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2018 Annual Meeting of the Inuit Art Society
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Inuit Art Society will be held at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan, on October 19-21, 2018.
While not all of the speakers have been finalized yet, our featured artist will be Damien Iqualla. Our program will also include maritime archaeologist Stephanie Grandulla, scholar Stephanie Grandulla, and artist Donald Stuart.
Damien Iqualla, an emerging Inuit artist from Cambridge Bay. An artist of incredible imagination and skill, Damien will share with us his creative roots as an artist steeped in the aesthetics of the Kitikmeot Region.
Recently, with the support of the IAS, the distinctive pyroxene carving stone from Gjoa Haven has been flown into Cambridge Bay so Damien can create sculptures that will be available for members to purchase during the conference.
The program will also include maritime archaeologist Stephanie Grandulla from Alpena, Michigan. Stephanie is a member of the Sedna Epic Expedition Project that is studying the impact of global climate change on the fragile arctic ecosystem and on the aboriginal peoples who live there.
Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad
As a curator and independent scholar, Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad publishes widely on Inuit art and cultural history. Her interests focus on Inuit cultural history, including historic clothing design and the contemporary work of Inuit seamstresses; Arctic ethnographic collections in North American and European museums; and contemporary sculpture and graphic art by Canadian Inuit artists. She currently holds an appointment as Research Collaborator at the Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution.
Don and Jill Stuart
Besides being one of Canada’s leading gold/silversmiths, Donald Stuart initiated a unique weaving program in Pangnirtung.
Jill worked as a nurse in Pangnirtung and will participate in a panel discussion.
2018 Cape Dorset Print Release
This year’s meeting at the Dennos Museum is concurrent with the 2018 Cape Dorset print release, so participants can study the prints Friday night and bid Saturday morning before the workshops begin.
The Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan, will host this year’s program.
In addition to the the museum’s outstanding permanent exhibit of Inuit Art, the Dennos will have two special exhibits that will be of interest to meeting participants.
- Pangnirtung Weavings from the Dennos Museum Center’s Collection features weavings from the Inuit art collection, by the artists of the Pangnirtung Weaving Cooperative.
- Homage: Inspired by Outstanding Canadian Women includes 40 framed neck-pieces created by contemporary jewelry artist Donald Stuart as a celebration and tribute to Canadian women, past and present.
Banquet: Traverse City Golf and Country Club
Accommodations: Hampton Inn, Traverse City
Registration information will be coming soon!
We hope to see you in Traverse City!