Robert Houle (BEd 1975) was a recent winner of the $25,000 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. A member of the Sandy Bay First Nation in
Manitoba, he now lives in Toronto. Visual artist Barry Ace and Carleton University Art Gallery director Sandra Dyck, who both nominated him for the award, describe his work, which frequently deals with First Nations themes, as “characterized by aesthetic restraint, intellectual rigour, and deep empathy.” A special exhibition featuring selected works by this year’s Governor General’s Award winners is being held at the National Gallery of Canada until August 30.
Numerous media outlets have published stories recently about Robert Houle, his work, and the award:
- "How Robert Houle decolonized himself through painting," by Hillary Windsor, The Coast.
- "Behind the Lens: The making of the Robert Houle video," by Derreck Roemer, Canada Council for the Arts.
- "Carleton University Art Gallery Nominee, Robert Houle, wins Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts."
- view selected works of Robert Houle's at Studio 21.