Alex Colville's alma mater to unveil collection of artist's silkscreen prints
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson (R) presents Alex Colville with the Laureates of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Monday, March 17, 2003. (Dave Chan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
SACKVILLE, N.B. -- New Brunswick's Mount Allison University says it will unveil a major donation of artwork next month by Alex Colville, the iconic Canadian artist who died in July.
Colville studied fine arts at the university in Sackville where he later created some of his most significant works, including "Nude and Dummy" and "Horse and Train."
The 35 silkscreen prints were donated to the school's Owens Art Gallery in the spring by Colville himself in memory of his wife, Rhoda, who died in December 2012.
Mount Allison says they are the only silkscreen prints produced by the artist, making the gallery one of the only institutions to have a complete set of Colville prints in its collection.
The first print, "After Swimming," was made in 1955 while the last, "Willow," was made in 2002.
Friends and members of the Colville family are expected to attend an unveiling of the artwork at a reception planned for Nov. 2 at Mount Allison.