Call for Proposals: Ottawa School of Art 2024 Exhibition Season

ByWard Campus and Orléans Campus Galleries

The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is now accepting proposals of current or proposed work for the 2024 exhibition season for both its ByWard campus gallery and Orléans campus gallery. Artists working in all media are invited to submit a proposal. Group exhibition proposals are also accepted.

Please note; the Ottawa School of Art Galleries are changing their annual exhibition season schedule, from the January – December calendar year, to fall in line with the school’s physical calendar year cycle, September – August.

What does this mean for artists submitting proposals at this time?

This call for exhibition proposals will cover OSA juried exhibitions scheduled from January 2024 to August 2024 in order to complete the 2023 – 2024 cycle. Another call for exhibition proposals will be placed in July 2023 to move forward with securing juried exhibitions for the 2024 -2025 cycle, (September – August).

Proposals can be submitted for consideration at either the ByWard campus gallery or Orléans campus gallery or both campus galleries. Successful candidates shall exhibit at one campus gallery only. An application to both galleries must demonstrate a clear understanding of how the exhibition would work best using the dimensions of either gallery.

See also Gallery Floorplan’s (ByWard Market Gallery and Orléans Gallery) or visit our website.

Proposal submissions will only be accepted via WeTransfer, a free file sharing website,, (please use the email address to send files through WeTransfer). Type in your e-mail address and the recipient’s e-mail address, add a message, attach the file and send.

Note: Proposals submitted by Post, Hand-delivery or E-mail will not be accepted.

Proposal Submission Criteria
Proposals must include the following information in order to be considered:

  • A completed Application Cover Form
  • The Exhibition Proposal
  • An Exhibition Artist Statement, (group proposals: provide 1 exhibition statement, not individual artist statements)
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, (group proposals: provide a C.V. for each artist)
  • A total of 10 visual files, (digital images or videos), of work completed within the last two years. Anything over 10 visual files will be discarded.
    Note: An image of an artwork and a detail of the same artwork counts as 2 images. Each video counts as 1 image. The total video time per proposal must not exceed 15 minutes. Submit jpg images only, 300dpi, no larger than 2MB each; RGB format maximum of 1240 pixels, (length or width). Submit videos in the following formats only: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4, no larger than 500MB each.
  • Precede each visual file with a “0” and the title of the artwork or video.
    For example:
    01Artwork or video title
    02Artwork or video title
  • A corresponding list of visual files with the following information:
    A number preceded with “0”, (i.e.: 01), Artwork or video title, the year the artwork or video was completed. For 2D and 3D artworks, include the medium, and dimensions (height, width and depth). Specify if dimensions are in inches or centimetres. For example: 01Artwork title, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 36”x48”x2”, (or 91.4 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm).
    Note: External image or video links will not be accepted, (ie. YouTube, Vimo, etc.).
    Do not put any special characters, symbols, periods, quotations marks, etc., (such as #. “& etc.) in any file name. Do not submit files in any type of software presentation, (ie. Power Point).

It is your responsibility to ensure that your material is submitted in a readable format.

Poorly organized proposals will not be considered.

Proposals not adhering to the above criteria shall be considered incomplete and withdrawn from the selection process without notification.

Jury Process:
A jury of three art professionals will make its selection based on the quality of the work, the overall integrity of the proposal and its relation to the programs of the OSA.

The jury will meet within 4 weeks of the submission deadline.

All artists whose proposals have been reviewed by the jury will be notified of the jury’s decision within 2 weeks of the jury meeting.

Conditions of Exhibition:
A CARFAC artist’s exhibition fee will be paid to the artist(s).

Selected artists will be responsible for shipping and shipping insurance to and from OSA.

All special equipment or display materials required for artworks in 3 dimensions, video artworks and / or media artworks that are selected for exhibition must be supplied by the artist(s).

Deadline for Submissions:
4:30 p.m. ET, Friday May 19, 2023

For more details regarding the submission, please call or e-mail:

Cathy Brake at the Ottawa School of Art ByWard Campus
613-241-7471 (x 27)

Nadine Argo at the Ottawa School of Art Orléans Campus

Note: Due to the volume of applications, feedback on proposals will not be provided.

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