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A virtual companion to


Observations of clouds and other ephemeral phenomena in the permanent collection of the Owens Art Gallery

In Cloud Collection, Diane Borsato invites us on a cloud-watching expedition through the Owens Art Gallery collection. Taking the form of a printed field guide, the project features twenty-one works with accompanying texts that describe lightning, sun dogs, and various atmospheric effects. At once playful and critical, Cloud Collection highlights the wonder of museum collections and the infinite ways that they can be combined, recombined, and mined for new meanings.

Cloud Collection changes not only how we might look at art, but also the sky. Encouraging us to look up and attend to the world around us, it also asks us to consider the “climate” of our times. Learn more →

Cloud Collection was commissioned by the Owens Art Gallery while the museum was closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021.

Cloud Collection was designed by JP King. The full-colour, accordion-fold publication extends to become a 56” skyline. 


Free copies are available on request. Published in both English and French. Request a copy →

We would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians—from all four directions—of this land and the skies above it. Mount Allison University and the Owens Art Gallery are built upon the unceded, ancestral lands of the L’nuk (Mi'kmaq). This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which the Mi'kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1725. We express gratitude for the opportunity to love, work and play on this land.

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