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ONTARIO’S VISUAL ART LEADERS COME OUT FOR A CELEBRATION OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AT THE 2018 OAAG AWARDS GALA

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 20, 2018 - Last night Downtown Toronto was filled with art gallery professionals in celebration of the 41st annual OAAG Awards Gala at the Harbourfront Centre. Professionals from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries’ (OAAG) membership, sponsors, VIP guests, and everyone in between had a fantastic night as we toasted the achievements of our art gallery colleagues.

With 221 nominations this year from 34 public art galleries OAAG was thrilled to present the largest Awards Gala to-date. With incredible performances by Late Night Conversations, Bridget Moser and a terrific MC job by Keith Cole the awards were one to remember. Without further ado, OAAG is proud to announce the Winners of the 41st annual OAAG Awards 2018:


Now announcing the 2018 OAAG Awards Winners:

EXHIBITION AWARDS

Exhibition of the Year Awards Budget over $50,000
Take Care, Blackwood Gallery

Exhibition of the Year Award Budget over $20,000 – THEMATIC
Migrating The Margins, Art Gallery of York University

Exhibition of the Year Award Budget over $20,000 – MONOGRAPHIC
Deanna Bowen: On Trial The Long Doorway, Mercer Union

Exhibition of the Year Award Budget under $20,000 – THEMATIC
Far and Near: The Distance(s) between Us, Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Exhibition of the Year Award Budget under $20,000 – MONOGRAPHIC
Annie Thibault: La chambre des cultures, foraging in time and space, Carleton University Art Gallery

Exhibition of the Year Award Budget under $10,000
Maggie Groat: Suns also Seasons, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection, Onsite Gallery

First Exhibition in a Public Gallery
Free Black North, Art Gallery of Ontario

Best Exhibition Installation and Design
Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods, Varley Art Gallery of Markham


CURATORIAL WRITING AWARDS

Major Text Over 5,000 Words
Sandra Dyck, Dorset Seen, Carleton University Art Gallery

Text 2,000 – 5,000 Words
Sunny Kerr, Museum of Mott Art Catalogue, Oakville Galleries

Short Text under 2,000 Words
Kirsty Robertson, PhD, Great Cities / Downtowns, Art Gallery of Windsor


ART WRITING AWARD

Adriana Disman, Site Persists: Self-wounding in Performance Art Film Work, Oakville Galleries


PUBLIC PROGRAM AWARD

YAS! Youth Art Symposium / SYMPO! Sympo art jeunesse, Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa


EDUCATION AWARD

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) Education Guide, Onsite Gallery


ART PUBLICATION AWARD

Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario


DESIGN AWARDS

Art Book
Underline Studio for Les Levine: Transmedia, 1964 to 1974, Oakville Galleries

Exhibition Catalogue
Lauren Wickware for Sarindar Dhaliwal: The Radcliffe Line and Other Geographies, Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University

Identity Renewal
Underline Studio for Varley Art Gallery Identity Renewal, Varley Art Gallery of Markham


KEY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

Willow Arts Community, Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Sheila Brown, Gallery in the Grove


COLLEAGUE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Jennifer Gilliland, Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa


VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Peter Wasylyk, Art Gallery of Windsor


See the full list details of the 2018 Award Winners on our website at http://oaag.org/awards/2018awards/2018winners.html


OAAG 2018 Sponsors

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Jurors: Sharona Adamowicz-Clements, Xenia Benivolski, Nina Boccia, Merray Gerges, Cris Jaw, Jasmina Jovanovic, Grahame Lynch, Nahed Mansour, Rea McNamara, Carol Podedworny, Stefan St. Laurent, Annie Wong

Awards Production: Eileen Firth, Jessica Lukas, Parker O’Connor, 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.

Follow OAAG on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!
#OAAGawards2018

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

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