E-mail OrderingHome           Exhibitions           MSVU Collection           Publications           Posters           Working Title           Resources


In this section, you will find
¤ 252 descriptions and
¤ 847 images organized into
¤   20 themes, referring to
¤ 630 artists and
¤   105 curators

Home » Exhibitions


Art Finder

Find by:

95 results
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
Unpacking the Living Room
8 Sep 2018 – 10 Nov 2018
Living rooms are spaces we arrange and create around ourselves to support the comfort and wellbeing of family, to host friends and loved ones, to display precious and prized belongings, and for leisure and relaxation. But living rooms are private spaces packed with emotions and history, as well as social and political investments. The kind of living room we create can reveal our background, our values, our social position, and our aspirations. Even the privilege of having a living room speaks volumes when so many people live in precarious situations, are without shelter, or have been displaced from their homes and traditional lands.
Sketch by David Dahms
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
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
Home Economics
3 Sep 2016 – 6 Nov 2016
The exhibition presents over 100 hooked rugs from the TMC collection, including the work of contemporary artists Joanna Close, Nancy Edell, Hannah Epstein, Deanne Fitzpatrick, Heather Goodchild, Barbara Klunder and Yvonne Mullock as well as seldom-seen pieces by Emily Carr, Clarence Gagnon, Florence Ryder and Georges-Édouard Tremblay.
Hannah Epstein, Toronto, Ontario (Home Economics)
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.
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
Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art
9 Oct 2014 – 30 Nov 2014
Today, there is an increasing permeability between the realms of “craft” and “art” occurring in step with an emphasis on “reskilling” and the handmade, as seen in contemporary art practice and in the widespread interest in all things handcrafted.
Marc Courtemanche, The Studio
Ron Shuebrook: Drawings
24 May 2014 – 10 Aug 2014
This exhibition acknowledges the centrality of drawing to Ron Shuebrook’s practice. Representing over 30 years of production by the artist
Ron Shuebrook, Wharf
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
Steve Higgins: Artist in Residence
6 Mar 2013 – 19 Apr 2013
For nearly four decades, Steve Higgins’ architecturally inspired sculpture and graphic work has evoked post-industrial dystopias. As though exposing the inner contradictions of a dysfunctional society, his elaborate drawings include spatially incompatible illusions in compositions that Higgins describes as “corrupted from within.” The production residency at MSVU Art Gallery offers Higgins his first opportunity in 32 years to realize a room-sized, three-dimensional structure based on his charcoal drawings.
Steve Higgins, Maquette for MSVU Sculpture 2013
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
Ursula Johnson, Artist-in-Residence
10 Jan 2012 – 17 Feb 2012
From 9 January through 17 February, Mi’kmaw artist Ursula Johnson will work in a studio space within the gallery, hosting basket-making workshops, open studio days and other events.
Ursula Johnson, the artist performing Elmiet 2010
Rubbish, Rubbish
8 Oct 2011 – 20 Nov 2011
The exhibition’s title struck its curator when he observed stacked cardboard boxes on a curb, each labelled Rubbish. First finding it humorously coincidental, Hancherow then realized that the deliberate arrangement of the stacked boxes had given them significance proportional to the worthlessness of their contents. In a similar fashion, each artist in this exhibition transforms the viewers’ perception of cardboard boxes as merely utilitarian and disposable.
Zeke Moores, Boxes 2010
Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing by Susan Wood
23 Aug 2011 – 2 Oct 2011
Atlantic Canadian audiences are probably most familiar with Wood’s recent, elegiac drawings of decaying flowers and dead birds. Her work of the past decade embodies the idea of finitude, reflecting on mortality.
Susan Wood, Dress 8 1989
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
Lucky Rabbit: In an ancient garden
21 May 2011 – 8 Aug 2011
In an ancient garden evokes the experience of entering a cultivated garden. The multilevel installation of large ceramic pots allows viewers to perceive the vessels from various angles and heights.
Lucky Rabbit, Red Fish Bowl
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980
19 Mar 2011 – 8 May 2011
Organized around urban and regional centres of art production, this exhibition captures the exuberant ‘traffic‘ between them during the inaugural phase of conceptual art, one of the most transformative art movements of the late 20th century.
Gerald Ferguson, 1,000,000 Pennies
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
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
Stock: Stack, Kyle Monchuk
2 Jul 2009 – 23 Sep 2009
Stack is the first in a series of exhibitions conceived especially for the MSVU Library vitrines. Participating artists are given access to over-stocked catalogues published by MSVU Art Gallery, as raw material for the creation of new work.
Kyle Monchuk Study for Stack 2009
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
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
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
Elegies and Effigies (Material Remains)
23 Jun 2007 – 12 Aug 2007
This exhibition focuses on Nova Scotian artists who share a preoccupation with trace imagery, detritus and elegiac themes.
Irena Schon Calling the Wind
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
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
Roots & Shoots
15 Jul 2006 – 1 Oct 2006
This exhibition draws out tendencies that circulate among the artists of HRM and its environs, suggesting patterns of artistic affiliation as well as rifts.
Mathew Reichertz Untitled
8 Apr 2006 – 30 Jul 2006
In 2004, Eye Level Gallery commissioned Paperwork30– a limited edition of 25 boxed sets, each containing one original work by each of 20 Halifax-affiliated artists—to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. MSVU acquired one set for its permanent collection.
Lucie Chan, Untitled 2004
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
Floating Worlds
(Window Box)

28 May 2005 – 7 Aug 2005
Floating Worlds presents the works of two self-taught artists and former fisherman: Bernie Carpenter and Frank McKeough
Bernie Carpenter, Untitled
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
Free Sample
12 Mar 2005 – 24 Apr 2005
So who doesn’t like free samples? And what’s that got to do with art? Kelly Mark’s new exhibition, Free Sample, can help you figure that out.
Hamilton’s Who’s Gonna Tell Jesus Tehre’s no Santa Claus
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.
Frances Dorsey: Rice Paddies / Vîet Nam
4 Aug 2004 – 8 Aug 2004
Rice Paddies / Vîet Nam is a textile work-in-progress by Frances Dorsey. It is being exhibited at MSVU Art Gallery as part of the "impromptu" series.
Frances Dorsey, Rice Paddies
Peter Walker: Last Supper Dance
12 Jun 2004 – 27 Jun 2004
Nova Scotian artist Peter Walker is known for his mastery of trompe-l’oeil (fool-the-eye) illusionism and his skill with airbrush and stencil.
Peter Walker, A Flower for Saint Sebastion
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
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
Placing Spaces, Spacing Places
Canadian Experimental Films & Videos since 1990

17 Jul 2003 – 31 Jul 2003
For this sequel of Changing Times, the video and experimental film series presented by MSVU Art Gallery in 2002, recent works by Kika Thorne, Paulette Phillips, Michael Snow, Manon Labreque, Nelson Henricks and other Canadian artists have been selected for their relevance to the politics and poetics of location.
Placing Spaces, Spacing Places catalogue cover
Optical Illusions
25 Jan 2003 – 8 Mar 2003
Assembled by Curatorial Assistant Renato Vitic, the art in this exhibition points to the instability of memory by associating it with the optical illusion.
Darci Mallon: Our Red Scarf
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
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
The Devil’s Workshop
25 Apr 2002 – 23 Jun 2002
"The Devil finds work for idle hands," goes the saying, and this exhibition explores the implications of this proverb in the works of young artists.
Goody-B. Wiseman: Keeping Her Cool
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?
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
24 Jun 2001 – 22 Jul 2001
Charmaine Wheatley is known for teasingly erotic subject matter. The exhibition includes documentation of her Agricola Street storefront performance in 1997 (Halifax) and another Halifax-era piece, the bookwork Cambridge Suites.
Charmaine Wheatley: Chesterfield
Portraits: Unsettled Subjects
24 Jun 2001 – 22 Jul 2001
Realized in painting, photography, sculpture, print media and video, these mostly contemporary works, drawn from the MSVU collection and loans from various Canadian sources, deploy individual likenesses in the service of social critique.
Margaret Clarke: Mary and Brigid
Do Try This At Home
24 Apr 2001 – 17 Jun 2001
In this exhibition, most works have been assembled from scraps, discards and inexpensive household supplies by means of repetitive procedures such as knitting, filling, stuffing, stapling, and so on.
Leah Garnett: Untitled
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
13 Jan 2001 – 25 Feb 2001
This exhibition includes works as large as 14 feet square that have been jacquard-woven at the specially equipped Centre des textiles contemporains.
Junichi Arai: Nuno
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
Susan Feindel: Figura
22 Oct 2000 – 9 Nov 2000
This show includes paintings and drawings produced since 1983, which re-enact nature's creativity rather than mimicking natural appearances.
Susan Feindel: Wreaths for Blessing...
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
taboos, titillations & thrills
18 Mar 2000 – 25 Jun 2000
Together, by means of direct address and selective disclosure, these works reconfigured the gallery as a test site in the quest for intimacy.
Charlie Murphy: The Letter
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
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
6 Mar 1999 – 11 Apr 1999
Curatorial Assistant Robert Zingone curated this pairing of a video by David Askevold and a photo-text installation by Ellen Moffat.
Ellen Moffat: Line Break
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
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
Imaginary Places
10 Jan 1998 – 1 Mar 1998
The exhibition, which included a series of brooches, earrings and pendants begun in 1992, emphasized the signifying potential of these objects in addition to their ornamental function.
Pamela Ritchie: Brooch
Queer Looking, Queer Acting
Lesbian and Gay Vernacular

11 Oct 1997 – 16 Nov 1997
An examination of Halifax's lesbian and gay cultural production, which has had a vernacular character arising from the activist project of liberation.
Catalogue cover
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
Extended Objects
29 Mar 1997 – 2 Jun 1997
this exhibition staged the residue of artists' performances — once-mobile objects that reveal themselves in the mind of the beholder as other than what they are known empirically to be.
Michael Fernandes: Ghost
Kim Dawn: Legitimizing Pink
(Window Box)

31 Jan 1997 – 6 Apr 1997
Kim Dawn's installation in the library vitrines combined soft sculpture and make-up to produce an effect described as "visceral ... unspeaking yet threatening."
MSVU Art Gallery Entrance
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
Barbara Albert: Armour and Ornament
(Window Box)

25 Oct 1996 – 15 Dec 1996
Dawn Jaya organized a thematic statement around and exquisite chain-mail jacket made by Halifax artist Barbara Albert.
Barbara Albert: Chainmail jacket and skirt
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
Meta Textiles: Sewing the Second Skin
29 Mar 1996 – 26 May 1996
The artists in htis exhibition engaged the notion of "second skin" from disparate perspectives, though a spare, minimal sensibility linked their approaches to textile media.
Naoko Furue: Momi
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
Necessity: 21 Years of Collecting at the Mount
17 Feb 1996 – 24 Mar 1996
A selection of works reflecting the varieties of necessity that have shaped MSVU Art Gallery's acquisition program and the cultural communities it represents.
Jim Shirley: Nigger on Salmon River Road
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
Alex Colville: Selected Drawings
15 Jul 1995 – 20 Aug 1995
The exhibition afforded insights into Alex Colville's process of planning his paintings, revealing uses of point-of-view and scenic blocking reminiscent of cinema.
Alex Colville: Study for Chaplain

E-mail OrderingHome           Exhibitions           MSVU Collection           Publications           Posters           Working Title           Resources