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All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960

  • Owens Art Gallery 61 York Street Sackville, NB E4L 1E1 Canada (map)
Gay Barrett, Applied Arts student, creates a piece of jewellery at the Owens, 1953, Collection of Aaron Roulston, Max Roulston's paper

Gay Barrett, Applied Arts student, creates a piece of jewellery at the Owens, 1953, Collection of Aaron Roulston, Max Roulston's paper

The exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960 includes woodcarving, leatherwork, jewellery, metalwork, china painting, pottery, basketry, and weaving by students and faculty between 1906 and 1960. Organized by the Owens Art Gallery, this exhibition examines the important place of the Applied Arts program in the history of art education at Mount Allison University and in Canada. Curated by Jane Tisdale

One of the earliest and most ambitious programs for teaching craft and design in Canada, Mount Allison’s Applied Arts program was of real significance in helping form an understanding of art education for women and the history of craft in Canada.

“This exhibition brings to light for the first time the history and productions of Mount Allison’s Applied Arts program,” says Gallery curator/director Gemey Kelly. “The program holds a special place in the University’s, and country’s history, advancing the concept of the useful and artistic while preparing women for careers.”

Many graduates of the program went on to help with the war effort for both World Wars and varied career paths such as metal works, interior design, and occupational therapy.Exhibition Curator Jane Tisdale and Mount Allison University Archivist David Mawhinney located many former students for this event. Visits to the homes of these artists and/or their families brought forward a wide range of work, most of which has not been exhibited since it was made many years ago in the Owens Art Gallery building where all Applied and Fine Arts classes were held. The ceramic studios and workshops of that time are today the galleries, vaults, Conservation Lab, and offices of the Owens Art Gallery. Every artwork in this exhibition was produced onsite, and every artist represented in the exhibition attended classes within the building.

The exhibit will run from May 1st until September 20th.

Monday to Friday : 10am - 5pm | Saturday to Sunday : 1pm - 5pm

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