MARCH 28, 1947


Houle, born in St. Boniface, Manitoba (MB), attended residential schools before earning a Bachelor’s in Art History from University of MB (1972), attending the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and receiving a Bachelor’s in Art Education from McGill University (1975). From 1977-81, Houle was curator of contemporary Indigenous Art at the current Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa. From 1991-2006, Robert was professor of Indigenous Studies at The Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). Exhibitions/shows: National Gallery of Canada and Ontario, Winnipeg, Peterborough, Carleton University, Mendel, and Tom Thomson Memorial Art Galleries; Contemporary Canadian Art & Stedelijk Museums; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Agnes Etherington Art Centre; and La Biennale de Montreal;  Awards/honors include: Toronto Arts Award for the Visual Arts (2001); Eiteljorg Fellowship (2003 & 2006); and Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts (2015); Member, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

 Shirley Madill, “Robert Houle,” Biography.  Retrieved 7/4/2021, Robert Houle | Art Canada Institute (
Photo:  Rawlson, undated. Permissive Use. 

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