From March 2014 to the fall of 2017, the Ottawa Art Gallery is operating a temporary satellite location, called the OAG Annex, at City Hall Art Gallery. 

While at City Hall, be sure to visit Karsh-Masson Gallery, featuring contemporary exhibitions by professional artists.

Past exhibitions


  • November 29, 2013 to January 12, 2014
    David Barbour - Home 
    Discover the quiet of the winter urban landscape in this series of black and white panoramic photographs of Ottawa at night, taken with a large-format camera within walking distance of where the artist lived.

  • October 11 to November 17, 2013
    Raymond Aubin - Au jour le jour (Day by Day)
    Assuming the role of cyber-onlooker for one year, Raymond Aubin observed the daily flow of passersby on a Times Square sidewalk by way of a live web cam. Aubin carried out thousands of freeze frames muddled by the artifacts of digital compression. His photographic display extends beyond the gallery walls, occupying the entire space.

  • August 30 to September 29, 2013
    Recent additions to the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection
    Featuring many of the 2012 acquisitions, including site-specific commissions and significant donations, this is an exhibition not to be missed! After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.

  • June 14 to July 28, 2013
    Karina Bergmans - Ligaments and Ligatures
    The exhibition, Ligaments and Ligatures, connects textile organ sculptures with word association to common diseases. A tension is created by the seriousness of the subject matter and the tangibility of the materials.

  • April 26 to June 2, 2013
    Charles Stankievech - The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond
    Presented by the City of Ottawa and the National Arts Centre, in collaboration with SAW Video and Ottawa Art Gallery, the exhibition features a looping film installation shot at the northernmost settlement on earth—Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut.

  • February 8 to April 7, 2013
    Lorraine Gilbert & Christopher Varady-Szabo - Arbor Vitae
    Sharing an interest in the life of trees and in their value as channels for the flow of visible and hidden energies, Gilbert and Varady-Szabo have collaborated to create photographs of trees and tree-inspired photo-drawings that inhabit the gallery and sometimes dialogue in the same pictorial space.




  • November 30, 2012 to January 20, 2013
    Véronique Chagnon-Côté - La capture (The Capture)
    The garden is a closed setting, a development, a structure where men have decided to organize nature. It is a natural space created from scratch, constructed and shaped by humanity to capture the landscape.

  • September 21 to November 18, 2012
    Pedro Isztin - The River
    Pedro Isztin's photographic work discovers and uncovers moments of sacred natural beauty with diversity, sensitivity and depth. One of his most recent projects (2004-11), The River, features scenes from the Ottawa (Outaouais) River between Ottawa, Aylmer and Hull.

  • July 13 to September 9, 2012
    Close to Home
    This exhibition features works acquired in 2011 by the City's Fine Art Collection through commission, donation and acquisition.

  • May 11 to July 1st, 2012
    SAW Video - Tape Heads: Video Art & Technology in the 1980s
    The early days of video art in Ottawa will be highlighted in this historical exhibition marking SAW Video's 30th anniversary (1981-2011).

  • March 16 to April 29, 2012
    Jonathan Hobin - Little Lady / Little Man
    This photographic exhibition reflects on the death of a husband and wife through the use of lullaby, vintage photographs and life-size deathbed portraiture.

  • January 20 to March 4, 2012 
    Donna Legault - Cymatic Imprints
    By making sound visible through material, Cymatic Imprints is a delicate and poetic augmentation that makes for a subtle acoustic experience.




  • November 11, 2011 to January 8, 2012
    Ramses Madina - Night for Day: Road Crews
    Night For Day
    is a work in progress examining artificial light within the context of industrial nightshift operations. On exhibit is part one, entitled Road Crews, which focuses on nightshift road building.

  • September 2 to October 23, 2011
    Andrew Smith - Of the Appearance of Bees
    Abstract painting has the potential to portray an expansive and open-ended realm of reflection on what it might be like to see and feel a place that is of the order of the perceiving body. These paintings are spatial metaphors of the manner or characteristics of how we may relate to bees.

  • July 1st to August 21, 2011
    kipjones - interstices: an intervening space
    To think about space and to create an understanding of it must be to move between thinking of our built environments and our experiences of them.

  • April 22 to June 12, 2011
    Place and Circumstance: New additions to the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection
    This exhibition features recent acquisitions, commissions and donations to the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection.

  • January 28 to April 3, 2011
    Paul Roorda - Take Notice
    Vintage encyclopedia pictures and Polaroid sky photos are nailed to utility posts, becoming weathered over time. Discovered on location or viewed as a collection in the gallery, they reflect the escalating anxiety about climate change that has replaced the fading optimism of unsustainable progress.




  • December 3, 2010 to January 16, 2011
    Perceptions: Reinterpreting the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection
    Non-traditional ways of experiencing works of art — from touch to sound — will be explored in this exhilarating exhibit, which demonstrates how arts and culture can be accessible and inclusive. The show coincides with International Day of Persons with Disabilities and includes works from the City of Ottawa's Fine Art Collection. Presented in collaboration with the City's Community Arts Program and community partners.

  • October 8 to November 21, 2010
    Susan Feindel and Paul Walde - Melting the True North
    Science and art are linked in this exhibit by a shared respect for the North, as a lived reality rather than an abstract idea. After separate journeys to Northern Canada and Norway, artists Susan Feindel and Paul Walde created artworks that show the fragility of the natural elements that make up the Arctic landscape.

  • July 23 to September 26, 2010
    Louis Helbig - Beautiful Destruction : Alberta Tar Sands Aerial Photographs
    Louis Helbig's aerial images teeter between documentary and abstract. The tension between their beauty and what they represent — the man-made alteration and destruction of a landscape — stimulates both thought and imagination.

  • March 11 to May 2, 2010
    Jennifer Stead - A long, drawn out story
    This evolving exhibit will result in a final image that is as much a discovery to the artist as to the observer. That's because from mid-March to the end of April, artist Jennifer Stead will turn City Hall Art Gallery into a studio as she creates a charcoal landscape that fills its walls.