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2017 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, October 17, 2017 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants  
Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener

Thames Art Gallery, Chatham

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Development Grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock

“Now in its fourth year, the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program continues to support art galleries and museums in Ontario by deepening their permanent collections through new acquisitions and projects that develop stronger relationships within their communities,” says Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “The Program recognizes the importance of providing a resource to support visual art appreciation.”

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 2017 jury members were Barbara Fischer (Toronto) public gallery director and curator, currently at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; Heather Campbell (Ottawa) curator, Inuit art consultant, visual artist and administrator at the National Gallery of Canada; and Stuart Reid (Annan) visual curator, former public art gallery director at the Rodman Hall Art Centre and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

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.

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 2016-2017, the OAF paid out over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 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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