Owens Art Gallery

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

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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.


Owens Art Gallery


Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Donkeys

10 July - 18 October 2015

Drawing on the rich resources of the Owens collection, this exhibition presents viewers with a wide range of artworks depicting various modes of transportation. The exhibition presents work by 24 artists including Alex Colville, Christopher Pratt, and Dorothy Stevens, as well as two large-sale, 45-foot long images of trains made by Ottawa artist Eric Walker.

Image: Richards Jarden, Untitled, c. 1969





Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985–2015

2 October – 18 November 2015

This exhibition presents the work of Mount Allison graduate and Ottawa graphic designer and artist Robert Tombs in the first survey exhibition of his work to date.

The one-hundred works on display present a variety of exhibition catalogues, artist’s books, posters and related ephemera, literary books, preliminary studies, and sketchbooks expressed in drawing, xerography, letterpress, and offset printing, created for a range of clients including artist-collaborators, writers, artist-run centres, art galleries, and academic presses.

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