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Location and hours

City Hall Art Gallery
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario
613-580-2424 ext. 28425
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Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, including holidays.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Paid parking available

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

Current exhibitions

Longevity
2017 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection

November 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, November 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Donald Kwan, Longevity, 2016,

Donald Kwan, Longevity, 2016, mixed media on paper, 76.2 x 55.9 cm. City of Ottawa Art Collection, 2017-0023

Jim Logan, Home, 2017, acrylic on canvas

Jim Logan, Home, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, 2017-0025

Katy Lopez, Asylum denied, 2016

Katy Lopez, Asylum denied, 2016, digital print on paper, 50.8 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0027

Natasha Doyon, Living Room, 2013

Natasha Doyon, Living Room, 2013, oil on canvas, 198 x 137 cm, 2017-0012

Dale Dunning, Gyptian 2/7, 2016

Dale Dunning, Gyptian 2/7, 2016, steel, 100 x 68 x 23 cm, 2017-0013

Lynda Cronin, Tempus, 2017

Lynda Cronin, Tempus, 2017, powder-coated aluminum, commissioned for Innovation Park and Ride – 1321-3043 Innovation Drive, 2017-0069

The exhibition title Longevity embodies the spirit of collecting with specific reference to the intentions behind collection activities; acquisition, documentation, display, preservation, and conservation. Artworks in the City of Ottawa Art Collection serve as meaningful records that help to define the cultural landscape of our region and are preserved for the enrichment of future generations. They act as reference points for specific events, quotidian contemplations and intangible notions of the past, present and of what is yet to come.

This exhibition highlights 75 additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2017. Artworks are added to the Collection each year by way of a peer assessment process through purchase, donation and/or commission. This year, 64 artworks by 44 artists were purchased, six artworks were donated and five site-specific permanent public art commissions were completed.

Artworks that become part of the City of Ottawa Art Collection are placed in public spaces and municipal buildings to be viewed and enjoyed by residents and visitors. The City of Ottawa and its pre-amalgamation municipalities have been collecting artwork by professional artists actively for over 30 years. As a result, the Collection has grown to include over 2,700 artworks by more than 750 artists. The artists featured in this exhibition represent but a small fragment of a much larger visual arts community comprised of many talented local artists.

List of Recent Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection

Acquisitions

  • Fiona Annis, Double Moon Crossing, 2016, photograph on paper, 75 x 75 cm, 2017-0005
  • Glenn Bloodworth, Former Gibbs Gas, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0006
  • Glenn Bloodworth, Former "Blue" Motel, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0007
  • Glenn Bloodworth, Former Scott Gas Station and Variety Store, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0008
  • Glenn Bloodworth, Former Hubcap Place – The Kaladar Motel, 2015, digital print on paper, 28.6 x 48.3 cm, 2017-0009
  • Marianne Burlew, Skin (Living Room), 2012, digital print on paper, 45.7 x 30.5 cm, 2017-0010
  • Tim desClouds, Destiny Emerges from Distant Waters, 2017, mixed media, 150 x 130 x 20 cm, 2017-0011
  • Natasha Doyon, Living Room, 2013, oil on canvas, 198 x 137 cm, 2017-0012
  • Dale Dunning, Gyptian 2/7, 2016, steel, 100 x 68 x 23 cm, 2017-0013
  • Rosalie Favell, Facing the Camera: Jim Logan, Ottawa, ON, 2009, 2009, digital print on paper, 55 x 43 cm, 2017-0014
  • Tony Fouhse, End of the Line, 2017, digital print on paper, 57.2 x 68.6 cm, 2017-0015
  • Tony Fouhse, Surveillance Cameras, 2017, digital print on paper, 57.2 x 68.6 cm, 2017-0016
  • Sarah Fuller, Boulder (Shore No.1), 2016, digital print on paper, 76.2 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0017
  • Diane Hiscox, Lees Avenue May 25, 2016, 2016, oil on canvas, 46 x 61 cm, 2017-0018
  • David Kaarsemaker, The Negative in the Image, 3, 2017, oil on canvas, 91.4 x 122 cm, 2017-0019
  • Gayle Kells, Botanical Lure, 2014, ink on paper, 145 x 106 cm, 2017-0020
  • Gillian King, Tuff, 2017, cold wax medium, oil, powdered charcoal and raw pigments on canvas, 152 x 122 cm, 2017-0021
  • Mark Knowles, Secret Meeting, 2015, acrylic, latex paint and spray paint on wood, 91.5 x 122 cm, 2017-0022
  • Donald Kwan, Longevity, 2016, mixed media on paper, 76.2 x 55.9 cm, 2017-0023
  • Natalia Laluq, Lebreton Flats, The Pump House, Ottawa, December 21, 2016, 2016, oil on canvas, 67 x 78 cm, 2017-0024
  • Jim Logan, Home, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, 2017-0025
  • Katy Lopez, Please do not tell me who I am, 2015, digital print on paper, 50.8 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0026                                                                                                             
  • Katy Lopez, Asylum denied, 2016, digital print on paper, 50.8 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0027
  • Ramses Madina, Casemate Type 655, 2017, digital print on paper, 102 x 127 cm, 2017-0028
  • Ramses Madina, Casemate VF2a Schnabelstand, 2017, digital print on paper, 102 x 127 cm, 2017-0029
  • Blazej Marczak, Snowdrift, Lewis Street, 2017, digital print on paper, 61 x 91 cm, 2017-0030
  • Maryse Maynard, Wild & Precious, 2012, mixed media, 43 x 84 x 7 cm, 2017-0031
  • Kelsey McGruer, Motif of a Mother, 2016, digital print on paper, 116.8 x 82.5 cm, 2017-0032
  • Andrew Morrow, Canadian Pastille, 2017, oil on paper, 22 x 28 cm, 2017-0033
  • Andrew Morrow, Baths There, 2017, oil on paper, 28 x 22 cm, 2017-0034
  • Colin Muir Dorward, Talking About What To Do Tonight, 2013, watercolour on paper, 76 x 55 cm, 2017-0035
  • Mélanie Myers, Sous-sol bulle, 2016, graphite on paper, 94 x 104 cm, 2017-0036
  • Mélanie Myers, Sous-sol bulle, 2016, coloured pencil on paper, 58 x 66 cm, 2017-0037
  • Mélanie Myers, Sous-sol bulle, 2016, coloured pencil on paper, 60 x 71cm, 2017-0038
  • Cheryl Pagurek, Navy Tea Cup / Crimea, 2016, digital print on paper, 43.4 x 65 cm, 2017-0039
  • Lise Presseault, School Lane (#3760), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0040
  • Lise Presseault, Woodbine Lane (#5229), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0041
  • Lise Presseault, School Lane (#4964), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0042
  • Lise Presseault, Avon Lane (#0714), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0043
  • Lise Presseault, Woodbine Lane (#5846), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0044
  • Lise Presseault, Avon Lane (#0621), 2017, digital print on paper, 104 x 76.2 cm, 2017-0045
  • Komi Seshie, La Sensation d’Hiver, 2016, video, 4:05 min, 2017-0046
  • Daniel Sharp, Homo bulla (Just like my father), 2017, oil on wood panel, 84.3 x 90.5 cm, 2017-0047
  • Daniel Sharp, Snowdrift, 2017, mixed media on wood panel, 90 x 121.1 cm, 2017-0048
  • Zelia Soares, Simultaneous Patterns, 2017, inkjet print on paper, 91.4 x 91.4 cm, 2017-0049
  • Zelia Soares, In Stripes, 2012, inkjet print on paper, 72.4 x 73.7 cm, 2017-0050
  • Cindy Stelmackowich, Canticle Tear Duct, 2015, glass beads on paper and marbled paper, 73.6 x 58.4 cm, 2017-0051
  • Carl Stewart, Springwell Suite (196 Metcalfe Street), 2005, mixed media, 46 x 46 cm, 2017-0052
  • Sanjay Sundram, You are richer than you think, 2016, watercolour on paper, 76 x 56 cm, 2017-0053
  • Norman Takeuchi, Tall Falls, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 101.6 x 81.3 cm, 2017-0054
  • Laura Taler, Brush Dust Against the Wind no.1923 (blur), 2017, digital print on vinyl, 183 x 223.5 cm, 2017-0055
  • Amy Thompson, Bryce Canyon, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0056
  • Amy Thompson, Monument Valley, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0057
  • Amy Thompson, Death Valley, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0058
  • Amy Thompson, Apache Trail, 2016, metal leaf on paper, 29 x 36 cm, 2017-0059
  • Guillermo Trejo, Grey Composition, 2015, wool, 198 x 127 cm, 2017-0060
  • Zoltan Veevaete, Computer Brain II, 2016, oil on linen canvas, 51 x 40 cm, 2017-0061
  • Justin Wonnacott, Photograph of “The Hunt” (detail) by Christopher Keene 1986, 2017, digital print on papter, 61 x 51 cm, 2017-0062
  • Shirley Yik, Athrop-o-scene 5, 2016, ink on paper, 107 x 244 cm, 2017-0063
  • Jinny Yu, Black Matter, 2014, ink on aluminium, 152 x 122 cm, 2017-0064

2017 Direct Purchase Peer Assessment Committee members:
Victoria Henry, Nneka Nnagbo, Andrew Smith, Meredith Snider, Eric Walker

Donations

  • Peter Hoffer, untitled, 2007, mixed media on panel, 61 x 122 cm, 2017-0001, anonymous gift (2016)
  • Peter Hoffer, untitled, 2007, mixed media on panel, 30.5 x 152.4 cm, 2017-0002, anonymous gift (2016)
  • Malak Karsh, Man’s Creation Outdone by Nature, 1949, photograph on paper, 49 x 38.5cm, 2017-0003, anonymous gift (2016)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • François Proulx, Pas de dieux, 1981, photograph on paper, 58.4 x 40 cm, 2017-0004, anonymous gift (2016)
  • Bhat Boy, Fall Flea Market at the Glebe Community Centre, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 63.5 x 83.4 cm, 2017-0070, gift of Richard and Mary Ellen James in memory of Tom and Bea Mascaro (2017)
  • Gwen Dawson, Ship Shape, 1973, etching on paper, 53.4 x 63.5 cm, 2017-0071, gift of Melba Cuddy (2017)

Commissions

  • Amy Thompson, Almanac, 2017, powder-coated aluminum and stainless steel, 2017-0065, commissioned for the François Dupuis Recreation Centre expansion project
  • Jonathon Anderson and Dave Kemp, Ebb + Flow, 2017, steel, 2017-0066, commissioned for Crestview Change House and Pool project – 56 Fieldrow Street
  • Adrian Göllner and Joanna Swim, Winston Chandelier, 2017, powder-coated aluminum, 2017-0067, commissioned for Winston Place Plaza development project – 399 Winston Avenue
  • Stuart Kinmond, Main2, 2017, ceramic frit on glass, aluminum, steel, and concrete, 2017-0068, commissioned for Main Street Renewal project – 223 Main Street
  • Lynda Cronin, Tempus, 2017, powder-coated aluminum, 2017-0069, commissioned for Innovation Park and Ride – 1321-3043 Innovation Drive

 

Upcoming exhibitions

2018 exhibition schedule coming soon!

Public consultation: 2018 exhibitions

Posted August 31, 2017

The 30 day consultation period is now closed. The final exhibition schedule for the Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery 2018 exhibition season will be announced in November 2017. More information about the 30 day public consultation process is included in section 4.2 of the Public Art Policy. Thank you for your participation in this review process.

Call for proposals: 2018 exhibitions

Public Art Program – Karsh-Masson‎ Gallery & City Hall Art Gallery

This competition is now closed. The Call for proposals: 2019 exhibitions at Karsh-Masson‎ and City Hall art galleries will be announced in February 2018. To receive emails about gallery exhibitions, programming and calls for proposals, email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca with the subject line “subscribe – exhibitions.”

Once a year, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites professional artists and curators to propose exhibitions. Proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery the following year.

Exhibitions at Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries feature the work of professional artists working in visual art, media art and fine craft, including solo, two-person and group exhibitions; curated exhibitions; exhibitions from the diplomatic sector, and circulating exhibitions from other institutions. Annual programming includes artist talks, tours and panel discussions as well as one exhibition of the City of Ottawa Art Collection and one exhibition of artwork by a graduating student from the University of Ottawa MFA program.

Eligibility

  • This call for proposals is open to professional visual artists and curators who are emerging, mid-career or established, and working in visual art, media art, fine craft, design and other new art forms. A professional artist is someone who has specialized training in his or her artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions), who is recognized by his or her peers as such, is committed to his or her artistic activity, and has a history of public presentation.
  • Applicants who have exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery within the last two consecutive years are not eligible to apply. City of Ottawa employees and elected representatives are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists and curators of diverse origins including First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Assessment

All eligible proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit and professionalism
  • regional importance and innovation
  • quality and cohesiveness of the artwork examples and the written proposal statement
  • appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space

Past exhibitions 2010 - 2013

From January 2014 to September 2017, the gallery was programmed by the Ottawa Art Gallery under the name OAG Annex.

2013

  • 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 - I
    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.

2012

  • 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.

2011

  • 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.

2010 

  • 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.