Call for Proposals: Ottawa School of Art 2025–2026 Exhibition Season

ByWard Campus and Orléans Campus Galleries

J.W. Stellick Gallery at the Byward Market Campus

The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) is now accepting proposals of current or proposed work for the 2025 – 2026 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.

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.

Please see Gallery Floorplans (J.W. Stellick Gallery at the Byward Campus) and (Orleans Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre)

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.
    Images: An image of an artwork and a detail of the same artwork counts as 2 images. Submit jpg images only, 300dpi, no larger than 2MB each; RGB format maximum of 1240 pixels, (length or width).
    Videos: Each video counts as 1 image. The total video time per proposal must not exceed 15 minutes. 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 title
    02Artwork title
  • A corresponding list of visual files with the following information:
    A number preceded with “0”, (i.e. 01), Artwork title, the year the artwork 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: 01Life Is, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 36”x48”x2” (or 91.4×121.9×5.1 cm)
    Note: External image or video links will not be accepted, (i.e. 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, (i.e. 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.

Orleans Campus Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre

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 5 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
Selected artists will be responsible for shipping and shipping insurance to and from OSA.

Travel and accommodations, if required, are the artist’s responsibility.

All special equipment or display materials required for artworks, (i.e.: projectors, screens, special stands etc.), must be supplied by the artist(s).

Galleries are safe but not monitored areas.

An Ontario CARFAC artist’s exhibition fee will be paid to the artist(s).

Deadline for Submissions
Friday, August 30, 2024, 4:30pm ET

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

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

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

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Ottawa School of Art
Downtown Campus
Byward Market
35 George Street Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5 | Tel. (613) 241-7471

Orléans Campus
Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum blvd. Orléans, ON K1E 0A1 | Tel. (613) 580-2765