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Maureen Gruben, Artist in Residence, and Reverend Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Samantha Magus — 

Inspired by some of the artwork of Maureen Gruben and her home region of Tuktoyaktuk, NT, we will reflect together on the power of place. 

How does the landscape of our home shape us? How can we honour the homes of others, especially Indigenous people? 

Maureen Gruben

As we reflect on what it means to be a people of memory this Sunday we will explore how we can re-member who and where we are from, and honour those who have been forcibly removed from the landscapes they called home.

Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben was born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, NT; she graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria in 2012.

Her practice combines industrial, domestic, and land-based techniques and materials to create multidisciplinary works that share intimate perspectives on contemporary life in the Western Arctic, and address broadly relevant cultural and environmental concerns. Prior to her BFA,Gruben studied at Kelowna Okanagan College of Fine Arts (Diploma in Fine Arts, 1990), the Enʼowkin Centre in Penticton (Diploma in Fine Arts and Creative Writing, 2000,  and Certificate in Indigenous Political Development & Leadership, 2001).

She has been recognized by Kelownaʼs En’owkin Centre with both their Eliza Jane Maracle Award (1998/99) and their Overall Achievement Award (1999/2000). In 2011 she was awarded the Elizabeth Valentine Prangnell Scholarship Award from the University of Victoria.

Gruben has exhibited in group shows including Blink at University of Victoria (2012), and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (2015), 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact at Art Gallery of Guelph (2017-18), and as part of Landmarks/Reperes2017. She has had recent solo shows at Vancouver’s grunt gallery, UNGALAQ (When Stakes Come Loose) (2017), and at the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, QULLIQ: In Darkness, Light (2018). View Maureen Gruben’s artwork.