Painting of a Chrysanthemum on Open Book by Ethel Ogden, 1895

The Matter at Hand:
Paintings and Hand-painted China by Ethel Ogden (1869-1902)

22 April to 2 September 2018

An exhibition of paintings and hand-painted china by New Brunswick artist and teacher Ethel Ogden (1869 -1902). Ogden attended the Mount Allison Ladies' College and the Owens Art Institution in Saint John, New Brunswick, where she studied with John Hammond before beginning her own teaching career. Her oeuvre includes still life, landscape and portraiture, as well as hand-painted porcelain, a popular art form in the late nineteenth century. The Matter at Hand features Ogden's work in the Owens Art Gallery collection as well as paintings borrowed from private collectors. Organized by Gemey Kelly and Jane Tisdale and accompanied by an extensive publication on Ogden’s life and times.

Image: Ethel Ogden, Chrysanthemum on Open Book, 1895, oil on canvas, Collection of Joanna Ogden Parlee

Drawing by Susan Wood of Two Bound Herons, mixed media on paper.

Works by Susan Wood from the Owens Collection

3 May to 2 September 2018

Susan Wood (1953-2018) was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia. She graduated in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in 1976 and received an MFA from the University of Calgary in 1981. Susan Wood lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland from 1983 to 1989 and was a founding member of the Eastern Edge Gallery. She moved to Halifax in 1989 and began teaching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1990. She has shown in group exhibitions across Canada and in Finland, Germany, Scotland and Iceland, and in numerous solo shows. Susan Wood's work is included in many public and private collections including the Owens Art Gallery.

Image: Susan Wood, Two Bound Herons, mixed media on paper, Purchased with funds from the Canada Council Acquisition Assistance Program

Painting, In Iris Pond by Jack Humphrey

Looking Out

20 July - 17 October

While Alex Colville looked out at his dog in the yard, Gershon Iskowitz looked out of an airplane, Edward Burtynsky studied the Yangtze dam, Lawren P. Harris admired stones on a beach, Léo Leblanc contemplated his grazing horses, Glenn Adams looked out across the Montreal skyline, Dan Steeves watched a University football game and Garry Kennedy pondered perceived colours of the marsh.

Selected from the Owens Art Gallery Collection, the works in this exhibition all incorporate the outdoor environment in some way. The artists considered specific aspects of the landscape in order to enhance their ideas.

Image: Jack Humphrey, In Iris Pond, oil on canvas

Installation view of 5 Gradtuate Self-Portraits

Graduate Self-Portraits

25 April to 25 May 2018

From the late 1940s until the mid 1960s, Mount Allison University students in Fine Arts were required to paint a self-portrait in their 4th year, and to submit it as their “Diploma Piece” in order to receive the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The portraits were to be executed in oil, on canvas or board, measuring 30” x 40”, and were to be Life-sized.

The portraits remained as an important Archive of the Fine Arts Department, and are now permanently housed in the Owens Art Gallery. The collection consists of approximately 50 paintings. Each year, in celebration of Spring Convocation and Alumni Reunion Weekend, we display self-portraits from those alumni years being honoured. This year, we present selections from the Classes of 1948, 1953, 1958 and 1963.

Image: Installation of exhibition

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

The Colville Gallery

14 May 2016 - 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

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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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