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2024 Annual Meeting of the Inuit Art Society

August 16 & 17 in Traverse City, Michigan

For 2024 we are returning to one of our favorite locations, the Dennos in Traverse City!

But we are changing it up with a summer meeting. This will also be a shorter meeting than usual, with activities Friday evening and all Saturday, but NO Sunday sessions.

This is your chance to learn a little more about Inuit art, meet experts on Inuit art and other collectors, and maybe even bring a new treasure back home.

Ready to register? Download the registration form today!

Program

All activities will be held at the Dennos unless otherwise noted.

Friday, August 16

4:00  – 6:00 pm: Registration
6:00 -9:00 pm: Reception, introduction, marketplace, and gallery tours

During the reception, participants will have the opportunity to shop for Inuit art and take a guided tour of the galleries and storage areas.

Want to sell art at the marketplace? The marketplace is open for members who want to sell pieces from their own collection and Inuit art dealers. Contact Chris through for more information and to register.

Saturday, August 17

9:00 am: Welcome
9:15 am: Richard Mohr on “The Collages of Janet Kigusiuq: A Case Study in Inuit Aesthetics”

Mohr’s talk celebrates and analyzes the late-life collages of the Baker Lake artist Janet Kigusiuq (1926-2005), and does so as a vehicle to profile some historically fundamental and still common features of Inuit art. In doing so, the presentation hopes to give a reasoned account of what we intuitively understand as Inuit aesthetics and enable collectors of Inuit art to better understand why we love what we love. The talk also briefly suggests that the Kigusiuq collages pose challenges to Inuit art criticism as it is currently conducted.

Richard D. Mohr is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and of the Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published on Inuit art in Inuit Art Quarterly, Kolaj (Montreal), Above & Beyond (Canadian North), the Proceedings of the 2019 Inuit Studies Conference (Montreal), The Outsider (Chicago), and has frequently contributed articles to the Smithsonian’s annual Arctic Studies Center Newsletter, including “The Umiaks of Little Diomede”(2020).  

He explains: “We went to the Arctic for Nature but stayed for Culture.”

10:45 am: Pat Feheley and Mark London from First Arts will discuss a range of issues related to collecting and managing an Inuit art collection

Bring your questions!!

12:00  – 1:30 pm: Lunch break

A box lunch will be provided.

1:30 – 3:00 pm: An Inuit Art Roadshow with Mark London and Pat Feheley

Registered participants at the IAS meeting will have the opportunity to bring a piece from their collection and have Mark and Pat draw on their wealth of experience to tell you more about who made it, when, what’s special or unusual about it, what it’s value might be, and more.

Participation in and timing for this event is limited, so be sure to register well in advance! (It’s on page 2 of the meeting registration form.)

3:15 pm: Membership meeting

All members are encouraged to join the board for an open discussion about the IAS and its future.

6:00  – 7:00 pm: Gather at the Top of the Park (the Beacon Lounge)

Take some time to socialize (and enjoy the view) from the Beacon Lounge at the Top of the Park Place Hotel.  A cash bar will be available.

7:00 pm:  IAS Banquet at Top of the Park

Preregistration is required to attend.

The Dennos

The Dennos Museum Center is part of Northwestern Michigan College. It’s located right in Traverse City.

Although a it’s a small museum, the Dennos has a significant collection of Inuit art, as well as notable Canadian Woodland Indian art, outdoor sculptures, and more.

photo of Inuit art in the Dennos Museum in Traverse City Michigan

The Inuit gallery at the Dennos in 2007.

Read more about the Dennos!

Lodging

Summer is VERY busy in Traverse City!! Make your reservations as soon as possible.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western Plus (near the Dennos) at a rate that begins at $299 (plus tax) per night. To receive this rate, call 231-778-7000 or use this link.

Reservations must be booked by July 16 and must include both a Friday and Saturday night stay. More info here. (PDF)

Haven’t been to Traverse City?

Traverse City is located along Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. It’s a lovely area known for cherry blossoms in spring, sandy beaches in summer, scenic drives, vineyards, and brilliant fall colors. Learn more about what there is to see, do, eat, and drink in and around Traverse City!

Getting to Traverse City

Traverse City is about a two hour drive north of Grand Rapids.

20 non-stop flights are available on Allegiant, American, Avelo, Delta, Sun Country, and United from Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis−Saint Paul, Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC (Dulles and Reagan), Newark, New Haven, Philadelphia, New York (LaGuardia), Boston,  Phoenix-Mesa, Punta Gorda, St. Pete-Clearwater, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando. And, of course, many more connecting flights are available from across the country.

Previous meetings

See program and event information and photos from previous meetings.

Virtual Meetings

The IAS now holds occasional virtual meetings via zoom.

IAS members will automatically receive a link. If you are not a member and are interested in attending a virtual meeting, contact us for more information or go ahead and become a member!

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

Date to be determined

No virtual meetings are currently scheduled.

Members will receive a link when meetings are scheduled. Not a member? Contact us.

Past Virtual Meetings

Past virtual meetings include show-and-tell presentations featuring favorite works from the collections of members of the Inuit Art Society (IAS) and the Arctic Arts and Culture Society (AACS) in Vancouver, BC, with one show-and-tell focusing on prints, carvings, and wall hangings illustrating Inuit legends.

Our most recent virtual meeting offered a virtual Tour of Galerie Elca London in Quebec with Mark London.

photo inside Galerie Elca London in Quebec Canada

Mark has been an Inuit art dealer for decades and is one of the founders of the First Arts Premiers.

You can see more virtual meetings, including presentation slides on the IAS Virtual Meeting Page.

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