Current exhibition:

Past Exhibitions: 

Nancy Schofield: Lost Cities
Roméo Savoie: Compilation
April 7 - May 12, 2017

The UNB Art Centre is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions: Nancy King Schofield: Lost Cities and Roméo Savoie: Compilation. These exhibitions will run from April 7 to May 12, 2017, with an opening reception on April 7 from 5-7pm.

Schofield and Savoie have long been active in both the visual and literary arts communities - both are founding members of Galerie 12 and have made lasting contributions to the arts in the Moncton area and New Brunswick as a whole.

Nancy King Schofield's Lost Cities comprises a series of mixed media works on wood. Using layering, scraping, and gouging techniques Schofield references her long-held interest in geology and antiquity, while drawing attention to the ongoing problem of violence against women by using cuts to "injure" the paintings themselves.

Nancy King Schofield holds a BFA from Mount Allison University. Her works have been exhibited across Canada and can be found in private collections internationally. She currently works in both her visual and literary arts practices from Breach House, her studio in Grand Barachois.

Roméo Savoie’s Compilation is a collection of works selected from his decades-long career as one of the most respected contemporary Acadian artists. Working in mixed media and often including collage, text, fragments of objects, and layered varnishes, Savoie’s abstract works are direct responses to the world and the artistic process.

Roméo Savoie’s work has been exhibited extensively since the 1970s. He holds a degree in Architecture from l’École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and a Master’s in Plastic Arts from UQAM. He has received numerous awards, including the Miller Brittain Prize in 1994, the Strathbutler Award in 1988, an Honorary Doctorate from l’Université de Moncton in 1999, and several federal & provincial grants.

With the opening of these exhibitions, the artists will also be launching the chapbooks Nancy King Schofield: A Constructed Topography and Roméo Savoie: The Meaning in the Gesture, with photographs & design by Marc Blanchard and writing by Elizabeth Blanchard. Each chapbook presents an essay that offers a personal reading of the artists' works from the perspective of a viewer, extensively illustrated with photos of Schofield and Savoie’s artwork.

New Brunswick Art Bank Acquisitions 2015-16
Mary White: Thinking is FORM

March 10 - 31, 2017

The UNB Art Centre is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions featuring the work of talented New Brunswick Artists. New Brunswick Art Bank – Acquisitions 2015-16 and Mary White – Thinking is FORM open on Friday, March 10 (opening reception 5-7PM) and run through March 31, 2017.

In the East Gallery, some familiar artists return to the UNB Art Centre with works from New Brunswick Art Bank – Acquisitions 2015-16. Several of the artists featured in this show, including Paul Mathieson, Ann Manuel, and Paul Griffin have exhibited works at the UNB Art Centre in the past. In this exhibition, their work is featured along with 13 other New Brunswick artists. The New Brunswick Art Bank celebrates the province’s excellence in the visual arts by collecting a sample of works produced by New Brunswick artists. These works travel the province in a biannual touring exhibition, displaying New Brunswick art to diverse audiences, which helps to expand the local community’s knowledge of the work of New Brunswick visual artists.
In the West Gallery, the UNB Art Centre features a senior Fredericton-based artist, Mary White. White studied with Molly Lamb Bobak and Brigid Toole Grant, and has formal training from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Her work is part of the New Brunswick Art Bank, and the UNB Permanent Collection. Mary White has worked in a variety of media throughout her career, including pottery, watercolour, and oil. 

Thinking is FORM features mixed media works using collage, pastel, and even gunpowder to create ethereal reflections on human consciousness and the human condition.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate New Brunswick’s vibrant visual arts community in these two exhibitions. There will be an opening reception on March 10 from 5-7PM. The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.  The galleries are open 9 am - 4 pm weekdays and for special events. Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

Memento Mori - Studies in Black
Catherine Hale
February 3 - March 3, 2017

The UNB Art Centre is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2017. Memento Mori—Catherine Hale: Studies in Black presents a collection of works by Fredericton based artist Catherine Hale. The exhibition opens on Friday, February 3 with a reception and opening from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Memento Mori runs until March 3, 2017.

Following our recent 75th anniversary exhibitions in 2016, this exhibition reflects on Catherine Hale’s long relationship with the UNB Art Centre. She has worked with many of its founding members, including Fritz Brandtner during summer classes in the 1940s, and Lucy Jarvis during the 1950s. Hale is a forerunner of an emergent generation of feminist artists interested in the politics of women’s work and the reclamation of the domestic arts. The works in this exhibition include sculptural and textile works which reflect Hale’s mastery of assemblage as an artistic practise. The exhibit presents works that span her extensive artistic career which began in the 1970s and continues to the present day.

Hale’s continued commitment to her craft is inspiring. At 89 years old, Hale continues to create intricate and luxurious works of art. As a senior artist, Hale’s work is part of collections at the New Brunswick Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and the New Brunswick Museum. Thanks to a recent gift from the artist to the UNB Permanent Collection, the UNB Art Centre now has the largest collection of Hale’s work in the region. Twenty of these works will be on display in this exhibition. A full colour catalogue with an essay by gallery director and exhibition curator Marie E. Maltais will accompany the exhibit.

The Souterrain Impressions
November 4, 2016 - January 27, 2017

The UNB Art Centre marks the upcoming 150th anniversary of Canada with an exhibit and series of events that commemorate the centennial of Vimy Ridge.  The exhibit Souterrain Impressions opens Friday, November 4 at 1:00 pm and honours an event that is considered to be one of Canada’s defining moments in history.
In April 1917, four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought for and gained key ground in northern France, Vimy Ridge. Today, this site is home to our famous monument and a tribute to the almost 4000 Canadian soldiers who died in the fight for a better world. An important part of the battle for Vimy Ridge was an extensive network of underground tunnels and caves that protected Canadian forces from German shelling and allowed the wounded to be brought back behind Canadian lines. While soldiers spent time in these tunnels, they carved initials, words, symbols, and memories into the walls, leaving behind lasting reminders of their time in France.
The Souterrain Impressions is a travelling exhibition organized by the CANADIGM Group, a not-for-profit group of historians dedicated to understanding Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars. Using a 3D scanner, they have duplicated the tunnel carvings to bring a selection of over 200 of them to the surface. In addition to these images, CANADIGM has provided an interactive multi-media kiosk that gives members of the public access to the research conducted into the names and service records of the men posted there. Visitors will be able to trace their own family connections and honour the memories of those who have died in service to their country.
The exhibit is generously supported by Veterans Affairs Canada through their Community Engagement Partnership Fund. The Souterrain Impressions will be on display at the UNB Art Centre from November 4, 2016 – January 27, 2017.
As part of this special exhibit, the UNB Art Centre will also be using the lobby of Memorial Hall to display UNB’s First World War Honour Roll, featuring the photos and biographies of 32 UNB students who sacrificed their lives in the Great War.  These will be supported by displays of memorabilia collected by UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War & Society, and the Fredericton Regional Museum. The UNB Art Centre is also pleased to display 13 banners from the Gregg Centre’s Toll of War project depicting the Victoria Cross recipients from each province and territory.  The banners have been flown in all of Canada’s provincial capitals throughout the year. This project was sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Program of Events
Along with these displays the UNB Art Centre is pleased to partner with the Gregg Centre and the Centre for Musical Arts to provide a number of commemorative and educational events throughout the run of the exhibition.  All events will be held in Memorial Hall on the University of New Brunswick campus.
Please join us on November 4 for the 4th annual UNB REMEMBERS ceremony in recognition of the impact that the two World Wars have made on UNB’s past, present, and future. The program will begin at 11:30 am with a short performance by the Saint John String Quartet presenting composers of the first world war era.
This event will be followed by a reception and the opening of the Souterrain Impressions exhibition at 1:00 pm.
On November 7 at 12:00 noon, Mr. Brent Wilson of the Gregg Centre will present a walking tour of the exhibition, the Souterrain Impressions.
On November 13 at 2:00 pm, the Centre for Musical Arts presents Remembering The Great War Through Music featuring the Atlantic String Orchestra. This concert will feature a pre-concert talk (tickets are available at the door). For more information please visit: http://www.unb.ca/cel/programs/creative/music-on-the-hill/moth-schedule.html
On November 17 at 7:00 pm the Reverend Canon Dr. Ross Hebb will present “Letters Home: Maritimers and The Great War” his recent book of collected letters from soldiers at the front.
On November 29 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Lee Windsor presents - The Original Vimy ‘Tunnel Tour’: The Royal Canadian Regiment Assault from the Grange Tunnel, 9 April 1917.
On January 17 at 7:00 pm, the Gregg Centre presents the annual Graham lecture with Dr. Tim Cook of Wilfred Laurier University and the Canadian War Museum. His lecture entitled Vimy:  Battle and Legend 1917-2017 will look at the evolving story of Vimy in Canadian history.
On January 25 at 12:00 noon, the Centre for Musical Arts presents A Century Passed:  Music for Solo Piano from 1916-17 featuring pianist Stephen Runge. This concert is free.

The Next Chapter: 70+ Years of The Fiddlehead /
The Stained Glass Windows of Memorial Hall
September 23 - October 28, 2016

Continuing its 75th anniversary celebrations, the UNB Art Centre is delighted to announce two upcoming exhibitions celebrating the unique history of the UNB Art Centre and the University of New Brunswick. The Next Chapter: 70+ Years of The Fiddlehead and The Stained Glass Windows of Memorial Hall examine the ways art and artistic expression have been fostered at UNB over the past 75 years. Both exhibitions will open on Friday, September 23 with a reception from 5-7PM. This reception will also launch the UNB Art Centre’s stained glass  window conservation campaign.

The Next Chapter: 70+ Years of The Fiddlehead takes a look at Canada’s oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead. Launched in 1945 by A.G. Bailey and the Bliss Carmen Society, the Early Fiddlehead magazines featured covers designed by the UNB Art Centre’s own Lucy Jarvis. In the 1960s Editor Kent Thompson began to feature the artwork of Marjory Donaldson and Bruno Bobak.  It was Roger Ploude, a member of UNB’s English Department and editor during the 1970s, that began to use the cover as a gallery featuring the artwork of various Maritime artists, including artists like Charlotte Glencross, Angel Gomez. Stephen May and Yvon Gallant to name only a few.  The Next Chapter will feature these covers, on display from the UNB Art Centre’s permanent collection.

Opened in 1923, and dedicated by Lord Byng of Vimy, Memorial Hall was built to honour the memories of UNB’s fallen heroes of the First World War. Throughout its history Memorial Hall has been home to physics and chemistry classes and laboratories, CHSR, and to annual convocation ceremonies, and more recently Theatre UNB, the Centre for Musical Arts and the UNB Art Centre. Designed by Saint John architect F. Neil Brodie, the building’s architecture combines a unique blend of Classical and Gothic styles. One of the most impressive features of the building is the 7 stained glass windows in the building’s auditorium. These windows, celebrating the lives and contributions of UNB alumni and professors were donated by family members between 1926 and 1943 and were manufactured by the MacCausland Company of Toronto and by the Clayton and Bell Company of London, England.  These magnificent stained glass windows are now in need of repair due to deterioration caused by exposure to the elements and settling of the building.

The exhibition, The Stained Glass Windows of Memorial Hall will launch a fundraising campaign to help in the conservation of these windows. To help with this project, the UNB Art Centre has produced a 16-month calendar featuring images of the windows of Memorial Hall. Each calendar will sell for $15 and funds will go directly to the conservation of the windows. As well copies of Glorious Light: The Stained Glass of Fredericton by local architect and author John Leroux will be on sale with proceeds supporting the restoration campaign. The University of New Brunswick recognizes the historical and cultural significance of these beautiful historic windows, and the importance of their preservation for future generations.

Please join the UNB Art Centre as we open The Next Chapter: 70+ Years of The Fiddlehead and The Stained Glass Windows of Memorial Hall on Friday, September 23. A reception will be held from 5pm-7pm in Memorial Hall, University of New Brunswick campus. Come and celebrate the UNB Art Centre’s 75th anniversary and the spirit of creativity that continues to enrich the university and the local community.

Yvonne Kershaw and Emily Kennedy provide music at the opening reception

The Memorial Hall auditoruim's magnificent Rankin window

Fiddlehead editor Ross Leckie 

A special presentation: the unveiling of a portrait of UNB Art Centre director Marie Maltais by artist Stephen Scott, commissioned to commemorate her 25th year and status as the UNB Art Centre's longest-standing director.

Art for Art's Sake: The Artists of the UNB Art Centre 1940-1960
May 20 - June 22, 2016

Join the UNB Art Centre as we continue our 75th anniversary celebrations with a look back at the 1940s-1960s! This exhibition will showcase the work of artists like Bruno Bobak, Donald Reichert, Fritz Brandtner, and many more.

Pieces of the Past: The Rug Designs of Pegi Nicol MacLeod & the Puppet Theatre of Lucy Jarvis
March 18 - May 13, 2016

The UNB Art Centre is pleased to announce the second exhibition of its 75th Anniversary celebration, Pieces of the Past: The Rug Designs of Pegi Nicol MacLeod & The Puppet Theatre of Lucy Jarvis which runs from March 18 through May 13, 2016In celebration of the contributions Pegi Nicol MacLeod and Lucy Jarvis made to the UNB Art Centre, this exhibition will open March 18, 2016 at 5-7 PM with the launch of Roslyn Rosenfeld’s book Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life, a joint publication of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Goose Lane Editions. Books will be available for sale at the opening and at the UNB Bookstore.
While both Pegi Nicol Macleod and Lucy Jarvis were well known as painters, Pieces of the Past presents the lesser-known creative works of the UNB Art Centre’s founding matriarchs. Pegi Nicol MacLeod’s rug designs were sold at Madge Smith’s iconic shop on Queen Street as a way to help Pegi make ends meet. They feature playful images of New Brunswick’s flora and fauna, which unify art and craft in a beautiful but practical domestic application. A popular pastime of the day, hooked rugs were a way to introduce some cheerful colour and warmth into the home using scraps and ends.  Hooking a rug or matt from an original design by an artist was surely a way to demonstrate good taste and an upscale household. Also on view are seven hooked rugs based on these designs, on loan from the Fredericton Region Museum.  In addition, ArtZone, UNB’s student collective is re-creating a large painted rug based on one of Pegi’s fiddlehead designs as an homage to the artist who made such an impact on Fredericton culture during her short but impressive career. 
Many Frederictonians will be familiar with the marionettes on display from such popular performances as Peter and the Wolf, Jack & the Beanstalk , The Night Before Christmas and others. These productions were a collaborative effort and endured for many years.  First conceived during the post war years, productions were held in the UNB Art Centre’s temporary home at Alexander College, then later in the huts at UNB, as well as The Old Arts Building, (now known as Sir Howard Douglas Hall), and more recently in Memorial Hall. The puppet mechanisms were made by Richard Grant who was then a demonstrator in Geology at UNB. While Lucy painted the faces and sets, other familiar Art Centre names were credited for their involvement with these productions, including Bruno Bobak, Molly Lamb Bobak, Marjory Donaldson, and Donald Reichert among others.  Colin Mackay (then-president of UNB) was renowned for his narration of The Night Before Christmas, and Jarvis’ puppet theatre became an honoured Christmas tradition for the UNB community. In more recent revivals of Peter and the Wolf, the Fredericton Chamber Orchestra performed the accompanying score. The UNB Art Centre is thrilled to display these treasured pieces of both UNB’s and Fredericton’s heritage to the community once again.
Throughout the run of this exhibition, the UNB Art Centre will also host several special events. On Friday, April 8th at 7:30PM local actress Maria Bourgeois will present her theatrical performance To Live Dangerously. Part séance, part play, this performance will bring Lucy Jarvis back to the Art Centre once more! On Wednesday, April 13th at 12 noon, Roslyn Rosenfeld will read from Even Stones Have Life. And, on Wednesday, April 20th at 12 noon, the UNB Art Centre will host a special screening of Something Dancing About Her, a biopic about Pegi Nicol MacLeod. As well, the UNB Art Centre will present the Finding Lucy Jarvis Antiques Roadshow with Roslyn Rosenfeld, and Alison and Mark Connell on April 30 at 1:00 PMEach of these events will contribute to the UNB Art Centre’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary.
Please join us throughout 2016 as we celebrate the creative spirit of the UNB Art Centre and its place within the university and the local community over the past 75 years. More details about exhibitions, performances, and events will be announced throughout the year. For the most up to date information about our 75th anniversary activities, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @UNBArtCentre or with the hashtag #ArtCentre75.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same
January 22 - March 11, 2016

On the occasion of the UNB Art Centre’s opening in 1941, Lucy Jarvis expressed her desire that “the nature of the activities in [the UNB Art Centre] should be happy – intelligent – creative- informative and lively”. Anyone who has visited the UNB Art Centre since then cannot help but realize that Lucy’s desire continues to shape the activities in this place. Over the past seventy-five years the UNB Art Centre has hosted some of New Brunswick and Canada’s foremost artists, has mounted hundreds of exhibitions, and has contributed to the cultural and artistic life of the Fredericton and UNB communities. In 2016, the UNB Art Centre will commemorate its seventy-fifth anniversary with a yearlong celebration of its past, present, and future.

Beginning on January 22nd, the UNB Art Centre will host the first of its anniversary exhibitions. Entitled The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same, this show will look back to the early years of the UNB Art Centre. The exhibition will focus on the year 1941, the city of Fredericton, and the state of the world in which the UNB Art Centre was launched.  Featuring the music and art from the first years of the UNB Art Centre, we invite you to join us as we open this first exhibition on Friday, January 22nd from 5-7PM at the UNB Art Centre.

Throughout its 75 years, the UNB Art Centre has demonstrated its importance as a cultural, artistic, and educational space within the broader UNB and Fredericton communities. In 2016, the UNB Art Centre will celebrate its 75th anniversary by reflecting on the contributions of the many individuals and circumstances that have brought the UNB Art Centre to this point. A series of events and exhibitions are planned to help commemorate the occasion, including films, lectures, and live theatre. These events will honour the legacies of the UNB Art Centre – the people, experiences, and histories who have shaped the Centre into the dynamic institution it is today.

We hope you will join us throughout 2016 as we celebrate the impact the UNB Art Centre has had on the local university and Fredericton communities over the past 75 years. The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.  The galleries are open 9 am - 4 pm weekdays and for special events. Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Lucy Jarvis, and Helen Weld with Students
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Madge Smith photographs P120-23-26
Miller Brittain and Lucy Jarvis conducting an art class (standing). Hazel MacLeod  
seated, painting at easel, UNB Art Centre Files
The 300 block of Queen Street features some familiar shops in this image from 1940.
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick York - Sunbury Historical Society II collection P132-121

See more photos of the opening on Facebook!

SilverFish Photography Collective
One Moment: An Homage to The Family of Man
November 6 - December 18, 2015

Join the UNB Art Centre and SilverFish Photography Collective as we open this exciting show! One Moment: An Homage to The Family of Man (Edward Steichen's 1955 Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, NY) features over 100 images from some of Fredericton's finest photographers including Peter Bjerkelund, Rob Blanchard, Jeff Crawford, Mandy Wright, Oliver Flecknell, Burton Glendenning, Peter Gross, Mike Meade, Lori Quick, Denise Rowe, Karen Ruet, & Roger Smith.

Kim Vose Jones: Sensorium
& Ann Manuel: The Worry Ladders
September 11 - October 30, 2015

The Andrews Initiative Welcomes Colonel Chris Hadfield! 
April 22, 2015
Students begin to tour the Postcards from Mars exhibition. The exhibition is on display until June 18th at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, Fredericton, NB.

Students find their way to the Lady Beaverbrook Gym to find a seat and get comfortable before Colonel Hadfield arrives!
Waiting with anticipation.
Swaying to the tunes.
Sarah King, Program Assistant of UNB's Andrews Initiative welcomes the kids.
Dr. Lucy Thompson speaks about the Planetary and Space Science Centre at UNB

Chris Abbandonato, teacher at Nashwaaksis Middle School introduces Colonel Chris Hadfield
Colonel Chris Hadfield enters the room and the applause and the screams were enormous!
Colonel Chris Hadfield is spreading his enthusiasm and inspiration all around the room!
He talks about how water behaves so differently in space. Watch the video, it's so neat.
It's question and answer time!!

And what about someone on the bleachers...do you have a question? 

It's selfie time! Check out the photos below!
Say Cheese!

The auditorium at Memorial Hall was a perfect setting for the luncheon and Sodexo was marvelous!

At the same time that the kids are touring the Postcards from Mars exhibition, there was a luncheon for our sponsors, TD, and UNB Representatives.
Now its time to meet some kids from Connaught Street!

Colonel Chris Hadfield taught the kids how to shake hands properly. He shook every one's hand. What a gentleman!
Always look someone in the eye when you shake their hand.
Group photo with Connaught Street School kids who were selected to come to meet Colonel Hadfield.
He answered so many questions!
...and took so many selfies!
The UNB Art Centre staff - the machine behind it all!
The Andrews Initiative was so thrilled to host Colonel Chris Hadfield for this event!
The Air Cadet Honour Guard meets Colonel Hadfield in his green room. The welcome banner behind them was made at the Fred Kid Fair by Fredericton kids. He loved it and put a video of it up on Periscope!

Sarah King steps up to the podium again to start off the evening with Colonel Chris Hadfield.
Dr. John Spray introduces Colonel Chris Hadfield.

He delivers another inspiring and motivational speech to the crowd.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is so interesting and funny. It's packed with words of wisdom and a beautiful perspective on how to live a good life.

This was our youngest little one with a question for Colonel Hadfield. He wanted to know if they do experiments on spiders in zero gravity...and they do!

Sarah King wrapping up the evening by listing names of people to thank. Sarah did an amazing job organizing this event! 

Even though Colonel Hadfield had to wake up at 3:45 in the morning to catch his flight to Québec City, he stayed and signed books until 10:45pm! He was so generous with his time!

A very happy family gets their photograph with the Colonel!

This little girl had made a sketchbook of space and I watched him flip through it. He showed genuine interest in her efforts and signed it for her.

Postcards from Mars
April 17 - June 18, 2015
Opening reception Saturday April 25, 1-4pm

In partnership with TD Bank Group, students and teachers from the Anglophone West School District, and the University of New Brunswick’s Andrews Initiative, the UNB Art Centre will open an out-of-this-world exhibition, entitled Postcards from Mars, on Saturday, April 25.

"We believe that one of the best investments we can make is to ensure that children and youth have access to creating arts and culture in their own communities," said Tara-Lynn Hughes, Senior Vice President, TD Canada Trust. "Providing learning and skills development for students through the arts is just one way TD is committed to making a positive and lasting impact in New Brunswick."

Over 1500 K-12 students from 37 schools across the province are participating in Postcards from Mars. Students were invited to imagine what life might look like on the planet Mars and design and compose a postcard to a friend or loved one back on Earth. Their work will be displayed at the UNB Art Centre in Memorial Hall (9 Bailey Drive, on UNB campus) from April 17th until June 18th.

Postcards from Mars will open on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00PM and will feature science activities for all ages with Science East, and representatives from TD Bank Group, UNB’s UFirst: Student Recruitment, and the Canada Wide Science Fair will be on hand to support the festivities. Art lovers of all ages, and especially students, teachers, and parents are invited to attend.

In conjunction with UNB’s Andrews Initiative and other partners, the UNB Art Centre is supporting Col. Chris Hadfield’s visit to the University of New Brunswick on April 21, 2015. On this date, Col. Hadfield will speak to the students and teachers who have participated in Postcards from Mars live on campus and via a simultaneous webcast. Students and teachers from participating schools will also tour the exhibition and see their work in the gallery spaces. The Andrews Initiative website: http://www.unb.ca/initiatives/andrews/

The UNB Art Centre gratefully acknowledges TD Bank Group’s generous support of this exhibition. Their contribution assisted the UNB Art Centre in offering a multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary approach to visual literacy. 

Heavy Metal
March 13 - April 9, 2015

Rock out with ArtZone as they unveil their recycled electronic creations at a special opening night of Heavy Metal, Friday, March 13 at 9 pm. For the past month, UNB’s student art collective Artzone has been collecting electronic waste and recycling it into art. It is estimated that 50 million metric tons of e-waste is dumped into landfills around the world. Many of the hazardous materials found in discarded electronic devices leach into the soil during rainfall and can have dangerous effects on our eco-system. Heavy Metal is part of an environmental awareness project in support of the UN initiative, World Water Day. 

ArtZone is a home base for students from UNB, STU and NBCCD interested in creativity and the visual arts. ArtZone fosters visual literacy through workshops as well as informal skill sharing. No experience required; students just need to bring their interest and their desire to learn.

Heavy Metal opens with a free live performance by 3 of Fredericton’s heaviest metal bands: Ho Chi Minh ShuffleMoment of Inertia and Wasteland ZombiesMoment of Inertia was just voted one of the best metal bands in the City of Fredericton by Grid City Magazine. Doors open at 9:00 pm for this all ages event.

There’s still time to bring your electronics to the UNB Art Centre.  E-waste collected for Heavy Metal will be recycled by local e-cycling company, Beaverdam Recyclers.

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.  The galleries are open 9 am - 4 pm weekdays and for special events. Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

More information here.

Spotlight on the Collection
January 16 - February 26, 2015

The UNB Art Centre starts the New Year with a look at UNB’s Permanent Collection on view January 16 through February 26. Numbering over 2000 artworks, these works have been acquired through donation, bequest and purchase, some dating back to the 19th century. The UNB Permanent Collection is unique in that it is a working collection, allowing faculty and staff at UNB to borrow works for their conference rooms and offices. As a result, very few works remain in storage. Artworks remain on view, creating an aesthetic environment that contributes to the education of members of the community and engendering pride in our rich cultural heritage of New Brunswick.

The West Gallery features a display of recent acquisitions to the collection by artists such as Ann Manuel, Cliff Turner, Michael McEwing and others. This diverse range of emerging and established contemporary New Brunswick artists demonstrate their facility with a variety of media, such as sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography and collage.

In the East Gallery, we take you behind the scenes for a look at conservation of artworks in the collection, care and handling of artworks, framing, and the UNB loan program. Of particular interest is the digitization project that the UNB Art Centre is undertaking with the assistance of the Centre for Digital Scholarship and the Faculty of Arts at UNB. Known as ArtCan.ca, this multi-year project is in partnership with the University of Toronto, the Banff Centre, Carleton University, and Concordia University. Works from the UNB Permanent Collection will be photographed with a finely calibrated and colour balanced tri-linear CCD large format camera at 300 to 400 ppi and 16 bits per channel. The exceptionally high level of image resolution will allow the web-site browser to interact with artworks at an unprecedented level, giving them the ability to manipulate a range of functions such as magnification, rotation, and navigation. This website will be launched during the 75th Anniversary celebration of the UNB Art Centre in 2016.

Unstilled Egos: Selected Works by Chantal Khoury
& Dozay’s Glooscap/Kluskap Series
November 14 - December 19, 2014

Chantal Khoury’s artistic practice focuses on figurative studies that probe the female identity, awkward beauty and lost glamour. Her compositions are inspired by images found in newspapers and magazines and often feature a “lonely protagonist.”  Working in oil paint, Ms. Khoury’s paintings are simplified and abstracted, featuring a Fauvist palette with intense colour contrasts and loose brushwork. The paintings presented in the exhibition Unstilled Egos: Selected Works by Chantal Khoury are striking studies in contemporary expressionism.

Originally from Fredericton, now based in Montreal, Chantal Khoury received her BFA from Concordia University.

Dozay’s Glooscap/Kluskap Series, was born of a desire to bring attention to the distinct aboriginal culture of the Wabanaki tribes of North America.

Illustrating the story of Glooscap, the legendary founder and guide of the Wabanaki people, the exhibit features episodes in the life of Glooscap and traces his adventures along the Wolastoq.  Each painting is accompanied by text panels containing stories, poems and historical notes describing the landmarks in each of the paintings.

These airbrushed acrylic paintings have the appearance of dreams, or recollections, referencing the stories the Wabanaki people have always known but which were never written down. Each painting features a unique border design based on ancient petroglyphs, birch bark baskets, clothing and wampum.

Dozay was born and raised on the banks of the Saint John and Tobique Rivers.  She attended the  Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the University of New Brunswick’s Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Institute’s Circle of Understanding program designed to promote Mi’kmaq-Maliseet culture and history within the community. 

As part of this program please join us at 7:30 December 3 in Memorial Hall for a night of cultural celebration.

Lucy Jarvis: Sketches & Letters
September 19 to November 7, 2014
Lucy Jarvis: Sketches and Letters is a testament to a life well-lived. This exhibition explores the artist’s development, artistic process and lust for life through a display of letters, notes, photographs, sketchbooks and other ephemera curated by respected art historian Roslyn Rosenfeld.

Selected from over 75 sketchbooks, the sketches in this exhibit show the artist’s evolution from the academic training received at the School Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the 1920s to the expressive drawings and paintings of her later years.  These sketchbooks and letters provide a unique glimpse into the artist’s life and philosophy through the subjects she captured, the travels she chronicled, the thoughts she documented and the media with which she experimented.

Lucy Jarvis together with Pegi Nicol Macleod were the founders of the UNB Art Centre on the campus of the University of New Brunswick. Considered one of the oldest university art centres in the country, the UNB Art Centre opened its doors on a stormy winter’s day in 1941. Lucy Jarvis is credited with reaching out to students and the public, engaging them in the lively pursuit of art and music throughout the next two decades. The UNB Art Centre is particularly proud to honour an artist whose legacy continues to this day.

This exhibit is presented as part of a special celebration of the life of Lucy Jarvis in conjunction with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which will host Lucy Jarvis: Even Stones Have Life, which runs October 2 through January 11, 2015.

Eastern Seaboard Cabinetmakers: Furniture Making in the Maritimes 1765-1880
May 12 to June 19, 2014

The UNB Art Centre presents Eastern Seaboard Cabinetmakers: Furniture Making in the Maritimes 1765-1880 from May 12 – June 19, 2014.  Selected from the collection of the Kings Landing Historical Settlement, this exhibition will look at furniture made on the east coast of Canada, from the Pre-Loyalist Planters to the Late Victorians, from the perspective of 2014.  

Furniture not only presents us with objects made through the artistry of craftsmen such as cabinetmakers and carpenters, but it provides a window onto history.  It gives us a glimpse into the tastes of an era, social status, personal values and cultural influences. People use furniture to define themselves to their friends and neighbours. These pieces of material history also provide an insight into trade routes, immigration patterns, economic conditions, as well as technological and business practices.

Wilma Needham Souvenir 
& Alanna Baird Tin Fish
March 14 - May 2, 2014

The UNB Art Centre invites you to celebrate World Water Day with a variety of special events.

World Water Day, held annually on March 22, is a United Nations initiative to recognize the value of water globally and to advocate for the sustainable management of water resources.

The public is invited to the opening of two special exhibits on March 14 at 5:00 pm. Nova Scotia artist Wilma Needham brings her exhibit Souvenir to the UNB Art Centre from a recent showing at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax and St. Andrews artist Alanna Baird displays her solo exhibition Plenty of Fish for the first time in New Brunswick.
Alanna Baird recycles coffee cans and salvages scrap metal to produce a fantastical school of fish for the exhibit, Plenty of Fish. Cod, char, bass and barracuda are only some of the fish you’ll be able to identify in the West Gallery’s aquatic zone.

Alanna Baird studied Engineering at UNB before turning to more artistic pursuits.  She studied in the Clay Studio at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and worked as a potter until she began crafting fish in 1991 in answer to a call for a weathervane competition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Since then she has received numerous commissions, awards and exhibits for her unique fish sculptures.

She was commissioned by the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller in 2008 to build a 17 foot Ichthyosaur where it is permanently displayed in the museum’s courtyard.  In 2010 she held a solo exhibition at the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, exhibiting 50 fish in one space.  In 2012 she was included in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s exhibit Whirligigs- Going with the Wind.  In 2011, the Huntsman Marine Science Centre commissioned her to produce Sea Raven to commemorate the opening of the new Discovery Aquarium where it now resides outside the entrance of the building.  In 2012 she was part of a trio of artists exhibiting artwork made from recycled materials in The Reclaimers at the Mary E. Black Gallery In Halifax. Most recently, she won First Place in the Kingsbrae Gardens 2013 Canadian National Sculpture Competition for Salmon Vortex.

Souvenir provides multiple perspectives on Niagara Falls through a selection of photos, mixed media and new media. With a vertical drop of over 50 meters and the highest flow rate of any falls in the world, this awe inspiring natural wonder has given rise to a centuries old tourist industry that has shaped the artist’s experience of the falls. Wilma Needham who was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, engages the audience in the discussion about nature and culture through an examination of environmental, political and social issues that have played out around the falls.

Wilma Needham obtained her MFA from NSCAD University where she later taught in the Intermedia department, Media Arts Division, and served as administrator in Fine and Media Arts. Her studio work examines the ways that issues of the environment, equity, gender, and militarism shape our daily lives. With a foundation in printmaking and photography, her current studio practice spans a range of media. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and Europe.

Souvenir and Plenty of Fish will be on view from March 14 until May 2 at the UNB Art Centre.

The Secret Codes:  Contemporary African Nova Scotian Narrative and Picture Quilts
January 31 to February 28, 2014

The UNB Art Centre celebrates Black History Month with a special exhibition and program highlighting the creative and historical presence of black Canadians in the Maritimes.

The Secret Codes:  Contemporary African Nova Scotian Narrative and Picture Quilts organized by the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia will open January 31 at 5 pm on the eve of Black History Month.  This exhibit features 25 quilts by members of the Vale Quiltmakers Association from the New Glasgow area of Nova Scotia.  The quiltmakers explored this medium as a vehicle for storytelling, using the drawings of artist, writer and curator David Woods, as well as their own designs to create a series of quilts that capture community history.  “The Secret Codes” refers to the use of quilts as a subversive medium to guide escaping slaves to the Underground Railroad.

A selection of these quilts was shown at the prestigious 2012 Quilt Canada Conference, held at Dalhousie University in Halifax.  It marked the first time that an exhibition by African Canadian quiltmakers was featured at this conference. Conference delegates from the Fredericton Quiltmakers Guild praised the quality of the quilts, their originality and their thematic content, and requested that the UNB Art Centre bring these works to Fredericton.

The exhibit will also include the New Brunswick Connection, a look at the Kings Landing Historical Settlement’s Leek-Taylor Collection, acquired in 2007.  This collection of artifacts which belonged to the family of George Leek, the illegitimate son of Isaac Allen and one of his female slaves, gives a tiny glimpse into the lives of early black settlers in New Brunswick.  Isaac Allen was one of the four Chief Justices to hear the trial of slave Nancy Morton.  This infamous trial is said to have affected Allen so much that it caused him to free his slaves upon returning home.

In addition, the exhibit will also include two reproductions of paintings by the New Brunswick born black artist, Edward Mitchell Bannister.  Born in St. Andrews, NB, Bannister worked in New England and studied under William Rimmer at the Lowell Institute.  He won the first prize bronze medal at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition for a painting entitled Under the Oaks.  This award caused a stir when the jury discovered they had awarded the prize to a black painter, at a time when black members of the public were turned a way from the doors of venerable art institutions.  His work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the New Brunswick Museum, as well as the National Museum of American Art in Washington.  Bannister, whose work derives from the pastoral themes of the Barbizon School of painting, has been only recently rediscovered after almost a century of obscurity. 

Dennis Reid: Landmarks and Legends

& Silverfish: Archipelago—string of islands
November 22 to December 19, 2013

The Silverfish Photography Collective create original works based on a thematic construct.  The theme of this exhibit is the conceptual, geographic and physical meaning of archipelago, a stretch of water containing many islands.  Archipelago—string of islands takes the idea of near and far shores as a metaphor for personal perspective.  The near shore is comfortable, known, home; the far shore is strange, unexplored, away. SilverFish explores the idea of archipelago and invites the viewer to traverse the visual spaces between their string of island perspectives; their archipelago.

The twelve artists that make up the Silverfish collective include Rob Blanchard, Peter Bjerkelund, Jeff Crawford, Oliver Flecknell, Burton Glendenning, Peter Gross, Mike Meade, Lori Quick, Denise Rowe, Karen Ruet, Roger Smith, and Mandy Wright. The Silverfish Photographic Collective is based in Fredericton and has exhibited their works in a variety of art galleries and exhibition centres around New Brunswick since 2001.

Dennis Reid’s Landmarks and Legends is a series of oil on canvas landscapes produced between 2009 and 2011. Reid’s work has a strong connection to the natural environment. He learned the ways of the world and the laws of nature while accompanying his father through the wilderness of Newfoundland on numerous hunting and fishing trips they took together.

This series of works is based on the experience of recollection and anticipation. Each painting is connected to a memory that holds a particular significance for the artist, to the people, places and events that call him back. 

Dennis Reid received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in 1996. Since then he has received the Elizabeth Greenshields Award (2007) and an artsnb Creation Grant (2012). His work has been exhibited in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario. It can be found in collections including the City of Moncton, the City of Saint John and the New Brunswick Art Bank as well as several private collections. He lives in Dorchester NB with his wife and two children where he maintains a rigorous studio practice.  He is very active in the cultural and civic life of his community, having served as a municipal councilor for a term and as a volunteer firefighter for past 11 years.

NB Art Bank Acquisitions 2011-12
Redeemed: Photographs by James Wilson Documenting the Re-creation of the Fred Ross Mural at UNB
October 21 to November 15, 2013

The NB Art Bank Acquisitions 2011-12 features works by New Brunswick artists in a wide range of media.  Artists include Joël Boudreau, Luc Charette, Jasmine Cull, Erik Edson, Darren Emenau, Jared Peters, Dennis Austin Reid, Evan Rensch, Dan Steeves, Anna Torma, James Wilson, and Dan Xu.
The NB Art Bank is public record of artistic excellence, celebrating the rich and diverse cultural environment from which these works of visual art spring. 
The exhibition has been touring the province since November 2012 and will wrap up in March 2014 at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.

Redeemed: Photographs by James Wilson Documenting the Re-creation of the Fred Ross Mural at UNB is a photographic account of the re-creation of The Destruction of War and Rebuilding the World through Education, a mural originally painted by Fred Ross in 1948 at Fredericton High School.  The murals were subsequently destroyed and lost over time, though the original cartoons were held in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.  The new work can now be seen in the Richard J. Currie Center at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.  Work on the re-creation began early in 2011 and was undertaken by Amy Ash, Sara Griffin and Fred Willar under the direction of Fred Ross. Saint John photographer James Wilson captured this process in an exciting series of black and white images.

There will also be a book launch of Redeemed published by Gooselane and edited by William Forrestall.  James Wilson, a long-standing friend of Fred Ross, documented the restoration from its earliest stages, bringing to the reader an immediate sense of the process through his revealing photographic essay.
Featured in this book are five essays exploring different aspects of one of the most unique art restoration projects in Canadian art history. The contributors include artist and writer Virgil Hammock, Art Critic and Professor Emeritus at Mount Allison University; Charles Hill, Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada; John Leroux, Architect and Art Historian; Tom Smart, Curator and Writer; and William Forrestall. As well, Fred Ross offers his first-hand recollections in an interview covering the development of the project from its inception in 1946 to its re-animation and final unveiling in 2011.

Jean Rooney HeyDay
& Paul Mathieson Notes from a Visual Song and Dance Man
September 16 to October 11, 2013

In her most recent exhibition, HEYDAY, multi-media artist and printmaker Jean Rooney assumes a playful attitude as she explores the possibilities of photography, digital painting and inkjet giclée printing on aluminum. In production since 2012, this series of landscapes exhibit Rooney’s signature palette of dazzling supersaturated colour. Evocative pastoral backgrounds are manipulated, marked, overlaid and obscured by layers of colour to create an increasingly abstracted landscape.  No longer natural, these landscapes are transformed into psychedelic snaps of an alternative reality.

Jean Rooney was born in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a degree in printmaking from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin and a Masters Degree in Multimedia Systems from Trinity College, Dublin University. She is a recipient of the Dakota Printmaking Award, Arts Council of Ireland Award, and Arts Council of Northern Ireland sponsorship grant. Her work has also won the Rondomondo Multimedia Award. Most recently, her work was included in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s exhibit, Hot Pop Soup:  Neo-Pop Trends in Contemporary New Brunswick Art. She is represented by Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts in Fredericton. She currently lives in French Lake, NB.

Paul Mathieson’s Notes from a Visual Song and Dance Man is an exhibition of acrylic on canvas paintings inspired by contemporary culture that portray the human condition with wit and precision. Although primarily depictions of the city of Saint John, they have a distinctly cosmopolitan character presenting the artist’s take on the urban landscape. Whether interior or exterior, they act as theatrical sets for scenes filled with the frenetic life of the highly stylized and urbane city dweller. Sophisticated and complex, the canvases are filled with symbolic references and strange juxtapositions that carry multiple layers of meaning. In Notes from a Visual Song and Dance Man, Paul Mathieson creates a richly textured and fully flavoured viewing experience.  The paintings included in this exhibition represent works executed between 2002-2013.

Paul Mathieson was born in England where he received both his BFA and his MFA in Art Education. Paul moved to Saint John New Brunswick in 1975 and maintained dual careers as an artist and art educator. He has exhibited widely throughout the Maritime region and was part of the Artists in A Floating World, the Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2000 and again in 2004. His work can be found in the collections of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the University of New Brunswick, and the New Brunswick Art Bank as well as in private and corporate collections throughout the world. He has devoted himself to his painting since his retirement in 2006.  He is represented by the Peter Buckland Gallery in Saint John.

The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design 
Diploma Graduate Exhibition 
June 3 to June 19, 2013

The exhibition reception will be held on Saturday June 15 at 3 p.m.  

The Diploma Graduate Exhibition is a multi-media exhibition containing the work of approximately sixty NBCCD graduates in Ceramics, Fashion Design, Photography, Integrated Media, Jewellery / Metal Arts, Graphic Design, Textile Design and Aboriginal Visual Arts.

This exhibition provides NBCCD graduates with the opportunity to celebrate their experience at the College and to showcase their accomplishments.

The Diploma Graduate Exhibition 2013 is a collaboration between the UNB Art Centre and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. 

April 12 - May 24, 2013

The UNB Art Centre in Fredericton is pleased to host the exhibition Nature of ART of Nature, a collaborative project with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), the New Brunswick Museum, the UNB Art Centre and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which officially opens on Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. 

Curated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s newly installed director, Terry Graff, Nature of ART of Nature was organized to celebrate the Nature Trust’s 25th anniversary of conserving special natural places in the province and educating the people of NB about their natural heritage. 

Nature of ART of Nature is an exhibition of artworks created by NBCCD students who explored, as many artists have before them, the age-old relationship between art and the natural world. Students took part in group excursions to one or more of the thirty-five provincial Nature Trust preserves. They were asked to consider the specificity of place, to observe, to contemplate and to assimilate aspects of their experiences into their creations. 

The result is a multi-disciplinary exhibition of twenty-four works: black and white and colour photography, ceramics, jewelry/metal arts, fibre arts, painting and sculpture, in a variety of contemporary and fresh perspectives. 

The Nature of ART of Nature exhibition is on display from April 12 to May 24. 

The official opening on Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. is open to the public and all are welcome. 

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, and Fredericton Campus.

February 15- April 5

Works of renowned Canadian Photographer, on exhibition in Fredericton for the first time at the UNB Art Centre, included in Doc Talks Film Festival

The UNB Art Centre is pleased to present Edward Burtynsky: Material Matters, an exhibition of chromogenic colour prints on loan from the Confederation Art Gallery, in Charlottetown. This is the first time that Burtynsky’s work will be on exhibition in New Brunswick’s capital city.  

The opening reception of the exhibition is on Friday, February 15th, at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

In 2011 Burtynsky, internationally known for his large-format industrial landscapes, donated the works to Prince Edward Island’s foremost gallery.   

The images, including farmland in Spain, stone quarries in Vermont and an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, all represent his long career as a photographer of the transfigured landscape.

Burtynsky says of this particular body of work, “in 1997, I had what I refer to as my oil epiphany. It occurred to me that the vast, human-altered landscapes that I pursued and photographed for over twenty years were only made possible by the discovery of oil and the mechanical advantage of the internal combustion engine….It was then that I began the oil project. These images can be seen as notations by one artist contemplating the world as it is made possible through this vital energy resource and the cumulative effects of industrial evolution.”

Burtynsky’s work is included in over fifty major international museum collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.  

Born in 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Burtynsky is a graduate of Ryerson University and studied Graphic Art at Niagara College in Welland.

Edward Burtynsky: Material Matters is accompanied by Manufactured Landscape, a 2006 documentary by Jennifer Baichwal, a Toronto filmmaker and DOC Ontario member, will be shown daily in the West Gallery.     

Manufactured Landscapes filmed in Super-16 mm, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006. A year later it won the Genie Award for best documentary, the TIFF Award for best film and was nominated for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Manufactured Landscapes examines the world and work of Edward Burtynsky and follows the photographer to China as he documents the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution: the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, which displaced over a million people, massive factories and the overwhelming scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal.

Also on February 15, at 5:30 p.m., as part of the Doc Talks Film Festival, Dr. James MacLellan, Senior Research Associate – Climate Change, UNB Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, presents “Art, Science and Climate Change”, in which he explores the toll human beings are having on our planet. Along with Manufactured Landscapes, this presentation will open your eyes, mind and heart to the power, for better or for worse, of human engineering and industrialization.         

Edward Burtynsky: Material Matters and Manufactured Landscapes will be on exhibition until April 5. 

Stimulare: The Whispering Game
January 11 - February 8, 2013

The UNB Art Centre is proud to present the showing of the group exhibit, ‘Stimulare’: The Whispering Game.’ Based on the childhood game, with a story passed from person to person, the pieces originated with an image by Freeman Patterson, which was ‘passed on’ in two ‘streams’ of eight consecutive artists each.

A unique collaboration, this exceptional show features works by: Jim Boyd, Darren Byers, Brigitte Clavette, George Fry, Toby Graser, Fred Harrison, Suzanne Hill, Kathy Hooper, Sue Hooper, Greg Klassen, Elma McKay, Alison Murphy, Pip Murphy, Freeman Patterson, Deborah Payne, Beth Powning, Peter Powning, Karen Shackleton, Peter Thomas.

The opening reception will be held at the UNB Art Centre, Memorial Hall on Friday, January 11, 5:00pm. The exhibition will run until February 8. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Beth Powning

Alison Murphy

Peter Powning

Peter Thomas

Suzanne Hill

Toby Graser

George Fry

Darren Byers

The Thread that Binds
January 11 - February 8, 2013

The Fibre Arts Network of New Brunswick is announcing an exhibition of fibre works to open this month at the UNB Art Centre. Entitled The Thread that Binds, the show will celebrate and announce a major retrospective of one of New Brunswick's premier weavers. The Fabric of her Life, an exhibition of the work of Charlotte Glencross will be launched at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in February.

The Thread that Binds, is an exhibition connecting fibre artists through fibres that were owned by Charlotte Glencross, fibres that she left to members of the Fibre Arts Network. The works in the exhibition have all been created by members of FAN. The artists worked with Charlotte’s threads, creating entirely new pieces with the yarn, either by incorporating it into their projects, or by adding a piece of Glencross yarn to a finished work.

The Thread That Binds will be the first exhibition in a series of shows to take place in Fredericton this year. The main exhibition, entitled Charlotte Glencross: The Fabric Of Her Life, will run from February 21st until May 26th at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. It will pay tribute to the art and life of Charlotte Glencross who was a brilliant textile artist, teacher, and tireless advocate for the arts and crafts community in New Brunswick as well as a strong member of the Fibre Arts Network (formerly know as Fredericton Designer Weavers).

The Thread That Binds, a dynamic exhibiton of work in fibre will feature handwoven tapestries, Jacquard woven hangings, handmade quilts, sculptural baskets, felted sculptural pieces, blankets, knitted vessels, thread paintings, handmade books, scarves, and more by fibre artists including Jackie Bourque, Janet Cameron, Jasmine Cull, Karen LeBlanc, Kathy Tidswell, Kent Jensen, Kim Bent, Lorna Winsor, Margaret Ann Capper, Nancy Colpitts, Patty Chassé, Paula Keppie, Rachel MacGillivary, Sabine Wieczorek, Sandra Betts, Sarah McIntyre, Sarah MacLeod, Sharon Riley, Trish Hirschcorn, Vicki Gustafson, Vita Plume, and Whitefeather Hunter.

The Thread That Binds will open on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the UNB Art Centre.
The exhibition will run until February 8. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Karen LeBlanc Green Lawn Chair

Kathy Tidswell

 Karen LeBlanc Clothesline

December 3 - 14, 2012

Mediations is comprised of work by 30 students from the MAAC 2001: Media Arts and Cultures course. This course serves as an introduction to Media Arts as practiced today, within the context of the development of art and technology over the last century. In particular, students examine the changing definition of art and the artist, notions of originality and creativity, as well art’s shifting relationship to its audience and to society, all with a specific focus on art made with—and made in response to—the electronic and digital media at the core of the Media Arts & Cultures program.

The students' work explores the artist's relationship with today’s electronic and digital media. Many connect present day digital and public art with artistic movements of the past such as Dadaism, Surrealism, experimental cinema, and video art. By drawing inspiration from earlier movements and incorporating the technology and media of today, this work highlights the connection between the past and present. 
Mediations: UNB Media Arts & Cultures Second Year Student Show is broad in both medium and subject matter.  There are photography, video, and painting-based projects that explore the effects of technology on society, body image, and the concept of the everyday object in the 21st century, to name a few.
Media Arts & Cultures at UNB is an Arts major offered by the Department of Culture and Language Studies that combines critical thinking about media and culture with creative work in a variety of digital forms.
Mediations: UNB Media Arts & Cultures Second Year Student Show is on exhibition from December 3rd to 14th, 2012 at the UNB Art Centre.

All are welcome at the event's opening on Monday, December 3rd at 4:00 PM. 

Paul Griffin: What I Found in the Flames 
October 31 - November 29, 2012

The artist's main studio and art storage, located in the Enterprise Foundry in Sackville, New Brunswick, was burned to the ground in January 2012. Much of the work that he was preparing for an exhibition for the UNB Art Centre was destroyed at that time. Afterwards, he began to investigate the 'burn pile' that was left behind and found some intriguing objects that he decided to incorporate into a revisedexhibition.

Griffin says, "I have chosen to use the destruction on my studio and storage as a catalyst for a new direction. This exhibition will embrace the creative potential inabject destruction. One can make art out of anything even personal loss and sadness."

Colour photographs of his Woodpile Series (initiated in 2000) are exhibited in the UNB Art Centre's East Gallery along with various objects altered by fire including the Foundry's beams, which, according to Griffin, "had [been] sculpted back to their natural form. They had shed their rigid dimensional forms and returned to the subtle undulations of their previous lives as trees."      

In the West Gallery the installation Castle Keep is comprised of beige steel storage lockers, accompanied by an assortment of everyday objects such as firewood, toys and matches  - all of which sets up a tension between the military regimentation of the lockers and a freedom of expression.
Paul Griffin graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario with a Master of Arts degree in 1994, following a BFA from Mount Allison University. Currently he is an assistanttechnician of sculpture at Mount Allison. He has also been a lecturer in photography at the University of Guelph. Since 1991 his work has been exhibited in a number of  group and solo exhibitions across Canada. He is the recipient of numerous awards including two New Brunswick Creation Grants and his work is held in the collection of the New Brunswick Art Bank. He has sit on a variety of panels and committee such as the Canada Council Jury of Emerging Artists and the acquisitions committee for Owens Art Gallery.                    

Paul Griffin: What I Found in the Flames is on exhibition until November 29, 2012.

An artist talk will be held on Wednesday, November 21, at 7 p.m.

A Winter’s Wood, 2001
archival pigment print
81.9 cm x 81.9 cm

Locked Maple, 2004
steel, cordwood, timbers
archival pigment print
81.9 cm x 81.9 cm

Three Cord Bon-Bon, 2003
cordwood, christmas tree light, snow
archival pigment print
81.9 cm x 81.9 cm

Dark Cart, 2012
foundry cart, burnt fir beams

Brian Atkinson & Michelle Davis: My Backyard
May 4 - June 8, 2012