Our annual two – three days 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.
2015: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bloomington Holiday Inn, October 9-11, 2015
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 – Rankin Inlet, Arviat, Baker Lake, etc.
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
Jonas Faber, a noted Greenlandic Inuit artist
2014: 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
2011: Hamilton, Ontario
2010: Bloomfield Hills, MI
2009: Traverse City, MI
2008: Indianapolis, IN