Call to Artists:
Ontario Society of Artists 149th Open Juried Exhibition: Colour Splash!

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. The deadline to submit your work is Friday, February 24, 2023.

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:

  • Originality
  • Artistry in composition and design
  • Excellence and skill in the chosen medium

We are pleased to welcome these three renowned members of the arts community as jurors:

Joshua 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.

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.

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.

$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

Important Dates

  • 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 (by email)
  • Artwork delivery: Wednesday March 29 & Thursday March 30, 2023
  • Show dates: April 6-May 4, 2023
  • Opening reception: TBA
  • Artwork pick up: Friday May 5, 2023

Submission Information

  • Application Fee: $40.00
  • ONE submission maximum per artist
  • Method of Payment: PayPal or credit card
  • Due to space constraints, the maximum size of work is 30Ă—60 inches (WxH)
  • The decision of the Jury is final

Click here to go to the OSA website, for more details about the show, and the link to submit your work.

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2023

Please note that the Aird Gallery is not accessible.

Questions? Contact the OSA OGE Coordinator: Robin Kingsburgh, OSA. [email protected]

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