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40th OAAG Awards Advertising Opportunity!

In honour of this monumental 40th Anniversary of OAAG's signature Awards program, each guest will be gifted with a 2017 limited edition ceremonial program catalogue. The production value of this year's program catalogue has increased exponentially! It will be a hardcover publication with professional design and high quality printing.

You will be able to share the pages with the 2017 OAAG Award Winners, nominees, and curated photographs from OAAG and OAAG members. This is a commemorative book that will be a timeless keepsake for those who support OAAG and public art galleries in Ontario.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of OAAG's history.

Click here to download the 2017 OAAG Advertising Package.

This package has details about OAAG, the OAAG Awards, rates and specs.

Remember, OAAG Members get a 5% discount on all advertising prices.

To book an ad contact Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant at or call 416-598-0714.

Deadline for Ad Artwork is September 5, 2017.

Nominations are now closed!

We have received a total of 149 nominations from 32 public art galleries in 20 cities across Ontario! Below are the 2017 OAAG Award nominating galleries (listed in alphabetical order):

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Art Gallery of Sudbury
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Blackwood Gallery, Toronto
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough
Gallery 44, Toronto
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
McIntosh Gallery, London
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
Mercer Union, Toronto
Museum London
Oakville Galleries
Onsite Gallery, OCADU, Toronto
Open Studio, Toronto
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catharines
Station Gallery, Whitby
Sur Gallery, Toronto
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
The Power Plant Contemproary Art Gallery, Toronto
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Varley Art Gallery, Markham
Woodstock Art Gallery
Ydessa Hendeles Foundation, Toronto

Save the date - Join OAAG For the Celebrations!

Monday, November 27, 2017
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

The OAAG Awards are a signature program and event produced by OAAG and open to all OAAG Members. These are province-wide, juried art gallerry awards of artistic merit and excellence in exhibitions, publications, programs, and community partnerships produced by Ontario's art galleries. The Awards are presented in ten major categories: Exhibition, Curatorial and Art Writing, Public Program, Education, Art Publication, Design, Partnership, Lifetime Achievement, Colleague and Volunteer.

Through network-building, professional development and advocacy, OAAG fosters sustainable healthy, dirverse public art galleries, furthering the visual arts as a key component of the cultural life of Ontario. OAAG serves and represents 269 public art galleries and visual art organization members across the province. OAAG is a registered charitable organization.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Awards program, and it is going to be our most celebrated event yet!

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


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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