Lucy Tasseor

Photo: Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
Credit: Ingo Hessel
Lucy Tasseor


bone, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Arviat, NU

Date of Birth:

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Nunalla, MB

Date of Death:

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The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok was a celebrated carver from Nunalla, MB, who eventually made Arviat, NU, her home and artistic community. Though growing up with her grandparents, who greatly influenced her art practice, Tutsweetok did not begin carving until she moved to Arviat in the 1960s. Tutsweetok’s works range in size from the length of a thumb to larger boulders, emphasizing the natural shape of the stone while leaving large sections uncarved. Tutsweetok’s semi-abstract sculptures depict familial or maternal groups and record the experiences of Inuit for future generations. She has been featured on the cover of Inuit Art Quarterly, and her work is held in several major institutions, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC, and the Inuit Cultural Institute in Rankin Inlet, NV.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Subtle Form and Sensitive Line: The Sculpture of Arviat Spring 2017 Norman Zepp
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok Fall/Winter 2011 Gerald McMaster
Family and Ancestors [art reproduction] Fall 2006


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
My curiosities are not your curios Sept - Dec 2017 Art Gallery of Guelph
Rocks, Stones, and Dust Oct 2015 - Dec 2015 Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok May 2011 - June 2012 Art Gallery of Ontario


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Winter 2007 Inuit Art Foundation
Artist-in-Residence to create sculpture for the exhibition Indigena. 1992 Canadian Museum of History

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Dennos Museum Centre Traverse City, MI, United States

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January 17, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
October 18, 2017 Created by: Laura Chantal Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation