. As an genuine arts incubator, the Yukon has creativeness in its DNA and is residence to a numerous neighborhood of visual artists.

Esteemed jurors Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Ability Plant Contemporary Artwork Gallery in Toronto, Ryan Doherty, Main Curator of Modern Calgary, and Candice Hopkins, an internationally identified unbiased curator and a citizen of Carcross/Tagish Very first Country, selected the finalists and the winner.

The Yukon Prize was co-founded by Julie Jai and David Trick to assist be certain the Yukon art scene has a notable voice in the Canadian cultural landscape.

“We’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of guidance for the 1st-at any time Yukon Prize and the amazing top quality of the finalists’ get the job done. We prolong our heartfelt congratulations to Joseph for successful the inaugural Prize.” claimed co-Founder Julie Jai. “The Prize generates an chance to share Yukon art with a bigger viewers and to celebrate  the creative spirit which animates and enriches our lives.”

The operates of all finalists are readily available on the Yukon Prize web page. Tourism Yukon is proud to be a element of the Yukon Prize, which will increase support for the growth of Yukon artists, and deepen the connection in between locals and all those outside the house the Yukon to learn about and appreciate Yukon art.

About The Yukon Prize for Visible Arts
The prize acknowledges excellence by Yukon visible artists and is a catalyst for the promotion of Yukon visual artwork across Canada. The prize has three ambitions:

  • To supply a money prize of $20,000 to one particular Yukon artist that will enable them target comprehensive-time on creating art
  • To market Yukon art and Yukon artists in just the Yukon, nationally and internationally
  • To foster a tradition of curatorial critique and discourse in the Yukon and encourage artists to be the very best that they can maybe be.

The award and reveals of the finalists’ works will make alternatives for Yukon artists and encourage connections concerning Yukon artists and the visual arts neighborhood in the rest of Canada, providing enhanced visibility, creative advancement and likely for gross sales. The Yukon Prize is supposed to be a biennial event and the Yukon Prize web site will dwelling an online gallery of the works of earlier finalists. For additional facts pay a visit to

Resource Yukon Prize for Visible Arts

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