For over 30 years, curator, writer and Program Director of grunt gallery, Glenn Alteen has played a central role within the British Columbia and Canadian arts communities. He has worked extensively in performance art and is cofounder of the LIVE Performance Art Biennale.
As Director of grunt gallery in Vancouver, Alteen has been active in creating sustainable administration practices through the purchase of a facility, the Blue Cabin Residency Program and the creation of the grunt gallery Legacy Fund endowment held by the Vancouver Foundation.
In recent years, Alteen has been involved in archival projects as a producer of websites and has been organizer for a number of conferences including Indian Acts Aboriginal Performance Art, InFest and Live In Public – The Art of Engagement at ECUAD. His writing on Performance Art was published in Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (MOA), Making Always War (Stride Gallery), Access All Area (grunt), Rebecca Belmore (Sydney Biennial Catalogue), Caught in the Act (YYZ Books), La Dragu (FADO Toronto), LIVE at the End of the Century (grunt) and Locus Solus (Black Dog).
In 2018 Alteen received a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Outstanding Achievement Award.