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DAWSON CITY – Yukon College is pleased to welcome Dr. Curtis Collins as the new program director and chair of the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) in Dawson City.
Collins is a well-respected curator and gallery director who has successfully revitalised a number of public art galleries in cities across Canada – most recently the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Alongside his curatorial and managerial experience, Collins has instructed at a number of universities and colleges including the First Nations University in Regina, Sault College, Trent University, University of Lethbridge, and McGill University.
“Dr. Collins brings a wealth of experience in teaching, community outreach and fundraising to SOVA and Yukon College, as well as excellent relationships across the visual art world,” said Dr. Deb Bartlette, dean of Applied Arts and interim Associate Vice President Academic at Yukon College. “He is a ‘builder’ and that is what we need to help grow our programming and take SOVA to the next level.”
Collins began his new position on February 4th.
"I believe SOVA has incredible potential to expand its reach and attract greater numbers of students from across North America and around the world," said Collins.
"Attracting artists to teach and share their work with our students is just as important. I have already received many calls from friends in the Canadian art world who are eager for an opportunity to visit SOVA. Dawson City is certainly very well positioned in the national cultural consciousness."