Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS -

In May 2016, Shuvinai Ashoona was elected to the Royal Cana­dian Academy of Arts for draw­ing. Al­though Ashoona was un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony in Van­cou­ver, she was pre­sented with her diploma and sash in a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing in her home­town of Kin­ngait in early Fe­bru­ary 2017. Other Inuit artists who share the RCA dis­tinc­tion in­clude He­len Kal­vak (1901-1984; awarded 1974), Jessie Oonark (awarded 1975) and Kanang­i­nak Pootoo­gook (awarded 1979). The artist is also the sub­ject of a re­cent, digital pub­li­ca­tion by the Art Canada In­sti­tute, writ­ten by Dr. Nancy Camp­bell. Ashoona is the sec­ond Inuit artist to be profiled in an ACI On­line Art Book; the first was Pitseolak Ashoona, RCA, who was the sub­ject of a 2015 book writ­ten by Chris­tine Lalonde. Both can be ac­cessed on­line at

Be­low, left: Shuvinai Ashoona (b. 1961 Kin­ngait) Com­po­si­tion (Ele­phant, Oc­to­pus and Other An­i­mals) 2016 Coloured pen­cil and ink 58.4 x 76.2 cm Cour­tesy Fe­he­ley Fine Arts © Dorset Fine Arts

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