Call for Entry: Ambient Landscapes at the Art Gallery of Northumberland

The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) and the Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) invite you to take part in an exhibition titled Ambient Landscapes with the themes of “Breath. Heart. Spirit.” This exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the OSA, will include about 40 artworks featured in the main gallery of the AGN.

The exhibition will be curated by Anne Cavanagh, OSA and Olinda Casimiro, Executive Director, AGN. To submit to the call, please deliver your work and a completed entry form to the AGN on Saturday, May 28, 2022, 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Click here for:
AGN Rules and Regulations
AGN Artist Form

  • No submission fee.
  • There is no limit on the date of creation of your art work.
  • Artworks in the show will be professionally photographed and an exhibition catalogue will be designed and produced by the OSA.
  • AGN staff will direct sales to the artists.

We are very excited by this opportunity for the OSA to have a 150th Anniversary exhibition at the AGN, about 1h 15 min east of downtown Toronto and encourage everyone to submit works.


Art Gallery of Northumberland

Victoria Hall, West Wing, Third Floor
55 King Street West
Cobourg, Ontario | K9A 2M2

OSA Member Call for Entry – Breath. Heart. Spirit. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Exhibition

Entries for this exhibition are now closed.

Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1

Important Dates


Exhibition dates: September 2022 – April 1, 2023 (TBC)

Dropoff date: Drop-off date will be determined (likely end of August)
Opening Launch: September 2022 (TBC)
Questions?     Contact Carmel Brennan

Exhibition Details

Artists from the Ontario Society of Artists are invited to take part in an exhibition titled “Breath. Heart. Spirit.” celebrating their 150-year history, to be hosted by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Queen’s Park, Toronto. The exhibition will include approximately 30 installed artworks on the main floor of the Suite as well as a digital slideshow of the additional submissions. Works from OSA members from various regions of Ontario will be on display, representing diverse backgrounds and cultures across this province.

This is the Final Exhibition for our 150th Anniversary Year. Its theme follows our year-long theme: Breath. Heart. Spirit.

Nature as Breath
Courage to create from the Heart
A Spirit of innovation in contemporary artwork

OSA Member Call for Entry – Conversations: the OSA 150 Years

Submission Deadline: March 28, 2022.

Submissions are now closed.

Orillia Museum of Art and History
30 Peter St S, Orillia, ON, L3V 5A9

Important Dates


Exhibition dates: July 23 – September 24, 2022
Note: online exhibition may be extended/TBC

Dropoff date at Orillia Museum of Art and History: Monday July 18, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday July 23, 2022 
Artist talks: Saturday July 23, 2022 
Pick up date: Monday September 26, 2022 (insurance coverage to this date only) 
Questions?     Contact Janet Read at 

Exhibition Details

This members’ call for submissions references the OSA’s rich history of notable artists, inviting dialogue from current members with works of the past. Subject matter, technique, media, intention and socio-political context can be referenced, challenged, paid homage to, or reformulated in contemporary terms.

This call challenges our current members to choose an historic work, from 1872 right up to the present (perhaps a dialogue with a fellow artist) to create a work that speaks with the earlier or contemporary work. 

Interrogate. Re-invent, imitate, and/or juxtapose your work with your source material.
Transform. Could a painting become a sculpture, abstracted, imitated, turned into an installation, photography, textile art or a video?
Reformulate. Could paintings of the iconic Canadian “wilderness” be decolonized,  with a contemporary awareness of the myth of terra nulla that prompted them.
Relate. How do current members of the OSA reflect, refine, reference and reconfigure the work of members through our long 150 year history? 

Sources for your choice could include the Ontario Government Art Collection, the National Gallery, the Robert McLaughlin, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Homer Watson House galleries as well as Museum London. These institutions have a variety of works from OSA artists from the 19th c. to the present visible online.

Our anniversary book, Breath. Heart. Spirit. The OSA 150 Years, draws significantly on these collections and you might find inspiration in the book available in the new year. 

OMAH’s annual Carmichael Landscape Exhibition invites this type of dialogue with the statement of theme below. Many of our members have been successful participants in this exhibition.

Below are some examples of this approach.

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 19th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, challenges, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. Heavily rooted in Carmichael’s beliefs on traditionalism and classical modes of artistic expression, Carmichael himself was very much invested in contemporary artistic styles having been inspired by his native Canadian surroundings.

The following links might also be of interest:

Pat Steir’s painting on this page references her sources, Pat Steir, The Wave – From the Sea – After Leonardo, Hokusai and Courbet  1985

Pat Steir at the Tate

David Hockney consistently referenced Italian paintings.

David Hockney

Modern Conversations at St. Ives juxtaposes historic works from the collection with contemporary art works.

Tate Museum: Modern Conversations

Jill Price’s recent exhibition at OMAH references items within the OMAH collection. 

Jill Price: Unfurled

Call for Entry: Breath. Heart. Spirit.

The Ontario Society of Artists welcomes OSA Members to participate in first exhibition of the OSA 150th anniversary celebration year. The theme for this exhibition and for the anniversary year is “Breath. Heart. Spirit.”

This year the kick-off for our anniversary will be celebrated at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford, Ontario. We plan to present and launch the 150th Anniversary Book titled “Breath. Heart. Spirit.” to recognize the theme for the anniversary year. At the time of this call there is no plan in place for a formal opening because of Covid-19 protocols and measures.

Click here for full details and to apply.

First OSA Northern Hub Exhibition

OSA members are invited to submit their work to our first OSA Northern Hub Exhibition at the Temiskaming Public Art Gallery.

The Entry Deadline is January 22, 2020.
Exhibition Dates are March 16 – April 24
Delivery of Work Deadline – March 10th
The Opening Reception is Saturday March 28th

There is no fee to apply and accepted artists will receive an exhibition fee based on Carfac Fees.

For full details and to enter, go to the OSA Northern Hub Exhibition Call for Entry page.

Call for Entry to the Ontario Archives

Dear OSA Members,

The OSA Call for Entry to the Ontario Archives is now open.  You may recall the email we sent to you a few weeks ago telling you that this opportunity was coming. Now it is here! 

If you want more information please scroll to the bottom of this post.

If you are ready to submit: read on…

In order to have your work considered for the Ontario Archives, you must create a digital submission on EntryThingy. 

Go to this link to see the call and upload your entry.

In order to help you know what to expect, here are the instructions you will see on the entry platform:

Entry Instructions:
Entries to this call will only be considered via digital upload through EntryThingy. Follow the steps here to submit an application. 

DIGITAL SUBMISSION – YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR your artist contact information, including address, telephone number and email. AND YOU WILL REQUIRED TO UPLOAD TWO FILES – One Image and One Resume (PDF or Word): 

One (1) IMAGES of a 2D artwork OR two (2) images of a 3D artwork. 
Diptych/Triptych may be submitted as individual image files + assembled work. 
Digital images must be in jpeg format RGB, maximum 2GB in size at 300dpi. 

AND 1 RESUME – upload a PDF or .doc file as the third file. 

*Please note* – The program will require two files and it will look the same each time – it will ask for a title, description and price etc, but please use this second upload for your resume. and just fill anything into the fields for price etc. 

Also you will be asked for information on artwork title, date, media, size and suggested value. 
Brief (100 word) artist’s statement about the work 
Any relevant information on the history of the piece (i.e. exhibitions) 
A one-page narrative biography of the artist (approx. 200 words). This differs from the usual CV in which a lengthy list of information is printed in 
point form. A narrative biography is a summation of the most important aspects of the artist’s work. 

Any submissions that do not follow the submission requirements may be disqualified from consideration without notice. You may feel as though you are filling in the same information more than once but please do fill in all fields. 


Digital submissions to be uploaded here via Entrythingy 

TRANSPORTATION is the responsibility of the artist. Artworks selected for FINAL VIEWING must be delivered to the Archives of Ontario, 
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd, Toronto, M7A 2C5 attention of the Curator. 

October 31, 2019 Deadline for digital submissions to OSA contact 
Oct – Nov 2019 OSA compiles portfolios for review 
Dec 2019 – Feb 2020 Review of artwork and jury process (if needed) (Artists may be requested to provide work for in person jurying as stated above.) 
February 28, 2020 Selected Artists Notified 
April 30, 2020 Deadline for delivery of original artworks to Archives 
of Ontario 
May – Aug 2020 Donation agreements signed, appraisals completed, 
and tax receipts issued for 2020 tax year. 
Sept – Dec 2020 Artworks accessioned and documented into Art 
Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 Potential Exhibition 
OSA Contact/Questions: 


L. E. Glazer 

The Government of Ontario Art Collection at the Archives of Ontario invites members of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) to donate works of art in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the OSA. 

HISTORICAL TIES The OSA and the Government of Ontario Art Collection 
The province has in its collection the works of more than two hundred OSA artists from the OSA’s inception in 1872. This body of work chronicles the history of the Society as well as the development of art in Ontario. Donations to the Government of Ontario Art Collection from the OSA in 2005, 2007 and 2012 marked the renewed relationship between these two organizations. This 2019-2020 donation will recognize the continued partnership with the Ontario Government. Being recognized as significant contributors to the cultural life of our province, it is important to fulfil the mandate laid down for us by our founding members – to educate Ontarians about art and to make it possible for the community to have access to the art produced by OSA members. 

BENEFITS FOR DONORS The donated artwork will belong to the province in perpetuity and will be cared for and maintained according to archival standards. The artwork will be displayed in prominent public areas of government buildings as well as executive suites within ministries and agencies. The works will be seen by international dignitaries as well as members of the public who visit the Ontario Government buildings. Each artist will have their donated work of art featured on the website of the Archives of Ontario in a special section reserved for donors. If requested, artists will receive a charitable donation tax receipt equal to the appraised fair market value of the donated artwork, less the cost of appraisal. The Government of Ontario Art Collection maintains for perpetuity, a file on each artist, documenting the life work of the artist. An exhibition featuring a selected number of works from the donation could potentially be on display as early as Spring 2021. Exhibit length and location is still to be determined, but we would hope to make use of the 2 Archives of Ontario’s exhibition space or the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at Queens Park, depending on funding and availability. A possible collaboration with other OSA 150th Anniversary stakeholders, such as OCADU, could see art students create works that respond to pieces from the donation which could be displayed alongside the OSA works or in an online format. We would also hope to display OSA records from the archival holdings to tie into the anniversary and history of the society. 

APPRAISAL AND TAX RECEIPT As of 2016, the Government of Ontario Art Collection must work through the Office of the Provincial Controller (OPCD) and their Donations policy issue a tax receipt to the donor. This policy applies to all gift in kind donations to the province. If the fair market value is expected to be more than $1,000, the property must be professionally appraised by at least two independently qualified individuals with at least two years’ experience. An appraisal is valid for two years from the date it is performed. Where appraisers are hired directly by the donor, individuals must be preapproved by the Archives of Ontario. If the donor bears the full-cost of the donation related expenses, OPCD will issue an acknowledgement letter and an Income Tax Receipt for the approved Fair Market Value. If the Ministry bears any donation related expenses, OPCD will issue an acknowledgement letter and an Income Tax Receipt for the approved Fair Market Value appraisal less the amount of donation related expenses paid by the Ministry. Please have the following ready to submit to the appraiser: CV, past exhibition records for the artwork, digital images of artwork, past sale records and/or values of comparable artwork, contact at representing gallery.