Alex Colville P.C., C.C., O.N.S.

1920 David Alexander Colville born in Toronto 24 August
1929 Moves to Amherst, Nova Scotia
1942 Graduates from Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Enlists in the Canadian Army. Marries Rhoda Wright, 5 August.
1944 First son, Graham Alexander is born, several months after Alex’s departure overseas as a war artist
1946 Second son, John Harrower is born. Alex begins teaching at Mount Allison University
1948 Third son, Charles Wright Colville is born
1949 Daughter Ann Christian is born
1951 First solo exhibition is held at the New Brunswick Museum, Saint John
1953 Solo exhibition Hewitt Gallery, New York
1955 Second one-man exhibition, Hewitt Gallery, New York
1958 Exhibitions at the Hart House Gallery and the Laing Galleries, both in Toronto
1963 Resigns from teaching at Mount Allison.; exhibits at the Banfer Gallery, New York; receives the Won Dunn International Award, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton.
1965 Commissioned by the Government of Canada to design coins commemorating Canada’s centennial year.
1966 Represents Canada at the 33rd Venice Biennale; travelling exhibition of war paintings organized by the National Gallery of Canada; exhibition at Hart House, University of Toronto.
1967 Named an Officer in the Order of Canada; receives an honorary D.Litt. from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
1967–68 Visiting artist at the University of California at Santa Cruz
1968 Receives an honorary LLD from Mount Allison University
1969 Exhibits at Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany; receives an honorary LLD from Dalhousie University, Halifax.
1970 Exhibits at Marlborough Fine Art, London, England.
1971 Visiting artist, Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, Berlin.
1973 Moves to Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Receives honorary degrees from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., and the University of Windsor, Ontario.
1975 Awarded Molson Prize (Canada Council); receives honorary D.Litt. from Acadia University, Wolfville.
1976 Exhibits at the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina.
1977 Exhibits at Gemeentemuseum in Arnhem, the Netherlands, the Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany, and Fischer Fine Art, London, England.
1978 Designs medal for Governor General and Mrs. Jules Léger, exhibits at the Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto and Montreal.
1981 Appointed Chancellor of Acadia University; Brockington Lecturer at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; receives an honorary D.Litt. from Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.; traveling exhibition of war art organized by the Canadian War Museum.
1982 Named a Companion of the Order of Canada
1983 The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, holds a retrospective that subsequently travels to six galleries in Canada and Germany
1984–85 Exhibits in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London, England.
1990 Becomes a board member of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (until 1993); receives honorary LLD from the University of Calgary.
1991 Exhibits at the Drabinsky Gallery,Toronto; resigns as Chancellor of Acadia University.
1992 Appointed to the Privy Council; exhibits at the North Bay Arts Centre.
1993 Exhibition of drawings at the Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, which subsequently travels to five Canadian galleries.
1994 Exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
1995 Receives honorary degree from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
1997 Receives honorary degrees from Bishops University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
2000 Exhibition, “Milestones” at the National Gallery of Canada to mark his 80th birthday.
Subject of CBC “Life and Times”
2002 Exhibits at Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2003 Receives Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts
Named a member the Order of Nova Scotia
Exhibition “Alex Colville: Return” Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and travelling to five Canadian galleries
2004 Exhibits at Mira Godard Gallery
Exhibits at Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
2007 Exhibits at Mira Godard Gallery
2010 Exhibits at Mira Godard Gallery
2013 Alex Colville died peacefully at home on July 16th, 2013, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.