Houle has had an active curatorial and artistic practice since the mid-1970s. He played an important role in bridging the gap between contemporary First Nations artists and the broader Canadian art scene through his writing and involvement in early important high profile exhibitions such as Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 1992). As an artist, Houle has shown both nationally and internationally.
Houle was born in Saint Boniface, Manitoba on 9 March 1947.
He was raised in his traditional Saulteaux tribal culture and in the Roman Catholic religion. Houle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Manitoba in 1972.
After graduating, he augmented his art training by attending the Salzburg International Summer Academy focusing on painting and drawing. In 1975 he earned his Bachelor of Education degree in Art Education at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Houle was curator of Indian Art at the National Museum of Manitoba in Ottawa from 1977 to 1980.
He has been a visiting artist at Hood College, Gettysburg College, the Heard Museum, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Foreign years, he taught as an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design, from which he is now retired. In 2015 he was awarded the Governor General"s Award for Visual Arts.
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He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.