Membership Card Commissioning Program

The Power Plant’s Membership Card Commissioning Program began in 2009, with Members receiving a designed Membership Card featuring artwork by Kelly Mark. Cards in subsequent years featured the work of Derek Sullivan, Jennifer Murphy, Ryan Brewer and AA Bronson, Vasco Araújo, Patrick Bernatchez, Ulla von Brandenburg, Maria Hupfield and Kader Attia. The Membership Card Commission for our 2019/20 Season is by Shuvinai Ashoona, one of the artists featured in the gallery’s Winter 2019 Exhibition Season.

Living in Kinngait on the southern tip of Baffin Island, Shuvinai Ashoona is part of Canada’s Inuit culture. She produces her work at Kinngait Studios, the art arm of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Incorporated in 1959, the Studio has the strongest and longest tradition of any community–run, art making co-operative in the Arctic. Shuvinai is best known for her highly personal and imaginative iconography, with imagery ranging from closely observed naturalistic scenes of her Arctic home, to monstrous and fantastical visions

Shuvinai Ashoona
(born 1961, Kinngait, Nunavut, Canada) lives and works in Kinngait. Solo exhibitions of Ashoona’s work have been organized at Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Iqaluit (2013); MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (2012); Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa (2009); and Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2006). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at venues including the Esker Foundation, Calgary (2017); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2017); Mercer Union, Toronto (2016), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2014) and SITE Santa Fe (2014). Most recently, Shuvinai Ashoona received the 2018 Gershon Iskowitz Prize.

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Image: Shuvinai Ashoona, Composition (People, Animals, and the World Holding Hands), 2007-2008. Courtesy of Edward J. Guarino and Esker Foundation, Calgary. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid