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Announcing the 2017 OAAG Awards, Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the OAAG Awards

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The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) is pleased to announce the Shortlisted Nominees for the 40th anniversary of the OAAG Awards. As the only annual juried awards of its kind, the iconic OAAG Awards celebrate the outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence in arts institutions and professionals in the public art gallery sector of Ontario. The OAAG Awards recognize new exhibitions, publications, programs and community engagements that have been produced and commissioned by Ontario’s public galleries throughout the past year. Winners will be announced during the ceremony.

Join OAAG in celebrating the 40th OAAG Awards Gala at the Harbourfront Centre on Monday, November 27, at 6pm. Winners will be announced live during the ceremony. Reception starts at 4:30pm.

Now announcing the 2017 OAAG Awards Shortlisted Nominees:
(listed in alphabetical order)

EXHIBITION AWARDS

Exhibition Installation & Design Award
I stood before the source, Blackwood Gallery
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000 Award
Les Levine: transmedia, Oakville Galleries
Maria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps on Giving, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 (Monographic) Award
Ciara Phillips: Comrade Objects, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Heather Hart: Northern Oracle, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough
Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 (Thematic) Award
I stood before the source, Blackwood Gallery
Illusion of Process, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Outdoor School, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 (Monographic) Award
Donna Akrey: Also Also, Rodman Hall Art Centre
Matthew Hawtin: Transposing, Art Gallery of Windsor
Open Space Lab 01: Gita Hashemi, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG)

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 (Thematic) Award
Canadian Belonging(s), Art Gallery of Mississauga
Chronologues, Museum London
Teaching is in the Making: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg, Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000 Award
Astral Bodies, Mercer Union
Elizabeth Chitty: The Grass is Still Green, Rodman Hall Art Centre
Interstices, Sur Gallery

Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition Award
Jon Sasaki: In The House Build by Those That Came Before Me, Art Gallery of Sudbury
Maura Doyle: the Vessel, that with figurative Articulation answer’d, how deep is your love?, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG)
The hold: studies in the contemporary collection, Agnes Etherington Art Centre


CURATORIAL WRITING AWARDS

Major Text over 5,000 Words Award
Emelie Chhangur, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Dr. Ihor Holubizky, McMaster Museum of Art

Text 2,000-5,000 Words Award
Amish Morrell, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough
cheyanne turions, Carleton University University Art Gallery (CUAG)
Kent Monkman & Gisèle Gordon, Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Gabrielle Moser, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG)

Short Text under 2,000 Words Award
Frances Loeffler, Oakville Galleries
Luis Jacob, Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Rebecca Basciano, Ottawa Art Gallery

ART WRITING AWARD
Fabien Maltais-Bayda, Blackwood Gallery
Dr. Kirsty Robertson, McIntosh Gallery
Richard William Hill, Oakville Galleries

PUBLIC PROGRAM AWARD
Art on the Go - Seniors and Alzheimer's Art Exhibition, Art Gallery of Sudbury
Black Lunch Tables, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough
Creative Campaigning: Sameer Farooq: Behind the Eyes, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

EDUCATION AWARD
Chronicles 2017, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Fresh stART, Art Gallery of Sudbury
Why Look at Cages?, Blackwood Gallery

ART PUBLICATION AWARD
From her wooden sleep…, Ydessa Hendeles Foundation
Infrastructure Canada, Oakville Galleries
Sameer Farooq: Behind the Eyes, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)


DESIGN AWARDS

Art Book Award
Black Dog Publishing for Marlon Griffith: Symbols of Endurance; Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
Lisa Kiss for From her wooden sleep…; Ydessa Hendeles Foundation

Exhibition Catalogue Award
Emma Wright for Why Can’t Minimal; Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Jennifer DeFreitas (Associés libres) for Jerry Grey on the Grid: 1968-1978; Ottawa Art Gallery
Lauren Wickware for Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies; Agnes Etherington Art Centre

COLLEAGUE AWARD
Jose Tordesillas & Ronny Cruz, Lead Hand, Caretaking & Service Worker, Caretaking; Blackwood Gallery
Paul Zingrone, Head of Registration, Installation & Facilities; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Tom Primeau, AGW Visitor Services & Membership; Art Gallery of Windsor

VOLUNTEER AWARD
Josée Forest-Niesing, Chair Board/Chair, New Gallery Committee; Art Gallery of Sudbury
Hiroko Karuno, Collection Volunteer; Textile Museum of Canada

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Linda Jansma, Senior Curator; The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Doina Popescu, Founding Director of Ryerson Image Centre (Retired); Ryerson Image Centre

Visit here for the complete version of the 2017 OAAG Awards Shortlisted Nominees.


OAAG Awards 2017 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 Advisory.com, Collective Arts Brewing, Canadian Society of Decorative 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: PACART

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

Awards Production: Haley Greene, Alexandra Loewen, Jessica Lukas, Zainub Verjee

Design Credit: Donderdag

Printer: Flash Reproductions

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries is a registered charitable organization that serves as a voice for public art galleries and art museums in the province of Ontario. OAAG’s membership spans across 60 communities in Ontario with 270 member art galleries, museums, and institutions. OAAG runs numerous professional development workshops, mentorship programs, and events including OAAG’s most signature Annual Awards Program.

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#OAAGawards2017

Contact Information:
Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Assistant
Email: members@oaag.org
T: (416) 598-0714


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