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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.”

Forthcoming

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.
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
Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven
5 Apr 2008 – 1 Jun 2008
An interest in everyday moments and time-filling activity is mixed in Mark’s work with deadpan humour and self-deprecatory purpose.
Kelly Mark 33 Minute Stare 1996
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
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
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
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
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
Grid Works
(Window Box)

9 Nov 1998 – 18 Dec 1998
This exhibition was conceived as a miniature, "satellite" pendant to two concurrent shows in the main gallery that used modularity as a common organizing principle.
Margaret Johnson: Untitled
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


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