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February 2017

Shuvinai Ashoona Appointed to the RCA

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In May 2016, Shuvinai Ashoona was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) for drawing. Although Ashoona was unable to attend the formal ceremony in Vancouver, the Inuit Art Foundation was able to assist in send her award to Kinngait with board member Pat Feheley in early February 2017. A community gathering was organized on February 8, 2017—including members of her family and Mayor Padlaya Qiatsuk—where Ashoona was surprised and presented her diploma and sash. Ashoona joins the ranks of a significant group of Inuit artists who share the RCA distinction including Helen Kalvak, OC (1901–1984; awarded 1974), Jessie Oonark, OC (1906–1985; awarded 1975) and Kananginak Pootoogook (1935–2010; awarded 1979). Read More

Inuit Art at the 57th Venice Biennale

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Kananginak Pootoogook, RCA (1935–2010) has been named as a participating artist in this years Venice Biennale, opening May 13, 2017. The late Kinngait (Cape Dorset) artist, known for his distinct figurative style and often humorous approach in both his graphic and sculptural works, is the first Inuit artist to be included in the fair. Read More

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