2016 Annual Meeting – October 28-30, 2016

Please save these dates for our 2016 annual meeting, to be held at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Our preliminary agenda includes the following speakers: Aaju Peter, a noted advocate for Inuit concerns; Pierre Aupilardjuk, a well-known ceramic artist from Rankin Inlet, who plans to demonstrate his art during the meeting; Darlene Coward Wight, the distinguished curator of Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and Thomas Webster, the owner of the Iqaluit Fine Arts Gallery in Iqaluit.

In addition, the Museum plans a concurrent exhibition of Inuit art provided by IAS members.  We anticipate an exciting meeting and hope you can attend (members and non-members alike).

Here is the much awaited information for the 2016 meeting of the Inuit Art Society, to be held in Kenosha WI, at the Kenosha Public Museum. Planning for our annual meeting has proceeded well, and we’re now ready to accept your reservations. Below are the meeting notice, including hotel information and speaker list, the pre-registration form, and a downtown Kenosha map and restaurant list. A paper copy will follow by regular mail. Hope to see you there.
2016 Meeting Registration Form
2016 Meeting Notice
Map of Downtown Kenosha
Kenosha Restaurants

Alaska on Madison Gallery Closing

Sadly, we have received notice from member Ann Lesk that her gallery, Alaska on Madison, is closing this month (well, is actually closed at this time). Her website will be revamped and works will still be available from her, but you won’t be able to visit the gallery and see all the wonderful things she had amassed for collectors. Our thanks to Ann for her support for the IAS and its members.

Nunavut Animation Lab


This animated short is a tragic and twisted story about the dangers of revenge. A cruel mother mistreats her son, feeding him dog meat and forcing him to sleep in the cold. A loon, who tells the boy that his mother blinded him, helps the child regain his eyesight. Then the boy seeks revenge, releasing his mother’s lifeline as she harpoons a whale and watching her drown. Based on a portion of the epic Inuit legend “The Blind Boy and the Loon.”
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This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a part-human sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents or elders. That is the fate of Angutii, a young boy who refuses to help out in his family’s camp and who plays by the shoreline… until one day Qalupalik seizes him and drags him away. Angutii’s father, a great hunter, must then embark on a lengthy kayak journey to try and bring his son home.
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2015 Annual Meeting – Held October 9-11, 2015

“Off The Island”

Art of the Kivalliq Region and of Greenlandic artist Jonas Faber

The IAS 2015 Annual Meeting was in Minnesota, near the Twin Cities International Airport in Bloomington, at the Bloomington Holiday Inn. The meeting focused on the art of the communities on the western edge of Hudson’s Bay – Rankin Inlet, Arviat, Baker Lake, etc. Speakers & Guest Artist: Jonas Faber, noted Greenlandic Inuit artist, was our guest artist. Norman Zepp, an IAS member and noted arts curator was our featured speaker on the classic and contemporary art of the Kivalliq region.  IAS board member Michael Foor-Pessin spoke about collecting art from the Kivalliq region.  Anthropologist and filmmaker Ole Gjerstad shared his insights into the Inuit of the Kivalliq region. For the first time ever, we recommended that members view two of Mr. Gjerstad’s films online prior to the meeting (yes, homework!! (thanks go to teacher Michael Foor-Pessin for that)) – Kikkik and Amarok’s Song, at www.gjerstad.info/ole/.
Meeting Agenda

Who’s Ole Gjerstad?

In his own words: Ole Gjerstad traveled the seven seas, mined for silver and logged giant Canadian timber before becoming an anthropologist, writer, radio broadcaster and filmmaker.  He founded Words & Pictures Videos/Vidéos mots & images in Montreal in 1992 and co-founded Piksuk Media in 2005. His some 60 documentaries have won many awards in Canada and abroad.

We had a vibrant Marketplace, with several galleries and members represented and with major works by Mr. Faber. Our thanks to the host committee, which developed an interesting agenda and kept the meeting  affordable for all members.

Inuit Youth Take a Role in Climate Change Conference in Paris

A recent article in The Guardian –  The face of climate change: how Inuit youth lead the fight to save the Arctic – is worth a look by our members (and others). http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/10/paris-climate-change-talks-arctic-inuit-youth-cop21

Article by Phil Power, President & Founder of the Center for Michigan

Members will remember the opening session at our 2010 meeting at Cranbrook, where Mr Power and John Houston recalled the early days of contemporary Inuit art. Mr. Power and his wife recently revisited Cape Dorset, and he has published an article on his experience and reminiscences: http://bridgemi.com/2014/04/boiled-duck-angry-bear-and-the-remorseless-twilight-of-arctic-life/

Meet Our Current President

Lou JungheimLou Jungheim My interest in Inuit art was kindled in 1983 while attending a chemistry conference in Waterloo, Ontario. The university there had a small gallery and I fell in love with a whale sculpture on display.
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