Call for Entries: OSA 148th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition


OSA 148th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition

The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) welcomes Canadian artists to apply to participate in our 148th Annual Open Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts. To maintain public safety during COVID-19, an online Exhibition will be held from May 10-30, 2021. Details of the event will be provided to the artists at the notification date.


We are using JotForm as our platform. A copy of your application will be emailed to you for your records upon payment and submission.


ENTRIES OPEN: Monday, February 15, 2021
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, March 15, 2021
Entry Fee is $35, One submission per artist
50 pieces will be selected by the jurors.
Notification date of the Jury results: via email, Monday, May 3, 2021
The decision of the Jury is final.


This is an annual exhibit of the OSA with the purpose of promoting the best that Canada has to offer from emerging and established artists. With that as our guide, the jurors will be looking for:

  • Originality
  • Artistry in composition and design
  • Excellence and skill in the chosen medium

All applicants are expected to be able to navigate basic digital processes including creating and uploading photographs of their work and properly labelling and submitting work according to the instructions.


$1,000 – Award recipient chosen by an OSA Life Member
$1,000 – Best in Show Award recipient chosen by the Jurors
$250 – Award for Excellence will be awarded to four artists chosen by the Jurors


Entries will be juried online.


We are honoured to have these 3 renowned artists as jurors:

Charles Pachter: Charles Pachter is a leading Canadian painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and lecturer. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, and a recipient of the Order of Ontario. His images of the Queen, moose and maple leaf flag are icons of Canadian contemporary art. He spearheaded Toronto’s Queen Street West revival in the 1970s and 80s and is utilizing those skills in Orillia, Ontario where he has built a second iteration of his Toronto Moose Factory (affectionately known as MOFO, Moose Factory of Orillia). (Learn more about Charles here.)

Paula White-Diamond: Paula White-Diamond is well versed in both sides of the art business. She is a professional artist; her dynamic abstract works can be found in private collections throughout North America. As the owner of Paula White Diamond Art Gallery + Design Studio in Waterloo, Ontario since 2007, Paula has turned her passion for art into a career of connecting art patrons to artists and their work. The Gallery is recognized as one of Ontario’s leading fine art sources, showing and selling work from established and emerging artists in a broad spectrum of media, styles. Paula received her training at George Brown College in graphic design, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design in experimental arts. (Learn more about Paula here.)

Janet Read: Janet Read is a painter, musician and poet, who grew up near Lake Simcoe. An abstract painter, she is compelled by the lure of sea and sky, the water’s edge, and infinite horizons to an investigation of water as a metaphor for strength and fragility. Travels to the far reaches of the world have landed her in the Arctic, Newfoundland, Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Iceland, and Japan. These land/seascapes prompt the fluid, metaphorical nature of the sea, to surface in her work. Read holds an MA in the philosophy of art, emphasizing the role of metaphor in art. Janet Read is representing the OSA on this year’s Jury. (Learn more about Janet here.)



The competition is open to all professional artists in Canada.

Artists may submit work in any two or three-dimensional media, with a limit of one artwork submitted. For 3 dimensional/sculptural pieces, artists may send two images with two different views.

Artwork previously exhibited in other OSA juried shows is not eligible.

Work must have been completed after January 1, 2019.

All works MUST be original art. Entries must not be copies or derivatives. Photography must be limited editions.


A sales commission of 20% will be charged to OSA members.
A 30% commission will be charged to all non-members. Works which are not for sale must be marked NFS in the entry.

Juried artists will be expected to share information about their artwork and the exhibit on their own social media platforms, including a link to the online exhibition. Most especially in these unusual times, the success of an online show depends equally on everyone communicating with their own followers in order to generate maximum eyes on the show for everyone.

By submitting to this exhibition, you agree to allow reproduction of your digital files for educational, publicity and archival purposes, unless we are informed otherwise in writing. You also give us permission to communicate with you via e-mail about this and future events.

We are not charging or paying exhibition fees.


Any questions about the Open Juried Exhibit may be directed to: and one of our volunteers will help you as soon as they are able.

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