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January 15, 2015 to February 07, 2015
Creating Futures – Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers” showcases 30 vibrant textile artworks celebrating the hope and extraordinary resolve of African grandmothers as they work to create futures for themselves and the millions of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

The “Creating Futures” exhibit is organized by the Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo who invited textile artists to create artworks interpreting the themes of: “hope rising”, “caring”, “inspiring”, “hand in hand”, “

December 12, 2014 to January 10, 2015

High School Art Show

Coffee House/Open Mic Reception: Friday, December 12 |  6–9pm

What's on: an Art-stravaganza featuring food, music, spoken word poetry, performance, prizes and enough art to tide you over 'til the spring thaw. Orillia and area High School students have put aside cross-regional differences to collaborate on this once-in-a-year chance to see some of the very best work produced by young local artists.

Congratulations to the winners of the People's Choice Awards:

November 22, 2014 to February 07, 2015

The Orillia Museum of Art & History presents an historical exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of John Alexander Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada. Produced by the John A. Macdonald 200 Committee this new multi-media display explores themes linking the Canada of the mid-19th century to the Canada of today.

November 08, 2014 to June 13, 2015
No matter what your age, where you're from, no matter how distant World War 2 seems from you, we want to hear how you think about this conflict, and how it effects your life.
October 09, 2014 to December 06, 2014

The Image, The Internet & Orillia Graphic Design

Reception: Thursday, October 9  |  7–9pm
What’s on: Solo-show of Orillia–based emerging artist, Georgia Grieve featuring work from three recent projects: Infinite IKEA, Loading, and Ab–Ex. Work includes 2-D prints, a periodic performance, projected web-animations, graphic design from Orillia and the OMAH Collection.

August 07, 2014 to October 04, 2014

Reception: Thursday August 7, 2014, 7–9pm

June 19, 2014 to August 02, 2014
The Orillia Museum of Art & History is pleased to present Disarming Beauty, a selection of works by Toronto–based artist Amanda Clyne, and photographs from OMAH’s permanent collection.
This exhibition presents artistic approaches that respond to similar philosophical tensions, in spite of falling on either side of the twentieth century. Rooted in Western painting traditions, Amanda Clyne’s multi–media practice retains a belief that images call us to connect to them beyond their surfaces.
April 03, 2014 to June 14, 2014
A juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian artists whose practices embrace, challenge or otherwise engage representations of the body. Life and Limb Jurors: Keesic Douglas: Artist/Chair Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U (Toronto); Francisco–Fernando Granados: Artist/Writer/Instructor, OCAD U (Toronto).
March 08, 2014 to April 26, 2014


Back for its fourth year at OMAH, The International Women’s Day Art Show honours and celebrates women’s creative expression in both visual and written form.

Its main goal is to encourage women to express themselves artistically in a themed group show, which is not juried and therefore inclusive. The spirit of the exhibit is one of affirmation and cooperation.

January 16, 2014 to March 29, 2014

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is pleased to present Keesic Douglas: FUR TREE. This exhibition explores contemporary Aboriginal Identity framed by the encounter between traditional and globalized corporatized cultural influences. Bringing together work from several recent projects with two new photographic series, FUR TREE mounts an expansive and multi-faceted interrogation of the cultural signs and symbols that identify and organize practices like way-finding, communication and trade.