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School Effects


14 May 2022 - 11 September 2022


14 May 2022
11 September 2022

Curated by

Jane Tisdale


Framed paintings are hung salon-style in a high walled gallery. In the centre, a plaster Venus de Milo stands between two plaster busts. In the centre of the gallery painting smocks are draped over stools next to paintings on easels.

School Effects

About this exhibition

In 1893, the year the Owens Art Institute (Saint John) transferred its holdings to Mount Allison University, an article appeared in the Saint John Globe describing the collection as “Works of Art and School effects.” The collection of 388 pictures, 32 plaster casts, and a small library of art books expanded the Art Department at the university and established the Owens Art Gallery. At the time, copying was the traditional approach to teaching art, and for decades the collection was used for this purpose, providing “opportunities for Art study unexcelled by any institution in Canada.” This exhibition features work by faculty and students from the early years of the Art Department.

Image Gallery

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations.

Mount Allison University wordmark. Canada wordmark with red Canadian flag above the last A.

Image: Ethel Ogden, Untitled (interior of the Owens Art Institute, Saint John, NB), c. 1889, oil on board, 59.8 x 49.5 cm, Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University. Purchased with funds from the Blanche Peppard Art Acquisitions Fund.