Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award

Application deadline: To Be Announced

The Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award was established to recognize and encourage the achievements of Ottawa artists of all disciplines who have evolved beyond the emerging stage in their career to become recognized professional working artists contributing to the community. 

This award is sponsored by GGFL Chartered Accountants and Mann Lawyers LLP. The recipient will receive a $5,000 award; two other finalists will receive $1,000 awards.

Pixie Cram

2018 Recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award

The finalists:


More Past Recipients


How to Apply

An individual may apply for the award by filling out this form and gathering the required supporting documents, including a letter of recommendation and other materials. The completed package should be submitted to via, before the deadline.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for this award must:

  • Be in the mid-career stage of their career (typically this is 9 to 18 years of professional practice).
  • Be recommended by an individual or group (recommenders may only endorse one applicant in each category per year).
  • Have lived in the National Capital Region (defined as 75km from Parliament Hill) for the previous three years.
  • Be involved in Ottawa’s professional arts community and work as a professional artist.
  • Be recognized as an mid-career artist, as evidenced by their body of work.
  • Have received public exposure where selection was carried out by an objective arm’s length body.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Not have been shortlisted for this award in the previous year.
  • Not be currently enrolled in full-time training.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The applicant must fully meet the Eligibility Criteria.
  • The application is based on the value of the applicant’s body of work. Greater weight will be given to the recipient’s achievements and activities that have taken place in the last three years.
  • The applicant is clearly recognized as established, having developed beyond the emerging stage of their career.
  • The applicant demonstrates involvement in Ottawa’s arts community.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: To Be Announced
  • Shortlist Announcement: To Be Announced
  • Awards Presentation: To Be Announced

Support Documents

These documents will help the jury better understand you, your artistic practice, your commitment to pursuing a career as an artist and your involvement in the city’s arts community.

Your Applications and Support Documents must be submitted via to Incomplete or late packages will not be reviewed by the jury.

Please include the following documents in the application:

  • Short Biography
    A short bio describing your career as an artist in 100 words or less.
  • Artist Statement
    A text of up to 2 pages that explains your art practice to the jury (formed of experts in a variety of art disciplines).
  • Artist’s CV
    An Artist’s CV (two pages maximum) that demonstrates your achievements as an artist, your participation in art projects (such as exhibitions, performances, recordings, published works, etc.), and your formal, and informal, training.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    Your Recommender must provide a letter that explains why you should receive this award. It should describe your professional artistic development and your involvement in the Ottawa arts community.
  • Additional Letters of Support
    You may also include up to five pages of additional letters of support to strengthen your application.
  • Support Materials
    Include support material that is appropriate to your artistic pactice and strengthens your application. Be sure to fill out the Support Materials List for any materials included in the application. Files should be named with your name (first and last) and numbered in sequence such as YourName01.jpg.
    • Images
      Up to 10 JPGs, at least 1920x1080 px, no more than 5 MB per file. 
    • Audio
      Up to 3 files (or links) with a maximum total running time of 9 minutes.
    • Video
      Up to 3 files (or links) with a maximum total running time of 9 minutes.
    • Text
      A single document (DOC, TXT, or PDF) containing one, or more, excerpts of your writing (poetry, creative writing, original composition, script, etc.) with a maximum length of 10 pages.


Download the Application Form