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About MSVU Art Gallery

MSVUArt Staff, 1997
MSVUArt Staff, 1997

Gallery Staff Tonia Di Risio, Ingrid Jenkner, and Traci Steylen, 1997. Photo: Robert Zingone
Through its exhibitions and programs, the Gallery functions as a visual arts resource for Mount Saint Vincent University, communities served by the University, Metro Halifax residents and art publics everywhere. Admission is always free of charge.

MSVU Art Gallery reflects the University’s educational aims by devoting a significant part of its activities to the representation of women as cultural subjects and producers. This program focus is balanced with exhibitions on themes in visual culture which are relevant to university academic programs and/or constituencies served by MSVU Art Gallery. Artists and artisans from the Atlantic region are represented, often in the early stages of their careers. The Gallery’s exhibitions and programs are funded in part by Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Since many contemporary artists treat art making as a form of inquiry, the university galleries are uniquely positioned to promote access to their work. MSVU Art Gallery aims to foster informed, critical responses to works of contemporary and historical art, in keeping with its academic setting. Gallery publications, lectures and talks by visiting artists and scholars are announced in the semi-annual Newsletter.

The Gallery encourages interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge, and its exhibitions are used by students and faculty in their course work. In addition, the gallery supports the MSVU Cultural Studies curriculum.

On behalf of the University, MSVU Art Gallery manages a collection of art that reflects priorities set by the exhibition program and the University’s mission. Many works can be viewed in the E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre and other campus buildings. The special collection of wares by Nova Scotia ceramicist and Mount alumna Alice Hagen is also displayed on campus.

MSVU Art Gallery respectfully acknowledges that the Gallery and Mount Saint Vincent University are situated on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

The Art Gallery is open:

* Tuesday through Friday 11 am - 5 pm
* Saturday and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
* Closed Mondays

We are located in the Seton Academic Centre, 1st floor.

Admission to the Art Gallery is Free.

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