En Route Artist Talk: Jennifer Angus in Yarmouth, NS on May 6

Jennifer Angus artist talk in Yarmouth

 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2pm

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is excited to present an artist talk by visiting artist Jennifer Angus, in collaboration with ARTsPLACE. Taking place Saturday, May 6 at 2pm at the Western Branch of the AGNS, 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS, this free artist talk is offered as part of Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s En Route Artist Talk Series.

Jennifer Angus, Installation shot, 2017. Image courtesy of artist.

Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Jennifer has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. The Ontario Association of Art Galleries selected her exhibition A Terrible Beauty at the Textile Museum of Canada as “Exhibition of the Year” in 2006. In 2013, Albert Whitman and Company, Chicago, published her first novel, In Search of Goliathus Hercules. Angus is in Nova Scotia as the Artist in Residence at ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal.

Angus’ current project, Lookabout, is an exhibition that chronicles the mysterious disappearance of two young women, Anne and Victoria Oliver who were well known residents of Annapolis Royal. The Oliver girls explored the town and countryside accumulating an impressive collection of local flora and insects. In 1867, the girls went missing.

In the Victorian era, both adults and children were introduced to the natural world through a large number of educational publications in which insects were anthropomorphized so as to have greater appeal to the general reading public. On the day of their disappearance, the girls armed with butterfly nets were said to have told their mother they were going to catch fairies and were never seen again. ARTsPLACE will host Angus’ authentic recreation of the Oliver girls’ collection in its main gallery May 7 to June 11.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is partnering with art galleries across the province to facilitate an exchange of national and international artists. The En Route Artist Talk Series aims to enhance existing programming and broaden contemporary art conversations.


For more information about this artist talk, the En Route Artist Talk Series, or Visual Arts Nova Scotia, please contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
902-423-4694 | 1-866-225-8267
vans@visualarts.ns.ca | www.visualarts.ns.ca