IAS Meetings

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

2016 Meeting Highlights

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.

Speakers

  • 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

Guest Artist

  • Jonas Faber, Greenlandic Inuit artist

2015 Meeting Highlights

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.

Speakers

  • 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

Guest Artist

  • Pootoogook Qiatsuk, a widely exhibited, multi-dimensional artist who creates prints, sculpture, and jewelry

2014 Meeting Highlights

2013 Skokie, IL

Speakers

  • Leslie Boyd, Keynote speaker
  • Charles W. Shabica, Guest Speaker
  • Norman Zepp,Guest Speaker

Guest Artist

  • Tony Weyiouanna, Sr,

2013 Meeting Highlights

2012 Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan

 

2011 Hamilton, Ontario

Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, October 27-30, 2011.

Speakers

  •  Tom Smart, Author
  • Judith Varney Burch, Inuit Culturalist
  • Alysa Procida, Museum of Inuit Art Presenter
  • Emily S. Cowall, Inuit Ethno-historian and Visual Anthropologist

Guest Artists

  • Billy GauthierGuest Artist
  • Tim PitsiulakGuest Artist
  • Mathew NuqingapGuest Artist

2011 Meeting Highlights
Agenda
Summary & Photos

2010 Cranebrook Institute, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Held at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, October 8-10, 2010.

Speakers

  • John Houston
  • Philip Power

Guest Artists

  • Jimmy Manning
  • Kananginak Pootoogook

2009: Traverse City, MI

  • Sheila Romalis: Keynote speaker
  • Bob O’Hara: Guest speaker
  • Lorne Balshine: Guest speaker
  • Dennos Special Event: 50th anniversary of Dorset print collection

2008: Indianapolis, IN

  • Lorne Balshine: Keynote speaker
  • Peter Irniq: Guest Inuit artist
  • Kendra Tagoona and Charlotte Qamaniq: Guest Inuit throat singers
  • New Inuit Art Exhibit: At Eiteljorg Museum
  • John Huston: Featured speaker
  • “Kiviuq – The Secret Bible of the Inuit” A movie by John Houston

2007: Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan

  • Anita Issaluk: Guest artist who gave carving demonstrations
  • Dorset Fine Arts Studios: Graphics exhibition and sale
  • Panel Discussion: Arctic travelers and how Inuit art is acquired
  • Boskydel Vineyard Visit: Meet owner, Bernie Rink, Inuit art collector

Agenda
Profile of Anita Issaluk

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

 

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