Ottawa School of Art

Ottawa School of Art logo.
Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Ottawa School of Art offers a full range of specialized art courses for adults, teens and children in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics, printmaking, cartooning and more.

We host artist-in-residence workshops, operate an art boutique, curate exhibitions in our downtown and Orléans galleries, host solo and group shows by local and international artists, and run the Lee Matasi Gallery for student showcases as well as a few off-site gallery spaces (Fritzi Gallery at GCTC, Preston Square/Waterford Group and Minto Suite Hotel). 

The OSA also offers a three-year fine arts diploma, a one-year portfolio certificate, a not-for-credit arts Fundamentals certificate and a community outreach program. 

At a glance:

Year founded: 1879

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,851,051

Twitter: @artottawa

Facebook: /ArtOttawa

Instagram: @artottawa

Top funding sources:

  • Tuition fees: 54.6%
  • Grants & fundraising: 11.1%
  • Membership, art sales, retail: 6.7%

Geographic region of focus:

Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding area; campus in Orléans

How your business can help

  • Become a Corporate Member
  • Sponsor a bursary or scholarship to fund an arts award for the Diploma program
  • Sponsor a community outreach program
  • Provide sponsorship for the annual charity golf tournament and/or send a team
  • Bring a group for a corporate team building artistic workshop

Events and fundraising

Contemporary paintings hang on a white wall in an art gallery.
The 36TH Annual Holiday Art Sale: from November 26 to December 13, 2020, 189 works from 44 local artists were exhibited in OSA’s downtown gallery at 35 George Street.

Holiday Fundraising Art Sale

(Nov 25- Dec 12, 2021): Works by local artists and members of the school are exhibited in our downtown gallery at 35 George St. and available for purchase. Proceeds are split between the artist and the school with funds raised going towards our bursary and outreach programs.

With 35% of the proceeds going towards OSA programming. Thank you to all that made the Holiday Art Sale a success in 2020. 

Golf Fore Art! 

(Sept 23, 2021): Our 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament invites teams of four to tee off and compete in 18 holes. Providing our teams with a boxed lunch, dinner, awards ceremony and an opportunity to bid at our silent auction, we offer several sponsorship packages to help make this event happen each year.

Board members and executives

Jeff Stellick

Executive director

Shirley Yik

President, board of directors

Alexia Naidoo


Anne Eschapasse

Former Deputy Director of Exhibitions & Outreach, National Gallery of Canada

David Finnie

Commercial Account Manager, BrokerLink

Issam Elhaje


Manager – Contract Management & Foreign Trade Offices

Canadian Commercial Corporations

Joshua Vickery


Lawyer, Kelly Santini LLP

Michael Ashley

Independent contractor

Tara Brossier

Manager of Human Resources, BGIS 

Caroline Elie

Manager, Stakeholder Relations – Export 

Christos Pantieras

Artist, Art Educator

Clayton Powell

Past President

Principal at Powell Strategy Group

Fundraising priorities

A collection of paintings and drawings done by children, arranged into a collage. One photo includes a little girl painting.
OSA Outreach Art Program at Rochester Heights Community House, a partner in our community Outreach Program.

The outreach program is dedicated to removing all economic barriers (no enrolment fees, no art supply costs, art instructor provided and no transportation) as the classes are taught in the neighbourhood at a local community house or community centre. Participants are also given the opportunity to showcase their work in a group exhibition held each year in our downtown gallery.

For students who are unable to afford the full cost of a course, we have a bursary program that, along with funding set aside in the annual budget, is made possible by several named and anonymous donors. The value of each individual bursary given depends on the level of financial assistance indicated on the application form and the availability of funds.

These programs are supported through our fundraising initiatives and donations are also accepted online, by phone, in-person and by post.

In response to the global pandemic, we now offer several online course options, as well as delivering the certificate and diploma programs in an online-and-in-person hybrid format.

Get in touch

35 George St.

Ottawa, ON

K1N 8W5