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Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Membership: Institutional
An ART GALLERY Member:
  • is a not-for-profit institution that has operated for at least one year, is based in Ontario and dedicated to the service of the general public;
  • includes among its primary aims and objectives the exhibition, interpretation and preservation of the visual arts;
  • has an unpaid board of directors or advisory board that is representative of the community it serves, and is charged with and ultimately responsible for the institution’s policies;
  • has a space with measurable boundaries or a building that is publicly designated as an art gallery;
  • employs a full-time, paid arts professional who is charged primarily with the gallery’s operation or the equivalent;
  • ensures best practices in the presentation and care of works of art, guided by organizational policies, professional standards and the payment of fees to artists for services rendered;
  • strives to meet the physical standards for its operations as suitable to its activities and in accordance with its mandate;
  • if a collecting institution, strives to meet the Canadian Conservation Institute’s Environmental Guidelines for Museums;
  • presents programs to the public on a regular basis and in accordance with its mandate;
  • supports the aims and objectives of OAAG;
  • appoints a representative registered with OAAG.

Benefits for ART GALLERY members include:

  • a listing in OAAG's Member Directory;
  • advance notice of meetings, conferences, workshops, and events;
  • a discount on registration fees for OAAG conferences, seminars, workshops and events;
  • a discount on OAAG publications when ordered through the institutional representative;
  • eligibility of staff to join OAAG as Colleague members;
  • one Complimentary Colleague membership for galleries paying fees from $310 - $615, and an additional Complimentary Colleague membership for galleries paying fees over $615;
  • access to the Resource Centre and advisory services of the OAAG Secretariat;
  • free listing of employment opportunities on Jobline;
  • partnership in research and analysis, and other special initiatives undertaken by OAAG;
  • recognition as a member of the public art gallery network in Ontario;
  • eligibility to make nominations for all categories of the OAAG Awards;
  • eligibility to receive OAAG Awards in all categories;
  • reciprocal admission for staff and the gallery's members to participating member galleries and discounts in their shops (Valid identification is required);
  • the opportunity to participate in joint marketing initiatives;
  • a reduced rate for advertising in the Globe and Mail under the OAAG/OMA banner in the Saturday Review section; and
  • advisory services, partnership and advocacy on cultural issues.

NOTE: Art Gallery Educators (AGE) is a special interest group associated with OAAG. Education staff of OAAG Art Gallery Members and Affiliate Gallery Members are automatically eligible to participate in AGE for no additional fees. Please contact the secretariat at (416) 598-0714 for more information.

Fees for Art Gallery members are calculated on a sliding scale based on the total of the institution's annual recurring operating expenditures in the last completed fiscal year. This figure includes annual programming expenditures; it does not include once-only capital expenses, funds spent on acquisitions, fundraising expenses, or the cost of goods sold if you engage in retail activities.

Effective April 1, 2017, the fee schedule increases by the rate of inflation in Ontario at December 31, 2016 (1.9%), rounded up to the nearest $5.

The annual fees for ART GALLERY members are:

Members with operating budgets $800,000 and over: $960

Members with operating budgets $799,999 and under:

  • $600,000 to $799,999: $795
  • $400,000 to $599,999: $720
  • $300,000 to $399,999: $645
  • Up to $299,999: $325

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An AFFILIATE Member:

  • is a not-for-profit gallery or organization that supports the aims and objectives of OAAG but does not fit the criteria of Art Gallery member;
  • appoints a representative registered with OAAG.

Benefits for AFFILIATE members include:

  • a listing in OAAG's Member Directory;
  • advance notice of meetings, conferences, workshops, and events;
  • a discount on registration fees for OAAG conferences, seminars, workshops and events;
  • a discount on OAAG publications when ordered through the institutional representative;
  • eligibility of staff to join OAAG as Colleague members;
  • access to the Resource Centre and advisory services of the OAAG Secretariat;
  • free listing of employment opportunities on Jobline;
  • partnership in research and analysis, and other special initiatives undertaken by OAAG;
  • recognition as a member of the public art gallery network in Ontario;
  • eligibility to make nominations for all categories of the OAAG Awards;
  • eligibility to receive OAAG Awards in all categories;
  • reciprocal admission for staff and the gallery's members to participating member galleries and discounts in their shops (Valid identification is required);
  • the opportunity to participate in joint marketing initiatives;
  • a reduced rate for advertising in the Globe and Mail under the OAAG/OMA banner in the Saturday Review section; and
  • advisory services, partnership and advocacy on cultural issues.

NOTE: Art Gallery Educators (AGE) is a special interest group associated with OAAG. Education staff of OAAG Art Gallery Members and Affiliate Gallery Members are automatically eligible to participate in AGE for no additional fees. Please contact the secretariat at (416) 598-0714 for more information.

The annual fees for AFFILIATE members are:

Members with operating budgets $200,000 and over: $215
Members with operating budgets under $200,000: $115

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