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Ontario Association of Art Galleries announces 23 award winners and two honourable mentions

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) announces the 37th OAAG Awards winners on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

To view the complete list of OAAG Award Winners visit the 2014 Winners Page.

Twenty-three awards and two honourable mentions recognize 14 galleries from 11 cities across Ontario.

The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence. They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships that have been commissioned by and produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year.

Awards are presented in nine major categories: Exhibition of the Year, Curatorial and Art Writing, Public Program, Education, Art Publication of the Year, Design, Partnership, Colleague and Volunteer. 


2015 Venice-Florence-Rome Exchange

This two and a half week professional exchange is an immersive, intensive program in Venice, Florence, and Rome in Italy from May 4 to 20, 2015. It has been timed to coincide with the opening of the 56th Venice Biennale.

It is developed for public art gallery directors, curators and arts professionals. It is also valuable for gallery directors who have been hired into the gallery and museum sector from the larger charitable sector, and who are also charged with developing new museum assets in their communities.


For more information visit our programs page.


Call for Applications:
Six new mentoring opportunities for culturally diverse arts professionals seeking leadership positions in Ontario’s public art galleries

Deadline extended to mid to late August. Please inquire by phone (416) 598-0714 or communications[at]

The OAAG Cultural Diversity and Leadership Project offers support for six new mentoring opportunities for culturally diverse arts professionals who see their career paths set to Director/CEO-level leadership positions in the Ontario public art gallery sector.

Open to Mentorees and Mentors. We are actively seeking applications from across Ontario!

Visit the Mentorship page for more information.


About OAAG

OAAG is a registered charitable organization. Established in 1968, OAAG was incorporated in Ontario by letters patent on October 9, 1970. The Charitable Objects from the Letters Patent are:

  • To encourage co-operation between member galleries and museums
  • To encourage cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council and similar agencies
  • To assist in the development of visual art centres in the province of Ontario
  • To promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of art
  • To serve as an advisory body in matters of professional interest in the province of Ontario.

Our Vision

  • To be a vital and effective advocate for Ontario's dynamic public art galleries, serving our members as a resource and representing our members across the province as valued and essential centres of art and learning.

Our Mission

  • To serve and represent Ontario's public art galleries in their roles as valued, essential, cultural and educational resources
  • To actively advocate for Ontario's public art galleries
  • To promote dialogue and collaboration among OAAG members
  • To build and support responsive relationships between Ontario's public art galleries and the public, volunteers, cultural trustees, granting agencies, government and media
  • To encourage the highest standards for the care, preservation and presentation of the visual arts within Ontario's public art galleries
  • To promote art gallery and cultural work as valuable professions
  • To recognize and celebrate excellence in the work of Ontario's public art galleries
  • To act as a resource for public art galeries and visual arts professionals


À propos de l’AOGA

L’AOGA est un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré.  Établie en 1968, l’AOGA  fut constituée en personne morale en Ontario par lettres patentes le 9 octobre 1970.  Les objectifs de bienfaisance selon les lettres patentes sont les suivants :

  • Favoriser la coopération entre les galeries et musées membres de l’AOGA 
  • Favoriser la coopération avec le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario et autres organismes semblables
  • Contribuer au développement des centres pour arts visuels en Ontario
  • Encourager des normes élevées d’excellence et des méthodes standardisées dans le maintien et la présentation de l’art 
  • Agir en tant qu’organisme consultatif pour des questions d’intérêt professionnel dans la province de l’Ontario

Notre vision

  • Être un défenseur vigoureux et compétent des galeries d’art publiques dynamiques de l‘Ontario et les représenter comme des centres essentiels et prisés d’art et d’enseignement à travers la province.

Notre mission

  • Servir et représenter les galeries d’art publiques de l‘Ontario comme des ressources culturelles et pédagogiques essentielles et prisées
  • Défendre vigoureusement les intérêts des galeries d’art publiques de l‘Ontario
  • Encourager le dialogue et la collaboration parmi les membres de l’AOGA
  • Établir et soutenir des liens actifs et réciproques entre les galeries d’art publiques de l‘Ontario et le public, les bénévoles, les administrateurs culturels, les organismes subventionnaires, le gouvernement et les médias
  • Encourager les normes les plus élevées pour le maintien, la préservation et la présentation des arts visuels auprès des galeries d’art publiques de l‘Ontario
  • Faire valoir les professions liées aux galeries d’art et le travail culturel comme des métiers d’une grande valeur
  • Reconnaître et récompenser l’excellence dans le travail des galeries d’art publiques de l‘Ontario

OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of its members, donors, corporate sponsors.


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