Program Highlights – Annual Meeting 2008

The Arctic Comes to Indianapolis, Nov 14-16

The IAS has partnered with the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN to bring anyone interested in “Celebrating the arts of the Arctic” a fantastic program.

  • Gather with fellow Inuit art enthusiasts who share your passion for this beautiful art form.
  • Enjoy a multi-dimensional learning experience for collectors who just can’t get enough of Inuit art, its people, their culture, and insights into improving their own collections.
  • Purchase that next special piece of sculpture or colorful print for your collection from dealers participating in the IAS MarketPlace.

  • Keynote Speaker – Lorne Balshine

    Lorne Balshine - Keynote SpeakerLorne has been the President of the Arctic Art Museum Society, Vancouver, B.C. for the past 25 years. He is a world-class Canadian collector of Inuit art who will speak on two topics:

    1. Evolution of Canadian Contemporary Art
    2. 30 Years of Attending Waddington’s Inuit Art Auctions

    » Read Lorne’s bio

  • Private Reception – Eiteljorg Museum’s new exhibit:
    Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic” and hear remarks by the curator.

    Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic.This stunning group of works of the Nunavat Territorial collection of contemporary art from the Peabody Essex Museum, in collaboration with the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut, focuses on the growth of Inuit contemporary art over the past five decades.

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  • Featured Speaker – John Huston
    “100 Days in Baffin Island, My Experiences with Inuit Culture, Craftand Charisma”

    John HustonIn the winter and spring of 2007, John had the privilege of living for 100 days in several remotevillages on Baffin Island. Working as the expedition manager for an American/Inuit dog sled expedition, John’s responsibilities placed him in close contact with the social, economic, traditional, modern and personal lives of many Inuit people and families.

    This hour long presentation will explore John’s fascinating experiences with day-to-day life in remote villages such as Pangnirtung, Qikiqtarjuaq, Clyde River and Iglulik.

    » Read John’s bio

  • Inuit Artist – Peter Irniq

    Peter Irniq - Guest ArtistAs a part of the opening weekend of the Eiteljorg’s Arctic exhibition, Inuit artist, Peter Irniq, will actually create an Inukshuk (a man-made stone landmark) on the museum’s grounds. He will also discuss his background, life, and art.

    » Read Peter’s bio

  • Throat-Singing by Inuit Artists Kendra Tagoona and Charlotte Qamaniq

    Throat Singers - Kendra Tagoona and Charlotte Qamaniq In addition to their performance, they will share their training and life experiences.

  • Movie Screening – John Houston’s Award-Winning Movie: “Kiviuq– The Secret Bible of the Inuit”

    Movie Screening - Kiviuq - The Secret Bible of the InuitWhen this 72 minute, English documentary debuted in 2007, it won the medal for “Best Documentary Film” at the Dreamspeakers 12th Annual International Aboriginal Film and Television Festival in Edmonton. Produced by filmmaker John Houston, it portrays the legendary Inuit shaman Kiviuq’s epic journey which has been handed down through generations as an ancient Inuit teachingstory.

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