2019 Annual Meeting of the Inuit Art Society

Make plans to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Inuit Art Society!


WHEN: October 25-27, 2019

WHERE:  University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor

Advance Registration is available here: Preregistration IAS 2019 

  • Don’t wait to reserve your spot. Register now to save money and reserve a spot at Friday night’s keynote address!

Registration at UMMA will begin at approximately 3PM on October 25.


Our meeting is being held in partnership with UMMA. The museum will be featuring an exhibit of the collection of Inuit art from the Power collection, part of the inauguration of the Power Family Program for Inuit Art  at UMMA.

The featured speaker is Heather Igloliorte, an Inuk scholar, curator, and art historian, who will be giving a keynote address Friday evening.

  • The sooner we can give UMMA numbers for IAS attendees and guests the better, as capacity for their auditorium is 185 and strictly enforced. The opening of the Power exhibit was a “sellout” in March and there were perhaps only a dozen or so IAS members present. Don’t wait to register if you’d like to attend this event.

Other presenters:

  • Artist Kuzy Curley
  • Christine Lalonde, Associate Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery in Ottawa
  • Mame Jackson, art historian and professor emeritus. Dr, Jackson was co-curator of the current Power Family Program exhibit at UMMA.
  • We hope renowned artist David Ruben will also participate, but we await his confirmation.

The board meeting will take place at the Sheraton prior to the cash bar cocktail hour and banquet.

Exact timing TBD but dinner will likely be 7:30-8PM ish. The dinner will be a buffet including a fish dish, a non-pork meat dish and a vegetarian option. We strongly encourage attendance at the Saturday banquet as we anticipate Ann Arbor restaurants will be busy on Saturday evening. Also it is a wonderful opportunity to spend additional time with each other and our guests.

Lunch on Saturday will be provided at UMMA.


If you have not done so already, please make your hotel reservations ASAP! This is a very busy weekend in Ann Arbor.

The hotels listed below may still have rooms available at the group rate arranged by UMMA. (Call to confirm if the online booking system says no rooms are available.)

Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108-1774
Phone: 734-996-0600
Link: Book your group rate for Inuit Arts Society Conference Room Block 2019

The Kensington Hotel
Address: 3500 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 4810
Phone: 734-761-7800
Link: Book online 

Holiday Inn Express
600 Briarwood Circle , Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
To reserve call (734) 761-2929


Bus service between the hotels and the conference site, UMMA, will be offered on all three days, stopping at the Sheraton and the Kensington. The Holiday In Express is right next to the Kensington. If you are staying elsewhere, you can park at any of these hotels and catch the bus.

  • Friday transport by bus from the Kensington and Sheraton Hotels will begin at approximately 2:30 PM and run until approximately 5:30 when the opening reception at UMMA begins, followed by Heather’s talk. There will be a single trip back to these hotels after Heather’s talk Friday. We will share a firm bus
    schedule before you arrive in Ann Arbor.
  • There will be a single bus trip from the Kensington and Sheraton Hotels on Saturday morning and a single return trip at the conclusion of the program at approximately 5 PM on Saturday. Again drivers, there is a public parking garage about a 10 minute (timing determined by Lou Jungheim’s bad legs) walk from the museum.
  • A single bus trip to and from the UMMA activities is scheduled for Sunday and we anticipate the program
    will end around Noon on Sunday.

Ann Arbor is served by the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Marketplace exhibitors

For those hoping to sell in the marketplace we will tentatively be setting up at UMMA between Noon and 3PM on Friday. There will be some street side space reserved for drop off and re-loading of art. The nearest public parking garage is a leisurely 10 minute walk from UMMA (cost was $1.40/hr in March).

If you wish to have space in the marketplace, please complete this form: IAS Annual Meeting Marketplace Guidelines at the University of Michigan Museum of Art-1


Tillirnanngittuq at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

The first exhibit in the Power Family Program for Inuit Art at University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor opens March 16, 2019.

Tillirnanngittuq celebrates both the development of contemporary Inuit art in the Canadian Arctic since the 1950s and the Power family’s important role in supporting and promoting Inuit art.

The exhibit will run through October 27, 2019.