drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU



Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU
09 January 1940

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.




Meelia Kelly was born in 1940 and lived on the land for most of her youth, informing the imagery of her art practice including scenes of families, hunting scenes and animals. Working out of the Kinngait studios, Kelly’s work was featured in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection from 2001-2006, and her print “Pursued” (2003) graced the Fall 2006 cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Cape Dorset Prints: A Retrospective 2007 Leslie Boyd Ryan
In Memoriam Fall 2006 Inuit Art Quarterly
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2003 Spring 2004 Dorothy Speak


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Spectacular Beings June - July 2018 Feheley Fine Arts
Deck the Walls December 2017 Madrona Gallery
Traces: Indigenous Artists Moving Through Memory 2017 Sussex Courtyards


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2006 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2005 Dorset Fine Arts
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Spring 2004 Inuit Art Foundation

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC, United States

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March 9, 2018 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba