Leonard Brooks, Zwicker's Art Store, Granville Street, 1938, Watercolour and graphite on paper, 19.2 x 22.6 cm. Gift of the Estate of LeRoy J. Zwicker, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1987, 1987.108.
Donald Cameron Mackay, <em>Little Stationery</em>, c 1920s, Etching on paper, 9.4 x 11.2 cm. Gift of Margot Mackay, Toronto, Ontario, 1980, 1980.71.William Eagar, <em>Tandem Club Assembling in Front of Dalhousie College, Halifax, N.S.</em>, c 1842, Lithograph on wove paper, 25.6 x 36.7 cm. Gift of John and Norma Oyler, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998, 1988.410Donald Cameron Mackay, <em>Saint Mary's, Halifax</em>, c 1920s, Etching on paper, 12.2 x 7.9 cm. Gift of Margot Mackay, Toronto, Ontario, 1980, 1980.75.Moses Harris; Thomas Jefferys,<em> A New Map of Nova Scotia with its Boundaries, according to Mr. D'Anvile</em>, 1750, Engraving on laid paper, 32.6 x 42.0 cm (plate); 47.3 x 57.4 cm (support). Gift of John and Norma Oyler, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998, 1998.593.

In the Artists' Footsteps

Saturday, 26 March 2016 to Sunday, 16 October 2016

March 26 to October 16, 2016
Curator: Mora Dianne O'Neill

Discover Halifax’s art history through this unique exhibition and self-guided walking tour

Artists have left their footprints in every corner of Nova Scotia, and perhaps nowhere more than in Halifax itself.

Initially they wanted to present this New World settlement to the Old, but before the end of the eighteenth century, artists were satisfying local demand for portraits and landscapes. Along the way they have been responsible for several important milestones in Canadian art history. Richard Bulkeley, who built the first stone house in Halifax in 1759, also established the first art club in Canada. In 1830 and 1831, the first two art exhibitions in Canada graced the walls of old Dalhousie College on the Grand Parade. Joseph Brown Comingo, Canada's first native-born professional artist, lived and worked in Halifax. Botanical lithographs published here by Maria Morris in 1840 predate those of Agnes Fitzgibbon in Ontario by more than a quarter century. The Victoria School of Art and Design (today, NSCAD University) opened the first of its many doors in 1887, and in 1895 became the first co-ed public art school serving in Canada, and the second in North America, to appoint a woman principal, Katharine Norcross Evans.

Works in the exhibition will celebrate these, and other, artistic footsteps through history.