2023 Inuit Art Society Conference Program

The Inuit Art Society is holding its 2023 annual meeting in Brunswick, Maine, September 28-October 1.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 28 (Brunswick Hotel and Bowdoin College)

3:00-5:00 pm: Event Registration and Marketplace  (The Brunswick Hotel)

Marketplace will be held at the hotel in the Chamberlain/Conference Room

7:00-8:30pm Opening Ceremony/Keynote Address (Kresge Auditorium)

This event is open to IAS members and the general public.

Introductions: Michael Foor-Pessin, IAS President; a representative from the Canadian Consulate; Susan Kaplan, Museum Director, Bowdoin College

Welcome drum dance and song: Inuk performer Jennie Williams

Keynote Address: Dr. Nelson Graburn

We suggest that you have dinner before the Opening Ceremony.

Friday, September 29 (Bowdoin Campus)

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are on your own.

Sightseeing during the day when not touring the museum and/or attending the roundtable is recommended. See your materials on places to visit in Brunswick that will be in your bag.

Gallery Tours (Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies)

Our members will be given gallery tours of the new Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies, which houses the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Current exhibits include Iñuit Qiñiġaaŋi: Contemporary Inuit Photography, Collections and Recollections: Objects and the Stories They Tell, and At Home in the North.


Depending on our numbers, two or three smaller groups will be conducted on guided tours. Specific times to be determined by the museum staff. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00pm.

4:00-5:00 pm Roundtable photography discussion (Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall)

A roundtable discussion with several of the Inuit photographers featured in the museum’s exhibition will take place. Curator and Inupiaq photographer Brian Adams will be present. Open to the general public and IAS members.


Hours for the Marketplace are still to be determined.

Saturday, September 30 (The Brunswick Hotel)

8:00-9:00: Registration/Marketplace

9:00-9:30: National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Acknowledgement (Orange Shirt Day)

Jennie Williams will address the importance of the recognition of the day.

The Consul General of Canada’s representative will provide pins to honor the occasion to all members and presenters.

9:30-10:30: Inuit photographer and performer, Jennie Williams

Williams will discuss her photography and share one of her films.

10:30-10:45: Coffee break/Marketplace

10:45-11:45 Inuit curator and visual artist, Krista Ullujuk Zawadski

11:45-2:00pm Marketplace and buffet lunch (Robinson room)

2:00-3:30 Virtual Tour to Nunavut

A virtual tour to Nunavut will be led by gallery owner Byran Hellwig (Northerncollectables in Iqaluit) and sculptors Pits Qimirpik (Kimmirut) and Toonoo Sharkey (Kinngait)

3:30-3:45 Beverage and snack break/marketplace

3:45-4:45 Membership Open Forum

Topic: Goals for the Future of the IAS. Mike Foor-Pessin will facilitate this discussion.

4:45-5:30 Marketplace

6:30-9:30 IAS Banquet (Robinson Room)

Wine and Beer Cash Bar

Sunday Morning, October 1 (The Brunswick Hotel – Robinson Room)

9:00-10:15: Nelson Graburn’s presentation

10:15-10:30: Coffee Break/Marketplace

10:30-11:45: “Where are They Now”

A virtual roundtable with presenters from past conferences and virtual programs.

11:45-12:00 Closing Remarks

12:15-1:15: B:oard Meeting

IAS Members are encouraged to listen in and make comments.