Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Glenn Alteen Curator/Director
Outstanding Contribution Award

Glenn Alteen on giving voice to unapologetic, outsider artists

A film by Josephine Anderson

"His actions demonstrate his dedication to the role artists play in determining the direction of artistic practice..."

“Glenn Alteen has spent his career building a community through the consistent, respectful and ethical inclusion of artists, curators and cultural workers from diverse backgrounds. He has insisted on establishing – in grunt gallery – an artist-run centre that is more about artists than objects.

His commitment to the idea that artists do not create in a vacuum and need a community to flourish, and his attention to making space for process-oriented exploration, has had an enormous influence on the lives and careers of artists, and on Canadian practice. His actions demonstrate his dedication to the role artists play in determining the direction of artistic practice, how it is presented, and in having a say in how it is remembered and valued.”

- Lorna Brown, artist, curator and writer based in Vancouver (nominator)

Outstanding Contribution Award
The Outstanding Contribution Award is given to an individual or a group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts (including architecture and photography), the media arts or fine craft, in a volunteer or professional capacity.

Selected works

Glenn Alteen, curator, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: An Indian Act Shooting the Indian Act, 1998, exhibition installation shot. grunt gallery collection

Glenn Alteen, curator, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: An Indian Act Shooting the Indian Act, 1998, exhibition installation shot. grunt gallery collection

Glenn Alteen, producer, Indian Acts – Aboriginal Performance Art, 2002, poster. grunt gallery / TRIBE collection

Glenn Alteen, producer, Indian Acts – Aboriginal Performance Art, 2002, poster. grunt gallery / TRIBE collection

Glenn Alteen, producer/curator, Davide Pan: Activating the Archive, 2011, installation. Photo and collection:  grunt gallery

Glenn Alteen, producer/curator, Davide Pan: Activating the Archive, 2011, installation. Photo and collection: grunt gallery

Glenn Alteen, producer, The Blue Cabin Residency, 2015. Photo: grunt gallery

Glenn Alteen, producer, The Blue Cabin Residency, 2015. Photo: grunt gallery

Glenn Alteen, curator, Hans Winkler: Nova Library, 2005, installation / social practice. grunt gallery collection

Glenn Alteen, curator, Hans Winkler: Nova Library, 2005, installation / social practice. grunt gallery collection

Glenn Alteen, curator, Cheryl L'Hirondelle: nikamon ohci askiy (songs because of the land), 2008-2009, net.art and music project. grunt gallery collection

Glenn Alteen, curator, Cheryl L'Hirondelle: nikamon ohci askiy (songs because of the land), 2008-2009, net.art and music project. grunt gallery collection

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