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A Seasonal Showcase of Dal's Artistic Talents

Posted by Marie Visca on December 9, 2015 in Graduate, News, Students, Big Data & Machine Learning

Originally posted on Dal News. 

It’s known as the little bright light on campus.

This past Thursday evening, the Dalhousie Art Gallery held an opening reception to mark the beginning of its 62nd Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Exhibition. Now in its seventh decade, the exhibition is an annual celebration of the creativity of the Dalhousie community.

The reception brought together several of these like-minded creators for light refreshments, a keynote speech from Richard Brown (professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and associate dean, research, in the Faculty of Science), and the main attraction — the art.

“The essence of the show is the opportunity each year we give to the makers, creators and doers of Dal and King’s to engage with the larger community in a way that they might not otherwise have,” said Michele Gallant, registrar/preparator, during her opening remarks. “It’s also an opportunity for the rest of us to see what our friends and colleagues get up to in their off hours.”

The annual exhibition welcomes submissions from across the Dal community each November. This year’s exhibition boasts 86 separate entries of artwork from 48 different students, staff, faculty and alumni. The pieces came from individuals with a range of different educational backgrounds, including Health Informatics, Architecture, Biology, Medicine and International Development.

“It’s interesting because there is no visual arts program here; there are arts programs and creative programs, but none specifically for visual arts,” says Wes Johnston, education and outreach coordinator for the gallery. “In a way, we’re kind of a connector for different departments who have creative projects or creative outputs.”

Artist Athar Qureshi (on the right), master's student in Health Informatics, shows his work to friend Sayog More.

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