Annual Meeting October 27-29 2017, Corning New York

Please join us for an exciting conference in Corning, New York from Friday, October 27th through Sunday, 29th.

IAS 2017 Meeting Preregistration (PDF)

Preliminary IAS meeting schedule (PDF)

Voices from the Past Transformed

Speakers and Artists

John Houston

Film maker and Inuit culturist, John Houston, and experts from Steuben/Corning Glass will discuss how James Houston, John’s father, used his knowledge of the Inuit to transform the world of Arctic ice into the fire of exquisite crystal masterpieces known throughout the world.

Susie Silook

Yupik artist, writer, and activist Susie Silook will shed light on the politics of the proposed ban on walrus ivory in Alaska and the impact of such a ban on indigenous rights and art.

Susie Silook images from the Craft and Folk Art Museum

Charlie Inukpuk

Inukjuak artist Charlie Inukpuk, son of the famous Johnny Inukpuk and a fine carver himself, will discuss the art of Nunavik (Arctic Quebec).

Charlie Inukpuk collection

Evie Mark

Translating for Charlie will be the dynamic Inuit cultural liaison, artist, and educator Evie Mark. Evie will also be performing throat singing, traditional songs, and legends from the culture of Nunavik.

Akinisie Sivuarapik

Akinisie Sivuarapik is a teacher of traditional throat singing to young people throughout Arctic Canada.She has performed with Evie around the world and they will be performing during the conference.

Nelson Graburn

Distinguished anthropologist Nelson Graburn, Professor Emeritus of Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, will speak about his research on contemporary Inuit arts, including urban Inuit arts, and issues around cultural preservation and autonomy.

Richard Mohr

Richard Mohr, IAS member and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and of the Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana, will discuss Floyd Kuptana’s two-dimensional work.

Caroline Desrochers and Rachel Homewood

Caroline Desrochers will represent the Consulate General of Canada and speak Friday night at the opening reception at the Rockwell. She is from Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Services. She will be joined by Rachel Homewood, Senior Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Officer, from the Buffalo Office of the Consulate General.


Preliminary Schedule

Free shuttle between museums,  9AM-5:30 PM; includes Market Street.

Friday:           Registration at Radisson Hotel, 2:30-5:30;  Reception, Rockwell Museum 5:30-7:30 PM

Saturday:      Morning sessions Corning Museum of glass. Includes VIP tour and lunch.

Afternoon sessions  Radisson Hotel

Saturday evening: Annual banquet Radisson Hotel 6 PM  (Optional, separate fee)

Sunday:     Morning sessions Radisson Hotel

Marketplace hours, Radisson:  Friday TBD, Saturday 8:30-5:00; Sunday 8:30-1:00

See full Preliminary IAS meeting schedule


On Friday evening we will have a reception and opening comments at the Rockwell Museum, 5:30-7:30.  Attendees are free to make their own arrangements for dinner that evening.

Saturday AM and PM, and Sunday AM breaks, coffee/tea/water/soft drinks/snacks, in meeting rooms.

Saturday lunch: Buffet at CMOG.  Saturday banquet: Buffet at the Radisson.

Optional activities on Thursday, October 26

Corning is located in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region.

Morning: Society members have been invited by Max and Kitty Erlacher to a private viewing of lead crystal glass works, a number of them Houston-designed, some with Inuit-related themes. Their gallery is a short walk from the hotel. Max is an Austrian-born glass engraver who still works for Corning and was a close friend and artistic collaborator with James Houston in the early days at Steuben Glass. These works of glass will be available to purchase.

Afternoon: Wine Tour. Corning is located in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. The afternoon VIP wine tour being offered is the “Vinifera Wines of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt.” The tour will be by van and is limited to 28 people. The price, $ 122 per person, includes pick up at the conference hotel in Corning. The tour operator requires advance registration and payment, and has set up a payment link for us. For more details and to sign up, consult either: https://experiencefingerlakes.com/activities/vinifera-wines-of -the-seneca-lake-banana-belt/   OR   https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/experiencefingerlakes/items/37459/availability/38376162/book/?full-items=yes


Radisson Hotel, Corning

The Radisson Hotel will be the site of registration, conference sessions Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and the annual banquet Saturday evening.

Eli Sallualu Qinuajua carvingThroughout the weekend, an exhibition of selected works from the collections of society members Michael Foor-Pessin and Drs Laurence and Katherine Jacobs will be on display in hallway cases adjacent to the hotel lobby.

The Marketplace sale of Inuit Art will also take place at the Radisson Hotel.

Rockwell Museum

Friday night’s reception will be held in the main gallery of the Rockwell Museum. The Canadian Consulate’s Office in Buffalo, New York is a generous sponsor of this year’s conference, and their representatives will be on hand to meet and greet our members.  A major work by Inuit artist Abraham Ruben donated by the artist to the Rockwell after his 2014 show there will be on display.

Corning Museum of Glass

Saturday morning’s session will be held in the auditorium of the Corning Museum of Glass, and an exhibit of some of James Houston’s arctic-themed crystal glass pieces will be on display there. Free entry to both museums will be available to attendees showing IAS meeting badges.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel Corning. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 1-(607) 962-5000, or via their website https://www.radisson.com/corningny/ias17.

Air travel

If you are planning to fly to the meeting the closest airport is Corning-Elmira, NY, which offers shuttle or taxi service to the Radisson Corning. Other airports within 2 hours’ drive include the Rochester and Syracuse, NY, airports.

Helpful Websites

Gaffers District, Corning:  Dining choices  http://www.gafferdistrict.com/eat