Artist in Residence Program
2017 Artist in Residence, woodcarver Jodi Stark.
Our Artist in Residence program is now closed for applications.
Artists in Residence
Kelli Clifton, 2017
Kelli Clifton was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. Her mother is of European ancestry and her father is Gitga’ata from the community of Hartley Bay. A graduate from the University of Victoria (Bachelor of Fine Arts), Clifton later worked as an Aboriginal Youth Intern for both the British Columbia Arts Council and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. Clifton returned north to attend the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Terrace, BC) where she learned to carve wood and to further develop her design skills. While in school, Clifton received several awards including the YVR Art Youth Scholarship Award for both years she attended Freda Diesing. Since graduating, Kelli's career as an artist has continued to thrive, having successfully received grants from First Peoples' Cultural Council, the British Columbia Arts Council as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. Clifton has always been interested in using her artwork as a form of storytelling-especially in relation to her coastal upbringing and her experiences as a First Nations woman. She now lives in her home community of Prince Rupert where she works for the local school district teaching art and cultural practices to children of all ages.
Jodi Stark, 2017
Jodi is a designer, beachcomber and woodworker. She finds incredible beauty hidden in old scrap wood and driftwood. She then repurposes, refines and shapes it into something new and modern, without losing the rustic and organic appeal of the original wood.
Working in the field of environmental communications, Jodi focuses on the role that nature plays in keeping us healthy and grounded. Her combination of wood (especially driftwood), living plants and steel come together to create unique and original pieces that will literally bring life and nature into your home.