2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the West Baffin Co-operative. The first Cape Dorset print collection was released back in 1959. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Colborne Street Gallery is welcoming back William Huffman, Marketing Manager at Dorset Fine Arts.
“For our 50th anniversary, we looked back to celebrate everything we’ve accomplished. For this 60th anniversary, we’re using it to look forward and celebrate what’s ahead for the artists and the print program, as well as the national importance of Inuit art and the international reach that art continues to have.” 1
This year, Inuit art is reaching audiences all over the world with programming in Paris, France and Bern, Switzerland. Mapping Worlds, an exhibition of Shuvinai Ashoona’s pencil crayon and ink drawings, is currently on view at The Power Plant in Toronto until May 12, 2019. More of Kenojuak’s work will tour the country while an exhibition of Cape Dorset-based emerging and mid-career artists will travel through the United States and Europe.
William Huffman, Marketing Manager at Dorset Fine Arts, has been actively involved in the programming and anniversary celebrations. He will visit Colborne Street Gallery to speak about the West Baffin Co-operative, Dorset Fine Arts, the artists, and Cape Dorset, Nunavut.
We will also look at the specially selected Inuit prints & sculptures currently on view and available at Colborne Street Gallery.
As always, the Colborne Street Gallery is free to visit. There is no charge to attend this talk and it is open to the public. We look forward to seeing you!
William Huffman Bio
Huffman was Executive Director with Inuit Art Foundation, Coordinator of the Audience and Market Development Office at Canada Council for the Arts, Associate Director with Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation, and has held other leadership positions at Blackwood Gallery, Arts Toronto, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, A Space Gallery, Canadian Art Foundation, and Art Gallery of Sudbury. Huffman is currently Marketing Manager at Dorset Fine Arts a division of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative and is an occasional instructor with University of Toronto, Toronto School of Art, and Visual Arts Mississauga. He is a past Board member of Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, Ontario Cultural Human Resources Council, Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens, Alliance Française de Toronto, and Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation. He serves as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Art & Art History, a joint program between Sheridan College and University of Toronto and in 1998, Huffman created the program’s annual William Huffman Award for Excellence in Studio Practice. His recent curatorial initiatives include several international traveling exhibitions.
1 Quinn, Ellis. “Arctic Canadian co-operative behind renowned Inuit art program celebrates 60th anniversary.” Eye on the Arctic, 8 January 2019, http://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2019/01/08/arctic-canadian-co-operative-behind-renowned-inuit-art-program-celebrates-60th-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR0hJQ2JjIv0k-2iWgCw3MEL7PkCkiIvrgt4Xw2Eo0bw7cTBrrpw9lezTNc.
About Dorset Fine Arts
Dorset Fine Arts was established in Toronto in 1978 as the wholesale marketing division of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. The Co-operative is in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and is unique among the Arctic Co-operatives for its focus on the arts and artists of the community. The Annual Graphics Collection from Cape Dorset has been released since 1959 and the Co-operative also represents many acclaimed sculptors and drawing artists. Dorset Fine Arts was established to develop and serve the market for Inuit fine art produced by the artist members of the Co-operative. Sales and exhibitions of prints, drawings and sculptures are made through the Dorset Fine Arts showroom in Toronto to galleries around the world.