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.