Exhibition to showcase the province’s rich visual culture

Halifax, April 12, 2016—Following a call to submissions and juried process, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has revealed the list of artists selected for its upcoming Terroir: a Nova Scotia Survey exhibition, opening on June 25, 2016.

From the Latin “terre,” meaning land, terroir is defined as the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology, and climate of a certain place express in certain agricultural products, most notably wine. Loosely translated, terroir is a “sense of place,” and the exhibition seeks to ambitiously unearth and celebrate the unique flavor of Nova Scotian’s very own terroir.

The one-of-a-kind art competition engaged artists across the province by inviting the submission of works in a diversity of artistic mediums, with no demographic or age restrictions. The process will culminate in showcasing contemporary works by the 29 selected artists—acclaimed and emerging—and provide the public with an opportunity to engage with Nova Scotia’s rich visual culture.

The selection panel consisted of David Diviney, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bruce Johnson, Independent Curator, and Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The list of 29 selected artists:

Wayne Boucher
Mark Bovey
Carly Butler
Matthew Collins
Melanie Colosimo
Frances Dorsey
Denise Dumas
Margarita Fainshtein
Steve Farmer
Lorraine Field
Angela Glanzmann
Ursula Johnson
Laura Kenney
Janice Leonard
Anne Macmillan
John Macnab
Dawn MacNutt
Sarah Maloney
John Mathews
Ben Mosher
Jaye Ouellette
Susan Paterson
Amanda Rhodenizer
Steven Rhude
Kent Senecal
David Stephens
Susan Tooke
Christopher Webb
Charley Young

Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey is the first of its kind in the province,” said Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “Nearly one hundred submissions were received during this exciting process. While the panel had a difficult task, we’re thrilled to work with the artists whose works evoke a flavor of our cultural heritage.”

As the Gallery’s main attraction for the 2016/17 season, Terroir will occupy more than three floors of space, with an opening event and a special publication that will become available in the fall. Now in the second phase of this transformative project, the exhibition will include works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, video, drawings and mixed media, and will remain on view until January 15, 2017. Additional special events, including education programming, plus artist and curator talks, will be revealed throughout the spring.

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About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada’s largest arts museum. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, it houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of innovative exhibitions and programming.

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