Carnegie Museum of Art and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh are pleased to welcome Dr. Heather Igloliorte as the inaugural scholar for the Annual Terry Smith Lecture in Contemporary Art. An Inuk and Newfoundlander from Nunatsiavut, Dr. Igloliorte holds the Tier 1 University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts and is an associate professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She co-directs the Indigenous Futures Research Centre with Prof. Jason Edward Lewis, and directs the nation-wide Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq Project (2018-2025), an initiative that supports Inuit and Inuvialuit postsecondary students to explore professional career paths in all aspects of the arts, including collections management, curatorial practice, arts administration and other areas of the visual and performing arts, in order to address the longstanding absence of Inuit in agential positions within Canadian art history and museum practice.
The Annual Terry Smith Lecture in Contemporary Art is established to honor the namesake emeritus professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Museum of Art advisory board member and aims to advance the critical mission of art history to generate a healthy discourse in the contemporary moment. The lecture series invites a prominent scholar in the field of contemporary art to deliver a public lecture and lead closed-door seminars with the curators of Carnegie Museum of Art and the faculty and graduate students at the university.
About the Speaker
Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Inuk, Nunatsiavut) holds the Tier 1 University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts and is an associate professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She also serves as the Special Advisor to the Provost on Advancing Indigenous Knowledges, and in this role contributes to the efforts of the university Indigenous Directions Leadership Group. Her teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resurgence.