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OAAG Workshop: Transportation of Cultural Property & Artwork Inside & Outside of Canada

One-day professional development workshop
Monday, February 8, 2016
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7

-Registration Now Closed -

Presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries with Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre.

The workshop will explore professional knowledge, skills and practices needed for managing collections and exhibitions while they travel. We will look into transporting artworks from collections within Canada and to/from Canada, including customs procedures. The workshop will address the complexities of cultural property. We will look into how to handle a variety of artwork so that the conservation of high value Canadian artwork is maintained during transportation, ensuring Canadians continued access to these artworks. The workshop will look into case-by-case studies of touring exhibitions and registrants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences.

For more information and registration details please visit our Programs Page.

Ontario Association of Art Galleries Welcomes Program and Development Coordinator, Crystal Melville

OAAG is pleased to welcome Crystal Melville to the position of Program and Development Coordinator in January 2016.

Crystal brings experience working across arts administration in program coordination, communications, marketing, publishing and fund development. Previously, she worked at Visual Arts Nova Scotia (a provincial arts service organization) as the Programming Coordinator (2009-2011), Acting Executive Director (2011-2012) and Publisher (2011-2012) of the organizations in-house magazine Visual Arts News. Since leaving Nova Scotia, she has pursued graduate studies at York University and continues to work independently in community and cultural development.

Welcome Crystal.

Congratulations OAAG Award Winners!

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The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) was pleased to announce the 38th annual OAAG Awards winners on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

Twenty-five awards and three honourable mentions recognize 16 galleries from 12 cities across Ontario:

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Gallery Stratford
Idea Exchange Art + Design (formerly Cambridge Galleries)
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto
Oakville Galleries
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, St. Catharines
Station Gallery, Whitby

Seven out-of province galleries were cited:

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Autograph ABP, London, United Kingdom
Kenderdine Art Gallery and College Art Galleries, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
SFU Galleries, Burnaby, British Columbia
Vancouver Art Gallery

One non-gallery was cited:

Black Dog Publishing

The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide, juried art gallery awards for 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.

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

“The OAAG awards have consistently revealed the expanse and richness of art production on the part of Ontario’s public art galleries,” says Shirley Madill, President of the OAAG Board of Directors and Executive Director at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. “Whether one wins an award or not, everyone working in the sector has cause to celebrate excellence on the part of our sector together.”

All award winners are listed on the Awards Page.

Download the Press Release: Click here (word docx)

Media Inquiries: or call (416) 598-071.

Ontario Association of Art Galleries' Commences Mentorship Program

From left to right: Suzanne Smoke, Naomi Johnson, Tina Chu, Astrid Ho, Patrick Macaulay, Mark V. Campbell, Pamela Edmonds, Johnson Ngo. December 2014. Photo by Calvert Quach.

TORONTO, ONTARIO—The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is pleased to announce the commencement of its Mentorship Program as part of its Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project.

The new mentorship program provides six culturally diverse mentorees with the opportunity to accelerate their careers by connecting them to senior arts leaders in public galleries in Ontario.  Each mentoree is paired with a mentor. The mentorees are given the freedom to determine their own mentoring agenda, which can include regular meetings and activities that focus on building leadership skills in the public arts sector.

The program addresses the development of skills in leadership, governance, change management, cultural pluralism, strategic planning and personal skills. By addressing these areas it serves to benefit individuals and organizations within the public art gallery sector.

Please visit the News page and the Leadership & Cultual Pluralism Project Website for more information.

Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project

Ontario Association of Art Galleries Staff Changes

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) regretfully announces that Veronica Quach, Assistant Director, will no longer be at the organization after December 31, 2015. Veronica has been employed at OAAG for five years. She started as the Program Assistant, was promoted to Communications and Events Coordinator and has been Assistant Director for the past three years.

OAAG is moving ahead with the search process to fill the staffing gap. Please visit the OAAG Jobline page to view the Program and Development Coordinator job opportuntiy with OAAG.

Additionally, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries is pleased to announce the appointment of Zainub Verjee as the new Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

Please visit the News page for more information.


CCI Workshop: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness For Cultural Institutions

-Registration is Currently Full-

Two-day professional development workshop
Wednesday, February 24 - Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3

Presented by Ontario Association of Art Galleries in partnership with Ontario Museum Association and Canadian Conservation Institute. For more information please visit our Programs Page.


Statistical Profile of Art Galleries in Ontario

New publication, based on the 2013 Data Exchange
Hill Strategies Research Inc. for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

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.


Order a copy of the 2013 OAAG Data Exchange here. For more information visit our publications page.


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 (What we aspire to do)

  • The Ontario Association of Art Galleries fosters a sustainable, healthy, diverse, public art gallery sector to further the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of the province.

OUR MISSION (What we do)

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

OUR MANDATE (How we are going to do it)

To ensure that public art galleries contribute to the cultural life of the province, OAAG will:

  • Discern, formulate, and articulate a strong collective profile for Ontario public art galleries
  • Represent members to government effectively
  • Foster professionalism among members
  • Create and present relevant professional development opportunities
  • Foster communication and exchange among members
  • Be an effective reliable resource and source of information for our members


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 (ce que nous aspirons à faire) 

  • L’Association ontarienne des galeries d’art encourage un secteur des musées d’art et des galeries d’art publiques durable, prospère et diversifié afin de promouvoir les arts visuels en tant qu’élément indispensable de la vie culturelle de la province.

NOTRE MISSION (ce que nous faisons)

  • En misant sur la défense des intérêts, le perfectionnement professionnel et la création de réseaux, l’AOGA soutient et renforce la position des musées d’art et des galeries d’art publiques de l’Ontario.

NOTRE MANDAT (ce que nous allons le faire)

Afin d’assurer que les musées d’art et les galeries d’art publiques contribuent à la vie culturelle de la province, l’AOGA :

  • détermine, formule et articule un profil collectif solide pour les musées d’art et les galeries d’art publiques de l’Ontario;
  • représente efficacement ses membres auprès des gouvernements;
  • encourage le professionnalisme chez ses membres;
  • crée et présente des occasions de perfectionnement professionnel pertinent;
  • favorise la communication et les échanges entre les membres;
  • est une ressource et une source d’information fiable et efficace pour ses membres.

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




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