Ashoona, RCA

Photo: Shuvinai Ashoona with her RCA
Credit: Nancy Campbell
Ashoona, RCA


drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Shuvinai Ashoona is a graphic artist based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. She first began drawing in the early 1990s, when her younger sister encouraged her to go to the Kinngait studios. Ashoona first came to prominence in the late 1990s, when her work was included in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection of 1997. A couple of years later, alongside her grandmother, Pitseolak Ashoona and her aunt, Napachie Pootoogook, Shuvinai Ashoona was included in “Three Women, Three Generations” presented at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (1999), curated by Jean Blodgett. Ashoona’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been included in major exhibitions such as the “18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations” (2012), and “Oh, Canada” (2012) at Mass MoCA (where Ashoona was exhibited alongside her cousin, Annie Pootoogook).View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
These books aim to teach Canadians about their own art April 28, 2019 Christine Sismondo
Shuvinai Ashoona Spring 2019 Canadian Art
Shuvinai Ashoona Wins $50K Gershon Iskowitz Prize January 28, 2019 Leah Sandals


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Shuvinai Ashoona: We End Up Dreaming Jan - Feb 2019 Feheley Fine Arts
Spectacular Beings June - July 2018 Feheley Fine Arts
Shuvinai Ashoona: Curiousities Mar - Apr 2017 Feheley Fine Arts


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2017 Dorset Fine Arts
REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards Laureate 2017 The Hnatyshyn Foundation
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2016 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada

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May 16, 2019 Profile edited by Heather Parker
September 14, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation