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2016 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, November 7, 2016 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2016 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grant  
Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto

Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo

Oakville Galleries, Oakville

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock

Development Grant  
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Norfolk Arts Centre, Simcoe

Station Gallery, Whitby 


“Acquisition grants have been awarded this year for the acquisition of pieces that are both diverse in style and from a range of artists at various stages of their careers,” says Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “Development grants have been awarded to projects that seek to improve the galleries permanent collections through careful restoration and preservation projects, benefiting  the gallery and their local communities.”

Acquisition grants are matching grants for private donations raised by public galleries and museums for the acquisition of Canadian works of art for their permanent collection. Development grants support initiatives that increase the public’s knowledge of collecting or a gallery or museum’s permanent collection, and help make a gallery or museum’s permanent collection more accessible to the public.

The grant decisions were made by an Ontario Arts Council jury made up of arts professionals with broad knowledge and experience of public gallery activities in Ontario. The 2016 jury members were Andrew Hunter (Hamilton/Toronto) curator of Canadian Art, AGO, educator, and writer; Rachelle Dickenson (Ottawa) independent curator, and administrator at the National Gallery of Canada; and Sean George(Barrie) visual artist, arts educator, and writer.

The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.

The application deadline for 2017 Acquisition and Development grants is June 15, 2017.


For information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director

416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid out over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Gordon Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation based in Toronto. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North. Over the past quarter century the Gordon Foundation has invested over $27 million in a wide variety of Northern community initiatives and freshwater protection initiatives.


About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon, a founder of The Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. For many years, she volunteered regularly with the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), taking great interest in stimulating Gallery membership. Through The Gordon Foundation, Elizabeth Gordon encouraged emerging art galleries and museums across Ontario by providing grants to enable them to purchase original works of art. To honour her, the Foundation established the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, providing an enduring memory of Mrs. Gordon’s patronage and appreciation of Canadian art.

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