Thanks to you, the artists, collectors, curators, dealers, subscribers, donors and enthusiasts who support the Inuit Art Foundation, Inuit art continues to be strengthened and celebrated across Canada and internationally.
Supporting Artistic Dreams: The Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award
The inaugural Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award was awarded to Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory at a special ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario, just prior to the public opening of Tunirrusiangit. Founding donors John and Joyce Price presented Laakkuluk with the award, alongside IAF President Mathew Nuqingaq and surrounded by members of the Inuit art community. “Kenojuak Ashevak really opened new realms of imagination and new realms that allowed people to see themselves and show themselves at the same time,” Laakkuluk said in accepting the award. “And, it is overwhelming for me to think her spirit is touching mine so closely, or being near to mine. I am so grateful and humbled to be in this huge spirit of art.” The Prices also announced that they, along with supporter Erik Haites, will be matching donations made to the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Fund to help continue the award in perpetuity.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this special event and thank you to the donors who support this award: John and Joyce Price, Erik Haites, Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron, David Burns, François Dumaine,
Ginette Dumouchel, Carol Ann Ellett,
Patricia Feheley, Dale Horwitz,
Rawlson O’Neil King, A.B. Kliefoth,
Val Lem, Maija Lutz, David and Liz Macdonald, Paul Machnik, Catherine Madsen, Marcia Miller, Kathryn Minard, Suzanne Nash, Ann Sprayregen, and three anonymous donors.