Gilles Hébert has been actively engaged in the Visual Arts for over twenty-five years. Starting with a
post-secondary studies in film production and history as well as art history and studio programs in
Winnipeg and Toronto in the early 1980’s, his career began with two parallel and complementary
paths – as an artist and as a curator and project organizer. Starting in Winnipeg and Toronto he
established a national reputation by the mid-1980’s particularly in the areas of project and exhibition
organization and development. The 1986 Winnipeg International Intermedia Performance Festival
remains Canada’s the most ambitious project of its kind to date.
As previous Director of the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Hébert worked with Joni
Mitchell to curate a critically-acclaimed retrospective show of Mitchell’s art work. In 2002, he received
the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal. Later he became Director of the Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) in
Ontario, a position he held for five years. This past fall Hébert left his position at the AGW to assume the
role of Executive Director at the Art Gallery of Alberta.