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  • Glenn Lewis


    Glenn Lewis (Canadian, b. 1935) is a contemporary conceptual artist whose work centres on dichotomies of social and natural, conventional and mythical, and static and transient. Lewis’s practice involves photography, sculpture, performance, video and ceramics, and is often grounded in collaboration. Lewis studied at the Vancouver School of Art in 1958 (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) and received a teaching degree from UBC in 1959. He studied ceramics under artist and potter Bernard Leach in Cornwall, England from 1961 to 1963. Upon returning to Vancouver, Lewis became involved in several artist collectives and artist-run centres, including Intermedia in 1970 and the New Era Social Club in 1968. In 1973, Lewis co-founded the Western Front Society with Martin Bartlett, Mo van Nostrand, Kate Craig, Henry Greenhow, Eric Metcalfe, Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov. Lewis has curated exhibitions and programs, including the Performance Art Program at the Western Front in Vancouver (1977-79), the Exhibition Program at the Western Society in Vancouver (1986-87) and the Western Front Historical Exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in Germany (1983). Lewis has served on numerous boards and councils, including the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Board of Directors and the Western Front Board of Directors. He is currently the head of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council.


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