Catherine Crowston is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta, having joined the Gallery in 1998. From 1994-1997, Crowston was the Director/Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta) and Editor of the Walter Phillips Gallery Editions. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (1986-1994) and was both an Editor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Fuse Magazine in Toronto (1989-1995).
Over the course of her career, Crowston has curated over 50 exhibitions and overseen the production of numerous national travelling exhibition projects, partnerships and publications. These include major exhibitions of the work of Allora + Calzadilla, Janet Cardiff + George Bures Miller, Chris Cran, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Faye HeavyShield, Alex Janvier, Brian Jungen and Damian Moppett + Ron Moppett.
In 2016, Crowston was the Commissioner for the Canadian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and was Canadian Commissioner for the Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2002. In that same year, she was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts and the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Award in 2005. Under Crowston’s leadership, the Art Gallery of Alberta has received two Canadian Museums Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Management (2012) and Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions (2013). In 2015 Crowston was inducted into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame.
In addition to her work at the AGA, Crowston has taught courses on curatorial practice and public art at the University of Alberta, and currently serves on the McEwan University Fine Arts Advisory Board (Edmonton). She has also served as Vice-Chair of the City of Edmonton Public Art Committee (2008-2012) and was a founding member of the University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas Advisory Board.