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Library and Archives Canada

May 14, 2009 08:30 ET

Portrait Gallery of Canada Aims to Surprise 8,000 Scholars Arriving at Carleton University

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - A youthful Sir John A. Macdonald and an intriguing Hesquiaht woman from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation are among eleven personalities greeting the delegates to the 2009 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Carleton University, by way of high quality framed reproductions from the national portrait collection.

Portraits on Campus is presented by the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, in collaboration with Carleton University. The outdoor exhibition is on display from May 14 to June 3 outside of MacOdrum Library directly across from Southam Hall on the university campus.

"We hope the delegates will do a double-take as they walk by," says Dr. Lilly Koltun, Director General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, "and take a moment to revel in the unique people who have helped to make our country's history such a fascinating study. Carleton University is participating with us in this innovative moment, as they open up ideas on campus too!"

"We hope the Ottawa community will take this opportunity to enjoy the portrait exhibit and several other public events taking place at Carleton during Congress," says John Osborne, Academic Convenor of Congress 2009 at Carleton University.

The public is invited to a guided tour on May 25 at noon, led by Dr. Koltun.

Portraits on Campus is modelled after the successful outdoor exhibitions: Portraits on the Ice and Portraits in the Courtyards, and is designed to offer Canadians an unexpected encounter with art, and with the stories behind the faces.

The Portrait Gallery of Canada is dedicated to showcasing the men and women who have helped shape and continue to shape our country. Through exhibitions, collections and programming, the Portrait Gallery reflects the values which define Canada and which continue to provide an enduring basis for our country's vision of nationhood now, and into the future.

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    Richard Provencher
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