I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art (Writing): with Tess Edmonson

Saturday September 6, from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Registration $40, $32 for students and OAG members. Sign up by email or by telephone: 613-233-8699, ext. 227

Borrowing its title from John Baldessari’s 1971 Halifax installation I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, this workshop proposes a critical reflection on art writing after the Internet. Why write an exhibition review in 2014? Why read one? This workshop will look at alternative models of art criticism and its distribution from the 1960s to today, and propose ideas about how to identify and avoid the structural and conceptual platitudes of contemporary art writing, both onand off-line.

Articulation is a critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. Established and emerging art writers are encouraged to apply. One piece of writing from each Articulation workshop, as identified through a juried selection process, will be published into a special featured section on

Ottawa Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Access Copyright Foundation.


Sound Workshop with Adam Saikaley

Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm | Free

Registration is required. Please email or call 613-233-8699, ext.227

Musician, composer and DJ Adam Saikaley will lead a sound-based workshop intended to have you hearing visually. Performance demonstrations by local artists Arturo Brisindi and Michael Caffrey will acompany hands-on instruction. Novice and experienced composers and sound artists are encouraged to register. 

Jinny Yu Artist's Talk

Thursday September 18, 7pm | Free

Artist Jinny Yu will give a presentation about her practice and what inspired her works in the exhibition. Refreshments will be served.

Creative Sundays

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Free

Every Sunday from October to May, the Ottawa Art Gallery invites you to discover the exhibitions, spend time with family and friends, and create your own masterpiece to take home. No need to register, just drop- in whenever it's convenient. 

For more information or to join the Creative Sundays mailing list,  please contact or 613-233-8699 ext. 227

Creative Sundays is held throughout the school year from October to May. For summer programming, check out the OAG Art Tent and Summer Art Camps.


Adam Brown: Going Places

August 21 to Spetember 7, 2014

Opening reception: August 21, 2014

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts, presents Going Places, Adam Brown's MFA thesis exhibition.  

Close Listening: Eli Bornowsky, Jeremy Hof, Monique Mouton, Jinny Yu

Close Listening brings together the works of four painters who are reconsidering the possibilities of abstraction with inventive approaches to their material. Collectively, they explore the medium of paint through non-traditional techniques, including assemblage, sculpture, video and installation, while challenging the definition of the act of painting. 

In Good Company: Selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art

March 6, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015
Maxwell Bates, Ghitta Caiserman, A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Marian Scott, Jack Shadbolt, Philip Surrey

The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant art collection that spans the modern period (1890–1985). Originally established by Ottawa-based collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone in the early 1950s, the collection contains over 1,600 works by influential Canadian artists, including Maxwell Bates, Edwin Holgate, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Marian Scott and Philip Surrey.

In Focus: A Collector's History

Selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art
Artists: Molly Lamb Bobak, Frank Carmichael, Emily Carr, A.J. Casson, Allan Collier, Maurice Cullen, L.L. FitzGerald, Bruce Garner, Lawren S. Harris, Robert Harris, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Doris McCarthy, Norval Morrisseau, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marian Scott, Gordon Smith, Harold Town

The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art was built upon O.J. and Isobel Firestone’s mission to educate the public about the merit of Canadian art. In Focus: A Collector's History explores the Firestones’ drive to form an inclusive collection representing a diverse range of Canadian art styles, geographic regions, time periods and artists.