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Emerging Artists in Public Collections

  • Wall Space Gallery 358 Richmond Rd Ottawa, ON, K2A 0E8 Canada (map)

Why collect works by emerging artists? What is the value? Is this the right investment for me? This July Wall Space Gallery will answer all these questions and more in an exhibition showcasing art by emerging artists whose works have been collected by major public institutions. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Glenn McInnes, Founding Chair of the Ottawa Art Gallery, philanthropist, and art collector, as well as Emily McInnes, owner of Eye Buy Art ( Discover artists whose fascinating works have been acquired by major institutions, and find out how art can be an investment – financially, in Canada’s artistic community, and in your own quality of life.

As circumstance would have it, Glenn McInnes and Patricia Barr, director of Wall Space Gallery, happened to sit together at “Art & Capitalism", a talk given by National Gallery Director Marc Mayer. Mayer’s talk inevitably addressed the role collecting practices of public institutions play in furthering emerging artists’ careers. Mr. McInnes and Patricia chatted about the McInnes’ generous recent donations to the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Each mused that it would be interesting to feature an exhibit of the donated works as a demonstration of Mayer's thesis. Patricia, of course, availed Wall Space Gallery and herself as curator of the opportunity to exhibit contemporary works from the collection of Glenn and Barbara McInnes, (the “Vogels of Ottawa") now held by these significant collections.

Each of the artists selected for this showcase have been collected by a provincial or national institution. These pieces have established provenance and are highly desirable. Editions of the works on display will be available for purchase to give emerging and established collectors access to works showcased in major public collections.

Mr. McInnes will be speaking about his experiences collecting art for love, money and more in what will be an educational and enlightening discussion for new and established collectors.Featured artists include:
Jaret Belliveau, Eszter Burghardt, Marshall Byrd Sterling, Alex Chowaniec, Becky Comber, Whitney Lewis Smith, Angus Rowe Macpherson, Edith Maybin, Eamon Mac Mahon, Andrew B. Meyer, Adam Rankin and Amy Stevens, as well as rising artists Monica Sziladi and
Julia Callon.

More on some of our featured artists:

Alex Chowaniec of Ottawa currently resides in Brooklyn, where she fulfills the role of award-winning artist, curator, and film producer. She has participated in many international group and solo exhibitions. Chowaniec was awarded the gold medal by the Olympic Fine Arts Committee and selected as one of the emerging artists from Canada showcased at the Barbicon, London. Chowaniec will be participating in a residency in Celje, Slovenia later this year. Chowaniec’s work can be found in collections around the world including: the New Museum, Beijing, Queen’s University Department of Art Print Collection, and private collections in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Jaret Belliveau graduated from NSCAD University in April, 2006 with a BFA, majoring in photography. He was named one of the 50 up-and-coming photographers of tomorrow in 2005 by the Musée de l’Elysee, in Lausanne, Switzerland. A selection of his photographs are traveling the world as part of an exhibition entitled "ReGeneration; 50 Photographers of Tomorrow", which was curated by the Musée de L'Elysee. He has had many solo and group exhibitions and has received many scholarships, grants and awards for his photography. Belloveau’s work has been featured by CBC. His photographs have been published by The Sunday Telegraph, The Saturday Telegraph, MacLean's magazine, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Toro magazine, and Report on Business.

Edith Maybin graduated in 2006 with an MA from Swansea Metropolitan University in Wales and went on to win the title of Free Range 2006 Photographer of the Year (Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London). Maybin was also selected by the 2006 AXA Photographic Portrait Commission with the National Museum of Wales, as 2007 Flash Forward Emerging Photographer in Canada, 2008 American Photo Magazine Emerging Artist, and is a 2009 Hearst 8x10 Biennial winner. Maybin's work is part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery Canada, The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, The National Museum, Wales, The National Portrait Gallery, London, and, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection.

Eamon Mac Mahon, Toronto-based photographer and videographer, has had his work appear in numerous publications including the Walrus, National Geographic, W, and New York Magazine. He has exhibited at The Power Plant in Toronto, The Detroit Institute of the Arts, Toronto’s Pearson Airport, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, and Higher Pictures New York. Mac Mahon spends much of his time creating video projections for stage productions, short films and documentaries. Award winning magazine Photo District News named Mac Mahon one of their top 30 emerging photographers under 30, and in 2008 he was nominated for the prestigious the Prix Pictet.

Title: Emerging Artists in Public Collections
Dates: July 12th - August 10th, 2014

• Discussion: "Why Emerging Artists?” A criteria for choosing art with lasting personal and public value.”
• Date of Discussion: Thursday, July 17th, 7 - 9pm


Earlier Event: June 15
Tai Knots Trunk Show
Later Event: August 16
August Exhibitions