Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award

Nominations open February 2018

The Mid-Career Artist Award is sponsored by GGFL Chartered Professional Accountants and Mann Lawyers LLP. The recipient will receive a $5,000 award, two other finalists will receive $1,000 awards. 


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

Jesse Stewart

2017 Recipient of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award

The finalists:

More Past Recipients


Guidelines for Eligibility

Recipients of this award must:

  • Be in the mid-career stage of their career, typically this is 9 to 18 years of professional practice.
  • Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per 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 a 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.
  • Not have previously received this award.
  • Not have been shortlisted for this award in the previous year.
  • Not currently be enrolled in full-time training.

Evaluation criteria

  • The nominee fully meets the eligibility criteria.
  • The nominee is clearly recognized as having developed beyond the emerging stage of their career. 
  • The nomination is based on the value of the nominee’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 nomination demonstrates community involvement of the nominee.

Reporting requirement

The award recipient will be required to submit a brief report six months following the presentation to share how his/her work has been impacted.

Other information

An individual, collective, or arts organization may nominate a candidate by filling out the appropriate forms, preparing a letter of nomination, organizing letters of support and collecting/submitting support materials.

  • Application deadline TBA
  • Application information TBA
  • Posthumous nominations will not be accepted
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered

Important Dates

  • Deadline for nominations TBA

  • Shortlist Announcement TBA

  • Awards Presentation TBA