Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have decided to announce all our recipients online over the next week. We still plan to bring the community together to celebrate our artists once it is safe to do so. 

Please join us on our social media platforms over the next eight days as we announce the finalists and recipients of the Ottawa Arts Council Awards.

April 2: Shortlist Announcements

Announcement Schedule, 11 am daily


A special thank you to our jury members for taking the time to review and discuss all the applications, and make some very difficult decisions. Thank you to our Award sponsors—RBC Foundation; Mann Lawyers; GGFL Chartered Professional Accountants; Artists and Artisans Study Group; SPAO; and the Ottawa Art Gallery. 

We look forward to seeing you online! 

Your Ottawa Arts Council team

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About the Awards

Since 1988 the Ottawa Arts Council has awarded over $300,000 to exceptional artists and to those who have shown outstanding commitment to the arts in our area. With the generous support of our sponsors and professional dedication of our jurors we have seen our Awards program grow.

The awards are:

Awards Jury

While we accept applications for jury on an ongoing basis, applications for the 2020 award jury has closed.

However, we invite you to submit your application for future awards juries.

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