• By: Keith Whittier

Giant Gift Brings the OAG Closer to $3.5 Million Goal

Design for the future gallery. Rendering by Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects / KPMB Architects. 

The holidays have come early for The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), as it has just announced a $100,000 gift for the Art Now – L’art ici Capital Campaign. The gift will help establish the Lawson A.W. Hunter Permanent Collection Gallery. The new gallery will house the OAG’s growing permanent collection celebrating art from the Ottawa region and abroad.

The donor is Lawson A.W. Hunter, gallery board chair and a long-time local art supporter.

“The development of the OAG Expansion is a celebration of the arts in Ottawa alongside our national institutions,” says Hunter. “The importance of a municipal gallery is not only to tell the story of our City but also to help tell the story of our artists, to embrace the contemporary art of our times. Municipal galleries are launching pads for artists giving them their first exposure and creating opportunities to reach a national level.”

Related: OAG on the Verge of Expansion.

The OAG’s Art Now – L’art ici Campaign is well on its way to raise $3.5 million for the Expansion, with over $2 million dollars in donation thus far. The new OAG, set to open in 2017, also invites the public to join them in building Ottawa’s art gallery.

For more information on the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Art Now-L’art ici Capital Campaign, please visit artnow-artici.ca.