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Location and hours

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.

Current exhibition

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

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming exhibitions

Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe – void loop()

May 31 to August 8, 2018
Vernissage: Thursday, May 31, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

void loop() hovers between the tangible world of objects and the fleeting structures of the virtual. This exhibition of recent works by Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe focuses on ideas of frontier and utopia in the digital age, examining the intimate relationship between idealism and technology. The works in this exhibition function simultaneously as record, artefact, and love letter from an imagined digital future.

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

Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe, no-fluke/no-feed/no-swim/no-play/no-fun, 2017, aluminium, Plexiglas, and electronic components, 153 x 275 x 121 cm. Courtesy of the artists.

 

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 Pierre Richardson's work

Pierre Richardson, Planck Lengths Personified by the Unruly Order (Tap Dancing on Utopia), 2017, installation, variable dimensions. Photo: Julia Martin. Image courtesy of the artist.

An example of Pierre Richardson's work

Pierre Richardson, Planck Lengths Personified by the Unruly Order (Tap Dancing on Utopia), 2017, installation, variable dimensions. Photo: Julia Martin. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

Cheryl Pagurek – Fragile

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

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’.

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.

 

City of Ottawa Art Collection – 2018 Additions

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

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.

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: 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

Deadline: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Information meeting: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7 pm
Karsh-Masson Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West
A short presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

The City of Ottawa invites professional artists and curators to propose an exhibition. Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery in 2019.

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 consists of 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 practice. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding and interpretation of our past and present through gallery programming.

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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 or City Hall Art Gallery within the last two consecutive years are not eligible to apply. City of Ottawa employees or elected representatives are not eligible to apply.
  • Only one proposal per applicant will be considered
  • Artwork exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery that requires electrical components must be approved and inspected in accordance with the rules defined in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC), as well as Canadian Standards Association (CSA) prior to acceptance by or installation at the Gallery. For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Authority at www.esasafe.com or call 1-977-ESA-SAFE (372-7233).

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.

New this year!

Combine your proposal statement, artistic resume and image/media list documents into one PDF (see Guidelines & requirements section for details).

Guidelines and requirements

  • A complete application must include the support material listed below
  • Applications are considered for both galleries. Requests to exhibit in one specific gallery must be explained in the Proposal statement.
  • Support material may be written in English or French
  • Files must be saved in a format compatible with Windows 7
  • To format a PDF document, utilize “Save as” or “Export” from a Word or similar text-based document

Support material (items 2, 3 and 4 to be saved as one PDF)

  1. Proposal synopsis
    Summarize the proposal statement. The peer assessment committee will refer to the synopsis as a quick reference during deliberations. 80 words maximum.

  2. Proposal statement
    Describe the proposed exhibition’s content and theme, and how you will situate your artwork within the gallery space. Elaborate on how your work relates aesthetically and conceptually to contemporary art discourse. Two-person and group exhibitions must have a cohesive theme and rationale that is clearly outlined. Two pages or 800 words maximum.

  3. Artistic resume
    Include contact information for the artist or for the applicant (if different from the artist): name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If multiple artists are involved, include each artist’s resume and indicate one contact person. Three pages maximum (per artist).
     
  4. Image/media list
    Include the following information about each image/media file included in your application: artist’s name, artwork title, date, material and support, dimensions, and duration of artwork (if applicable). This list may also include additional information about the image and/or media files in point form. Two pages maximum.
     
  5. Digital images and/or video or time-based media files
    Send ten digital image files or ten minutes total of video/media content that support the proposal statement and follow the guidelines listed below.
  • At least half of the images/media files submitted must be artwork that will be included in your final exhibition should your application be successful.
  • Curated, two-person and group exhibitions: send ten files maximum
  • Applicants who wish to include a combination of digital images and video/new media files: send ten files maximum with no more than ten minutes of content total. For each minute of video/media content, remove one digital image
  • Strict adherence to naming convention is necessary for images to be successfully viewed during the peer assessment committee meeting

Image files must be:

  • Saved as JPG
  • 72 dpi, no larger than 2 MB each. RGB colour mode with a maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width).
  • Named with the corresponding image list number, title, date, medium and support, and metric dimensions, each separated by an underscore. Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. File names must not exceed 150 characters. For example:
    01_Xylophage_2014_wood and paint_20 x 30 x 40 cm.jpg            
    02_The Mountain_2014_graphite, acrylic and metal_96 x 106 inches.jpg
    03_Untitled 2_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.jpg
    04_Untitled 2 detail_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.jpg
    05_Untitled 2 alternate view_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm. jpg
    06_Untitled 3_2010_LED and resin_1 x 4 x 7 m.jpg
    07_Untitled 3 view at night_2010_LED and resin_1 x 4 x 7 m.jpg
    08_Untitled 4 framed_ 2006_oil paint on canvas_85 x 95 inches.jpg
    09_Installation at Karsh-Masson Gallery_2005_mixed media_variable dimensions.jpg
    10_Reason Over Passion_1968_quilted cloth assemblage_257 x 302 cm.jpg

Video/time-based media files must be:

  • Saved as MP4, MOV, AVI or WMV
  • Viewable in Windows Media Player or VLC Player
  • No larger than 500 MB each
  • Cued to the excerpt you want viewed (or provide detailed cue instructions in your media list)
  • Named with the corresponding media list number, title, date, medium, and duration, each separated by an underscore. Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. For example:
    01_Memorial_2012_looped video_2 min.mp4
    02_Echelles_2014_video_4 min 30 sec.mov
    03_Diaries_2014_video_6 min.avi

Support material that requires specialized software, plug-ins, extensions, or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed (eg. website hyperlinks or presentations such as PowerPoint) will not be reviewed. Applicants are responsible for testing support materials to ensure readability. The City of Ottawa is not responsible for any loss or damage to support material. CDs, DVDs and USB devices will not be returned. Please retain a copy for your records.

How to apply

Send your support materials by WeTransfer or by mail:

  • WeTransfer
    Send all support material electronically using WeTransfer to publicartprogram@ottawa.ca

    Open WeTransfer at wetransfer.com (no account required) and enter the email address publicartprogram@ottawa.ca. Attach your support material files utilizing the required naming convention (see Guidelines & requirements section for details). WeTransfer will confirm your application was sent and will send you a separate email stating the recipient has downloaded your application. The Public Art Program will also send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email from the Public Art Program three weeks after sending your application using WeTransfer, contact us for confirmation.

If you encounter issues during the WeTransfer process and are unable to successfully upload your files please call 613-244-3745 or email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca to resolve the issue.

 

  • Mail
    Send a CD, DVD or USB device containing your support materials to the mailing address below. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address on or with the CD, DVD or USB device.

    Call for proposals: 2019 exhibitions
    City of Ottawa Public Art Program
    172 Guigues Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H9

Applications can also be delivered in person to the Routhier Community Centre (172 Guigues Avenue) customer service desk on Floor 1. Call the community centre directly to confirm hours of operation: 613-244-4470.

Do not deliver your application directly to Karsh-Masson Gallery or to City Hall Art Gallery.

Copyright and moral rights

The artist shall retain the copyright of the artworks. Moral rights also remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce images of the artwork for non-commercial purposes.

Confidentiality of information

Personal information in your application is collected under the authority of the City Council approved Public Art Policy. Personal information will only be used for evaluating your application and administering the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. City of Ottawa employees and peer assessment committee members are required to treat both the content of applications and the deliberations of the committee as confidential. Committee members turn in their copies of materials for shredding and delete their computer files at the end of the peer assessment meeting.

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.

Deadline and notification

Applications must be received by Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST for electronic applications, or be postmarked on or before this date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Public Art Program staff will contact applicants by email to confirm receipt of support materials. This email does not confirm that your application is eligible.

Applicants will be notified of the peer assessment committee’s decisions by email within three months of the deadline date. Due to the volume of applications received for this competition, artistic feedback will not be provided.

Public consultation

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.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. If you are unable to view documents or require alternative file formats, please complete an Accessible Documents Request Form.

Are you on the list? Email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca with the subject line “subscribe” and receive emails about gallery programming, the Direct Purchase and Public Art commissions.

Past exhibitions

2018

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.

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.

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.

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.