installation, performance, seal skin, textile

Artistic Community:

Tuktoyaktuk, NT

Date of Birth:

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Tuktoyaktuk, NT




Maureen Gruben is an installation, performance and textile artist from Tuktoyaktuk, NT. Gruben’s knowledge of the arctic environment is rich and the admiration she feels for what the land offers for both survival and creation, can be felt through her work. Working primarily with fur, hides, skins and manufactured materials, Gruben forges a link between land and community by activating themes around environmentalism, melting ice and Indigenous hunting rights. Gruben has been recognized through many awards and has exhibited across Canada at institutions such as the Art Gallery of Guelph and Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
ART SEEN: Maureen Gruben's materiality ranges from polar bear bones to bubble wrap March 6, 2018 Kevin Griffin
What We Want to See in 2018 January 4, 2018
Scales of Repair: Design Ontologies in Maureen Gruben’s UNGALAQ (When Stakes Come Loose) September 15, 2017 Eugenia Kisin


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
THE TIME OF THINGS: The Continuum of Indigenous Customary Practices into Contemporary Art April 11 - July 7, 2018 University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries
150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact September 14, 2017 - February 11, 2018 Art Gallery of Guelph
QULLIQ: In Darkness, Light February 1 - Apr 22, 2018 Libby Leshgold Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 2018
Awarded the Elizabeth Valentine Prangnell Scholarship Award 2011 University of Victoria
Recognized by Kelownaʼs En’owkin Centre with their Overall Achievement Award 1999/2000 Kelownaʼs En’owkin Centre