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AGNES Sweeps the 2022 Ontario Galleries Awards

29 November 2022

As the only annual juried awards of its kind, the iconic Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) Awards celebrate the outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence of arts institutions and professionals in the public art gallery sector. They recognize the exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships commissioned and produced by Ontario public art galleries. This year is the 45th edition of the GOG Awards.

“The GOG awards are an important moment to reflect on the social and civic impact that public galleries have on our communities and to celebrate the extraordinary work we undertake—work that often goes unnoticed because it is so seamless,” says Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator. “I am mega proud of Agnes this year, whose activities, hard work and innovative practices have rightfully been acknowledged by our peers across the province.”

Agnes swept the 2022 GOG Awards, receiving five! The winners were announced live at the award ceremony at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto on Monday 28 November 2022.

Artists Hadley Howes, Neven Lochhead and Mo Horner, all part of a micro-residency process and the exhibition A guest + a host = a ghost, engage in claiming and changing space together in Etherington House in anticipation of the JaF Jam Session.
Installation view from A guest + a host = a ghost.
Installation view from A guest + a host = a ghost.
Installation view of Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are still people in the world that love you). Photo: Paul Litherland
Installation view of Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are still people in the world that love you). Photo: Paul Litherland
Installation view of Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are still people in the world that love you). Photo: Paul Litherland
With Opened Mouths brochure
Cover of Graphic Designer John McCusker’s Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The Power Given to Abstractions that Make Us Stupid 2021
Inside spread of Graphic Designer John McCusker’s Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The Power Given to Abstractions that Make Us Stupid 2021
With Opened Mouths: The Podcast. Portrait of Jameel3DN.

Exhibition Awards

Exhibition of the Year, Budget under $20,000 Thematic
A guest + a host = a ghost
Dylan Robinson, Sunny Kerr, Neven Lochhead, Michelle Bunton, Curators
Taymah Armatrading, Mo Horner, Hadley Howes, Neven Lochhead, Vivian Sheng, Claude Sun, Artists
Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Archive/Counter-archive

Exhibition of the Year Budget under $20,000 Monographic
Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are
still people in the world that love you)
Michelle Bunton, Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Curators
Shelby Lisk, Artist

Curatorial Writing Awards

Curatorial Writing, Short Text under 2000 words
Qanita Lilla’s With Opened Mouths, 2021 brochure

Design Awards

Art Book Design Award
John McCusker, Graphic Designer for Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The Power Given to Abstractions that Make Us Stupid 2021
Richard Ibghy, Marilou Lemmens, Artists
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, SFU Galleries and the Owens Art Gallery, Co-Publishers

Design Budget under $1500 Award
Vincent Perez, Graphic Designer for With Opened Mouths wordmark

Agnes’s programs were shortlisted for several, including Curatorial Writing with Sunny Kerr’s Speculative Fiction in the Work of Ibghy and Lemmens; Art Writing Award with Britta B’s Black Balance; Art Publication Award with Danuta Sierhuis’s With Opened Mouths: The Podcast; and Design Award with Vincent Perez’s Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication.

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) marked its 50 years as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 260 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, GOG advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.

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