The Ontario Society of Artists

Founded in 1872, the Ontario Society of Artists is Canada’s longest continuing art society.

Professional Artists

We are a  professional association for visual artists living and working across Ontario with a mandate to promote the visual arts through exhibitions, special projects and arts advocacy. Our membership roster includes many of Canada’s best-known painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers. We currently have an active membership of over two hundred artists, working in a wide range of media and from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Non-profit Organization

We are a non-profit, charitable organization, which is administered by a volunteer executive council of artists.

Exhibitions and Membership

Each year we present exhibitions of works by members, a juried art exhibition open to all artists working in two and three dimensional media, as well as a juried exhibition specifically for emerging artists.  We encourage emerging artists, established artists and artists from diverse backgrounds to apply to our organization for membership.

Recent News

Call for Entry: “Life on the Line” Art Project

We have received a call for submissions from Twentytwenty Arts that may be of interest to our members.  Twentytwenty Arts is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the production of innovative art projects that raise awareness, visibility and funds for charitable organizations.  It is producing  a new public art project called “Life on the Line” campaign.  Works that reflect the …

Call for Entry: 2018 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works

The call for entry to the 2018 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works is now open!  See the MESW 2018 Entry Guidelines PDF for instructions on how to enter. This exhibition is open to OSA members only. Payment Payment can be made online via PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary) by clicking the appropriate button: Entry Fee …

Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

145TH OSA OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION
April 10th – May 4th at the John B. Aird Gallery

For this stunning show of contemporary art, esteemed Jurors Richard Rhodes, William Huffman, and Janet Hendershot OSA SCA, selected 48 works from 465 submissions. Congratulations to the following artists for being selected for this show! It is an amazing show!

ARTISTS: Anita Granger, Anne-Marie Cosgrove, Artifacts: Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee with Miklos Legrady, Asma Sultana, Bronwyn Mundell, Carmel Brennan OSA, Chris Keene, Clare Ross OSA, Colin Davis, Colleen Myers, Darren Rigo, David Connolly, David Kempton, Eileen Menzel OSA, Fiona Legg OSA, Frances Patella OSA, Helene Latulippe, J. Andrew Hillman, Jane Theodore, Janet Hunter, Jessica Lin, Josy Britton OSA, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Justin Mencel, Kim-Lee Kho, Kye Marshall, Lisandro Pena, Lori Ryerson, Lynden Cowan, Melanie Chirofsky, Michelle Tourikian, Min Soo Kim OSA, Natan Uzza Sivan, Norman Busse, Pauline De Four, Peter Adams, Ronald Regamey, Ross Winter, Sasa Rajsic, Shaheer Zazai, Shahrzad Amin, Silvija Saplys OSA, Sue Miller OSA, Tanya Petruk, Tegan Smith, Tracey Lawko, Tyler Matheson, Winona Elliott-Schep OSA and a Central Tech art student by invitation and yet to be named!

Jurors

Richard Rhodes is an author, arts journalist, curator, educator, photographer and editor. He is the former Director of Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects and was Editor of Canadian Art Magazine from 1996 through 2015. Rhodes has been Curator of the Power Plant in Toronto, Adjunct Curator at Oakville Galleries, founder of C Magazine, a review contributor to Artforum magazine in New York, an essayist on Vija Celmins for Artangel, London. As a curator he organized the 2010 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, and in 2003 received the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Achievement Award.

William Huffman is an arts administrator, curator, educator and writer with a history of extensive involvement on both local and international cultural fronts. He was Executive Director with Inuit Art Foundation, Coordinator of the Audience and Market Development Office at Canada Council for the Arts, Associate Director with Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation and has held other leadership positions at Blackwood Gallery, Arts Toronto, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, A Space Gallery, Canadian Art Foundation and Art Gallery of Sudbury. Huffman is currently Marketing Manager at Dorset Fine Arts, a division of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative and he serves as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Art & Art History, a joint program between Sheridan College and University of Toronto.

Janet Hendershot OSA, SCA. Ms. Hendershot has been painting since the late 1970s. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, Mexico, Colombia, London, England and Paris, France. Work can be found in many corporate, private and public collections. She has received many awards including the Gold Award at the NEXT1 competition, 2015, Arts and Letters Club, ON and the Eleanor Besen Award, 2017, OSA. Janet has served as President and Vice-President of the Ontario Society of Artists, and continues to be active in the art community as a participant of three art organization Boards of Directors.

Co-Chairs

Jacquie Green
Marilena Isacescu Carlea

 

Recent Exhibitions

OSA New Members’ Exhibition – December 12 2017 – January 8, 2018  – Opening Reception is December 14th 6-8pm – An exhibition of work done by New Members of the OSA elected in 2015 and 2016 – John B. Aird Gallery (Co-Chairs: Lisa Murzin, Frances Patella and Dominique Prevost)

OSA Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works – Carrier Gallery – November 2017 (Co-Chairs: Tony Vander Voet & Susan McCrae). The call for entry can be found here.

MOSAIC – Ontario Society of Artists 145th Anniversary Exhibition – Aurora Cultural Centre, May 11 – August 5, 2017

OSA Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition  July 14-16, 2017, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

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(feature image, above: 145th Open Juried Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery)


The OSA is located at the historic Arts and Letters Club of Toronto at the following address:

Ontario Society of Artists
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto
14 Elm Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5G 1G7


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