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2018 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, November 12, 2018 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants  
Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

Development Grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston

McIntosh Gallery, London

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock

“Funds from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program have allowed Ontario galleries to purchase works by a variety of emerging, mid-career and established artists,” says Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “Development grants have led to galleries being able to enhance their programs and increase their ability to share their rich assets both locally and with a broader audience.”

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 Andrew Hunter (Hamilton) curator, educator and writer; Deanna Nebenionquit (Sudbury) curator and artist; and Sandy Saad (Scarborough) curator and educator.

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@oafdn.ca


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid out over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Gordon Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to protecting Canada's water and empowering Canada's North.  The Foundation seeks opportunities to amplify underrepresented voices, elevate emerging issues, and collaborate with like-minded organizations to drive powerful, sustainable outcomes. Over the past quarter century the Gordon Foundation has invested over $37 million in a 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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