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Robert Houle


Toronto Ontario
[St. Boniface, Manitoba, 1947]

Robert Houle is a member of Sandy Bay First Nation, Manitoba and currently lives and works in Toronto. As a child Robert was taken from his family and placed in the Sandy Bay Indian Residential School. He moved to the Assiniboia Indian Residential School in Winnipeg for High School. He received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Manitoba, and a B.A. in Art Education from McGill University and studied painting and drawing at the International Summer Academy of Fine arts in Salzburg, Austria. Robert taught native studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto for fifteen years.

Robert has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibition across Canada and abroad. He was curator of contemporary aboriginal art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from 1977 to 1981 and has curated or co-curated groundbreaking exhibitions. He has written extensively on major contemporary First Nations and Native American artists.

Robert Houle’s curating, writing and teaching has played a significant role in defining indigenous identity. His considerable influence as an artist, curator, writer, educator and cultural theorist has led to his being awarded the Janet Braide Memorial Award for Excellence in Canadian Art History in 1993; the 2001 Toronto Arts Award for the visual Arts; the Eiteljorg Fellowship in 2003, membership in the royal Canadian academy; distinguished alumnus, University of Manitoba, and the Canada Council Residency Program for the Visual Arts in Paris.

He is represented by Galerie Orenda in Paris; Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montreal; and Kinsman Robinson Galleries in Toronto.




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Catalogue Essay
 Houle, Robert. "The Emergence of a New Aesthetic Tradition." New Work by a New Generation Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery: Regina, 1982
[July 9 to August 29, 1982]
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 Houle, Robert. "Alanis Obomsawin." Land, Spirit, Power Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1992
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 Houle, Robert. "Alex Janvier." Land, Spirit, Power Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1992
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 Houle, Robert. "Faye HeavyShield." Land, Spirit, Power Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1992
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 Houle, Robert and Curtis J. Collins. "Hochelaga: A multi-media installation." Montréal: Galerie Articule, 1992
[from the catalogue, exhibition May 9 - June 7, 1992]
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 Houle, Robert. "Kay WalkingStick." Land, Spirit, Power Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1992
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 Houle, Robert. "The Spiritual Legacy of the Ancient Ones." Land, Spirit, Power Ottawa: The National Gallery of Canada, 1992
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 Houle, Robert. "The Place of Memory in Storytelling." Jackson Beardy: A Life's Work Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1993
[in English, French and Saulteaux]
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Interview
 Houle, Robert. "The Struggle Against Cultural Apartheid." Muse Autumn 1988
[with Clara Hargittay]
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