Ashoona, RCA

Photo: Shuvinai Ashoona with her RCA
Credit: Nancy Campbell
Ashoona, RCA


drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

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Shuvinai Ashoona is a graphic artist based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. She first began drawing in the early 1990s, when her younger sister encouraged her to go to the Kinngait studios. Ashoona first came to prominence in the late 1990s, when her work was included in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection of 1997. A couple of years later, alongside her grandmother, Pitseolak Ashoona and her aunt, Napachie Pootoogook, Shuvinai Ashoona was included in “Three Women, Three Generations” presented at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (1999), curated by Jean Blodgett. Ashoona’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been included in major exhibitions such as the “18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations” (2012), and “Oh, Canada” (2012) at Mass MoCA (where Ashoona was exhibited alongside her cousin, Annie Pootoogook).View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Quick Draw: Inuit Artist Shuvinai Ashoona March 13, 2020 Adam Benmakhlouf
Art Trip: Shuvinai Ashoona collapses boundaries at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow February 3, 2020 Rose Prata
Mapping Worlds November 18, 2019 Sara Hashemi


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Shuvinai Ashoona: Holding onto Universes February 7, 2020 - March 22, 2020 Centre for Contemporary Arts
Shuvinai Ashoona Holding on to Universes February  7 — March 22, 2020 Centre for Contemporary Arts
Vapourating February 22 - March 28, 2020 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2017 Dorset Fine Arts
REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards Laureate 2017 The Hnatyshyn Foundation
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2016 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada

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May 16, 2019 Profile edited by Heather Parker
September 14, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation