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2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Patricia Feheley

Earlier this fall, we began sharing stories from our past recipients of the ADAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, highlighting the significant contributions made by leaders in the Canadian arts. Today, we are delighted to feature the 2015 recipient, Patricia Feheley.

Patricia Feheley is the owner and long-time Director of Feheley Fine Arts, a Toronto art gallery specializing in early and contemporary Inuit art. In addition to being an art dealer, she is an art historian specializing in Canadian Inuit art with an extensive educational and administrative background in the visual arts.

Over four decades of traveling in the Canadian Arctic, Feheley has developed first-hand knowledge of the contemporary arts in Inuit communities. She has championed well-known Inuit artists such as Annie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona. Feheley is an acknowledged expert in the primary and secondary market for Inuit art and provides appraisals and collections management and curatorial consultation services to both corporate and private art collections. Feheley has also written and published numerous essays and articles about Inuit Art.

Shuvinai Ashoona, Curiosity, 2020, Coloured pencil, graphite, and ink on paper, 127.5 x 268 cm

Past President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, Feheley has represented the country’s leading artists via Canada’s major private and commercial galleries. She is currently Chair of the Inuit Art Foundation Board and serves on the Canadian Cultural Properties Review Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in Museology and Art History from the University of Toronto.

A trailblazer, Feheley has undoubtedly created a legacy within the Canadian art community; she championed the development of the new Kenojuak Cultural Centre in Cape Dorset and prompted governments and corporations on how they can help support Inuit culture. Her mission is to help Inuit artists gain the national and international recognition they so richly deserve.

To learn more about Feheley Fine Arts, Patricia, and the artists she represents, please visit

Image credit: The art Gallery of Ontario recently acquired this work during the 2020 Art Toronto. Shuvinai Ashoona, Curiosity, 2020, Coloured pencil, graphite, and ink on paper, 127.5 x 268 cm

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