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ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Concordia’s public art collection was brought to life over 50 years ago with the integration of painted glass windows by Jean McEwen into the newly built Henry F. Hall building at Sir George Williams University, one of Concordia’s founding institutions. 

Today the collection features over 40 artists and is presented across Concordia’s two campuses on building facades, city sidewalks, tunnels and atria. 

The eclectic collection is a compilation of donations, commissions and works, for the most part, acquired during the rapid expansion of the University since 2000. Thanks to the Ministère de la culture et des communications and the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture program (also known as the 1% program), Concordia has benefitted from provincial funds for the creation of several large scale public artworks featuring renowned Quebec artists.

This website brings together the artworks from both campuses and provides an entry point of discovery. We invite you to use this website as a guide when visiting in person. The collection is open to the public year-round. (The University remains closed to the public due to the pandemic; however, outdoor works are still able to be viewed.)

Other art venues at Concordia are the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, the Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, the VAV Gallery and the Communication Studies Media, Mobile Media Gallery. At the Webster Library, are the Webster Library Exhibition Space, Audio StairwellVisualization Studio and a virtual exhibition called Take a Moment for Representation: An Anti-Racism Series.


Concordia University is proud to partner with the City of Montreal on its initiative to spotlight public art.


Art Public Montreal

Territorial acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.


For more information about Concordia’s public art collection contact:

Sandra Margolian
Public Art Lead, Concordia University Library
s.margolian@concordia.ca

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