With Inuit art achieving international recognition by the early 1980s, the need for a space dedicated to the appreciation and display of Inuit art was undeniable. MIA opened its doors to the public in May 2007 thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of supporters. MIA’s permanent displays and extraordinary rotating exhibition space features an ongoing exhibition of hundreds of works of Inuit art ranging from sculpture – carved from stone, antler, ivory and bone – to ceramics, prints, and wall hangings.
The museum was designed by Toronto architect Patricia Hanson of gh3. The interior design evokes the ice flows, snow drifts and wind swept tundra of the Canadian Arctic, so that Inuit art can be appreciated with some sense of the environment in which it was created.
The MIA’s architectural design has received several architectural awards:
- Best of Canada Design Award, 2007
- Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award, 2008