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AlcuinThe Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design
15 Nov 2017 – 15 Dec 2017
In 2016, The Alcuin Society held its 34th annual competition, The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The awards recognize exceptional merit in Canadian graphic design. The 43 winning books were selected out of 230 submitted, representing the work of designers from nine provinces and 98 publishers.

Mount Community Show Opening Reception 2015Annual Mount Community Show 2017
15 Nov 2017 – 10 Dec 2017
Mount Saint Vincent University students, staff, faculty, alumnae and their families are invited to display their creative work in this annual extravaganza. Entries include visual art, music, performance, poetry, craft, literature, basketry, beading and more!

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Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985-2015
3 Dec 2015 – 21 Feb 2016
Operating within the tradition of the artist/typographer/designer, Robert Tombs' practice incorporates print, photography, and site-specific installation.
Voices in Longitude and Latitude a video installation by Marnina & Noam Gonick
“We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death":
The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)

29 Aug 2015 – 8 Nov 2015
Organized and circulated by the University of Toronto Art Centre and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery with the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. The exhibition comprises over 100 photographs taken by the legendary Beat poet and activist Allen Ginsberg, capturing his life, loves, and artistic community, including Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Peter Orlovsky and others of the Beat generation of writers, poets, and activists.
Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson underneath movie marquee
Here you may see the best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him. Passages to Abstraction. Geneviève Cadieux
21 Mar 2015 – 17 May 2015
This exhibition encompasses 27 years of production by Canadian artist Geneviève Cadieux, who works primarily with photography and its associated techniques.
Geneviève Cadieux, Ravissement 1985 (detail)
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
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
Terms of Engagement: Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson
18 Jan 2014 – 9 Mar 2014
The Canadian Forces Artists Program was founded in 2001, as an opportunity for artists to address the complex relationships between culture and conflict. {I}Terms of Engagement{/I} includes works by three “embedded” artists: Dick Averns (posted to the Middle East, 2009), nichola feldman-kiss (posted to Sudan, 2011) and Adrian Stimson (posted to Afghanistan, 2010). All of the artists work in lens-based media (photography and video) and sculpture. Stimson, a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, incorporates traditional ceremonial materials, razor wire and painting in his installations
nichola feldman-kiss, after AfricaSo long farewell
Body Tracks
24 Mar 2012 – 13 May 2012
Body Tracks foregrounds the life and art of Ana Mendieta (1948-1985), who despite being a prolific performance and body artist from the 1970s is unknown to many artists under forty.
Philomène Longpré, Xia 2011 (photo credit Bruce Barbour)
For Example (Hirsch, MacCallum, Macdonald)
31 Oct 2009 – 13 Dec 2009
For Example (Hirsch, MacCallum, Macdonald) is the fourth and final instalment in a series curated by Micah Lexier specially for the MSVU Art Gallery mezzanine space.
Antonia Hirsch, Photographie Metrique
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
For Example (Butler, Clark Espinal, Gerken)
14 Feb 2009 – 5 Apr 2009
For Example (Butler, Clark Espinal, Gerken) is the third instalment in a series curated by Micah Lexier specially for the MSVU Art Gallery mezzanine space. In keeping with the idea of the sample, each installation includes works by three artists in three separate, identical vitrines, highlighting the potential for individuality within a context of uniformity.
Vitrine Drawining For Example
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)
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
Art Metropole: The Top 100
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

12 Jan 2008 – 22 Mar 2008
Art Metropole began in the 1970s as an informal agency of Torontonian and NSCAD-affiliated artists. It evolved into a unique Toronto artist-run centre, collecting and distributing alternative artworks that bypassed the art market with accessibly-priced artists’ “multiples” such as audio recordings, videos, bookworks and postcards.
Sherrie Levine 2 shoes 1992
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
Micah Lexier: To Be Sorted
5 Aug 2006 – 2 Oct 2006
To Be Sorted includes three vitrine displays of objects from the collection of Micah Lexier, with each display accompanied by one of the artist’s works.
Micah Lexier Installation View 1
Sarindar Dhaliwal: Record Keeping
14 Jan 2006 – 4 Mar 2006
Born in the Punjab and raised in England, Sarindar Dhaliwal now lives in Toronto. In Record Keeping, a jewel-hued archive of paintings and installations embedded with journal entries, folk tales, gossip and news, the artist draws upon a personal history of movement from her birthplace in India, to Britain and then to Canada.
Sarindar Dhaliwal, Indian Billboard 2000
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
Racing The Cultural Interface
African Diasporic Identities in the Digital Age

15 Jan 2005 – 27 Feb 2005
The African diaspora, and specifically the “Black Atlantic,” encompasses the world created by the African slave trade and by other population displacements among people of African descent. For this reason the black diaspora is often described as a space of movement between cultures, nations, races, origins, destinations and journeys — a space in many ways similar to cyber space.
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
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
The Found and Familiar
Snapshots in Contemporary Canadian Art

10 Apr 2004 – 5 Jun 2004
In the midst of a technological revolution, this exhibition acknowledges the power of the snapshot as well as its materiality, and marks a shift in our relationship to this most personal of objects.
Curreri: Untitled from The Bicycle Race
Above Ground: Mining Stories
6 Mar 2004 – 4 Apr 2004
Art-and-industry historian Rosemary Donegan presents life on Canada’s industrialized frontiers by means of community-based commercial photography.
Gushul: Street & McGillivray Creek Mine
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
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
General Idea Editions
30 Aug 2003 – 12 Oct 2003
MSVU Art Gallery was the sole Atlantic Canadian venue on the North American tour of this long-awaited exhibition.
General Idea: FILE Megazine, vol. 5, no. 4, 1983.
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
Shui-Buo Wang
Sunrise Over Tianamen Square

11 Jan 2003 – 2 Mar 2003
In June 1989, people around the world watched in horror as news footage showed Chinese government troops opening fire on demonstrators in Beijing's Tianamen Square. Shui-Bo Wang was 28 when he took part in those protests.
Shui-Bo Wang: Sunrise over Tiananmen Square
Shifting Sites
31 Aug 2002 – 13 Oct 2002
Challenging the classical role of the camera as a neutral recorder of reality, nine up-and-coming Canadian photographers use two subjects – the body and the land – to explore issues of identity, place, and memory.
Eugenie Shinkle: Slag heap
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
Adrian Piper: A Retrospective 1965-2000
8 Jul 2000 – 30 Aug 2000
This exhibition appeared at MSVU Art Gallery in connection with HX, a city-wide festival of international contemporary art organized by the Contemporary Art Projects Society (CAPS).
Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being
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
From the Background to the Foreground
The Photo Backdrop & Cultural Expression

16 Oct 1999 – 21 Nov 1999
Besides generating discussion around photographic portraiture, the vast exhibition, which was co-hosted by Dalhousie Art Gallery, explored relationships among the fields of art, photography, ethnography and vernacular representations.
Willis & Whitfield: By Any Means Necessary
Flaming Creatures: New Tendencies in Canadian Video
13 Aug 1999 – 3 Oct 1999
A program of 17 tapes by American and Canadian artists, the exhibition links contemporary critical poetics to Jack Smith's outrageous film Flaming Creatures, made in 1962.
Steve Reinke: Seventeen Descriptions
Confrontations
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
Camera Obscured
Photographic Documentation & the Public Museum

15 May 1999 – 18 Jul 1999
This exhibition is composed of 89 "behind-the-scenes" photographs selected from the archives of prominent museums, including the Louvre, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Charles Carpenter: ...Field Museum of Natural History
Fixations
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
The Convent Series
13 Feb 1999 – 21 Mar 1999
Clara Gutsche's austerely beautiful photographs document an aspect of Québec society that is rapidly disappearing: its communities of religious women.
Clara Gutsche: The Convent Series
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...
Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Pictures
10 Jan 1998 – 8 Mar 1998
This exhibition comprised hand-rendered images derived from photographs, whose cumulative effect of authenticity may be traced to the camera's legacy of truth-telling and the autographic mark associated with painting.
Stephen Andrews: Crosswords
Action/Performance & the Photograph
11 Jan 1997 – 9 Feb 1997
The images resulting of conceptual and body art events of the 1960s and 1970s were often orchestrated by artists specifically for the camera. Some became documents; others, art objects.
Yves Klein: Leap into the Void
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
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
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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