Director & Curator

Emily Falvey

Emily is a curator, art critic, editor, and art historian with a wide range of experience. She began her career over twenty years ago in Sackville, working first as a desker at the Owens Art Gallery, and then as Open Studio Coordinator at Struts Gallery.

A graduate of Mount Allison, she is also a PhD candidate in Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

She was formerly the Managing Editor of RACAR (2017-2018) and the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2004-2008).

Registrar & Preparator

Roxie Ibbitson

Roxamy (Roxie) Ibbitson, with over 300 exhibitions under his belt, has spent the last 25 years just hanging around the Owens Art Gallery. As well as being the Registrar/Preparator at the Owens, Roxie has also spent the last 10 years serving on the executive of the Atlantic Provinces Art Gallery Association (APAGA) as Treasurer.

In 1987 he took a leave of absence from the Owens and spent a year in an internship program at the Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As part of the program he later spent three months in the design department at the Tyrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Alberta.

Recently Roxie has been very involved with integration of new technology at the Owens.

Curator of Education & Community Outreach

Lucy MacDonald

When Lucy joined the Owens in 2005 as Curator of Education and Community Outreach, it was actually a return and marked five years since she had completed the gallery's year-long internship program.

She grew up in Igloolik, Nunavut, where in grade six, she and her dance club friends choreographed a piece to Chris de Burgh's Lady in Red for the school Christmas concert.

Lucy has a Master of Design from the Edinburgh College of Art and an MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Curator of Digital Engagement

Rachel Thornton

Rachel Thornton joined the Owens as Curator of Digital Engagement in 2018.

Originally from Carp, Ontario, Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 2015. She previously worked at the Owens in various positions as a student assistant and completed the Owen's yearlong internship program.

If not at the Owens, she can be found riding her beloved black Canadian horse, J.C., in a field somewhere across the marsh.

Fine Art Conservator

Jane Tisdale

As a fine art student at Mount Allison University, Jane had a part-time job at the Owens Art Gallery. Little did she know. After graduating from Mount Allison with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art, and apprenticing in the Owens Conservation Lab, she went to Queen's University and attained a Master's of Art Conservation degree.

She completed internships at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, where she assisted with the interior restoration of an elaborately decorated 19th century church.

In 1993 she returned to Sackville to work as Fine Art Conservator at the Gallery, and to buy an old farmhouse, build a chicken coop and plant a garden.

Student Assistants

Mount Allison students work at our front desk, assist with Family programming and undertake special placements in the Fine Art Conservation Lab. The team of students who work at the front desk, welcoming visitors and answering phone calls refer to themselves as "deskers".

The 2019/20 team includes (left to right) Grace Wilson, Minnow Holtz-Carriere, Madeliene Hansen, Breana Darlison, Mara Ireta Gordon and not pictured: Elijah Marr, Claire Hunter, Maureeen Levangie and Lucy Forrester-Wendt.