Annual Meeting October 27-29 2017, Corning New York

Please join us for an exciting conference in Corning, New York from Friday, October 27th through Sunday, 29th.

Registration materials will be available soon!

Voices from the Past Transformed

The theme: “Voices from the Past Transformed” will feature:

  • Film maker and Inuit culturist, John Houston, and experts from Steuben/Corning Glass will discuss how James Houston, John’s father, used his knowledge of the Inuit to transform the world of Arctic ice into the fire of exquisite crystal masterpieces known throughout the world.
  • Yupik artist, writer, and activist Susie Silook will shed light on the politics of the proposed ban on walrus ivory in Alaska and the impact of such a ban on indigenous rights and art.
  • Inukjuak artist Charlie Inukpuk, son of the famous Johnny Inukpuk and a fine carver himself, will discuss the art of Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). Translating for Charlie will be the dynamic Inuit cultural liaison, artist, and educator Evie Mark. Evie will also be performing throat singing, traditional songs, and legends from the culture of Nunavik. We hope that fellow throat singer Beatrice Deer will be able to join our conference. Beatrice works with the Avataq Cultural Institute, a generous organization that is assisting the IAS as a sponsor of the conference.

Friday night’s reception will be held in the main gallery of the Rockwell Museum. The Canadian Consulate’s Office in Buffalo, New York, is a generous sponsor of this year’s conference, and their representatives will be on hand to meet and greet our members.  A major work by Inuit artist Abraham Ruben donated by the artist to the Rockwell after his show there in 2014 will be on display.

Saturday morning’s session will be held in the auditorium of the Corning Museum of Glass.

The remainder of the conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel, Corning. Throughout the weekend, an exhibition of selected works from the collections of society members Michael Foor-Pessin and Drs. Laurence and Katherine Jacobs will be on display in the lobby of the hotel. The Marketplace sale of Inuit art will be held throughout the conference at the hotel as well.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Hotel Corning. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 1-(607) 962-5000, or via their website https://www.radisson.com/corningny/ias17.

Optional activities Thursday, October 26

Corning is located in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Museum and wine tours of Seneca Lake will be organized if there is sufficient interest. Thursday morning, Society members have been invited by Max and Kitty Erlacher to a private viewing of Houston-designed glass works, some of which have Inuit-related themes. Max is an Austrian-born glass engraver who still works for Corning and was a close friend and artistic collaborator with James Houston in the early days at Steuben Glass. These works of glass will be available to purchase.

Air travel

If you are planning to fly to the meeting the closest airport is Corning-Elmira, NY, which offers shuttle or taxi service to the Radisson Corning. Other airports within 2 hours’ drive include the Rochester and Syracuse, NY, airports.