Past Exhibitions 2010

14th Annual Student, Faculty, Staff & Alumni Exhibition

January 8th – February 16th, 2010

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Annually, Cape Breton University Art Gallery opens its doors and clears its walls for the most collaborative exhibition of the year, the Student, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Exhibition.  In 2010 the Gallery also hosted the Student Services Art Competition. Students who submitted their artwork to the SFS&A Exhibition had a chance to win cash prizes and have their works permanently displayed in the new Learning Commons. Winners were decided by ballots cast by the student body during the SFS&A exhibition

PLACE: Three Artists, Two Countries, One Heart

January 8th – February 16th, 2010

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Featuring the paintings of artists Elder Grace Kennedy (Kamilaroi First Nation of Australia), Dwayne Wannamarra Wyndier Kennedy (Waradjuri and Kamilaroi First Nation of Australia), and Dr Kisiku Sa’qawei Paq’tism Randolph Bowers (Mi’kmaq First Nation and Metis), PLACE invites the participant to explore many landscapes of meaning. During this journey the exhibition reveals the contexts of contemporary Aboriginal identity, culture and spiritual teaching which are made applicable to today’s world.

Visible Work, Invisible Women

 March 5th to 25th, 2010

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This exhibition presents the photographs of award winning journalist and humanitarian, Palagummi Sainath. The pictures in this exhibition, shot in the poorest regions of ten Indian states, show the astonishing labour efforts that India’s impoverished women participate in every day of their lives to support their families. These efforts amount to a gigantic, yet unacknowledged, contribution to the national economy.

Seeing the Music: East Coast Photographers/East Coast Musicians

March 5th – April 9th, 2010

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In conjunction with the East Coast Music Awards, The Cape Breton University Art Gallery is proud to present the works of five Atlantic artists who have documented the rich tradition of East Coast music through photography. The works of these photographers, some of whom are ECMA recipients themselves, celebrate East Coast musicians past and present.

The exhibition features the works of Carol Kennedy, Kelly Clark, Otis Tomas, Murdock Smith and Nathan Boone.

Close to Home

April 16th – May 28th, 2010

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Local Artists from the CBRM features over seventy works of art from two Cape Breton artist organizations: The Cape Breton Artists Association and Art Cape Breton. Artists working in acrylic, oil, photography, watercolour and pastel have contributed to this diverse, non-juried exhibition.


April 16th – May 28th, 2010


Passages display works of art by nine senior high school students from the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. Students were asked to interpret the theme, Passages, according to their own understanding and aesthetic. The result is a thought-provoking and creative group exhibition

Comfort and Connections

June 4th – July 30th, 2010


Two Port Hawkesbury artists and cancer survivors examine the process of healing. Sculptures by Carolyn Ritchie Bedford and photographs by Irene Boudreau evoke the universal themes of suffering, support, healing, and recovery.

Northern Exposure: Contemporary Inuit Art from the Permanent Collection

June 4th – July 30th, 2010
At the Cape Breton Center for Craft & Design: September 29 – November 16, 2010

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The cape Breton University Art Gallery has a notable collection of Inuit Artworks which are available for display in the exhibition Northern Exposure: Contemporary Inuit Art from the Permanent Collection of the Cape Breton University Art Gallery. Comprised of over fifty works of art, this exhibition has been carefully researched and arranged to provide insight into aspects of the history contemporary context of Inuit Art making.

In the Blood

October 12th – November 26th

In the Blood Installation, 2009-3701

This show will feature the works two photographers, Gary Samson and his assistant Lindsey Vladyka, taken during the fall of 2008 in Cape Breton. The resulting images of the people and places of Cape Breton enrich Gary Feintuch’s book of interviews In the Blood: Cape Breton Conversations on Culture.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia Regional Exhibition

August 13th – October 3th


The Cape Breton Regional VANS exhibition features works of art by many of Cape Breton’s most well-known artists. Asked to create works of art around the concept “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning”, the artists respond in a myriad of ways ranging from detailed, figurative explorations of “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning” behavior, to abstracted renderings of the sacred and secular.

The Colour of Light III
Paintings by Doug Fraser

December 3th, 2010 – January 28th, 2011

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Drawing from the rich setting of Cape Breton Island, Doug Fraser’s paintings have both an ethereal quality and a contemporary appeal. Fraser’s work attempts to evoke an emotional response to the natural world and to locate the spiritual in his surroundings. Through the use of light in his landscapes and seascapes, the artist reveals the mysteries of the Island.

Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326