2015 Annual Meeting – October 9-11, 2015

 “Off The Island”

         Art of the Kivalliq Region and of Greenlandic artist Jonas Faber

The IAS 2015 Annual Meeting will be in Minnesota, near the Twin Cities International Airport in Bloomington, at the Bloomington Holiday Inn. We are planning a meeting that will focus 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, will be our guest artist at our 2015 annual meeting. Norman Zepp, an IAS member and noted arts curator will be our featured speaker on the classic and contemporary art of the Kivalliq region.  IAS board member Michael Foor-Pessin will talk about collecting art from the Kivalliq region. Just added (August 17th) – Anthropologist and filmmaker Ole Gjerstad will share his insights into the Inuit of the Kivalliq region. For the first time ever, we are recommending to members that they view two of Mr. Gjerstad’s films online prior to the meeting (yes, homework!! (thank 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 are expecting a vibrant Marketplace, with several galleries represented and works by our guest artist.

Registration:  All registrations should be sent to Dr. Thalia Nicas, IAS Program Committee, 8218 Meadowbrook Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  Click for Registration Form

Allan Niederman

   We note with sorrow the passing of Allan N. Niederman, 86, of Skokie, a long-time member of the Inuit Art Society and a founding member and supporter of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. He and his wife Joyce enlivened the 2013 IAS meeting in Skokie, when we visited the Mitchell Museum to open our meeting. Memorial contributions to Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (www.mitchellmuseum.org) are appreciated.

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).


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.

Read Lou’s Full Bio

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