You Are Here is a project of the Owens Art Gallery and Colville House. It was made possible through the support of Mount Allison University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Canadian Heritage (Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations), the Town of Sackville, and the generous philanthropic support of Mount Allison University alumni Heather and Ian Bourne.
Invaluable research support for this project was provided by Paul Bogaard, Genie and Bruce Coates, Tom Forrestall, Fredette Frame, Austin Ibbitson, Colin MacKinnon, Al Smith, Bill Snowdon, Donna Sullivan and David Mawhinney, University Archivist, Mount Allison University.
We sincerely thank Graham Colville, Charles Colville, Ann Kitz, and Claire Colville.
You Are Here Creative Team
Emily Falvey, Director/Curator
Lucy MacDonald, Curator of Education and Community Outreach
Rachel Thornton, Curator of Digital Engagement
Jane Tisdale, Fine Arts Conservator
French Translation: Colette Tougas
A Special Thank You
The bulk of the work for You Are Here occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, which, for the Owens, lasted from 16 March to the beginning of June 2020. The pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to art museums and galleries around the world. During these difficult times, the Owens is fortunate to have a strong foundation of institutional and community support. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean-Paul Boudreau, President of Mount Allison University, and the members of the Mount Allison Board of Regents for continuing to value the contributions the Owens makes to both university life and the communities of Southeastern New Brunswick. At this time, we are particularly grateful to Jeff Ollerhead, outgoing Provost and VP Academic & Research, and Gemey Kelly, Gallery Director Emerita, for their unparalleled support and sage advice. Erik Edson, Department Head, Fine Arts, and Andrew Nurse, outgoing Interim Dean of Arts, also provided invaluable support and assistance during the lockdown and the months that followed. We would also like to thank the members of the Department of Fine Arts, with whom we continue to share a close partnership. Gloria Jollymore, VP University Advancement, continues to bring forward funding opportunities for the Fine Arts at Mount Allison and we are grateful to her for the work she has done supporting Colville House. You Are Here also benefited from the assistance of Megan Glauser, Colville House Summer Intern, whose position was created thanks to generous philanthropic support from alumni Ian and Heather Bourne and funding from the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations Program (Canadian Heritage). The team at Facilities Management also deserve thanks and recognition for keeping the Owens’ complicated HVAC system running and pests under control. With respect to the latter, Vett Lloyd, Professor (Biology), was a most valued consultant.
The Owens is forever grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, which helped insulate us against the first wave of the financial crisis through funding from the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sports Organizations. José Niaison, Program Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts, and Faith Wallace, Program Officer, Atlantic Region, Department of Canadian Heritage, offered invaluable guidance and moral support. We would also like to thank Cécile LePage, Manager, Arts Sector, New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, for steering us towards the Strategic Initiatives Fund.
The Owens Art Gallery’s success, to say nothing of programs like You Are Here, is due largely to its amazing staff, who form a tightly-knit team of professionals that work collaboratively on every aspect of the gallery’s operations. The Owens would, however, be nothing without artists. It is with infinite gratitude that we thank our artist collaborators for their patience and understanding in the face of radical changes to our exhibition schedule, and for helping us to deliver innovative and engaging programming under extremely challenging conditions. Finally, we would like to thank our community partners at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, with whom we have created Umbrella Projects, an ongoing collaborative project realized in response to the pandemic.