Announcing the Shortlist for the 2020 OAAG/AOGA Awards


The Ontario Association of Art Galleries / Association Ontarienne des Galeries d’Art (OAAG/AOGA) is pleased to announce the Shortlisted Nominees for the 43rd Annual, 2020 OAAG/AOGA Awards. As the only annual juried awards of its kind, the iconic OAAG/AOGA Awards celebrate the outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence of arts institutions and professionals in the public art gallery sector of Ontario.

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All shortlisted nominations are presented in alphabetical order.

The 2020 OAAG/AOGA Awards:


Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

  • Dawit L. Petros: Spazio Disponibile, Irene Campolmi, and Amin Alsaden,
    The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
  • God of Gods: A Canadian Play, Barbara Fischer and Maya Wilson-Sanchez,
    Art Museum at the University of Toronto
  • THIS IS SERIOUS: Canadian Indie Comics, Alana Traficante and Joe Ollmann,
    Art Gallery of Hamilton

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000

  • Beolle, Matthew Hyland, Oakville Galleries
  • Northern Convergences, Emily McKibbon, MacLaren Art Centre
  • The Gender Conspiracy, Suzanne Carte, Art Gallery of Burlington

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

  • Eve Tagny: Lost Love – Saisons Futures, Heather Rigg, Gallery 44
  • Planting One Another, Lisa Myers, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery


Changemaker BIPOC

  • Abedar Kamgari, Programming Director, Hamilton Artists Inc
  • Dylan Robinson, Guest Curator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Gaëtane Verna, Director, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Rosalie Favell, Independent Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery
  • Tamara Toledo, Director / Curator, Sur Gallery/Latin American Canadian Art Projects – LACAP

Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced during the ceremony.

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Thank you to our dedicated jurors who diligently assessed the nominations!
Jurors: Demetra Christakos, Patricia Deadman, Vince Rozario

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries / Association Ontarienne des Galeries d’Art (OAAG/AOGA) is marking its 50th year as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 270 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, OAAG/AOGA advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

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Contact Information:
Julia Garnet, Communications Assistant
Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)
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