Terrance Houle

Terrance Houle (b.1975) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle's practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.

A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Terrance Houle received his B.F.A in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities, including the 2003 invitation to participate in the Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in. This Residency focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion. Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City Of Calgary. After receiving many screenings of his short video/film work at the Toronto 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Houle was awarded winner of Best Experimental Film. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England.

Recently, Terrance Houle’s work was represented in his first “Major Solo Exhibition” GIVN’R opening at PLUG-IN Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Currently touring Eastern Canada, GIVN”R is a small retro exhibition of Terrance’s works in film, video, performance, installation, mixed media, and photography between 2003-2009.

Terrance Houle lives and maintains his art practice and Aboriginal Youth Mentorship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Artist Code: 771


GHOST DAYS: IXL Brick Factory

2017, 60:05 minutes, colour, English

The Metrosexual Indian

2005, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

The Wagon Burner

2003, 04:00 minutes, colour


2003, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Road Warrior: Terrance Houle Riffs on First Nations History
by Murray Whyte. Canadian Art, Fall 2011, v. 28, no. 3.
In Pursuit of The Textbook Authentic: Erin Morton in Conversation...
by Erin Morton. Fuse, Apr. 2008, v. 31, no. 2.
HOW: Engagements with the "Hollywood Indian"
by Ryan Rice. A Space (Artists Space), 2008. Toronto: A Space (Artists Space), 2008.
You'd Better Smile When You Say That: Wagon Burner, This! Princess...
by Richard William Hill. Wagon Burner, This! Princess Moonrider That!, 2006. Toronto: A Space Gallery, 2006.
First Nations Curatorial Incubator v.3
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2005.