Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

May 02, 2008 10:00 ET

Portrait Gallery of Canada Invites You to Choose our Muse!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, is launching its first national biennial Commissioning Program and we're inviting all Canadians to help us choose subjects for three portraits this year!

Canadians from coast to coast are invited to submit the names of living individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community or our country. A selection committee of prominent Canadians and curatorial experts, including Lise Bissonnette, President and CEO of Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec, historian Charlotte Gray, Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Dr. John Polanyi, and filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, will make the final selection of three subjects. The artists will be selected by the portrait subjects in consultation with the Portrait Gallery of Canada.

"We're very excited by the chance to ask Canadians directly who they think should be in our national portrait collection." said Dr. Lilly Koltun, Director General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada. "We want all Canadians, as well as the artists who will create the portraits, to feel a part of building our living story, so that the collection will continue to reflect the heart of who we are as a nation and of what we are becoming." This will be the first time that a national art gallery in Canada has launched a commissioning program.

The launch will take place in four cities: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Nomination forms can be filled out on line at or mailed directly to the Portrait Gallery at the address below. Established artists are invited to submit their portfolios for consideration.

Portrait Gallery of Canada
c/o Acquisitions and Research
395 Wellington Street, #472
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N4

Contact Information

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