Lucia Tirca, PhD

Associate Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Lucia Tirca, PhD
Office: S-EV 6211 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7924


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. 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.

Heather is the Principal Investigator of the 2.5M, 7-year SSHRC Partnership Grant, Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/ Pijariuqsarniq Project (2018-2025), ​which aims to empower circumpolar Indigenous peoples to become leaders in the arts through training and mentorship. With Professor Jason Edward Lewis, Heather also Co-Directs the Indigenous Futures Cluster (IIF) in the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology. Through Milieux, Igloliorte works with collaborators and students to explore how Indigenous people are imagining the future of their families and communities. Heather has been a curator for fourteen years, ​and currently has three exhibitions touring nationally and internationally; she is also the lead guest curator of the inaugural exhibition of the new Inuit Art Centre, INUA, opening at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2020. Heather publishes frequently; she has co-edited special issues of journals PUBLIC 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital (2016) and RACAR: Continuities Between Eras: Indigenous arts (2017), and her essay “Curating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Inuit Knowledge in the Qallunaat Art Museum,” ​was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Article of the Year from Art Journal. 

Igloliorte currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Circle for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, working on the development of the new national Inuit Art Centre; is the President of the Board of Directors of the Inuit Art Foundation; and serves on the Board of Directors for North America's largest Indigenous art historical association, the Native North American Art Studies Association, the Faculty Council of the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation, among others. Heather has previsously  served as an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (2005 - 2011) and as the President of artist-run-centre Gallery 101 (Ottawa, 2009 - 2011) in addition to other advisories, juries and councils. 

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Inuit art in Canada and circumpolar art studies
  • Historic and Contemporary Art History of Inuit, First Nations, and Métis art in Canada
  • Native North American and Global Indigenous Arts
  • Indigenous Exhibition and Collecting Histories
  • Curatorial Theory and Practice
  • Decolonizing Methodologies
  • Colonization, Survivance, Sovereignty, Resistance and Resurgence 
  • Indigenous Film, Performance and New Media Practices

Teaching activities

Current Research


  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation-Connection Grant, Academic, and Professional Capacities in the Arts: Pathways for Best Practices
  • Co-Investigator, CIHR Project Grant, Qaniikkat Siqinirmiut? A community-based study of Southern Quebec Inuit health and well being
  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Partnership Grant, Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq Project
  • Co-Investigator (PI Erica Lehrer, Concordia University), FRQSC, nouvelles methodologies pour le dialogue public culturel et l’action sociale
  • Principle Investigator, CISSC, Tools and Technologies for Critical Museology Workshop
  • Principle Investigator, International Grenfell Association and Tasiujatsoak Trust, SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut (exhibition national tour funding) 
  • Co-Investigator (PI: Julie Nagam, U of W), SSHRC Insight Grant, Transactive Memory Keepers: Indigenous Public Engagement in Digital New Media Labs and Exhibition 
  • Principle Investigator, SSHRC Connections Grant, Theories and Methodologies for Indigenous Art History in North America Symposium  
  • Co-Investigator (with The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery), Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program (MAP) Grant, SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut
  • Co-Investigator (with Dr. Erica Lehrer), Curriculum Innovation Fund, Public Culture in the City: Digital Humanities for Democratic Dialogue
  • Principal Investigator, Tasiujatsoak Trust, To Light the Fire Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Arts Symposium
  • Co-Investigator (PI: Tom Gordon, MUN), SSHRC Partnership Grant, Tradition and Transition Among the Labrador Inuit 
  • Co-Investigator (PI: Angela Failler, U of W), SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Difficult Knowledge In Public: Thinking Through the Museum
  • Principal Investigator, Exceptional Grant Canada Council for the Arts, Indigenous Theories and Methodologies for Art History Workshop (co-edited volume with Dr. Carla Taunton)
2014 - 2019
  • Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement
2014 - 2016 
  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Arts of the Labrador Inuit Visual e-database (ALIVE) 
  • Co-Investigator (PI: Anna Hudson, York University, Toronto, Ontario), SSHRC Partnership Grant, Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: a multi-media / multi-platform re-engagement of voice in visual art and performance  
  • Collaborator (PI: Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge) The Leverhulme Trust, United Kingdom, Multiple Modernities: Twentieth Century Artistic Modernisms in Global Perspective   
  • Co-applicant (PI: Julie Nagam, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario), SSHRC Insight Development Grant, The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art Project  
  • Dean's Discretionary Fund for Presenting Student Work, THAW: Uncovering Inuit Visual Culture in the City, Vitrine Gallery, Department of Art History, Concordia University
  • Principle Investigator, Concordia University Aid to Research-Related Events (AARE), Publication, Exhibitions and Dissemination Activities, "Transmissions: Sharing Indigenous knowledge and histories in the digital era" (symposium)

  • Collaborator (PI: Sherry Farrell Racette), SSHRC Insight Development Grant, The Contemporary Aboriginal Art History (CAAAH) Project (responsible for the creation of Indigenous art history bibliography) 

  • Collaborator (With Erica Lehrer Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies Seed Funding Program), Concordia University Aid to Research-Related Events, VPRGS Team Seed Grant Application, Curatorial Experiments: Multivocality, Participation, and Dialogue in Exhibition Design


Edited Journals

  • Co-Editor, with Julie Nagam and Carla Taunton, Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital Special Issue, PUBLIC 54, Winter 2016 (peer-reviewed)

  • Co-Editor, with Carla Taunton, Continuities Between Eras: Indigenous arts Special Issue, RACAR, Fall 2017 (peer-reviewed)

  • Editor, Nunatsiavut Special Issue, Inuit Art Quarterly, 28.3-4 (Fall-Winter 2015)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Curating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Inuit Knowledge in the Qallunaat Art Museum,” ArtJournal, Kate Morris and Bill Anthes (eds.). College Art Association, Vol. 76, No 2, Summer 2017: 100- 113. 
  • Lianne Mctavish, Susan Ashley, Heather Igloliorte, Kirsty Robertson, and Andrea Terry, “Critical Museum Theory/ Museum Studies in Canada: A Conversation,” Acadiensis: Journal of the History of theAtlantic Region / Revue d’histoire de la region atlantique, Vol 46, No 2, Summer/Autumn 2017: 223- 241.
  • "Annie Pootoogook: Depicting Inuit Modernity in Contemporary Inuit Art,” Artlink, Margo Neale (ed.). Issue 37.2, June 2017: 56- 61.
  • Heather Igloliorte, Julie Nagam, and Carla Taunton, "Introduction: The Future Possibilities of the Indigenous Digital and New Media Art ,” Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital Special Issue, PUBLIC 54, Winter 2016: 5-13.
  • “Tillutarniit (Interview with Isabella Weetaluktuk and Stephen Agluvak Puskas),” Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital Special Issue, PUBLIC 54, Winter 2016: 104-109.
  • Caquard, Sébastien, Stephanie Pyne, Heather Igloliorte, Krystina Mierins, Amos Hayes, and D.R. Fraser Taylor. "A'Living' Atlas for Geospatial Storytelling: The Cybercartographic Atlas of Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge of the Great Lakes Region," Cartographica,Vol. 44, No. 2 (2009): 83-100.

Chapters in Books

  • "'Hooked Forever on Primitive Peoples': James Houston and the Transformation of 'Eskimo Handicrafts' to Inuit Art," Mapping Modernisms: Art, Indigeneity, Colonialism, Elisabeth Harney and Ruth Phillips (eds.). Durham: Duke University Press 2019: 62-90.
  • "Arctic Culture / Global Indigeneity." In Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada. Eds. Lynda Jessup, Erin Morton and Kirsty Robertson. Kingston: McGill - Queen's University Press, 2014. 150-170.
  • "'We Were so Far Away': Exhibiting Inuit Oral Histories of Residential Schools." In Curating Difficult Knowledge. Eds. Cynthia Milton and Erica Lehrer. Basintoke, U: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 23-40. 
  • "The Inuit of Our Imagination." In Inuit Modern. Ed. Gerald McMaster. Toronto: Douglas and McIntrye Press, 2010. 41-49.
  • "Inuit Artistic Expression as Cultural Resilience." In Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Journey. Eds. Gregory Younging, Jonathan Dewar and Mike DeGagne. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2009. 123-136.

Exhibition Catalogues

SakKijâjuk:Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut. With contributionsby Jenna Joyce Broomfield, Aimee Chaulk, Christine Lalonde and Barry Pottle.Heather Igloliorte Ed. St. John’s: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, (2017) (threeeditions: English, French and Inuktitut).

Inuit Art. The Brousseau Collection. Quebec City: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2016 (twoeditions: French, English).

Decolonize Me / Decolonisez-moi. With contributions by Steven Loft and Brenda Croft. Ottawa: OttawaArt Gallery, 2012.

'We Were So Far Away': The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools. Ed. Heather Igloliorte. Ottawa: The Legacy of Hope Foundation, 2010.

Exhibition Catalogue Essays

“Amplification and Empowerment: Cultural Sovereignty in Inuit Nunangat,” INSURGENCE/ RESURGENCE, Jaimie Isaac and Julie Nagam (eds.). Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2018: 34-38.

"Inuit Ceramics and Other Outliers: Creation and Collaboration in the North and South." Earthlings, Naomi Potter and Shauna Thompson (eds.). Calgary: Esker Foundation, 2017: 93-99.

"Visiting / Echoes and Reverberations from the Land,” Jordan Bennett: Mniku,Vernon, BC: Vernon Public Art Gallery, 2016:11-15.

“Carving takes all kinds of knowledge”: Art Making and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in the Modern Arctic,” Listening to the Stone: Inuit Art from the Bieri Family Collection. Eds. Passalacqua, V. and H. Tsinhnahjinnie (eds.). University of California, Davis: C.N. Gorman Museum, 2015: 11-13.

"Assu's Masks:Art/Artifact/Artifice/Agent." In Sonny Assu: Longing, Vancouver: West Vancouver Museum, 2013. 7 - 11.

"Transformations: A New Era in Contemporary Inuit Art." In Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3. Eds. Ellen Taubman and David Revere McFadden. New York: Museum of Arts and Design, 2012. 85 - 88.

"Marcus Amerman"; "Susie Qimmiqsaq Bevins-Ericsen"; "Sonya Kelliher-Coombs"; "Mario Martinez"; "Susie Silook." In Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism. Ed. Nancy M. Mithlo. Santa Fe: Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Insitute of American Indian Arts, 2011. 78-79; 84-85; 118-119; 140-141; 160-161.

"The Arctic and Subarctic Collections:Innovation and Ingenuity." In NativeAmerican Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art.Dartmouth: Hood Museum of Art & University Press of New England, 2011. 81-87.

"Whalebone Sculpture in the Permanent Collection." In Sanattiaqsmiajut: These Things That Are Finely Made. Ed. Sandra Dyck. Ottawa: Carleton University Art Gallery, 2009. 89 - 92.

Books and Exhibition Reviews

Book Review. "Mediating Indigenaity: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: A Sense of Memory and High definition Inuit Storytelling" Fuse, Vol. 31, No. 3 (July 2008): 31- 33. 

Non-Refereed Publications

“SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut,” Newfoundland Quarterly,Vol. 109, No. 1 (summer 2015): 12 – 15.

“Change on the Horizon: The Intertwined History of Politics and Art in Nunatsiavut,” Inuit Art Quarterly 29.2 (Fall / Winter 2015): 22 – 29.

“Women of Labrador,” Inuit Art Quarterly 29.2 (Fall / Winter 2015): 52 – 57.

“Greater Detail: The Sculptural Work of Billy Gauthier.” FUSE Vol. 35, No. 2“North” (Spring 2012): 26 – 31. 

In Memoriam

“Annie Pootoogook: 1969 – 2016,” Canadian Art online, September 27, 2016. Accessed October 16.

“Marybelle Mitchell, 1940 – 2016,” Inuit Art Quarterly 29.2 (summer 2016): 48.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles (Under Preparation)

“Towards an Inuit Curatorial Practice,” in Becoming our Futures: Indigenous Curatorial Practices Globally, Franchesca Cubillo, Julie Nagam, Megan Tamati-Quennell (eds.). Winnipeg: ARP Books (forthcoming 2019).

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