Jonathan Browns

47 Laval Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1L 7L7


Employment and Related Experience

2001 - Current

Cultural Planner - Collections

City of Ottawa, Ottawa

Manage the permanent collection of artworks that includes site specific commissions, exhibitions,

and municipal art rental collection. Long term care and conservation of percent for art commissions.

Organize, curate and design exhibitions featuring the City collection. Art consultant, promote and

select artworks for municipal staff, the Mayor and Council. Develop and monitor the short and long

term financial and operational plans including conservation plans and art acquisition allocations.

Organizing and supervising peer assessed juries. Act as liaison and resource to corporate

management teams, capital project teams, elected representatives, internal and external contacts,

the media and the public.


1999 – 2001

Collections Manager and Curator

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

Collections Manager and Curator of Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, a historical and modern

fine art collection. Curator of exhibitions, research and write scholarly publications including showcasing

works of Canadian and international artists through solo and group exhibitions. Responsible

for care of collection including registration, current conservation standards involving storage and

installation, loans and shipping of artwork from artists and institutions nationally and internationally,

visual documentation, copyright and archival information pertaining to the collection.




McWilliams Conservation, Ottawa

Conservator assisting in the repair of artworks and archival material from museum, institution and

private collections. Repair of 2,800 blueprints from the House of Commons (c. 1916-1960) as part

of a contract with the Canadian Conservation Institute, relining of maps, recovery of water damaged

school archival documents, co-developed workshop and manual on emergency/disaster planning.



Installation Technician/ Media Arts Administrative Assistant

Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa

Specialized in the professional installation of contemporary art. Responsible for the handling,

packing and transportation of an art rental collection consisting of over 20,000 artworks throughout

Canada. Preparation of film and video production grant applications. General administrative support

to Program Officers. Preparation of artist’s application in the database and general administrative

organization for peer assessed jury.


Curatorial Projects

2013       2012 New Additions to the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

2012       Close to Home, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

2011       Place and Circumstance, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

2009       The Collections Cabinet, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

2007       Model Behaviour, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

2006       Ottawa Central, Karsh-Masson Art Gallery, Ottawa

2005       Inside Look: City of Ottawa Fine Art and Heritage Collections, Karsh-Masson Art Gallery, Ottawa

2003       Local Scene, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

2001       Melancholy: Maxwell Bates, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

2001       Hybrid: Between Surrealism and Abstraction, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

2001       Fear of Fears, Ottawa: The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

2000       The Presence of Absence: Works by Ghitta Caiserman-Roth, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

2000       The Local Seen: Images of the Ottawa Region, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

1999       A.Y. Jackson en plain air: Working Up A Sketch, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

1990       Fragments: New Works in Handmade Paper, Kingston Artists Assoc Inc / Tom Thomson Art Gallery,

Kingston/Owen Sound

1988 Turbulence, Walter Philips Gallery, Banff


Other Related Experience

2013 Peer assessment committee member, Nuit Blanche – Supernova, Ottawa

2013 Committee member, Guerilla Magazine 10th Anniversary, Ottawa

2012 Writer, Guerilla Magazine, New York

2012 Art consultant, New York

2010 Conference committee member, Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property, Ottawa

2009 Peer assessment committee member, Community Radio Fund of Canada, Ottawa

2008 Art consultant, Kristi Engel Gallery, Los Angeles

2007 Peer assessment committee member, Ottawa Mixed Media Artists, Ottawa

2000 Lecturer, Montreal Print Collectors, Montreal

2000 Lecturer, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

2000–01 Gallery committee member, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa

1999 Juror, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa

1998 Internship, Morgan Library & Museum, New York

1997 Internship, Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa

1994-95 Executive, Board of directors, Enriched Bread Artists, Ottawa

1989 Peer assessment committee member, Kingston Artists Assoc Inc, Kingston

1986-88 Executive, Board of directors, Articule Gallery, Montreal


Selected Exhibitions


Solo Exhibitions

1999       Personal & Confidential, Galerie d'art - Museé Acadien Centre Universitairé de Moncton, Moncton, NB

1989       Mythical Ancestor, Agnes Etherington Art Centre Kingston, ON

1988       Looking Around, Banff National Park, Banff, AB

1988       Golem, Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa, ON

1982       Dart Boards, Gallery 76, Toronto, ON


Group Exhibitions

1997 - 2000

The National Paper Exhibition, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB

- National touring exhibition

1999       Art Against War, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON

1998       Uncovered/Discovered, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON

1997       Dancing with the Leviathan, Lonsdale Gallery – Ashkenaz, Toronto, ON

1996       Ten Years of Collecting, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, ON

1996       Transforming Narratives, Enriched Bread Artists Studios, Ottawa, ON

1995       Daily Bread, Enriched Bread Artists Studios, Ottawa, ON

1995       Group exhibition, Ottawa Art Gallery. Ottawa, ON

1994       Harvest, Enriched Bread Artists Studios, Ottawa, ON

1994       Ottawa Super-8 Film Festival, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON

1993       Meusli, Enriched Bread Artists Studios, Ottawa, ON

1991,89 Group exhibition, Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa, ON

1990       Tall Tales, Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa, ON

1989       Papier Regional Paper, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON

1988       Paper 88 Papier, Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff, AB


Selected Performances

1996       Reduce, Reduce, Reduce, SAW Gallery - National Arts Centre Atelier, Ottawa, ON

1993       Archivist, Enriched Bread Artists Studios, Ottawa, ON

1992       A Man Who Planted Seeds, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ON

1990       Undesirables, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON

1990       Performance In Primrose Park, Gallery 101 - Primrose Park, Ottawa, ON

1988       Making A Golem, Gallery 101 / Ufundi Gallery - Claredon Court, Ottawa, ON

1988       Remember To React, Banff Centre For Fine Arts, Banff, AB

  (with Leena Raudvee and Darin Wasend)

1988       Fear, Banff Centre For Fine Arts, Banff, AB


1996 – 1998

Sir Sandford Fleming College, Peterborough, ON

Collections Conservation and Management


Banff Centre of Fine Arts, Banff, AB

Intensive summer course with visiting artists and scholars.

1980 – 1982

Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON

Honours diploma in Fine Arts


Grants and Awards

1999       Canada Council

1998, 99 Ontario Arts Council

1991       Regional Municipality of Ottawa - Carleton

1989       Ministry of Culture, Citizenship and Recreation

1988       Banff Centre For Fine Arts



Art Gallery of Ontario Library

City of Ottawa

Former Regional Municipality of Ottawa - Carleton

Visual & Sound Archives Division - National Archives

York Region School Board

Private collections