AGNES Sweeps the 2022 Ontario Galleries Awards

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. 

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. 




Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Agnes is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University. By commissioning, researching, collecting and stewarding works of art and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories and geographies. 


Agnes is committed to anti-racism. We work to eradicate institutional biases and develop accountable programs that support and centre the artistic expression and lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Agnes promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces.  


36 University Avenue 

Kingston, ON K7L 3N6  

Facebook: @aeartcentre  

Twitter: @aeartcentre  

Instagram: @aeartcentre 


Agnes is an accessible venue, details can be found here


AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and through generous contributions by foundations, corporate partners, donors and members.  



  1. Mo Horner, Square-dance event with children,A guest + a host = a ghost,May 2022. Photo: Garrett Elliot 
  2. (left) Installation view ofShé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are still people in the world that love you). Photo: Paul Litherland
  3. (right)With Opened Mouthsbrochure cover
  4. (left)With Opened Mouths: The Podcastwordmark designed by Vincent Perez. 
  5. (right) Inside spread of Graphic Designer John McCusker’sRichard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The Power Given to Abstractions that Make Us Stupid2021 
  6. Screenshot of Britta B presentingBLACK BALANCE.