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The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a part of two OAAG Awards

November 6th, 2014

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a part of two OAAG Awards:

  • Ken Ogawa wins of an OAAG Design Award for The Collaborationists: Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins
  • John Kissick wins an OAAG Curatorial Writing Award for “Racing to the un-finish line: The DrawingsRon Shuebrook” in Ron Shuebrook: Drawings


The 2014 Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards were presented on 5 November, 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. The Awards are annual, province-wide, juried awards of artistic merit and excellence. They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships commissioned and produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year.

At the ceremony, Ken Ogawa, who was nominated by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Art Gallery of Hamilton, received a Design Award for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition The Collaborationists: Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins. The 104-page catalogue features essays, as well as full-color photography, and was printed by Sonic, with photography by Rafael Goldchain and John Jones. A digital copy of the catalogue can be viewed at

“The OAAG awards are particularly important as they represent the best in work from Ontario art galleries, as reviewed by our peers. We are very pleased that Ken Ogawa is the recipient of this prestigious award for The Collaborationists for this stunning catalogue.” – Linda Jansma, Senior Curator, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

“We are delighted for Ken Ogawa and congratulate him on this esteemed award. The award also speaks to the dedication and creativity of the artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, who brought Ken to the project, which we are so pleased to have been a part of.” – Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton

The exhibition was organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Hamilton and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, in collaboration with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Windsor, and was curated by Linda Jansma and Melissa Bennett. The touring exhibition was held/will be held at the following venues:

The Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, Ontario): 12 June – 29 September, 2013
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario): 16 November, 2013 – 26 January, 2014.
The Art Gallery of Southern Alberta (Lethbridge, Alberta): 15 February – 13 April, 2014
The Art Gallery of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario): 22 April – 5 June, 2016

As well, John Kissick, who was nominated by The Thames Art Gallery, with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery and the Kelowna Art Gallery, received a Curatorial Writing Award of a Short Text (Under 2,000 words) for the essay “Racing to the un-finish line: The Drawings—Ron Shuebrook” in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Ron Shuebrook: Drawings. The 46-page catalogue features essays by Melanie Authier, Robert Enright, John Kissick, David Urban, as well as full-color photography.

“We are thrilled for John Kissick on the receipt of this well deserved award. The OAAG awards recognize excellence in curatorial writing across Ontario galleries and we are grateful that our nomination of this dedicated curator and writer was acknowledged.” – Carl Lavoy, Director/Curator, Thames Art Gallery

Ron Shuebrook: Drawings is curated by John Kissick and organized by the Thames Art Gallery in collaboration with the Kelowna Art Gallery, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, MSVU Art Gallery and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. The touring exhibition was held/will be held at the following venues:

Thames Art Gallery (Chatham, Ontario): August 16 – October 6, 2013
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph, Ontario): January 23 – April 27, 2014
MSVU Art Gallery (Halifax, Nova Scotia): May 24 – August 10, 2014
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario): October 11, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Kelowna Art Gallery (Kelowna, British Columbia): March 7 – April 26, 2015

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