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2019 OAAG Award Nominations are now Open!

The 2019 OAAG Awards season is officially here! The nomination forms are now available. We encourage all OAAG members to send their nominations postmarked no later than Friday, June 28, 2019. 

Introducing the Changemaker BIPOC Award!

This year is the 42nd edition of the Awards program, and we are marking this milestone with a brand new Award Category - the Changemaker BIPOC Award!

OAAG celebrates the diverse and innovative arts practices of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour leaders which are essential to the cultural vitality of the country. OAAG acknowledges that historic and systemic barriers have affected access to opportunities and resources for BIPOC arts professionals. This has led to marginalization and inequities for artists and arts leaders in presenting and practicing their work within public art galleries in Ontario.

OAAG is pleased to announce the creation of this new award in recognition of the distinctive contributions made by BIPOC arts leaders. The award will be presented annually to recognize individual changemakers and member institutions who champion voices from distinct social and political contexts, and who have unique relationships with the land.

The creation of this award aims to strengthen networks and foster a vital and resilient BIPOC arts and institutional ecosystem.


Download the 2019 Nomination packages:

We look forward to receiving your nominations postmarked no later than Friday, June 28th. OAAG members must be in good standing in order to be eligible to nominate and win and OAAG Award.

For any and all award related inquiries, please contact Zainub Verjee, Executive Director at

Not sure if you are a member in good standing? Contact Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant at to see if your membership dues have been paid.



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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