Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

May 01, 2008 15:16 ET

Media Advisory/Library and Archives Canada: First National Program to Portray Living People Launched by Portrait Gallery of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, is launching a national biennial commissioning program. Canadians will be invited to nominate living individuals who have made a difference to their communities or to our country and whose portraits would enhance the national portrait collection.

The program will be announced by the Director General of the Portrait Gallery, Dr. Lilly Koltun, in four cities: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Artists will also be invited to submit portfolios.

During the summer, the Portrait Gallery will receive nominees from Canadians. The final selection of three portrait subjects will be chosen by a committee of prominent Canadians and curatorial experts. Artists will be selected by the portrait subjects in consultation with the Portrait Gallery of Canada.

WHAT: Launch of the Portrait Gallery of Canada's Commissioning

WHEN: Vancouver: Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 5:30-7:30 PM
Toronto: Thursday, May 8th 2008, 7:00-9:00PM
Montreal: Tuesday, May 13th 2008, 11:00-11:30 AM
Halifax Wednesday, May 14th 2008 4:00-6:00PM

WHERE: Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery, 55 Nelson Street
Toronto: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery,
231 Queens Quay West
Montreal: Optica, 372 Ste-Catherine Street West, suite 508
Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University Ave.

WHO: Media, members of the public, artists

OPPORTUNITY: Highly visual event with photo and interview opportunities
with Dr. Lilly Koltun, Director General of the Portrait
Gallery of Canada.

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Pauline M. Portelance
    Senior Media Relations Officer
    819-994-4589 or 613-293-4298