Announcing the Winners of the 2023 GOG Awards

2023 GOG Award Winners

This year marked the 46th edition of the awards, which recognize outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence across Ontario’s public art gallery sector.

On Saturday, December 2, 2023, professionals from across the sector gathered to celebrate the institutions and individuals nominated for the prestigious awards.

Congratulations to all award winners! For the detailed list, please visit GOG’s website.

The awards ceremony also helped launch GOG’s online silent auction fundraiser. All funds raised from the silent auction support GOG’s programming, networking opportunities and events.

The Silent Auction closes this week, on Saturday, December 9. There is still time to place a bid and secure an amazing gift for a loved one (or yourself) this upcoming holiday season. All funds raised through the auction go directly to GOG, so you get two times the gifting potential, a great item to unwrap, and the knowledge that you helped support Ontario’s public art galleries.

Explore the silent auction!

To make a donation directly to GOG directly, please visit our Canada Helps page.

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity
Dr. Gerald McMaster, Nina Vincent, Noor Alé, Curators
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), 2022

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 Thematic

Matthew Kyba, Megan Kammerer, Curators
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2023

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 Monographic

Scryer in the Archive
Julia Paoli, Curator
Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, in partnership with Grazer Kunstverein and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, 2022

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 Thematic

Mona Filip, Curator & Exhibition Designer
Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 2023

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 Monographic

Where Were You in ’92?
Emelie Chhangur, Charlotte Gagnier, Nasrin Himada, Curators
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, in partnership with Optica Gallery (Montreal), 2022

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

The Dark Room
Emelie Chhangur, Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Curators
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2022

Innovation in a Collections Based Exhibition

Field Notes
Anik Glaude, Curator, Exhibition Designer & Exhibition Coordinator
Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2023

First Exhibition in a Public Art Gallery

Tim Whiten | Elemental: Earthen
Chiedza Pasipanodya, Curator & Exhibition Designer
Art Gallery of Peterborough, in partnership with McMaster Museum of Art, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, 2023

Exhibition Design and Installation

Meleko Mokgosi: Imaging Imaginations
Felicia Mings, Curator & Exhibition Designer
Clara Halpern, Assistant Curator, Exhibition Coordinator
Carmen Schroeder, Uros Jelic, Gray Richards, Nadine Maher, Christian Echeverri, Dave Ronchka, Matther Koudys, Installation Team
Meleko Mokgosi, Artist
Art Gallery of York University, 2023

Public Program Award

Wish You Were Here; Wish Here Was Better; Here, Better, Now
Ellyn Walker, Theodore (Ted) Kerr, Zoë Dodd, Fraser McCallum, Public Programmers
Les Harper, Dionne Brand, Zoë Dodd, Cedar-Eve, Theodore (Ted) Kerr, Abdi Osman, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Elle-Májá Tailfeathers, Artists
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, 2022

Education Award

Art on my Mind 2022
Allyson Adley, Kibra Tesfaye, Dynesti Williams, Curtia Wright, Ray Vidal, Educators
Kibra, Dynesti, Curtia Wright, Ray Vidal, Nicole Chambers, Teepolo, Terence Penny, Mez Mariye, Zenesoul, Artists
Art Gallery of York University, 2022

Art Writing Award

Sebastian De Line, Qanita Lilla, and Emelie Chhangur, Writers
Mark Birksted, Graphic Design
“Poetic Distillation: Acrostic Poems as Archival & Social Interventions into Transhistorical Black and Indigenous Presences in Kingston (19th to 21st Century)”
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Key Partnership Award

Ottawa Black Art Kollective, Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa

Colleague of the Year Award

Tom Primeau
Senior Officer, Operations and Visitor Services
40 Years of Service
Art Windsor-Essex

Volunteer of the Year Award

Anne Smith
Gallery Guide
23 Years of Service
Art Windsor-Essex

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees!

The GOG Awards could not have happened without the incredible support of our sponsors: Flash ReproductionsSurface Impression, Donderdag, Akimbo, and PACART.

Thank you to our 2023 GOG Silent Auction Donors:

Alysia Myette | Brick Magazine | Casa Loma | Grape Escape Wine Tours | Keurig | Leah Alexandra | McEwan Fine Foods | Old Spaghetti Factory | One of a Kind Art Show | Open Studio | PAMA | Puddicombe Farms | Queen Books | Queen Mother Cafe | SHAN | Stratford Festival | Tarragon Theatre | Ten Spot Queen West | Textile Museum of Canada | The Japanese Paper Place | The Keg Steakhouse | The Walrus | Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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