The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) invites 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. A downloadable catalogue will be made available to the artists and public for the exhibit.
Juried Artists will be invited to gather at a virtual preview online. A public online opening will be held later that week. Full details will be provided to the finalists when acceptances are sent out.
Monday, March 15, 2021
submission per artist
Method of Payment: by PayPal or credit card at the end of this application form
Number of entries will be capped at 500
50 pieces will be selected for the exhibit
May 3, 2021
Notification method: Accepted applicants will be notified by email.
The decision of the Jury is final.
There is no specific theme to the OJE. 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:
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 – Four Awards for Excellence recipients chosen by the Jurors
For Non-Member artists: if you have shown work in two (2) or more Annual Open Juried Exhibitions in the past five (5) years, you are able to go direct to final jurying should you decide to apply for OSA Membership.
Adjudication & Jurors
Entries will be juried online. The decision of the jury is final.
We are honoured to have these 3 renowned 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/seacapes 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.)