ART NOW is the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)’s capital campaign raising funds for a purpose-built building that expands the OAG to approximately five times its current size, allowing for room to grow.

“The expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery will create a significant showcase for our region’s artists while creating jobs and helping attract tourists to the City of Ottawa.” –Mayor Jim Watson

It is perfectly timed to coincide with other major projects that rejuvenate the downtown, including the reconstruction of Rideau Street, the expansion of the Rideau Centre, and construction of the new LRT stations. By 2017, the Ottawa Art Gallery will be the gem in a revitalized downtown core and a main attraction during Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Currently, the OAG is one of the smallest municipal galleries in Canada, with space limitations impacting on its operations. The audience for art is growing in Canada, with recent participation in arts, culture and heritage activities at record levels. The OAG’s own experience has reflected this growth. We are bursting at the seams, not only in terms of attendance capacity, but also with regards to storage and display areas for our art collections as well as for our dynamic public programs and educational activities.

“ART NOW is what’s happening in our city right now. We live it, we breathe it. It’s a coming-of-age for our community, a home for the arts, and an important legacy for the City of Ottawa.” –Alexandra Badzak, OAG Director and CEO.

Art Now Committee:
Lawson Hunter (Chair) 
Alexandra Badzak (OAG Director & CEO)
Dr. Rebecca Baker
Rachel Baxter
Tom Houston
Richard Roth
Barbara Uteck
Sue Wood


The new Ottawa Art Gallery will, for the first time, have a gallery specifically dedicated to Ottawa’s art, displaying works from the OAG’s growing Permanent Collection that tells Ottawa’s story through the work of local artists. Another large gallery will give you more access to the historical Firestone Collection of Canadian Art and its masterpieces, collected by Ottawa residents O.J. and Isobel Firestone.

With enhanced spaces for workshops, mentorships, special events, and family and youth programs, this new facility will better our community. We see the new OAG as a gathering place where people will create the next chapter of Ottawa’s cultural history.

Here, you will also find a café, a gift shop, and for your special occasions, a beautiful banquet room with outdoor terraces, all fully accessible. Rental spaces will generate extra revenue for the gallery, including a multipurpose room with retractable seating for 245 people. Whether for film or video screenings, community events or festivals, the room will thrum with excitement.


Donate now to support the OAG in constructing a new purpose-designed building that will be a landmark destination in downtown Ottawa for now and for generations to come. Help us build a new space for your art.

You can donate online by using PayPal; you can donate by telephone by calling 613-233-8699, ext. 244; you can donate by mail by addressing your letter to the OAG ART NOW Campaign Office, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2; and you are most welcome to visit our Campaign Office in person.

  • ART NOW is what’s happening in our city right now. We live it, we breathe it. It’s a coming-of-age for our community, a home for the arts, and an important legacy for the City of Ottawa.

    Alexandra BadzakOAG Director and CEO