Beaverbrook Art Gallery Honours Artist Claude Roussel

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Beaverbrook Art Gallery Honours Artist Claude Roussel

Beaverbrook Art Gallery celebrates the life and art of visual artist Claude Roussel with a Tribute Gala event in Moncton this fall.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - On Saturday, November 8, 2014, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s annual gala event will honour Acadian artist Claude Roussel.  One of New Brunswick’s leading cultural figures, Claude Roussel’s extraordinary pioneering work as an artist, educator, and activist brought a modern consciousness to Acadian art, and has had a profound influence on the growth and development of the province’s cultural landscape.

The Claude Roussel Tribute Gala is the eighth in a series of gala events celebrating New Brunswick’s most accomplished and treasured visual artists. Past honourees are Bruno Bobak, Roméo Savoie, Tom Forrestall, Fred Ross, Molly Lamb Bobak, Marie Hélène Allain, and  Freeman Patterson.

Roussel’s connection to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery goes back to its earliest days: In 1959, Roussel was appointed by Lord Beaverbrook to the position of assistant curator at the Gallery, as a link between the Acadian and English communities. He also has a strong connection to the Université de Moncton’s fine arts programs, having been involved with the creation of the Visual Arts Department, where he was a Director for many years, and a professor for 29 years. He also founded the university’s art gallery, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Beaverbrook Art Gallery director Terry Graff comments on Roussel’s work and legacy: “Roussel has covered a multitude of ideas and themes in his art over the course of his seventy-year career, many of which have spoken directly to the various socio-political issues affecting New Brunswick Acadians. A prolific artist, he has won numerous awards and distinctions for his work, has participated in numerous exhibitions, and has created over thirty monumental public sculptures, which can be seen in various locations throughout the province. By his outstanding example, he has encouraged subsequent generations of Acadian artists to stretch the boundaries of creative expression.”

Highlights of the evening will include a champagne reception, a gala dinner, and a silent art auction. The gala will be hosted at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel in downtown Moncton. The event is a fundraiser for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Works by Claude Roussel are on display in two different exhibitions this year. Currently, Roussel is included in the exhibition Off the Grid: Abstract Painting in New Brunswick, which examines contemporary and historical abstract art in the province, and runs until September 14, 2014. Works by Roussel will also be included in this fall’s Imagined Dialogues, an exhibition showcasing the vitality of the visual arts in New Brunswick’s Acadian community across generational lines through the work of fourteen artists. Imagined Dialogues will be on display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery from October 2, 2014 through January 11, 2015, following its initial presentation in Edmundston.

Event information and ordering tickets:

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Gala dinner:
6:00 PM
7:00 PM

Followed by art auction and entertainment
Delta Beauséjour Hotel, Moncton

Ticket price: Single tickets are $175 or $1750 for a table of 10.
A charitable receipt will be provided for a portion of the ticket purchase price.

 Tickets for the Gala event can be purchased from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery:

  • Online, at
  • In person, by visiting the Gallery during opening hours
  • By phone, by contacting the Front Desk at (506) 458-2028.

For additional information about purchasing tickets, please visit the Gala page on our website or contact the Front Desk.

Media information:  
Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Visitor Services Coordinator
Phone: (506) 458-2039

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.


Edited 7 August 2014: Date; Correction of missing word "initial."

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