Art Gallery of Alberta


The Edmonton Art Gallery: June 29-September 8, 1996
The Glenbow Museum: November 2, 1996-March 2, 1997

Allen Ball
Simon Black
Blair Brennan
Catherine Burgess
Eric Cameron
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
Chris Cran
Sara Diamond
Alan Dunning
Peter Hide
David Hoffos
Stephen Hutchings
Eleanor Lazare
Margaret May
Lesley Menzies
Carol Moppett
Shelley Ouellet
Jane Ash Poitras
Paul Smith (Lethbridge)
Leila Sujir
Peter Von Tiesenhausen
John Will

Curated by Catherine Mastin and Bruce Grenville and presented by the Glenbow Museum and The Edmonton Art Gallery.

The 1996 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art was the first of a series of biannual exhibitions to explore the diversity and range of professional artists currently practicing in Alberta. The exhibition encourages a broader understanding of contemporary art and artists, and seeks to build new audiences for the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art and culture. With artists from Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Banff and Demitt the Biennial will also enhance dialogue amongst the various regions, communities and urban centres of Alberta. The participating artists for the 1996Alberta Biennial were selected through an open call for entries which attracted over 320 submissions from across the province.

Also presented at the Glenbow November 2, 1996 to March 2, 1997.


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.


Bruce Grenville was the Senior Curator at The Edmonton Art Gallery from 1995 to 1997. Since 1997 he has been the Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

He has organized many exhibitions including Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, conceived and presented in collaboration with Bruce Mau Design and the Institute Without Boundaries; The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, a thematic survey of the image of the human machine in art and popular culture from the early 19th century to the present; and The Post-Colonial Landscape Project, a six year series of exhibitions and a book that examined the land and its representation within the colonial and post-colonial state. Along with the Glenbow Museum curator Cathy Mastin, Bruce Grenville initiated the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art in 1996.

Bruce Grenville was the founding editor of the YYZ Books: Critical Works series and a former Toronto editor of Parachute magazine. He has written for ParachuteVanguardCanadian ArtArtscribe andQueen’s Quarterly. He received a BA and MA in Art History from Queen’s University and attended the International Institute of Semiotic and Structural Studies at the University of Toronto.