installation, performance, seal skin, textile

Artistic Community:

Tuktuyaaqtuuq (Tuktoyaktuk), NT

Date of Birth:

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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, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Take a look at this Tuktoyaktuk artist's powerful work December 27, 2019 Katie Toth
Connection Between Cultures November 29, 2019 Frances Koncan


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Subsist November 2019 - May 2020 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2019 March - July 2019 York Art 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


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Achievement Year Organization
Longlisted for the 2019 Aesthetica Art Prize February 2019 Aesthetica Magazine
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Summer 2018
Awarded the Elizabeth Valentine Prangnell Scholarship Award 2011 University of Victoria

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada