City adds to art collection

OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa will be showcasing its newest pieces, collecting art from around the city to display in one show starting today (Dc. 12).

“Mayor Jim Watson will inaugurate a new exhibit, Signal: 2019 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, showcasing artworks added to the city’s collection this year,” city staff released in a statement yesterday (Dec. 11). “The exhibit features artworks by 73 artists and artist teams and is being presented at two city galleries – the Karsh-Masson Gallery and the City Hall Art Gallery.”

The city purchases; receives donations of; and commissions artworks each year through a peer assessment process. Artworks from the collection are displayed at more 170 public sites across Ottawa. This year, the city added 112 pieces to its collection:

• 55 artworks by 45 artists were purchased.
• 35 artworks by five artists were donated.
• 22 site-specific permanent public art commissions were completed, including 21 for the O-Train Confederation Line.
• 35 of these artists are new to the City’s art collection.

The Vernissage will be held today, Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At the City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West.
The exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery will run until Sunday, Jan. 12. The exhibit at the City Hall Art Gallery continues until Wednesday, Jan. 29.