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IAQ Wins Cover Grand Prix at 2023 National Magazine Awards

Jun 05, 2023
by IAQ

Following the National Magazine Awards (NMAs) Gala at Arcadian Court in Toronto, ON, on June 2 the Inuit Art Foundation is proud to announce that we won gold in the Cover Grand Prix category!

The Inuit Art Quarterly’s Winter 2022 issue, Colour: Chromatic North, featured a limited-edition detachable lenticular cover that shifts from blue to green smoky photos as it is tilted by the viewer. The images feature artwork from Katherine Takpannie’s Amait series, an ongoing exploration of colour and movement using smoke bombs, paired with original poetry from Taqralik Partridge as part of a larger artist project, Tauttuq, within the issue. Tauttuq received honourable mention in the One of a Kind Storytelling category at this year’s NMAs, and the issue as a whole received an honourable mention for Best Editorial Package.


Katherine Takpannie
Tungujuangajuq #1 (2017) and Tungujuangajuq #4 (2020) Digital photographs

“It is so hard to innovate in print these days, and Inuit Art Quarterly has managed to do exactly that with this eye-catching cover,” said the NMA jury. “They aren’t relying on a trick here to do the heavy lifting; the whole concept is smart and thought-provoking. And so beautiful!”

This is the first time the IAQ has been recognized in the Cover Grand Prix category. In 2021 three of the IAQ’s issues, Painting, Relations and Threads, were nominated for Best Editorial Package, and in 2018 Anniversary: Celebrating 30 Years was nominated for Best Editorial Package and the sprawling, multi-authored portfolio “30 Artists to Know” was nominated for One of a Kind Storytelling. Among other NMA wins in the IAQ’s history, last year the magazine was selected as the Best Arts and Literary Magazine and the Magazine Grand Prix winner.

On behalf of the IAQ team, the Inuit Art Foundation staff and board of directors, we would like to extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to Katherine Takpannie, Taqralik Partridge and all the writers and artists who contributed to our 2022 editorial calendar, for sharing their enthusiasm, passion and creativity in our pages. 

We would also like to thank the Herb and Cece Schreiber Family Foundation for making the lenticular cover possible, and to thank our loyal community of readers and donors for their support of Inuit art, as well as our funders—Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, the Canada Council for Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Creates—who make the IAQ possible.

Qujanamiik, nakurmiik, nakurmeq, quana, merci, thank you!

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