Yukon Prize 2023 Finalists

The Yukon Prize for Visual Arts is pleased to announce the finalists for the $20,000 Yukon Prize. Many thanks to the outstanding jurors who made the selection.

The artists are: 

Kaylyn Baker

Jeffrey Langille

Rebekah Miller

Cole Pauls

Omar Reyna 

Alainnah Whachell

The six finalists were chosen by a jury of three highly regarded arts professionals from outside the Yukon.

Heather Igloliorte
Michelle Jacques
Sarah Milroy

Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Inuk-Newfoundlander, Nunatsiavut), is the University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts at Concordia University in Tiohtiá:ke/ Montreal.

Michelle Jacques is the Head of Exhibitions and Collections/Chief Curator at Remai Modern, which is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of Métis, in Saskatoon.

Sarah Milroy is the chief curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, previously served as the Globe and Mail’s art critic (2001 to 2011) and was editor and publisher of Canadian Art (1991-1996).

Yukon prize in the news


  • Yukon Prize shortlist announced, CBC Radio
  • Six finalists annouced for the 2023 Yukon Prize for Visual Arts, Akimbo
  • Finalists named for Yukon Prize for Visual Arts, Galleries West
  • Twelve Yukon artists in the run for $20,000, Whitehorse Star
  • Dawson artists shine brightly on Yukon stage, Klondike Sun

Upcoming Yukon Prize events

Kaylyn Baker
  • September 14 – November, 2023 – Exhibition of Yukon Prize finalists’ work opens at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, YT September 14 
  • September 14-17, 2023 – Yukon Prize Celebratory Weekend.
    Join us in Whitehorse to celebrate the accomplishments of Yukon artists and participate in a weekend of programming tailored to Yukon artists and art lovers.  Art crawl, art talks, gallery tours, Gala awards event and more!
  • September 15, 2023, 4-8pm – Air North Art Crawl throughout downtown Whitehorse
  • November, 2023 – Exhibition closes at Yukon Arts Centre, Casino Mining Viewers’ Choice award is announced.

Alumni News

Nicole Rayburn, The Other Art Fair, Sydney

2023 longlist alumna Nicole Rayburn recently travelled to Sydney, Australia to exhibit her paintings and videos in 
The Other Art Fair

Krystle Silverfox-National Gallery of Canada exhibition

Three of Krystle Silverfox’s works, “All that Glitters is not Gold…”, ‘Copper and Concrete” and “Landmarks” have all recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada‘s permanent art collection. Congrats, Krystle!

Bright Futures
Invisible Forces

2021 Yukon Prize finalist Krystle Silverfox‘s work is currently on exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver until January 2024, along with fellow Yukon artists Calvin Morberg and Dustin Sheldon. 

Krystle will also be showing work, along with Tiffany Shaw, at the UBC Okanagan Gallery until August 24th. 

Please support the Yukon Prize

To make a charitable donation online to support Yukon art and artists through the Yukon Prize, please donate through our partner, the Yukon Arts Foundation, via Canada Helps.

Where you see the heading: “Apply your donation to a specific fund set up by this charity” select “Yukon Prize for Visual Arts” from the drop down menu.

You will receive a charitable donation receipt immediately by email from Canada Helps, identifying your support for the Yukon Prize for Visual Arts.