About the IAQ Profiles

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.


Search by Artists, Media or Community
Discover the broad range of Inuit artists published on the IAQ Profiles by using the search function. You can search for a specific artist by name by clicking on the magnifying glass on the top right side of the page. You can also search by community, media, region or more by selecting the desired criteria from the drop-down list. You can also set multiple search criteria for more directed results.

Explore Featured Artists
Not sure where you want to start? Browse our featured categories by visiting our Explore page!

Edit an Artist Profile
You can Suggest An Edit on an artist profile if you have more information! Use the Suggest an Edit button at the top of any profile to tell our team more about the artist.