Announcing the Shortlist for the 2022 GOG Awards

The 2022 GOG Awards Shortlist

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) is pleased to announce the Shortlisted Nominees for the 45th Annual, 2022 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. This year is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that we are back in-person with all Awards categories.

Join us live and in-person on Monday, November 28th, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST for the awards ceremony and the launch of GOG’s online silent auction fundraiser. 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. All winners will be announced live during the ceremony.

Group picture of the 2019 OAAG Awards.


Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

Garden Ship and State
Jeff Thomas, Patrick Mahon, Curators
Museum London

The Baroness Elsa Project
Heather Anderson, Irene Gammel, Curators
Carleton University Art Gallery

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 Thematic

Elusive Desires: Ness Lee + Florence Yee
Marissa Largo, Curator
Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Carmen Papalia, Curator
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery & Tangled Art + Disability

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 Monographic

Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn
Andrea Fatona, Curator and Associate Professor, OCAD U
Caroline Seck Langill, Curator and Vice-President Academic and Provost, OCAD U
Onsite Gallery

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: 45th Parallel
Tairone Bastien, Julia Paoli, Curators
Mercer Union

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

Elizabeth Chitty: Power
Debra Antoncic, Curator
RiverBrink Art Museum

Reimagining Mourning
Tamara Toledo, Curator
Sur Gallery

First Exhibition in a Public Art Gallery

Two Truths and a Lie
Theresa Wang, Curator
Oakville Galleries

关日安 风景、遗失及传承 / Don Kwan: Landscape, Legacy and Loss / Don Kwan
Meghan Ho, Exhibition and Interpretation Coordinator
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa


Public Program Award

Crossings: Itineraries of Encounter Attunements and Respondent Sessions
Amin Alsaden, Becca Taylor, Ellyn Walker, Letticia Cosbert Miller, Noor Bhangu, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan, Public Programmers / Curators
The Blackwood Gallery

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory
Erin Szikora, Missy LeBlanc, Curators
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Education Award

Future Rivers Arts Incubator for Indigenous Youth
Danielle Printup, Educator
Carleton University Art Gallery

We All Belong: Building Welcoming and Safe Spaces
Abbey Lee Hallett, Carl Biso, Educators
Art Windsor- Essex

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, former Minister of Canadian Heritage with Galeries Ontario/ Ontario Galleries Executive Director Zainub Verjee at the 2019 OAAG Awards.


Curatorial Writing Text between 2000 – 5000 words

Marissa Largo, “Elusive Desires: Queer Feminist Asian Diaspora and Suburban Possibilities”, Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Sunny Kerr, “Speculative Fiction in the Work of Ibghy and Lemmens”,
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Art Writing Award

Britta B, “Black Balance”, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

D.T. Cochrane, Emily Doucet, Zinnia Naqvi, Aliya Pabani, “[Various]”, The Blackwood Gallery

Geneviève Wallen, “Moving Beyond Fantasies: The Art of Esmaa Mohamoud”, Museum London

Art Publication Award

Annie Wong and Chen Chen, “How to be a Chinese Ally”, Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Danuta Sierhuis, “With Opened Mouths: The Podcast”, Agnes Etherington Art Centre


Exhibition Catalogue Design Award

Lauren Wickware, Anna Torma: Permanent Danger, Textile Museum of Canada and Owens Art Gallery

Sebastien Aubin, Carry Forward/ Post Script, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Vincent Perez, Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery

Keith Cole, emcee during the 2019 OAAG Awards.

The remaining Awards do not have a shortlist, winners will be announced live during the ceremony:


Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 Thematic
Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 Monographic
Innovation in a Collection Based Exhibition
Exhibition Design and Installation


Changemaker BIPOC Award
Colleague of the Year
Volunteer Award
Key Partnership Award


Curatorial Writing Short Text under 2000 words


Art Book Design Award
Serial Publication Design Award
Digital Project Design Award
Identity Renewal Design Award
Budget under $1500 Award

Thank you to our jurors who diligently peer-assessed the nominations!
Jurors: Clayton Windatt, Daniella Sanader, Dawn Owen, Justine Woods, Joy Xiang, Kristina Ljubanovic, Lianne Côté, Michael Maranda, Michael Madjus, Nadia Kurd, Pamela Edmonds and Tamara Toledo

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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