Meg O'Hara is a Canadian landscape painter. Her work is based on ocean conservation in the polar regions.
In 2022 she was an Artist-in-Residence on the Polar Prince icebreaker ship on the Atlantic Ocean during an Ocean Conservation Expedition with the SOI Foundation. In December of 2022, she was one of ten Canadians chosen for a delegation to Antarctica looking at Canada's involvement in the Antarctic Treaty System and the impact of climate change on the region. In 2023 she was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Canadian Ice Core Lab with glaciologist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Alison Criscitiello.
She was a Featured Artist for Ocean Week Canada in 2023. As part of this project, her painting Antarctica’s Frozen Labyrinth was included in the James Cameron exhibit PRESSURE at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with National Geographic, Rolex, Parks Canada and the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition.
In 2021, Meg was awarded the BC Business 30 Under 30 award, and went on to win the Woman of the Year award in 2023. Also in 2023 she won her first Canada Council of the Arts grant to participate in the Toronto Artist Project where she debuted her series on Antarctica. In 2023 she also won the Protect Our Winters Empowerment Grant and Creative Alliance Grant. She is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a Member International at The Explorers Club, and a Creative Ambassador for Protect Our Winters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory from the University of British Columbia.
Her mission is to inspire others to seek adventure in nature, and reflect on their role in preserving it.
2015: Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory.
2023: Solo show titles “Antarctica’s Fragile Ice” at Capsul Studio in Toronto, Ontario
2023: Painting of Antarctica’s Frozen Labyrinth included in the James Cameron PRESSURE exhibit at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with National Geographic, Rolex, and Parks Canada
2023: Featured Artist for Ocean Week Canada
2023: Group show at the Artist Project Toronto
2023: Solo show titled "Antarctica" at Studio Maesa in North Vancouver
2022: Solo show titled "Sea-to-Sky" at the Arc'teryx store in Whistler, BC in participation with Protect Our Winters Canada.
2022: Whistler Art's Council's exhibit Art on the Lake in Whistler, BC
2022: Group show "White Cube" at BLAH Gallery in West Vancouver, BC
2021: Joined the artist roster for Creative Contemporary West
2021: Solo show at Elizabeth Homes Gallery showroom in Boston, MA
2020: Group show during State of the Art during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC.
2020 Group juried show at the Ojibway Club Art Show in Pointe-au-Baril, four paintings on display
2019 Group juried show at the Ojibway Club Art Show in Pointe-au-Baril, four paintings on display
2018: Solo Art show in at the cSPACE in Calgary, AB
2016: Gallery Associate for State of the Art during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. State of the Art is one of Canada's largest art shows and showcases over fifty artists chosen through juried submission.
2015: Painting "Flying Over Grouse Mountain" was displayed at the Federation Art Gallery in Vancouver
2015: Painting titled "Moonrise over Grouse Mountain" was selected from a jury to be part of the West End Arts Pop-Up Gallery
2014: Painting "Vancouver Cityscape" (36"x36", acrylic) was accepted into the juried exhibit "Scenes of Western Canada" at the Federation Art Gallery in Vancouver and was displayed for three weeks in October 2014. The painting was also nominated in the Emerging Arts category.
2014: Collaborated with artist Tonel for Germany's second biggest art show, the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The installation titled "Commerce" (2014) was on display between May 29th and August 3rd, 2014. Berlin, Germany
2014: "Torso" on display at the Vagasquerade Art Exhibit at the UBC AMS Art Gallery on February 1st, 2014. Vancouver, BC.
2014: Winner of the CARFAC travel bursary to the National Art, Activism and Adaptation Conference in Toronto, September 2014.
2014: Winner of the CARFAC award to cover all fees for the National Art, Activism and Adaptation Conference in Toronto.
2013: Visiting artist in the eleven week "Art Around Us" show at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Both the painting "Moonrise Over Whistler" and photograph "Oregon Orchard" were on display from October 21st to December 30th. Vancouver, British Columbia.
2013: Painting "Bikes and Babes" (36"x48") shown at the juried Vagasquerade Art Show at Access Gallery (February 2nd to 4th, 2013). Vancouver, BC
Residencies and Expeditions
2023: Artist-in-Residence at the Canadian Ice Core Lab at the University of Alberta with National Geographic Explorer and glaciologist Dr. Alison Criscitiello
2022: Antarctica Delegation for Canada's involvement in the Antarctic Treaty with the SOI Foundation. The expedition included Ottawa to visit Parliament, Buenos Aires to visit the Secretary of the Antarctic Treaty, and ten day sail to South Shethland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
2022: Artist-in-Residence on the Ocean Conservation Expedition with the SOI Foundation, Atlantic Ocean
2020: Artist in Residence at Mica Heliskiing Lodge.
Fellowships and Affiliations
Fellow at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Member International at The Explorers Club in New York City
Creative Ambassador for Protect Our Winters
Selected Permanent Collections
Mica Heliskiing Lodge
Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Caledon Ski Club
Red Mountain Resort
Ongoing: SOI Foundation alumni
Ongoing: Creative Ambassador for Protect Our Winters Canada
Ongoing: Creative Ambassador for Protect Our Winters USA
Ongoing: Volunteering with Alumni UBC at the University of British Columbia
2023: Painting donated to the Art Auction for Old Growth
2023: Two paintings donated to the SOI Foundation
2022: Donated two paintings from my Antarctica Delegation to the SOI Foundation
2022: University of British Columbia Alumni: Alumni interview for SOCI 102
2021: University of British Columbia Alumni: Panelist for the Art of Entrepreneurship Event
2022: Print of "Ski Chalet" donated to Vancouver International Film Festival
2020: Painting “Whistler Chalet” donated to Protect Our Winters Canada.
2019: Painting "Blanket Glacier Chalet" donated to the CAPOW Female EmPowderment Fund to support women in the backcountry
2017: Donated work "Flying Over Grouse Mountain" was sold at the Trips for Kids fundraiser.
Grants and Awards
2023: Winner of the Protect Our Winters Empowerment grant
2023: Winner of the Protect Our Winters Creative Alliance grant
2023: Winner of the Canadian Art Council’s Arts Across Canada grant
2023: BCBusiness Women of the Year Award - Rising Star
2021: BCBusiness Top 30 Under 30 for being the "Go-To Artist in the North American Ski Industry"
BC Business Top 30 Under 30 award
Jillian Harris Q&A about Antarctica as a blog
Featured Artist for Ocean Week Canada blog
Protect Our Winters interview about Antarctica and Ocean Week Canada, blog
James Cameron PRESSURE at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society featuring Meg’s painting in the exhibit
The Pique Magazine on Antarctica Delegation article
BC Business Women of the Year, Rising Star award
Protect Our Winters profile
35 BC Leaders to Inspire You on International Women’s Day article
The Pique Magazine on 30 Under 30 award article
University of British Columbia alumni profile
Geoff Green Antarctica Delegation recap blog
Daily Hive Vancouver article
SOI Foundation Antarctica Delegation blog
Protect Our Winters Canada Creative Ambassador feature
Jillian Harris Earth Day collaboration
Mind Your Biz Podcast interview
Out of Bounds Podcast interview
Big Stick Energy Podcast interview
Whistler FM Radio interview
Freedom Lifestyle Podcast interview
Castle Mountain Resort blog
BUFF x Protect Our Winters collaboration
Callaway Henderson Magazine article
Entrepreneur Magazine with Jason Fiefer article
SOI Foundation Antarctica Delegation recap video
Ocean Conservation Expedition Artist-in-Residence with the SOI Foundation 2022 video
Sunshine Village Ski Resort in Banff National Park video
MSNBC with Jason Fiefer video