Register for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Inuit Art Society

The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 29 & 30 and October 1 & 2. IAS will be joined by members of the Arctic Arts and Culture Society (AACS).

One full day will be dedicated to guest presentations. Another full day will take us via bus to two Inuit art galleries and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

The home base for our meeting will be Vancouver’s “West End.” The West End is within walking distance to beaches, parks, scenic views, and diverse restaurants and shops. Public transportation in this area is easily accessible from and to the airport, downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver, and other places of interest.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the classic Sylvia Hotel on English Bay. Built in 1912, “The Sylvia” as locals call it, is located on English Bay and is just a few blocks from another Vancouver treasure, Stanley Park. But don’t wait to make your reservation!

Use this form to register for the 2022 Meeting of the Inuit Art Society in Vancouver


A schedule of events with detailed information on the schedule, speakers, activities, and lodging is on the next page.

In brief, it looks like this:

Thursday, Sept. 29 – Starting in the afternoon, guests will check in and receive their welcome packets. That evening, a welcome gathering will take place at the Sylvia. The keynote speech will be by Sophia Lebessis.

Friday, Sept. 30 – Presentations all day at the BW Sands Hotel. Dinner on your own.

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Breakfast on your own. A bus will take us to Inuit Gallery in North Vancouver, the Museum of Anthropology (where we will also have lunch), and then the Marion Scott Gallery. Dinner on your own.

Sunday, Oct. 2 – Breakfast at the Sands BW, panel discussion, wrap-up and farewell.

Attendees are encouraged to make a side trip to Victoria, BC on their own after the meeting in Vancouver.

Watch for future virtual meetings

The IAS now holds occasional virtual meetings via zoom.

These included three 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.

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.


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.