Art exhibitions

Art exhibitions are periodically commissioned to be featured in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

Current exhibition: Awakening

IV Converting the Powell River Mill to a Recreation and Retirement Centre
IV Converting the Powell River Mill to a Recreation and Retirement Centre
Eleanor Bond: Winnipeg, MB — oil on canvas — 1985

Since the earliest times, our natural world has been a profound source for art makers. The power and majesty, the beauty and mystery, and most importantly the permanence of the natural landscape have often been a font of inspiration for artists. More recently, the changes and challenges we face in sustaining our ecology have become the subject and inspiration for a new generation of artists. Our increasing awareness and understanding of the dynamic ecologies that sustain us—social, economic, and natural—have driven a new engagement for artists across Canada and around the world. In parallel with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the artworks selected for Awakening track that transformation and testify to the power of art to open our minds and hearts to our full responsibility and our greatest potential.

Previous exhibitions

  • 150 Stories: A collection of new stories and images about what it means to be Canadian in Ontario (January 2017–April 2018)
  • Other Worlds: Featuring works by 19 contemporary Ontario artists affiliated with OCAD University (July 2016–January 2017)
  • Identity: Art inspired by the Great Lakes (June 2015–July 2016)
  • Lest We Forget: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War through the power of contemporary art by Charles Pachter (June 2014–June 2015)
  • About Face: Celebrated Ontarians then and now: A collection of portraits vividly illustrating our province’s dramatic cultural and demographic evolution over the past century (September 2013–June 2014)
  • 60 in ​60: An exhibition celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (May 2012–September 2013)