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The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is a public art museum located in Ottawa, Canada. The gallery was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and promoting contemporary art, with a focus on Canadian artists. It is situated in downtown Ottawa, next to the Rideau Centre shopping mall, and has undergone significant expansion and renovation in recent years.

The OAG’s permanent collection features over 1,200 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, installations, and multimedia pieces. The collection showcases a diverse range of contemporary Canadian art, with a particular emphasis on artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau region. The gallery’s exhibitions and programming aim to engage audiences with current issues and debates in contemporary art and culture.

In addition to its exhibitions and permanent collection, the Ottawa Art Gallery also offers a range of educational programs, events, and workshops for visitors of all ages. These include guided tours, artist talks, and hands-on art activities for children and families.

The OAG’s recent expansion and renovation project, completed in 2018, added new exhibition spaces, a rooftop terrace, and a multipurpose room for events and programming. The expanded facility also includes a café and a gift shop, which sell locally sourced food and art-related products.

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