Named for renowned portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh and painter Henri Masson, this municipal gallery features artwork by local, national and international professional artists working in various styles and mediums. 

Exhibits on display at Karsh-Masson Gallery have been selected by an independent, professional arts jury. The artwork, themes, points of view or comments conveyed in each exhibit are those of the Artist and do not represent those of the City of Ottawa.

Current exhibition

Aislinn Leggett – Gathered

May 5 to June 5, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Photograph of a pile of yarn by Aislinn Leggett


Through photography and sculptural installations, Gathered delves into the issues of femininity and family relationships which at the basis are inspired by the artist’s personal memories and archives. In a process of altering her family’s old garments the final pieces created reference the idea of the home, the fetus and the body.

Gathered #12, 2013, inkjet print on paper, 101 x 76 cm. Courtesy of the artist


Upcoming exhibitions

David Kaarsemaker – Scrim

June 14 to July 24, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Painting by David Kaarsemaker

A scrim is a sheer fabric used in the theatre that can both reflect and transmit light. In his paintings, Kaarsemaker folds together a wide range of surfaces and techniques into a new painterly unit by layering translucent “scrims” of paint. The works in this series depict installation views of imaginary exhibitions. 

Wildlife Garden (study 2), 2015, oil and charcoal on canvas, 30 x 41 cm. Courtesy of the artist


University of Ottawa MFA candidate – Thesis exhibition

August 4 to 28, 2016

As a supplement to our regular programming, Karsh-Masson Gallery is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts to provide this valuable professional development opportunity.

The Karsh Award 2016

September 8 to October 16, 2016

Portrait of Yousuf and Malak Karsh looking at a camera


This exhibit features artwork by the recipient of the 2016 Karsh Award, which is presented every two years to an established local artist for outstanding work in a photo-based medium. This award honours the artistic legacy of celebrated Ottawa photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh. Yousuf Karsh documented history by photographing thousands of celebrated icons. His younger brother Malak Karsh focused on Canadian landscape and architecture, and is especially known for capturing Parliament Hill and its tulips.

Left: Yousuf Karsh
Right: Malak Karsh
Photo credit: unknown




City of Ottawa Art Collection – Additions 2016

October 27 to November 27, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2016 through purchase, commission and donation. 

Gail Bourgeois & Anna Frlan – Stories Nearby

December 8, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Thursday, December 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Drawing by Gail Bourgeois and a steel sculpture by Anna Frlan


Stories Nearby presents multiple perspectives on grappling with sustained systems of warfare between humans and against nature. The exhibition features large-scale steel sculptures, small-scale plaster objects and black and white drawings on paper. Both artists explore the paradoxical nature of progress and express architectural concerns as they tell their stories and the stories of others.

Above: Gail Bourgeois, Untitled (détente), 2014, graphite on paper, 127 x 152 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Below: Anna Frlan, War Chest, 2013, steel, 58 x 93 x 54 cm. Courtesy of the artist







Past exhibitions



Karsh-Masson Gallery

110 Laurier Avenue West

613-580-2424 ext. 14167  
TTY: 613-580-2401 

Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays.

Free admission.
Wheelchair accessible.
Parking available. 

Karsh-Masson Gallery