Kaylyn Baker, recipient of 2023 Yukon Prize
After months of anticipation, we’re pleased to announce that Kaylyn Baker is the recipient of the 2023 Yukon Prize. The Selkirk First Nation artist was one of six finalists vying for the $20,000 visual arts prize. Read more about Kaylyn, her work and what inspires her creations here.
Yukon Prize Gala Show and Reception
Guests at the Yukon Prize Gala Show at the Yukon Arts Centre were welcomed into the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council by the the Kwanlin Dághàłaan K’e Dancers lead by Chief Sean Smith, followed by performances by Matthew Lien, and Bria Rose N’ Thorns.
Following the show, attendees enjoyed culinary creations by six chefs featuring local food inspired by the six finalists’ art, a Portrait Parlour for glam photos, door prizes and tours of the Finalists’ show. If you missed the gala, you can view the gala show below. The exciting moment where the recipient was announced begins at 1:16:32.
Finalists’ Exhibition OpeningThe Finalists’ Exhibition opened at the Yukon Arts Centre on Thursday, September 14th. The show will continue until November 17th and the public is welcome to cast an in-person ballot for the $3,000 Casino Mining Viewer’s Choice Award, to be awarded on November 9th from 5-7pm.
Yukon Prize Art Crawl presented by Air North
The Yukon Prize Art Crawl presented by Air North, Yukon’s Airline, took place on Friday, September 15th. With 19 participating locations, hundreds of art-lovers traversed throughout downtown Whitehorse to enjoy live music and art.
Thank you to Jazz Yukon for arranging the musical acts and to every business, organization and individual who participated in the crawl.
Panels, presentations & workshops
The Yukon Prize Celebration Weekend featured panel discussions by the Yukon Prize jurors as well as Jeneen Frei Njootli and Michelle Lavallee, a presentation by Pennylane Shen of Dazed and Confucius and a workshop by Yukon Archives Artist in Residence, Tara Kolla. Thank you to our panelists, presenters, collaborators and attendees!
Tours of show by Yukon Prize finalistsThe six finalists led two tours of the 2023 Finalists’ Exhibition on September 16th at the Yukon Arts Centre.
Yukon Prize in the News
- Yukon Prize for Visual Arts Awarded
Whitehorse Star, September 20, 2023
- Kaylyn Baker announced as recipient of Yukon Prize for Visual Arts
Yukon News, September 20, 2023
- Kaylyn Baker Wins Yukon Prize for Visual Arts,
Galleries West, September 17, 2023
- $20,000 art prize up for grabs in Yukon
APTN news, September 15, 2023
- Comics come from community for Haines Junction artist
Yukon News, September 13, and Penticton Herald, September 15, 2023
- Yukon Prize for Visual Arts 2023 Finalists Exhibition
Preview Magazine, September-October, 2023
- Yukon Prize Gala lineup unveiled
CBC Airplay, August 23, 2023
- Yukon artist excited after selection as Yukon Prize Finalist
Yukon News, August 24, 2023
Upcoming Yukon Prize Events
Join the Yukon Prize at the Yukon Arts Centre on November 9th from 5-7pm for the launch of the 2023 Yukon Prize catalogue as well as the announcement of the recipient of the $3,000 Casino Mining Viewer’s Choice Award.
Yukon Art Happenings
The Global Affairs Canada Visual Arts Collection has recently acquired work by 10 Yukon Indigenous artists which will be displayed at embassies and and buildings in more than 100 cities around the world. We were delighted to see several 2021 and 2023 Yukon Prize alumni on the list. Read more here.
Congrats to the artists: Sharon Vittrekwa, Dennis Shorty, Violet Gatensby, Karrie Brown, Krystle Silverfox, Vashti “Nénests’ík Mā” Etzel, Heather Dickson, Sho Sho “Belelige” Esquiro, Jackie Olson and Kaylyn Baker