Soon after Annie Pootoogook started exhibiting her work, her drawings began to attract tremendous public attention, especially after a landmark solo exhibition at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, in 2006. Her work has subsequently been shown in major solo exhibitions, including Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice, a retrospective at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, that opened in 2017, as well as several group exhibitions.


Annie Pootoogook at the Sobey Art Award exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Annie Pootoogook at the Sobey Art Award 2006 exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, November 7, 2007, photograph by Denis Bernier.



Major Solo Exhibitions



May–June, Moving Forward: Works on Paper by Annie Pootoogook, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. Exhibition catalogue. 


June, Annie Pootoogook—Reflections, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.

June–September, Annie Pootoogook, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. Exhibition catalogue. 


January–March, Annie Pootoogook, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts), Calgary. Exhibition catalogue. This exhibition travelled to several Canadian cities as well as the National Museum of the American Indian, New York (2009–10).


August–December, Annie Pootoogook: Kinngait Compositions, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston. Exhibition catalogue.


September–February, Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario. Exhibition catalogue.


Selected Group Exhibitions



The Unexpected, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.



Unique Visions, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.


November, Windows on Kinngait: The Drawings of Napachie Pootoogook and Annie Pootoogook, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. Exhibition catalogue.


January–May, In the Shadow of the Sun: Sami and Inuit Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton.


December, Ashoona: Third Wave, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.


June–July, Annie Pootoogook, Shuvinai Ashoona, Siassie Kenneally: 3 Cousins, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. Exhibition catalogue.


June–September, documenta 12, Kassel, Germany. Exhibition catalogue.


November–December, Breaking Ground: New Oil Stick Drawings from Cape Dorset, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.


Shuvinai Ashoona & Annie Pootoogook: Recent Drawings, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.


May, Narrative: Contemporary Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver. 


July–August, Shuvinai Ashoona & Annie Pootoogook, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal.


September–October, Women of the North: Seen in Sculptures and Prints, Arctic Artistry, Chappaqua, New York.


November–December, New Views on Old Traditions, The Guild Shop, Toronto.


October–January, Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.


October–January, Nunannguaq: In the Likeness of the Earth, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario.


June–July, North Meets South, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.



November–January, Ijurnaqtut: Whimsy, Wit and Humor in Inuit Art, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.


April, Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Exhibition catalogue.


June, Dorset Large: Large Scale Drawings from the Kinngait Studios, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto. 


August, Memory for the Future, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal. 


December–February, Women in Charge: Inuit Contemporary Women Artists, Museo Nazionale Preistorica Etnografica “Luigi Pigorini,” Rome, Italy.


February–March, Colour, Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver.


April–July, Polar Shift, Museum London, London, Ontario. 


November–December, Past Sobey Award Winners—A Selection from the National Gallery of Canada Collection, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. 


May–April, Oh, Canada, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA. Exhibition catalogue.


December–May, Telling Stories: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset, Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1), Toronto.


April–June, Dorset Seen, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa. Exhibition catalogue.


May–September, Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Exhibition catalogue.


September–January, Northern Exposure, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.


October–January, Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today, The Rooms, St. John’s.


July–October, BIG BANG, Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa.


September–October, Fifteen Years: Kinngait 2000–2015, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto.


August–September, Neon NDN: Indigenous Pop Art, Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa.



November–January, Dear Life, Art Gallery of Guelph. 


June–January, Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait, National Museum of the American Indian, New York.


July–October, Beautiful World, Where Are You?, Tate Liverpool, U.K.


September–October, Shifting Geographies, University of Alberta Museums, Edmonton.


Primary Sources

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, holds the largest public collection of Annie Pootoogook’s drawings. Another significant collection is represented on the website of collectors Stephanie Comer and Rob Craigie,  Expanding Inuit ( Annie’s prints were included in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Before that, in 2003, Feheley Fine Arts commissioned a print that was not included in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection but was included in its 2003 catalogue. The Inuit Artists’ Print Database ( includes catalogue information for nine of the artist’s prints.  



Critical Texts

Cover of Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice, 2017, by Nancy Campbell, translated by Rhoda Kayakjuak, featuring Myself in Scotland, 2005–6, by Annie Pootoogook. 

Allen, Jan. Annie Pootoogook: Kinngait Compositions. Kingston, Ontario: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2011. Exhibition catalogue.


Buergel, Roger M., and Ruth Noack. Documenta Kassel 12. Cologne: Taschen, 2007. Exhibition catalogue.


Campbell, Nancy. Annie Pootoogook. Toronto: The Power Plant, 2006. Exhibition catalogue.


———. Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice. Toronto: McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Goose Lane, 2017. Exhibition catalogue.


———. “Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Contemporary Inuit Drawing.” PhD dissertation, York University, 2017. 


———. Inuit Trilogy: Noise Ghost and Other Stories. Toronto: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, 2016. Exhibition catalogue.


Campbell, Nancy, with Wayne Baerwaldt and Deborah Root. Annie Pootoogook. Calgary: Alberta College of Art and Design, 2007. Exhibition catalogue.


Feheley, Patricia. “Modern Language: The Art of Annie Pootoogook.” Inuit Art Quarterly 19, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 10–15.


Igloliorte, Heather. “Annie Pootoogook: Depicting Arctic Modernity in Contemporary Inuit Art.” Artlink 37, no. 2 (June 2017): 56–61.


———. “Annie Pootoogook: 1969–2016.” Canadian Art Online, September 27, 2016.


Lefebvre, Haidee. “Annie Pootoogook’s Visual Representations of Girlhood: Acknowledging and Recognizing the Presence of Inuit Girls.” PhD dissertation, McGill University, 2019. 


Lunch at the Diner in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), c.2005, photographer unknown. From left to right: Nancy Campbell, Siassie Kenneally, Shuvinai Ashoona, Patricia Feheley, and Annie Pootoogook.

———. “In Contrast: Media Coverage and Annie Pootoogook’s Drawings of Sexual Violence and Sexual Happiness.” In Disrupting Shameful Legacies: Girls and Young Women Speak Back through the Arts to Address Sexual Violence, edited by Claudia Mitchell and Relebohile Moletsane, 193–214. Boston: Brill Sense, 2018.


Markonish, Denise, ed. Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North America. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. Exhibition catalogue.


Root, Deborah. “Inuit Art and the Limits of Authenticity.” Inuit Art Quarterly 23, no. 2 (Summer 2008): 18–26.


Sinclair, James. “Breaking New Ground: The Graphic Work of Shuvinai Ashoona, Janet Kigusiuq, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk and Annie Pootoogook.” Inuit Art Quarterly 19, nos. 3 and 4 (Fall / Winter 2004): 58–61.


Tomaszewska, Karolina. “Autobiographic Narrative in the Drawings of Napachie  and Annie Pootoogook.” MA thesis, Concordia University, 2012.


Vorano, Norman David. “Inuit Art in the Qallunaat World: Modernism, Museums and the Popular Imaginary, 1949–1961.” PhD dissertation, University of Rochester, 2007. 



Film, Audio, Video

Connolly, Marcia, dir. Annie Pootoogook: The Work of an Inuit Contemporary Artist. Siteline Media Inc., 2006, 23 min and 50 sec.


Mangaard, Annette, dir. Riding Light into the World: The Art of Kinngait Studios. Site Media Inc., 2010, 66 min.



Further Reading

Auger, Emily E. The Way of Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History in and beyond the Arctic. Vancouver: MacFarland and Company Inc., 2005.


Banerjee, Subhankar, ed. Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2012.


Berlo, Janet Catherine. “Drawing (upon) the Past: Negotiating Identities in Inuit Graphic Arts Production.” In Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds, edited by Ruth B. Phillips and Christopher Burghard Steiner, 178–93. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. 


Cover of Dorset Seen, 2017, curated by Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck. Catalogue cover features a detail of a drawing by Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (People Lining Up to Sell Artwork), 2012.
Cover of Annie Pootoogook: Kinngait Compositions, 2011, by Jan Allen, featuring Portrait of My Grandmother, 2004, by Annie Pootoogook.

———. “Inuit Women and Graphic Arts: Female Creativity and Its Cultural Context.” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 9, no. 2 (1989): 293–315.


Blodgett, Jean. In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking. Kleinburg, Ontario: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1991.


———., ed. Three Women, Three Generations: Drawings by Pitseolak Ashoona, Napatchie Pootoogook [sic] and Shuvinai Ashoona. Kleinburg, Ontario: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1999. Exhibition catalogue. 


Boyd, Leslie, and Sandra Dyck. Dorset Seen. Ottawa: Carleton University Art Gallery, 2017. Exhibition catalogue.


Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art: A History. 2nd edition. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland, 2000.


Harney, Elizabeth, and Ruth Phillips, eds. Mapping Modernisms: Art, Indigeneity, Colonialism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019.


Hill, Greg A., Candice Hopkins, and Christine Lalonde. Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2013. Exhibition catalogue.


Igloliorte, Heather. “Amplification and Empowerment: Cultural Sovereignty in Inuit Nunangat.” In INSURGENCE / RESURGENCE, edited by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam, 34–48. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2018. Exhibition catalogue.


Cover of Inuit Art Quarterly 31, no. 2 (Fall 2018), featuring Sobey Awards, 2006, by Annie Pootoogook.

———. “Inuit Artistic Expression as Cultural Resilience.” In Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Journey, edited by Gregory Younging, Jonathan Dewar, and Mike DeGagne, 123–36. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2009.


Jessup, Lynda, Erin Morton, and Kirsty Robertson, eds. Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada. Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014.


Lalonde, Christine, et. al. Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009. Exhibition catalogue.


Leroux, Odette. Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1995.


Lutz, Maija M. Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors: The Chauncey C. Nash Collection of Inuit Art. Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum Press, 2012.


Mantel, Ken. Tuvaq: Inuit Art and the Modern World. Bristol, UK: Sansom & Company Limited, 2010.


Monani, Salma, and Joni Adamson, eds. Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos. New York: Routledge, 2016.



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