Dr. Heather L. Igloliorte

About Dr. Heather L. Igloliorte

Dr. Heather L. Igloliorte (born 1979) is an Inuk scholar, independent curator and art historian from Nunatsiavut. She is an Associate Professor of Indigenous art history at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where she holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Circumpolar Arts. Previously, she was the Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement research chair at the university from 2016 to 2019. Igloliorte is Co-Director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) Cluster at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University and is a special advisor to the university’s provost on advancing Indigenous knowledges. She will be a Scholar in Residence at the University of Winnipeg in Summer 2020.

She also holds Board positions with the Native North American Art Studies Association, the Inuit Art Foundation, and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation. Igloliorte further advises the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the National Film Board of Canada and the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Igloliorte obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University in 2003. She completed a Master of Arts in Canadian Art History at Carleton University in 2007 and obtained a Ph.D. in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University’s Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC) in 2013. Before becoming a scholar and an independent curator, Igloliorte was a practicing visual artist. Her work is held in various private and public collections, including the Senate of Canada. She is the first Inuk art historian in Canada to hold a doctoral degree.