MAED Thesis Show, MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Marie-Soleil Provençal, Bijan Ramezani


Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases the Anna Leonowens Gallery will be closing our current exhibitions as of 5pm, April 22nd. Images of the exhibitions will be posted online in the next couple of days at:

Thank you to all of you who were able to come to the gallery this past week to see the MFA & MAED Thesis shows. It was lovely to safely reconnect with you from a distance around artwork again. Stay tuned for our Summer Window Galleries exhibition schedule in the coming weeks along with the Online Graduation Exhibition showcase.


Stay safe,

Melanie & Kate



Anna Leonowens Gallery
Exhibitions: April 16 – 28, 2021
*Extended hours: we will be open to the public DAILY, April 16-28, from 11am – 5pm 

Gallery 1
MAED Thesis Show

This exhibition showcases the research, artwork, community engagement, and curatorial practices of the first graduating cohort from the new Master of Arts in Art Education program. Featuring work by Sadie Bills, Sofia Cardone, Adi Fliesher, Ankie Li, Alexia Mitchell, Pabi Ranasinghe and Ali Zargari. 

Gallery 2
Marie-Soleil Provençal
MFA Thesis Exhibition

What are we leaving behind? REMAINS is an exhibition of things that continue to exist even after being discarded. Visit the physical exhibition or virtual collection of the project to learn about the surprising life of waste such as a broken sewing machine, damaged lobster buoy, burned out light bulb, crooked bicycle wheel, used motorcycle tire, crushed teapot, and parts of a dismantled piano.

Join the Landfill Virtual Tour
Thursday, April 15, 2021 ‒ 7 pm
Led by Halifax Solid Waste Resources Educator
Via Microsoft Teams

Gallery 3
Fruit Salad
Bijan Ramezani
MFA Thesis Exhibition

Ramezani offers, “The Gimmick is some sort of ploy that draws or entices a viewer into some sort of con or schtick. A Gimmick is an apparatus for magic. A device primarily to attract attention or increase appeal, often with little intrinsic value. The Gimmick is often used to make something look greater than it apparently is. A Gimmick can become a viral phenomenon. Digital media has heightened image culture. Making pictures without paint, but with image over image over image. This relapse between time and image creates flux. The magic of the machine allows countless repetition and manipulation of images. These magical machines create manufactured hype, an industry of cool and faulty ideas of utopias. These magical machines both have the affect to create and destroy. Coming Soon.”


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