Campus Life

On-Campus Creativity

For Saint Mary’s students, there’s no shortage of cultural exposure. Not only are we located in a culture-rich city filled with music, galleries, and theatre, we also added our own on-campus gallery in 1971. The gallery, which was built to National Gallery of Canada Standards, was the first purpose-built university art gallery in Halifax.

As you explore the gallery, you’ll notice that it focuses on contemporary art, and features both emerging and established artists. We maintain a constant rotation of new work by showing between ten and twelve exhibitions every year.

Information on our exhibits is easily accessible, since we produce publications for most exhibitions. We also frequently host panels, lectures, and artists' presentations.

We’re also home to one of the finest pianos in the region. This gives us the flexibility to offer performances, concerts, and readings.

Visit the Art Gallery on the first floor of the Loyola Building.


Our collection

We have over 2000 works in our permanent collection, which focuses on contemporary Canadian artists. Some of our most notable pieces are works by Nelly Beveridge Gray. We’re proud to feature her watercolours and rubbings of historic reliefs in Mesoamerica, Europe, and Asia.

Many works from our collection are displayed throughout the campus, including commissioned works by John Greer and Mathew Reichertz. We also show works by a variety of artists associated with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), including Gerald Ferguson, Mitchell Wiebe, and Lucy Pullen.

All of our exhibitions and associated programmes receive significant support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

Exhibitions

 Current Exhibition

The Window Studio Project: featuring Mitchell Wiebe

Because the campus is still closed to visitors, Mitchell will be creating an installation viewable from the gallery's windows.  The main installation will be seen from the front window off of the Loyola lobby.  We will be posting images and video on our social media.

November 2020 to January 2021  

Mitchell holds a Bachelors of Fine Art from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver and a Masters of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.  His art practice involves painting, music, performance and installation, and sometimes a convergence where all mediums co-exist.  Mitchell currently has a nationally touring solo exhibition titled, Vampsites, curated by Pan Wendt and organised and circulated by the Confederation Centre for the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI.

 

In this installation, Mitchell is considering the view through abstract Adirondack sculptures.  He is embracing the challenge of having his work viewable only through a window.  He says, “The idea of looking into an installation through a window offers many possibilities.  I am enjoying building a space for paintings and objects to mingle and hopefully offer a glimpse where the imagination can take shape.  Humour might not be readily apparent, but I'm going with the notion that the grass is always greener through the slats of wood!”

 


 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Please check our social media for content from the Window Studio Project and our upcoming Art Prompt Series!

 


 

Art Gallery

The Saint Mary's Gallery focuses on contemporary art, and features both emerging and established artists.

We show between five and eight new exhibitions every year. We also frequently host panels, lectures, and artists' presentations.

Our Permanent Collection

Our permanent collection contains over 2500 works, including such contemporary artists as Marlene Creates, Peter Dykhuis, Gerald Ferguson, Lorraine Field, Jamelie Hassan, Charlotte Lindgren, Camille Zakharia and Matt Wedel.

Learn more.

Contact Information

The Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Loyola Academic Complex on the Saint Mary's University Campus, accessible from Gorsebrook Avenue or off Robie Street south of the McNally Building.

Hours of Operation

The gallery is currently closed to visitors due to the pandemic, but we continue our work virtually.  Please check our social media for new happenings!

Tuesday to Friday 11am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Closed Mondays and holidays

Please see Exhibitions page for our schedule. The gallery is closed for installation between exhibitions. Our offices are open, but please call or email ahead.

Admission is free.

Keep up with us on our FACEBOOK page.

 

General Information

Phone: 902.420.5445 

Media inquiries: gallery@smu.ca and/or gallery.assistant@smu.ca 

To purchase a catalogue, please email: gallery.assistant@smu.ca 

Email

Robin Metcalfe
Director/Curator
Phone: 902.420.5444
Email

Pam Corell
Assistant Curator
Phone: 902-456-3632 cell
Email
Please email Pam with any questions or concerns about Permanent Collection Works on Campus


Administrative Assistant
Phone: 902.420.5445
gallery@smu.ca


Gallery Assistant
Phone: 902-420-5194
gallery.assistant@smu.ca

 

Mailing address:

Saint Mary's University Art Gallery
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS
B3H 3C3

Location

Shipping address
5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Loyola Bldg, 1st Floor, Halifax, NS B3H 1G3

GPS coordinates: N 44 37 47 W 63 34 43

Hours and Contact Information

The Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Loyola Academic Complex on the Saint Mary’s University Campus, accessible from Gorsebrook Avenue off Robie Street south of the McNally Building.

Admission is free. 


Hours of OperationDue to the pandemic and the need to reduce visitors to campus, the gallery is currently closed to visitors. The gallery continues to operate virtually!  Please check our social media for the latest happenings (see addresses below).

Please see the Exhibitions page for our schedule. The gallery is closed for installation between exhibitions. Our offices are open, but please call or email ahead.

General Information

Phone: 902.420.5445

Email: gallery@smu.ca
See our Contacts page for our staff list and shipping address.

Keep up with us on Social Media
Facebook: facebook.com/SMUartgallery/
Twitter: @SMUgallery
Instagram: @smugallery

All of our exhibitions and associated programmes receive significant support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Halifax Regional Municipality.