Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue
K1N 6E2
Phone: 613-233-8699
Fax: 613-569-7660

The Ottawa Art Gallery

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), Ottawa's designated municipal gallery, is an independent non-profit public art gallery committed to the acquisition, presentation, interpretation and dissemination of contemporary art for the benefit of the local arts community. OAG's programs explore a variety of issues and include exhibitions, talks, lectures, tours and publications. The Gallery has a growing contemporary collection of works associated with the region. It also houses the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, which is presented through changing exhibitions.

Permanent Collection

The permanent collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery currently comprises over 200 works of art by contemporary Canadian artists with strong ties to the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The collection represents a wide range of artistic practices, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and media art. Well-known artists whose work is represented within the holdings of the collection are among others, Lynne Cohen, Evergon, Kenneth Lochhead, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Ron Noganosh, and Jeff Thomas. Recent acquisitions include work by Chantal Dahan, Max Dean, Lorraine Gilbert, Germaine Koh and Frank Shebageget.


Oh So Iroquois
21 June to 2 September 2007
Curated by Ryan Rice

Vince Bomberry, Hannah Claus, Ric Glazer Danay, Katsitsionni Fox, Ellen Gabriel, Jeffrey Gabriel, Louis Hall, Alex Jacobs, G. Peter Jemison, Peter B. Jones, Miriam Jordan & Julian Haladyn, Clifford Maracle, Alan Michelson, Shelley Niro, Melanie Printup Hope, Jolene Rickard, Greg Staats, Bear Thomas, Jeff Thomas, Samuel Thomas, Marie Watt

Oh So Iroquois emphasizes the dynamism of both traditional and contemporary Iroquoian creative processes, presenting work that is deeply rooted in a cultural system of values and æsthetic qualities that permeate the social, political, spiritual, and economic infrastructure of Haudenosuanee society. Together, as members of the Iroquois Confederacy, these artists continue to affirm and re-examine this collective art history through symbolism, narrative, colour, and contemporary and traditional media. By featuring a broad range of art situated in relation to an Iroquois world-view, this exhibition aims to challenge the long-standing pan-Indian classification of Native North American art, which pigeon-holes 500 distinct nations with one generic category.

Previous Exhibitions

7 April to 3 June 2007
Curated by Jacques Doyon

The exhibition Rereading examines the process of reading and interpretation intrinsic to every artistic creation. It brings together work by Angela Grauerholz, Klaus Scher√ɬľbel, and Raymonde April that is based in the reinterpretation of previous works of art and literature. The complexity and scope of these works, the length of time that they embrace, and the quantity of materials they revisit, turn them into research cabinets open to the process of thought and creation.

Adrian Göllner: Win-Win
19 January to 25 March 2007
Curated by Emily Falvey

Colwyn Griffith: Dollar Store
19 January to 25 March 2007
Curated by Emily Falvey

Forthcoming exhibitions

Media Povera



Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 pm

Getting there

Close to the Rideau Centre, Marché By and the University of Ottawa.

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News and events

Thursday 7 June 2007
From 6 to 9 pm
The Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly Avenue

Dive into spring at OAG's annual Art Auction and experience the "ultra cool" event of the season. View and bid on a wide range of contemporary art created by over fifty outstanding regional artists. Twenty of Ottawa's best restaurants and caterers will whet your appetite with delicious cuisine and complementary beverages inspired by the event's theme. Put on your splashiest threads‚ÄĒthis is guaranteed to be an unforgettable evening of excellent art, food and drink. Last year's auction was sold out, so get your tickets early!

Tickets on sale now!
$75 before 31 May or $90 at the door
(with a $45 tax receipt)
Corporate package for 8 people with
recognition: $600 (until 31 May)
613-233-8699, ext. 221


Art in the City 2007
A one-of-a kind summer camp geared to youth ages 9 to 17

OAG's youth summer program is back for a second run! Once again, campers will have the opportunity to learn new ways of expressing themselves through workshops led by professional artists. They will also tour local and national art institutions, visit an artist's studio, and participate in unique hands-on projects.


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