Upcoming Inuit Art Society Annual Meetings
Our annual meetings feature native Inuit artists from Canada, knowledgeable speakers about Inuit art and culture, field trips to private collections, a museum or other relevant points of interest, and always ample time to meet other Inuit art enthusiasts.
We have an exciting program for our 2017 annual meeting, which will be held in Corning, New York, on October 27-29. Look for more information on our home page.
Looking farther ahead, we will return to the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan, on October 19-22, 2018.
Previous IAS Meetings
2016 Kenosha, Wisconsin
The 2016 Annual Meeting took a closer look at Inuit ceramics with guest artist Pierre Aupilardjuk and WAG curator Darlene Coward Wight. In addition, Aaju Peter provided a fascinating look at the Inuit tattooing and the intersection of Canadian and Inuit Law.
Guest artists and speakers
- Aaju Peter, Inuit lawyer, activist, and sealskin clothes designer
- Pierre Aupilardjuk, Inuit ceramics artist
- Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
2015 Minneapolis, Minnesota
With the theme “Off The Island: The art of the Kivalliq region and of Greenlandic artist Jonas Faber,” the meeting focused on the art of the communities along the western edge of Hudson’s Bay and the work of Faber.
- Jamshed Merchant, Canadian Consul General in Minneapolis
- Norman Zepp, IAS member and noted arts curator
- Michael Foor-Pessin, IAS board member
- Ole Gjerstad, anthropologist and filmmaker
- Jan Sivertson, owner of Sivertson Gallery, Grand Marais, MN
- Bob O’Hara, IAS member, Arctic canoe trip leader
- Jonas Faber, Greenlandic Inuit artist
2014 Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Eiteljorg Museum Of American Indians and Western Art, October 10-12
The world of Inuit art is changing. The elders are largely gone. Now what? Younger carvers seem to be focusing on “what sells” to mass audiences, yet beautiful, original, quality pieces are still being produced. This year’s annual conference takes a hard look at what this means to you, the collector.
- Douglas George, Consul General of Canada
- Tom Webster, owner/operator of the Iqaluit Fine Arts Studio in Iqaluit
- Ingo Hessel, Director of Inuit Art, Walker’s Auctions, Ottawa, CA
- Eliot Waldman, owner/operator of Native Art Traders, Skokie, IL
- Pootoogook Qiatsuk, a widely exhibited, multi-dimensional artist who creates prints, sculpture, and jewelry
2013 Skokie, IL
- Leslie Boyd, Keynote speaker
- Charles W. Shabica, Guest Speaker
- Norman Zepp,Guest Speaker
- Tony Weyiouanna, Sr,
2011 Hamilton, Ontario
Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, October 27-30, 2011.
- Tom Smart, Author
- Judith Varney Burch, Inuit Culturalist
- Alysa Procida, Museum of Inuit Art Presenter
- Emily S. Cowall, Inuit Ethno-historian and Visual Anthropologist
- Billy GauthierGuest Artist
- Tim PitsiulakGuest Artist
- Mathew NuqingapGuest Artist
2010 Cranebrook Institute, Bloomfield Hills, MI
- John Houston
- Philip Power
- Jimmy Manning
- Kananginak Pootoogook
2009: Traverse City, MI
2008: Indianapolis, IN
2007: Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan
- Anita IssalukGuest artist who gave carving demonstrations
- Dorset Fine Arts StudiosGraphics exhibition and sale
- Panel DiscussionArctic travelers and how Inuit art is acquired
- Boskydel Vineyard VisitMeet owner, Bernie Rink, Inuit art collector
2006 Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
2005 Skokie, Illinois
The second meeting in 2005 was held in September in Skokie, Illinois, in conjunction with the opening of a permanent exhibit of Inuit sculpture and prints
2005 Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
Two meetings were held in 2005. The first was held in May at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Nearly 50 participants attended.
2004 Minneapolis, Minnesota
2003 Evanston, Illinois