Salon Hanging | School Effects

Installation view of Salon Hanging, 2011, Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University. Photo: Roger Smith

Salon Hanging

Curated by Roxamy Ibbitson, Preparator/Registrar

14 May to 11 September 2022
Vernissage: 14 May @ 2:00 pm

A floor-to-ceiling feast for the eyes, the Salon Hanging invites visitors to contemplate over 100 works of art, many from the Owens Art Gallery’s original collection, which was acquired in 1893. First assembled in 1884-1885, this collection is one of the oldest of its kind in Canada. It features nineteenth-century European and North-American paintings, many still found in their original gilded frames, and full-scale plaster copies of classical Greek sculptures. Originally the collection was used to teach students at the Mount Allison Ladies’ College (1854-1939), who learned through copying these pieces.

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. Photo: Jane Tisdale

School Effects

Curated by Jane Tisdale, Fine Arts Conservator

14 May to 11 September 2022
Vernissage: 14 May @ 2:00 pm

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.

Both exhibitions were made possible thanks to the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations.

We would like to acknowledge that Mount Allison University is located within the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq. Our relationship and our privilege to live on this territory was agreed upon in the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1725 to 1752. Because of this treaty relationship, it is to be acknowledged that we are all Treaty People and have a responsibility to respect this territory.

Owens Art Gallery
Mount Allison University
61 York Street Sackville, NB, E4L 1E1 • 506-364-2574
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Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission is Free
Masks are mandatory.

The Owens is partially accessible. The stairs from the entrance nearest the University Chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the entrance off York Street have a handrail, but no ramp. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second-floor gallery and cisgender bathrooms are located in the basement and are not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to each of these floors. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals. There are two, reserved, accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the Gallery and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the Gallery.

If you have any questions about your visit, please email or call (506) 364-2574.