The History of Mount Allison, completed in 1948 (Owens Art Gallery image) Alex and Rhoda Colville, centre, with Fine Arts students and faculty during a visit back to campus. Venice Biennale exhibition in Italy. The National Gallery of Canada purchased a major work, To Prince Edward Island. He became an Officer in the Order of Canada and was invited to California and West Berlin as a visiting artist. Not only did his alma mater Mount Allison University award him an honorary degree, four other Canadian universities did as well. During his subsequent career Colville would achieve innumerable other awards and acknowledgments including honorary degrees from a further five Canadian universities, nomination to a Companion of the Order of Canada, appointment to the Privy Council, and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Colville was prophetic when in 1983 he speculated that, “Last year I was looking at Titian’s Death of Acteon in the National Gallery in London. It is thought that he painted this affecting work in his 90s. I like to think that I may have another 30 years of work ahead of me.” He did and, after an absence of many years, beginning in 1993 with a major exhibition of his famous “preliminary” drawings organized by the Owens Art Gallery, Colville returned to Sackville where as a student of art and then a teacher of art he had begun his entrepreneurial career. Perhaps not surprisingly, Colville addressed the 1967 Summerside, PEI high school graduating class with these words: “Sooner or later, but inevitably, you will die. Between now and that final moment, what will you do? How will you live?Life can be most fully lived if we realize that it is finite.” Alex Colville spent a lifetime making certain his was fully lived. John Murchie has worked in the arts community for many years, most recently as the co-ordinator of the Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre in Sackville, NB. He retired this past spring but continues to write and create art personally and professionally. The Alex Colville Gift to Mount Allison The Owens Art Gallery recently announced a major donation of artwork by the late Alex Colville. The gift was made by the artist this spring in memory of his wife, Rhoda Colville and unveiled this November by his family at a special exhibition. The gift is the complete set of 35 silkscreen prints produced by the artist during his lifetime. The artist’s practice was to keep back one print from each edition for his own collection. These are the prints that form the gift, adding a unique and personal dimension to the donation. Alex Colville Black Cat 1996 serigraph print, edition of 70 artist’s proof I/XXVIII 36 x 36 cm Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, Gift by Alex Colville in memory of Rhoda Colville The Owens is the only institution to own the complete set of Colville’s prints. As a group, the Colville serigraphs form a remarkable record of his career and are an extraordinary resource for teaching, research, and for the enjoyment of present and future generations. An exhibition of these special prints will be on display at the Owens until Dec. 8 and they will become part of the permanent collection. / 15