Call for Submissions: 2024 Tradition Transformed | Exhibitions & Public Programs

Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH)

Installation view of OMAH’s 2023 Tradition Transformed exhibition.

2024 Tradition Transformed

Orillia Museum of Art & History
October 26, 2024 – January 18, 2025
Reception: October 26, 2024 | 1 – 3pm

Submission Deadline: August 16, 2024
Jury Results: The third week of September

Matt Coles: Director Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Park, ON; Owner and Curator Coles Art Market, Huntsville, ON; artist.
Tony Bianco: Artist. His work has been featured on over 100 coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Our vast and varied landscape is as unique and diverse as the Canadians who inhabit it. The beauty of our landscape can be a source of national pride, but our land is also going through many challenges such as climate change, land claims, and loss of natural habitats. Tradition Transformed asks the question, what does the Canadian landscape mean to you.

This annual juried exhibition was created in recognition of landscape artist and Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 23rd year, this juried exhibition calls on artists from across the country to submit work that reimagines the Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium, including but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, media arts and mixed media.

Entry Fee:
There is an application fee of $40 (plus HST) per submission. Artists can submit up to 3 times, $40 (plus HST) each submission, one image for each entry.

Jurors’ Prize – $1500
Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award – $1000

Submission Information:
Submission info, including guidelines and the submission form can be found on our website.

Submission inquiries can be sent to Tanya Cunnington, Arts Programming Coordinator by email.

2023 Artists:
Lori Ryerson, Chloe Serenko, Krista Pain, Julie Cosgrove, Sonja Ng, Gayle Dempsey, Martha Klein Henrickson, Mike Callaghan, Kathy Melanson, Monique Martin, Nick Peterson, Claudia Mandler McKnight, Elayne Windsor, Diane Blunt, Lulu Galway, Taimi Poldmaa, Luci Dilkus, Ben Benedict, Frank Myers, Tuncel Mustafa, Samantha Vessios, Carole Milon, Lori Harrison, L. E. Glazer, Anita Granger, Hugh Alcock, Sheree-Lee Olson, Hafsa Murtaza, Tammy McClennan, Peter Fyfe, Emily Conlon, Heidi Leverty, Jennifer Lantz, Diana Hillman, Anton Pickard, Amy Thompson, Janine Wheeler, Peter Cheung, Douglas Stratford, Wendy Wingfelder, Margaret Wasiuta, John Notten, Janet Read, Rhoda Payne, Pauline Sutherland, Dani Madger and Gita Karklins.

A visitor enjoying historical artwork from the exhibition Great Tait: The True Story of Orillia’s First Millionaire.

Upcoming Exhibition and Programming Proposals

Submission Deadline: September 3, 2024
Results: Successful candidates will be notified by the end of the 2024

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is currently accepting proposals from artists or curators at various stages of their careers for upcoming art and/or historical exhibitions and/or public programs. If you have an idea for an exhibition, workshop or curatorial project, we want to hear from you!

We invite applications from local and regional artists/curators of all backgrounds including, but not limited to people identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and gender non-binary persons, persons with disabilities, refugee, newcomer and immigrant persons. OMAH is committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of its operations. We pay artists, curators and educators based on CARFAC fee standards. OMAH has five exhibition spaces ranging from large open galleries to small intimate spaces. Please note that we plan exhibitions two to four years in advance.

For artists and curators, if you are interested in submitting a proposal for an art and/or history-based exhibition, visit our website for submission information and guidelines.

Our third floor studio can accommodate groups of up to fifty people and comes equipped with a smartboard, wash station, tables and chairs, and easels. We also welcome teaching proposals within our exhibition spaces and encourage proposals which reference OMAH’s permanent collection of art and artefacts. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for an art and/or history-based program, please fill in this form.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Students looking at art in OMAH’S Mulcahy Family Gallery while participating in the Create and Curate Program.

For information/Media Contact:
Tanya Cunnington Arts Programming Coordinator
705 326–2159 x109 |

Orillia Museum of Art & History
30 Peter St. S.
Orillia, ON L3V 5A9

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OMAH has been the hub of art, culture, and heritage in the heart of Orillia’s Arts District for over twenty-five years. Located in downtown Orillia, the clocktower of the Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for the museum. OMAH’s mission is to provide inclusive space to engage community, inspire creativity and celebrate culture, by exploring art and history.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History respectfully acknowledges our presence on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg which includes the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We respect and observe the long and enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Metis and Inuit – on this land. Their teachings and stewardship, culture and way of life have shaped our City’s unique identity.

Museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm| Suggested Admission is $5

The museum is fully accessible.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Orillia, and our community supporters and contributors.