Ashoona, RCA

Photo: Mayoreak Ashoona
Ashoona, RCA


drawing, sculpture/carving, textile

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Saturituk, NU



Mayoreak Ashoona is a graphic artist based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset). In 1963, she gained prominence for her imaginative and colourful drawings and her dynamic and unique work. Since the first publication of her work in 1978, Ashoona has been consistently represented in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection. Ashoona's work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally. She was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2003.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Listening to the Stone: Inuit Art From the Bieri Family Collection 2015 Veronica Passalacqua, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Heather L Igloliorte, C.N. Gorman Museum
State of the art September 3, 2014 Margo Pfeiff
Mayoreak Ashoona 2013 Art Canada Institute


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Spectacular Beings June - July 2018 Feheley Fine Arts
Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) 4th Edition: Níchiwamiskwém | Nimidet | Ma sœur | My sister May 3 - July 22, 2018 Stewart Hall Art Gallery; La Guilde
Stonecut to Sugar-lift: Inuit Prints from the 1960's to the Present June - July 2015 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2003 The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Bata Shoe Museum Toronto, ON, Canada
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada

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February 23, 2018 Updated by: Lera Kotsyuba
June 18, 2017 Created by: Marine Sans