Ingo Hessel has worked with Inuit art and artists for more than thirty years. For almost fifteen years he worked at the Inuit Art Information Centre in Canada’s federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, where he oversaw the Inuit artist biography project, produced the video Keeping Our Stories Alive: The Sculpture of Canada’s Inuit, wrote the booklet Canadian Inuit Sculpture which was published in eight languages, and acted as an advisor to Inuit artists, co-ops, wholesalers, dealers, museums, academics and curators. In 1998 Ingo began working as a freelance Inuit curator, writer and consultant. He has conducted over twenty-five research trips to the Canadian Arctic, taught Inuit art courses at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, curated Inuit art exhibitions, and published numerous articles in journals, magazines and books. Ingo is the author of the definitive illustrated book Inuit Art: An Introduction, published in 1998 by Douglas & McIntyre in Canada, Abrams in the U.S.A., and the British Museum Press in England. He organized the major exhibition entitled Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum for the Heard Museum in Phoenix, which toured the U.S. until 2010 and was accompanied by a book of the same title. He served as Albrecht Adjunct Curator of Inuit Art at the Heard Museum from 2006-2010, and Curator of the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto from 2008-2010. His recent projects include the exhibition and publication Sanattiaqsimajut: Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery Collection (CUAG, 2009); the exhibition and catalogue Kananginak Pootoogook: Celebrating Five Decades of Artistic Achievement (Museum of Inuit Art, 2010); the chapter on Inuit Art in The Visual Arts in Canada: The Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2010); co-curator and principal author for the exhibition and publication Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection (Art Gallery of Ontario, 2010/2011); and contributor to Darlene Coward Wight’s book Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2012). Ingo has worked as Head of the Inuit Art Department at Walker’s Fine Art & Estate Auctions, Ottawa since 2011, and has organized twice-yearly catalogued auctions for them. He served on the board of directors of the Inuit Art Foundation from 2012 to 2014. Ingo is also a stone sculptor, painter and printmaker, with numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and Japan.
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