Exhibitions

Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

The Colville Gallery

14 May - Ongoing

A permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Alex Colville (1920-2013), one of Canada's most celebrated artists and one of Mount Allison University's best known graduates. The Gallery features the installation of the mural Athletes, commissioned by Mount Allison for its new Athletic Centre in 1961. Designed around the theme of the student athlete, the mural was the focal point of the new building; it remained there for over 50 years, until its present installation in the stable and secure environment of Owens Art Gallery. Other artworks by Colville are also on view, including many of the preparatory drawings for Athletes and examples of the artist's serigraphs.

Image: Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

 

Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

Silhouettes and Other Shadows

8 July - 18 September

This exhibition presents a selection of works from the Owens’ collection which features silhouettes, shadows and prominent contour lines.

Cut paper silhouettes were originally used as an affordable method to capture a person’s likeness in the eighteenth century and remain a popular trope in advertising today. The works in this exhibition use silhouettes to go beyond traditional portraiture, incorporating a variety of media including but not limited to painted china, silkscreen and film.

Artists in this exhibition include Tom Henderson, Lotte Reiniger, Janet Werner, Erik Edson, June Leaf and David Blackwood, among others. Curated by Gallery Intern Rachel Thornton.

Image: Susan Schelle, Calendar, 1994, porcelain plates, gold leaf, silkscreen

 Margaret Chipman, Tantramar Marsh,c.1960, oil on board, Purchased with funds from the Blanche Beatrice Peppard Endowment Fund

 

Tantramar again, again:
An exhibition celebrating twenty years of the Tantramar Heritage Trust

17 June - 4 September

This year the Tantramar Heritage Trust, Sackville, NB, celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Owens Art Gallery and Mount Allison University are honoured and pleased to participate in this celebration with the presentation of an exhibition on the theme of the Tantramar Marsh, including works by Thaddeus Holownia, Edward Pulford, Ethel Ogden, Garry Neill Kennedy and others. The exhibition is accompanied by a slide show of contemporary and historical photographs provided by members of the Trust.

Image: Margaret Chipman, Tantramar Marsh,c.1960, oil on board, Purchased with funds from the Blanche Beatrice Peppard Endowment Fund

Patricia Pollett McClelland, Handwoven overshot coverlet (detail), 1960

 

Tangled Up in Blue

4 June - 10 August

This exhibition of work from the Owens’ collection highlights the artists’ use of the colour blue. Commonly linked to landscapes and seascapes, blue also appears as a dominant feature in portraits, weaving, jewellery and non-objective paintings. Focusing the exhibition on one particular colour offers unexpected associations between artists whose work may not typically be displayed together. Some of the artists represented in the exhibition are: Bruno Bobak, Gerard Collins, Francis Coutellier, Lawren P. Harris, Gershon Iskowitz, Patricia (Pollett) McClelland, Harriet Meacher, Andrea Mortson, Mary Pratt and Christopher Pratt.

Image: Patricia Pollett McClelland, Handwoven overshot coverlet (detail), 1960

Owens Art Gallery

A Virtual Companion to All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960

online now

This Virtual Companion accompanies the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Serving as a legacy for the exhibition, this website provides in-depth features on selected objects, behind-the-scenes documentation of the exhibition installation, video footage of conservation treatments, archival photographs and oral histories from graduates of the Applied Arts program.

The Virtual Companion is made possible through funding from the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation.

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