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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.

Featured Artist
Damien Iqualla

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.

Guest Speakers
Stephanie Grandulla

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.

Don and Jill Stuart in the ArcticAt the meeting, he’ll speak about the tapestry program and life in Pangnirtung during his time there. (Several weavings from this program will be on display at the Dennos.)

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!

Check our previous meetings, including last year’s meeting in Corning New York to get an idea of what we do.

We hope to see you in Traverse City!