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Secret Citadel: Graeme Patterson

14 September to 2 December 2018

Secret Citadel explores the trials and tribulations of male friendship through an experimental stop-motion animated narrative by Sackville artist Graeme Patterson. Guided by a variety of subtle gestures and intense interactions, an anthropomorphic bison and cougar create a bond that spans all stages of maturity. Playful creativity brings them together while violent awkwardness tears them apart. Eventually the extremes of their relationship create a semi-automated existence as their various animated and live-action forms venture through a self-referential world.

Four handmade puppets that Patterson used to create Secret Citadel, are displayed alongside the animation.

Image: Still from Secret Citadel, 2013, digital video, 29:48 minutes, edition 1/5. Purchased with funds from the Ruth Eisenhauer Bequest

Painting, In Iris Pond by Jack Humphrey

A Handmade Assembly

14 September to 2 December 2018

This exhibition has been organized on the occasion of the eighth annual community event A Handmade Assembly, co-organized by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. Artists in the exhibition have used materials and techniques that reflect the physical, repetitive activity often associated with traditional craftwork.

Whether made directly by hand, or by hand-held tools, the work reveals a focused, tangible interaction with the materials. The diversity of the artists represented in the exhibition shows the ongoing and notable preoccupation with the handmade.

Organized by Jane Tisdale.

Image: Margaret (Harris) Fraser (first graduate of the Applied Arts program 1912), Beaded necklace with monogram, Gift of Margaret (Fraser) Murray, Collection of the Owens Art Gallery


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


17 September - Ongoing

Each month a friend of the Owens is invited to select a work or two, or sometimes three from the Owens' collection. These community members, students, staff and faculty share their own perspectives and connections to works that they pick and to the collection overall.

The Owens Art Gallery's collection began with an initial group of 300 predominantly European paintings, prints and drawings acquired in 1885 as a teaching collection for art students to study and copy. The collection has now grown to over 3000 works of art including paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and multi-media work by established Canadian and International Artists.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of community curated exhibitions. Follow the series online now.

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

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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.

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