After an extraordinary year in 2020, The Ottawa Art Gallery’s annual art auction is back in its original spring spot and will take place virtually from June 25 to June 27. Providing a snapshot of art currently made in Ottawa and Gatineau, this year’s event will auction off the work of more than 75 regional artists that can be seen online and through a 3D virtual tour.
Launched in 2010, the Critics’ Choice list is a popular feature of the fundraiser which helps with the Gallery’s mission of celebrating and highlighting the excellence of Ottawa-Gatineau artists. Every year, a new jury committee is asked to look at all of the art donated by artists—and to agree on the top five most outstanding works.
This year’s committee of local cultural leaders includes Michelle LaVallee (Anishinaabe/Ojibway), curator, artist, mother, and Director of the Indigenous Art Centre, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada; Malika Burelle, Development Officer at the Ottawa School of Arts, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the SAW Gallery and OBAK Member; and Greggory Clark, an Ottawa-based musician and Apt613.ca contributor.
During the virtual deliberation, jury members shared what spoke to them personally; what pulled them in, and the meanings and voices behind stories. Technical merit and execution, in addition to how particular artworks made the artist’s talent shine and which ones created much-needed dialogue, were also taken into account. Simply said, the works selected this year received acclaim for their critical, personal and social significance.
In no particular order, the Critics’ Choice for OAG’s 2021 Give to Get Art auction are… (drum roll please!)
Online live bidding for Give to Get Art begins June 25 at 8 pm and closes June 27 at 5 pm. A $35 tax-deductible bidding ticket opens access to the bidding app and supports OAG’s free educational programs, tours, events and free admission to the Gallery every day. The artists who generously donate their artwork to the auction also receive 50 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of their pieces.
This year, more than ever, the Gallery and local artists need your support. It can start with just $35, even if you don’t bid on a thing! View the art up for auction here, find out how the auction works, and how you can GIVE TO GET ART.