The Inuit Art Quarterly Profiles highlights the contributions of historical and contemporary Inuit artists to the cultural and artistic heritage of their communities, Canada and the world through a centralized online resource. An extension of the Inuit Art Quarterly, the world's only magazine dedicated to Inuit and circumpolar art, the IAQ Profiles are published by the Inuit Art Foundation.

An Innovative Platform

A key goal of the IAQ Profiles is to broaden public awareness of the history of Inuit art and to connect interested researchers with artists and artworks while providing artists a supportive platform through which to showcase their CVs. This includes artwork, artist statements, past and upcoming exhibitions, resources for further research and more. All public contributions to profiles are credited to keep a record of information, and provide possible options for further research.

The IAQ Profiles departs significantly from previous attempts to provide biographies for Inuit artists, since it was designed for artists first. The platform showcases artists’ profiles, exhibition and publication histories and images of artwork. Unlike any other attempted platforms, artists control their profiles and explicit written permission is required from artists before publication.

Broadening Access

The IAQ Profiles was designed to bridge the gap between Inuit artists and their audiences by addressing barriers such as geographic distance and reduced internet access. When accessing artist profiles, we have created both a low-bandwidth and high-bandwidth site. Depending on your location, you will be directed to the bandwidth version that meets your connection speed. If you are shifted to the low-bandwidth site, you may click to change to the high-bandwidth version at any time. Both versions offer the same written content, but the low bandwidth version provides the option of loading each component of the biography separately.

Expanding Community

In November 2017, the Inuit Art Foundation hosted the first IAQ Profiles Edit-a-Thon, in collaboration with OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture program. The Edit-a-Thon provided researchers, curators, faculty and publishing professionals with an opportunity to learn about and create comprehensive profiles for Inuit artists.

Throughout 2018, the IAF will host Edit-a-Thons throughout southern Ontario to achieve deeper levels of user engagement and richer biographies for artists and to help showcase little-accessed institutional collections. Each event is tailored to the host institution’s holdings of Inuit art and will support that institution’s commitment to showcasing more work by Inuit artists.

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If you are interested in hosting an IAQ Profiles Edit-a-Thon contact us: iaq@inuitartfoundation.org

Become a Contributor

Help us make this resource as comprehensive as possible by registering for an account today. You can add information or suggest changes to any profile by submitting comments through the Suggest An Edit box found on every artist profile. If you are an artist or artist's representative you can create a profile or claim your existing profile by contacting us at iaq@inuitartfoundation.org. To learn more about how to get started, please visit our comprehensive guide.