UVic art collections celebrate 50th

With about 27,000 art pieces gathered over more than 50 years, the University of Victoria is putting some prime selections on display

With about 27,000 art pieces gathered over more than 50 years, the University of Victoria is putting some prime selections on display for its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections, on until Nov. 24 at UVic’s downtown Legacy Art Gallery, was guest curated by former gallery director Martin Segger.

“One of the biggest challenges in representing 50 years of collecting was paring down the list to fit in the gallery,” says Caroline Riedel, curator of collections.

“What began as a small group of works by Canadian and European artists has blossomed into a rich and varied teaching and research resource, thanks mainly to the generosity of individual donors.”

A related exhibit, The University of Victoria: A Community of Communities, features a selection of photographs of life at UVic taken from Ian MacPherson’s new book Reaching Outward and Upward: The University of Victoria 1963-2013.

The photos are on display at the Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery on the lower level of UVic’s McPherson library until Oct. 15.

The Collections at 50: Building the University of Victoria Art Collections is at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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