2021 ARLIS-ON Travel Award Winner

Photo of Delaney Sweep, ARLIS-ON 2021 Travel Award Winner


ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter is happy to announce that Delaney Sweep has been awarded our 2021 Travel Award!

This grant is intended to promote professional development among chapter members and to encourage their involvement in ARLIS/NA Annual Conference. As this year’s conference in Montreal will be taking place virtually, ARLIS/NA Ontario is redirecting the travel award to support member’s registration and technological needs.

Delaney is a recent graduate of the Combined Degree Program (CDP) at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information which allows students to earn both Master of Information and Master of Museum Studies degrees at the same time. Over the past year, Delaney has been chairing the ARLIS/NA ON’s UofT Student Chapter and coordinated a virtual Ask an Art Librarian event for student members.

We look forward to learning more Delaney’s experiences at the 49th ARLIS/NA Annual Conference and share her post-conference report on the chapter’s website.

49th ARLIS/NA Annual Conference (May 11-13)

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Apply to ARLIS/NA-ON’s 2021 Travel Award

The Travel Award Committee of the ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter is now accepting applications for the 2021 ARLIS/NA Ontario Travel Award. The award provides funding to support attendance at “Convergence” – ARLIS/NA’s 49th Annual Conference, which will take place virtually.

APPLY BY  February 21st, 2021

This year’s award will be divided into three $250 awards, to be used for registration and will be redirected the travel award to support member’s registration and technological needs. .

Learn more about 2020 ARLIS/NA Conference here.

Call for Nominations for 2021 ARLIS/NA Ontario Vice-Chair and Secretary

We are looking for members of ARLIS/NA Ontario who would like to serve on the 2021 Executive. There are two positions available:

Vice-Chair: Please note that the Vice-Chair position is a three year commitment. In 2021, the position is Vice-Chair. In 2022, the position moves to Chair of the Executive, and in 2023 the position becomes ex-officio.

Secretary: Please note that this position is a two year commitment – 2021/22.

A full description of the responsibilities of both positions can be found under the Chapter’s Bylaws which can be accessed here:  http://arlison.org/about/bylaws/

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another member of ARLIS/NA Ontario, please write to arlisna.ontario@gmail.com with the subject line 2021 executive – position (eg. 2021 executive – Secretary) by January 4th, 2021.
Once all the nominations have been received, the ARLIS/NA Ontario membership will vote on the candidates electronically via an anonymous ballot.

ARLIS/NA-ON Fall Business Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend ~ 

Meeting Details:

  • Date:  December 4th, 2020
  • Location: Zoom link will be sent to registrants (register by December 1st, 2020)
  • Time:  10am – 12pm
  • Registration: Please register here
Registration fees have been waived for this meeting.


Meeting Agenda will be sent to registrants by December 2nd, 2020.

Please send any questions you might have to arlisna.ontario@gmail.com


Gerd Muehsam Award and Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Announcement

********Announcement from ARLIS/NA Student Advancement Awards Subcommittee*********

The ARLIS/NA Student Advancement Awards subcommittee is accepting applications for Gerd Muehsam Award and the Wolfgang M Freitag Internship Award for 2020-2021!

The deadline for both awards is December 13th, 2020 but the committee is hoping that all eligible students will submit their applications and student papers related to arts librarianship or visual resources asap!  You can visit the individual award websites here:

Additional info:

Gerd Muehsam Award

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. Any student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program, or in a graduate program in art history or a related discipline, is encouraged to submit a paper or online project created in conjunction with a course assignment during the previous eighteen months (or since June 2019). One submission per person.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Paper or online project about a topic relevant to art librarianship, written as a course assignment.
  • An abstract of 250 words for a paper submission, or 250-word summary for an online project.
  • A title page that includes the name of the institution, the course for which the submission was created, and the name of the faculty member assigning the paper/project.
  • Applicants must include their mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers with their applications.The award includes:
  • $500.00 prize.
  • Conference registration and up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 49th Annual Conference in Montréal, Quebec, May 9–15, 2021.
  • Opportunity to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices in the Profession panel.
  • One-year membership to ARLIS/NA.For more information, see https://www.arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/69-gerd-muehsam-award Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award 

The Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award aims to represent the multifaceted nature of the art library field by providing a paid internship opportunity to a student currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library and information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. In accordance with the policy of the host institution, the internship can be conducted online or on site.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A current résumé.
  • A current transcript in PDF format (unofficial transcript is acceptable).
  • The names of two professional or scholastic references with addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  • An essay of up to 900 words addressing your skills, background, and expectations of the internship experience, including the type of institution you are interested in as well as potential project ideas.

The award includes:

$3,000 to support a 150-hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

For more information, see https://www.arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/68-internship-award

All applicants will be notified of the results by January 14, 2021. Both awards will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 49th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Montréal, Quebec, in May 2021.

ARLIS MOQ August 7, 2020 – Invitation to Participate

MOQVirtualSocial Invitiation

ARLIS ON has been invited by ARLIS MOQ  to attend ARLIS/NA MOQ Virtu*l, which will take place on Friday August 7th virtually.

Below is the invitation from Rachel Harris, current President of ARLIS MOQ, and on behalf of ARLIS MOQ’s executive committee. This is a wonderful, collaborative opportunity, and on behalf of both chapters, we hope you can make it!


ARLIS MOQ cordially invites ARLIS Ontario to attend ARLIS/NA MOQ Virtu*l, which will take place on Friday August 7th virtually.

Following ARLIS MOQ’s chapter business meeting, we are looking forward to meeting members of ARLIS Ontario. Please RSVP before Thursday, July 30th by completing this google form.

Program of the day

15:00 – 16:00 Optional Anti-Racism/Black Lives Matter Reflection and Resource Sharing

17:00 – 19:00 ARLIS 2021 Conference Planning and Miranda July-inspired virtual arts. Franglais, a combination of French and English, is welcome in this ARLIS MOQ meets ARLIS Ontario gathering

Activity Description

Between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, we will have an optional moment of reflection and resource sharing on manifestations of systemic racism in our society and profession and on resilience movements such as Black Lives Matter.

The day will conclude with a 5 à 7 for a virtual opportunity for both chapters to meet. We are all encouraged to have our favourite beverage and snacks of choice on hand. The purpose is simple: meet and greet with colleagues between our provinces, and celebrate virtual art practices along the way. The ARLIS 2021 Conference planning committee are invited to say a word or two, and then we will embark upon a Miranda July-inspired show and tell virtual experience in the form of Zoom breakout rooms.

Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher’s relational aesthetics project Learning to Love You More (active from 2002-2009) consists of a series of online assignments and submissions, which enable participants to experience everyday moments and objects in new ways. To celebrate the creative participatory impetus in July and Fletcher’s work, and to simply have fun we encourage participants to actively choose or adapt an assignment to show and tell. This is a low stakes experimental activity: the assignment can be presented in any state of completion. Alternatively, you might simply want to browse the Learning to Love You More site and identify something helpful, inspiring, uplifting or outright funny. Or perhaps, you have found some other inspiring digital work or online exhibition that you would like to share instead.

Option to contribute to our MOQ DOC
For those who go through the work of creating a Miranda July-inspired assignment, our MOQ DOC welcomes submissions in the form of text, image, sound, that highlights the experience or the assignment itself. Please indicate the name of the assignment that you drew inspiration from and a very brief description. Please send your submission to arlismoq@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on August 7th!

Rachel, David, Agathe, Hélène, Amy, and Adèle

Your ARLIS/NA MOQ executive committee

ARLIS/NA Virtual Conference 2020

ARLIS/NA’s Executive Board and planning team for the ARLIS/NA 2020 Virtual Conference  invite you to participate in this year’s conference.  The Virtual Conference will offer a virtual experience featuring sessions and workshops focused on the theme of Preserve, Enhance, Reimagine – the theme of this year’s Annual Conference that was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

This event is free and open to anyone and will be taking place July 29-31, 2020. ARLIS/NA is excited to offer and provide an engaging, meaningful experience for both members and art information professionals at large!

Please register today!


ARLIS-ON Statement Against Anti-Black Racism and Violence

Dear ARLIS – ON Members and Colleagues,

In light of recent and ongoing events, ARLIS-ON is adding its voice to the numerous associations and organizations condemning racism and violence against Black people, as well as the senseless acts of brutality perpetrated by police that have taken countless lives in the U.S. and Canada. ARLIS-ON condemns the oppression of Black individuals not only in Canada and the U.S., but across the globe.

We are forwarding you to ARLIS/NA’s Statement Against Anti-Black Racism and Violence, and encourage you to read it in full. The ARLIS-ON Board aligns itself with ARLIS/NA and recognizes that much effort is required in order to eliminate structural racism in the visual arts information profession, and to create authentic, enduring cultural change. In partnership with the Diversity Committee and the Strategic Directions Committee, and building on ARLIS/NA’s existing work around diversity and inclusion, and building on current work,  the ARLIS/NA board will identify specific goals and actions this organization and its membership can take to eliminate this structural racism. Like ARLIS/NA, ARLIS-ON acknowledges that the work of recognizing and eradicating racism is not solely in the hands of a single committee or an executive board, particularly in a member-driven organization such as ARLIS/NA. The input and efforts of the membership is integral as well.

We believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, members, and library users, and we cannot accept a world where Black people live in fear of discrimination, violence, injustice, and oppression.

Additionally, like ARLIS/NA, ARLIS-ON acknowledges that our statement here does not resolve long-standing and numerous injustices, and that numerous honest conversations about racism must be had and outcomes acted upon in order to correct and ameliorate the current atmosphere. Like ARLIS/NA, ARLIS-ON will hold itself accountable to continue the challenging, but necessary, work ahead: educating and self-educating, disrupting structural racism perpetuated in our institutional systems, and building equity through forums for discussion, policy, and action.

Kirsty Robertson’s Tear Gas Epiphanies Honoured with the ARLIS/Canada 2020 Melva J. Dwyer Award

The Melva J. Dwyer Award, a prize that recognizes the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, UBC, and that is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools related to Canadian art and architecture, was recently presented to Kirsty Robertson, for her volume Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums, published by MQUP. 

This remarkable volume narrates the not yet told story of political action at museums in Canada from 1900 to present day. It is filled with meaningful case studies, comprehensively articulating that political action must be considered as a significant aspect of museums’ histories. The author draws together extensive primary source research and analysis, and critically examines numerous intersections between national identity, institutional critique, social responsibility, decolonization, the indigenization of museum spaces, political economy, environmental activism, and many others. An Honorable Mention was given to Allyson Mitchell’s and Cait McKinney’s (eds.)  Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and Other Lesbian Hauntings, published in 2019 by UBC Press.

The Melva J. Dwyer Award was established in recognition of the contribution made to the field of art librarianship by Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. It is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture. The award is adjudicated by a jury of three Canadian art information professionals and administered by the Canadian Liaison to the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). For additional information, please see the Award website. ARLIS/Canada represents Canadian art information professionals within ARLIS/NA and serves as their national association. For more information, please visit their website




ARLIS-ON Spring Business Meeting (Online, May 1st, 10am – 12pm)

ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter’s Spring Business Meeting

Registration for our Online Meeting is now open

information about ARLIS-ON spring meeting

Meeting Details:

Connection Instructions

Details will be provided once registered.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees have been waived for this meeting.


Meeting Agenda will be sent to those who have registered by April 29th, 2020.

Please send any questions you might have to arlisna.ontario@gmail.com