More than 20 Illustration students win high-profile awards

Illustration of women walking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University students were recently recognized by the Applied Arts Illustration Student Awards, the 3X3 International Student Show and New York Society of Illustrators.

Applied Arts Illustration Student Award winners

  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration)
  • Meaghan Way (4th-year Illustration)
  • Kelly Ye (4th year Illustration)
  • Francesca Ka Yu Chan (3rd-year Illustration)
  • Su Yeon Hyun (3rd-year Illustration)
  • Toko Hosoya (1st-year Illustration)
  • Mary Kirkpatrick (1st-year Illustration)
  • Katie Liang (3rd-year Advertising)

These students will see their work published in the November/December 2016 Student Awards annual and online in November in the Winners' Gallery and Awards Archive.

Their work will also be displayed from November 8 to 9 at the Creative Futures Expo at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The exhibition is a national career fair for the visual communications sector and draws over 1500 visitors.

3X3 International Student Show winners


  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration) 

Distinguished Merit

  • Natalie Bochenska (4th-year Illustration) 


  • Roman Arabia  (4th-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Jenn Woodall (3rd-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Natalie Bochenska (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Jean-Luc Bonifay (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Jean Demers (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Marcy Peterson (4th-year Illustration) 

Honourable mentions

  • Toko Hosoya (1st-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Adam De Souza (2nd-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration) 
  • JS Godfrey (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Lily Snowden-Fine (1st-year Illustration) 
  • Meaghan Way (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Nicolle Lalonde (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Niki Park (3rd-year Illustration)

Founded in 2003, 3X3 Magazine focuses on contemporary illustration with the goal of promoting illustration across platforms, advancing the careers of illustrators and preserving and sharing the work being done, both in print and online.

The winning students’ work is to be published in the 3X3 Illustration Annual No. 13.

New York Society of Illustrators

Finally, the New York Society of Illustrators has accepted work by Francesca Chan (3rd year Illustration) and Meaghan Way (4th year Illustration) into the 2016 Student Scholarship Competition. Their work was chosen from 8,700 entries by an esteemed jury of illustrators and art directors representing various publications, such as the New York Times and Time magazine. Chan and Way exhibited their winning illustrations in New York’s National Museum of American Illustration this past May. In addition, their work was published in the Society’s annual, Illustrators 58.



Faculty recognized for excellence in teaching

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

At the Faculty Appreciation Event on Thursday, April 28, six faculty members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the student learning experience at OCAD University.

The Price Award, in memory of Mamie and J.H. Price, and the Non-Tenured Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. This year’s recipients are:

  • Emma Westecott, assistant professor and director of the game:play lab
  • Suzanne Stein, associate professor and director of the Super Ordinary Lab

Non-Tenured Award:

  • Sambhavi Chandrashekar, Inclusive Design

The Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre’s Inspired Teaching Awards were given to three faculty members:

  • Teaching Assistant: Tatjana Petkovic, Graphic Design
  • Excellence in Teaching First-Year Students: Mary Porter, Faculty of Art
  • Leadership to Advance Teaching: Colleen Reid, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design

The candidates were nominated by students, colleagues and supervisors on the strength of their dedication and passion for teaching and student learning.



Monarch Award Winners

The Monarch Awards
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:30pm

Furniture Design #1 taught by Gord Peteran asks the student to reconsider furniture's earliest psychological and physical origins. Then in collaboration with Ted Hunter's co-requisit wood lab they develop a contemporary human support mechanism. At all three levels of this minor the student is expected to complete a fully functional object.
Winner - Ameneh Mansoury Tehrany)

Furniture Design #2 taught by Kirsten White asks the student to design an accent piece of furniture that provides some form of storage and targets the aesthetic flavor of a specific commercial client chosen each term by the instructor.
Winner - Siyun (Sisley) Hu

Furniture design #3 taught by Connie Chisholm explores small scale batch production through the re-interpretation of historical archetypes.
Winner - Samantha Tam

Congratulations ID Students!


2016 Doug Wright Awards

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 12:15pm

I’m delighted to announce that several recent OCADU alumni have been nominated for the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, Canada’s premier comic awards.

The Doug Wright Awards were founded in May 2005 as a means of casting light on the wide range of cartoonists and comic artists working across Canada. 

Ted Gudlat (OCADU 2012), OCADU ILLU Program Teaching Assistant Sabrina Scott (OCADU 2012), and Kat Verhoeven (OCADU 2010) are nominees for the 2016 Doug Wright Spotlight Award which recognizes Canadian cartoonists deserving of wider recognition. 

In addition, ILLU instructor Patrick Kyle (OCADU 2009) has been nominated for the Pigskin Peters Award which recognizes experimental, unconventional, and avant-garde Canadian comics.

Ted Gudlat for Funny Ha-Has (Roads Publishing)

Sabrina Scott for Witchbody
Kat Verhoeven for Towerkind (Conundrum Press)

Patrick Kyle for New Comics # 6 & 7 

Congratulations to all!


Museum of American Illustration

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 1:30pm

Good luck to Francesca Chan (3rd Yr) and Meaghan Way (4th Yr)!

Francesca and Meaghan are exhibiting their winning illustrations in New York’s Museum of American Illustration next month when scholarship winners will be announced. 

The Society awards over $50,000 in scholarships ranging from $100 to $5,000! In addition, their work will be published in the Society’s annual, Illustrators 58.


Student leaders celebrated for giving back to the community

Student leaders with Sara Diamond and Amanda Hotrum
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:00am

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Awards were handed out at a reception in March to acknowledge OCAD University’s exceptional student leaders and their tremendous contributions to advancing equity at the institution. This year, with generous support from Office of the Vice-President, Academic; Office of the President; and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, the selection committee chose to give out three awards rather than one.

The recipients were:

  • Rouzbeh Akhabari
  • Zviko Mhakayakora
  • ​Amanda Robertson-Hebert

The contributions of this year’s winners ranged from advancing equity in OCAD U’s governance and policy through community initiatives in art and design creation and in the learning environment.

At the same event, the Peer Mentor Awards were given to students who made outstanding contributions to the Student Mentor Program, demonstrating enthusiasm and positivity while providing helpful advice and support to their student mentees.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Ahmed Bokhari
  • ​Jacqueline Lee

Tracy Cai and Madison Leeson were recognized by Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, for their excellence in Financial Literacy. They collaborated to produce CreativeFunds, a series of videos that teach students how to manage and budget their finances.

Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, recognized the students behind two student initiatives on campus: 

  • Sofy Mesa and Oliver Roberts coordinated a winter clothing drive and soup kitchen community members in need.
  • Tooba Syed took on an active role with Textbooks for Change, coordinating the collection of donated textbooks on campus, repurposed to create social impact and improve the educational landscape for students around the world.

The awards celebration was made possible by the First Generation Program; Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations; and the Office of the President. Contributions to Diversity, Equity & Excellence Awards were made by the Student Union; the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students; the Office of the Vice-President, Academic; the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; and the Office of the President.

Student Recognition: Celebrating leadership & excellence

Student Recognition Awards  Banner
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12:00am

Student leadership and excellence is acknowledged and recognized at OCAD University annually since 2011/2012, with awards given to those whose outstanding contributions to student life, leadership, advocacy, equity and social justice, contribute to improving the campus community.

A celebratory dinner and awards ceremony are coordinated through the Campus Life office with generous financial support from First Generation Programs (Writing & Learning Centre); Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations; Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; Office of Vice-President, Academic; and the Office of the President. Awards being given out include:

Two awards, $500 each. Recipients are: 
Ahmed Bokhari
Jacqueline Lee

Honorary Mention:  
Nicole Calzavara
Elizabeth Chan
Madison Leeson
Amrita Panesar

Three- and four-year commitment pins are also given out to those Peer Mentors who have stayed involved in the Student Mentor Program for three or four or more years.

Usually one award, but this year, stellar nominations have resulted in securing of additional funds so that three $1000 awards will be given out. Recipients are:
Rouzbeh Akhabari 
Zvikomborero Mhakayakora
Amanda Robertson-Hebert

Honorary Mention:  
Elisha Lim
Amrita Panesar

New this year, we will be acknowledging and recognizing students who have taken an active student leader role in OCAD U Senate, Board of Governors, Student Union and student-run groups.

416-977-6000 Ext. 275

Congratulations to Doug Panton

Black and yellow abstract image
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:45pm

Creative Quarterly 43 New York, Doug Panton, Illustration Faculty

Winner in the Fine Art Professional Category

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Inspired Teaching Awards - Call for nominations

Image of instructor and students
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 3:00pm

Every year, the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre recognizes teaching excellence in faculty and teaching assistants (TAs) working with undergraduate and graduate students.

The Inspired Teaching Awards are presented to faculty members and TAs whose passion for art and design education has enhanced learning and influenced creative practice. All members of the University community, staff, faculty and students, can submit nominations online until February 29.

Call for Nominations: Peer Mentor Awards 2016

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:45pm to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00pm

All Peer Mentors in the 2015/2016 OCAD U Student Mentor Program are eligible to be nominated for ONE of TWO awards (valued at $500.00 each). We are now accepting nominations from all members of the ‪#OCAD U‬ community who have experienced or are aware of a Peer Mentor’s outstanding contributions supporting new and first-year students and helping build community, while adhering to the mandate of the program.

For more information, criteria and nomination forms, visit Student Leadership Awards online:

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 1, 51 McCaul Street
416 977 6000 Ext. 275