The Permanent Collection
Under the custodial care of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, the University also has a Permanent Collection of fine art, craftwork, and cultural artifacts including a large inventory of prints from the Lithography Workshop. The Anna Leonowens Gallery also houses and is the guardian to four significant archives: a large, extensive and ongoing Exhibition archive from 1968 to the present day; the Mezzanine archives; the Lithography Workshop archives and the NSCAD NOW bulletins from 1969.
The Lithography Workshop was a contemporary printmaking venture for visiting artists from 1969 through to 1980. This specialized collection, a sub-set of the Permanent Collection, consists of 121 editions by visiting artists to the College from 1969-1980. All of the hand-pulled editions were executed in average runs of 50 print impressions each and placed for sale on the market as per terms established with the artists. The Lithography Workshop, a significant program most active during the 1970s, invited famous contemporary visual artists such as Dan Graham, John Baldessari, Michael Snow, Joyce Weiland, Guido Molinari, Vito Acconci, Sol LeWitt, Emmett Williams, David Askevold, Claus Oldenburg, Carol Conde, and Eric Fischl among others.
A very significant part of the archive holdings are the exhibition files of the Mezzanine, which operated out of the Anna Leonowens Gallery from 1970 – 1973 by director Charlotte Townsend-Gault. This remarkable program produced ground-breaking contemporary art projects and exhibitions by famous contemporary visual artists such as Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Dan Graham, On Kawara, N.E. Thing Company, Ger van Elk, Lawrence Weiner, Martha Wilson, and many more. The materials in these files demonstrate a very active period in the exhibition history at NSCAD.