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. Seven of the nine participating artists received their art educations during the heyday of spatially ambitious artmaking. The works date from 1976 through 2012 and include painting, sculpture and textile-based art. The artists represented are Lynn Donoghue, Frances Dorsey, Gathie Falk, Steve Higgins, Svava Juliusson, Charlotte Lindgren, Rebecca Roberts, Ron Shuebrook and Peter Walker.