A Statement on Anti-Racism by the Ontario Society of Artists

We recognize that we have a responsibility to improve our support to artists of all cultures. We have a membership filled with excellent artists who volunteer regularly to help support art and artists across Ontario. For the past four years we have been actively reflecting on where we have been, where we are and where we must go as an organization. We recognize that we need to improve the way we reach out to support and represent artists across all of Ontario. Our membership has grown in diversity and includes people of colour but we do not yet reflect the diversity in the population of Ontario. We recognize how our practices have led us to this point; we have been making corrections and we will continue to do so.

Over the past four years we have:

  1. moved from a Toronto-centric and largely in-person gallery setting to a more accessible and province-wide hybrid digital and in-person gallery setting
  2. reached out across the province by adding Northern, Western and Eastern Member Hubs
  3. developed our methodology for accepting new members by implementing specific jurying parameters and careful voting proceedures
  4. introduced digital submission and jurying proceedures in order to allow everyone to participate regardless of their location or schedule

We will work to prevent racism and bias with:

  1. improved practices
  2. multicultural art history education
  3. curation 

We pledge to continue to help develop a healthy culture within our society. We welcome direction from you; we are listening to you, and we welcome you.

We can be reached at info@ontariosocietyofartists.org


Kim Atkins, Vice President

Clare Ross, President 

OSA at The Artist Project 2020

Angela Chao, OSA has kindly made this video about members of the Ontario Society of Artists at the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair 2020. Enjoy!

OSA at the Artist Project 2020

The OSA Scavenger Hunt

Introducing – the OSA Scavenger Hunt! The game you can play from home. Just find a work of art done by an OSA artist and post it in the comments on Facebook (see Facebook link below) or Instagram (coming soon)! We will repost all over social media. Let’s see how many OSA works of art we can get online. Let’s see who our most prolific players are!

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.

OSA 125th Anniversary Documentary Film

Learn about the OSA and its long history by watching the OSA 125 Anniversary documentary. Filmed in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Ontario; published in 1997.

The Passing of Canadian Artist Ed Bartram, OSA

Ed Bartram, great Canadian artist and member of the Ontario Society of Artists since 1971, died on August 25th 2019. Ed has left an extraorinary legacy. It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell and thank you. Here we have included both the retrospective article written by Isabel Teotonio and the obituary published by the Toronto Star honouring his memory. We are proud to have had Ed as a member of our society for so many years. We wish his family and friends our sincere condolences.

OSA Western Hub Exhibition at the Westland Gallery!

The OSA proudly presents Masterworks, a curated collection of work by members OSA’s Western Hub.

Ontario Society of Artists - Western Hub
Ontario Society of Artists – Western Hub

Artists: Bruno Capolongo, Cathy Groulx, George Langbroek, James MacDougall, Janice Mason Steeves, Jesse Gledhill, John Maurer, Josy Britton, Lee Munn, Marg Peter, Marianne Reim, Peter Dusek, Radek Vizina, Robert Amirault & Steve Wilson.

Location: Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London, ON, N6C 3P5.

Show Dates: August 20th – September 14th

Opening Reception: Saturday August 24th from 2 pm to 4 pm

Artist Panel Talk: Wednesday August 28th at 7 pm

Gallery Hours:
Sunday – 12pm – 4pm
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 10am – 6pm
Wednesday – 10am – 6pm
Thursday – 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

For an online preview, visit this Westland Gallery page.

OSA Member Exhibition: Diana Harding-Tucker: The Natural Earth

Exhibition Invitation

I’m pleased to invite you to my upcoming exhibition opening, “The Natural Earth” on Sunday July 28, from 2-4 pm. The exhibition will be on display through to September 8, 2019 at The Gibson Centre, 63 Tupper Street West, Alliston, ON L9R 1E4

The Natural Earth – Opus I: Water is a celebration of water as the major tool in the shaping of life. Water contributes to the mechanical removal of soft and broken rocks and the scouring of ever deeper and wider lakes and rivers by glaciers. Plants and animal depend on clean, nourishing water for their livelihood. This exhibition also focuses on Water’s gift to the imagination through the play of light, shadow and reflection upon its surface – a gift that has inspired such artists as the painter Monet, and the pianist and composer, Claude Debussy.

The exhibition is open:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday: closed
More information can also be found online at https://gibsoncentre.com/exhibitions/the-natural-earth-Jul-2019
Hope you can make it!
Diana Harding-Tucker