Firestone Collection of Canadian Art

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The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant art collection that spans the modern period (1890–1985). Originally established by Ottawa-based collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone in the early 1950s, the collection contains over 1,600 works by influential Canadian artists, including Maxwell Bates, Edwin Holgate, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Marian Scott and Philip Surrey.

In 1973, O.J. and Isobel Firestone donated their collection to the Ontario Heritage Foundation. In 1992, the Foundation transferred ownership to the City of Ottawa. The OAG houses and presents the collection through changing exhibitions that highlight its breadth and diversity.

For more information about the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art and/or the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection please contact Jennifer Gilliland, Collections and Building Project Manager, at or 613-233-8699 +226.

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The support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Culture, is acknowledged.