The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) invites Canadian* artists to apply to our 149th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition, with the theme Colour Splash. This exhibition will welcome spring with splashes of reviving and re-invigorating colour after the dormancy of winter. We look forward to seeing how you use colour to inform and shape your work.
The Exhibition will be held April 6-May 4 2023, at the John B. Aird Gallery, Artscape West Queen West, 906 Queen Street West, Toronto. An opening reception will be held (date TBA).
(*Canadian artists living abroad, and permanent residents af Canada also eligible to apply.)
- Submissions open: Monday January 16, 2023, 9:00AM (EST)
- Submissions close: Friday, February 24, 2023, Midnight (EST) or maximum 500 submissions, whichever comes first
- Notification date: March 6, 2023
- Notification method: All applicants will be notified by email
- Artwork delivery: Wednesday March 29 & Thursday March 30 (2-4 PM)
- Installation: Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2
- Show dates: April 6-May 4, 2023
- Opening reception: TBA
- Artwork pick up: Friday May 5, 2-4 PM
- Application Fee: $40.00
- ONE submission maximum per artist
- Method of Payment: by PayPal or credit card at the end of this application form
- Due to space constraints, the maximum width for work is 30 inches (maximum height is 60 inches)
- The decision of the Jury is final
$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
This is an annual exhibit of the OSA with the purpose of promoting the best art that Canada has to offer from emerging and established artists. With that as your guide, the jurors will be looking for:
- Artistry in composition and design
- Excellence and skill in the chosen medium
All applicants must 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.
Digital submission only. Use this online portal to submit and make payment.
We are honoured to have these 3 renowned members of the art community as jurors:
Josh Heuman attended York University (BA and MA in Art History). He has since worked nearly 25 years as a curator, an educator, and in visitor services at Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE); Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University (Logan, UT); Salt Lake Art Center, now Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, UT); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX); The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, ON); and for Art Toronto, Canada’s largest international art fair. He has developed 1,000+ public programs, organised nearly 50 exhibitions, juried exhibitions, and lectured at many museums and universities. Read more information about Joshua here.
David Griffin (born Kingston, Jamaica) works with drawing, colour, and writing, and has presented, published, and exhibited work across North America and the UK, most recently in the journal “Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice” (2019, Intellect Press, London UK). David is currently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, and is Chair of the University’s Research Ethics Board. He holds a PhD from the Glasgow School of Art, an MFA from the Pratt Institute, and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Read more information about David here.
Anne Cavanagh studied in the United States, France, and England, obtaining a Bachelor of Art in Pre-Medical Illustration (2004). Recent exhibitions of her work have included Connections an exhibit by the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, University of Alberta, Breath. Heart. Spirit. 150th Anniversary Launch Exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford, Ontario, the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s 43rd Juried Exhibition in Cobourg, Ontario, and the 7th Biennial Alumni Art Exhibition at the VAB Gallery, Carrolton, Georgia, USA.
In 2015, Cavanagh’s work was published in Strokes of Genius 7: The Best of Drawing (North Light Books, Rachel Rubin Wolf, Cincinnati, OH, USA). Cavanagh was the Ontario Society of Artists Eastern Hub Director from 2018 until 2020. Read more information about Anne here.
2023 OJE Show Coordinator for the OSA:
Robin Kingsburgh, OSA. Read more information about Robin here.
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For the John B. Aird Gallery:
The winning entries will be curated/hung by:
Carla Garnet, Director/Curator for the John B. Aird Gallery.