Dar­lene Coward Wight

Cu­ra­tor of Inuit Art, Win­nipeg Art Gallery

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PROFILE -

When asked to con­trib­ute to this spe­cial 30 year is­sue of Inuit Art Quar­terly, I pulled vol­ume 1, num­ber 1 (Spring 1986) from my book­shelf. It fea­tures a fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ti­cle by Ja­panese print­maker Naoko Mat­sub­ara, com­ment­ing on the col­lec­tive pro­duc­tion of prints as prac­ticed in Inuit print shops. Terry Ryan, for­mer West Baf­fin Eskimo Co-op­er­a­tive man­ager, was in­vited to re­spond in the fol­low­ing is­sue. I was hooked! There have been so many thought­pro­vok­ing, even provoca­tive, ar­ti­cles pub­lished in the IAQ, and, as a re­searcher, I con­sider them es­sen­tial read­ing. Also of great im­por­tance for my work have been the in­ter­views with artists, no­tably, the Arts Alive, Fall/Win­ter 2004, spe­cial is­sue (19.3–4) that in­cluded no less than 18 sub­stan­tial in­ter­views with Inuit artists. The IAQ has been a very sup­port­ive means for the Win­nipeg Art Gallery (WAG) to let its key au­di­ences know about our ex­hi­bi­tions and pub­li­ca­tions and has also been a way to gain in­for­ma­tion about those pro­duced by other mu­se­ums and com­mer­cial gal­leries. Over the years, I have filed copies of IAQ ar­ti­cles into artist and sub­ject files that will now be part of the re­search avail­able in the new Inuit Art Cen­tre at the WAG. Thank you Inuit Art Quar­terly!

Dar­lene Coward Wight (right) ex­am­ines art­work with famed print­maker Ger­maine Ar­nak­tauyok at the Win­nipeg Art Gallery, 1997

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