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AlcuinThe Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design
15 Nov 2017 – 15 Dec 2017
n 2016, The Alcuin Society held its 35th annual competition, The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The awards recognize exceptional merit in Canadian graphic design. The 35 winning books were selected out of 211 submitted, representing the work of designers from nine provinces and 93 publishers.

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Melanie Authier, Ground Seeker 2015Melanie Authier: Contrarieties and Counterpoints
13 Jan 2018 – 4 Mar 2018
The paintings in this exhibition combine hard-edge with gestural abstraction, generating tensions between flatness and the illusion of spatial depth. As the artist describes it, “marks ...are discovered along the spectrum between abstraction and strategies of pictorial representation.”


Maria Hupfield, Jingle SpiralMaria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps on Giving
17 Mar 2018 – 13 May 2018
The title of the exhibition is also the title of a new video installation named after the translation of Hupfield’s mother’s Anishinaabe name. The video documents a performance by the artist and her siblings in Parry Sound, an event re-enacted with a smaller cast at each tour venue.


Frances Dorsey, Shot Through the HeartMaterial Remains
26 May 2018 – 22 Jul 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.


Jane Kidd, Curiosities Series: Pairing #4 2016Jane Kidd: Curious
23 Jun 2018 – 26 Aug 2018
Kidd is one of Canada’s preeminent artists working in textile. She lives in Salt Spring Island. The exhibition encompasses the tapestry series Curiosities, Wonderland, Land Sentence and Possession. In nightmarish visions of genetic modification, Curiosities depicts parts of various organisms spliced together to form alluring chimeras.


Allyson Mitchell, Brain Child 2008 (detail)At Home with Ms. Kitty
8 Sep 2018 – 10 Nov 2018
In the role of Ms. Kitty, Julie Hollenbach inhabits a domestic “set” decorated wi th works that incorporate aspects of hobby craft and/or declarations of gender-variant identity. Ms. Kitty presents herself as a femme leisure crafter whose interest in home renovation devolves into identity reconstruction.


Christiane Poulin, Winds of Change: A Lace-scape 2016Prospect 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.


Mount Community Show Opening Reception 2017Annual Mount Community Show 2018
14 Nov 2018 – 9 Dec 2018
Mount Saint Vincent University students, staff, faculty, alumnae and their families are invited to display their creative work in this annual extravaganza.


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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.
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
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
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
Paperworks
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
Twisted
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


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