As part of the City of Ottawa Direct Purchase Program, Alex Chowaniec and Laurena Finéus have both been collected by the City of Ottawa. Congratulations to them both!
After amalgamation in 2001, artworks from the Region of Ottawa–Carleton and 11 municipalities were brought together as one art collection. Today, the City of Ottawa Art Collection is comprised of more than 3,500 artworks created by over 900 artists including Shahla Bahrami, Jennifer Dickson, Lorraine Gilbert, Adrian Göllner, Yousuf Karsh, Farouk Kaspaules, Meryl McMaster, Nadia Myre, Cynthia O’Brien, and Annie Pootoogook.
The City of Ottawa collects artworks that demonstrate creativity and innovation. New artworks are added to the collection by purchase, donation and commission based on a peer assessment committee’s recommendation. Public art commissions accompany major capital projects such as Ottawa on the Move and Confederation Line. By presenting art in public spaces, the City of Ottawa Art Collection enriches communities, supports local artists and forms a visual art history of the Ottawa area.
Laurena Finus, L’ouverture et Jean Dieu-Donnée, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in.
Alex Chowaniec, In my own time, mixed media on polymer, 9 x 12 x 3 in.