Announcing the Winners of the 2021 GOG Awards


Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 GOG Awards! This year marked the 44th edition of the awards, which recognize outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence across Ontario’s public art gallery sector.

On Monday, November 29, 2021, professionals from across the sector gathered virtually to celebrate the institutions and individuals nominated for the prestigious awards. The GOG Awards traditionally recognize excellence in ten categories; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards commemorated accomplishments in Exhibitions, Public Program, and Lifetime Achievement.

The awards ceremony also launched GOG’s online silent auction fundraiser. All funds raised from the silent auction support GOG’s programming, networking opportunities and events. The link to the silent auction website can be found here. To donate to GOG directly, please see the Canada Helps page.

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients and nominees! A full list of contributors with images can be seen on the GOG website. Each recipient is listed by title, gallery team, artists, organization.


Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

Burning Glass, Reading Stone
Alison Cooley, Michael DiRisio, Fraser McCallum, Saša Rajšić, Christine Shaw, Laura Tibi, Curators
Saša Rajšić, Exhibition Coordinator
Saša Rajšić, Gallery Installation Team
Jumana Emil Abboud, Rouzbeh Akhbari, American Artist, Yto Barrada, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Black Quantum Futurism, Sasha Davai (Alexandra Lapina), Forensic Oceanography, Martina Pozzan, Yassine Rachidi, Oscar Santillán, Jon Sasaki, Erdem Taşdelen, Shaheer Zazai, Artists
Omar Berrada, Faye Driscoll, Dina Georgis, Laurie Kang, Jessica Karuhanga, Xuan Ye, Bruno Alves de Almeida, Readers in Residence
Blackwood Gallery, 2020 – 2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000

Deanna Bowen: Black Drones in the Hive
Crystal Mowry, Curator
Crystal Mowry, Exhibition Designer
Jennifer Bullock, Assistant Curator/Registrar
Žana Kozomora, Curatorial Assistant
Britt Sostar, Preparator
Britt Sostar, Sarah Kernohan, Jennifer Bullock, Žana Kozomora, Alexandra Nelson, Nick Breton, Joshua Vettivelu, Gallery Installation Team
Deanna Bowen (with Archer Pechawis and selections from the KWAG Permanent collection), Artists
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2020 – 2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000

Piitwewetam: Making is Medicine
Jean Marshall, Leanna Marshall, Curators
Jean Marshall, Leanna Marshall, Exhibition Designers
Damon Dowback, Meaghan Eley, Damian Rivers-Moore, Jean Marshall, Leanna Marshall, Gallery Installation Team
Shannon Gustafson, Ryan Gustafson, Jade Gustafson, Justine Gustafson, Artists
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

Luke Parnell: Repeat the Chorus Three Times
Anik Glaude, Curator, Exhibition Designer and Exhibition Coordinator
Phil Scott, John Abrams, Gallery Installation Team
Luke Parnell, Artist
Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2021


Public Program

Running with Concepts: The Mediatic Edition
Alison Cooley and Fraser McCallum, Co-organizers
Adwoa Afful, Kristen Bos, Meredith Broussard, Anita Say Chan, Beth Coleman, Sonia Corrêa, T.L. Cowan & Jasmine Rault, Heather Dorries, Ellen Graham & John Kim, Rick Harp, Shalini Kantayya, Nora N. Khan, Kite, Sean Lee, Anita Li, Carol Linnitt, Esery Mondesir, Kristine Neglia, Pedro Neves Marques, Ogimaa Mikana Project (Susan Blight & Hayden King), Carmen Papalia, Mike Pepi, Karyn Pugliese, Nicky Recollet, Tiara Roxanne, Caroline Sinders, Brett Story, Lewis Raven Wallace, Bianca Wylie. Emily Fitzpatrick, Cassandra Gemmell, Kat Germain, Parker Kay, Olivia Klevorn, Matthew Ledwidge, Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik, Estraven Lupino-Smith, Matt Nish Lapidus, Jennifer Su, Polina Teif, Pegah Vaezi, D.T. Cochrane, Emily Doucet, Zinnia Naqvi, Aliya Pabani, Artists
Blackwood Gallery, 2020 – 2021


Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Meehan
Museum London

This year’s event would not have been possible without our incredible sponsors.


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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Contact Information:

Kaelan Ryan
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