Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. MIA joins this collaborative initiative with our 3rd annual Inuit Art Identification Clinic. Members of the public are invited to bring in a piece of Inuit art from their personal collection to have it verbally appraised by a panel of experts.
This year we are pleased to have Christa Ouimet return to our all-star panel of Inuit art specialists. Christa has been a panelist every year since our inaugural event in 2013. Christa is an integral part of Katilivik – an indispensable resource for staff at MIA. Check it out next time you are looking to identify an artist – you can search by name, community, disc number, or even syllabics!
As Managing Director of Waddington’s Inuit art Department and Fine Art Specialist, Christa’s extensive knowledge and experience has earned her reputation as one of the world’s leading experts in Inuit Art. Her 15 years in the Canadian art auction industry has culminated in the handling of over $2 million of Inuit art a year. In addition to auction sales and appraisal consultation, Christa provides an educational service through a free web based platform including identifying artists, dating sculptures, evaluating and providing biographical information. 2003 saw Christa’s first major contribution to Waddington’s when she added a spring auction in addition to the annual fall auction of Inuit Art, at the same time she was able to pursue her desire to promote Inuit works on paper as the sole focus of her inaugural spring catalogue. Waddington’s spring Inuit Art auction continues to be an anticipated event and a fixture in the Waddington’s auction calendar. In 2007 Christa spearheaded Waddington’s online auctions offering an additional selection of Inuit art every month. Online auctions are now a successful addition to all of Waddington’s specialties. Christa has developed partnerships for promotional events in correspondence with Waddington’s biannual Inuit art auctions with esteemed organizations such as, Adventure Canada, McMichael Canadian Art Collection and BirdLife International. Christa enjoys being a regular panelist in the Museum of Inuit art’s (MIA) annual appraisal clinic.