Art at the McPherson Library

Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic, Blue, Black, & Orange, 1980
Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic, Blue, Black, & Orange, 1980

June – September, 1998

McPherson Library Gallery

McPherson Library received an “artistic facelift” at the hands of curator Brian Grison. This upgrade included the cataloguing, cleaning and rearranging of 150 works already in the library, as well as the integration of 400 new pieces from the Maltwood Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Artists included Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic, Maxwell Bates, C. J. Collins, Jack Shadbolt, Don Jarvis, Brian Fisher and many, many more. Through the exhibition, UVic hoped to introduce its students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public, to the extensive range of art in the collection.

The museum decide to display as many of its framed paintings and prints as possible in the university’s McPherson Library. The result, on show to anyone who walks the stalks, is a stunning example of what can be done with an art collection. Ninty five per cent of what was in stoage is now on show… In the five floors of the building, almost 700 works of art are hung.

Robert Amos, “Library Full of Surprises”, Times Colonist, August 29, 1999