OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery and curator Patricio Dávila win OAAG Award

Lisa Deanne Smith accepts OAAG award on behalf of Onsite Gallery and Patricio Dávila
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 5:45pm

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) announced Onsite Gallery and Patricio Dávila as winner of the First Exhibition at a Public Gallery award at its 2019 OAAG Awards gala last night. Dávila, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies, at OCAD U, curated the exhibition Diagrams of Power at OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery. The exhibition showcased art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

First Exhibition in a Public Gallery Award

Diagrams of Power

Patricio Dávila, Curator and Exhibition Designer

April Xie, Lisa Deanne Smith and Linda Columbus, Exhibition Coordinators

Sayeda Akbary, Setayesh Babaei, Stephanie Caldeira, Linda Columbus, Patricio Dávila, Renzi Guarin, Garth Johnson, Ryan Mason, Jonathan Silveira, Lisa Deanne Smith and April Xie, Installation Team

Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz, and Visualizing Impact, Artists

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, 2018.

The exhibition was produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, OCAD University's Office of the Faculty of Design, Public Visualization Lab, Nexus Investments, Multi Touch Digital and Microsoft.

The OAAG’s juried awards recognize artistic merit and excellence in exhibitions, publications, programs, and community partnerships produced by Ontario's art galleries.

Ontario Association of Art Galleries & Young Canada Works at OCAD U

Ontario Association of Art Galleries & Young Canada Works at OCAD
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Get your foot in the door at galleries, heritage centres, the cultural sector!

The Young Canada Works (YCW) program offers a variety of summer jobs and internships for you to develop work skills and gain professional experience. There are about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, and culture!

On April 15th, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will be visiting OCAD U to introduce their organization and the Young Canada Works (YCW) program.

OCAD U Photo grad Morgan Sears Williams will also join us to share her experience as a former YCW recipient and how this led to her current full-time job.

Following the presentations, the CEAD will be hosting a resume writing workshop. We will be going over helpful tips to aid you in building a resume just in time for summer jobs and internships. Please come with your laptop and a physical copy of your most recent resume.

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Our Vision of the Future:
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) will be an essential and sustainable art service organization serving Public Art galleries.

OAAG will be recognized as a leader in Canada’s cultural sector, whose voice is respected and trusted by stakeholders. OAAG will be enterprising in its delivery of services that members value. It will enable member connections through a state of the art digital platform. Members will be in ongoing contact with each other, to share resources and to develop the capacity of each individual and organization. OAAG and its partners will provide relevant, groundbreaking professional development courses to members.

Our long term vision is when our members and the entire public art gallery sector are thriving, art galleries will be contributing to the well-being of their communities through innovation and inspirations to move beyond the status quo. The art gallery as a site of learning will be at the centre of civic conversations, fostering curiosity and understanding. Galleries of all sizes occupy beautiful, functional facilities (physical and virtual) that inspire and display new creative forms. Galleries are sustainable because they are supported by members of the community and all levels of government.

Our Mission:
Through advocacy, professional development, and network-building, OAAG advances and empowers Ontario public art galleries.



Young Canada Works (YCW) offers young Canadians the opportunity to develop work skills and gain professional experience. Through summer job programs and internship programs, students and recent graduates can put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. YCW creates about 2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.



Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) sits alongside the other student-focused departments in the portfolio of the Vice-Provost, Students & International at OCAD U.

The CEAD is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD U. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to
meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

The work of the CEAD is delivered across our Career Development and Experiential Learning Program portfolios. We are located on level 3 of OCAD University’s newly renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, OCAD University

Onsite up for Ontario Association of Art Galleries awards

Three people looking at works in a gallery
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

OCAD University’s professional gallery, Onsite, has been shortlisted for three prestigious OAAG Awards. These are province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence in exhibitions, publications, programs, and community partnerships produced by Ontario's art galleries.

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000 Short List:
The Sunshine Eaters, Onsite Gallery

Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition Short List:
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection, Onsite Gallery

Education award:
raise a flag:works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) Education Guide, Onsite Gallery

177 nominations came from 34 Ontario galleries and art institutions. The award winners will be announced on November 19, 2018. This is the 41st edition of the awards program highlighting the key achievements of the year among OAAG members, curators, art professionals, collectors, and the entire visual arts community.

For the full list of award categories and other shortlisted institutions, visit the OAAG website.

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media. Serving the OCAD U community and the general public, Onsite Gallery aims to foster social and cultural transformations.


two people looking at a large painting by Christi Belcourt
Ryan Rice with Janet Rogers, holding flag designed for exhibition