Helen O’Connor 606 Black St, Whitehorse, Y1A 2N6, Yukon, Canada info@helenoconnor.com     867-334-4292       www.helenoconnor.com

 

Education

Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior Visual Arts and English, University of Western, London, Ontario, 1989-90

Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario, 1987-89

Honours Double Major Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts/English, University of Western, London, Ontario 1982–86  

 

 

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2017 (upcoming) Paper/Light Cyanotype, Northern Front Studio Gallery, Whitehorse, YT

         Umbrellas at Night: an Installation of Paper/Ice/Light, (S)hiver Arts Festival, Dawson City, YT

2016 Walking Willow, Outdoor Installation, Nuit Blanche, Whitehorse, YT

 2014 Salutation, Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, Whitehorse, YT (catalogue)

 2010 Displacement, Video Installation, Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery, Whitehorse, YT

          Light, Wind and Water, Arts Underground/Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT

         Open Studio, Banff Centre, Banff, AB

 2009 Bush Camp, On-site installation, Riverside Arts Festival, Dawson City, YT

 1989 Three Faces, Photography/mixed media installation, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON

 

Group Shows

2017 (upcoming) Luminous Within, Australia, University of Tasmania, Makers’ Workshop Gallery,

           Tasmania, Australia

           Lo Interior Luminoso, La Sala Ercalla Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile

 2016 WORDS, Haiku and Handmade Paper, International Exhibition, Northern Front Studio Gallery,      

         Whitehorse, YT

         Luminous Within, Americas IAPMA 30th Anniversary Touring the Americas Exhibition, Brasilia,

         Brazil

 2015 Found, Fused and Forged, A survey of handmade works from the Yukon Permanent collection,

         Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery, Whitehorse, YT (catalogue)

         A Second Look, Mixed Media w Simon Wroot, Arts Underground/Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT

         Rock, Paper, Scissors, Yukon Art Society Focus and Edge Gallery, Whitehorse, YT (catalogue)

 2014 Luminous Flux, Installation with Stephanie Murray, The Edge Gallery/Yukon Art Society,

        Whitehorse, YT

 2013 Art Under Pressure, Yukon Art Centre Studio Theatre, Whitehorse, YT

         The Art and Soul of Paper, Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich, UK (catalogue)

 2012 Watermarks 2012, Collapsibility and Expansion, Member’s Juried Exhibit, The Morgan

         Conservatory, Cleveland, OH, USA (catalogue)

         Colossal Paper, The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH

         In The Field, The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH

        The Gold Show, Arts Underground/Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT

        Dreamscapes, Arts Underground/Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT

 2011 Sculptural and Artists Books, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

        Atlin Music and Arts Festival, Atlin, BC

        Illuminated, Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse, YT

 2010 Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik, NWT

         Any, Other Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff, AB

        The Art of Hand, BC & Yukon, Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, BC

 2009 Artists Down Under, Arts Underground/Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT

          Members Summer Exhibition, Arts Underground/Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT

          Out of the Void, Community Gallery, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT

         Elemental No. 29, Copper Moon Gallery, Whitehorse, YT

 2003 Points of View, Captain Martin House, Jury’s selection winner, Whitehorse, YT

 2002 Riverside Arts Festival, Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture, Dawson City, YT

          Studio Gallery Show, Guild Hall, Whitehorse, YT

 2001 Print Show, Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, Whitehorse, YT

 1995 Basket of Nations, Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, Whitehorse, YT

 

Collaborative Projects

  2015 Rock, Paper, Scissors, SLAC (Southern Lakes Artist Collective) Collaboration, Focus and Edge

        Gallery, Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT (catalogue)

 2014 begin you again, Yukon Arts Centre and 001 Collective Co-Presentation, Collaborative Performance                

         with Monique Romeiko, Erin Flynn, Aimee Dawn Robinson, Marten Berkman, Jordy Walker,

         Baptiste Bohelay, Arlin McFarlane, Gail Lotenberg, Bree Lucas, The Old Firehall, Whitehorse, YT

         Release, video/paper installation with Marten Berkman, Whitehorse, YT

         Paper/dance project with Monique Romeiko, Whitehorse, YT

 2010 Running with Paper, video/paper installation with Marten Berkman, Whitehorse, YT

         Cyanotype explorations, handmade paper with Constanza Isaza Martinez, Banff, AB

 2009 Nature Dialogues with Maria Luisa de Villa, Tuktu Studio, Whitehorse, YT

        On-site installation with Joyce Majiski and Helmut Becker, Tuktu Studio, Whitehorse, YT

 2006 Butterfly Rock performance with dancer, Ferryn Nowatzki and choreographer, Gail Lotenberg,

         Mount Lorne Community Centre, Mount Lorne, YT

 

 Artist Talks

2016 Hand Papermaking in Ireland, Awagami Factory, Tokushima, Japan

  2015 Paper and Poetry, The Art of Collaboration, Paper Points North, FDH International Papermaking

        Conference, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

        SLAC Talks, Arts Underground, Yukon Art Society, Whitehorse, YT

 2014 Salutations, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT

 2012 Hand Papermaking in an International Context, Yukon Art Centre, The Old Firehall,

         Whitehorse, YT

 2011 KIAC (Klondike Institute of Art and Culture), Dawson City, YT

        Joanne B. Kaar Artist Studio, IAPMA, Caithness, Scotland

 2010 Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, AB

 2009 Friends of Dard Hunter Annual General Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

 

 Residencies/Mentorships

 2014 The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, County Monaghan, Ireland

 2011 Joanne B Kaar Studio, IAPMA 25th Anniversary Gathering, Caithness, Scotland

 2010 Banff Centre, Self-Directed Creative Residency, Banff, Alberta

 2009 Helmut Becker, Master Papermaker, mentorship, Komoka, Ontario

 

 Conferences and Training

2016 Japanese Papermaking, Awagami Factory, Tokushima, Japan

 2012 IAPMA International Association of Papermakers and Paper Artists Conference, Cleveland, Ohio

         IAPMA Pre-Conference Workshop, Ancient Media: Paper and Encaustic, Instructor: Catherine Nash

         Paper/Book/Print Intensive, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano, Italy and Pyramid

         Atlantic Art Centre, Silver Spring, MD, US    (Coordinator: Lynn Sures)

 2009 FDH (Friends of Dard Hunter) Conference, Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, Atlanta, Georgia

          FDH Conference workshops - Sculptural Forms with High Shrinkage Abaca and Wire, Helen

          Hiebert and Making Paper from Banana Plant Stocks, Prof. Steve Miller, University of Alabama

 

 Funding Awards

 Advanced Artist Award, Yukon Territorial Government. 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016

Touring Artist Fund, Yukon Territorial Government. 2009, 2012

Cultural Industries Training Fund, Yukon Territorial Government. 2003-07, 2012

Elaine Koretsky International Scholarship, Carriage House Paper, Brooklyn. NY, 2009

 

Publications

2016 Helmut Becker, Profile, Book Arts arts du livre Canada, Volume 7, Number 1

 2014 Meet the Artist: Helen O’Connor, Yukon Arts Centre Blog, March 28, April 17

         http://yukonartscentre.com/meet_the_artist_helen_oconnor/

         http://yukonartscentre.com/meet_the_artist_helen_oconnor-part_2/

 2011 Papermaking with Seaweed, Northings, Arts and Culture in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland,

         August 11, 2011, Caithness, Scotland http://ow.ly/1ecf54

 2002 Illustrated. Men and Women of the Tundra by Father Jean Marie Mouchet, Lone Pine Publishing,

         Edmonton, AB

 

 Selected Media Coverage

 2015 Ideas, Laughter and Making Art, The Rock, Paper, Scissors Art Show Features the Magic of

         Collaboration, Tamara Neeley, What’s Up Yukon, September 17, Whitehorse, YT

         Creative Collaboration, Ashley Joannou, Yukon News, September 11, Whitehorse, YT

         Rock, Paper, Scissors, Exhibition Catalogue, Whitehorse, YT

 2014 The Writing Is On the Plant, Angela Szymczuk, What’s Up Yukon, November 12, Whitehorse, YT

         Shaping Icons for Private Selves, Meg Walker, Yukon News, April 9, Whitehorse, YT

         Finding the Essence of Experience in Nature, Aimee Dawn Robinson, What’s Up Yukon,

         February 27, Whitehorse, YT

 2013 Paper Art, 261 International Artists, IAPMA International Association of Hand Papermakers and

         Paper Artists, Germany

         The Art and Soul of Paper, Exhibition Catalogue, Norwich, U.K

         Collapsibility and Expansion, Members Juried Exhibit Catalogue, The Friends of Dard Hunter, The

         International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists, The Morgan Conservatory,

         Cleveland, Ohio

 2010 Displacement: Seeking a Connection to the Past, Sarah Lindstein, What’s Up Yukon, July 22,

         Whitehorse, Yukon

 

 Public Collections

 2015 Yukon Permanent Collection, Red Book of Annaghmakerrig  (artist book) 8”x6”

 2009 Yukon Permanent Collection, Fireweed Basket (linen handmade paper, willow) 14”x36”

 

Professional Associations/Memberships

 2012-15 IAPMA The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA was founded in 1986 in Duren, Germany and has grown to over 460 members in 40 countries: artists, educators and people interested in and fascinated by paper)

 2009-15 FDH The Friends of Dard Hunter, FDH is an organization for hand papermakers. (Since 1981 FDH has connected and educated papermakers in America and all over the world. FDH honors the life and work of Dard Hunter (1881-1966) who travelled, researched, practiced and wrote extensively in the field of hand papermaking)

 

 Artist Cooperatives

 2012-Present SLAC, Southern Lakes Artist Cooperative, Crag Lake, YT

 2004-07 Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery and Artist Cooperative, member, Whitehorse, YT

 1986-89 Gallery 44, Contemporary Photographic Gallery and Darkroom, Toronto, Ontario