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Prospect 18: Christiane Poulin. Echoes
13 Oct 2018 – 16 Dec 2018
Exhibitions in the Prospect series introduce artists in the early phases of their careers. A retired physician, Poulin recently graduated from NSCAD with a BFA in Textiles and the 2017 Starfish Student Art Award. She lives in Halifax. The woven structures of her site-oriented installation allude to Brutalist design integrated into a landscape.
Christiane Poulin, Winds of Change: A Lace-scape 2016
Material Remains
26 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018
Drawn from the MSVU Collection, these works of art incorporate household textiles such as bedding, a tea towel, table linens and discarded clothing. The domestic references are embedded in works whose imagery also engages with gender politics and world events.
Frances Dorsey, Shot Through the Heart
Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity
9 Sep 2017 – 12 Nov 2017
MSVU Art Gallery is collaborating with the SSHRC-funded project entitled Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life and the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at MSVU
George Steeves, Self-Portrait with Mirror 2001
Ian Willms: We Shall See
2 Sep 2017 – 5 Nov 2017
Ian Willms father died after months of hospitalization and medical interventions due to a motorcycle accident. In {I}We Shall See{/I} Willms documents his father’s traumatic injuries and the details of daily hospital visits.
Ian Willms, Sister and I at the hospital 2014
Tove Storch: Sculpture
25 Feb 2017 – 9 Apr 2017
The new work proposed by Storch engages with the gallery’s two-storey architecture, deploying a forest of narrow metal rods to span the distance between floor and ceiling with an effect similar to that of a drawing. It incorporates the formal paradox typical of Storch’s sculpture, wherein the physical concreteness of the elements belies the optical variability of their appearance.
Tove Storch, Untitled 2017
How Do I Look?
11 Feb 2017 – 9 Apr 2017
This selection of artists’ self-portraits from the Mount Saint Vincent University Collection addresses both the experience of being looked at by others, and that of returning the gaze. As a corollary to their engagement with practices of looking and appearing, these self-portraits also tackle the frameworks of race, gender and sexuality.
James R. Shirley: Cape Breton Apocalypse
The Department of Prints and Drawings
11 Jun 2016 – 19 Aug 2016
How can a small university art gallery, itself a department, oversee a “Department of Prints and Drawings”? The provocative title of this exhibition is meant to prompt skepticism about the medium-based categories that still define large public collections, such as those at the National Gallery of Canada.
Double Take
21 May 2016 – 19 Aug 2016
A routine glance at a work of art sometimes leads to a double take—a delayed reaction to a surprising detail after the initial failure to notice anything unusual. Selected from the permanent collection, the works in Double Take either are ‘assisted readymades’ (modified found objects) or, as ‘replicas,’ they resemble assisted readymades. The second or third glance generally prompts second thoughts.
Marc Courtemanche, Axe 2008
Wilma Needham: Some Works about Guatemala
5 Mar 2016 – 15 May 2016
The body of work dating from the late 1980s to 1995 includes three large drawings and an installation of lithographs recently donated to the MSVU permanent collection by the artist.
Wilma Needham, There is no other way to say this, a work about Guatemala III 1988-1995
An Intimate Distance
3 Jun 2015 – 16 Aug 2015
An Intimate Distance presents three multi-component works: Andrea Ward’s Hairstories, Glynis Humphrey’s Gorge and Suzanne Swannie’s Considering Two Small Forms, for Maja and Marta.
Glynis Humphrey, Gorge (detail)
Beautiful Illusions Melanie Colosimo & Charley Young
10 Jan 2015 – 8 Mar 2015
Beautiful Illusions presents works in graphic media by two young Nova Scotian artists. Colosimo’s principal practice is drawing; Young favours drawing and indexical techniques, such as casting and monoprinting.
Charley Young, Rocky Mountain Diptych (detail) 2014
Prospect 17: Joanna Close
13 Dec 2014 – 8 Mar 2015
This is the 17th of the Prospect exhibitions, which showcase the works of selected Nova Scotian artists during the early stages of their careers. Joanna Close presents a series of hooked rugs depicting buildings from a former family farm in New Brunswick, now given over to an industrial gravel quarry.
oanna Close, Gram’s House 2012
Big in Nova Scotia
23 Aug 2014 – 28 Sep 2014
MSVU Art Gallery was built in 1971. Its two-storey height was designed for the preeminent art of that era; expansive paintings on the scale of American “field” painting, and sculpture conceived in Minimalist terms as spatial theatre. Forty-three years later, Big in Nova Scotia responds to the moment of the Gallery’s beginning with a selection of large works from the MSVU collection.
Installation View: Blanket Sacrifice and Dragon’s Teeth
Voices in Longitude and Latitude: video installation by Marnina & Noam Gonick
22 Mar 2014 – 11 May 2014
Marnina & Noam Gonick, Voices in Longitude and Latitude
Arianne Pollet-Brannen: Flesh
2 Nov 2013 – 15 Dec 2013
Pollet-Brannen’s provocative garments are part sculpture, part satire. Incorporating found materials such as discarded shoes, the artist creates what she describes as an “anti-fashion statement.” Notions of haute couture are deformed, mutilated, and mutated to create a gender-bending “Travesty of Fashion.”
Arianne Pollet-Brannen, Angus Shoes 2013
Halifax Harbour in War Time by Arthur Lismer
23 May 2013 – 11 Aug 2013
The exhibition contains five paintings and four lithographs completed during Lismer’s tenure as Principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design (now Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) in the period 1916-1919.
Arthur Lismer, Dazzle Ship at Night, 1916-1918
Beyond the Terminating Vista (Rebuild)
20 Apr 2013 – 28 Jul 2013
By transposing his charcoal drawings into a wooden structure, Steve Higgins will create a temporary sculpture on an ambitious scale rarely seen in Halifax.
Steve Higgins, Templum 1998
16 Mar 2013 – 21 May 2013
“Chromophilia” is a neologism meaning “love of colour.” The aesthetic priority given to colour is the quality shared by the recent acquisitions in this exhibition.
Suzanne Swannie Zodiac: Sagitarius 2012
Activist Ink
12 Jan 2013 – 24 Feb 2013
Emily Davidson, Dan O'Neill and Ericka Walker are three Haligonian printmakers whose work revives the history of socially engaged printmaking.
Ericka Walker, Reduced
Prospect 16: Declan O'Dowd
15 Dec 2012 – 3 Mar 2013
This is the sixteenth of the Prospect exhibitions, which introduce Nova Scotian artists in the early stages of their careers.
Declan O’Dowd, Garden 2: Cat and Chicken 2010
Prospect 15: Anne Macmillan
20 Oct 2012 – 9 Dec 2012
This is the 15th of the Prospect exhibitions, which expose for critical consideration the works of selected Nova Scotian artists during the early stages of their careers. In her creative process the young intermedia artist Anne Macmillan pits rule-following against chance to generate schematic forms.
Anne Macmillan Contours of Near-Earth Asteroids: 2063 Bacchus
Sara Hartland-Rowe: Look to the Living
26 May 2012 – 12 Aug 2012
Sara Hartland-Rowe’s figure paintings probe the psychological relationship that exists between model and painter. The shared anxiety of the subjects and their observer is reflected to the viewer in their facial expressions.
Sara Hartland-Rowe, Stefanie with Cats 2010
Soft: Works from the University Collection
12 May 2012 – 12 Aug 2012
The Art Gallery’s special mandate to collect textile-based art, due to the medium’s traditional association with women, is augmented in this selection by the inclusion of another material associated with domesticity—aluminum foil. All of the works have in common the tactile quality of softness.
Anna Torma, Red Flowers III 2006
Susanna Heller: Intensive Care
25 Feb 2012 – 29 Apr 2012
For decades, Susanna Heller (BFA, NSCAD, 1977) has distilled the peripheral landscapes of New York City in her wildly expressive, near-abstract drawings and paintings. Figures rarely appeared in Heller’s work before March 2010, when her husband was hospitalized with a devastating illness.
Susanna Heller, Untitled (Throne) 2010
Rosalie Favell: Living Evidence
19 Nov 2011 – 19 Feb 2012
Living Evidence is Rosalie Favell’s first serial photographic self-portrait; it follows her earlier attempts to reclaim a First Nations identity by photographing aboriginal women. Truthful and brave, Living Evidence exhibits the appealing vulnerability that continues to characterize this artist’s photo-based work.
Rosalie Favell, Living Evidence_PH
Feed: A Video Installation by Tonia Di Risio
21 Aug 2011 – 2 Oct 2011
In 2006 the Haligonian artist DiRisio traveled to the Abruzzo, Italy. There she recorded her middle-aged female relatives preparing a variety of local dishes in their kitchens.
Tonia Di Risio, Cooking in Italy 2010
Dirt, Detritus and Vermin
21 May 2011 – 8 Aug 2011
The artists make use of the tools of fine craftsmanship, their ornamentation alluding to historical forms, but subvert tradition by applying it to degraded objects.
Janice Wright Cheney, Encroach 2011
Beneath the Surface
23 Oct 2010 – 12 Dec 2010
The Nova Scotian artists Nancy Edell, Kim Morgan and Susan Wood share an interest in corporeal experience. In these works from the MSVU Collection, the artists present metaphors for the invisible, sometimes pathological processes at work within the body.
Nancy Edell, Spiracle 1 (Beneath the Surface)
Kim Morgan: Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, 2010
16 Oct 2010 – 21 Nov 2010
Kim Morgan’s new sculpture will be composed of latex casts of the exterior and interior of an abandoned lighthouse. With their parts held together by hand-sewn joins, the two casts are suspended as visually distinct units.
Kim Morgan Range Light (SF)
Losing it: Jarvis, Pagurek, Wensley
14 Aug 2010 – 5 Oct 2010
This witty and emotionally charged exhibition includes works by Kirtley Jarvis, Cheryl Pagurek, and Mary-Anne Wensley. Whether this art serves to provoke or assuage anxiety is an open question.
MaryAnne Wensley, Coping Mechanism
Oriental Ornamental
27 Mar 2010 – 6 Jun 2010
This two-person exhibition features Karen Tam’s Pagoda Pads: Opium Den in the upper mezzanine gallery, and Jihee Min’s Once Upon Camellia Blossoms in the lower gallery.
Karen Tam Pagoda Pads: Opium Den
Somewhere along the line
10 Oct 2009 – 22 Nov 2009
Amplifying the emphasis on process-oriented execution, the drawings in this exhibition depict motifs in transition: dissolving, connecting, fusing and forming.
Michelle Gay Portraits from the End of the Day
Susan Bozic: The Dating Portfolio
18 Jul 2009 – 4 Oct 2009
Vancouver-based photographer Susan Bozic has a background in photography and cinema. Posing in elaborately staged photographs, she satirizes the fantasy of “true romance” by casting herself in the ingenue role and a store window mannequin as the leading man.
Susan Bozic He let me pick the movie
The Disaster Series by Cindy Stelmackowich
14 Apr 2009 – 7 Jun 2009
In her digital collages the Ottawa-based artist Cindy Stelmackowich merges two genres of hand-drawn graphics; the lithographs illustrating 19th-century anatomical atlases and those that enlivened 19th-century journals such as the Canadian Illustrated News.
Cindy Stelmackowich The Disaster Series
Susan Feindel: See Below
7 Mar 2009 – 17 May 2009
The Nova Scotian artist Susan Feindel is known for her adventurous, experimental approach to landscape painting and her espousal of environmental causes. This painting installation was inspired by her voyages on oceanographic research ships, during which the ocean floor is viewed from shipboard using sonar side-scan technology.
Susan Feindel It will smell like the breath of a new born baby
Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick: Bite and Burn, encore
10 Jan 2009 – 8 Feb 2009
The Vancouver-based artist Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick fuses the gendered connotations of 1970s underground music and body modification with 1970s body art of the same era. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Fitzpatrick has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The artist returns to Halifax in January with his new performance, Bite and Burn, encore.
Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick, Bite and Burn
Prospect 13: The Encounter by Suzanne Caines
25 Oct 2008 – 14 Dec 2008
This is the 13th of the Prospect exhibitions, which feature artists in the emergent stages of their careers. Suzanne Caines, a NSCAD graduate, returned to Halifax after receiving her MFA from Chelsea College, London.
Suzanne Caines The Encounter
Danish Modern: Suzanne Swannie Textil
18 Oct 2008 – 23 Nov 2008
Suzanne Swannie is a Halifax-based designer and weaver who creates functional textiles, tapestries and large architectural installations for private and public environments. She also weaves pictorial tapestries and is known for unique fabric constructions such as the gallery installation Repassage.
Suzanne Swannie Imaginary Landscapes
Donigan Cumming: Ex Votos
21 Jun 2008 – 10 Aug 2008
The internationally renowned, Montreal-based artist Donigan Cumming is known for his staged portraits of the aging, ill and socially assisted poor, in the form of photographs, videos and photographic collages.
Donigan Cumming Epilogue
Kyla Mallett: Marginalia
8 Jun 2008 – 10 Aug 2008
Vancouver-based artist Kyla Mallett borrows from the systematized aesthetics of 1960s conceptual art and applies pseudo-sociological sampling and archiving to reveal networks of communication within various social milieus.
Kyla Mallett Montreal Massacre (detail)
29 Mar 2008 – 25 May 2008
Local artists Dan O’Neill and George Steeves recently made substantial donations to the University Collection. To showcase the new acquisitions while exploring affinities between the respective bodies of work, Chemistry presents fine photographic prints by Steeves, hand-pulled lithographs by O’Neill, and figurative sculpture lent by the Newfoundland ceramicist Reed Weir.
Dan O’Neill
Frances Dorsey Saigon
13 Oct 2007 – 25 Nov 2007
An associate professor at NSCAD University, Dorsey works in cloth as a way of engaging critically with painting and of bringing global themes within the scope of family life and domestic practices. Much of her work includes photo-derived images of war. In this context, her use of distressed, pieced-together, salvaged cloth–a pictorial version of the patchwork quilt–offers a pointed critique of the tradition of “history painting” in which large paintings on canvas glorify war.
Frances Dorsey Nostalgia Series (detail)
Prospect 12: Dustin Wenzel
22 Sep 2007 – 9 Dec 2007
The Prospect series is designed to introduce artists in the early stages of their careers, in the form of a small solo exhibition with catalogue. The young sculptor Dustin Wenzel needs little introduction, having already made the news with the vandalization of his bronze bust of a white-tailed doe.
Dustin Wenzel, Chicken 2006
Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky
25 Aug 2007 – 30 Sep 2007
The collaborative Vancouver artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky are specialists in transposition of everyday objects into curiously evacuated versions of themselves.
Weppler & Mahovsky Volkswagen Golf
George Steeves
28 Feb 2007 – 10 Apr 2007
In addition to his mastery of historical techniques and his exquisite printing, the Haligonian photographer George Steeves is known for an iconography “shot through with grotesque sexuality, reverence for emotional pain, and chilly black humour.”
E-minor No. 21 (GS & LH)
Prospect 11: Doug Taylor
15 Dec 2006 – 18 Feb 2007
Born in Sydney and now living in Halifax, CKDU broadcaster Doug Taylor attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as a mature student, graduating in 1992. His source images are photographs of recreations such as country fairs, demolition derbies and Khyber Club performances
Doug Taylor Demolition Derby No. 5
Connect the Dots
29 Nov 2006 – 10 Dec 2006
Connect the Dots brings together Mark’s mixed-media art with that of two other artists—Gerald Ferguson and Shaun Gough—whose careers intersect with hers
Kelly Mark, War Pigs
Pulse: Film & Painting After the Image
14 Oct 2006 – 26 Nov 2006
Pulse brings experimental film into dialogue with contemporary abstract painting by presenting the two art forms adjacent to one another in the same gallery space.
Nicole Collins Light a Path
Glynis Humphrey: Breathing Under Water
21 Mar 2006 – 30 Apr 2006
Breathing Under Water is a multi-media installation by the Haligonian artist Glynis Humphrey. It provides an array of acoustic, tactile and visual stimuli, but contains no verbal components.
Glynis Humphrey Breathing Under Water, Installation View MSVU Art Gallery
Michael Fernandes: Room of Fears and Fixing Room
18 Mar 2006 – 14 May 2006
Room of Fears is an installation consisting of one-sentence expressions of fear submitted by members of the public via e-mail and through “comments” boxes. In an adjacent space, Fixing Room displays items submitted to the gallery in response to an open call, for “things you never got round to fixing, things that are broken.” distributed around Halifax.
Room of Fears (detail)
Alice Egan Hagen (1872-1972), Nova Scotian China Painter
Window Box Series

15 Jan 2006 – 31 Jan 2006
This exhibition presents china wares painted by Alice Egan Hagen around the turn of the nineteenth century. Most of the items have been selected from the large collection she donated to the University in 1966
Pitcher with Grape Decoration 1918
Cathy Busby’s 24/7 at Work
8 Oct 2005 – 11 Dec 2005
Cathy Busby is a Halifax-based artist, curator and writer who studies communications practices in consumer and corporate environments.
24/7 at Work installation view (2005)
Prospect 10: Harbour Photographs by Scott Conarroe
3 Sep 2005 – 16 Oct 2005
Harbour 2005 is a series of colour photographs depicting mixed-use sites along the Halifax waterfront. Printed from large-format negatives, Conarroe’s consistently high vantage point, distorted colour and luminous skies transform these nondescript scenes, which could never appear in precisely this fashion to the naked eye.
Scott Conorroe, Harbour (Dealership) 2004
Moral Fibre
29 Jun 2005 – 16 Nov 2005
Colette Whiten, Svava Juliusson, Nancy Edell, Frances Dorsey and Barbara Todd are linked by their use of textile-based media to express dissenting views.
Colette Whiten, There there
Legend Drawings by Leonard Paul
6 May 2005 – 21 Aug 2005
The Nova Scotian artist Leonard Paul is known for his meticulously realistic nature and wildlife paintings. Since 2003, however, he has been engaged in a new project, a series of ink drawings illustrating the legend of the Mi’kmaq.
Leonard Paul, The Elder
Shifting Ground: Woven Works by Suzanne Swannie
23 Oct 2004 – 12 Dec 2004
For several years the Haligonian textile artist Suzanne Swannie has been weaving functional floor coverings for private and public environments.
Tracking: Bombings, Wars & Genocide
a Six Months Journey from New York to China, Vietnam, Cambodia & Indonesia–by Denyse Thomasos

28 Aug 2004 – 3 Oct 2004
After the 9-11 bombing, artist Denyse Thomasos travelled to photograph jails and burial sites in Asian countries. Those photographs are the source images for this spectacular floor-to-ceiling composition painted directly on the gallery walls.
Elspeth Pratt: Hang-ups
7 Aug 2004 – 17 Oct 2004
Elspeth Pratt is known for her inventive use of building supplies and her interest in leisure as it correlates with the built environment.
Elspeth Pratt, Arsenic and Lace
too small too big
29 May 2004 – 27 Jun 2004
This exhibition is composed of works on paper by Canadian artists who make strategic use of textured media such as makeup, paper collage, electrical tape, and human hair.
MSVU Art Gallery Entrance
Work Work Work
27 Mar 2004 – 23 May 2004
Taken from the university collection, these works, which use materials such as plywood, acoustic tile, a tea towel and pantry equipment, invite comparison with hobby craft, housework, and puttering.
work work work installation
Elizabeth MacKenzie: Reunion
17 Jan 2004 – 21 Mar 2004
This work is an ongoing series of hundreds of powdered graphite drawings on translucent vellum.
Elizabeth MacKenzie: Reunion
Lecture Notes
14 Jan 2004 – 29 Feb 2004
With works in various media by Michael Fernandes, Rainer Ganahl, Mike Hein, Suzy Lake, John Marriott, Lani Maestro and Adrian Piper, this exhibition has plenty to say about the giving and receiving of lectures.
Rainer Ganahl from Lecture Notes
Hair in Hand
30 Oct 2003 – 14 Dec 2003
The works in this exhibition frame women’s bodily experiences in the context of handwork and hair–where hair appears both as an artist’s material and as the physical trace of its owner.
Hair in Hand
Beyond Words
28 Oct 2003 – 23 Nov 2003
The art in this exhibition encourages viewers to think of language as something more than a transparent medium of communication.
Beyond Words Installation View
Illuminations: Homemade
22 Oct 2003 – 30 Nov 2003
Haligonian Tonia Di Risio has been invited to contribute a Duratrans image derived from her existing series, Homemade.
Tonia Di Risio: Homemade
Mean Feet
(Window Box)

10 Sep 2003 – 26 Oct 2003
The logic of the commodity is fetishist. The logic of shoe collecting is — what logic? Do you have fetish footwear buried deep in your closet? It is time to bring out your shoes.
Mean Feet, Vitrine 1
Blind Stairs
15 Mar 2003 – 4 May 2003
Including works dating from the early 1980s to the present, each artist in this exhibition incorporates traces of other persons (who may or may not be artists) in her production, thereby avoiding the tendency of solo retrospectives to separate artistic authorship from historical context.
Blind Stairs: Installation view
Like a Candle
(Window Box)

8 Feb 2003 – 27 Apr 2003
This exhibition features an edition of wax figures (with wicks) of Princess Diana, fabricated by Halifax artist Catherine Jones.
Andy Warhol: Marilyn Monroe
Oh My!
(Window Box)

25 Oct 2002 – 14 Dec 2002
A roving, sound-gathering performance deploying two categories of listening device: "Bird Brain" and "Ground Sound."
Colette Urban: Birdbrain
In Another Place, Part II
Prospect 9: Lucie Chan

14 Sep 2002 – 27 Oct 2002
In the art of Lucie Chan, the implication of displacement and dispersal extends diasporic themes introduced in Lily Markiewicz’s installation. The freely suspended webs of imagery evoke a spatial metaphor on home as "elsewhere."
Lucie Chan: Something to Carry
Visions & Other Phenomena
20 Jul 2002 – 8 Sep 2002
Visionary, scientific, and pseudo-documentary material offer disparate versions of truth in this selection of works from MSVU collection.
Helene Dyck: flashpoint
In Another Place, Part I
Lily Markiewicz: Promise II

6 Jul 2002 – 18 Aug 2002
This work incorporates photographs on light-sensitive paper, recorded sound, and video installed in a dimly lit space ...with the unflinching eye of the goldfish observing our every movement.
Lily Markiewicz: Promise II
Walter Ostrom: 120 Dessert Plates
18 May 2002 – 14 Jul 2002
These plates combine the artist's two passions — rhododendrons and gardening — while extending the tradition of botanical china decoration in a spectacular fashion.
Walter Ostrom: Dessert Plate
What is Church?
Rural Churches of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

3 Nov 2001 – 16 Dec 2001
The convergence of multi-channel video with music and the scanned and digitally manipulated images in this exhibition suggests the psychedelic equivalent of a Baroque church interior.
David Askevold: What is Church?
Brenda Pelkey: Haunts
20 Oct 2001 – 21 Nov 2001
The exhibition is composed of large-format Ilfochrome prints, some grouped in panoramic assemblages, others incorporating cryptic text fragments that hint at tragedy.
Brenda Pelkey: Memento Mori
Cape Breton Modern: June Leaf
1 Sep 2001 – 28 Oct 2001
The exhibition includes recent small sculpture, paintings and a drawing clustered around the suspended metal Figure on a Hoist.
June Leaf: Untitled
Cape Breton Modern: Terrence Syverson
1 Sep 2001 – 14 Oct 2001
The monumental shaped paintings of the 1980s and ’90s are luminous, monochromatic fields, often pierced in the centre and bounded by built-up edges resembling torn flesh.
Terrence Syverson: Tri-infinity II Brown Study
Flagmen of the Apocalypse
New Sculpture by Peter Walker

24 Apr 2001 – 17 Jun 2001
The Flagmen, a series of freestanding welded and assembled sculptures (1998-2000), are Peter Walker's millennium project.
Peter Walker: Flagman #2
Julie Duschenes: Stories That Own Me
3 Mar 2001 – 11 Apr 2001
This painting series portrays the artist and her partner in domestic situations reminiscent of paintings by the 17th-century Dutch master, Jan Vermeer.
Julie Duschenes: Story #3
Prospect 8: Rebecca Roberts Paintings
22 Oct 2000 – 17 Dec 2000
Working from photographs, Roberts makes small, lusciously executed paintings in which the nude female figure fills the pictorial field.
Rebecca Roberts: Untitled
26 Apr 2000 – 25 Jun 2000
This exhibition included works by three Haligonians who deploy spirals from cosmological, mathematical and biological perspectives.
Steve Higgins: Asylum Infidorum
Jim Shirley Returns
The Art of James R. Shirley

19 Feb 2000 – 16 Apr 2000
This retrospective, Shirley’s first major exhibition since his MSVU solo in 1977, includes approximately 50 monotypes and works in other media dating from the Nova Scotia years to the present.
James Shirley: Self-Portrait II
Joyce Wieland: A Vignette
8 Jan 2000 – 12 Mar 2000
At the turn of the millennium, while the flag waves over a disgruntled and divided nation, Joyce Wieland’s anti-patriarchal, femino-patriotic art makes a surprisingly fresh statement.
Joyce Wieland: Sinking Liner
Unquiet Images from the University Collection

5 Jun 1999 – 18 Jul 1999
The exhibition in the mezzanine gallery includes two further works: Margaret Clarke's "Mother Ireland" portrait Mary and Brigid (1917), and Bruce Johnson's mural-sized photo-mosaic Oka (1992).
Bruce Johnson: Oka
Prospect 7: Amanda Schoppel — Corporeal
17 Apr 1999 – 30 May 1999
For me the rubber band provides abundant possibilities, involving tension or potential tension, internal systems and the inevitable degradation or life span. — Amanda Schoppel
Amanda Schoppel: Corporeal
Style Council
15 Jan 1999 – 7 Feb 1999
The term "style" has been displaced in the art lexicon by phrases such as "signifying practice." Yet distinctiveness, elegance, even perversity of expression continue to enjoy a lively currency in the art world.
Style Council
Winter Gardens
9 Jan 1999 – 21 Feb 1999
The exhibition presented 30 of the colour photographs resulting from Charlotte Lindgren's Winter 1995-96 train journey, during which she photographed private and public gardens at each stop.
Charlotte Lindgren: St. Andrews, NB
1,000,000 Grapes
24 Oct 1998 – 22 Nov 1998
Ferguson's work is composed of 100 square, stretched canvases stencilled in black with an irregular, dot-like motif (or 10,000 "grapes"), installed in a closely spaced grid.
Gerald Ferguson: 1,000,000 Grapes
Notification 1
24 Oct 1998 – 13 Dec 1998
Ninety-six colour photographs of the backs of envelopes used for the mailing of death notices in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Arnaud Maggs: Notification 1
Language & Land Use, Newfoundland 1994
13 Sep 1998 – 11 Oct 1998
A series of 13 photo-assemblages combining text, photographs and natural objects by the St. John’s-based artist focuses on signs in public recreational areas in Newfoundland.
Marlene Creates: The City of St. John`s By-Law Forbids...
Prospect 6: Painting by Sarra McNie
23 May 1998 – 2 Aug 1998
Like her predecessors in the Prospect series, Sarra McNie has constructed a version of herself — a persona — which then inhabits her work as subject matter.
Sarra McNie: Iron Tulip
Animal Magnetism
2 May 1998 – 7 Jun 1998
Animal Magnetism united the artist's interests as a draughtsman and producer of experimental audio and video to create this panoramic installation of 100 black and white television sets with over painted screens.
Chris Woods: Animal Magnetism
Letters from the Edge: Zapatista Embroideries
(Window Box)

16 Oct 1997 – 14 Dec 1997
This selection of cloths embroidered by Maya women from Chiapas, Mexico, provoked strong viewer response.
Women of Chiapas: Embroideries
Prospect 5: Proximities
14 Jun 1997 – 27 Jul 1997
Halifax painter Alisa Snyder’s suite of paintings depicts marginal landscapes: the scrubby growth at the edges of woods and residential plots.
Alisa Snyder: Proximities
Image Rites
5 Apr 1997 – 11 May 1997
This exhibition was composed of works by artists whose ritualized production processes and presentation strategies intensify the terms of viewer engagement.
Frances Dorsey: Dragon’s Teeth
My Friend Told Me That I Had Carried Too Many Stones
18 Jan 1997 – 16 Mar 1997
Suzy Lake's small constructions in plaster and photo-collage incorporated photographs of herself performing apparently mundane gestures.
Suzy Lake: Untitled #12
Paintings by Peter Walker
15 Nov 1996 – 5 Jan 1997
Provoking a decidedly mixed response, this exhibition surveyed three bodies of work completed by Peter Walker since 1993.
Peter Walker: 3 in 1
Comme les jours précédents, les géographies du transitoire
21 Sep 1996 – 3 Nov 1996
By accentuating MSVU Art Gallery's resemblance to a port shed, this installation by sisters Suzanne and Claire Paquet prompted viewers to experience it as scene rather than place.
Claire and Suzanne Paquet: Comme les jours précédents
Andrea Ward: Hairstories
18 Jul 1996 – 16 Sep 1996
Andrea Ward's 41-piece series gives voice to women's concerns about this one aspect of their appearance: their hair.
Andrea Ward: Hairstories
Prospect 4: Glynis Humphrey — Gorge
29 May 1996 – 7 Jul 1996
Including video and installation elements that implied the bodily presence of a monstrously large woman, Gorge filled the space with conflicting suggestions of guilty excess and sensual pleasure, connected with eating and sexual repression.
Glynis Humphrey: Gorge
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge
Non Sera Nada Por Ninguen

29 May 1996 – 7 Sep 1996
Using actors, props and painted sets, the staged photography by these two artists projects labour issues through the codes of commercial culture.
Condé & Beveridge: No Immediate Threat
Ann Newdigate: Ciphers from the Muniments Room
29 Mar 1996 – 26 May 1996
Newdigate’s digitized printout of a tapestry-woven shorthand letter brings textile media even further into the realm of textual practices.
Ann Newdigate: Ciphers from the Muniments Room
Prospect 3: Mongrel Moods
Video by Dorain Henderson

17 Feb 1996 – 24 Mar 1996
A 21-minute tape that confronts the intimate illusion of home video with a poetically controlled vision of family dissolution.
Dorain Henderson: Headache
19 Sep 1995 – 29 Oct 1995
This exhibition placed the work of two contemporary Canadian women in the context of American postminimal art making of the 1960s and ’70s.
Elspeht Pratt: Concentric Circles
Carolee Schneemann: Composition with Interior Scrolls
16 Sep 1995 – 29 Oct 1995
Scheduled on the 20th anniversary of International Women’s Year, the lecture by this legendary pioneer of "intermedia" drew a large crowd.
Carolee Schneemann: Composition with Interior Scrolls
Prospect 2: Kelly Mark Works
15 Jul 1995 – 3 Sep 1995
This exhibition recreated the utilitarian space of the artist’s live-in studio, suggesting references to work as task and the concept of "a work."
Kelly Mark: Mended Stool
Prospect 1: Knit Like a Sweater
Paintings by Cheralyn Ryan

25 Mar 1995 – 7 May 1995
Cheralyn Ryan's paintings, which combine shallow pictorial space, intertwined imagery and uniformly textured surfaces, indicate how she is interested in the complexity of ecological relationships.
Cheralyn Ryan: Forever Wiggy
Living Evidence
15 Oct 1994 – 4 Dec 1994
Rosalie Favell's project, which consists of a suite of inscribed and altered Polaroid enlargements, revises the family snapshot genre to accommodate a fractured tale of troubled love between herself and another indigenous woman.
Rosalie Favell, Living Evidence

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