Announcing the Shortlist for the 2021 GOG Awards


Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) is pleased to announce the Shortlisted Nominees for the 44th Annual, 2021 GOG Awards. As the only annual juried awards of its kind, the iconic GOG Awards celebrate the outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence of arts institutions and professionals in the public art gallery sector.

In 2020, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG/AOGA) announced its rebrand as Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Although the appearance changed, the GOG Awards are the same celebration of excellence, innovation, and importance of the public art galleries, art museums, art centres, and art organizations.

Join GOG in celebrating virtually on Monday, November 29th, 2021 at 6:00 pm EST for the awards ceremony and the launch of GOG’s online silent auction fundraiser – acquire your free tickets and RSVP HERE. Award winners will be announced during the ceremony. Watch our website and social media for the latest and most up-to-date information.

All shortlisted nominations are presented in alphabetical order and listed by title, curator, organization.


Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

Burning Glass, Reading Stone
Alison Cooley, Curator
Michael DiRisio, Curator
Fraser McCallum, Curator
Saša Rajšić, Curator and Exhibition Coordinator
Christine Shaw, Curator
Laura Tibi, Curator
Blackwood Gallery

Drift: Art and Dark Matter
Sunny Kerr, Curator
Sunny Kerr with assistance from Michelle Bunton, Exhibition Designers
Leah Cox, Exhibition Coordinator
Wordmark by Katharina Tauer and Wolfgang Hückel, K. Verlag
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000

Deanna Bowen: Black Drones in the Hive
Crystal Mowry, Curator
Jennifer Bullock, Assistant Curator/Registrar
Žana Kozomora, Curatorial Assistant
Britt Sostar, Preparator
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Division of Labour
Suzanne Carte, Curator
Art Gallery of Burlington

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000

Erika DeFreitas: everything she inspires remains, belongs to light
Emily McKibbon, Curator
Erika DeFreitas, Exhibition Designer
MacLaren Art Centre

Piitwewetam: Making is Medicine
Jean Marshall, Curator
Leanna Marshall, Curator
Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

Winner of the Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000 will be announced during the ceremony.


Public Program

Art on My Mind: “Hope You Relate,” 2020
Allyson Adley, Collections/Education Assistant
Art Gallery of York University

New Impressions: High School Juried Exhibition
Deanna Logan, Education Coordinator
Stephanie Porter, Head of Education
Woodstock Art Gallery

Running with Concepts: The Mediatic Edition
Alison Cooley, Co-organizer
Fraser McCallum, Co-organizer
Blackwood Gallery


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


Thank you to our jurors who diligently peer-assessed the nominations!
Jurors: Nadia Kurd, Vince Rozario and Clayton Windatt

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) has a 50 year history as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 260 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, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

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