Maureen Gruben works with SOVA students

Maureen Gruben and Kyra Kordoski joined us in October as our fall artists-in-residence, in partnership with the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC). Maureen was born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, NT; she creates multidisciplinary works that share intimate perspectives on contemporary life in the Western Arctic. Kyra, a curator and art critic from Victoria BC, works as Maureen's artistic collaborator.

3D studio students worked with Maureen to punch 10,000 tiny holes in seal skin scraps Maureen recovered from the Tuk landfill- the punched seal skin holes were then meticulously pinned together onto blue construction foam. While they worked together as a group they listened to Tanya Tagaq's book Split Tooth. Thank you, Maureen and Kyra, for sharing your time and knowledge with us. And thank you for the seal skin scraps! 3D students will now be making their own pieces out of the seal skin in response to their project with Maureen.

photo courtesy Kyra Kordoski

Exhibition in Toronto celebrates BMO 1st Art! competition winners

A reception on November 15th at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto celebrated the work of 12 regional winners and the national winner of the BMO 1st Art! competition, open to art school students from over 100 post-secondary institutions across Canada. Christopher Dufour, SOVA grad (2018), is the Yukon winner, for his Commodity Chains (2018). Images of the artworks in the exhibition are available here. The exhibition, curated by Dawn Cain, runs until December 8th, 2018.

image: Christopher Dufour, Commodity Chains, 2018, encyclopedias, clamps, book shredding, measuring bowl, photographs, 33×66×15.2 cm, photo courtesy the artist