‘Holding Pattern’ art exhibition opens at Ottawa’s City Hall Art Gallery


Over the past year, the City has added over 100 new art pieces by nearly 70 different artists to its diverse collection of artworks. You can sample a selection of the recent additions to the Collection on display at the City Hall Art Gallery as a part of the Holding Pattern exhibition until February 11, 2022. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, except holidays.

The exhibition title, Holding Pattern, references our current state of suspension following another year of multiple lockdowns and social interruptions. The exhibition features 27 new artists that haven’t been included in the City’s Art Collection previously.

ther highlights of the exhibition include the City’s first GIF illustration by Chantal Rousseau and 3D printed sculptures created by Pansee Atta.

Featured artists at Holding Pattern exhibition

Marisa Gallemit has been exhibiting her work in Ontario and Quebec since 2010 and will be contributing to the Parkette Projects as part of Toronto’s Year of Public Art in late 2021. She has been awarded a SAW Prize for New Works, a City of Ottawa Creation and Production grant and has received the Critics’ Choice Award from the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2019 and 2020.

Marisa Gallemit gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and Galerie SAW Gallery .

Currently working as a curator and arts administrator, Claudia Gutierrez is an artist and activist whose practice has been deeply informed by residencies in Canada and Mexico. She has been exhibiting her work in Ontario since 2010 and has completed numerous public art and cultural outreach projects in Ottawa. She was awarded the SAW Prize for New Works in 2020.

Claudia Gutierrez gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council (link is external)and Galerie SAW Gallery (link is external).

Guillermo Trejo (link is external) has been exhibiting his work for over a decade in Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico. He has worked as an arts researcher at the National Gallery of Canada and as an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art. He is a past recipient of a City of Ottawa Emerging Artist Grant and a Young Artist Award from Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). He was awarded the SAW Prize for New Works in 2020.

Guillermo Trejo gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

Holding Pattern art exhibition features: Guillermo Trejo, Claudia Gutierrez, Marisa Gallemit

Currently, the City has collected over 3,100 artworks over the past 30 years. The Collection contains work from more than 860 artists and can be found on display in over 170 municipal buildings and spaces around Ottawa. Pieces are added to the City of Ottawa Art Collection through purchase, commission and donation based on peer assessment committees’ recommendations.

To learn more about Holding Pattern or about the City of Ottawa Art Collection, visit ottawa.ca.

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