The Canadian Art Database



2002                Ottawa School of Art, Photo Shop with Gayle Thomas
1999                University of Saskatchewan, Waterless Lithography with Nik Semenoff
1994                Contemporary Artists Center Monoprint Workshop with Brandon Graving
1983                SAW Gallery/Ottawa School of Art, Printmaking Workshop with Richard Yates
1965-69           National Gallery of Canada, Docent, Studies in Canadian Art History
1965-66           Ottawa School of Art, painting with Duncan de Kergommeaux
1962-63           Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Painting
1961-62           University of Southampton, England, Post-Graduate Studies
1957-61           University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA, B.A. Ed. Honours


2003                City of Ottawa Senior Artist Grant
2003                DAIMON First Works Grant and Residency, Gatineau, Quebec
2002                Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1999                Canada Council Travel Grant
1996                Whitton Art and Culture Award, City of Ottawa
1992                Artist A Grant, Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton
1992                Ontario Arts Council Artists Grant
1990-96           Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grants
1989                Victor Tolgesty Arts Award, City of Ottawa
1988                Leighton Colony, Artist in Residence, Banff, Alberta
1988                Ontario Arts Council Materials Assistance Grant
1985                Ontario Arts Council Materials Assistance Grant
1983                First Prize, painting, Loomis & Toles Regional Juried Exhibition
1981-82           Canada Council Travel Grant
1979                Ontario Arts Council Artist in the Schools Grant
1961-62           University of Kansas/University of Southampton Exchange Grant/Fellowship
1961                Fulbright Foundation Travel Grant


1992-5            O.C.Transpo Heron Road Transitway Station
                      successful candidate chosen from 3 finalists of an open competition
                      designed a totally integrated mural composed of construction materials for the pedestrian tunnel
                      designed imprinted insets for coloured concrete walkways and sidewalks of site
1991               Churchill Alternative School
                      successful candidate chosen from 12 artists for interior sites
                      designed and executed a 7x13 foot interpretive mural based on school's philosophy of child-centred
                      education for entrance foyer
                      designed and executed a 24 foot frieze between first and second floors plus ceiling details
1990               City Of Ottawa Heron Road Multiservice Centre
                      successful candidate chosen from five finalists for interior site
                      designed and executed 8 foot by 18 foot curved painting for interior, outer wall of public auditorium
1986               Ottawa Provincial Courthouse
                      semi-finalist, one of three
1986               City of Ottawa Bellevue Gym
                      semi-finalist, one of five


2003-4            "Whodunit?"   OCAD Mystery Art Sale Fundraiser, Toronto, Ontario      
2003               "Through the Looking Glass" Ottawa Art Gallery, Silent Auction Fundraiser
                      "Mystery Markings" RCA/Art Gallery of Newfoundland & Labrador, St.Johns,NFL
2002-4            "ITEM" SAW Gallery fundraiser, Ottawa, Ontario
2002               "Spirit of Drawing", Ottawa Art Gallery, Fundraiser, Silent Auction
2001-4            "101 Frames", Gallery 101 Annual Fundraiser, Ottawa, Ontario
1999               "PARAPHERNALIA" Ottawa Art Gallery Fundraiser, Silent Auction
1998               "101 BOXES" ARTSatlantic Fundraiser at Confederation Centre Art Gallery, PEI
1998               RCA PLAYING CARDS COLLECTION, design for the 2 of Spades for a boxed set of playing cards.
                      Original designs exhibited at Edward Day Gallery & purchased by Nortel
1996               "23 CHAIRS" Ottawa Art Gallery Fundrasier
1986               Canadian Conference of the Arts, publication cover
1980               Royal Trust Anniversary Portfolio, silkscreen prin t


Selected Solo Shows
2004                 Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
2003                 Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut USA
2003                 Gallery 101, sodaculture, Ottawa
2002                 Galerie St. Laurent & Hill, Ottawa, Canada
2000                 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
1999                 University of Winnipeg, Manitoba
1998                 Karsh Masson Public Art Gallery, City of Ottawa, Ontario
1997                 Loading Dock Gallery, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, Mass. USA
                        Maison de la culture de Gatineau, Quebec
1996                 The Art Gallery, Scarborough Campus, University Of Toronto, Ontario
1994                 The Library Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario
1993                 Ottawa Public Art Gallery at Arts Court, Ottawa, Ontario
                        Centre d'exposition L'IMAGIER, Alymer, Qu P bec
1992                 Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
1990                 Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario
1989                 Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
1987                 Ottawa School of Art
1986                 Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia  
Selected Group Exhibitions
2004                 "Print Types" , Dickenson State University, Dickenson, N.D. USA
2003                 Scatalogue: 30 Years of Crap in Contemporary Art, International Curated
                        Exhibitiion , SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2003                 "Director's   Choice" , Missouri Wesstern State College, St. Joseph, Missouri USA
2002                 Prints, Pixels and Portals, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, USA
                        The Spirit of Drawing/L'essence du dessin, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario
2001                 The Other City, Urban Objects in Crisis, Juried Exhibit, Ottawa School of Art
2000                 Arts2000, National Juried Exhibition, Gallery Stratford, Ontario, catalogue
                        An Artist's Road , The Academy, Salisbury, Connecticut, USA
1999                 Big Impressions: the large-scale contemporary print , The Art Galleries of the
                        Fine Arts Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA Pan Am Print Exhibition ,
                        Manitoba Printmakers International Juried Exhibition, <SITE>GALLERY, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada,
                        catalogue, repro.
1998                 Freedom, Diversity, Pluralism , Museo de Arte Contemporaneio de la Universidad de Chile,
                        Santiago, Chile
                        World Print Survey , Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, U.S.A.
                        Built to Scale, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
1997                 In Situ - Sightlines , University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
                        Urban Landscape , Daniel Pertz Gallery, New York City, USA
                        Consortium Prints , Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, MO., USA                  
1996                 The Downtown Installation Show , organized by the CAC, North Adams, Ma
1995                 Women Printmakers , Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, USA
                        Compounds, CAC Art Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
1995                 History of Art and Artists of Ottawa and Surroundings, Part III, 1946-70 ,
                        catalogue, repro., Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario         
1994-98            Print Types , Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa; Chadron State College, Chadron, Neb.,                         Art Institute for the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, Abeline Texas University,USA
1992                 Canadian printmakers , Missouri Western States College, St. Joseph, Missouri U.S.A.
1991                 Okanata , A-Space & Workscene Galleries, Toronto, Ont.; Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON
1990                 Twelve Ottawa Painters , Arts Court Gallery, Ottawa
                        Papier , Arts Court Municipal Art Gallery, Juried Show, catalogue
1989                 The Prince, The General and The Consumer , SAW Gallery, catalogue
1988                 Snakes in The Garden , Regional Curated Show, catalogue, repro duction
1987                 Four by Five , SAW Gallery, Ottawa
1986                 Circa '86 , Festival of the Arts, Regional Juried Show, one of 19 artists, tabloid, Ottawa, Ontario
                        Ice Cold Art , SAW Gallery/National Capital Commission Winterlude Festival, Installation, twelve
                        artists, Ottawa, Ontario
                        Annapolis Arts Festival, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
1985-86            When I Was a Cowboy , Organized by Off Centre Centre, Curated by Chuck Stake Enterprises, Mike
                        Dicey and 7000 Cattle, Off Centre Centre, Calgary; Modern Realism Gallery, Dallas, Texas and AKA
                        Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1985                 Art in Situ , Dreams of Black Rainbows , Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Festival of the Arts,                         Installation, Curated   Exhibition of fourteen artists, catalogue, reproductions, Ottawa
1984-86            Water + Colour + Paint , Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Juried
                        National Travelling Exhibition, Ring House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta; Muttart Gallery, Calgary,                         Alberta; Estevan National Exhibition Cente, Estevan, Saskatchewan; Moose Jaw Art Museum and
                        National Exhibition Cente, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Swift Current National Exhibition Centre, Swift
                        Current, Saskatchewan; Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia;
                        Kamloops Public Art Gallery, Kamloops, British Columbia; Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British
                        Columbia; Grand Forks At Gallery, Grand Forks, British Columbia; Medicine Hat Historical Museum
                        and National Exhibition Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta


OCTranspo/Regonial Munc.
Ottawa-Carleton Canderel
Ontario Ministry of Government Services
Claridge Investment Inc. Collection
Corporation of the City of Ottawa
Corel Systems Corporation
RMOC Fine Arts Collection Esso Resources, Calgary
City of Ottawa Fine Arts Collection      
Lantic Sugar Ltd.
Department of Foreign Affairs Art Collection              
Canada Capital Congress Centre        
Canada Council Art Bank                     
Minto Construction Ltd.
National Archives of Canada               
Ottawa Art Gallery                               
Petro Canada
Carleton University Art Gallery            
The Royal Bank of Canada
Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery             
Royal Trust Corporation
Nickle Art Gallery, University of Calgary                     
Sun Life
University of Toronto Art Centre Art Gallery              
Swiss Bank Corporation
Algonquin College Fine Arts Collection                       
Toronto Dominion Bank
University of Kansas Fine Art Collection                    
Business Development Bank of Canada
University of Winnipeg                        
EMC Corporation, Boston, USA
Private Collections in USA, Canada, Israel and England                 
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, NYC,USA                   
Biogen, Inc. Cambrdidge, MA. USA
Goodwin Procter, New York, N.Y. USA


Walker, Susan, "Toilet humour for the turtleneck set", Toronto Star, D3, June 22, 2003
Richard, Susan, "Caca sur plateau d'argent" Le Voir, Artsvisuels, 26 june, 2003
Gessell, Paul, "Here's the scoop on the ...umm" The Ottawa Citizen, Arts J, June 14, 2003
Mohanta, Sanjay, "The Last Taboo", Mirror Magazine, Vol. 1 Issue 04, pg. 8
Dault, Julia, "It's OK to have a crush on the art", National Post, Arts & Life, B5, Nov. 6, 2003
Euteneier, Anita, "Trashing Pop Culture", Xpress, "Arts Watch", pg. 17, November 13-19. 2003
Gessell, Paul, "Art: Pop is a weasel", The Ottawa Citizen, Section E "Arts", pg. E4, November 13, 2003
Dault, Julie, "It's OK to have a crush on the art", National Post, "Arts & Life", B5, November 6, 2003
Lawson, Catherine, "Pop art" The Ottawa Citizen , Section B, March 12, 2003
Neal, Alan, "Interview about Soda Pop Project" CBC Ottawa Morning, January 21, 2003
Epworth, Marsden, "Art Show Opening", Compass, The Lakeshore Journal , July 27, 2000, Salisbury, Conn.USA
Tolnick, Judith, "The Phenomenon of the Large-scale Contemporary Print", curator's remarks, catalogue, University of Rhode Island, Fine Arts Centre, Nov. 12-Dec. 15, 1999
Macnie, Jim, "8 days a week", The Providence Phoenix, Arts, November 12, 1999
Gray, Channing, "URI celebrates art of the print", Providence Journal, Art Scene, Nov. 25-28, 1999
Gibson, Jennifer, "Culture Trash", brochure essay, University of Winnipeg, Gallery 1C03, November 10- December 4, 1999
Gibson, Jennifer, "Garbage Glorified by Ottawa Artist", in edition , Nov. 5, 1999, Vol.17 No.5
Watson, Laurie, "Consumer Waste an Art in 'Culture Trash", The Uniter , Nov. 18, 1999, Vol.54 Issue 12, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Toensing, Gale Courey, "14 artists open Salisbury exhibit", Republican-American , August 3, 1999, Salisbury, Conn. USA
Baele, Nancy, "Tell us more about the how and why of found art", The Ottawa Citizen , November 25, 1997
Enright, Robert, "Show reveals new adventures in printmaking", The Globe and Mail, October 16, 1997, Toronto, Ontario
Baele, Nancy, "An artist working at full throttle", The Ottawa Citizen , October 7, 1997.
Geraets, Heidi, "to everything there is a season", (catalogue essay), the Library & Gallery , Cambridge;   The Ottawa Art Gallery, 1993-4.
Geraets, Heidi, "Pat Durr: This Too Shall Pass", Extension , Fall, 1993.
Baele, Nancy, "High Standards; Local Artists' Originality Makes For Exciting Exhibits", Ottawa Citizen , October 13, 1992.
McKnight, Claudia, "Pat Durr: Dreams of Black Rainbows", Extension Spring, 1992.
Baele, Nancy, "Ottawa painter Pat Durr wins Victor Tolgesy Arts Award", The Ottawa Citizen ,
November . 11. "Tight & Loose", May 4, "Three Deadly Sins Found in 3 Artists", August, 1989.
Mollison, Jean, "Art Installation Sends Message", The Patriot , P.E.I., March 18, 1989.
Graham, Mayo, "Dreams of Black Rainbows", catalogue essay, Confederation Centre, Charlottetown, 1987.
Gibson, Susan, "Pat Durr: Dreams of Black Rainbows", Arts Atlantic , Vol. 7, No. 4, Spring.1987
Musiol, Marie Jeanne, "Art in Situ - Caserne de Pompiers No. 3", Vanguard , March 1, 1986
Blouin, Ren é , "Art in Situ", Canadian Art , Spring, 1986.
Cormier, Pierre-Paul, "Printemps Aux Hatives Couleurs", Le Droit , March 1, 1986, Ottawa/Hull.
Cormier, Pierre-Paul, Le Festival des Arts et Art in Situ...", Le Droit , November 2, 1985, Ottawa/Hull, Quebec
CHRO, Peter Germotte, host; Germotte's Studio Show Three; PAT DURR
Rogers Cable Community Channel, Dennis Tourbin, host; Mirror, Mirror , PAT DURR
Ottawa Cablevision, Lucy Amoyt, host; Art Portfolio , PAT DURR'S WORK


1994     Central Canada Exhibition Association - Capital Agrifest Curator
Contract position responsible for the organization and curation of the Art Program Element, an art gallery displaying the works of twelve artists, who reflected the agricultural theme. Identified the artists, chose the works, organized the shipping, receiving and hanging of the display and interacted with the public for the duration of the show.

1994     Canadian Institute of Planner's 75th Anniversary Art Commission
Contract position to select an artist to create a print for the anniversary. I designed and implemented the process for the selection of the artist. With the Executive Director and a committee of the Board, shortlisted five artists who were invited to submit ideas for the print commission. Oversaw the jury's selection of one artist to produce a special limited edition of seventy-five prints. The image was also used as a six colour cover on their fully-bilingual    magazine, Plan Canada.

1992-4 Reginal Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Art Commission Advisor
Worked directly with the Arts Administration Officer for the Regional Government. Responsible, after formal Council approval, for the planning and implementation of each commission call from beginning to end. This involved designing the Expression of Interest Brochure, arranging its printing and distribution to community, receiving all artistic submissions, selecting juries, overseeing all presentations to the juries, liaisoning with the accepted artists and municipal employees during the execution and installation of the chosen art work. These responsibilities also involved frequent contact with the public and other interested parties.

- a successful project to create a temporary sculpture for display on the lawn at the then RMOC Headquarters and. As part of the development of   this project, I organized a day where the five finalists' maquettes were on public display, and I was available to answer questions and explain the proposals.

- a successfully completed project to creat a ceramic tile wall mural on the outside wall of the transitway station. I was reponsible for the coordinating of the development, execution and completion of this project, which involved liaisoning with OC/Transpo authorities, Regional employees, contractors and the artist.

- a successfully completed project for an artwork which was placed in the entrance hall of a daycare centre. Responsible for coordinating the development, execution and completion of this project which included a period during which the maquettes were on display for the parents and staff of the daycare facility. This project involved liaisoning with the artist, Regional Government's Social Services Area Manager, the daycare employees and architect.

- worked with Regional Manager, other officials and landscape architects to develop a vision for the Centre. Charged with identifying methods for
commissioning integreted, site-specific art. Responsible for developing a written
document defining the vison and the sites, and outlining and managing the
the process for the commissions. Projects shelved due to funding problem

1992-3  Guest Curator - Ottawa Art Gallery
Curated exhibition of nine artists entitled MADE IN OTTAWA .Wrote catalogue/brochure for exhibition.

1989     Art Consultant for Peat Marwick (Ottawa)
On contract for analysis of material related to City of Gloucester Cultural Needs Assessment Study.

1987-8 Curator - Person's Award Annual Exhibitions
Curated two exhibitions sponsored by the Honourable Minister Barbara McDougall and the Status of Women to celebrate the Person's Award. The first exhibition focused on Regional women artists and the second drew from a National selection of women artists found in the Canada Council Art Bank.


2004                 Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik, Northwest Territories Presented workshops at the Festival on                         CARFAC, Copyright, and Preparing for an Exhibition
2001-2              Gallery 101 Workshop Leader, Ottawa, Ontario
                        Developed and presented three one-day workshops entitled "Brushing Up Your Business Skills">
1998-2000         Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
                        Developed and presented with Melanie Scott one-day workshops on the business of art and writing
                        about your work
1995                 Whitehorse Arts League, Whitehorse, Yukon.
                        Developed and presented two and a half day workshop "Growing as an Artist
1990-3              Ottawa Art Gallery, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste-Marie,                         Ontario, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Cornwall, Ontario- Visiting artist lectures
1986-91            Algonquin College; Alberta College of Art; Banff School of Art,       
                        Alberta; Great George Street Gallery, P.E.I.; Canadian Conference of the    Arts, Ottawa, Ontario;
                        The Ottawa School of Art and CAR-Ottawa
                        Designed and presented lectures and 1 day workshops on "Health Hazards in the Arts"
1989                 Holland College of Visual Arts, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
                        Developed and presented one day workshop "From Concept to Concrete" Confederation Centre Art
                        Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
                        Visiting Artist Lecture
                        Developed and presented 2 two-day children's workshops entitled "The Sky's the Limit"
1987                 The Ottawa School of Art
                        Developed and presented one-day workshop "Moving into Space" O.A.C. Grant
1986                 Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
                        Visiting Artist Lecture "Dreams of Black Rainbows" with Canada Council grant


2001-                CARFAC
Elected National President and Spokesperson of this national artist organization.

1984-86 & '91 Royal Canadian Academy (Elected 1983)
Member of governing Council; Vice-President/Ontario Region

1984-90           Ottawa Art Centre Foundation (Founding Member)
Executive Committee Vice-Chair; Chair, Municipal Art Gallery Steering Committee; Co-Chair, Operations Committee

1984-86           Canadian Conference of the Arts
Member of governing Council; Chair, Tax Committee which organized in conjunction with staff a major conference, Taxation and the Arts
Chair, Awards Committee, Diplome d'honneur; Chair, Copyright Ctte.

1984-86           Jack Chambers Memorial Foundation
Chair of Board

1980-84           Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC)
From 1982-84, Chief Exec. Officer of this national service organization for professional artists. Established the first full-time office with professional management staff. Vice-Rep. (vice-president), Treasurer of National Council from 1980-82.

1978-80           Canadian Artist Representation - Ottawa (Original Member 1969)
Chair, initiated and organized the "CAR Mini Sale" fundraisers

1974-79           Visual Arts Ottawa (Founding Member)
Executive Committee


2000-02            Co-Chair - City of Ottawa Arts Advisory Committee
This citizen committee is responsible to the City Council through the HRSS Committee and assists the Arts Division in the development of arts policy for the new amalgamated city.

1995                 Chair - Canadian Conference of the Arts Expert Advisory Cttee on the Art Bank
The committee, which had national membership, consulted widely and prepared a report on the Future of the Art Bank. This report was presented to and approved by the Board of the CCA, disseminated widely and forwarded to the Canada Council's Art Bank Advisory Committee

Ottawa New City Hall Budget/Site Committee
This   committee worked with Moshe Safdie and was responsible for determining the sites and budgets for the art commissions for new City Hall. It also advised on the type of project and the method of selection. I was a non-voting advisor.

1988-91           Member - Ottawa Art Gallery Advisory Committee
Advised and assisted the Director on the long-range planning and programming for the gallery. Also advised and assisted in the development of the plans for the renovations of the exhibition spaces and the development of the special requirements for gallery support and storage.

1986-90           Member - Various Committees for Arts Court
During this period I served on a variety of committees directly involved with the development of the physical aspects of the visual and performing arts centre. For example:   Renovation Steering Committee and the E.R.D.A. Grant Committee.

1985-91           Chair - Visual Arts Advisory Committee, City of Ottawa
Committee responsible for advising the City of Ottawa concerning Public Places Percent for Art Program, and the acquisition, maintenance and exhibition of the municipal art collection

1984-88           Co-Chair - Operations Committee Arts Court
Committee responsible for the development of long-range plans for the centre, oversaw the fit-up of spaces for exhibition program, co-ordinated the development of policies and procedures for the new centre and was responsible for the implementation after Board approval. Established a Program Sub-Committee to develop, present and oversee programming.

1982-86           Vice-Chair - Health and Welfare Ad Hoc Cttee on Health Hazards in the Arts and Crafts
Produced information posters and booklet which were distributed nationally.
•  Member - Visual Arts Advisory Board on Customs Regulations for Artists for Revenue Canada

1979-82           Mayor's Advisory Cttee on Arts and Culture, Ottawa, Ontario
Produced a report which guided the development and support of the arts at the municipal level