People / Glenn Lewis

Artist, educator. Born in 1935, Glenn Lewis graduated from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) (1958) with honors in painting, drawing, and ceramics. Subsequently, he received a teaching certificate from University of British Columbia (1959) and he studied ceramics under Bernard Leach in St. Ives (Cornwall, England) (1961-1964). Lewis has worked in video, performance, film, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and writing. He was an active member of the avant-garde art scene in Vancouver during the 1960s, producing work that blurred the boundaries between media and between viewer and artist. He has taught widely, including ceramics and art teaching methods in the Education Department at the University of British Columbia (1964-1967), media workshops at the National Film Board in Vancouver (1968-1970), and ceramics, sculpture, and drawing in the Fine Arts Department at the University of British Columbia (1971-1974).

As one of the co-founders of the Western Front, Lewis initiated and administered the Video Program (1974-1976), curated the Performance Art Program (1977-1979), acted as arts administrator and program coordinator (1979-1987), initiated and coordinated the Computer-Integrated Media Program (1985-1987) and was Acting Director for three months in 1994. In addition, Lewis was head of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council (1987-1990). Lewis has served on countless boards, including the Intermedia Board of Trustees (1970-1972), the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Board of Directors (1973-1976, 1986-1987), the Western Front Board of Directors (1974-1987, 1991-present), as well as serving on various Canada Council juries (1978-1985). Performances and groups exhibitions include Floor Piece (1968), Japanese Pickled Cabbage (1969), Taping of the International Art Critics (with Michael Morris, 1970), participation in international correspondence activity (1970-1972), The Intermedia Society (1995), Thrown (2004). Solo exhibitions include the Douglas Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Belkin Satellite. Lewis lives and works in Vancouver.
Additional information and materials about Glenn Lewis are available on request in Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of British Columbia Library. http://www.library.ubc.ca/finearts/

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  1. 01. Pose Cart
    Glenn Lewis (Ephemera)
  2. 02. Blue Tape Around a City Block
    Glenn Lewis (Film)
  3. 03. Meeting at Intermedia on Beatty Street
    Michael de Courcy, Gerry Gilbert, Gary Lee-Nova, and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  4. 04. Meeting at Intermedia on Beatty Street
    James Barber, Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  5. 05. Glenn Lewis installation at Intermedia Nights
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  6. 06. Glenn Lewis performing at Chromatic Steps
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  7. 07. Glenn Lewis performing at Chromatic Steps
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  8. 08. Glenn Lewis performing at Chromatic Steps
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  9. 09. Deborah Hay Workshop
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  10. 10. Dinner party at the New Era Social Club
    Michael de Courcy, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  11. 11. Dinner party at the New Era Social Club
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  12. 12. Intermedia CBC television special
    Michael de Courcy, Gerry Gilbert, and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  13. 13. Intermedia CBC television special
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Gerry Gilbert, Glenn Lewis, and Evelyn Roth (Photograph)
  14. 14. Intermedia CBC television special
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  15. 15. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Gerry Gilbert, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  16. 16. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  17. 17. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  18. 18. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  19. 19. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  20. 20. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  21. 21. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Gerry Gilbert, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  22. 22. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Gerry Gilbert, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  1. 23. Steve Paxton workshop at Intermedia
    Jack Dale, Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Glenn Lewis, Joan Lowndes, Michael Morris, and Judith Schwarz (Photograph)
  2. 24. Liberal Party fundraiser at the Seaforth Armory
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  3. 25. Intermedia meeting at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Michael de Courcy, Maxine Gadd, Herb Gilbert, Glenn Lewis, and David Rimmer (Photograph)
  4. 26. Intermedia meeting at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  5. 27. Geodesic Dome construction on the mudflats
    Michael de Courcy, Gerry Gilbert, Glenn Lewis, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  6. 28. Geodesic Dome construction on the mudflats
    Michael de Courcy, Glenn Lewis, and Gordon Payne (Photograph)
  7. 29. Dome Show meeting at Intermedia
    Judith Copithorne, Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Maxine Gadd, Glenn Lewis, Gordon Payne, David Rimmer, and Ed Varney (Photograph)
  8. 30. City Feast
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  9. 31. Image Bank
    Image Bank (Ephemera)
  10. 32. New York Corres Sponge Dance School Invitation, July 27, 1970
    Ray Johnson (Ephemera)
  11. 33. Meeting at Intermedia on Beatty Street
    Werner Aellen, James Barber, Michael de Courcy, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  12. 34. Glenn Lewis installation at Intermedia Nights
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  13. 35. Glenn Lewis performing at Chromatic Steps
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  14. 36. Glenn Lewis performing at Chromatic Steps
    Michael de Courcy and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  15. 37. Glenn Lewis performing at Chromatic Steps
    Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, and Glenn Lewis (Photograph)
  16. 38. Deborah Hay Workshop
    Michael de Courcy (Photograph)
  17. 39. Intermedia meeting at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
    Michael de Courcy (Photograph)
  18. 40. Steve Paxton workshop at Intermedia
    Jack Dale, Michael de Courcy, Gathie Falk, Joan Lowndes, Michael Morris, and Judith Schwarz (Photograph)
  19. 41. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibition
    Michael de Courcy (Photograph)
  20. 42. Dome Show meeting at Intermedia
    Werner Aellen, Michael de Courcy, Gordon Payne, Dennis Vance, and Ed Varney (Photograph)
  21. 43. Dome Show meeting at Intermedia
    Werner Aellen, Michael de Courcy, Helen Goodwin, Henry Rappaport, and Dennis Vance (Photograph)
  22. 44. Dome Show meeting at Intermedia
    Judith Copithorne, Michael de Courcy, Maxine Gadd, Herb Gilbert, and Gordon Payne (Photograph)