About the Collection

THE DONOVAN COLLECTION of contemporary Canadian art at the University of St Michael’s College includes approximately 400 works by 200 artists, almost all of whom are Canadian. The works are in a wide range of media and style and represent a cross-section of the art exhibited in Toronto from the early 1980s to the present time.

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The Installation

Image to follow: In Situ: Kelly Cafe, The Donovan Collection, University of St Michael’s College

The Collection is installed not in a separate gallery but throughout the College, in office and class room buildings, as well as in the Kelly library and student residences. It is a collection which students, faculty and staff are able to live and interact with in the course of their daily activities.

Many of the works in Odette Hall have a markedly spiritual quality. Some evoke specific religious themes although always in a contemporary way. In the south, west and east stairwells and along the fourth floor of Carr Hall are some fifty photo-based works. On the three floors of the Kelly Library and in its central stairwell there are more than a hundred works of a broadly eclectic nature. Many speak in a special way to students.

Fr. Dan Donovan, The Donovan Collection, University of St Michael's College
Fr. Dan Donovan, The Donovan Collection,
University of St Michael’s College

About the Collector

THE DONOVAN COLLECTION is the result of the generosity and commitment of a single individual, Fr. Dan Donovan, a long-time professor at USMC.

Fr. Donovan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto and a graduate of St. Michael’s College, completed degrees in theology and Scripture at Laval University in Quebec City and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome as well as a doctorate in theology at the University of Münster in Germany. He began teaching theology at USMC in 1971.

Exposure to some of the great art of Europe during his post-graduate studies sparked his initial interest in the visual arts. The first two works in the collection, woodcuts by the German Jewish artist Jacob Steinhardt, were purchased in Münster in 1967 and were thought of by Donovan at the time as souvenirs of his years in Europe.

In the fall of 1980 he donated to the College a large stainless steel sculpture by Kosso Eloul, entitled Zen West. Its installation in the small park at the corner of Bay and St Joseph Streets marked the beginning of Donovan’s serious commitment to Canadian art.

The focus of the collection was initially on work with a religious or more broadly spiritual content. By the mid-1990s it had grown to the point that some 50 works from it were exhibited in the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The opening of the renovated Odette Hall in 1996 led to the donation of the collection as it then existed to St Michael’s and to its installation on the two bottom floors of that building.

The collection expanded considerably during the early years of the present century with works now installed throughout the USMC campus.

Acquisition Chronology

1967

[2 works]
Jakob Steinhardt

1980

[1 work]
Ted Rettig

1981

[2 works]
Kosso Eloul

1982

[2 works]
Ted Rettig

1984

[10 works]
Ted Rettig
Jim Stewart
Dmytro Stryjek
Tony Urquhart

1985

[3 works]
John Clark
Ted Rettig
Jim Stewart

1986

[7 works]
Anne Allardyce
Lucio De Heusch
John Hall
Ted Rettig
Susan Shantz
Cynthia Short

1987

[4 works]
Ric Evans
Ted Rettig

1988

[2 works]
John Hartman
Cynthia Short

1989

[9 works]
Sorel Cohen
Harold Klunder
John Meredith
Emile Poulin
Cynthia Short
Richard Storms
Shirley Wiitasalo
An Whitloc

1990

[6 works]
John Brown
John Clark
John Hartman
Ted Rettig
Tony Urquhart

1991

[7 works]
John Hartman
Harold Klunder
Al McWilliams
Greg Murdock
Ron Shuebrook
Tony Urquhart
Tim Whiten

1992

[5 works]
Robin Collyer
Gathie Falk
John Hartman
Shelagh Keeley
Hugh Leroy

1993

[6 works]
Ric Evans
Harold Klunder
Leopold Plotek
Tony Urquhart
Ed Zelenak

1994

[12 works]
René Pierre Allain
Dianne Bos
Lynn Donoghue
Will Gorlitz
John Hartman
Harold Klunder
Claude Luneau
Regan Morris
Roland Poulin
Douglas Stone
Ed Zelenak

1995

[9 works]
Gerald Ferguson
John Hall
John Hartman
John Meredith
Roland Poulin
Reinhard Reitzenstein
David Urban
Carol Wainio

1996

[9 works]
Dianne Bos
Susanna Heller
John Meredith
Greg Murdock
Roland Poulin
Judith Schwarz
Ron Shuebrook
Barbara Steinman

1997

[12 works]
Michael Amar
John Brown
Sorel Cohen
Simon Glass
Betty Goodwin
John McEwen
Sarah Nind
Regan Morris
Ted Rettig
Claudia Sbrissa
Douglas Stone
Ed Zelenak

1998

[13 works]
Thérèse Bolliger
Dianne Bos
Lorène Bourgeois
Cora Cluett
Christine Davis
Lynn Donoghue
John Hartman
Jaga Jarosiewicz
Harold Klunder
Tania Love
Roland Poulin
Ed Zelenak

1999

[16 works]
Michael Amar
John Brown
Paul Cloutier
Susanna Heller
Dana Holst
Harold Klunder
John Massey
Ted Rettig
John Scott
Bernice Sorge
Barbara Steinman
Aiko Suzuki
Colette Whiten

2000

[11 works]
Gary Blundell
Sheila Butler
Nicole Collins
Angela Grauerholz
John McEwen
Leopold Plotek
Reinhard Reitzenstein
Peter von Tiesenhausen
Paul Wong
Ed Zelenak

2001

[21 works]
Kim Adams
Richard Bonderenko
Dianne Bos
Michael Davidson
Paul Fournier
Angela Grauerholz
Jane Hinton
Luis Mallo
John Massey
Howard Podeswa
Alison Rossiter
Mark Ruwedel
Sakis
Volker Seding

2002

[9 works]
Michael Davey
Gary Evans
Paul Fournier
Susanna Heller
Allison McCall
Judith Schwarz
Barbara Steinman

2003

[8 works]
Moira Clark
Nicole Collins
Lynn Donoghue
Gary Evans
John Kissick
Howard Podeswa
Roland Poulin

2004

[16 works]
Shelley Adler
AA Bronson
Allyson Clay
Stan Denniston
Nancy Fox
Jane Hinton
Suzy Lake
Manuel Lau
Hugh Mackenzie
Monica Tap
Larry Towell
David Umholtz
Peter von Tiesenhausen

2005

[4 works]
Gary Evans
Harold Klunder
Robert Mapplethorpe
Barbara Steinman

2006

[36 works]
Michael Awad
Blue Republic
Dianne Bos
Roland Brener
Robert Burley
Nicole Collins
Richard Gorman
Libby Hague
Geoffrey James
Vivienne Jones
Harold Klunder
Wanda Koop
Suzy Lake
Ilyana Martinez
Sarah Nind
Jaume Plensa
Roland Poulin
Tammy Ratcliff
Richard Rhodes
Ryan Sluggett
Peter Smith
Laurel Smith
Richard Storms
Denyse Thomasos
Carol Wainio
Robert Wiens

2007

[42 works]
Catherine Beaudette
Tien Chang
Karen Curry
Christine Davis
Stan Denniston Donovan & Siegel
Lynne McIlvride Evans Will Gorlitz
Adam Harrison
Astrid Ho
Kristan Horton
Angela Leach
Rita Letendre
Dyan Marie
Linda Martinello
Meghan McKnight
Sasha Pierce
Ted Rettig
Gina Rorai
Andrea Soler
Vlad Spicanovic
Barbara Steinman
Douglas Walker

2008

[23 works]
Shelley Adler
Lois Andison
Cathy Daley
Greg Girard
Angela Grauerholz
John Hartman
Nicole Katsuras
Peter MacCallum
Linda Martinello
Josh Morden
Paul Roorda
Ron Shuebrook
Janet Werner
Tim Whiten

2009

[31 works]
Lois Andison
Stephen Andrews
Sara Angelucci
Melanie Authier
Blue Republic
Ian Carr-Harris
Michael Davidson
Ric Evans
Gerald Ferguson
Libby Hague
Susanna Heller
Kristan Horton
Colette Laliberté
Linda Martinello
Meghan McKnight
Ron Shuebrook
Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak
Barbara Steinman
Diana Thorneycroft
Douglas Walker