Meetings

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.

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

Guest Artist

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.

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

2013: Skokie, IL

DoubleTree by Hilton, October 25-27, 2013.
  • Leslie Boyd - Keynote speakerLeslie BoydKeynote speaker
  • Tony Weyiouanna, SrTony Weyiouanna, SrGuest Inuit artist
  • Charles W. Shabica - Guest ArtistCharles W. ShabicaGuest Speaker
  • Norman ZeppNorman ZeppGuest Speaker

2010: Bloomfield Hills, MI

2007: Traverse CIty, MI

  • Anita IssalukAnita IssalukGuest artist who gave carving demonstrations
  • Dorset Fine Arts StudiosDorset Fine Arts StudiosGraphics exhibition and sale
  • Arctic Travelers Panel DiscussionPanel DiscussionArctic travelers and how Inuit art is acquired
  • Boskydel Vineyard VisitBoskydel Vineyard VisitMeet owner, Bernie Rink, Inuit art collector

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