Artists Selected for the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency

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Date: March 25, 2014
Contact: Cynthia Von Halle, 907-983-9206

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.

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.

Daphne Mennell is 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.

More information about the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program is available at:

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