Announcing the Winners of the 2022 GOG Awards

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 GOG Awards! This year marked the 45th edition of the awards, which recognize outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence across Ontario’s public art gallery sector.

On Monday, November 28, 2022, professionals from across the sector gathered to celebrate the institutions and individuals nominated for the prestigious 45th Annual GOG Awards.

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. The silent auction will close on December 8th! 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 all Award Shortlists and Winners with images and information can be seen on the GOG website.


Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

The Baroness Elsa Project
Heather Anderson, Irene Gammel, Curators
Carleton University Art Gallery in partnership with Owens Art Gallery

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 Thematic

Carmen Papalia, Curator
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 Monographic

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: 45th Parallel
Julia Paoli, Tairone Bastien, Curators
Mercer Union in partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 Thematic

A guest + a host = a ghost
Dylan Robinson, Neven Lochhead, Michelle Bunton, Sunny Kerr, Curators
Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Archive/Counter-archive

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 Monographic

Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are
still people in the world that love you)
Michelle Bunton, Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Curators
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

Reimagining Mourning
Tamara Toledo, Curator
Sur Gallery

Innovation in a Collection Based Exhibition

Breaking the Vault: Art and Poetic Liberty
Amani Omar, Dondon, Eddie Lartey, Gizy, Jaidyn Fenton, Kaitlyn Tolch, Maeve, Jenkinson, Paulo Leon, Tanya Pineda, Curators
Art Gallery of Hamilton

First Exhibition in a Public Art Gallery

Two Truths and a Lie
Theresa Wang, Curator
Oakville Galleries

Exhibition Design and Installation

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


Public Program

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

Education Award

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


Curatorial Writing Text between 2000 – 5000 words

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

Curatorial Writing Short Text under 2000 words

Qanita Lilla
“With Opened Mouths”
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Art Writing Award

Geneviève Wallen
“Moving Beyond Fantasies: The Art of Esmaa Mohamoud”
Museum London in partnership with Art Gallery of Hamilton

Art Publication Award

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


Art Book Design Award

John McCusker, Graphic Designer
“Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The Power Given to Abstractions that Make Us Stupid”
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Exhibition Catalogue Design Award

Lauren Wickware, Graphic Designer
“Anna Torma: Permanent Danger”
Textile Museum of Canada

Serial Publication Design Award

Matthew Hoffman, Graphic Designer
“The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge Broadsheet Series”
The Blackwood Gallery

Identity Renewal Design Award

Alan Woo, Graphic Designer
The Blackwood website and visual identity redesign
The Blackwood Gallery

Budget under $1500 Award

Vincent Perez, Graphic Designer
“With Opened Mouths”
Agnes Etherington Art Centre


Changemaker BIPOC Award

Ryan Rice, Onsite Gallery OCAD, Executive Director + Curator, Indigenous Art, Onsite Gallery
OCAD University

Colleague of the Year

Leah Sanchez, Head of Programs and Outreach
Three Years of service
Textile Museum of Canada

Volunteer Award

Dr. Paula Gouveia
Board, Art Gallery of Sudbury Feb. 2019 – Present
•  Co-Chair, Board Jan. 2020 – Present
•  Chair, Strategic Plan Steering Committee Apr. 2020 – Present
•  Chair, Capital Campaign Steering Committee June 2020 – Present
Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury

Key Partnership Award

Ottawa Mission
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa

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: Lianne Côté, Pamela Edmonds, Kristina Ljubanovic, Micheal Madjus, Micheal Maranda, Dawn Owen, Daniella Sanader, Tamara Toledo, Clayton Windatt, Justine Woods and Joy Xiang

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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