Mathew Nuqingaq, President
Mathew Nuqingaq is a well-known metalworker, jeweller, and performing artist. Working in the fully-equipped Aayuraa Studio in Iqaluit, the studio organizes innovative workshops and is open to both Inuit and southern guest artists. Mathew teaches jewellery-making and metalwork at Nunavut Arctic College, where he graduated in 1999. Mathew is a member of the Governance Committee.
Heather Igloliorte, Vice-President
Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk scholar and independent curator who holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Concordia University. Her teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resurgence, and she is the current Lead or Co-Investigator on several funded research projects related to this work. Igloliorte currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Circle for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, working on the development of the new national Inuit Art Centre.
Erica Lugt, Secretary-Treasurer
Erica Lugt is an emerging Inuvialuit artist from Tuktoyatuk, NT, who currently resides in Inuvik, NT. Lugt runs her own line of jewellery under the name “She Was A Free Spirit” out of her studio in Inuvik and is best known for the brick stitch technique she uses in many of her pieces. Through her work as a jewller, Lugt has travelled nationally and participated at the first ever Indigenous Fashion Week in Toronto, ON in 2018. Lugt is also a Financial Analyst with the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Sammy Kudluk, Past President
Sammy Kudluk is an established artist and arts administrator who brings extensive experience to the IAF. Well-known for his drawing, painting, and sculpting, Sammy is recognized as an innovator who is redefining Inuit art. Originally from Kangirsuk, Nunavik, Sammy is the Liaison officer for the Aumaaggiivik Nunavik Arts Secretariat in Kuujjuaq, that supports Nunavik artists in all media.
Jamie Cameron has been a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Toronto, Ontario for many years and is well known in the legal community. She and her husband, Chris Bredt, are long-time collectors of Inuit and aboriginal art from other communities. Jamie has served on the board of directors for many organizations over the years, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian and BC Civil Liberties Associations, and others. Jamie and Chris have supported the arts over the years, including by donating parts of their collection, and are frequent travellers to Canada’s north. Jamie is the Chair of the Governance Committee.
Patricia Feheley is the Director Feheley Fine Arts, a Toronto art gallery specializing in traditional and contemporary Inuit art. Feheley holds a Masters Degree in Museology and Art History from the University of Toronto. She has an extensive administrative background in the visual arts and has also published widely on the subject of Inuit art. Feheley is the past President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, a former board member of the Cultural Human Resources Council. Currently she serves on the Canadian Cultural Properties Export Review Board (CCPERB) and is a member of the Governance Committee.
Michael Massie is a mixed-media artist based out of Kippens, NL, and recognized for his stone and metal sculptures, particularly his silver teapots. Massie’s work has helped to redefine the concept of Inuit art worldwide. Massie was elected as a Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally is in the permanent collection of many prestigious institutions in both Canada and the United States, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON.
Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator and the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts / School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University. His curatorial career spans over 20 years, formerly serving as the Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and co-founding the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. He received a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Bard College; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the IAIA. Rice’s writing has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely.