The City of Orillia adopted its first Art in Public Places Policy in 2010 to recognize and promote the value of arts and culture through the integration of artwork into public views. The objective of the policy is to establish a standard and transparent for the acquisition, consultation, selection, site selection, maintenance, deaccession, monitoring and evaluation of purchased and/or donated works of art for display in public places.

In 2018, City Council passed a resolution authorizing the Orillia Museum of Art & History to manage the City’s public art program under the direction of the Manager of Culture and an Art in Public Places Committee.

The Committee advises Council on donations and public calls for artwork originating with Council, the Committee, City staff or members at large. 

The Stack Gallery

Current Exhibit: Mechanics of Life

As part of the new Orillia Recreation Centre, the City of Orillia has included a gallery wall for rotating exhibits curated by the Art in Public Places Committee.

The Art in Public Places Committee (partnership with OMAH and the City of Orillia) is thrilled to be opening its second Stack Gallery exhibit within the Orillia Recreation Centre entitled: “The Mechanics of Life”.

The theme challenged artists to ponder both the mechanical and physical purposes of the Orillia Recreation Centre (ORC). Interpretations could encompass the ORC’s historic, industrial, and/or geographical significance, while also considering the importance of health and wellness through a recreational lens. Artists drew on their own creativity to glean what ‘Mechanics of Life’ means to them through visual expression.

The following were selected by jury for the exhibit.

Artist Title of Work
John Oelrichs Portland #5
Dan Kehoe Industrial Evolution
Carol Deimling The Swimmer
Carol Deimling Grand and Steel
James McKee The Ultimate Bass Player
Dani Magder Inner Workings
Terry McIntosh Basics
Wendy Cooper-Parkinson Nested