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40th OAAG AWARDS GALA - And the winner is...

Our 40th anniversary OAAG Awards came to a close on November 27, 2017 as we celebrated Ontario arts with over 300 members of the arts communities and public.

The evening welcomed individuals across Canada as the winners of the 2017 OAAG Awards were revealed! With special guests, Honourable Eleanor McMahon and Councillor Joe Cressy, our host Keith Cole presented us with the 24 winners of the 2017 OAAG Awards! We are proud that the Ontario arts community could gather to celebrate artistic excellence and outstanding achievement of the community as a whole.

That evening, we also officially launched our Annual Donation Campaign. Without the generous support of our donors, we would not have been able to host the largest OAAG Awards to date! Click here to supprt Ontario Arts.

Thank you to all the nominating galleries and a huge congratulations to our 2017 OAAG Award Winners! You have demonstrated the capacity and potential of Ontario's public art galleries and truly reflect the standards of excellence encouraged by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

For a full list of the 2017 OAAG Award winners, please click here.

Silent Auction still open!

There are still a few items available from our Silent Auction held during the 2017 OAAG Awards. Be sure to place your bid soon, as the Silent Auction will officially close on December 13, 2017. Visit our silent auction page here to find out about the available prizes and how to place your bids!

2017 OAAG Awards Sponsors

Platinum: Flash Reproductions | Gold: Art Toronto, Canadian Art, Donderdag | Silver: Elgin Picture & Frame, Papirmass | Bronze: Akimbo, CARFAC Ontario, cmagazine, Koyama Press, Open Studio | Friend: Above Ground Art Supplies, Art, Collective Arts Brewing, Canadian Society of Decorate Arts/Ornamentum Magazine, Green Living Show, National Ballet of Canada, Novotel Hotel, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Stephen Bulger Gallery, The Good Partnership, Toronto Flower Company, Total Fine Arts | Live Entertainment Sponsor: PACART

Jurors: IAIN BAXTER&, Joobin Bekhard, Nina Boccia, Susan Edelstein, Cris Jaw, Deirdre Logue, Rehab Nazzal, Paul Petro, Celete Scopelites

Awards Production: Haley Greene, Jason Kung, Alexandra Loewen, Jessica Lukas, Valentyna Onisko, Zainub Verjee

Designer: Donderdag | Printer: Flash Repductions




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.


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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