Credit: Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery


drawing, jewellry, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Multidisciplinary artist Qaunaq Mikkigak was a sculptor, graphic artist, seamstress and author from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. Despite these many practices, however, Kinngait's distinctive green stone was Mikkigak preferred material which leant itself to the artists' smooth and curvilinear sculptural forms. As an elder, Mikkigak was passionate about imparting her knowledge and sharing Inuit culture with the next generation through her work. As part of this work, she co-authored the children's books "The Legend of the Fog" (2012) and "Grandmother Ptarmigan" (2013) based on traditional Inuit stories and in 2017 shared her knowledge of the story of Kiviuq for the creation of the theatre production "Kiviuq Returns: An Inuit Epic". Mikkigak's work can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank, both located in Ottawa, ON and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba among others.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Grandmother Ptarmigan 2013 Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne F. Schwartz
The Legend of the Fog 2011 Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne F. Schwartz


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Mothers in Inuit Art May 2010 Feheley Fine Arts
Arctic Miniatures November - December 2006 The Albers Gallery
Small Sculptures by Great Artists December 2005 - January 2006 Feheley Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Glenbow Museum Calgary, AB, Canada
Inuit Cultural Institute Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories

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May 16, 2019 Profile edited by Kirk Kitzul