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TORONTO’S WATERFRONT TRANSFORMED INTO CREATIVE MECCA FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF OAAG AWARDS

TORONTO – 11/27/17 – For the 40th anniversary of the OAAG Awards Gala, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries transformed the waterfront into a creative mecca for Toronto’s arts community as they celebrated artistic merit and excellence from Ontario’s public art galleries over the past year.

With over 125 nominees, the event gathered over 300 attendees from across Canada at the Harbourfront Centre for the largest OAAG Awards gala yet. Without further ado, OAAG is proud to announce the winners of the 40th Anniversary OAAG Awards 2017:


EXHIBITION AWARDS

Exhibition Installation and Design
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000, Monographic
Heather Hart: Northern Oracle, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000, Thematic
I stood before the source, Blackwood Gallery

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000, Monographic
Open Space Lab 01: Gita Hashemi, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG)

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000, Thematic
Canadian Belonging(s), Art Gallery of Mississauga

Exhibition of the Year Budget under, $10,000
Elizabeth Chitty: The Grass is Still Green, Rodman Hall Art Centre

Innovation in Collections-Based Exhibition
Maura Doyle: the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer’d, how deep is your love?, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), 2016

First Exhibition in a Public Art Gallery
After great pain, a formal feeling comes…, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)


CURATORIAL WRITING AWARDS

Major Text over 5,000 Words
Emelie Chhangur
Paving it Forth, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

Text 2,000-5,000 Words
Gabrielle Moser
Analogical Thinking, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG)

Cheyanne Turions
Close to Frostbite, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG)

Short Text under 2,000 Words
Luis Jacob
Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Art Writing Award
Richard William Hill
Practical Ornaments: Structure and Infrastructure in the Landscape, Oakville Galleries

Public Program Award
Creative Campaigning: Sameer Farooq: Behind the Eyes, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

Education Award
Why Look at Cages?, Blackwood Gallery

Art Publication Award
From her wooden sleep..., Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation


DESIGN AWARDS

Art Book
Black Dog Publishing for Marlon Griffith: Symbols of Endurance, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

Exhibition Catalogue
Lauren Wickware for Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Other Exhibition or Gallery Publication
Matthew Hoffman for Blackwood Gallery micropublications. Blackwood Gallery

Key Gallery Partnership Award
Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area (D.R.I.B.A.) for On the Rocks & LePARTy 2016, Ottawa Art Gallery

Colleague of the Year Award
Paul Zingrone
Head of Registration, Installation & Facilities. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Volunteer Award
Josée Forest-Niesing
Chair Board; Chair, New Gallery Committee, Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury

Lifetime Achievement Award
Doina Popescu
Founding Director (Retired), Ryerson Image Centre


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

Awards Production: Haley Greene, Jason Kung, Alexandra Loewen, Jessica Lukas, Valentyna Onisko, 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:
Jason Kung
Communications and Development Assistant
Email: communications@oaag.org
T: (416) 598-0714

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