Join MIA at the Inuit Art Society Conference!

22 Oct

The Museum of Inuit Art is excited to participate in this year’s Inuit Art Society Conference: Bringing the Power of Inuit Imagery to the Marketplace and Beyond: Inuit Expressions in Sculpture, Print, Jewelry and Tapestry. Our very own educational coordinator, Alysa Procida, will be presenting and giving a tour of the Museum. There will be lots of great artists and speakers present and it’s not too late to sign up!


 The Inuit Art Society, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to celebrating the arts and culture of the Arctic, will hold its conference and annual meeting in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on October 27 – 30, 2011. Featured Inuit artists include well-known jeweler/metalsmith Mathew Nuqingaq, founder of the Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit; sculptor Billy Gauthier, whose first solo show at Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver (October 2010) sold out within minutes; printmaker Tim Pitsiulak, a regular contributor to the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, who will be hosting his second solo exhibition at Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto during our visit; and printmaker Noah Maniapik, formerly of the Uqqurmiut Center for Arts and Crafts in Pangnirtung, who is now establishing himself as an independent artist in Hamilton (Ontario). Featured speakers include Judith Varney Burch, noted Inuit culturalist and developer of the worldwide traveling exhibition, Culture on Cloth (Baker Lake tapestries); Hamilton’s own Emily S. Cowall, an Inuit ethno-historian and visual anthropologist, and more.

The conference, which begins Thursday evening Oct. 27 and runs through mid-day on Sunday, October 30, will be based downtown Hamilton. There will also be field trips to various sites of interest, including Hamilton’s Chedoke Hospital complex (site of the former Mountain Sanatorium, where many Inuit were brought for TB treatment) and Woodlawn Cemetery; the Inuit art showrooms of the North West Company and Canadian Arctic Producers in Mississauga; and the Museum of Inuit Art and Feheley Fine Arts in Toronto, both of which will be offering special programming for our group.

The Inuit Art Society welcomes both members and non-members to this event. Full conference details and registration materials can be found on the Society’s website — PLEASE CONTACT JANET BEYLIN AT LEONBERN@AOL.COM IF YOU WISH TO REGISTER.

*Angry Loon used with permission of the artist, David Ruben Piqtoukun.

Posted by: Karolina Tomaszewska, MIA Development Officer


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