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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. Wheelchair accessible. Paid parking available.

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. Learn more.

Upcoming exhibitions

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

University of Ottawa MFA candidate – Thesis exhibition

August 16 to September 23, 2018
Vernissage:
Thursday, August 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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 an artwork by Pierre Richardson.

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

An example of the work created by Pierre Richardson

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

Artist Statement

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.

Biography

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.

 

Cheryl Pagurek – Fragile

October 11 to November 27, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, October 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

An example of Cheryl's artwork

Cheryl Pagurek, Green Tea Cup / Damascus, 2016, digital print, 43 x 65 cm. 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’.

 

City of Ottawa Art Collection – 2018 Additions

December 6, 2018 to January 30, 2019
Vernissage: Thursday, December 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Longevity - 2017 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection

This exhibition features a selection of artworks added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection in 2018 through purchase, commission and donation. After the exhibition closes, artworks will be installed in municipal buildings throughout Ottawa's neighbourhoods.

Compliance Review: 2019 Exhibitions

Posted August 1, 2018

The City of Ottawa invites you to review the exhibitions selected by the peer assessment committee for the Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery 2019 exhibition season. Within the next 30 days, members of the public may bring forward any concern that the peer assessment committee did not follow the criteria and procedures as described in the Call for proposals. Please contact publicartprogram@ottawa.ca with your concern between August 1, 2018 and August 30, 2018 at 4 pm.

More information about this 30-day process is included in section 4.2 of the Public Art Policy.

Exhibitions selected by 2019 peer assessment committee

Artists: Gabriela Avila-Yiptong, Rachel Gray and Lea Hamilton

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

Proposal synopsis: This exhibition aims to explore the increasing overlap between natural and manufactured spaces by creating an immersive environment made from altered natural elements. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between three emerging artists and will combine large-scale charcoal drawings executed directly on the gallery walls, a “pond” made of chemically-altered copper plates, large-scale mounds that mimic natural land formations, plaster-casted sculptures of discarded materials, and aquariums that will hold mounds made of decomposable materials submerged in water.

Images (left to right):
Rachel Gray, Fallen Log
, 2018, charcoal, ink and acrylic on drywall, 1.2 x 3.6 m. Courtesy of the artist.
Gabriela Avila-Yiptong, Aquarium, 2015, Plexiglas, magazines, glue and water, 46 x 30 x 46 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Lea Hamilton, Studio Stills, 2017, plaster, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Curator: Emily Falvey
Artists: Amanda Earl, Nadia Myre and Karen Trask
Working title: Unbound

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

Proposal synopsis: Unbound is a group exhibition exploring visual art and visual poetry that appropriates and transforms found written texts, such as official documents, manuals, protocols, and religious canons. In so doing, it will also explore a variety of related themes, including temporality, memory, physical embodiment, and the tension between social conventions and individual choice.

Image: Amanda Earl, The Vispo Bible: Exodus 10, ongoing since 2015, digital print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Artists: Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo
Working title: Apidictor Symphony

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

Proposal synopsis: Apidictor Symphony is a multi-sensory installation bringing together scent, sound and three-dimensional elements in an illustration of bumble bee culture. Visitors move between bumble bee nectar pod “nests" made of beeswax, which rest on a carpet of sedum plants; pollinator conversations and songs are also located inside the pods. These soundscapes relate to each other like movements of a symphony, taking the listener through variations of speed, pitch and volume.

Image: Annette Hegel and Deborah Margo, Apidictor Symphony, 2018, mixed media, 5 x 5 x 1.5 m (approx.). Courtesy of the artists.

 

Artists: Gillian King, Helga Jakobson and Whitney Lewis-Smith
Working title: Terramatter

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

Proposal synopsis: Terramatter brings together the work of three visual artists, Helga Jakobson, Gillian King, and Whitney Lewis-Smith to create a multi-layered and sympoietic system within the City Hall Art Gallery. Concerned with the environment and ecological destruction, the artists explore how we can reconnect with nature and other living beings through sympoiesis, or ‘becoming-with’ the organic world. The artists will build a site specific, interactive installation that functions as a laboratory and research space centered around three plant chambers.

Images (left to right):
Gillian King, Iron Yolks
, 2018, mixed media, 152 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Helga Jakobson, Entropic Symphony, 2018, online audio platform, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.
Whitney Lewis-Smith, Transfix, 2018, heliogravure etching on copper, 89 x 114 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Artist: Léna Mill-Reuillard
Working title: Misceo

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

Proposal synopsisMisceo is a video installation that treats the landscape as an open space, static but constantly renewable. Wind and gradual changes in light enables us to detect movement. The landscape fills up the space, immerses us in the image. The projection spreads across the walls and ground on a reflective surface. The portion of the image projected onto the ground is reflected again on the walls, creating superposition—projected image/reflected image—of new perspectives. The exhibition space inhabited by the landscape encourages viewers to invest the space with their presence.

Image: Léna Mill-Reuillard, Miscere (documentation of the installation), HD video projections, 5’5’’ x 12’ screen, Plexiglas, 25 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Artist: Nathalie Quagliotto

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

Proposal synopsis: This proposed exhibition of sculpture consists of reconfigured old children’s objects and looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting.

Image: Nathalie Quagliotto, Urban Crib, 2014, metal carts, 60 x 152 x 121 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Artist: Benjamin Rodger
Working title: Tu peux encore changer le monde

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

Proposal synopsis: I have tentatively titled the proposed exhibition Tu peux encore changer le monde (You Can Still Change the World). This phrase is taken from a discussion I had with one of Joseph Kosuth’s assistants while staying at an artists’ residence in Leipzig, Germany. Written in neon, the phrase will serve as the centrepiece of the exhibition. A series of wall-mounted paintings will reflect the new artistic approach I adopted upon returning home, in response to discussions and debates I had while in Germany.

Image: Benjamin Rodger, Ligne rouge, 2018, acrylic on cherry wood, 121 x 91 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Curator: Jakub Zdebik
Artists: Luce Meunier, Sarah Rooney and Monica Tap
Working title: Abstract Networks

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

Proposal synopsisThe Abstract Networks exhibition showcases the abstract paintings of Luce Meunier, Sarah Rooney and Monica Tap which, taken together, represent a digital network aesthetic. Meunier’s use of rigorous geometric forms expresses the relation between art and information systems represented as grid formations. Rooney, through her hybrid practice of digital photography and oil painting, explores abstract representations of intermedial space. Tap’s works are based on Quicktime videos of landscapes furtively captured from moving vehicles embodying conceptual and schematic studies of pictorial coding and, by extension, the mediation of perception. Through abstract paintings, these three artists engage with an equally abstract reality made up of data, code and information.

Images (left to right):
Luce Meunier, Flot 12
, 2017, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist
Sarah Rooney, Suspended Emulsion #2, 2017, inkjet print, 76 x 71 cm. Courtesy of the artist
Monica Tap, Company, 2016, oil on canvas, 170 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Call for proposals: 2019 exhibitions

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

Images of City Hall Art Gallery and Karsh-Masson Gallery
(left) Ben Globerman – Call to Prayer, City Hall Art Gallery / Galerie d’art de l’hôtel de ville
(right) Mana Rouholamini – … de patience, Karsh-Masson Gallery / Galerie Karsh-Masson

This competition is now closed. The Call for proposals: 2020 exhibitions at Karsh-Masson‎ and City Hall art galleries will be announced in March 2019. 

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

Exhibitions at Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries feature the work of professional artists working in visual art, media art and fine craft and include 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.

Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries 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. Admission is free.

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.

Gallery Floor Plans

Eligibility

  • 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 or City Hall Art 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. 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.

Assessment criteria and process

All eligible applications 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

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.

Honorarium  

Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee as outlined by the 2019 CARFAC Fee Schedule. 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.

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 follow the publicly announced criteria and procedures.

Contact us

Karsh-Masson and City Hall Art galleries 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.”

Past exhibitions

2018

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

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

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.