Contemporary Inuit Art in Michigan

In July 2023, Feheley Fine Arts was invited by the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit to present an exhibition of contemporary Canadian Inuit art in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a pleasure to have artists Gayle Kabloona (recently short-listed for the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial award) and Michael Massie come along with us for the event. The two presented an artist talk at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), fittingly home to the incredible Power Collection of Inuit art, one of the most esteemed collections of 20th-century Inuit art in North America.

As part of the project, we were thrilled to curate and present a group exhibition of exceptional work by contemporary Canadian Inuit artists. Artwork by artists from three distinct Inuit regions on the Eastern side of the Canadian Arctic were spotlighted: Nunavut, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Labrador). The show represented the incredibly diverse artworks being made by Inuit artists today, in style, subject, and media – from Michael Massie’s silver teapots to Gayle Kabloona’s ceramic vases. The exhibition ran concurrently with the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, one of the longest-running arts fair events in the US.

A huge thanks to the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit for their support and invitation to participate in this event, the UMMA for hosting our artist talk, and to the CultureVerse Gallery who were generous hosts in loaning us their exhibition space.