Close to $40,000 cash and in-kind awards will be presented to artists at the 2017 Exhibition.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’s Awards Program is unprecedented and unique in North America. Last year we took a huge step forward to make a major increase in our historical awards. The vision behind our awards is to create opportunities for the selected artists in order to truly advance their careers, to provide public recognition and to make a significant financial contribution to their practices. We are proud to announce that we will be keeping our commitment to the awards increase for the 56th edition of the Exhibition and will be awarding close to $40,000 cash and in-kind prizes to the best artists in their practices. Here is the list of awards for 2017:

• $5,500 to the winner of Best of Exhibition Award* by The Rudolf P. Bratty Family Foundation
• $5,500 to the winner of Founding Chairman's Award* by Murray and Marvelle Koffler
• The Mayor’s Purchase Award which brings the winners’ artwork into the City of Toronto’s significant art collection
• $1000 Marie Collins Memorial Award & $2,200 Artscape Award for Best of Student*
• $3,000 exhibition at Propeller Gallery for Emerging Artist by Emerging Curator Award by Megan Deeks, Frances Patella & Charles Collins
• $2,000 Best of 2D works** by The Lindy Green Family Foundation
• $2,000 Best of Photography and Digital media** by Toronto Image Works
• $2,000 Best of Craft & Design** by Extrudex Aluminum
• $2,000 Best of Painting** by Friends of Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
• $2,000 Best of 3D Works** by the Board of Directors - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
• $2,500 Value & Purchase Award for Best of Ceramics by Aaron Milrad & Brenda Coleman
• $1,000 Eyes of Society - Social Commentary Award* by The New Regionalism Project
• $1,000 NOW Magazine's People’s Choice Award
• $500 Best of Jewellery by Harry Enchin & Susan Friedrich
• $500 Gift Certificate for Best of Paper by The Japanese Paper Place
• $250 Gift Certificate & Gift Bag (Value $350) for Honourable Mention Student by Above Ground Art Supplies
• $500 Gift Certificate for Honourable Mention Student by Toronto School of Art
• Student Purchase Award by House of i.d.e.a
• $250 Most Innovative Work Award* by Lonsdale Gallery
• $500 Gift Certificate for Honourable Mention Painting by Gwartzman's Art Supplies
• $500 Gift Certificate for Honourable Mention 3D Works by Artcast Inc.
• $500 Gift Certificate for Honourable Mention Photography & Digital Media by Akasha Art Projects
• $500 Gift Certificate for Honourable Mention Ceramics by Tucker's Pottery Supplies
• $500 Gift Certificate for Honourable Mention Ceramics by Pottery Supply House

*Winners will receive a one-year membership to CARFAC Ontario

** Each winner will receive a one-year membership to access Format's sleek portfolios. 

We are thrilled that our donors and supporters have established additional new awards for our artists this year:

Emerging Artist by Emerging Curator Award ($3,000 Value) by Megan Deeks, Charles Collins, and Frances Patella is an Exhibition opportunity at Propeller Gallery curated by emerging curator, Nathan Heuvingh, for the best emerging artist(s) of the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. 

Our friends at Toronto School of Art have offered a great professional development opportunity for an additional Honourable Mention Student. 

Student Purchase Award - Worth of $200 of Artwork by House of i.d.e.a 

Most Innovative Work Award by Lonsdale Gallery is given to an artist who displays the most innovative, and/or unexpected use of material.

Eyes of Society - Social Commentary Award by The New Regionalism Project

Hear the artists of the New Regionalism Project explain the inspiration behind this award:

Many art world insiders have written critically of the direction contemporary art has taken in recent years, suggesting that somehow, somewhere, art lost its way. The question to ask today is, who does art serve? Independent artists are once again re-defining and re-inventing their role in society, and a new, outspoken, socially conscious art is emerging. Artists are the eyes of society, and when engaged with the world – as they are occasionally moved to be – it has been artists that have traditionally seen the way forward. We seek to tell this story, and through this award, draw attention to those who follow in this long tradition.”