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2024 Annual Meeting of the Inuit Art Society

August 16 & 17 in Traverse City, Michigan

For 2024 we are returning to one of our favorite locations, the Dennos in Traverse City!

But we are changing it up with a summer meeting. This will also be a shorter meeting than usual, with sessions Friday evening and Saturday, but NO Sunday sessions.

Program

Planning is in the early stages, but we already have a few speakers lined up:

  • Mark London of Gallerie Elca London and the First Arts Premires is on the agenda. He will be joined by a colleague from First Arts, either Ingo Hessel or Pat Feheley. They’ll  be speaking and holding an Antiques Roadshow type event for conference attendees.
  • Richard Mohr will give a presentation on “The Collages of Janet Kigusiuq as a Case Study in Inuit Aesthetics.”

More to come!!!

We’ll also be holding a Board of Directors meeting and encouraging all members to attend.

Watch for more info.

The Dennos

The Dennos Museum Center is part of Northwestern Michigan College. It’s located right in Traverse City.

Although a it’s a small museum, the Dennos has a significant collection of Inuit art, as well as notable Canadian Woodland Indian art, outdoor sculptures, and more.

photo of Inuit art in the Dennos Museum in Traverse City Michigan

The Inuit gallery at the Dennos in 2007.

Lodging

Summer is VERY busy in Traverse City!! Make your reservations as soon as possible.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western Plus (near the Dennos) at a rate that begins at $299 (plus tax) per night. To receive this rate, call 231-778-7000 or use this link.

Reservations must be booked by July 16 and must include both a Friday and Saturday night stay. More info here. (PDF)

Haven’t been to Traverse City?

Traverse City is located along Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. It’s a lovely area known for cherry blossoms in spring, sandy beaches in summer, and brilliant colors in fall. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities throughout the year — and plenty of wineries! Traverse City has a lively historic downtown and is a fun spot to shop, dine, and drink in any season.

Getting to Traverse City

Traverse City is about a two hour drive north of Grand Rapids.

20 non-stop flights are available on Allegiant, American, Avelo, Delta, Sun Country, and United from Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis−Saint Paul, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC (Dulles and Reagan), Newark, New Haven, Philadelphia, New York (LaGuardia), Boston,  Phoenix-Mesa, Punta Gorda, St. Pete-Clearwater, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando. And, of course, many more connecting flights are available from across the country.

Previous meetings

See program and event information and photos from previous meetings.

Virtual Meetings

The IAS now holds occasional virtual meetings via zoom.

IAS members will automatically receive a link. If you are not a member and are interested in attending a virtual meeting, contact us for more information or go ahead and become a member!

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

April 7: A Virtual Tour of Galerie Elca London with Mark London at 6 pm EST

Mark has been an Inuit art dealer for decades and is also one of the founders of the First Arts Premiers. He’s also both incredibly knowledgeable and generous when it comes to sharing that knowledge. For this Virtual Meeting, Mark will take us through Galerie Elca London in Quebec.

photo inside Galerie Elca London in Quebec Canada

Members will receive a link when meetings are scheduled. Not a member? Contact us.

May 5: “Gatherings” at 6 pm EST

Our May meeting will feature items from members’ collections.

Members will receive a link when meetings are scheduled. Not a member? Contact us.

Past Virtual Meetings

Past virtual meetings include show-and-tell presentations featuring favorite works from the collections of members of the Inuit Art Society (IAS) and the Arctic Arts and Culture Society (AACS) in Vancouver, BC, with one show-and-tell focusing on prints, carvings, and wall hangings illustrating Inuit legends.

Our most recent virtual meeting was built around the theme of transformation. You can see the presentation slides here.

The previous meeting featured shamanic pieces by Judas Ullulaq, Charlie Ugjuk, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, Josiah Nuilaalik, and Floyd Kuptana. (You can view the presentation slides here.)

photo of Inuit art featured in a virtual meeting on Shamans and Shamanism

Other meetings featured Inupiaq watercolorist Amanda Jane Davison from Elim, Alaska, Baker Lake textile artist, Eva Noah, whose grandmother was Jessie Oonark, Inuk artist David Merkuratsuk who uses pointillism in his work, and Alaskan artist Vera Shoogukwruk, a a Siberian Yupik/Inupiaq from St. Lawrence Island and White Mountain Alaska who has produced a beautiful collection of parkas, kamiks, mukluks, mittens, and jewelry. Other speakers included Michael Warren from the Madrona Gallery in Victoria, BC and Simon Griffiths, the owner of ABoriginArt, a virtual gallery located in Vancouver, BC.

 

Other news

Making Art on Top of the World

From the New York Times: Near the Arctic Circle, Shuvinai Ashoona, a star of the Venice Biennale, and her community of Inuit artists refuse to let isolation stand in their way.

Read the full story here. (Limited free access.)

Houston’s Mattiusi webisode

As usual, John Houston is busy telling the stories of the north and its people. That includes a short film that follows Mattiusi Iyaituk as he creates the “Flying Shaman” sculpture. Read more and get links in our post.