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2019 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, November 14, 2019 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2019 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants  
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough  $6,600
Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa   $8,000
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay   $2,250

Development Grants

Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo   $4,150
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener   $7,500

Norfolk Arts Centre, Simcoe   $3,000

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto    $7,500

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock   $6,000

“The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program provided funding this year for several acquisitions to galleries permanent collections that will be meaningful and representative of their collection mandates,” says
Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “Development grants continue to enhance a gallery or museum's ability to engage with their communities both local and abroad.”

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 2019 jury members were Rhéanne Chartrand (Hamilton) curator; Fynn Leitch (Peterborough) curator; and Leila Timmins (Toronto) curator.

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 2018-2019, the OAF paid out over $4.35 million in endowment income and $315,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Gordon Foundation is a philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, Canada.  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.


About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon, a founder of The Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. Her passions and interests, in addition to friends and family, were about art, museums, for showing and sharing art publicly, and for the public value of good design.  Her contribution to the Gordon Foundation was to insist on grants for the arts.  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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