Sunday, September 28, 2014

Musgrave Selected for Large Mural at the Hans W. Klohn Commons on the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick

New Brunswick artist Deanna Musgrave has been selected to create a large mural for the Hans W. Klohn Commons on the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick. Ms. Musgrave’s concept was chosen from among five reviewed by UNB’s Art for New Spaces Committee. See more at:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Off the Grid: Abstract Art in New Brunswick

This past January 18th, 2014, my beloved stepson, Isaac Miller, passed away. He was only 14 and we were extremely close: ________________ Isaac was an avid skateboarder and we had many long conversations revolving around the aesthetics of skateboard culture, graffiti and photography. The iconic curve composition in the painting references the shape of a half pipe or skatebowl. The graffiti tags included throughout the piece are copied from one of Isaac’s sketchbooks. I always start my paintings with a process I call "watermarking." I allow objects to sit in water and pigment to create the underpainting of the work. Typically I use collected objects of significance to me including crystals, old toys, animal figurines and nails. In this case, I also included Isaac’s skate wheels, parts of his skateboards and dried flowers from his funeral. I would like to take this time to thank Terry Graff and all others who contributed to this great exhibit and catalogue. In general, I would like to thank all the staff at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for their hard work. I would also like to acknowledge the generous support of artsnb who funded my work.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

BUCK + TUCK Art Event

Musgrave’s work, "Beacon," "Propeller," and "My Little" will be on display December 1st for BUCK+TUCK a collaboration between Peter Buckland Gallery and TUCK STUDIO.

"Keep Calm and Collect Art" at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Musgrave has two works on display for the Beaverbrook Fundraiser "Keep Calm and Collect Art." Darkest Before, Acrylic on Canvas, 30" by 30", 2012
"Frills", Acrylic on Canvas, 12 by 12", 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Article by Elizabeth Creelman "Beaverbrook, New Brunswick evolves"

"Some of the works are immediately and strikingly beautiful, like Deanna Musgrave’s painting that is named for Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), the musical masterpiece, which supplied its inspiration." Read full article at: ~ Elizabeth Creelman

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Musgrave's work shows as part of "Contemporary New Brunswick Art: An Evolving Collection" at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, October 25, 2012 - February 10, 2013

"Contemporary New Brunswick Art: An Evolving Collection features a diverse range of work reflective of the creative accomplishments of several of New Brunswick’s senior, mid-career, and emerging artists, and is inclusive of Acadian and First Nations communities and the vast geography of the province. Many of the works on view have entered the permanent collection through donation, as gifts to the Gallery, while others have been purchased. Featured artists include Herzl Kashetsky, Shirley Bear, Catherine Hale, Janice Wright Cheney, Suzanne Hill, Deanna Musgrave, Romeo Savoie, Luc Charette, Greg Charlton, Philip Iverson, Fred Ross, and Bruno Bobak."

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lighthouse: New Work by Deanna Musgrave, Opens at Ingrid Mueller Art and Concepts August 30th, 2012

Photos by Isaac Miller
Photo by Chris Giles
Lighthouse: This series seeks to integrate painterly styles with the massive sea of visual material available to our globalized society on glowing computer screens through the internet. The picture plane is a cacophony of visual references and churning optical wave patterns offering little stability for the viewer with the exception of a single subject, usually a landscape, which appears to be the light source. This subject acts as a beacon, notifying the viewer of the focal point and thus grounding them within the chaotic composition. The work dances between Romantic 19th century clouds to garish neon pink graphic patterns, optical illusions to abstract expressionistic marks; creating a buffet for the eye to consume without offering a moral resolution.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"How art can help heal" Article in the Moncton Times and Transcript

A big thank you to Margaret Patricia Eaton for this article which appeared in Friday 10th, 2012 Moncton Times and Transcript.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

‎"Acting Out - Building Knowledge and Facilitating Action against Violence in the Lives of Youth in New Brunswick" was featured on Global News

Musgrave speaks about the exhibit "Acting Out - Building Knowledge and Facilitating Action against Violence in the Lives of Youth in New Brunswick" on Global News Sept. 12th 2011. Just click on this is 6:07min in.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Acting Out - Building Knowledge and Facilitating Action against Violence in the Lives of Youth in New Brunswick" Art Opening

Deanna Musgrave acted as facilitator for the project "Acting Out: Building Knowledge and Facilitating Action Against Violence in the Lives of Youth in New Brunswick." This project is a violence prevention project for youth, organized by Dr. Linda Eyre of the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, and Ms. Rina Arseneault the Associate Director at Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research in Fredericton. Funding was provided by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation.

This series of paintings was created in partnership with the Multicultural Society of Fredericton. Fifteen young women (ages 13-18) who recently immigrated into Canada volunteered to work over a period of six months with Musgrave to create a body of work expressing their views or experiences of violence. This project intended to enhance understanding, evoke empathy, raise questions, and initiate public conversations about this important social issue and, ultimately, further positive social change.

Images from the first opening:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cyber-bullying catharsis, Published Saturday August 27th, 201

Art is an action, the act of creation is a moment of transcendence. It takes the internal and makes it external.

Four works from 'Acting Out' - 'I know where you live,' left, 'Labels are for Soup Cans,' 'It Hurts' and 'Prey.'
Artist and educator Deanna Musgrave tackles violence and bullying with her latest exhibition Acting Out, a collection of work featuring 15 young women who transform violence into art, opening Thursday in Fredericton at Annex Gallery.

"Acting Out was designed to engage youth in violence prevention through arts-based activities such as drawing, collage or painting," Musgrave says. "The activities were explicitly intended to promote youth agency and social change in young people's lives."

Over the past six months Musgrave worked in partnership with Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research and the Multicultural Society of Frederiction with women aged 13 to 18 - Anupa Rai, Rebika Subba, Parbati Adhika, Vanessa Perez, Andrea Perez, Ivana Barroeta, Kate Sannah, Lois Boimah, Maya Kuikel, Laxmi Chapa, Mayte Tecu, Janet Sannah, Nari Kuikel and Sangita Kuikel - who recently immigrated into Canada.

Each artist was given a canvas with a glued-on image that referenced cyber-bullying, a nasty text message or Facebook page, and asked to respond in colour. Reds, bright greens and blues in broad brush strokes suggested bold expression. Muted black and greys silenced.

"Cyber-bullying is the darker side of our easy access we now have to technology," Musgrave says. "It requires little effort on the part of the bully making it much easier for them to be tempted to harass a victim. The Internet carries with it a false idea of permanence and truth.

"One of the most significant moments ... was when one participant told me 'I feel all the ugly emotions leaving me and going out onto the canvas.

"This is a form of catharsis - an emotional cleansing. It can help heal a victim from an experience of violence because if we do not cleanse such emotions we can carry it with us."

Principal researchers Linda Eyre, professor at the University of New Brunswick, and Rina Arseneault, associate director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, teamed up to engage youth in arts-based approaches to teaching and learning with graduate students Musgrave and filmmaker Mathew Rogers.

"The project builds on a previous research study exploring violence in the lives of young women in New Brunswick through interviews," Eyre says. "The everydayness of violence provoked us to find ways of engaging youth in conversation about violence in the lives of youth and with policy makers."

Musgrave has been fascinated with art as medicine, therapy and social constructivism ever since teamed up with Dalhousie Medical Humanities program to build a bridge for medicine and art, exploring how experiencing art helped students become better doctors in 2004. She went on to collaborate with professor Jeffery Burns with the University Art History Association of Canada in 2005 to explore the concept of art as medicine, Expression, Embodiment and Exploration: Contemporary Artists' New Forms of Medicine. Her graduate studies combine her love of education and art.

"Art can transform, create empathy, awareness and catharsis for facilitators, viewers and artists, which are all important components in the healing of both the victim and the bully, as well as, the prevention of violence," she says. "This project was aimed at creating social change for these women by creating a framework for self-actualization, catharsis and empathy to be expressed and experienced through art." s

Shannon Webb-Campbell is an award-winning writer, photographer and journalist. Her work can be found throughout Canada. She hangs her hat in Halifax and can be reached at


'Acting Out - Building Knowledge and Facilitating Action against Violence in the Lives of Youth in New Brunswick' opens Thursday at the Annex Gallery in The Playhouse, 686 Queen St., Fredericton. There is an opening reception on Sept. 9 from 5-6:45 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 17.

MCAF Girl's Group, "WORDS," 42 by 56", Acrylic on Canvas.

MCAF Girl's Group, "CYBER-BULLY," 72" by 72", Acrylic on Canvas.