OAG Blog


Ottawa Art Gallery Re-Opening on Saturday, February 20th!
February 18, 2021

We are excited to re-open our doors to the public this Saturday! Follow this link to book your free visit and learn more about the COVID-19 safety procedures in place to enjoy local art and shop safely.

Two new exhibitions, Sheltered in Place: Portraits of Self, Family and Community and Emergent: MFA Graduate Work from the University of Ottawa Department of Visual Arts 2020 will be on view on level 3.

OAG Shop and Galerie Annexe

Explore, discover or rediscover our city’s most unique commercial gallery and shop, supporting the art, artists and artisans of our region.

  • You can also join us virtually by visiting the Galerie Annexe art database anytime and by following us on Instagram @oagshop_annexe!
     
  • Mark your calendars on March 4, 2021: Join us for As Above, So Below , the striking exhibit of new works by Gillian King - local painter, art educator, and art therapist-in-training. Sale inquiries can also be made on-line or by phone 613-233-8699 + 234

Our event spaces are open – Inquire about booking your small gatherings or future events

We are currently accepting bookings for groups of up to 50 guests, for small meetings, weddings and receptions. Covid-19 safety precautions are strictly followed in accordance with City guidelines - all surfaces and touch-points are thoroughly cleaned before and after each event, and hand sanitizer is available in all our rental spaces. More info here.

See you all soon!
 


2020 Acquisitions: Art Donated to OAG, Part 2
February 17, 2021


Cummings Island, unknown artist, c. 1859-1891, oil on canvas, 37 x 60cm.  Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of John Doyle, 2020.

Focused on the work of historical and contemporary artists who have contributed to the artistic life of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, our Permanent Collection is an essential part of the OAG’s activities. In this blog series, we are excited to look back and share a roundup of our 2020 acquisitions, and the ways in which these works help to enrich our Collection.

As we continue to look back on our 2020 acquisitions, we’re thrilled to share more artworks we received through generous donation last year!

An exciting contribution to the OAG’s holdings of local historical art was made with the gift of a 19th century oil painting believed to be the only visual record of the wooden bridge that once connected Cummings Island on the Rideau River to Rideau Street. Looking to the mid-20th century, we also acquired Still Life with Iris (1962), a large oil work by prominent Canadian modernist Goodridge Roberts, and an excellent example of the artist’s late oeuvre.

Three works by Ottawa artist Norman Takeuchi, ceramicist Mimi Cabri, and Gatineau-based artist Chantal Dahan were also generously donated by collector Mela Constantinidi, adding to our holdings of work by local artists. The gift of a cast bronze and mixed-media piece by artist Anna Williams – depicting a reimagining of the Greek myth Leda and the Swan – enriched our collection of sculpture, while another large-scale installation by Christos Pantieras further strengthened our collection of installation.


Leda and the Swan, Anna Williams, 2017, cast bronze, cast resin, paint, antique axe, on reclaimed wood. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of private collection, 2020. Photo: David Barbour.

Finally, a print from Jennifer Dickson’s Song of Solomon series, two enamel on paper works by Kenneth Lochhead, and our first work – a dynamic lithograph on paper – by renowned Ottawa animator Norman McLaren also joined the collection.

The OAG would like to thank donors John Doyle, Glynnis French, Mela Constantinidi, Freda and Irwin Browns, Doug Williams, a private collection, and Mark Schaan (with additional support from a community of queers, lovers and friends, in honour of his 41st Birthday) for their generous gifts of artworks.

Stay tuned for more exciting acquisitions featured in our next – and final – 2020 acquisitions blog post!

 


2020 Acquisitions: Art Donated to OAG, Part 1
February 3, 2021

Focused on the work of historical and contemporary artists who have contributed to the artistic life of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, our Permanent Collection is an essential part of the OAG’s activities. In this blog series, we are excited to look back and share a roundup of our 2020 acquisitions, and the ways in which these works help to enrich our Collection.

In addition to our purchases, we’re excited to share that the OAG also acquired a number of works through generous donations over the course of the last year.

In 2020, photographic artist Jennifer Dickson donated twenty-one photographs, comprising the whole of her series: The Credo Project. The series, which was the subject of her 2020 exhibition Jennifer Dickson: The Credo Project at the OAG, explores sacred spaces of the three Abrahamic religions and examines how these buildings bear the passage of time.


Lake Huron 01-06-87, Duncan de Kergommeaux, 1987, oil on linen, Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Gift of the artist.

Twelve works by senior Ottawa artist Duncan de Kergmomeaux wrapped up a significant two-year donation to complete a representative record of his career in the Gallery’s holdings. The OAG’s collection of installation also grew as we received a large-scale work by Christos Pantieras and a mixed-media work by Farouk Kaspaules. These pieces, which explore themes of communication and cultural identity respectively, will be on display in the OAG’s upcoming 2021 exhibition, Filtered.


Long Distance, Christos Pantieras, 2009, sourced emails, typed text, paper dipped in wax, wick, oil stick, typewriter. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Gift of the artist, 2020.

Finally, a signature grid painting from artist Jerry Grey featured in the OAG’s inaugural exhibition, two watercolour works on paper by Gatineau-based artist Gail Bourgeois, and an interactive installation piece by new media art pioneer Catherine Richards also joined the OAG’s collection.


Heterogeneity Imaged, Gail Bourgeois, 2015, watercolour, wax crayon and graphite on watercolour paper. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Gift of the artist, 2020.

The OAG would like to thank artists Jennifer Dickson, Duncan de Kergommeaux, Christos Pantieras, Farouk Kaspaules, Jerry Grey, Gail Bourgeois, and Catherine Richards for the generous donations of their artworks.

Stay tuned for more exciting 2020 donations featured in our next acquisitions blog post!

 


We’re thrilled to share that the OAG made a number of exciting purchases in 2020!
 January 21, 2021


Barry Pottle, u (Syllabic Series), Digital print on paper, 41 x 61 cm. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: purchased with the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, 2020.

Focused on the work of historical and contemporary artists who have contributed to the artistic life of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, our Permanent Collection is an essential part of OAG’s activities. We are excited to share our 2020 acquisitions with you in the coming weeks, and the ways in which these works help to enrich our Collection.​

OAG purchased ten photographs by Ottawa-based Inuk artist Barry Pottle, with the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Gordon Foundation and administrated by the Ontario Arts Foundation. As the first works by Pottle to enter OAG’s collection, this selection of photographs includes images from his Syllabic, Our Community, and Awareness series, among others, and is representative of Pottle’s practice, which explores the uniqueness of the urban Inuit community.


Barry Pottle, Starting the Feast (Foodland Security Series), Digital print on paper, 41 x 61 cm. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: purchased with the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, 2020.

With the generous support of the Stonecroft Foundation, we also completed the purchase of Anishnābe (Algonquin) artist Tony Amikons’ Thunderbird [Onimikì Pineshì], a pen and marker drawing shown in our inaugural exhibition and the first work by an artist from Pikwakanagan First Nation to join the OAG’s collection.


Tony Amikons, Thunderbird [Onimikì Pineshì], pen and marker on paper, 62.9 x 73 cm, Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: purchased with the support of the Stonecroft Foundation, 2019.

Finally, two whimsical drawings by senior artist Russell Yuristy were also purchased with the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program. Featuring fantastical scenes and animal subjects, these works are from a series of daily drawings Yuristy made in Saskatchewan in the 1970s and helped form the basis of his 2020 OAG exhibition Russell Yursity: The Inside of Elephants and All Kinds of Things. They mark the first in a series of fourteen drawings from this exhibition that will eventually be added to our Collection, with the twelve remaining drawings generously donated by the artist.


Russell Yuristy, Cat House #4, Ink on cardstock, 57.3 x 72.4 cm. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: purchased with the support of the Stonecroft Foundation, 2020

 


OAG’s 2021 Winterlude Line-up
January 21, 2021

Winterlude 2021 (February 5 -21) is coming, and this year we are celebrating it online. We have prepared a number of activities for you to enjoy, all from the comfort of your own home. 

First of all, for the whole family, we’ve prepared another Canada Life OAG Art Tent Activity At Home. A video will instruct you to create a Group of Seven-inspired artwork with plasticine. This fun activity is like one you would find at the Canada Life OAG Art Tent. Until we are open again, this is something you can also do at home.

Next, on February 12, join us for the Winterlude In Studio, where you can show your WinterPride in an online creative workshop created by OAG's youth council for ages 15 to 25.

And on February 18, join us from home for an online mixer, OAG’s Virtual Happy Hour. Enjoy a drink and a discussion about art. Then get creative with a related hands-on workshop. Registration required. 19+.

See you online at Winterlude 2021. Stay safe and stay warm!

 


Tour OAG’s unique event spaces
 January 18, 2021

Though the current situation surrounding COVID-19 has temporarily put the use of our incredible event spaces on hold, our team is hard at work ensuring that our facilities will be ready. 

Talk to us about event inquiries, questions and bookings:

Looking for state-of-the-art video conferencing services to connect with friends and colleagues around the world? Interested in a creative floor plan with adequate social distancing strategies? Whatever the occasion or circumstance, our team of event specialists is looking forward to working with you to ensure that your next event is a success.

Learn more about our event spaces

Photo : Kevin Belanger
 


The ALT/AR on New Year's Eve at OAG
December 8, 2020

THE ALT/AR is a complete wedding ceremony package for just $3600+Tax, that provides everything you need for an intimate ceremony for you and up to 20 guests.

Learn More

OAG will play host to the most important celebration of your life, with a stunning, award-winning venue, design and styling by an internationally renowned luxury wedding planner, and editorial-worthy photos, and that's just the beginning. The best part? All you need to do is show up and let our dedicated team take care of the rest.

Designer & Planner: @toast.events⁠
Videography: @filmsbyjinbon⁠
Photography: @laceandluce⁠
Dress: @ritualunions⁠
Venue: @oagevents⁠
Decorator & Florist: @moesignaturedesign⁠
Rentals: @abp_ptrentals⁠
Makeup: @klavez.makeup⁠
Hair Stylist: @showponyhair⁠
Jewelry: @sarahwalshbridal⁠
Rings: @storbymargot⁠
Musicians: @luxeduo⁠
Cake: @dulcecakedesign⁠
Shoes: @toast.events


Creative arts: a wellness tool in mental health
October 16, 2020

Since 2015, the OAG has partnered with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre on Creative Space, a program that encourages mental health and social inclusion through weekly drop-in art-making workshops. When we had to close the building in March this year because of the pandemic, we took the Creative Space sessions online.

Thanks to support from the Ottawa Community Foundation via the Emergency Community Support Fund, this summer we were able to begin offering two online sessions per week (on Wednesday afternoons and Monday evenings) in order to engage with more members of the Creative Space community.

To ensure the best off-site experience of this program, we have been distributing take-away packages to participants in the program that provides them with all the arts materials they need for two months of planned activities. Recent funding has allowed us to produce a custom tote bag to neatly bundle the supplies. In August and September, we focused on painting. For the next few months, we will focus on drawing.

For more information on this and other programs, email community@oaggao.ca

OAG would like to thank the Ottawa Community Foundation for funding support of this program.


OAG Goes International!
October 1, 2020

Our exhibition tour of Wrapped in Culture is headed to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Tasmania and will open in January of 2021! The exhibition is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie until November 7, 2020.

Learn more about the exhibition and lead artist Rosalie Favell in the APTN series Petroglyphs to Pixels


Click the image above to see a preview. 


Photo : Justin Wonnacott
 


Learn more about local artist Russell Yuristy
September 17, 2020

Watch this short documentary (6:27) to learn more about local artist Russell Yuristy, whose work is featured in the exhibition Russell Yuristy: The Inside of Elephants and All Kinds of Things, currently on view at the OAG.

Watch!

From a refurbished church-turned-studio in the 1970s, Yuristy embraced the subconscious, absurd and everyday experiences in a series of fantastical drawings and ceramics. Through these creations, Yuristy contributed to the development of Regina Funk Art, a pop art movement in which artists used humour and mixed materials to create anti-consumer commentary. During this time, he also founded the “Creative Playground Workshop,” through which he created public commissions: large wooden animal sculptures that doubled as play structures for children. These animal sculptures foreshadowed his move into wildlife-based drawings, prints and paintings in later years, following his relocation to Ottawa in 1985. Drawing on a practical respect for nature’s cycles of life-and-death as experienced on the farm, his works position his creatures as mirrors for the frailty and absurdity of the human experience.

ABOUT THE ARTIST.

Russell Yuristy was born in Goodeve, Saskatchewan in 1936. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, (Saskatoon) (1959) and earned a Masters of Science (Art) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1967). He joined the Visual Arts Faculty of the University of Saskatchewan (Regina) that year where he taught until 1971 and coordinated three Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops. He has been awarded grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council for the Arts. He was the subject of a feature article in Artscanada (now Canadian Art) magazine in 1972 and a National Film Board documentary in 1978. His works have been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout his career, including Canada Trajectoires ’73 (Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris), Regina Clay: Worlds in the Making (Mackenzie Art Gallery, 2006), and Russell Yuristy: … a kind of abandon (Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, 2010). He has received numerous major public commissions including from Expo Canada, the City of Ottawa and the CBC. His works can be found in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Remai Modern (formerly the Mendel Art Gallery), Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, Mackenzie Art Gallery, McDonald Corporation (Chicago) and Shaklee Corporation (San Francisco). He has taught printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art, and continues to live and practise in Ottawa.

Russell Yuristy, produced by the Ottawa Art Gallery, 2020, 6 min 27 sec, producer: Taline Jirian; filmographer: Chris Snow
Photo : Chris Snow


Celebrating Diversity in the Arts: Visual Storytelling Workshop
September 3, 2020

Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Ottawa is partnering with the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and artist Rachel Kalpana James to present a virtual visual storytelling workshop for JFS seniors. JFS seniors will have the opportunity to tell their story by creating, collecting and assembling a series of images and mementos into a visual journal. Creative exercises encourage participants to discover their own visual style through exploration of colour, composition, and mixed media techniques. Interactive interviews and group discussions help participants connect with important issues or interests for their storytelling. The OAG will offer participants an exclusive virtual art tour, as well as a platform for those who wish to present their visual journals.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Start: September 15, 2020
End: November 10, 2020

For more information
Safia Nawaz snawaz@jfsottawa.com

Rachel Kalpana James is an Ottawa-based artist and educator. Her art practice in installation and performance seeks to reimagine and re-present marginalized histories to explore identity and belonging in contemporary society. Rachel has taught workshops at Algonquin College, Élisabeth Bruyère Residence and at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
 


Virtual Capital Pride Festival at OAG
August 20, 2020

OAG is proud to host Capital Pride in the closed environment of the Alma Duncan Salon. The 2020 Virtual Capital Pride Festival celebrations—which will include amazing events and performances including the Youth Art Showcase, Family Pride, the Queer Talent Extravaganza, QTBIPOC Just Dance! with DJ Sandy Duperval, and the Virtual Pride Parade—will be streamed directly through the Capital Pride Website from Sunday August 23 to Sunday August 30, 2020. Check out the schedule here https://capitalpride.ca/virtual-pride-festival/, to tune-in, connect and join the festivities for free, wherever you are!

Production and events will follow strict physical distancing and other guidelines to keep everyone safe, with no live audience in attendance.
 


We’re featured on Style Me Pretty!
August 20, 2020

Check out this amazing collaboration with some of our favourite wedding vendors. This beautiful shoot was put together back in February and since then we’ve been waiting to welcome couples back to our spaces. We’re so happy to finally announce that we're open for events again, and taking bookings for weddings of up to 50 people. Postponing until next year? We still have a few weekends available in 2021! Visit our rentals page to get in touch.

Design & Planning: Toast Events
Photographer: Lace & Luce
Videographer:  Peaking Zebra
Florist: The Gathering Event Co
Rentals & Decor: Lavish Events
Invitations:  Lettering by GRG
Lettering & Mural:  Chalked by Mabz
Dress: Fairy Dreams Bridal
Dress Designer: Liz Martinez Bridal
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Jewels:  Sugar Cane & Co
Ring: Stór by Margot
Cake: Cake Whisperer
Makeup Artist:  One Fine Beauty
Hair Stylist:  Showpony Hair
Charger Plates: Amy and Jen
Venue: Ottawa Art Gallery

Photo: Lace & Luce
 


OAG exhibition brochure design wins Graphis Gold Award
August 20, 2020


We are thrilled to announce that the brochure design for Michèle Provost's exhibition Everything Must Go / Liquidation totale, on view at OAG from October 11, 2018 to March 17, 2019, has won the Graphis Gold Award! Congratulations to designer Nicole Vallée (Domino Creative). The design will be featured in the upcoming Graphis 2021 Design Annual.

Follow this link to see photos and learn more about the design. 
 


Michelle Gewurtz, OAG Senior Curator, moves on to PAMA
 July 23, 2020

Michelle Gewurtz, OAG’s Senior Curator, has recently accepted an exciting new job as the Supervisor of Arts and Culture with the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives in the GTA. While we are sad to see her go, we’re also really excited to see her engage in this leadership position within another arts organization in Ontario.
 
Michelle began with the OAG’s curatorial department in 2015, and has brought much to the organization, from her rigorous intellectual contributions to the exhibition program through not only our group shows as a team, but also her solo-authored projects such as Facing Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore and Molly Lamb Bobak: A Woman of the Crowd, as well as her excellent catalogue writing. She also networked on international, national and regional levels for the OAG, creating exciting partnerships and collaborations. Her warmth and kindness as a colleague contributed to our well-being as a team, and she will be very missed. We look forward to keeping in touch with her and engaging with her on a province-wide collegial level now!

Photo : Rémi Thériault
 


A message from Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO
July 2, 2020

Dear OAG Members, Friends and Supporters,

Welcome back!

After 18 weeks of temporarily closing the Ottawa Art Gallery due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to announce our reopening on July 8th! We have dedicated the last few weeks to ensuring that the necessary safety and cleaning measures are in place, and we are ready to welcome you back to the art. Our first day will be dedicated exclusively for our healthcare professionals and frontline workers who have continued to keep us healthy and safe during the last few months. As a further celebration of their work, please check out our Signs of Hope online community exhibition in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital.

Working with Ottawa Tourism on #MyOttawa Pass, please join us throughout the month of July to receive discounts at our Gallery Shop during your visit, as well further incentives to other local tourism destinations, restaurants and shops, as you rediscover and explore what out city has to offer.

As we welcome you back, things will be a little different. Please take a moment to check out our website for further details, and to take in the details provided below. As you come back through our doors at Daly Ave in the coming weeks, you’ll be greeted by an image of Diane Woodward’s work “What's Black and White and Just a Little Cheesed Off?”—what better way to encourage you to enjoy the art, two eclectic and artful metres apart.

See you soon;


Alexandra Badzak
Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery


Ottawa Tourism Launches Free Resident Savings Passport
July 2, 2020

#MyOttawa Pass helps kickstart tourism in Canada’s capital with the Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa Tourism introduces the #MyOttawa Pass, Ottawa’s very own local savings passport, complete with an impressive collection of more than 60 discounts and offers from businesses across the city. There has never been a better time to be a tourist in your own backyard, so let’s help kickstart the local economy by getting out in support of local businesses as they reopen, all while finding deals and exploring the city.

Your #MyOttawa Pass will get you 20% off at the OAG Shop, and enter you into a weekly prize draw, every time you visit the Gallery.

This FREE pass is available to all Ottawa locals until July 31, 2020. All you need to do is sign up and present your offer at any participating businesses to redeem and save.  

DOWNLOAD YOUR PASS TODAY

Use your #MyOttawa Pass as a way to rediscover our city and start spending money again at local tourism businesses, and treat yourselves to the great experiences that Ottawa has to offer.

Some experiences currently available through the pass include:

More deals from businesses that will be available once they reopen include:


Watch the recording of A Virtual Conversation: Exploring Anti-Black Racism in the Arts
June 25, 2020


Follow the link below to watch the virtual conversation moderated by Artist, Facilitator and OAG Board Member, Dominique Dennery featuring artists Kosisochukwu NnebeEvelyn Duberry and Allan André; and Councillor Rawlson King, Ottawa Council’s newly appointed liaison for anti-racism and ethnocultural relations.

Watch!
 


Community Teacher and Educator's Survey
June 25, 2020


As we prepare for a new school year, we are looking for feedback from teachers and educators in the community on how we can improve our educational programs. This survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete but will provide us with invaluable information on how we can do this.

Survey

Photo: Chris Snow


A message from Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO
June 18, 2020

Dear OAG members, friends and supporters;

As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, we do so at a moment of heightened awareness of social injustices and systemic racism at a global level. As a cultural institution in Canada, we must work to insure that the fight for equality for Black and Indigenous peoples does not wane or fade out, but results in sustained action and change. Part of that change is the way we can disrupt systems of control within our own sites and practices so that new approaches can emerge. An example of this is found in the artist-led endeavour Wrapped in Culture, which was presented at the OAG last year and now, we are happy to announce, exists digitally on Virtual OAG.

In this exhibition, artist Rosalie Favell disrupted the typical object/subject relationship of most curated exhibitions, working collaboratively with Indigenous artists across Canada and Australia to recover traditional practices and collectively produce new contemporary works. Exhibited in 2019 at the OAG, that initial idea has now grown to a multi-venue tour that is travelling to participating artists’ homelands both across Canada and in Australia, including as far away as Tasmania. This is one of many collaborative artist and community-led strategies that can start to define the way forward. OAG also used this approach as it addressed a gap in contemporary Indigenous visual arts curriculum within the school system. Working with several local artists such as Barry Ace and Jamie Koebel, we produced Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom, a workbook and guide that we have recently transformed into now-popular digital workshops. I encourage you to check out both of these projects and to stay tuned for news about our re-opening.

Sincerely;


Alexandra Badzak
Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery

Photo: From left to right: Wahsontiio Cross, Curator, Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO and Rosalie Favell, Lead Artist.
 


The Ottawa Art Gallery is proud to present its first exhibition to tour abroad!
June 18, 2020

Wrapped in Culture, a collaborative, Indigenous-led and community-grounded project, organized by lead-artist Rosalie Favell, will stop in three Canadian galleries and will make two stops in Australia in 2021.

In 2017, the project brought ten Indigenous artists from across Canada and Southeastern Australia to Ottawa, where they created contemporary works based on a North American Indigenous Plains-style buffalo robe and an Australian Aboriginal possum-skin cloak. This work sought to bridge together people from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds to foster creativity, exchange cultural knowledge and share life experiences. For the exhibition tour, we aimed to bring the exhibition to each artist's home territories and to present it to several different Indigenous communities. The participating artists represent several diverse nations which include: in Canada, the Anishnaabe (Odawa), Cree, Métis, and Siksika (Blackfoot); and in Australia, the Barkindji, Boon-Wurrung, Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, and trawlwoolway.

In April 2019, the exhibition opened at the OAG in Ottawa, the current home of Barry Ace, Meryl McMaster, and Rosalie Favell. This past winter, it traveled out to the Prairies at Wanuskewin Heritage Centre in Saskatoon, closer to Adrian Stimson's home in Alberta. Later on this year, it will head to the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault-Ste-Marie, ON. In 2021, Wrapped in Culture will be off to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania, where Vicki West will welcome the exhibition to her home state. It will then travel to Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, home to Maree Clarke and Mitch Mahoney, and close to Kerri Clarke, Molly Mahoney, and Wade Mahoney in New South Wales. The final stop will be back in Canada, at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at the end of 2021.

To learn more about the project, the artists, and to view a 3-D virtual tour of the exhibition's installation at OAG, please click here. Scroll down to bottom to access virtual tour. 

Wahsontiio Cross, Assistant Curator, Touring Indigenous Projects

This tour is made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Photo : Justin Wonnacott
 


Another Field Trip
June 18, 2020

OAG continues its exciting partnership with FIELD TRIP by sharing the virtual art tutorial we developed for (Re)Mapping Place, Barry Ace’s contribution to our Contemporary Indigenous Artists in the Classroom Project

Watch!

Field Trip: Art Across Canada is a new online platform to deliver arts experiences with some of Canada’s most celebrated artists in a national partnership with leading arts organizations. From children’s programs to artist talks and workshops, these activities are designed to advance the work of our nation’s organizations through digital platforms for different age groups, on a range of subjects, that engage communities and support artists, particularly during the challenges presented during a pandemic.

The OAG’s Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom project aims to provide elementary and high school–level teachers with curriculum-linked lesson plans designed by contemporary Indigenous artists. Ottawa-based artists Jaime Koebel (Métis, Cree) and Barry Ace (Anishinaabe) each developed an art lesson for elementary and high school level students respectively. The goal is to build students’ cultural competence and respect for diverse Indigenous peoples, while encouraging critical thinking about colonialism in Canada.

Barry Ace’s high school lesson, (re)Mapping Place, delves into the politics of map-making. Students learn about the role of maps in the colonial erasure of Indigenous peoples from Canada’s history. By deconstructing the map of where they live, and re-creating it using symbols from their own cultural heritage and lived experiences, students learn the importance of continually questioning and challenging the established authority of historical knowledge.

About the artist:

Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. He is a debendaagzijig (citizen) of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Odawa Mnis (Manitoulin Island), Ontario, Canada. His mixed media paintings and assemblage textile works explore various aspects of cultural continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary.

Additional resources including lesson plans, video introductions and a downloadable pdf version of the Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom publication can be found on the OAG website through the link below.
https://oaggao.ca/contemporary-indigenous-arts-classroom

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. The Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom project was also made possible by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.


Now Accepting 2021 Event Bookings! | Take the Virtual Tour
June 11, 2020

Though the current situation surrounding COVID-19 has temporarily put the use of our incredible event spaces on hold, our team is hard at work ensuring that our facilities will be ready, as we eagerly look ahead to 2021.

Take the virtual tour

Talk to us about event inquiries, questions and bookings:

Looking for state-of-the-art video conferencing services to connect with friends and colleagues around the world? Interested in a creative floor plan with adequate social distancing strategies? Whatever the occasion or circumstance, our team of event specialists is looking forward to working with you to ensure that your next event is a success.

Learn more about our event spaces

Photo : Kevin Belanger
 


A message from Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO
June 5, 2020

Dear OAG members, friends and supporters;

As director of an arts organization, one of the most important aspects of my job, and that of the Board of Directors and staff, is to ensure that the Ottawa Art Gallery is in service to our communities. Here in Ottawa, our communities, like so many across Canada and around the world, are struggling right now due the recent events in the United States. The heightened emotions that we are feeling brings focus to the systemic violence and racism in our own city and region targeted at Black, Indigenous and all people of colour. All of which have and will continue to find voice through the arts, and we need to use the power and privilege of our cultural institutions to amplify these voices, and to be a resource and a support. We have much work to do. It starts with words and a commitment that our words will lead to meaningful, continuous action and fundamental change.

First the words.

At a recent meeting, the Ottawa Art Gallery Board of Directors passed the following resolution:

On behalf of the Ottawa Art Gallery, we condemn racism and all acts of violence and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and other forms of discriminatory intolerance. We will continue to work with and listen to our communities to help dismantle systems of oppression and injustice through our role as a cultural leader and community hub. 

In solidarity,


Alexandra Badzak
Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery

 


It’s International Arts Education Week!
May 29, 2020

OAG wants to be a part of your homeschooling experience. This 5-minute video will walk you through the steps of an art activity called (re)Mapping Place, developed by Ottawa-based artist Barry Ace (Anishinaabe).

We’d love to hear why you think arts education is an important part of our community and for you to share your creations with us on social media! #OAGfromhome

Your support for Arts Education is invaluable. This week we encourage you to endorse the Canadian Network for Arts & Learning’s Call to Action on Arts Education.

Watch!

Additional resources from our book Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom can be found below.

PDF version of Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom

Lesson plans by grade
 


Meet our community jurors for the 2020 Call for Submissions!
May 23, 2020


We are excited to announce that this year’s Galerie Annexe community jurors are Anita Ruivo and Dwayne Brown. Both Anita and Dwayne are local photographers and creators of The loveOttawa project, a unique, on-line initiative and photographic journey that celebrates the beauty and positive spirit of our city and sheds light on its people, who truly are the heart of this generous and vibrant capital.
 
This year’s OAG Shop community jurors are Katie Frappier and Régine Paquette, co-owners and curators of Victoire Boutique. Victoire is an Ottawa-based boutique that is ‘smitten with Canadian design’. Established in 2006, this homegrown, Ottawa-based business features over 80 designers and has become a leader in supporting Canadian makers both at their retail location and their growing on-line reach across Canada and beyond.

The Galerie Annexe and OAG Shop juries have individual submission requirements and are reviewed separately. The jury includes Stephanie Germano, OAG's Commercial Curator & Visitor Experience Manager, Siobhan Locke, OAG's Commercial Gallery & Shop Coordinator, and a third juror position which is reserved each year for invited local community members. 
 
More information about the Galerie Annexe and OAG Shop submission processes can be found on our website.


Thank you to all our amazing event partners!
May 23, 2020


We'd like to salute our friends during this time and we look forward to continuing our partnerships when we re-open our doors.

 


A message from Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO
May 14, 2020


Left: Alexandra Badzak | Right: Ana Serrano

Dear OAG Members, Supporters and Friends,

On May 18th, we celebrate International Museums Day and this year’s theme is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this theme is more important than ever as we understand the role that arts and culture can play in community cohesion and wellness.

With our physical doors temporarily closed, we, like so many of our cultural colleagues, have rallied to find new ways of keeping our gallery accessible by moving activities and content online. Through these initiatives we have become aware of the opportunities and challenges of the digital sphere in terms of access and inclusion, and are learning important lessons during this critical moment.

I feel buoyed that as we emerge from this crisis (and we will), as galleries and museums in Canada and around the globe, will take this as an opportunity to go beyond the status quo or “business as usual” and respond in innovative ways to the needs of our communities post-pandemic and into a very different and energized future.

As we dive deeper into our evolving journey as the Ottawa region’s home for the arts, I invite you to join us in a live, virtual conversation with Ana Serrano, current Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre, and newly appointed President of OCAD U. The third of our OAG I GAO: 2036 lecture series, this exchange will explore the transformative challenges of expanding and exploring the digital realm for the arts sector. Stay tuned for your invitation.

Finally, I would like to thank you deeply for your generous support during OAG’s #GivingTuesdayNow “JoinThe250” campaign on May 5th. Together, we raised over $7000 in support of art, artists and programming at OAG, and together, we will continue to support our community in the most accessible, diverse and inclusive ways when our doors open again. 

Sincerely;


Alexandra Badzak
Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery


Sanctuary Matters 
May 14, 2020

The Ottawa Sanctuary City Network is a collective of activists, academics, migrants and members of our community who believe in status for all and oppose discrimination on the basis of immigration status in the provision of services. Sanctuary City Ottawa is the campaign to make Ottawa a sanctuary city.

Although The Sanctuary Matters lecture series, hosted at the OAG, and organized by the Ottawa Sanctuary City Network, is on pause during the temporary closure of the Gallery, we look forward to resuming the series in the future. In the meantime, we would like to share an audio recording of the most recent lecture and its timely reflections.

Listen!

On March 11, 2020, Dr. Angela Joya presented a talk entitled, The Global Migrant Crisis: Climate Catastrophe, Globalization and the Securitization of Borders. Undeniably one of the most pressing issues of our time, the migrant crisis demands attention from policy makers and citizens alike. The response to the crisis will shape the circumstances of lives of millions. An open discussion followed the talk.

Angela Joya is an Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. Her forthcoming book is The Roots of Revolt: A Political Economy of Egypt from Nasser to Mubarak (Cambridge University Press). Her current research project explores grass roots responses to failures of development strategies in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

Sanctuary Matters is funded in part by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.

For more information visit ottawasanctuarycity.ca

Sanctuary Matters is funded in part by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.


New Group of Seven Stamp Series features a piece from the OAG's Firestone Collection of Canadian Art!
May 7, 2020


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven, Canada Post is issuing 7 new stamps on May 7, 2020. Featuring artworks by original members of the Group, the set includes In the Nickel Belt (1928) by Franklin Carmichael, a work from Ottawa Art Gallery’s Firestone Collection of Canadian Art— a significant art collection that spans the modern period (1890–1985)—housed and presented by the Gallery.

In the Nickel Belt is one of Franklin Carmichael’s most important works. Among hills of rock, a billow of rising smoke majestically dominates the skyline, reflecting Carmichael’s reverence for the Northern Ontario landscape, alongside his critique of environmental destruction through industry. While it was executed almost 100 years ago, in the face of climate change the significance of this work continues to be relevant for contemporary audiences.

This piece will be travelling to Europe for a celebratory exhibition called Magnetic North: Canadian Modern Painting 1910-1940, co-organized by the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


Photo : Justin Wonnacott

We displayed a large mural re-creation of the chosen piece by Franklin Carmichael in OAG’s exhibition (Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years, presented by Regional Group, which opened this past January.

Visit Canada Post’s website to purchase the stamps online.
 


Art Talk – Connecting Isolated Seniors in Conversation
May 7, 2020


In the fall of 2019, OAG’s Learning and Engagement team began offering monthly “Art Talk” phone calls in partnership with the Good Companions Seniors’ Center. The Art Talks are part of the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls program, which coordinates a monthly calendar full of voluntary phone-in opportunities that enrich the lives of local seniors. The goal is to keep things accessible, affordable and social, so the program is free, and all you need is a regular telephone. Information packages are sent to those who register in advance for the calls so they can come to the conversation informed.

Last month we hosted our Art Talk conversation about Russel Yuristy’s exhibition The Inside of Elephants and All Kinds of Things. These conversations typically have 10-20 people on them. A range of community members from diverse backgrounds join the hour long calls. I recognize many of the same people’s voices on the calls each month.

We chat about the artist, their life, and how their experiences have informed their work. We describe what it’s like to move through the exhibition and the kinds of work encountered, as well as impressions gathered. Presentations are informed by Curator’s notes, anecdotes, didactics, and Educational tour notes. I like to ask a lot of questions. It’s important for me to open up a conversation where participants are comfortable sharing parts of their life experiences and memories evoked by the artwork. These are my favourite moments; when ideas brought up in the work are relatable to a personal story or memory that someone shares with the group. I do my best to encourage these recounts with a genuine interest in the lives of others.

Our most recent call this month focussed on the exhibition (Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years, featuring key works by the Group of Seven from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art. OAG’s Learning and Engagement Coordinator Madeleine Bardou-Clark joined me on the call to present educational content as I moderated the conversation.

OAG is committed to bringing people together through art now more than ever. Though we began this initiative before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, we are continuing our efforts to brighten the lives of our elders who are isolated and in need of valuable connections to their community.

Alexis Boyle - Curator, Community Access, Ottawa Art Gallery

Join us: Phone calls take place on 4th Thursday of each month, at 12:30pm. Next dates are June 25, July 23 and August 27, 2020. Seniors who are interested in taking part in upcoming Art Talk conversations can do so by reaching out through these links:

Photo : John Finnigan Lin


Looking for a Mother's Day gift or just tired of looking at the same four walls?
May 7, 2020 

Update your view and fill in the blanks by purchasing original art from some of the Ottawa region’s most talented artists. Galerie Annexe, the OAG’s commercial art gallery, has its art collection available for view, sale and rental online, here. The collection is at your fingertips, and yours to purchase or rent at the click of a button. All sales and rentals from the Galerie Annexe support regional artists and the Ottawa Art Gallery.

How does renting art work? Our art rental service gives you a chance to live with an artwork before committing to the final purchase. No long-term rental is required and, if you decide to purchase the rental, we will remove up to 3 months of rental fees off the purchase price. Art rental fees range from approximately $30 to $200 per month and no purchase after rental is necessary. The only thing you need to participate in our rental program is a $40 OAG membership.

Please note that due to the Ottawa Art Gallery closure in response to COVID-19, and to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, all art sales and rentals cannot be picked up/shipped until we reopen our doors, but you can ensure that you get the one-of-a-kind piece you have your eye on by making your purchase on-line today and we will keep it wrapped and ready until we welcome you through our doors.

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Mental Health Week is May 4 to May 10, 2020
April 30, 2020

This year, more than ever, OAG is committed to support the community through programs and initiatives that engage and inspire.  

HOW WE DO IT — Knowing that the power of art is key to maintaining health and wellness, OAG fosters an ongoing safe space for self-expression and connection through art. These community-building initiatives in the form of free or subsidized art and wellness workshops offered in the OAG Studio, offsite locations for local service organizations, and even by phone to underserved communities, allow us to share the benefits of art, that:

  • Help relieve stress
  • Increase brain power
  • Boost overall quality of life

The community members and participants we serve in our programs learn and grow as artists by:

  • Gaining new skills, looking at and discussing work together, and participating in community exhibitions.
  • Creating artwork collaboratively in a nurturing, non-clinical environment, which contributes to a healthy sense of self.
  • Being empowered to identify as artists.

JOIN US—We may not be able to connect in person for a while but we are excited to serve our community and committed to keeping people feeling connected by various means:

  • Take part in a virtual Creative Drop-In Session on Wednesday May 6th from 2pm to 3 pm. For more information on this program, click here. 
     
  • The Seniors' Centre Without Walls program, through the Good Companions Center, allows seniors to participate in Art Talk, an hour-long conference call designed to discuss art and current exhibits with us over the telephone! Our next Art Talk is on May 5 at 12:30 pm.  Visit the Good Companions Center  for details on how to call in. Additional info here and here. 

DONATE— click here to support these initiatives and help us continue to work with and for our community.

OUR INVALUABLE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
With the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, we developed our Creative Space program, which we plan to expand this year. Other partners for ongoing or upcoming programs include The Ottawa Hospital, Carefor, the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, Jewish Family Services, Kind Space, and the Ottawa Sanctuary City Network. A few of our neighborhood off-site partners include St. Joe’s Women’s Center, The Ottawa Mission, and the OASIS Harm Reduction Program at the Sandy Hill Community Health Center.

We look forward to connecting in whatever ways possible to make sure that art is available, safe and accessible to everyone.

Photo: Lindsay Ralph


Superhero Plant Trading Cards
April 30, 2020


OAG wants to be a part of your homeschooling experience! This 6 minute video will walk you through the steps of an activity called Superhero Plant Trading Cards, developed by Ottawa-based artist Jaime Koebel (Métis, Cree).

Additional resources from our book Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom can be found below.
Please share your creations with us on social media! #OAGfromhome

PDF version of Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the Classroom

Lesson plans by grade



A message from Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO
April 23, 2020


Dear OAG Members, Supporters and Friends,

It is hard to believe that two years ago we opened the doors to the new OAG amid great celebration. The weekend of April 28th, 2018 will always hold a special place in my mind as we saw a multitude of people join us in enthusiastic support for Ottawa’s new home for the arts. The OAG Expansion was a coming of age for the arts community in Ottawa that brought into focus the incredible artistic talent that resides in our city.

With over 800,000 people through our doors, thousands more online and through our outreach programs, the Gallery’s impact over the last couple of years has been considerable and is a testament as to how cultural institutions can act as spaces for connection and social cohesion.

Despite the temporary but essential response due to COVID-19, OAG remains committed to creating a space–albeit digital–designed for art and people, rooted in our locale, connected to an ever-shifting global conversation, and a safe and inspiring space where difference and commonalities are celebrated.

Over the next few days we will share some of our fondest memories from our inaugural opening, I hope you will join us online as we celebrate and honor all of those involved!

Sincerely;


Alexandra Badzak
Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery

Photo : Lindsay Ralph


How to help local social initiatives right now
April 2020


OAG is compiling a list of social initiatives that need urgent support in response to COVID-19. Please check back for updates.

Buy Local
 
Ottawa Food Bank
 
Canadian Blood Services
 
Donations – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Photo : Adrien Williams


Your Arts Community Links
April 2020


Helpful resource links from other cultural organizations in response to COVID-19. Please check back for updates. 

COVID-19 - Ottawa Arts Community Care Facebook Group

Canada Council for the Arts

CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation)

Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ottawa Arts Council - Survey - COVID-19 and Direct Impact on our Community

Urgent Response Funding for Artists Aged 55+​

Ottawa Community Foundation

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Museums Association

Akimbo

Art Canada Institute

SAW Video stay-at-home-web-residency program

Inuit Art Foundation
 


Tired of looking at the same four walls day in and day out?
April 2020 

Update your view and fill in the blanks by purchasing original art from some of the Ottawa region’s most talented artists. Galerie Annexe, the OAG’s commercial art gallery, has its art collection available for view, sale and rental online, here. The collection is at your fingertips, and yours to purchase or rent at the click of a button. All sales and rentals from the Galerie Annexe support regional artists and the Ottawa Art Gallery.

How does renting art work? Our art rental service gives you a chance to live with an artwork before committing to the final purchase. No long-term rental is required and, if you decide to purchase the rental, we will remove up to 3 months of rental fees off the purchase price. Art rental fees range from approximately $30 to $200 per month and no purchase after rental is necessary. The only thing you need to participate in our rental program is a $40 OAG membership.

Did you miss the opportunity to see Tethers │Scars, the exhibit of new works by Claudia Gutierrez and Tafui? You can still view their pieces online. Simply click this link and click "filter by" or select the artists' names from the list on the left to see all artworks available!

Please note that due to the Ottawa Art Gallery closure in response to COVID-19, and to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, all art sales and rentals cannot be picked up/shipped until we reopen our doors, but you can ensure that you get the one-of-a-kind piece you have your eye on by making your purchase on-line today and we will keep it wrapped and ready until we welcome you through our doors.

See you soon!

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Congratulations John Healey! Recipient of this year's Project X, Photography Award.
April 2020


Honourable mentions go to finalists Christine Fitzgerald and Deanna Pizzitelli for their great work!

Project X, Photography Award recognizes the merits of a publicly presented photographic project by an Ottawa-based artist. This award is presented by SPAO Centre - School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, the OAG and the Ottawa Arts Council.

The award recipient will receive a prize of $1,000, a bursary of $1,000 towards SPAO classes or residency program, and the opportunity to exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery and receive an associated CARFAC exhibition fee.

John Healey

John Healey grew up along the St. Lawrence River in Brockville, Ontario. John’s images have been exhibited in galleries across Ontario and his work, HEAD-ON, has shown nationally at Scotiabank CONTACT 2017. His image “Jug Top” from Plastic Beach was selected as an Honourable Mention in the 2019 Optic Nerve competition held by BlackFlash. Plastic Beach images were also included in the 2019 exhibition Common Waters presented by Cambridge Art Galleries. Also from this series, “Michigan Man after Arcimboldo” won Grand Prize at Figureworks 2019. John is a past artist-in-resident at the School of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa and is an upcoming artists-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC).

John Healey, “Michigan Man after Arcimboldo, Lake Michigan” 2020. Pigment Ink on Baryta


A message from Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO
April 2020 

Dear OAG Members, Supporters and Friends;

On behalf of the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Board of Directors and Staff, I wish you all peace and good health during these challenging times. As we collectively face the uncertainty ahead due to COVID-19, it is clear to me that art plays an important role in our lives; it can ease our stress, stimulate our senses, educate us, and bind us together as a community. Artists have been compelled since the beginning of time to reflect, record, and react to the intimate and personal aspects of our lives as well as the major forces that shape the world around us, they play an incredibly important role in society and we thank them for it. We need art, we have always needed art, and now more so than ever.

At the OAG, our job is to connect you with the art and artists of our time and place, and although our gallery is closed for the foreseeable future, we will continue our mission online. We have already launched #OAGfromhome, an excellent digital dose of artwork from our collections, and stay tuned for more from our virtual world to yours as we explore tours, artist interviews, mini art segments, art education curriculum, tutorials and more.

I wish to extend a special thanks to the City of Ottawa for the care and safety of the Ottawa Art Gallery during this time, including our dedicated maintenance and security teams. Thanks also to our service agencies, funders and cultural colleagues in Ottawa, Gatineau, Ontario and Canada who are working together with one voice to support each other and chart the impact of COVID-19 on our sector. Finally a heartfelt thanks to all of you who continue to care about the OAG and support the arts in Ottawa.

Be well and may your days be filled with art;
 


Alexandra Badzak
Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery


Photo: Rémi Thériault


The OAG seeks artists and community builders interested in joining our Board of Directors. 
Join our team of dedicated and ambitious Board members, staff and volunteers - experience the legacy and shape the future of visual arts and culture in the region.
April 2020

The Ottawa Art Gallery is Ottawa’s Home for the Arts

The Ottawa Art Gallery is a place for the curious to explore, support and experience Ottawa-Gatineau’s rich artistic heritage – building a hub for creative conversations and connections.

At the OAG, our job is to connect you with the art and artists of our time and place. Although our gallery is closed for the foreseeable future because of COVID-19 we will continue our mission online. We will re-open in the future and as we continue to build for the future we are seeking new candidates to join our Board of Directors.

The OAG is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Founded in 1988 by a group of local artists and community leaders, the OAG received designation as Ottawa’s municipal art gallery in 1992. Over time, the OAG has built a significant permanent collection that now numbers more than 1,100 works including paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, photographs and new media.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is a significant cultural destination in Ottawa. In the last two years, we welcomed over 700,000 visitors, engaged 100,000 participants in our public programming, expanded our outreach to diverse communities and built new partnerships with cultural and business organizations in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Join us as we continue to build an important, relevant and responsive public institution.

As a leader in our community, the OAG presents the art of our time and place in a space built for art and people, rooted in our locale, a cultural meeting place where people can explore and reflect on diversity and social change through a spectrum of visual arts practice.

If you have an interest in the arts, a capacity for strategic thinking and a passion for public engagement, we encourage you to apply to join the OAG team.

Learn more about the OAG and the kind of Board members we are seeking by visiting our website at oaggao.ca/board-directors. If you think that you could contribute to the OAG and are inspired by our vision for the arts, we encourage you to apply by submitting an expression of interest (max. 500 words) outlining your understanding of what the OAG is trying to achieve and how your experience can help us in our evolution as well as a brief biography (max 250 words).

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 1st 2020 at 5pm and should be submitted as a pdf to zmacneil@oaggao.ca. Please direct questions to Zoë MacNeil via email at zmacneil@oaggao.ca with the subject line: OAG Board of Directors

The Ottawa Art Gallery thanks all applicants for their interest in the position but only those applicants selected for an interview with be contacted.

What you need to know:

OAG Vision, Mandate and Strategic Priorities

Ottawa Art Gallery’s Vision and Mandate

Creating the City of Ottawa’s foremost centre for visual arts and culture

Ottawa Art Gallery’s mandate is to be the most vital visual arts institution in Ottawa. As a leader in the community, it presents new ideas and provides a cultural meeting place that actively promotes relationships and exchanges between artists and the various, diverse facets of our community. Ottawa Art Gallery explores and reflects on diversity and social change through a spectrum of visual arts practice, focused on but not exclusive to the region in a national and international context.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is seeking Directors who possess some or all of the following qualities:

  • A desire to help build and sustain an important public institution
  •  A knowledge and passion for the visual arts and the role of a municipal art gallery
  • A desire to engage with the region’s communities
  • A commitment to supporting the realization of OAG’s vision, mandate and strategic priorities
  • A willingness to lead and support the OAG’s fundraising efforts
  • Experience in managing organizations or on boards of directors
  • An understanding of the inherent risks in non-profit organizations
  • The ability/willingness to commit time, energy, and resources to fully participate in all board meetings (6 per year) special (as required) and annual general meetings (1 annually) and to engage as committee members
  • A commitment to representing the Board at OAG meetings and events hosted at the OAG and within the community
  • A receptiveness  to diverse experiences, opinions and perspectives
  • A collegial demeanor  and an ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstration of  high ethical standards and integrity
  • The ability to read and understand financial statements and the organization's financial performance, including the ability to assess the financial impact (whether internal or external) of a decision or circumstance.
  • The ability to see the big picture, to ask relevant and probing questions at the strategic level, to challenge management's assumptions when needed, and to differentiate between governance and management responsibilities.

In particular, the Board is seeking a new member to fill the role of Treasurer.

The Treasurer will serve as Chair of the Financial Stewardship & Revenue Generation Committee and is responsible for reviewing financial results and making recommendations to the board regarding financial decisions and policies.

Photo: Adrien Williams


Call for Virtual Studio Visits for Emerging Artists
April 2020


Sign up deadline: April 15th at 11:59pm 

Due to COVID-19, there is a shortage of opportunities to discuss recent and ongoing production of emerging artists' work. In order to best support new-generation and emerging artists whose discussion of work has been affected by this recent pandemic, several curators from regional institutions are collaborating to offer 30-min Skype/Zoom/Google Hangout studio visits over the last two weeks of April. This initiative gives you an opportunity to dialogue with curatorial professionals from partnering institutions to discuss your recently completed work and overall practice via virtual meetings. These are free to sign-up for, and operate on a first come, first serve basis. Selected artists will be given a randomly generated time slot and curator to virtually meet.

Participating Curators:

Leila Timmins - Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Matthew Kyba - Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Lisa Deanne Smith - OCAD U's Onsite Gallery
Jaclyn Quaresma - Durham Art Gallery
Michelle Gewurtz - Ottawa Art Gallery
Xenia Benelovski - Sugar Contemporary

Available times:

April 20 - 30th 

  • 8:30am - 9:30am
  • 10:00am - 10:30am
  • 11:00am - 11:30am
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
  • 12:45pm - 1:15pm
  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
  • 2:15pm - 2:45pm

If you're interested, please email "virtualstudiovisits2020@gmail.com" with:

  1. Your full name
  2. Where your practice is based
  3. Artist website
  4. A short bio (250 words max)
  5. Artist statement (250 words max)
  6. High quality images of work (5-8 images, video files must be linked on google drive)

On April 18th, artists will be emailed their timeslot, communication method (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype), and Curator. Please make sure to test your microphone/camera and internet connection before chatting, as each participating curator will not be able to go over the allotted 30 minutes to allow for equal time for each artist.


Project X, Photography Award
April 2020

Project X, Photography Award recognizes the merits of a publicly presented photographic project by an Ottawa-based artist. This award is presented by SPAO, the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Ottawa Arts Council.The award recipient will receive a prize of $1,000, a bursary of $1,000 towards SPAO classes or residency program, and the opportunity to exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery and receive an associated CARFAC exhibition fee. 

We are happy to announce this year’s shortlisted artists. Congratulations Christine Fitzgerald, John Healey, and Deanna Pizzitelli!

Please join us on social media as we announce the Project X, Photography Award recipient at 11 am on April 6, 2020.
 

Christine Fitzgerald

Christine Fitzgerald is a photo-based artist who sees photography as a medium for creating unique physical objects. She explores the possibilities of using antiquated methods of image and photographic print making as a means of expression. 

Christine is the recipient of numerous awards, honours and accolades, including the International Fine Art Photographer of the Year award in 2016 and an International Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers in 2017. Christine was selected as a visual artist for the Canada C3 Expedition on Canada’s 150th anniversary and in 2018; she had the privilege of creating a portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall on the occasion of her 85th birthday. Her work has been featured by numerous media including the CBC, The Washington Post and the National Geographic.

Christine Fitzgerald, “Cacatua moluccensis”, 2019. Unique hand-printed photographic print, Tricolour Gum Bichromate over Palladium Print on Cotton Rag

John Healey

John Healey grew up along the St. Lawrence River in Brockville, Ontario. John’s images have been exhibited in galleries across Ontario and his work, HEAD-ON, has shown nationally at Scotiabank CONTACT 2017. His image “Jug Top” from Plastic Beach was selected as an Honourable Mention in the 2019 Optic Nerve competition held by BlackFlash. Plastic Beach images were also included in the 2019 exhibition Common Waters presented by Cambridge Art Galleries. Also from this series, “Michigan Man after Arcimboldo” won Grand Prize at Figureworks 2019. John is a past artist-in-resident at the School of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa and is an upcoming artists-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC).

John Healey, “Michigan Man after Arcimboldo, Lake Michigan” 2020. Pigment Ink on Baryta

Deanna Pizzitelli

Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator residing between Ottawa, Canada and Bratislava, Slovakia. She is one of the inaugural winners of the Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award, which culminated in an exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and at the OCADU Onsite Gallery in Toronto. She is currently a finalist for Rencontres d’Arles: Louis Roederer Discovery Award 2020, and was recently awarded the Beth Block Membership Honoraria from the Houston Center for Photography in Texas. 

Deanna has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland, Portugal and Finland. She is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery (CA) and her work is in the collections of the Archive of Modern Conflict (UK) and the Center for Creative Photography (US).

Deanna Pizzitelli, “Self-Portrait, Cave, I (from Koža, Women & Other Stories)”, 2017. Toned Silver Gelatin Print, Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery 
 



Giv'em a Half Turn
March 2020

OAG’s current exhibition Russell Yuristy: The Inside of Elephants and All Kinds of Things, celebrates the poignantly playful multimedia practice of Canadian artist Russell Yuristy, focusing mainly on the dynamic period between 1970 and 1990. Throughout this period, Yuristy crafted a whimsical portrait of the natural world, rural culture and his place in both; emerging as one of the most unique Canadian anti-establishment artists.

In lieu of being able to see the current exhibit at the moment, you can watch the NFB’s iconic short (10 mins) documentary Giv ‘em a Half Turn for a glimpse into Yuristy’s creations.

Give ‘em a Half Turn, 1979. Directed by Reevan Dolgoy Film, 10 min 34 sec . Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.



OAG Public Health Update
Temporary closure of The Ottawa Art Gallery

March 2020


Dear Ottawa Art Gallery friends and visitors;

As Ottawa’s Home for the Arts, we promise to continue to provide a safe and inspiring space for everyone, including visitors, employees, partners and volunteers. In response to COVID-19, we are taking additional steps to enhance your safety and well-being, as such, we have decided that the best thing to do for the health and safety of our visitors, and staff is to move forward with the temporary closure of the Ottawa Art Gallery until further notice. 

This temporary closure will include Jackson Café and Restaurant; the OAG Shop; and Galerie Annexe. All Events and rentals will also be cancelled and/or rescheduled to a later date.

March Break camps will also be cancelled due to the building closure - refunds will be processed by March 20, 2020.

We will continue to assess the public health risk as new information becomes available via the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health. We will let you know of any and all changes regarding the Gallery via our website, oaggao.ca and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, in addition to Connexions, our weekly newsletter.

Reducing the spread – what you can do

There are everyday actions that everyone can do to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-8

As we manage the precautions and updates regarding COVID-19, we remain committed to the safety of our guests, visitors and supporters, and look forward to welcoming you through our doors again soon.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery

 



OAG nominated for a Leading Culture Destinations Award!
March 2020


The Ottawa Art Gallery is thrilled to have been nominated for "Best Cultural Collaboration" at this year's LCD Berlin Awards 2020. The OAG was recognized for its collaborations with The Ottawa Mission, St. Joe's Women's CentreThe Royal Ottawa, The Ottawa Public Library and others. 

The award ceremony took place on March 4 and 5 in Berlin, Germany. Congratulations to all of this year's winners and nominees! More info on the awards here: https://www.leadingculturedestinations.com/awards-1  

Photo: Adrien Williams



Gallery Educator at the Ottawa Art Gallery
March 2020
POSTING PERIOD: Ongoing.
Application deadline: Ongoing.


The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is looking to add bilingual Gallery Educators to its team. Join a dynamic work environment at one of the most vital visual arts institutions in Ottawa. The OAG is a cultural meeting place that encourages exploration and reflection on diversity and social change through a spectrum of visual arts practice, focused on but not exclusive to the region in a national and international context.

Job Description:

Reporting to the head of the department, and working in close collaboration with the Public, Educational and Community Programs team, Gallery Educators are responsible for delivering exhibition- and collection-based related tours and workshops at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Gallery Educators are required to engage with school groups and the general public in a professional and friendly manner to the best representation of the Ottawa Art Gallery. Gallery Educators participate in the conception of learning activities at the Gallery, and are responsible for acquiring collection- and exhibition-related knowledge. Learning activities occur at the Gallery as well as offsite. Scope of work will occasionally also include activity planning and materials preparation. Educators will occasionally also be required to facilitate special one-off activities during fundraising and special events.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on artists and/or exhibitions presented at the gallery.
  • Research, expand on and adapt an animation method that accounts for the length of the visit and the intended audience.
  • Lead interactive tours.
  • Facilitate hands-on workshops and make links between the workshop and the techniques or themes of the exhibition.

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualities, knowledge and experience:

  • A university degree in visual arts or other related field.
  • Two years’ experience in a museum context dealing with front-line tasks and working with the public or related experience
  • Knowledge of art history and contemporary art.
  • Familiarity with the OAG collection is an asset.
  • Excellent command of French and English.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to be courteous at all times and under all circumstances.
  • Be outgoing.
  • Be dynamic, proactive and cheerful.
  • Be punctual.

WAGE CONDITIONS: Casual, on-call position
$18.00 per hour. Travel from OAG to offsite venue locations will be covered by OAG according to our policy.
Please note that selected candidates will be required to provide a recent and valid police background check from the Ottawa Police Service.

Please send your cover letter and CV to: jobs@oaggao.ca
Please reference the position you are applying for in the subject line.
The Ottawa Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer. We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Photo : Lindsay Ralph | Artwork by Jane Martin and Michèle Provost
 


Sketch to Fly...Anywhere Porter Goes! 
March 2020


On March 11th, during our opening reception help raise $2,000 in support of youth programming at OAG and get a chance to win 2 tickets anywhere Porter flies by creating a giant sketch with artist Russell Yuristy!

STEP 1: Join us on level 3

STEP 2: Artist Russell Yuristy will get a GIANT sketch started so you can take it from there...

STEP 3: Donate $5 (cash or credit accepted) for every 5'x5' square and continue the sketch

STEP 4: Receive one (1) entry to win two (2) tickets anywhere Porter flies with every $5 sketch square purchased!

STEP 5: Repeat as many times as you'd like and help us hit our $2,000 goal!

Russell Yuristy, Ulysses Leading Henry Bird to Atlantis #5 (detail), 1971, ink on cardstock, 57.3 x 72.4 cm, collection of the artist, photo: Justin Wonnacott


OAG closed until noon on Thursday, February 27, 2020
February 2020


❄️ PLEASE NOTE that due to the incoming snow storm, the Ottawa Art Gallery will be CLOSED to the public until NOON tomorrow to allow enough time for roads and parking lots to be cleared. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Project X, Photography Award
February 2020

The Ottawa Arts Council and the former Festival X partnered to establish the Project X, Photography Award to promote and foster photographic excellence in Ottawa. Moving forward, Project X is now joined by both SPAO and the Ottawa Art Gallery in order to enhance the award’s impact and extend its longevity, in addition to introducing an independent jury comprised of members from the visual art and photographic community. The award now recognizes the merits of a publicly presented photographic project by an Ottawa-based artist.

Deadline: February 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm.
Details:
https://ottawaartscouncil.ca/en/our-programs/awards/project-x-photograph...

Gary Franks, Celia, 2019, long exposure on Polaroid 01, image courtesy of the artist


Group of Seven Photo Wall
Celebrating 100 years of the Group of Seven

February 2020 (Mackenzie King Lobby)

Step #IntoArt at the OAG and become part of Franz Johnston’s Algoma Landscape

Check out our props (thanks @amber.propmaster); post your shots; don’t forget to tag us – we love to see your smiling faces.

The exhibition (Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years is on view now on level 2.

Tag your photos with #INTOART #OAG to share them with us! 

Thanks to our friends at CreativeMornings Ottawa for snapping this great shot during Happy Hour.  

Exhibition presented by:

Photo: Ming Wu


Ever wonder who works behind the scenes at OAG?
Get to know OAG Curator Rebecca Basciano.

February 2020

“I am very conscious of our present moment and duty that we have as curators and as an institution.”
-Rebecca Basciano

Did you know that it can take 3 to 4 years to create an art exhibition? Go behind the scenes with one of our Curators, Rebecca Basciano, a graduate from Carleton University's Art History program, and find out what inspirers her. Thank you to Carleton University for this amazing spotlight!

Rebecca’s current exhibits include (Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years on view until January 10, 2021,  and Jennifer Dickson: The Credo Project, on view now until July 26, 2020. Official opening reception for both exhibits is on March 11, 2020, from 6 pm to 9 pm, all are welcome. Admission to the OAG is always Free.

Watch Video (1:40 mins)