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Wall Painting by Stephen Fisher

May 17, 2006 - May 20, 2006

In dialogue with landscape painting traditions and the current mediascape, Fisher appropriates place-related data, such as geological diagrams and weather maps, into vibrant, layered compositions.

Through Alberta Eyes – The Photographs of Orest Semchishen

May 25, 2006 - July 30, 2006

Orest Semchishen was born in Mundare, Alberta, the grandson of Ukranian immigrants. As a retired radiologist, he photographed disappearing Albertan localities such as Pendryl, Entrance and Plamondon.

Nancy Nisbet: Exchange 2006

June 19, 2006 - June 22, 2006

Canadian artist Nancy Nisbet will be parking her 18-wheeler on the MSVU campus, within view of Bedford Highway, from June 19 to 22 as part of her Exchange 2006 tour, a freewheeling, free trade-resistant, frequency-jamming trek around the continent.

Roots & Shoots

July 15, 2006 - October 1, 2006

This exhibition draws out tendencies that circulate among the artists of Halifax Regional Municipality and its environs, suggesting patterns of artistic affiliation as well as rifts.

Micah Lexier: To Be Sorted

August 5, 2006 - October 2, 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.

Pulse: Film & Painting After the Image

October 14, 2006 - November 26, 2006

Pulse brings experimental film into dialogue with contemporary abstract painting by presenting the two art forms adjacent to one another in the same gallery space.

Connect the Dots

November 29, 2006 - December 10, 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

Annual Mount Community Show 2006

November 30, 2006 - December 17, 2006

Mount Saint Vincent University students, staff, faculty and alumnae are invited to enter examples of their creative work in the annual extravaganza.

Prospect 11: Doug Taylor

December 15, 2006 - February 18, 2007

Born in Sydney and now living in Halifax, CKDU broadcaster Doug Taylor attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as a mature student, graduating in 1992. His source images are photographs of recreations such as country fairs, demolition derbies and Khyber Club performances

George Steeves

March 28, 2007 - April 10, 2007

In addition to his mastery of historical techniques and his exquisite printing, the Haligonian photographer George Steeves is known for an iconography “shot through with grotesque sexuality, reverence for emotional pain, and chilly black humour.”

For Example (Moodie, Thib, Walker)

June 23, 2007 - September 16, 2007

This is the first in a series of four themed micro exhibitions commissioned from the New York-based Canadian artist Micah Lexier. The For Example exhibitions each incorporate works by three artists, housed in identical, separate vitrines

Annual Mount Community Show 2007

November 29, 2007 - December 14, 2007

Mount Saint Vincent students, staff, faculty and alumnae are invited to enter examples of their creative work in the annual extravaganza. Pick up your entry form in MSVU Library or Art Gallery.

Art Metropole: The Top 100 Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

January 12, 2008 - March 22, 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.

For Example (Andrews, Goldman, Koenig)

January 15, 2008 - March 23, 2008

In the second instalment of the For Example series, single works by three artists reveal stages of their respective production processes. Inspired by the idea of “The Thing Before The Thing”, the exhibition consists of preliminary drawings, animation cells, and contact sheets.


March 29, 2008 - May 25, 2008

Local artists Dan O’Neill and George Steeves recently made substantial donations to the University Collection. To showcase the new acquisitions while exploring affinities between the respective bodies of work, Chemistry presents fine photographic prints by Steeves, hand-pulled lithographs by O’Neill, and figurative sculpture lent by the Newfoundland ceramicist Reed Weir.

Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven

April 5, 2008 - June 1, 2008

An interest in everyday moments and time-filling activity is mixed in Mark’s work with deadpan humour and self-deprecatory purpose.

Kyla Mallett: Marginalia

June 8, 2008 - August 10, 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.

Donigan Cumming: Ex Votos

June 21, 2008 - August 10, 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.

ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land

August 25, 2008 - October 5, 2008

In this exhibition the following artists present their responses to forms of Canadian identity, nationhood and nationalism: KC Adams, Fastwurms, Cynthia Girard, Dana Inkster, Alisdair MacRae, Shirley Moorhouse and Eric Robertson.

Danish Modern: Suzanne Swannie Textil

October 18, 2008 - November 23, 2008

Suzanne Swannie is a Halifax-based designer and weaver who creates functional textiles, tapestries and large architectural installations for private and public environments.

Prospect 13: The Encounter by Suzanne Caines

October 25, 2008 - December 14, 2008

This is the 13th of the Prospect exhibitions, which feature artists in the emergent stages of their careers. Suzanne Caines, a NSCAD graduate, returned to Halifax after receiving her MFA from Chelsea College, London.

Annual Mount Community Show 2008

November 27, 2008 - December 14, 2008

Mount Saint Vincent students, staff, faculty and alumnae are invited to enter examples of their creative work in the annual extravaganza.

Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick: Bite and Burn, encore

January 10, 2009 - February 8, 2009

Bite and Burn, encore sums up the three-part project, Bite and Burn, which took place as follows: Central (Open Studio, Toronto, 2006); Pacific (Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, 2006); and Atlantic (STRUTS Gallery, Sackville, NB, 2007).

Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination

January 17, 2009 - February 22, 2009

Logotopia (from the Ancient Greek “logos”, meaning “word” and “topos”, meaning “place”) presents notable examples of library architecture, including Biblioteca Alexandria, Egypt (Snøhetta Architects); the Grande Bibliotheque, Montreal (Patkau Architects); the Hespeler Library, Cambridge (Alar Kongats Architects); and Library of a Poet, Japan (Shigeru Ban Architects).

For Example (Butler, Clark Espinal, Gerken)

February 14, 2009 - April 5, 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.

Susan Feindel: See Below

March 7, 2009 - May 17, 2009

The Nova Scotian artist Susan Feindel is known for her adventurous, experimental approach to landscape painting and her espousal of environmental causes. This painting installation was inspired by her voyages on oceanographic research ships, during which the ocean floor is viewed from shipboard using sonar side-scan technology.

The Disaster Series by Cindy Stelmackowich

April 14, 2009 - June 7, 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. The atlases were used by surgeons, thus the internal anatomy of the cadavers is exposed.

David Dahms Impromtu Residency

May 4, 2009 - May 12, 2009

During his residency, Dahms will be working on a sculpture and drawing installation under the mezzanine in the main gallery space of MSVU Art Gallery. David Dahms attended Mount Allison University, graduating with a BA in International Relations. Recently he returned to his native Nova Scotia and completed a BFA at NSCAD University, focusing on drawing and printmaking.

Stock: Stack, Kyle Monchuk

July 2, 2009 - September 23, 2009

Kyle Monchuk carves, slices and folds printed matter to sculpt three-dimensional cityscapes. His work serves as a metaphor for current practices in urban planning. For Stack he creates an architecturally inspired view of a contemporary cityscape.

Diane Landry: The Defibrillators

January 16, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Over the past twenty years, Québec artist Diane Landry has produced a body of playful works inspired by the insignificant gestures and objects that make up our daily existence. Combining cultural and popular imagery, she takes pleasure in swinging between reality and an imaginary, poetic world on the edge of the absurd.

Diane Landry: The Defibrillators

January 16, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Over the past twenty years, Québec artist Diane Landry has produced a body of playful works inspired by the insignificant gestures and objects that make up our daily existence. Combining cultural and popular imagery, she takes pleasure in swinging between reality and an imaginary, poetic world on the edge of the absurd.

Scott Conarroe: By Rail

June 19, 2010 - August 1, 2010

Conarroe is well known for his social landscapes of familiar places, which evoke romantic pictorial traditions while participating in contemporary photography’s critical discourse.

Prospect 16: Declan O’Dowd

December 15, 2012 - March 3, 2013

This is the sixteenth of the Prospect exhibitions, which introduce Nova Scotian artists in the early stages of their careers. Declan O’Dowd was educated as a photographer at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA, 2000) and lives in Dartmouth. His romantic landscape views were shot with a Mamiya medium format camera.

Activist Ink

January 12, 2013 - February 24, 2013

Emily Davidson, Dan O'Neill and Ericka Walker are three Haligonian printmakers whose work revives the history of socially engaged printmaking. Davidson has chosen the radical format of "agitprop" for her…

Steve Higgins: Artist in Residence

March 6, 2013 - April 19, 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.”


March 16, 2013 - May 21, 2013

In this grouping of recent acquisitions, the importance of colour is the quality shared by otherwise disparate works. “Chromophilia” means “love of colour.” The selection of works by Nova Scotian artists and artisans includes encaustic paintings by Peter Dykhuis, ceramics by Lucky Rabbit Pottery (Debra Kuzyk and Ray Mackie) and textiles by Suzanne Swannie.

Terms of Engagement: Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson

January 18, 2014 - March 9, 2014

Terms of Engagement 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.

Voices in Longitude and Latitude: video installation by Marnina & Noam Gonick

March 22, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Voices in Longitude and Latitude is a video installation about the aspirations of teen-aged girls in four communities— Inuit in Kugluktuk, Nunavut; trans-gender in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Jewish in Toronto, Ontario; and Congolese, Rwandan, Ethiopian and Sudanese immigrants in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Ron Shuebrook: Drawings

May 24, 2014 - August 10, 2014

This exhibition acknowledges the centrality of drawing to Ron Shuebrook’s practice. Representing over 30 years of production by the artist, Drawings has much to teach viewers about process.

Big in Nova Scotia

August 23, 2014 - September 28, 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…

Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art

October 9, 2014 - November 30, 2014

The participating artists in Making Otherwise merge material and conceptual approaches of craft and art; Richard Boulet (Edmonton), Ursula Johnson (Eskasoni, NS), Marc Courtemanche (L’Ange-Gardien, QC), Paul Mathieu (Vancouver), Sarah Maloney (Halifax) and Janet Morton (Guelph).

Prospect 17: Joanna Close

December 13, 2014 - March 8, 2015

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. These hand-dyed wool rugs commemorate maritime farming heritage. The imprecision of the hooking technique used to create the rugs mimics the dynamism of memory.

Beautiful Illusions – Melanie Colosimo & Charley Young

January 10, 2015 - March 8, 2015

Beautiful Illusions presents works in graphic media by two young Nova Scotian artists. Colosimo’s principal practice is drawing; Young favours drawing and indexical techniques, such as casting and monoprinting.

Here you may see the best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him. Passages to Abstraction. Geneviève Cadieux

March 21, 2015 - May 17, 2015

This exhibition encompasses 27 years of production by Canadian artist Geneviève Cadieux, who works primarily with photography and its associated techniques.

Suzanne Swannie, Considering Two Small Forms, for Maja and Marta 1995

An Intimate Distance

June 3, 2015 - August 16, 2015

An Intimate Distance presents three multi-component works: Andrea Ward’s Hairstories, Glynis Humphrey’s Gorge and Suzanne Swannie’s Considering Two Small Forms, for Maja and Marta.

Bridget Moser: Is this thing on?

June 3, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Toronto-based performance and video artist Bridget Moser employs strategies associated with experimental theatre, performance art, modern dance, and prop comedy. Moser writes and acts out fragmented texts, combining language with everyday materials, which are used as props, and audio excerpts pulled from popular culture.

“We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)

August 29, 2015

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.

Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985-2015

December 3, 2015 - February 21, 2016

Operating within the tradition of the artist/typographer/designer, Robert Tombs' practice incorporates print, photography and site-specific installation. The body of graphic work presented in this exhibition represents Tombs’ collaborations with numerous artists, writers, artist-run centres, art galleries, academic presses and printers to create books and artist-related publications.

Guillaume Simoneau, Untitled 02, Lévis, Canada, 2008 (C-print, 1:6) from the Between Grass and Steel series, (2004-2011)

Kids these days

January 16, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Kids these days presents video, photography, and graphic works that draw from the fields of anthropology, psychology and sociology, to examine youth and youth cultures in the Canadian context.

Nancy Edell, Halifax,NS 'Peter and Nancy as the Two-headed Dog', 1993 Various yarns, burlap, hooked 66 x 96 cm Dalhousie Art Gallery permanent collection Gift of the artist, 1999 Photo by Steve Farmer (1993)

Home Economics

September 3, 2016 - November 6, 2016

Highlighting how craft and commerce have been deeply entwined, Home Economics sheds light on two centuries of creation that embraces vernacular design and individual expression – vibrant evidence of Canada’s evolving cultural and economic landscape.

Walking With Our Sisters (2017)

Walking With Our Sisters

January 14, 2017 - February 1, 2017

Walking With Our Sisters is an art memorial that honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirited people through ceremony, community and reflection. It presents more than 1800 pairs of moccasin tops (vamps) made by contributing artists.

How Do I Look?

February 11, 2017 - April 9, 2017

This selection of artists’ self-portraits from the Mount Saint Vincent University Collection addresses both the experience of being looked at by others, and that of returning the gaze. As a…

Tove Storch, Untitled 2017 steel rods, wire 7.2 metres high x 8.23 metres wide x 18.51 metres long. MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax (2017)

Tove Storch: Sculpture

February 25, 2017 - April 9, 2017

Tove Storch’s first solo exhibition in North America follows a three-week production residency in the Art Gallery.

Brenda Pelkey, Court, Cobourg (2005)

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

April 22, 2017 - July 9, 2017

The exhibition includes nine bodies of work by the nationally recognized photographic artist Brenda Francis Pelkey, dating from 1988 through 2015. Pelkey lives in Windsor and has made major photographic series in Ontario, Saskatchewan and rural Nova Scotia, where she has resided in the past.

Ian Willms, We Shall See (2016)

Ian Willms: We Shall See

September 2, 2017 - November 5, 2017

In We Shall See Willms documents his father’s traumatic injuries and the details of daily hospital visits.

Installation shot of Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity and Gallery Attendant desk, photo by Steve Farmer (2017)

Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity

September 9, 2017 - November 12, 2017

In keeping with the project’s focus on socially engaged creative work by artists who embody difference, the works in Bodies in Translation address various facets of aging, including age-related disability.

Vol en voile

Melanie Authier: Contrarieties and Counterpoints

January 13, 2018 - March 4, 2018

The spatial effects of Melanie Authier’s abstract paintings show how artists can engage with the art of the past and transpose it into their own visual language.

Maria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps On Giving. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid, courtesy of the artist (2017)

Maria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps on Giving

March 17, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Hupfield’s new two-channel video installation, The One Who Keeps On Giving, gathers around an object: an oil painting of a seascape by the artist’s late mother who painted it as a young woman and signed it as Peggy Miller.

Eternal August

“it just brings me closer”: Reflections on Memorial Tattoos

May 5, 2018 - October 29, 2018

This exhibition of photographs is part of a larger study on the meaning and purpose of commemorative tattoos.

Material Remains

May 26, 2018 - September 30, 2018

The works assembled in this exhibition express curiosity, skepticism and disorientation in the face of a world transformed by new technologies and consumption.

Jane Kidd tapestry: Land Sentence Series: Arbour (2009)

Jane Kidd: Curious

June 23, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Kidd’s tapestries connect the repeated gestures of weaving with the repeated patterns defining humans’ historical relationship to nature and the world.

Installation View - photo, Steve Farmer (2018)

Unpacking the Living Room

September 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Living rooms are spaces we arrange and create around ourselves to support the comfort and well-being of family, to host friends and loved ones, to display precious and prized belongings,…

Echo 1: Reflection 2018 (detail) - 5 panels of pearl cotton woven in loom-controlled leno lace 264 x 96 cm (each panel) (photo credit: Steve Farmer)

Prospect 18: Christiane Poulin. Echoes

October 13, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Exhibitions in the Prospect series introduce artists in the early phases of their careers.  A retired physician living in Halifax, Poulin recently graduated from NSCAD with a BFA in Textiles.…

Annual Mount Community Show 2018

November 21, 2018 - December 16, 2018

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, video, music, performance, poetry,…

Jenn E Norton: Slipstream

January 12, 2019 - March 3, 2019

In an otherwise empty gallery space, six reflective panels positioned in an inward-facing ring create channels of infinite regress. A dancing figure in the form of a spiraling flurry of…

James R Shirley: Landscapes from the Soul

February 9, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Landscapes from the Soul presents a selection of Jim Shirley’s monotypes and pinhole photographs from the collections of Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie University. A writer and artist, Shirley moved…

Skawennati: Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters

March 16, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Born in Kahnawa:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati creates Indigenous virtual environments addressing history, the future and change.  Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters frames the machinima The Peacemaker Returns, a futuristic…

First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust

May 18, 2019 - July 28, 2019

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust was founded in 1944 and has been awarding scholarships to visual artists since 1949. To celebrate the NSTT 75th Anniversary, First You Dream developed out…

Carrie Allison, Displaced (2017)

Carrie Allison: clearing

May 25, 2019 - September 8, 2019

clearing brings together Displaced, Carrie Allison’s 2017 watercolour and ephemeral ink drawings, and her new series of beaded portraits of grass. Using landscape imagery, botanical studies and the symbolism of…

Africville: A Spirit that Lives On – A Reflection Project

August 17, 2019 - November 10, 2019

In 1989, MSVU Art Gallery, in partnership with the Black Cultural Center for Nova Scotia and the Black Genealogical Society, collaborated on the exhibition Africville: A Spirit that Lives On.…

Letitia Fraser

September 14, 2019 - November 3, 2019

This exhibition showcases a selection of works by Halifax painter and recent NSCAD graduate, Letitia Fraser. A proud descendant of North Preston, Letitia weaves faces from her life into textiles, both literal and figurative.

Sunetra Ekanayake: Botanical Watercolours

November 9, 2019 - January 26, 2020

In this exhibition of botanical watercolours, Dr. Ekanayake invites us to consider the precious and distinct nature of plant species found around the province and on the MSVU campus.

Annual Mount Community Show 2019

November 16, 2019 - December 15, 2019

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,…

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Heather Hart: Northern Oracle

January 18, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Northern Oracle is an ambitious rooftop installation that emerges from the floor of the gallery, and is accompanied by a series of mixed media drawings.

Prospect 19: Megan Kyak-Monteith—Whale Hunt: I Think Everyone is Here

February 1, 2020 - March 29, 2020

Exhibitions in the Prospect series introduce artists in the early phase of their careers. Megan Kyak-Monteith is a recent graduate of NSCAD from Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU who lives and works in Halifax.

Jane Everett: Understory

April 4, 2020 - May 24, 2020

Understory is an immersive mixed media installation that evokes the feeling of standing amongst the grand forests of the British Columbian interior. The large-scale charcoal drawings of Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa,…

Among All These Tundras ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ

April 25, 2020 - June 21, 2020

Featuring contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world, this exhibition expresses current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence.

Artist-led Public Programs

September 1, 2020 - March 4, 2021

In March 2020, MSVU Art Gallery closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gallery remained closed for the duration of 2020 and into 2021. To stay engaged…


October 29, 2020 - December 12, 2020

Thirty tapestry artists – 15 from Canada and 15 from England – have created small-format tapestries that reflect their personal interpretation of the word “interface”. The small scale of the…

Paulette Phillips: The Quoddy Fold

January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021

The Quoddy Fold is an intimate interaction between a woman and a derelict coastal house. In this one-hour film, Phillips dismantles and studies the movement from wood to dust, damp paper to mold and ponders the house folding back into the land and sea.

ESCAPE / The Great Indoors

February 20, 2021 - March 28, 2021

Why should comfort imply tedium? ESCAPE / The Great Indoors brings together cozy, bright, and colourful explorations of domestic space by four emerging artists.

Tactics for Staying Home in Uncertain Times

March 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Tactics brings together five emerging Black, Indigenous and racialized artists living across Canada whose works articulate ideas of displacement, domesticity, and the limits of belonging.

Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability: an online, international festival of craft

September 27, 2021 - September 30, 2021

The practices and work of international collaborating makers inform the program of this festival focused topics of identity, collaboration, sustainability, and more.

Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas: Fundy

November 13, 2021 - December 17, 2021

In the summer of 2017, artists Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas adopted the personae of astronauts and set out to interpret the UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere.

50 Bits and Pieces: an MSVU Art Gallery Retrospective

November 13, 2021 - December 17, 2021

2021 marks MSVU Art Gallery's 50th Anniversary. Culled from more than 700 exhibitions, 1000 workshops, and 800 objects in the collection, 50 Bits and Pieces presents 50 unique yet illustrative moments from MSVU Art Gallery’s past.

Mike MacDonald’s Butterfly Garden Revisited

January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023

Inspired by his encounters with butterflies and their connection to medicine plants and healing, the late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald created pollinator gardens as spaces of care and coexistence.

Annual Mount Community Show 2022

February 16, 2022 - April 14, 2022

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, and more.

Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it

May 28, 2022 - October 2, 2022

Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it celebrates and centers Indigenous language revitalization and…


October 15, 2022

As its name suggests, QUIET PARADE is a parade but also a platform to collectively create a vibrant, extravagant, sensory-friendly event that embraces access as a shared and interdependent practice.

Documenting the Permanent Collection: work/s on view

November 2, 2022 - February 11, 2023

In anticipation of Mount Saint Vincent University’s 150th anniversary, MSVU Art Gallery will be displaying and documenting works from the University’s permanent collection.

Annual Mount Community Show 2023

March 1, 2023 - April 29, 2023

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,…

Research in View

May 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023

The Research in View (RiV) exhibition showcases a visual representation of scholarship from across disciplines at Mount Saint Vincent University. Dissemination of academic research in academia normally involves the written…


June 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

About the Publication Fracture/Suture is a print-based artist book showcasing the work and words of five artists at the intersection of first aid and art. Curator Undine Foulds offers a…

Kayza DeGraff-Ford: Portals

June 10, 2023 - September 1, 2023

This exhibition of new work by Kayza DeGraff-Ford showcases their recent digital experimentation in virtual reality programming. Part of an ongoing story within DeGraff-Ford’s practice, this immersive installation features a…

Lisa Hirmer: Everything We Have Done Is Weather Now

June 10, 2023 - August 19, 2023

Lisa Hirmer’s gorgeous photographs of weather data bridge the divide between everyday conversations about weather and the enormity of the climate crisis, thereby helping to open up possibilities for imagining…

Tyshan Wright: Maroon Town

September 23, 2023 - December 9, 2023

Maroon Town is an immersive exhibition by Kjipuktuk (Halifax)-based artist Tyshan Wright. Following their forced exile after the Second Maroon War with the British, Jamaican Maroons were exiled to Mi’kma’ki…

Life Cycle of a Boat

October 18, 2023 - December 2, 2023

MSVU Art Gallery is pleased to host Life Cycle of a Boat, an exhibit presented by the Two-Eyed Seeing Program, Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, and MSVU Art Gallery. The Two-Eyed Seeing Program creates…

Annual Mount Community Show 2024

January 17, 2024 - February 24, 2024

Mount Saint Vincent University students, staff, faculty, alumnae and their families are invited to show their creative work in this annual extravaganza. All submissions are accepted and displayed – including…

Susan Low-Beer: Specimen

February 17, 2024 - May 4, 2024

Low-Beer’s series Specimen has a quality that distinguishes it as a brave next chapter in her practice. Specimen also remains true to the themes that have grounded her practice for…

Sarah Maloney’s Pleasure Ground: A Feminist Take on the Natural World

March 9, 2024 - June 1, 2024

Sarah Maloney’s Pleasure Ground showcases artworks created from 1993–2021, displaying Maloney’s development as a contemporary sculptor and textile artist who is nationally recognized for her representations of botanicals and the…

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