Past Exhibitions 2014

ProletariART: The People’s Art Exhibit

January 17 – February 7, 2014
Opening reception: January 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

red, yellow, black, and white photo

Each year, the Cape Breton University Art Gallery invites artists of all ages and levels of experience to participate in a non-juried community exhibition. ProletariART: The People’s Art Exhibition is an extraordinary demonstration of community creativity. This year, we received over 200 submissions from across Cape Breton. Don’t miss your chance to take in the talents of the island!


Gold: A Nova Scotia Treasure

February 21 – May 23, 2014
Opening Reception: February 21, 6:00-8:00pm


Gold wiggled its way into Nova Scotia about 500 million years ago and has continued to shape the landscape and lives of Nova Scotians ever since. Explore and discover the abundance of faces and places touched by this alluring metal.

The exhibition is a partnership between the Museum of Industry and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Doing Our Own Thing: Back-to-the-Land in Eastern Canada during the 1970s

June 13-August 15
Opening Reception: June 13, 6:00-8:00pm

doing our own thing

This exhibitions looks to the utopian imagination of the back-to-the-land movement, and considers both its ambitions and its failures, to see what we might recuperate from this history almost forty years later. The exhibition consists of documentary photographs of back-to-the-land families from Western Cape Breton Island that were taken during the 1970s by George Thomas, a reading room housing the Whole Ear Catalog Library, and a fully functional build-your-own grain threshing machine by Cape Breton born artist, Fenn Martin.

Programming for the day consists of a threshing demonstration by artist Fenn Martin, a talk on the Whole Earth Catalogue delivered by MoMA Bibliographer David Senior and a panel discussion moderated by Amish Morrell featuring Ron Caplan, Andrew Terris, Johanna Pedelt and David Martin which considers some of the key ideas and influences behind the back-to-the-land movement. See below for details.

Chris Reid: Truth in Repetition

September 5 – October 31, 2014

colorful art with information on the side

Brandon, Manitoba artist Chris Reid conjures a world of bleak, distorted landscapes populated by a cast of recurring characters. Despite their bright colours and cartoonish style Reid’s works evoke the nightmarish qualities of unsettling ambiguity and pervasive anxiety. Works in chalk pastel, pen & ink, soft sculpture and pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs) are informed by Reid’s personal and professional experiences: her small, interracial family, observations of the changing dynamics in her rural but increasingly culturally diverse community, and her role working with extremely marginalized individuals.


Capture 2014: Nova Scotian Realism

Opening Reception November 15, 6:00-8:00pm
November 15, 2014- January 16, 2015

blue car, old building behind it, below is a orange with writing

Featuring the work of 28 painters from across Nova Scotia, Capture 2014: Nova Scotian Realism seeks to dispel common assumptions about the nature of Realist art by presenting work by artists who are pushing its boundaries. Above all, the exhibition questions received notions of the status and place of Realism in the contexts of current art practices and contemporary society.

Organized by the Dalhousie Art Gallery in association with Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia (PLANS). Curatorial research funded by the Robert Pope Foundation with project support from the Craig Foundation.

Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326