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Three Artists Selected for the 2018 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency

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Date: October 23, 2017
Contact: Ben Hayes, 907-983-9206

Skagway – The Yukon Arts Centre, the National Park Service, Parks Canada and the Skagway Arts Council are pleased to announce the names of the three artists selected for the 2018 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program. Participants will combine their artistic abilities with a love of the outdoors to offer a unique experience for visitors along the iconic Chilkoot Trail. 

In its eighth consecutive year, the program invites selected artists to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, on the footsteps of Tlingit traders and turn-of-the-century prospectors from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska to the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in Canada.

Representing the Regional artist from Alaska is Kristin Link, who will be hiking the trail mid-July. Artist Hilary Lorenz from New York will be hiking end of July – beginning of August. Josh Winkler from Minnesota will be on the trail late June – early July.

Mark your calendar as February 1st is the deadline to apply for the 9th edition of the program, if you are a visual artist and you want to spur your creativity on the Chilkoot Trail, apply to be an artist in residence in 2019. Find the application form on Yukon Arts Centre website.


“The Chilkoot Trail Residency is a signature program of the Yukon Arts Centre and provides one of the most unique and authentically Northern professional development experiences for contemporary visual artists in the world. This initiative celebrates the shared enthusiasm for exploring the continued resonance of the Chilkoot mythology and reflects our strong partnerships with both Canadian and American Parks services.”  
Casey Prescott 
CEO Yukon Arts Centre

“The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency helps more people connect to the park and to the many stories of the Klondike Gold Rush. Over the past several years, we have benefited from many different artists working in a variety of media. They have impressed hikers while working along the trail, and they have enhanced memories of the trail in their public presentations afterward. And through their work, the artists reach people who may not be able to hike the Chilkoot Trail or who may never have heard of the site or story. The program not only raises public consciousness about the park, but also about art, public lands, and stewardship overall.”
Mike Tranel 
Superintendent, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, US National Park Service

Quick Facts

  • Kristin Link from Glennallen, Alaska, has been working as an artist in Alaska since she received a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University Monterey Bay in 2010. Her ambition is to create images that explain and inspire people about their natural surroundings. Her work may be found on interpretive signs, in books about national parks, and in museums. She has exhibited her illustrations and field sketches at the Alaska State Museum and received grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She calls the wilderness of the Wrangell-St. Elias her home.
  • Hilary Lorenz from Brooklyn, New York, focuses on visually translating the visceral experience of urban and rural landscapes into linoleum block prints, drawings, and room- size installations. Her solo exhibitions include Birding, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY (2016), Lean-to-Me, Lake George Courthouse Gallery, NY (2015), Nomadic Geography, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (2014); Lorenz was an artist-in-residence at LMCC Governors Island, NY, (2016), National Seashore C-Scape Residency, Cape Cod, MA (2008, 2016); Outpost Studio, KS, (2014) and ARTSTasmania, Tasmania, Australia (2008); She is an NEA and Fulbright Fellow. Lorenz received an MFA from the University of Iowa.
  • Josh Winkler from Mankato, Minnesota, works primarily with traditional and contemporary print media. Since receiving his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010, he has been creating works on paper, running a small gallery, building a stone cabin, and exhibiting work nationally and internationally. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University – Mankato, Minnesota.

Related Links

Parks Canada Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site 

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

Yukon Arts Centre 

National Park Service

Last updated: October 24, 2017

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