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2019 OAAG Award Nominations are now CLOSED!

Award nominations for OAAG's 42nd edition of the Awards program have now officially closed!

This year OAAG received over 250 awards nominations from 36 art galleries across 21 cities throughout the province! Thank you to all members who submitted nominations to this year's awards.

Be sure to follow OAAG (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Mailing List) for our Shotlist announcement.

Interested in supporting the OAAG Awards? You can! Receive public promotion through our advertising and silent auction opportunities and support the Awards.

These awards are a major benefit of OAAG membership as they play a vital role in peer recognition and increasing the profile of the public art gallery sector. The majority of guests at the event are OAAG members adn those with member affiliation. With OAAG members representing 99% of Ontario's public art museums and galleries, as well as numerous artist-run-centres, and art professionals, advertising at the Awards ensures direct institutional exposure to leaders in the visual arts sector in Ontario.

Help us, help you! Your advertising purchase or silent auction contribution will directly support OAAG's mandate and mission to ensure that member galleries contribute to the cultural life of the province.

Interested in buying an ad in the 2019 OAAG Awards Program book? Click here for Ad Rates and Opportunities

Interested in supporting OAAG through donating an item for the 2019 OAAG Awards Silent Auction? Click here for Silent Auction Opportunities and Benefits.

If you have questions about purchasing an advertisement please contact Hannah Bekkers, Communications & Development Assistant at

If you have questions about becoming a Silent Auction sponsor, please contact Parker O'Connor, Projects Assistant at



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.


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

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