Call for Nominations: 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award


Kenojuak Ashevak, Preening Owl, 1995. Courtesy Dorset Fine Arts

The Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) will be accepting nominations for the 2021 Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award (KAMA). The award is open to mid-career and established Inuit artists working in visual and performance-based practices. The winner will receive a prize of $10,000. New in 2021, a shortlist of up to three additional artists will be named, each receiving a prize of $3,000. The winner and shortlist will be announced in September 2021.

Established in 2014 to honour the life and work of the late Kenojuak Ashevak, CC, ON, RCA (1927–2013), the award is a bi-annual prize, created to support the practice of an Inuk artist.

The IAF invites nominations from artists directly, as well as professional acquaintances including curators, gallerists, writers, critics, fellow artists and others in relevant fields, in support of an Inuit artist’s practice. Individual artists are encouraged to self-nominate if they wish to do so. All KAMA applications will be assessed by an external jury of Inuit arts professionals.

Nominations Open: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Nominations Close: Friday, June 25, 2021 @ Midnight EST

Award Amount: $10,000 to winner; $3000 to each of the three (3) shortlisted artists

To view the full list of nomination guidelines and for more information please visit:

Heather Campbell
Strategic Initiatives Director
647.498.7717 ext. 106

Jon Lockyer
Artist Services Manager
647.498.7717 ext. 107

Blandina Makkik
Igloo Tag Coordinator
647.498.7717 ext. 109

About the IAF
For over thirty years, the IAF has been a vital resource for both Inuit artists and those who celebrate and support their work. Its core mandate is to promote and support Inuit artists across Inuit Nunangat and southern Canada through a wide variety of programming, including most recently the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award. Through these initiatives, the IAF seeks to empower and support Inuit artists’ self-expression and self-determination while increasing the public’s access to and awareness of their work.

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Inuit Art Foundation
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