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Mark Schaan Birthday Fundraiser 2024

As you all know, the OAG holds an important space in my life and work – it’s a place I feel passionate about because of its ability to connect, to tell stores, and to reflect. It is a mirror, a spark, a provocation, and an invitation. It is an institution that has its core a mandate to build community and to drive connection and it continues to highlight the unique and diverse ways it can fuel inclusion, progress, and beauty. This specific birthday campaign again seeks to fuel this work and this incredible institution. Specifically, funds raised through this year’s birthday push will foster production and mentorship supports for artists. These are the often essential but unseen supports that allow artists to mount shows and drive their practice in ways that truly move and push us.

This past year we saw previous recipients of mentorship and production support reach new heights – the meteoric rise of artists like Stanley Wany, Jobena Petonoquot and Don Kwan have all been supported by the OAG. It’s productions and mentorship support like these that you will be supporting with this campaign.

So, help the OAG build up the arts and artists. I am so grateful for the gift of your friendship and for your support for this critical work.

All my love,
Mark

Don Kwan, This land is my land, this land is your land, 2022, wood, paint, courtesy of the artist. Installation view in Don Kwan: Landscape, Loss and Legacy, Ottawa Art Gallery, 2022. Photo: Justin Wonnacott.

Stanley Wany, For Those Who Chose the Sea, 2021, mixed media installation, courtesy of the artist. Installation view, Ottawa Art Gallery, 2022. Photo: Catherine Sinclair.

Jobena Petonoquot, Bringer of Death, deer hide, beads, lace, wooden dowels, teacups, 2018. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: purchased with the support of the Stonecroft Foundation, 2023. Photo: Rémi Thériault.

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