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City Hall Art Gallery

Location and hours

Exterior of City Hall Art Gallery

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 28425 (TTY: 613-580-2401)
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Open daily 9 am to 8 pm, including holidays.
Free admission to exhibitions and events. 

Wheelchair accessible. Paid parking available.
FREE PARKING available at the City Hall garage on weekday evenings after 6 pm and all day on weekends.

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

About

This 1,600 square foot space is one of two professional galleries coordinated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. Exhibitions are selected annually by a peer assessment committee. 

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Call for proposals: 2020 exhibitions

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

image of interior of two galleries

(left) Cheryl Pagurek – Fragile, City Hall Art Gallery.
(right) Barbara Brown and Cynthia O’Brien with Judith Parker, curatorial collaborator – LifeCycle Conversations, Karsh-Masson Gallery. Photos: City of Ottawa

This competition is now closed. The Call for proposals: 2021 exhibitions at Karsh-Masson Gallery‎ and City Hall Art Gallery will be announced in March 2020.

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

About Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery are located on the main level at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Both galleries are open daily from 9 am to 8 pm and are wheelchair accessible. Admission is free.

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery feature the work of professional artists working in all media and include solo, group and curated exhibitions, exhibitions from the diplomatic sector, and circulating exhibitions from other institutions. Both galleries present a combined total of approximately 11 exhibitions annually, each of which lasts approximately seven weeks. Annual programming consists of artist talks and tours, 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. An exhibition related to the Karsh Award is presented every two years at Karsh-Masson Gallery and the next one will occur in 2020.

A public gallery is a forum for the exploration of diverse ideas. The City of Ottawa exhibits artwork in all media that are of interest and importance to the community, that foster a sense of who we are, and that reflect current artistic practices. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding and interpretation of our past and present through gallery programming.

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. The City of Ottawa is committed to supporting cultural activities that respond to the Calls to Action put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and curators are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Gallery Floor Plans

Karsh-Masson Gallery
City Hall Art Gallery

Eligibility

  • The call for proposals is open to professional artists and curators working in all media. 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.
  • National and international applicants are eligible, however priority is given to applicants who live, or have lived, within a 150 km radius of Ottawa or who have a local connection, such as participating in the local arts community. Successful applicants will be responsible for all costs related to shipping artwork to and from the gallery, travel and accommodation.
  • Applicants who have exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery within the last two consecutive years are not eligible to apply.

Only one proposal per applicant will be considered. City of Ottawa employees or elected representatives are not eligible to apply.

Artworks with electrical components:

  • Artworks that require electricity must be approved by an accredited certification or evaluation agency prior to being installed at Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery. The object(s) must have an official certification mark or label indicating that the product has been independently assessed for safety. A list of recognized certification marks and labels is available at www.esasafe.com/electricalproducts/marks.
  • For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Authority at www.esasafe.com or call 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233).
  • Any costs associated with meeting the certification requirement are the sole responsibility of the artist.
  • Applicants must provide documentation that their artwork(s) meets ESA standards (i.e. certification mark) in their proposal.

Honorarium

  • Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee as outlined by the 2020 CARFAC Fee Schedule (A.1 – Category I). Curators will receive a professional curatorial fee.
  • The City of Ottawa Public Art Program does not reimburse expenses related to travel, transportation of artwork and accommodation, nor are per diem fees paid.
  • Complex installations of any kind which require support beyond the exhibition budget are the sole responsibility of the artist.

Assessment criteria and process

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

  • Artistic merit, originality and professionalism
  • Cohesiveness of the artwork examples and the written proposal statement
  • Appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space
  • Regional importance

Peer assessment committee members first review eligible applications individually then meet to review them together. The composition of each committee aims to balance representation of artistic specialization, practice, style, and philosophy, as well as fair representation of official languages, gender, geographic areas and culture-specific communities. Peer assessment committee members are chosen based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. Members of the committee change with every competition. City employees are responsible for the selection of peer assessment committee members. If you are interested in participating as a peer assessment committee member, please email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca.

Compliance review

Following the peer assessment committee’s deliberations, the selected exhibitions will be announced on ottawa.ca. Members of the public are invited to bring forward, within a 30 day period, any concern that the peer assessment committee did not comply with the publicly-announced criteria and procedures of the selection process.

Contact us

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery are operated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. For inquiries or assistance, please email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca or call 613-244-6852.

To receive emails about gallery exhibitions, programming and calls for proposals, email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca with the subject line “subscribe – exhibitions.”

2018 exhibitions

Kaleidoscope: 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection

December 6, 2018 to January 30, 2019

Vernissage: Thursday, December 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Katherine Takpannie, Pushing Through, 2016, digital print on paper, 68 x 97 cm, 2018-0053

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Annie Pootoogook, Having Some Tea, 2006, pencil crayon on paper, 51 x 66 cm, 2018-0032

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Craig Commanda, The Weight (video still), 2013, digital video, 4 min 02 sec, 2018-0013

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Meredith Snider, reused, 2018, mixed media, 32 x 29 x 18 cm, 2018-0046

Kaleidoscope highlights new additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2018. Artworks are added to the Collection each year by way of a peer assessment process through purchase, donation and/or commission. This year, 56 artworks by 34 artists were purchased, eleven artworks were donated and one site-specific permanent public art commission was completed.

The kaleidoscope is a symbol of possibilities and potential; it challenges viewers to adapt their own perspectives as they interpret and re-interpret with each subtle shift of the lens. It encourages us to expand our awareness while encouraging an active and engaged way of viewing. The diverse array of works assembled in this exhibition demonstrate various interpretations of common themes, such as identity and place; however each one is unique, produced within its own set of complex circumstances. Kaleidoscope represents and reveals a wonderful array of viewpoints and richness of vision.

In 2018, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program undertook a pilot project in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. An Indigenous Liaison was engaged to work with artists in the Algonquin, Métis and Inuit communities in an effort to encourage more applications by Indigenous artists. As a result, the City of Ottawa Art Collection saw a dramatic increase in applications from Indigenous artists and 30% of the artworks purchased in 2018 were by Indigenous artists.

Artworks from this circulating collection are placed in over 160 public spaces and municipal buildings to be viewed and enjoyed by residents and visitors. The City of Ottawa and its various municipal predecessors have been actively collecting artwork by professional artists for over 30 years. As a result, the City of Ottawa Collection has grown to include more than 2,800 artworks by more than 750 artists. The artists featured in this exhibition are but a small fragment of a much larger visual arts community that comprises an abundance of artistic talent in the region.

List of Recent Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection

Purchase

Tiffany April, Untitled (Plant), 2017, acrylic and oil on canvas, 122 x 152 cm, 2018-0008

Shahla Bahrami, Censure IV, 2017, paper, 33 x 44 cm, 2018-0009

Shahla Bahrami, Censure V, 2017, paper, 33 x 44 cm, 2018-0010

Shahla Bahrami, Censure VI, 2017 paper, 32 x 44 cm, 2018-0011

Shahla Bahrami, Censure VII, paper, 33 x 44 cm, 2018-0012

Craig Commanda, The Weight, 2013, digital video, 4 min 02 sec, 2018-0013

Kristina Corre, Oceans Between Us, 2017, mixed media on paper, 41 x 51 cm, 2018-0014

Lynda Cronin, Blow, 2018, mixed media on paper, 53 x 76 cm, 2018-0015

Josée Desjardins, Les nouvelles alliances 9, 2015, mixed media, 215 x 182 x 13 cm, 2018-0016

Sarah Fuller, Big Pine on the Highway on the Way to Temagami, 2018, digital print on paper, 112 x 90 cm, 2018-0017 

Sarah Fuller, The Path, 2018, digital print on paper, 112 x 90 cm, 2018-0018

David Kaarsemaker, EB Eddy Mill 6, 2017, oil and acrylic on canvas, 62 x 77 cm, 2018-0019

Claude Latour, Nishna and the Offering, 2018, digital print on paper, 51 x 114 cm, 2018-0020

Claude Latour, Four Kings, 2018, digital print on paper, 33 x 48 cm, 2018-0021

Jim Logan, The Letter, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 77 x 61 cm, 2018-0022

Jim Logan, Loneliness, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 61 cm, 2018-0023

Jim Logan, Life Goes On…, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 51 cm, 2018-0024

Drew Mosley, Catch and Release, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 102 x 192 cm, 2018-0025

Drew Mosley, Mosely Manor, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 122 cm, 2018-0026

Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Plant Cosmos no. 5 (Leaf), 2018, digital print on paper, 84 x 64 cm, 2018-0027

Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Plant Cosmos no. 6 (Fern), 2018, digital print on, 84 x 64 cm, 2018-0028

Mélanie Myers, Sans-titre (sapin-folder), 2014, pencil crayon on paper, 107 x 147 cm, 2018-0029

Nadia Myre, Slit, 2017, digital print on paper, 98 x 139 cm, 2018-0030

Jay Odjick, Mushkiki, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 102, 2018-0031

Annie Pootoogook, Having Some Tea, 2006, pencil crayon on paper, 51 x 66 cm, 2018-0032

Annie Pootoogook, Composition (Listening to the Radio with Coffee), 2005, pencil crayon on paper, 76 x 105 cm, 2018-0033

Annie Pootoogook, Family Home, 2001, ink on paper, 51 x 66 cm, 2018-0034

Barry Pottle, Culture Passed On, 2017, digital print on paper, 40 x 50 cm, 2018-0035

Barry Pottle, Preparation, 2017, digital print on paper, 40 x 50 cm, 2018-0036

Barry Pottle, Silverspoon I, 2017, digital print on paper, 40 x 50 cm, 2018-0037

Barry Pottle, Silverspoon II, 2017, digital print on paper, 40 x 50 cm, 2018-0038

Ramona Ramlochand, unfallen (boys), 2014, digital print on paper, 76 x 114, 2018-0039

Leslie Reid, Resolute I (Cornwallis Island), 2015, oil and graphite on canvas, 83 x 128 cm, 2018-0040

Philip Rose, (Un)Stills, 2018, digital video, 52 mins, 2018-0041

Mana Rouholamini, zigzager le fleuve to zigzag the river, 2018, digital print on polypropylene, 50 x 233 cm, 2018-0042

Mana Rouholamini, adorer le flux to adore the flux, 2018, digital print on polypropylene, 50 x 233 cm, 2018-0043

Vera Saltzman, Lansdowne Park, 2012, photograph on paper, 18 x 18 cm, 2018-0044

Komi Seshie, L’Horizon, 2018, pigment on canvas, 113 x 90 cm, 2018-0045

Meredith Snider, reused, 2018, mixed media, 32 x 29 x 18 cm, 2018-0046

Meredith Snider, preserved, 2018, mixed media, 28 x 10 x 20 cm, 2018-0047

Svetlana Swinimer, Life of an Actor, 2016, acrylic and oil on canvas, 132 x 170 cm, 2018-0048

Tafui, Shield, 2018, mixed media on wood / technique mixte sur bois, 61 x 51 cm, 2018-0049

Tafui, Fragile, 2018, mixed media on wood, 71 x 61 cm, 2018-0050

Katherine Takpannie, Why are you wearing that stupid man suit, 2016, digital print on paper, 44 x 61cm, 2018-0051

Katherine Takpannie, Moments to reflect, I can take a few, 2017, digital print on paper, 68 x 97 cm, 2018-0052

Katherine Takpannie, Pushing Through, 2016, digital print on paper, 68 x 97 cm, 2018-0053

John Tenasco, Armoured Figure, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 41 cm, 2018-0054

John Tenasco, Transforming Shaman, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 81 x 104 cm, 2018-0055

Anne Wanda Tessier, Building Blocks, 2018, linocut print on paper, 120 x 90 cm, 2018-0056

Douglas Walker, A-545, 2009, oil on panel, 111 x 81 cm, 2018-0057

Colin White, Yen Fung Ding, 2017, ink on paper, 36 x 28 cm, 2018-0058

Colin White, Co Châm, 2017, ink on paper, 36 x 28 cm, 2018-0059

Anna Williams, Leaden, 2017, lead and wood, 10 x 25 x 20 cm x 2018-0060

Anna Williams, Leaden, 2017, lead and wood / plomb et bois, 10 x 25 x 20 cm x 2018-0061

Anna Williams, Leaden, 2017, lead and wood, 10 x 25 x 20 cm x 2018-0062

Andrew Wright, Untitled Photographic Picture #5, 2015, digital print on paper, 149 x 224 cm, 2018-0063

 

2018 Direct Purchase Peer Assessment Committee members

Heather Campbell, Neven Lochhead, Natasha Mazurka, Carl Stewart, Melanie Yugo

 

Donations

Tony Fouhse, Guy’s Mom, 2005, digital print on paper, 38 x 38 cm, 2017-0072

Tony Fouhse, Murial, 2008, digital print on paper, 70 x 56 cm, 2017-0073

Tony Fouhse, Rose, 2008, digital print on paper, 64 x 43 cm, 2017-0074

IAMRURIK, untitled, 2005, mixed media on canvas, 122 x 122 cm, 2018-0002

En Masse, EM x Arboretum, 2014, mixed media on panel, 51 x 173 cm, 2018-0003

Hayden Menzies, Dunderhead, 2008, mixed media on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, 2018-0004

Theo Pelmus, Double Self Portrait, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 122 cm, 2018-0005

Tavi Weisz, Remember Yesterday, 2016, oil on paper, 52 x 52 cm, 2018-0006

James Boyd, Rupture in Cosmic Egg, 1979, mixed media on paper, 99 x 67 cm, 2018-0064

Laurence Hyde, Mechano Time Machine, 1980, oil on canvas, 74 x 64 cm, 2018-0065

Bhat Boy, Updraught, 2017, acrylic on panel, 122 x 91 cm, 2018-0066

 

Commissions

Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS Rink

Christopher Griffin, Along the Boards, 2018, stainless steel, 2018-0001, commissioned for Canterbury Outdoor Rink project – 2185 Arch Street

 

Cheryl Pagurek – Fragile

October 11 to November 27, 2018
Vernissage:
Thursday, October 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Q&A with the artist: Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Cheryl Pagurek, Red and Gold Tea Cup / Charlottesville, 2018, digital print, 61 x 91.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery.

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Cheryl Pagurek, Green tea cup: collectivities (video still), 2017, HD video with stereo sound, 6:28 min. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery.

Videos and photographs from the Tea Cups series explore the tenuous state of current world affairs. Made by projecting contemporary global news imagery into delicate vintage tea cups, these works evoke our own human fragility, the shattering of fragile notions of peace and social democracy, and the vulnerability of the earth itself to natural disaster, all while bringing worldwide events ‘closer to home’.

Catalogue excerpt

The magic of Cheryl Pagurek’s work lies in how she engages, confronts and gets to the heart of the issue. At the same time, she steps aside, as a painter steps away from the canvas with her brush in hand. She invites us to participate in this back and forth, a dynamic force that generates thought and anger, an energy capable of transforming us into passport makers.

- Marc Mercier

Biography

Since receiving an MFA from the University of Victoria, Cheryl Pagurek has shown widely in galleries, public art events, and film/video festivals, including exhibits at MSVU Art Gallery, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, VU Photo, Gallery 44, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, and screenings in Canada, France, Brazil, Columbia, Morocco, Egypt and the USA. She installed a permanent video commission at an Ottawa transit station in 2011. Her work is in many public and private collections, and has been reviewed in Canadian, American and British publications.

Cheryl Pagurek gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.

Ontario Arts Council logo

 

Pierre Richardson - What's Big and Small at the Same Time?

University of Ottawa MFA candidate – Thesis exhibition

August 16 to September 23, 2018

As a supplement to our regular programming, City Hall Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts to provide a valuable mentorship and professional development opportunity.

An example of the type of work that will be included in the exhibition.

Pierre Richardson, Between Cats and Dogs, 2018, installation, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Pierre Richardson, Between Cats and Dogs, 2018, installation, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

The work displayed in this space is a large-scale evolutionary improvisational installation that explores narrative, trauma and mental health. Different media create an overwhelming space, which viewers can explore to discover links between various examples of witticisms, gallows humour, photography, paintings, doodles and videos. Richardson’s work tries to capture the experiential feeling of his everyday existence, one wrought with struggle and strife. The arrangement of the paintings is somewhat architectural; they have a structure, but one that seems as if it could collapse at any moment. Themes of war, darkness and desperation are not presented in a negative light, but as a means of achieving growth.

-Artist statement excerpt

An Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist, Pierre Richardson holds a BFA (2016) and is currently pursuing an MFA (2018) from the University of Ottawa. As a person who copes with mental health issues, he explores the dark spaces of the mind. He also seeks out narrative where none is evident as a way of communicating with the subconscious and with viewers of his works.

 

Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe – void loop()

May 31 to August 8, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, May 31, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Artists’ talk: Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Anna Eyler, PAN/PAN (video still), multi-channel video, 4 min 23 sec. Courtesy of the artist.

An example of the kind of work included in this exhibition

Nicolas Lapointe, Regard des mages (detail), 2017, aluminium, Plexiglas and electronic components, 150 x 220 x 365 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Catalogue excerpt

Navigating the peculiarly demarcated oases of the virtual, commenting on the speculative nature of screens, and capitalizing on technology’s ability to inspire belief, void loop() is a contemporary meditation on spirituality, pregnant with cautionary messages about the precariousness of our times. If these works represent only a small portion of Eyler’s and Lapointe’s broader investigation on the entanglements of technology, transcendence, and phenomenal occurrences, they exemplify our urge to read fullness and significance into the immaterial void, from the vast expanse of the empyrean regions, down to the void of a video display monitor.

- Laura Demers

Biographies

Anna Eyler holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Carleton University (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). Recent awards include the Artengine New Media Award (2015), the Spark Box Residency Award (2016), and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2017). Her work was included in FILE: Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017). Eyler is an MFA candidate in Sculpture at Concordia University.

Nicolas Lapointe is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal, Quebec. He holds a Diploma in Visual Arts from the CÉGEP de l’Outaouais (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). Lapointe is the recipient of several awards, including the Dale and Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship. Lapointe is an MFA candidate in Sculpture at Concordia University.

 

Jordan Seal – Wealth of the Eternal Garden

March 22 to May 23, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, April 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Joint opening with the Karsh-Masson Gallery.
Artist talk: Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm

An example of Jordan seal's work

Jordan Seal, Helone Yahbixellis, 2017, acrylic, ethyl alcohol, watercolour, wax, oil stick and oil pastel on paper, 46 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

An example of Jordan seal's work

Jordan Seal, Aycha Nurilo, 2018, watercolour on paper, 43 x 30 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist statement excerpt

I wish to create a garden for you. It is overgrown, alive and bustling with alternative plants and insects. Fauna and flora from a secret world, an untouchable realm. I wish to express the principles of the divine through a plethora of organic abstraction. I strive to construct creations that lie outside our universe and yet parallel it. Nature begins again in isolation. I have eschewed measurements, sketches, references, strict geometry. I denounce the brutal vulgarity of the straight line and the square. I begin from nothing and build into a frenzy. I champion the curve, indulging in sensual textures. I am driven to express the uniqueness that pervades being.

Biography

Jordan Seal grew up in Ottawa and lived there for most of his life. He vividly remembers drawing when he was young. Making art has allowed him to preserve and foster the wonder and creative jubilation from his youth. Along with being a visual artist, he is a poet, writer, musician, dancer, and performer. He previously organized his own art shows. He believes strongly in the DIY ethic. He believes in having art exchanged for donations. He is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Art, a place where he felt accepted and part of a community. He is a co-founder of the Art of the Uncarved Block, a music label that puts out punk, indie and outsider music. Much of his artistic output is involved in the music scene. Jordan sees art as a spiritual and cultural pursuit that enriches society. There is a strange and brilliant kingdom toward which he is working.

Ben Globerman – Call to Prayer

January 17 to March 14, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, February 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Musical performance and Q&A: Sunday, February 18, 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

three-speaker audio installation

Ben Globerman, Call to Prayer (installation view), 2017, three-speaker audio installation, 28:00 minutes. Photo: Lisa Palladini, courtesy of the artist.

three-speaker audio installation

Ben Globerman, Call to Prayer (installation view), 2017, three-speaker audio installation, 28:00 minutes. Photo: Lisa Palladini, courtesy of the artist.

Catalogue Excerpt

“All roads lead to the one House

from one seed a thousand ears of corn emerge.”

-Rumi

For the 13th-century Persian mystic and poet Rumi, the many can be found in the one; different paths lead to the same destination. The purpose of Call to Prayer is to explore those different paths and bring them together through their music. Call to Prayer is an immersive, sonic installation drawing on the musical traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Beginning as separate threads, the voices of three Ottawa vocalists (in order of appearance: Daniel Benlolo, Terri-Lynn Mitchell and Mona Bahumaid) gradually become entwined, ultimately forming a tonal fabric that finds harmony in difference.

Biography

Ben Globerman is a musician, sound designer, and multimedia artist based in Ottawa. He holds an MA in European Studies (Carleton University) with a specialization in migration, and a BA in Religious Studies (Carleton University), and is a graduate from the Red Bull Music Academy (New York, USA). He is particularly interested in translating conceptual ideas to sound. Ben has composed works for film, theatre, and installation, and has created projects in diverse fields such as healthcare, fashion and public services. Under his Cabaal moniker, he has performed throughout North America, and released four LPs. His installations have explored themes of religious pluralism, bleeding-edge technology, and the therapeutic qualities of sound.

Ben Globerman gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.

 

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

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

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

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

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 71 cm, 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 paper, 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-Keane (2017)

Commissions

Jonathon Anderson and Dave Kemp, Ebb + Flow, 2017, steel, 2017-0066, commissioned for Crestview Change House and Pool project – 56 Fieldrow Street

Amy Thompson, Almanac, 2017, powder-coated aluminum and stainless steel, 2017-0065, commissioned for François Dupuis Recreation Centre expansion project – 2263 Portobello Boulevard

Adrian Göllner and Joanna Swim, Winston Chandelier, 2017, powder-coated aluminum, 2017-0067, commissioned for Winston Place Plaza development project – 399 Winston Avenue

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

Stuart Kinmond, Main2, 2017, ceramic frit on glass, aluminum, steel and concrete, 2017-0068, commissioned for Main Street Renewal project – 223 Main Street

2014 - 2017 exhibitions

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

2013 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.

2012 exhibitions

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: 2011 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection

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 exhibitions

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 exhibitions

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.