As part of the MIA’s new fundraising initiative ‘Adopt an Object’, we’ll be highlighting a featured item from our Permanent Collection that staff have chosen to represent some of the unique pieces we display in the museum. For more information on the program itself and what it means to be a donor, you can check out our past blog post.
Today, we’re highlighting a staff favourite – Paula Saila’s “Walking Bear”
This same piece was selected by our current Visitor Services officer Brittany Holliss back when she first started as a museum intern last summer.
Artist: Pauta Saila, RCA (1916 – 2009)
Location: Kinngait (Cape Dorset)
Medium: Stone, bone
Dimensions (H x W x D): 9” x 18” x 9.5”
Collection: MIA Collection
Significance: Pauta Saila is widely acknowledged as one of the top master artists from the Arctic, a fact that is made all the clearer by his having been inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCA). He is one of the first Inuit artists to benefit from creating a unique, individual style, choosing to focus primarily on the subject of polar bears. With its subtle muscularity, monumental features and ivory teeth, Walking Bear is an excellent example of the Paula Saila pieces that collectors have come to love.
Adoption Rate: $1,000
To adopt this piece, contact our curator Alysa at aprocida [at] miamuseum [dot] ca.
- Posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer