The exhibition, Models for the Public Sphere: Tar Sands, Aircraft, Holocausts, showcases models for projects by this Vancouver sculptor and installation artist. Snider has made significant contributions to contemporary art practice in Canada. From 1981-2009 he taught visual art studio, critical theory, technical theatre and social art history in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a Professor Emeritus. He served as Curator of Contemporary Art for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and for Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC. He is well-known as a writer of art criticism.
Sniders artwork has included sculpture, performance design, models, drawings and videos. His models may be his most popular pieces. Snider began creating scale models early in his career to accompany formal proposals for larger, site-specific artworks. During these years, he began to recognize their potential as conceptual prototypes addressing issues in the public sphere. While the full-scale public art projects represented by these models are often unreasonable and even impossible, the models themselves serve to illustrate and underscore issues of global concern.
Greg Snider has been the recipient of numerous grants, including Canada Council Senior Arts Grants. He is represented in a number of public and private collections in Canada, including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the National Gallery of Canada.