Jack Nuviyak is perhaps best known for his contributions to the Matchbox Gallery’s collaborative ceramics, but his talents and contributions to Kangirqliniq Centre for Arts and Learning in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU, and to Inuit art were broad ranging. He began working at the gallery in junior high school with John Kurok, with whom he worked closely throughout his career. Eventually, he took on a more active teaching role and helped to encourage others to explore their artistic talents. Nuviyak was an integral member of the Matchbox Gallery, which promoted collaborative, multidisciplinary work. He was best known for his ceramic sculptures of polar bears, many of which formed the basis of many of the gallery’s most spectacular collaborative works, such as Enchanted Bear (2013) by Nuviyak, Roger Aksadjuak, John Kurok and Leo Napayok. Less well-known are his solo works, which often employed colourful glazes atypical of the gallery’s more organic style. These pieces show the same sensitivity to human and animal figures as his bears, but also showcase his interest in proportion and proficient skill in showcasing a figure’s heft and volume. He was also a talented printmaker, focusing on colourful stencil works that showcased contemporary realities in his community. Tragically, he passed away in December 2016 at the young age of 45. His artistic voice, quiet enthusiasm and unique vision are sorely missed.