Art Around Campus: Christopher Gorey

Presenting to you another installment of our latest blog theme, Art Around Campus! The Annapolis Valley is a place overflowing with picturesque locations, making it a hot spot for landscape artists. One artist from Cape Breton was fascinated with the Wolfville and Annapolis Valley area: Christopher Gorey. Gorey was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts in 1950…

Opinions: A Student’s Perspective on Working in an Art Gallery

When I applied to work at the Acadia University Art Gallery in August of 2016, I was under the impression I knew a lot about art – I worked in a museum for two years during which time I learned how to handle and document artifacts, I had several favourite internationally-known artists, and could tell…

Art Around Campus: Ted Colyer

The Beveridge Arts Centre is home to many displays of works from the Gallery’s permanent collection, and these displays are not limited to the gallery space. Walking around the building in search of artworks to include in blog posts gives me a great sense of discovery which I hope I pass onto you. Today, we…

Art Around Campus: Helen Beals

Not many people are aware that works from the Acadia University Art Gallery’s collection are on display all around campus. The purpose of the blog theme Art Around Campus is to create awareness of such art and to share interesting and unknown information about the artists. This is the second installment of the newest blog…

Art Around Campus: Wayne Boucher

To kick off the newest theme on our blog, Art Around Campus, I am introducing Nova Scotian artist Wayne Boucher. Wayne Boucher was born in Ontario in 1943. He received his Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of art and Design in 1975, and moved to Graywood, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia the…

Artist Spotlight: Kenojuak Ashevak

The Northern region of Canada has many communities internationally known for their artists and print collections. The Acadia University Art Gallery is lucky enough to have large collection of Inuit sculptures and prints by artists of these communities – one artist in our collection is the acclaimed Inuit artist from the Northern Community of Cape…

The Scavengers: Crows and their symbolism in art

Since I started as a student at Acadia, my relationship with crows has slowly become one of stolen cupcakes, apples, and bagels, and the feeling of unease as I walk around campus. I laugh at myself all the time because although their presence frightens me, what frightens me more is when there isn’t a single…

Current Exhibition: The Boundless and the Framed

Planning an exhibition about the representation and significance of birds in art means attempting to become bird experts – unfortunately I did not achieve this, but in my research I learned some interesting facts about a few species of birds and their symbolism in art. Belted Kingfishers Kingfishers spend most of the year alone until…

Artist Spotlight: Nancy Edell

Have you ever wondered how artists are able to incorporate symbolic meaning into their work without it being too noticeable? Nancy Edell had a knack for expressing her feelings and personalities through her work. Born in Omaha, Nebraska On November 12, 1942 Edell moved to Nova Scotia in 1980 where she became a part time…

Artist Spotlight: Krystyna Sadowska

Another interesting artist you can find in our permanent collection: Krystyna Sadowska. Sadowska was born in Lublin, Poland in 1912. She studied painting, tapestry, woodworking, printmaking, and graphic art in Warsaw at the Academy of Fine arts. Sadowska’s drawings express universal love and unity – she incorporated many universal signs and symbols so people could…

Artist Spotlight: Willy Seiler

Each artist in the Acadia University collections has a very interesting story that illustrates their journey to the spotlight – in particular, Willy Seiler’s past shares very little, but gives us a sample of his artistic past. A renowned German artist, Seiler was born and studied art in Dresden, Germany and later continued his art…

Artist Spotlight: Who’s that Guerilla Girl?

Remember all of those times when you were so incredibly infuriated that all you wanted to do was scream out your opinion, but you didn’t? Perhaps that was because you were afraid of the response? Enter: The Guerilla Girls. This famous feminist group found a way to tell the world exactly what they wanted to say, by turning heads with their…