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How to Propose an Exhibition
MSVU Art Gallery
The Statement of Purpose (below) provides broad guidelines for the assessment of proposals. The Gallery presents 12 to 15 exhibitions within a given 12-month period and receives approximately 60 proposals annually.
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Exhibition proposals must be addressed to Ingrid Jenkner, Director/Curator, MSVU Art Gallery. Complete submissions include the following elements:
MSVU Art Gallery curatorial staff schedule proposal reviews on an ad hoc basis, after accumulating a dozen or more external submissions. Allow at least 12 weeks for a reply.
MSVU Art Gallery strongly encourages the inclusion of digital documentation.
Currently, we will accept properly presented slides; however due to the unwieldy technological requirements for viewing slides, there will be a delay in the review of proposals that include them.
A CD with 10-15 images (including full installation views where applicable)
Or, where necessary, 10-15 slides (including full installation views where applicable)
Or, where applicable, a DVD
MSVU ART GALLERY
Statement of Purpose
Through its exhibitions and programs, the Gallery functions as a visual arts resource to the University, communities served by the University, metro residents and art publics everywhere. It is located off the main entrance foyer of Seton Academic Centre. Admission is always free of charge.
The Art Gallery reflects the Universityís educational aims by devoting many 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 the art gallery. Artists and artisans from the Atlantic region are well represented, often in the early stages of their careers. The Galleryís exhibitions and programs are funded in part by Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture & Heritage, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Since many contemporary artists treat artmaking as a form of inquiry, university art 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 to offering guided class tours tailored to suit individual class curricula, MSVU Art Gallery maintains a database of open access, downloadable texts excerpted from its library of exhibition catalogues. This material is available on the gallery website, www.msvuart.ca, which also contains information on current, past and upcoming exhibitions, as well as the galleryís history and mandate.
Through mentorship and by providing employment opportunities for interns, the MSVU Art Gallery encourages excellence in critical arts writing. The gallery produces a catalogue for each exhibition that it organizes. Publications are available in the gallery and distributed nationally.
On behalf of the University, the Gallery manages a collection of art that reflects priorities set by the exhibition program and the Universityís mission. Many works can be viewed in the E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre and other campus buildings. The special collection of pottery by Nova Scotia ceramicist and MSVU alumna, Alice Hagen, is also displayed on campus.