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TORONTO - NOVEMBER 20, 2018 - Last night Downtown Toronto was filled with art gallery professionals in celebration of the 41st annual OAAG Awards Gala at the Harbourfront Centre. Professionals from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries’ (OAAG) membership, sponsors, VIP guests, and everyone in between had a fantastic night as we toasted the achievements of our art gallery colleagues.

With 221 nominations this year from 34 public art galleries OAAG was thrilled to present the largest Awards Gala to-date. With incredible performances by Late Night Conversations, Bridget Moser and a terrific MC job by Keith Cole the awards were one to remember. Without further ado, OAAG is proud to announce the Winners of the 41st annual OAAG Awards 2018

Weren't able to make it? We've got you covered! Be sure to check out our photographs here to see the festivities of the night!

2018 OAAG Awards Sponsors

Jurors: Sharona Adamowicz-Clements, Xenia Benivolski, Nina Boccia, Merray Gerges, Cris Jaw, Jasmina Jovanovic, Grahame Lynch, Nahed Mansour, Rea McNamara, Carol Podedworny, Stefan St. Laurent, Annie Wong

Awards Production: Eileen Firth, Jessica Lukas, Parker O’Connor, Zainub Verjee

Design Credit: Donderdag

Printer: Flash Reproductions

Photo Credit: Louise Yu (louise images)

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries is a registered charitable organization that serves as a voice for public art galleries and art museums in the province of Ontario. OAAG’s membership spans across 60 communities in Ontario with 270 member art galleries, museums, and institutions. OAAG runs numerous professional development workshops, mentorship programs, and events including OAAG’s most signature Annual Awards Program.

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About OAAG

OAAG's History

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 of the Future

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will be an essential and sustainable art service organization serving Public Art galleries.

OAAG will be recognized as a leader in Canada’s cultural sector, whose voice is respected and trusted by stakeholders. OAAG will be enterprising in its delivery of services that members value.  It will enable member connections through a state of the art digital platform. Members will be in ongoing contact with each other, to share resources and to develop the capacity of each individual and organization. OAAG and its partners will provide relevant, groundbreaking professional development courses to members.  

Our long term vision is when our members and the entire public art gallery sector are thriving, art galleries will be contributing to the well-being of their communities through innovation and inspirations to move beyond the status quo. The art gallery as a site of learning will be at the centre of civic conversations, fostering curiosity and understanding. Galleries of all sizes occupy beautiful, functional facilities (physical and virtual) that inspire and display new creative forms. Galleries are sustainable because they are supported by members of the community and all levels of government.  

Our Mission

Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, OAAG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.

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





Statistical Profile of Art Galleries in Ontario

The Statistical Profile of Art Galleries in Ontario is a quantitative analysis of 47 Ontario-based, non-profit and charitable art galleries in 31 municipalities across the province. The report presents a clear picture of Ontario’s public art galleries as incredible dynamic, motivated and engaged visual arts producers, working all across the province – from Thunder Bay to Temiskaming Shores to Ottawa to Toronto to Windsor and back to Owen Sound.


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