Art Gallery of Alberta


The Glenbow Museum: September 5, 1998-January 3, 1999
The Edmonton Art Gallery: January 30-March 28, 1999

Ian Birse
Blair Brennan
Sandra Bromley
Joane Cardinal-Schubert
Diane Colwell
Jim Corrigan
Alan Dunning and Paul Woodrow
David Garneau
M.N. Hutch Hutchinson
Sophia Isajiw
David Janzen
Jan Kabatoff
Gerry Kisil
Ernie Kroeger
Don Mabie
Linda MacCannell
Bill MacDonnell
Allan Harding Mackay
Walter May
Frederick McDonald
Lyndal Osborne
Daryl Rydman
Jeff Spalding
Sharon Stevens
C. Wells

Curated by Catherine Crowston and Cathy Mastin and presented by The Edmonton Art Gallery and the Glenbow Museum.

For 1998, the notion of the “frontier” was developed as a broader thematic for the exhibition, one that appears to inform the history and psyche of Alberta, as well as reflect the current concerns of many Alberta artists. The theme also encompasses ideas about the land and its ecology, the individual and the community, the conjunction of cultures as well as the shifting terrain of boundaries and borders.

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Catherine Crowston is Deputy Director / Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. From 1994-1997, Crowston was the Director / Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre and prior to that was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto. Crowston currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Edmonton Public Art Committee and has been both an Editor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Fuse Magazine in Toronto. Crowston has curated numerous exhibitions over the course of her career and overseen the production of several national travelling exhibitions. In 2002 Crowston served as the Canadian Commissioner for the Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art and was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts.


Catharine Mastin is an interdisciplinary PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta in the Departments of History & Classics and Art & Design and is completing her dissertation on women in artist-couple marriages and gender identity construction and representation in postwar exhibitions. She currently holds the University of Alberta’s Dissertation Fellowship through 2011 and also a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2008-2010). The University of Alberta has also awarded her the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (both 2008-2010) and the Recruitment Scholarship (2006-2008). Prior to her current studies she was Senior Curator of Art at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary) from 1995-2006 and Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario) from 1989-1995. She received her M.A. in art history from York University (Toronto) in 1988, and her B.A. Honours in studio and art history from York University in 1986. In June 2006 she received her Certificate in Management from the University of Calgary which focused on human behaviour, project management and conflict management in organizations. Catharine Mastin is a widely published curator and educator who has taught Museum Studies at the University of Alberta (2007, 2008) and Canadian Art at York University (1988-1989) and worked as a public programmer at programmer at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario (1985-88) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (1986). With Bruce Grenville in 1995, she was co-founder of the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art and co-curated the 1996 and 1998 Biennial exhibitions.