Program Highlights – Annual Meeting 2009

The Arctic Comes to Traverse City, MI, Oct 16-18

  • 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 Market Place.

Program Highlights

  • Keynote Speaker – Shelia Romalis

    Shelia Romalis - Keynote SpeakerCanadian author, curator, lecturer, collector and world-class expert on East Greenland Kalaadlit (Inuit) traditional culture, material culture and contemporary art, particularly the “Tupilak” spirit carvings.

    Shelia will speak on:

    “Tupilaks: East Greenland Spirit Culture”
    “Comparison of Greenland & Canadian Inuit Culture”

    » Read Shelia’s bio

  • Guest Speaker – Bob O’Hara
    “Exploring the Land of the Inuit via Four Decades of Canoeing Arctic Rivers”

    Bob O’HaraBob is a member of the New York Explorers Club and holds memberships in numerous other outdoor and environmental organizations.

    » Read Bob’s bio

  • Guest Speaker – Lorne Balshine
    “Shamanism in Inuit Art”

    Lorne BalshinePresident and Director of the Arctic Art Museum, Lorne has worked tirelessly to promote contemporary Canadian and Greenlandic Inuit art and is one of the foremost collectors of this art form on the North American continent.

    » Read Lorne’s bio

  • Special Event – 50th Anniversary of the Dorset Print Collection

    Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic.The Dennos Museum Center will host a special event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Dorset print collection. At least one print from each year of the collection will be on display. The annual Dorset print auction will also be held the evening of October 16.