Past Exhibitions 2009

The great Book of Gaelic
And Catherine Moir: Highwater

October 13th – December 11th, 2009


An Leabhar Mor: The Great Book of Gaelic

The Cape Breton University Art Gallery is proud to present An Leabhar Mor: The Great Book of Gaelic. An Leabhar Mor is a 21st Century Book of Kells bringing together the work of over 150 poets, artists and calligraphers. One hundred visual artists respond to Gaelic poems from every century from the sixth to the twenty first. The resulting works of art illuminate the book and are shown in this extraordinary touring exhibition.

Catherine Moir: Highwater

Highwater, the title of the exhibition, is an affirmation of the vitality of nature. Catherine Moir has spent her entire life near water and has come to equate physical and spiritual health and wellbeing with its presence. Watching the river at the foot of her property rise and fall, Catherine was struck by the renewing, cleansing qualities of water – qualities that resounded for the artist during a transitional phase of her life. This exhibition features 26 of Catherine’s most recent paintings.

Kent Semecal: Rome, The Americas And the Cradle of Civilization

August 21 – September 25, 2009

Kent Semecal

Kent Senecal, Nolte, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 2007

This exhibition presents a recent collection of paintings by contemporary artist Kent Senecal. Senecal mines images from media and popular culture, Western art history and personal memory, appropriating disparate images to create a series of multi-dimensional, fragmented narratives. Juxtaposed against more traditional, canonical works from the CBUAG Permanent Collection, Rome, The Americas and the Cradle of Civilzation collapses both time and hierarchies of imagery, complicating and ultimately recalibrating the viewer’s sense of visual order.

Ukrainian Dance From Village to Stage

June – August 14, 2009

two people dancing

Presented in conjunction with the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukranian and Canadian Folklore at the University of Alberta, this traveling exhibition was supplemented with artifacts loaned to the CBUAG by members of Cape Breton’s Ukranian community. Organized in part by Dr. Marcia Ostachewski, this exhibition celebrates Canadian Ukranian traditions.


Daughters of Eve

May 1 – May 29 2009

Daughters of Eve

Daughters of eve feature forty-four pieces of art from CBU Art Gallery permanent collection. This exhibition is the work of female artist, local, national, and international. That containing works of Oil, Acrylic, watercolor, photography metal and wood sculptures depicting numerous contents from seascape nudes to abstract.


Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326