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 janetread3@gmail.com 

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