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Regular Part-Time

Sara Hartland-Rowe

Regular Part-Time Faculty
Division of Fine Arts, Painting




Sara Hartland-Rowe attended NSCAD (BFA 1990) before moving to Chicago for post-graduate work (MFA, UIC Chicago, 1993). She returned to Halifax in 2000.

Her studio activity is engaged with the perceptual instance that happens between the states of blindness and knowing, specifically the flash of perception that occurs before naming begins, yet after one recognises forms within space. In this moment, discrete objects and three-dimensional space can be seen as a single totality, while the materiality and embodied nature of the world is maintained. To remain in this moment of perception is an effortful process of resisting the shortcuts of ‘everyday’ vision, but one that allows for the known world to be experienced as a brief vision of wholeness.

Hartland-Rowe has exhibited across Canada, the US, South America, and Europe. Significant solo and two-person exhibitions include Small World (Museum for Textiles, 1998), Days Are Where We Live (Museum London, 2000), The World in the Evening (Dalhousie University Art Gallery, 2002), The Prince (Durham Art Gallery, 2003), all things good and pure (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2004, Look to the Living (MSVU Art Gallery, 2012) and sweet, sweet painting, (Hermes Gallery, 2020). Travellers (2014), a permanent public art commission for Halifax Transit, was a finalist for the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Award, 2015. Hartland-Rowe has received funding from national and provincial arts councils; her work is in private and public collections.

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  • 2020
    sweet, sweet painting, Hermes Gallery, Halifax
  • 2019
    Us, large-scale wall-drawing (travelling exhibition to MSVU Gallery, Halifax, CBU Gallery, Sydney, AGNS Yarmouth)
    Klots Artist’s Residency, France
    “Deer Paintings”, catalogue essay, Alex Livingston, artist’s book
  • 2018
    “Twilight’s Knowledge” TEDX talk
    Colour: What Do You Mean By That?, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
    Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs, Skirball Centre for the Arts, New York, NY
  • 2015
    Inside, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto
  • 2014
    Travellers, Halifax Transit, Halifax, Nova Scotia