Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Exciting changes for 2017 with hundreds of new artists, newly designed grounds and more for the largest and longest running outdoor art exhibition!

Proudly sponsored by JAZZ.FM91, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition returns July 14th – 16th to Nathan Phillips Square. This FREE public event features creations by 340 contemporary artists – more than half who are first-time participants at the exhibition – and includes paintings, photography, mixed media, jewellery and ceramics.

This year more than 720 applications were reviewed by an external jury of season artists, industry experts and professional to be featured in the annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. To view the full 2017 Artist Roster, visit

Outdoor Art Exhibition worked with PLANT Architect Inc., the award-winning firm responsible for the revitalization and renovation of Nathan Phillips Square, to redesign the exhibition site. Inspired by the design of a neoclassical city, the new layout is reminiscent of a Spanish town with buildings circling the main plaza, where visitors are encouraged to wander and explore. Also incorporated in the redesign is an expanded Student Zone —a visitor favourite for many years— where works by 30 student artists from OCAD U, Sheridan College and more will be showcased.

For more than five decades, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition has built a reputation as a place of art discovery, where fresh ideas and next generation artists converge,” said Anahita Azrahimi, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’s Executive Director. “The new layout of the exhibition site and the return of the popular Student Zone will further enhance and encourage the ‘joy of discovery’ inherent in the event.”

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition demonstrates its longstanding commitment to celebrating artistic excellence and creating opportunities for artists to advance their careers through its unique awards program. Close to $30,000 in awards will be presented to artists at the 2017 Exhibition including the $5,500 Best of Exhibition Award by The Rudolf P. Bratty Family Foundation and the $5,500 Founding Chairman’s Award by Murray and Marvelle Koffler . Winners will be announced on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5:30PM.

For more details about this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 14th – 16th at Nathan Phillips Square – visit