2021 Shortlist

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) is pleased to announce the Shortlisted Nominees for the 44th Annual, 2021 GOG Awards. As the only annual juried awards of its kind, the iconic GOG Awards celebrate the outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence of arts institutions and professionals in the public art gallery sector.  

In 2020, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG/AOGA) announced its rebrand as Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Although the appearance changed, the GOG Awards are the same celebration of excellence, innovation, and importance of the public art galleries, art museums, art centres, and art organizations. 

Join GOG in celebrating virtually on Monday, November 29th, 2021 at 6:00pm ET for the awards ceremony and the launch of GOG’s online silent auction fundraiser – acquire your free tickets and RSVP with the button below.  Award winners will be announced during the ceremony.

All shortlisted nominations are presented in alphabetical order and listed by title, curator, organization


Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000

Burning Glass, Reading Stone

Alison Cooley, Curator

Michael DiRisio, Curator

Fraser McCallum, Curator

Saša Rajšić, Curator and Exhibition Coordinator

Christine Shaw, Curator

Laura Tibi, Curator

Blackwood Gallery, 2020 – 2021

Drift: Art and Dark Matter 

Sunny Kerr, Curator

Sunny Kerr with assistance from Michelle Bunton, Exhibition Designers

Leah Cox, Exhibition Coordinator

Wordmark by Katharina Tauer and Wolfgang Hückel, K. Verlag

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000 

Division of Labour

Suzanne Carte, Curator

Art Gallery of Burlington, 2020

Deanna Bowen: Black Drones in the Hive

Crystal Mowry, Curator

Jennifer Bullock, Assistant Curator/Registrar

Žana Kozomora, Curatorial Assistant

Britt Sostar, Preparator

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2020 – 2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 

Piitwewetam: Making is Medicine

Leanna Marshall, Curator

Jean Marshall, Curator

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 2021

Erika DeFreitas: everything she inspires remains, belongs to light 

Emily McKibbon, Curator

Erika DeFreitas, Exhibition Designer

MacLaren Art Centre, 2020 – 2021

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000

Winner of the Exhibition of the Year Budget under $10,000  will be announced during the ceremony.


New Impressions: High School Juried Exhibition

Stephanie Porter, Head of Education

Deanna Logan, Education Coordinator

Woodstock Art Gallery, 2020 – 2021

Running with Concepts: The Mediatic Edition

Alison Cooley, Co-organizer

Fraser McCallum, Co-organizer

Blackwood Gallery, 2020 – 2021

Art on My Mind: “Hope You Relate,” 2020

Allyson Adley, Collections/Education Assistant

Art Gallery of York University, 2020


Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and will be announced during the ceremony.

Thank you to our fantastic sponsors who are key in making this event possible, Flash Reproductions, Surface Impressions, C Magazine, Akimbo and PACART!

And your deepest gratitude and thanks to our incredible jurors who diligently peer-assessed the nominations! 

Jurors: Nadia Kurd, Vince Rozario and Clayton Windatt

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) has a 50 year history as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 260 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada. Follow GOG on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!   #2021GOGAwards