Great Art for Great Lakes Announces Commissioned Artists Across Eight Great Lakes Communities

May 31, 2017

In early 2017, Waterlution, in partnership with Greatness—The Great Lakes Project—posted a call for artistic submissions in eight Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL) communities, including: Kingston, Hamilton, Mississauga, Sudbury-Manitoulin, Thunder Bay, Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Owen sound & Toronto. We are very pleased to introduce these artists to you today. Special thank you to our Community Liaisons, and our selection committee members for their participation and dedication to this project, full details available here.

Please visit our ‘Meet the Artist’ page online to read their artist statements for each incredible artwork to be completed with the help of the public over the course of the summer of 2017. The artist cannot work alone—they need the public. It is only through this collaborative process that the work can be discovered. We invite you to visit our Event Schedule and discover an event happening in your community!


KINGSTON: Andy Berg, Aqua Viva

HAMILTON: Nicole Clouston, Lake Ontario Portrait

SUDBURY-MANITOULIN: Julieanne Steedman, Stories of the Lake

MISSISSAUGA: Vanessa Logan, Mi Lake

OWEN SOUND: Julia White, Water Columns

AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION: John Williams & Jill Joseph, Destined For Greatness

THUNDER BAY: Betty Carpick, Threading Water

TORONTO: Labspace Studio, Deep Blue


Great Art for Great Lakes is funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (also a Canada 150 grant), and part of a larger initiative: Greatness: The Great Lakes Project, which began at a 2015 roundtable convened by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor. The participants, drawn from business, the arts, science and sport, resolved that “a bold and noble initiative” could make the Great Lakes a powerful symbol of “greatness” for the 40 million residents of the Great Lakes basin.


Each community will host public events to introduce their commissioned artist who will collaboratively create a permanent work of art to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Great Art for Great Lakes is funded through the Canada 150 Fund and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


For more information or for interviews, contact:

Christopher McLeod, Project Lead

(905) 730 – 4008  

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