Serena Kovalosky was invited to the Yukon by Canadian curator Harreson Tanner on a two-week curatorial tour of 17 artists’ studios to explore possibilities of developing projects that could generate greater awareness of the territory’s visual artists in the U.S., particularly the East Coast.
For one of the initiatives, Kovalosky pitched the idea of an all-Yukon edition to ACS Magazine, an innovative international digital art magazine based in Chicago. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Renée LaVerné Rose approved the idea and the Yukon artists Kovalosky curated, inviting Kovalosky as senior consulting editor for the issue. Kovalosky added a tourism component through images and a video from the the Government of Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture.
“As we visited studios from Whitehorse to Dawson to Ross River, I experienced the Yukon in an extraordinary way – through the stories and artwork of each of these talented artists,” Kovalosky said. “My goal with this issue was to recreate that experience for the readers of ACS Magazine.”
Renée LaVerné Rose and Serena Kovalosky were interviewed by Tara McCarthy on CBC Radio One – Canada on how the issue came together. Click below to hear the interview.