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56th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition


Exciting changes for 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Hundreds of new artists! Newly designed grounds!
Student Zone returns!
July 14 -16, Nathan Phillips Square

More than 100,000 visitors will attend the annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Canada’s largest and longest running outdoor art exhibition, when it returns to Nathan Phillips Square for its 56th year from July 14 to 16, 2017. In addition to hundreds of new artists, newly designed grounds, and a Student Zone, this year’s free public event features new programming for families and fans of contemporary craft.

To improve the exhibition experience for visitors and artists alike, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition worked with PLANT Architect Inc., the award-winning firm responsible for the revitalization and renovation of Nathan Phillips Square, to redesign the exhibition site. Inspired by the design of a neoclassical city, the new layout is reminiscent of a Spanish town with buildings circling the main plaza, where visitors are encouraged to wander and explore. Also incorporated in the redesign is an expanded Student Zone—a visitor favourite for many years— where works by 30 student artists from OCAD U Career Launcher, Sheridan College, UTSC and many others will be showcased.

Visitors to the 2017 Exhibition will have the opportunity to see Craft Ontario’s Citizens of Craft Exhibition, a national project which showcases excellence in contemporary craft, and features work by eight skilled craft makers: Korinna Azreiq, Joe Bauman & Dayna Gedney, Marie Eve Castonguay, Courtney Downman, Becky Lauzon, Tania Love, and Joon Hee Kim. Citizens of Craft will be on display in the Information Booth.

Also new to the Exhibition this year, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery has partnered with TOAE to offer six Power Kids sessions July 15 and July 16. Drawing on the exhibition’s theme of discovery, each Toronto Time Travellers workshop begins with a lively group discussion and tour, followed by hands-on art-making using watercolour, ink, and collage papers. Young visitors are welcome to drop-in for the one-hour workshops scheduled throughout the day at the Family Corner.

Art Tours and #BeerChats are free walks and talks by a roster of artists, art consultants and curators. Topics include #BeerChats - Social Commentary Through Art by the artists of Eyes of Society (July 15 at 4 PM); Beyond Gallery Walls: From Beer Bottles to Tech Startups by Tammy Yiu of Partial Gallery (July 16 at 4 PM); Juror’s Pick by Taiga Lipson of Olga Korper Gallery (July 15 at 1 PM); Emerging Artists to Watch walking tour by Genevieve Wallen of Xpace (July 16 at 1PM). To register for walking tours, informal art talks and #beerchats visit

Close to $40,000 worth of cash and in-kind awards will be presented at the 2017 Exhibition, on Friday, July 14 at 5:30 PM, including the $5,500 Best of Exhibition Award by The Rudolf P. Bratty Family Foundation and the $5,500 Founding Chairman’s Award by Murray and Marvelle Koffler. On July 15 and July 16 at 11 AM visitors can take a guided walking tour, The Best of Tour led by Marci Kroft, a private art consultant and TOAE’s longstanding supporter, to meet the 2017 winners of Best in Show, Best Student and the Founding Chairman’s Award, visit their booths, and hear the artists discuss their work and their creative process.

2017 Roster of artists were selected by:
Noa Bronstein, Curator, Writer, Executive Director, Gallery 44
Jess Riva Cooper, Artist, Instructor, Sheridan College, Craft and Design Program
Taiga Lipson, Curator and Gallery Administrator, Olga Korper Gallery
Robert Mitchell, MDes, Assistant Professor, Material Design, OCAD University

Event Details & Schedule
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition runs rain or shine July 14 – 16 (Fri. & Sat. 10 AM – 7 PM; Sun. 10 AM – 5 PM) at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.
Admission is free.
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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition gratefully acknowledges the support of Ontario Arts Council, Henderson Brewing Co., Higgins Event Rentals, Shopify, The Koffler Family Foundation, The Rudolf P. Bratty Family Foundation, City of Toronto, Akimbo, Canadian Art, JAZZ.FM91, NOW Magazine, Indie88, Designlines and many other generous supporters.

2016 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition by Sean Howard

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Canada’s largest, longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. Founded in 1961 by Murray and Marvelle Koffler, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition was established to nurture artistic excellence and artists’ entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary art to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts 100,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is a registered Canadian Charity (#119259620 RR0001).


Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
401 Richmond Street West, Unit 264
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416-408-2202 |