Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pat Durr

Artist, arts advocate

“Be assured that the state of the visual arts in this city and country would be in a very sorry state if it were not for the dedication of Pat Durr,” Adrian Göllner, Ottawa artist

Originally from Kansas, Missouri, moved to Ottawa in 1964.

Her artistic work includes drawings, paintings, prints and installations.

Recently had a major solo show at the Ottawa Art Gallery — a retrospective exhibition entitled Persistance of Chaos with several decades of her work on display dating back to the 1960s.

Has been active not only as an artist but as an advocate for artist rights and in developing cultural policy in the city of Ottawa and in Canada. She was instrumental in establishing Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery, and is past president of CARFAC.

In June 2012, won the National Visual Arts Advocacy Award, given by CARFAC, the group that represents visual arts nationwide; this award honours  “a professional artist who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian visual arts community.”

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