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Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983)

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  • PITSEOLAK ASHOONA (1904-1983), E7-1100, Cape

  • PITSEOLAK ASHOONA (1904-1983), E7-1100, Cape

  • PITSEOLAK ASHOONA (1904-1983), CHASING THE GEESE, stonecut and stencil (framed), 20.5" x 28.25" - 52.1 x 71.8 cm.

  • Ashoona Pitseolak 1904 - 1983 Canadian Indigenous

Pitseolak Ashoona Biography

PITSEOLAK ASHOONA

Born: 1904 Female E7-1100
Place of Birth: Nottingham Island
Died: May 28, 1983
Resided: Cape Dorset
Drawings, Prints, Printmaking

Pitseolak was the mother of several Cape Dorset artists, the Ashoonas:
Ottochie, Koomwartok, Kaka, and Kiawak; and Napatchie Pootoogook.


"One of Canada's best known artists, the Inuit graphic artist known simply
as Pitseolak was born on Notingham Island in Hudson's Bay. She lived the last
twenty-five years of her life in the settlement of Cape Dorset, where she
became one of the most famous, and certainly the most prolific Inuit graphic
artist. Pitseolak produced more than 7,000 original drawings in her
twenty-four-year artistic career.


The subject matter of Pitseolak's prints and drawings is generally the
traditional way of life of the Inuit before the coming of the Whites. Scenes
of camp life, fording a river with dogs, or sewing a skin tent remind both the
artist and viewer of what life was like for previous generations, before the
appearance of airplanes, snowmobiles, and satelite dishes. Pitseolak's
narrative drawings serve as a means of recapturing these old ways and making
them vivid for younger generations of Inuit."



Janet Catherine Berlo
In "North American Women Artists
of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical
Dictionary" 1995.

EXHIBITIONS:

1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, Cape Dorset Graphics
1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, (annual collection)
1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, (illustrated catalogue)
1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980,
1981, 1982, 1983

January - February 1963 ART ESKIMO
Galerie de France
Paris, France
(illustrated catalogue)

1967 Inoonoot Eskima: Grafik och Skulptur fran
Cape Dorset och Povungnituk
Konstframjandet
Stockholm, Sweden
(catalogue)

1967 The Eskimo Art Collection of the
Toronto-Dominion Bank
Toronto-Dominion Bank
Toronto, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

January - February 1967 Cape Dorset - A Decade of Eskimo
Prints & Recent Sculpture
National Gallery of Canada,
in cooperation with the Canadian
Eskimo Art Committee
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

April - May 1967 Carvings and Prints by the Family
of Pitseolak
Robertson Galleries
Ottawa, Ontario

February - March 1968 A Collection of Original Drawings by
Cape Dorset Artists (in conjunction with
Davidee Kavik Sculpture)
Lofthouse Galleries
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

1970 Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada:
First Collection
Cultural Affairs Division, Department
of External Affairs, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

September - October 1970 The Woodget Collection of Eskimo Art
and Artifacts
Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Art
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(catalogue)

September - October 1970 Canadian Eskimo Arts Festival
Alaska Methodist University Galleries
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

September - October 1971 Eskimo Carvings and Prints from the
Collection of York University
Art Gallery of York University
Downsview, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

December 1973 - January 1974

Les Eskimos/De Eskimo's
Studio 44 - Passage 44
Brussels, Belgium
(illustrated catalogue)

December 1973 - January 1974

Eskimo Sculpture (and Drawings)
Waddington Galleries
Montreal, Quebec
(illustrated catalogue)

June - September 1974 Ulu/Inua: Form and Fantasy in Eskimo
Art
Casino Gallery, Ravinia Park
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
(catalogue)

October - November 1974 Eskimo Art
Queens Museum
Flushing, New York, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

1975 - 1979 We Lived by Animals/Nous Vivions
des Animaux
Department of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development in
cooperation with the Department
of External Affairs
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)


May 1975 Original Drawings by Nine Cape Dorset Women
Gallery of Fine Canadian Crafts
Kingston, Ontario

October 1975 - December 1977

Inuit Games/Inuit Pinguangit/Jeux des inuit
Department of Indian Affairs and
Northern Development
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated brochure)

December 1975 The Art of Eskimo Women: in
Sculpture, Prints, Wall-hangings
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

1976 - 1982 Shamans and Spirits: Myths and Medical
Symbolism in Eskimo Art
Canadian Arctic Producers and the
National Museum of Man
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

October - November 1976 Selections from the Toronto-Dominion
Collection of Eskimo Art
National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario

November 1976 Hunters of Old
Inukshuk Galleries Inc.
Waterloo, Ontario

1977 The Contemporary Eskimo Prints and Sculpture
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

January 1977 - June 1982 The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit
Department of Indian Affairs and
Northern Development and the
National Museum of Man
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

September - October 1977 The Eskimo Woman: her life and dreams
in prints and sculpture
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

March - June 1978 The Coming and Going of the Shaman:
Eskimo Shamanism and Art
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)

August 1978 Inuit Games and Contests: The Clifford E.
Lee Collection of Prints
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
(illustrated catalogue)

November - December 1978 Polar Vision: Canadian Eskimo Graphics
Jerusalem Artists' House Museum
Jerusalem, Israel
(illustrated catalogue)

1979 - 1981 Cape Dorset Engravings
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(brochure)

March - April 1979 Canadian Eskimo Art: a representative
exhibition from the collection of Professor
and Mrs. Philip Gray
Fine Arts Gallery, Montana State
University
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A.
(catalogue)

May 1979 Inuit Prints
University of New Brunswick
Long Gallery, St. John Campus
St John, New Brunswick
(tour)

July 1979 - May 1980 Inuit Art in the 1970s
Department of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development, and the
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Kingston, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

July 1979 - October 1981 Images of the Inuit: from the Simon
Fraser Collection
Simon Fraser Gallery,
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

November 1979 - October 1984

Shamans and Spirits: Myths and Medical
Symbolism in Eskimo Art
Arts and Learning Services Foundation
(this is a duplicate of the C.A.P. and
National Museum of Man exhibition of
1976-1981)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
(tour)

March - April 1980 The Dorset Group of Four -
Drawings and Prints by Kenojuak,
Lucy, Parr and Pitseolak
Canadiana Galleries
Edmonton, Alberta

April - May 1980 The Klamer Family Collection of Inuit
Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

July - August 1980 Inuit Graphics from the Collection of the
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec

August - September 1980 Members of the R.C.A.
Canadian National Exhibition Association
Toronto, Ontario

August - October 1980 The Inuit Amautik: I Like My Hood
To Be Full
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(illustrated catalogue)

September - October 1980 La deesse inuite de la mer/The Inuit Sea
Goddess
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

1981 - 1983 The Moveable Feast
Arts and Learning Services Foundation
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
(tour)

February - March 1981 Return to Origins
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

April - May 1981 Festival of Birds
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

April 1981 - March 1982 Inuit Art: A Selection of Inuit Art from
the Collection of the National Museum of
Man, Ottawa, and the Rothmans Permanent
Collection of Inuit Sculpture, Canada
National Museum of Man, Ottawa and
Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Ltd.
Toronto, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)


June 1981 Transformation
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
(illustrated brochure)

July - August 1981 Eskimo Games: Graphics and Sculpture/
Giuochi Eschimesi: grafiche e sculture
National Gallery of Modern Art
Rome, Italy
(illustrated catalogue)

September 1981 The Year of the Bear
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

September - October 1981 The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher
Collection of Inuit Art
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery,
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
(illustrated catalogue)

October 1981 - January 1983

Cape Dorset Engravings
Department of Indian Affairs and
Northern Development, circulated
by the Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated brochure)

October 1981 - February 1983

The Murray and Marguerite Vaughan Inuit
Print Collection
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Fredericton, New Brunswick
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

April 1982 Cape Dorset Drawings
Godard Editions
Calgary, Alberta

June 1982 Return to Origins II
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

June - October 1982 Inuit Art from the Art Centre Collection
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
Guelph, Ontario

December 1982 - January 1983

Noel au Chateau - Art inuit de la
collection Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
Guelph, Ontario
presented at Chateau Dufresne
Montreal, Quebec

February - March 1983 Return of the Birds
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)

May 1983 - April 1985 Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from
the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

September 1983 The Way We Were - Traditional Eskimo Life
Snow Goose Associates
Seattle, Washington, USA

September - October 1983 Inuit Survival
Enook Galleries, Waterloo, Ontario
Presented at the University of Waterloo
Art Gallery
Waterloo, Ontario

October - November 1983 The Cape Dorset Print
Presented at Rideau Hall by Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

October - December 1983 Inuit Masterworks: Selections from
the Collection of Indian and Northern
Affairs Canada
McMichael Canadian Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario

November 1983 - January 1984

Inuit Art at Rideau Hall
Presented by Indian Affairs and Northern
Development
Ottawa, Ontario

November 1983 - March 1985

Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development, Ottawa, presented at the
General Assembly Building, United Nations
New York, New York, U.S.A.
(tour)
(illustrated brochure)

February 1984 - June 1986 Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit
Department of Indian Affairs and
Northern Development and Canadian
Arctic Producers
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

March - June 1984 The Oral Tradition
National Museum of Man
Ottawa, Ontario

June 1984 Demons and Spirits and those who
wrestled with them
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

June - August 1984 Cape Dorset Prints: Twenty-Five Years
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

September - October 1984 On the Land
The Arctic Circle
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

November 1984 - February 1985

Stones, Bones, Cloth, and Paper:
Inuit Art in Edmonton Collections
Edmonton Art Gallery
Edmonton, Alberta

December 1984 - February 1985

The Last and First Eskimos
Museum of Science and History
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

1986 Hunting in the Arctic
Alberta Provincial Museum and Archives
Edmonton, Alberta

May - June 1986 The Spirit of the Land
The Koffler Gallery
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

May - July 1986 Cape Dorset Through the Years: 25 Years of
Graphics and Sculpture
Arctic Artistry
Scarsdale, New York, U.S.A.

May - September 1986 From Drawing to Print: Perceptions and
Process in Cape Dorset Art
Glenbow Museum
Calgary, Alberta
(illustrated catalogue)

June 1986 New Beginnings: a celebration of Native
expression at the first Native Business
Summit
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario


July - September 1986 Contemporary Inuit Art
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

November 1986 Inuit Graphics Through the Year: Rare
Prints from the Arctic
Arctic Artistry
Scarsdale, New York, U.S.A.

January - February 1987 The Matriarchs: Jessie Oonark, Helen Kalvak,
Pitseolak Ashoona
Snow Goose Associates
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

May - June 1987 Inuit Graphics from the Past
Arctic Artistry
Scarsdale, New York, U.S.A.

November 1987 Inuit Traditions in Graphics: 1961-1987
Arctic Artistry
Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

November 1987 - January 1988

Inuitkonst fran Kanada - skulptor och
grafik
Millesgarden
Lidingo, Sweden
(illustrated catalogue)

December 1987 - March 1989

Contemporary Inuit Drawings
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
Guelph, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

March - April 1988 A Collector's Feast
Snow Goose Associates
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

April 1988 Inuit Images in Transition
Augusta Savage Gallery,
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

November - December 1988 Inuit Women and their Art: Graphics
and Wallhangings
Gallery 210,
University of Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
(illustrated brochure)

December 1988 - 1989 Im Schatten der Sonne:Zeitgenossische Kunst
der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the
Shadow of the Sun:Contemporary Indian and Inuit
Art in Canada
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

January - April 1989 Cape Dorset Printmaking 1959-1989
McMichael Canadian Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario

February - March 1989 Inuit Drawings
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

February - April 1989 Spoken in Stone: an exhibition of
Inuit Art
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Banff, Alberta
(tour)
(illustrated brochure)

April - August 1989 Cape Dorset Sculptures and Engravings
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario

May 1989 Birds: Sculpture from Cape Dorset
& Rock Ptarmigan Limited Edition
Print by Kananginak
The Guild Shop
Toronto, Ontario

June - July 1989 Drawings of the 1960s from Cape Dorset
Feheley Fine Arts in association
with Gimpel Fils, London, England
Toronto, Ontario

June - July 1989 A New Day Dawning: Early Cape Dorset Prints
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

July - September 1989 Mother and Child: Selections from the
Inuit Collection of the Art Gallery
of Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

August - October 1989 Inuit Graphic Art from Indian
& Northern Affairs Canada
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba

August - October 1989 Dorset: dessins originaux/original drawings
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

1990 Inuit Art From the Glenbow Collection
Glenbow Museum
Calgary, Alberta

January - September 1990 Arctic Mirror
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Hull, Quebec

February - March 1990 Inuit Drawings
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
(illustrated catalogue)

June - July 1990 Small Sculptures from across the
Canadian Arctic
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

June - September 1990 Inuit Graphics and Drawings from 1959-1990
Arctic Artistry
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

November 1990 - February 1991

Espaces Inuit
Maison Hamel-Bruneau
Ste-Foy, Quebec
(illustrated catalogue)

January 1991 Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art
from Canada
at Bunkamura Art Gallery, presented by the
University of British Columbia Museum of
Anthropology and The McMichael Canadian Art
Collection
Tokyo, Japan
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

May 1991 Inuit Music in Art: Singing and Dancing and
Playing
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

November - December 1991 Cape Dorset, First Generation Printers:
Engravings 1962-1963
Albers Gallery
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
(illustrated brochure)

November - December 1991 Art Inuit: Autour de la Collection de Cape
Dorset 1991
Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Le Colombier
Ville D'Avray, France

December 1991 - March 1992

In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades
of Inuit Printmaking
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

February - April 1992 Art Inuit
Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai
at Galerie Montador
Dieppe, France

February - September 1992 Inuit Art: Drawings and Recent Sculpture
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

April 1992 Arctic Stories by Pitseolak Ashoona:
Graphics from 1962-1980
Arctic Artistry
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

November - December 1992 Original Drawings from Cape Dorset
by Lucy, Pitseolak, Kingmeata
Albers Gallery
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

November - December 1993 Women Who Draw: 30 Years of Graphic
Art from the Canadian Arctic
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario

November 1993 - January 1994

Contemporary Inuit Drawings
Muscarelle Museum of Art
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
(illustrated catalogue)

March - August 1994 Kunst aus der Arktis
Volkerkundmuseum der Universitat Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
(illustrated catalogue)

May - June 1994 Cape Dorset Revisited - a collection
of previously unreleased prints, exhibited
at selected commercial galleries, organized by
West Baffin Eskimo Co-op
Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories

May 1994 - July 1995 Cape Dorset Revisited
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

July 1994 Arctic Spirit
35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art
Frye Art Museum
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

September - October 1994 Kunst van de Inuit Eskimo's
Gemeentelijk Kunstcentrum
Huis Hellemans
Edegem, Belgium
(illustrated brochure)

October 1994 - September 1995

Isumavut:The Artistic Expression
of Nine Cape Dorset Women
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Hull, Quebec
(illustrated catalogue)

March - July 1995 Immaginario Inuit
Arte e cultura degli esquimesi canadesi
Galleria d'Arte Moderna
e Contemporanea
Verona, Italy
(illustrated catalogue)

June 1995 Cape Dorset Engravings and Etchings
from the Sixties
Arctic Artistry
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

June 1995 - February 1996 Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg, Manitoba

November 1995 - January 1996

Qiviuq: A Legend in Art
Carleton University Art Gallery
Ottawa, Ontario

March - April 1996 Works on Paper from the Permanent
Collection of Inuit Art
Canadian Guild of Craft Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

1971 Pitseolak - Print Retrospective 1962-1970
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
Montreal, Quebec

September - October 1971 Pitseolak Drawings
The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
Toronto, Ontario

1975 - 1977 Pitseolak
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
in cooperation with the West-Baffin Eskimo
Cooperative, Cape Dorset
Ottawa, Ontario
(tour)
(illustrated catalogue)

November 1982 Pitseolak: Original Drawings
Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg
in cooperation with the Canadian Book
Information Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia

November 1986 Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983): An Unusual Life
Ring House Gallery,
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

December 1991 Spirit of my People
Alaska Gallery of New York
New York, New York, U.S.A.

COLLECTIONS:

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
Art Gallery of York University, Downsview, Ontario
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick
CIBC Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, Quebec
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Clifford E. Lee Collection, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Cultural Affairs Division, Department of External Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A.
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Fitzgerald Collection, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, Sudbury, Ontario
London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario
Macmillan-Bloedel Limited, Vancouver, British Columbia
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, U.S.A.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery and Museum of Fine Art, Owen Sound, Ontario
Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto, Ontario
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Woodstock Public Art Gallery, Woodstock, Ontario

HONOURS, ACHIEVEMENTS and EVENTS:

Mintmark Press Special Editions, Toronto. Pitseolak is one of several artists
whose reproductions are presented in folios by Mintmark Press.

1960 Glenbow Foundation Commission, Calgary. The artist's print 'Eskimos Tossing a
Boy' was commissioned by the Glenbow Foundation.

1971 Travelled to Ottawa for the presentation of the book, PITSEOLAK:
PICTURES OUT OF MY LIFE, to the National Library by the Honourable Jean
Chretien.

1971 Travelled to Montreal to attend the opening of a solo exhibition of her work
at the Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec.

1974 Elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

1975 Received a Canada Council Senior Arts Grant.

1975 Two films about Pitseolak and her work were produced by the International
Cinemedia Centre Ltd.: 'The Way We Live Today' and 'Spirits and Monsters.'

1976 A retrospective exhibition of drawings organized by the Department of Indian
Affairs and Northern Development was accepted by the Smithsonian
Institute in Washington as part of Canada's contribution to the United States'
Bicentennial celebrations.

1977 Received Canada's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, in
recognition of her contribution to Canadian art.

1979 Pitseolak was among ten Canadian artists commissioned by Gallery Moos in
Toronto to produce a print for a special portfolio in honour of the gallery's
twentieth anniversary. Entitled 'Animals of Our Land', this work is documented
in the Cape Dorset Graphic annual catalogue of 1979.

1980 'Etching Portfolio I. Pitseolak was one of six artists who assembled a special
portfolio of prints which is documented in the Cape Dorset Graphic annual
catalogue of 1980.

1980 'Etching Portfolio II: Childhood Memories'. This collection of work appears in
the Cape Dorset Graphic annual catalogue of 1980.

1983 Pitseolak was one of several artists commissioned by the Royal Canadian
Academy of Arts in collaboration with Merritt Editions to create an original
print for the portfolio 'Idea of the North'. The print entitled 'Frightened
Goslings' is documented in the Cape Dorset Graphic annual catalogue of 1983.

1984 Pitseolak Lithographs Folio. Pitseolak Stonecut/ Stencil Folio 1984. The
artist produced a special folio of lithographs and a folio of stonecut/
stencils which are both documented in the Cape Dorset Graphic annual catalogue
of 1984.

1989 A folio of prints by Pitseolak was released by Aux Multiples entitled
'Pitseolak Ashoona 1904-1983'.

1993 A postage stamp featuring a portrait of Pitseolak was included in a series
honouring Canadian women that was issued on International Women's Day.

SELECTED REFERENCES:


ARTS OF THE ESKIMO: PRINTS: /Ed. by Ernst Roch. Texts by
Patrick Furneaux and Leo Rosshandler. Montreal: Signum Press in
association with Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1974.


ESKIMO PAINTERS: Nauja, Allukpik, Pitseolak. The Beaver,
Autumn, 1967. pp.48-53.


IM SCHATTEN DER SONNE: Zeitgenoessische Kunst der Indianer und
Eskimos in Kanada. [In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Art
of the Indians and Eskimos in Canada]. Stuttgart: Edition
Cantz. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1988.


L'ART DES ESQUIMAUX DU CANADA: "vivre et voir le grand jour qui
point". Canada d'Aujourd'hui, no. 7, April 1969. pp.3,11.


UNE EXPOSITION D'ART GRAPHIQUE INUIT AU MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS.
Le Devoir, July 29, 1980.

Berlo, Janet Catherine
ASHOONA PITSEOLAK (1904-1983). In North American Women Artists
of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary/Garland,
1995.

Berlo, Janet Catherine
THE POWER OF THE PENCIL: Inuit Women in the Graphic Arts.
Inuit Art Quarterly, vol. 5, no. 1, Winter, 1990. pp.16-26.

Blodgett, Jean
GRASP TIGHT THE OLD WAYS: Selections from the Klamer Family
Collection of Inuit Art. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983.

Blodgett, Jean
IN CAPE DORSET WE DO IT THIS WAY: THREE DECADES OF INUIT
PRINTMAKING: Jean Blodgett/with essays by Heather Ardies,
Leslie Boyd and Linda Sutherland. Kleinburg, Ont. : McMichael
Canadian Art Collection, 1991.

Cochran, Bente Roed
ESKIMO PRINT PORTFOLIO IS COMPELLING. Edmonton Journal,
September 8, 1978.

Cochran, Bente Roed
PITSEOLAK ASHOONA: An Unusual Life. Inuit Art Quarterly,
vol.2, no.2, Spring 1987. pp.11-12.

Eber, Dorothy Harley
PITSEOLAK ASHOONA: IN The Canadian Encyclopedia, James H.
Marsh, editor-in-chief. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 3:1420,
1985.

Eber, Dorothy Harley
PITSEOLAK: PICTURES OUT OF MY LIFE: Edited from tape-recorded
interviews by Dorothy Eber. Montreal: Design Collaborative
Books in association with Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1971.

Eber, Dorothy, Harley
ESKIMO TALES. Natural History LXXXVI (8):126-129, October, 1977.

Gagnon, Louis
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