Call for Vendors: OCAD Zine Fair 2020

Text: "The OCAD zine fair is coming!" with drawing of ice cream truck with "zines" sign on it
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 1:30pm to Monday, February 10, 2020 - 11:30pm

We are now accepting applications of the 2020 OCAD U Zine Fair!

Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 10, 2019. Priority will be given to current OCAD U students.

The OCAD U Zine Fair will be held on Thursday March 12th and Friday March 13th from 11:30am -6:30pm. The event will be held in the lobby of 100 McCaul Street. Setup begins at 11:00am.

There is no vendor fee but we ask that you donate one copy of at least one of your publications to the OCAD U Zine Library. We will collect donations on both days of the fair. You can learn more about the OCAD U Zine Library and search our collection at

Table assignments are first come, first served, with a limited amount of wall space available. Each applicant receives half of a table (approximately 3 feet wide) and one chair. Applicants who wish to share their space must switch off with their table mate as fire code prevents us from adding additional chairs.

* New this year * DATES: The fair will be held on Thursday and Friday instead of Wednesday and Thursday due to limitations in scheduling the lobby space. HOURS: Based on feedback from last year, the fair will be 7 hours instead of 8, while still maintaining a later start and end time that coincides with the start and end times of classes throughout the day and provides the opportunity for people to drop in after work.

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2020 Call for Submissions: Journal of Visual & Critical Studies

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 9:45am to Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 11:45pm

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising exhibition and performance reviews, critical essays, and thesis abstracts, this anthology challenges the boundaries of art history and visual studies in order to produce innovative relationships between art, design, and academic at OCAD U and beyond.

We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share. The Editorial Committee is seeking submissions from all current OCAD U students in the following formats:

Exhibition and Performance Reviews [250 to 500 words]
Reviews of exhibitions, performances or art-related events that happened after April 2019. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays [1000 to 2000 words]
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We accept excerpts from larger essays.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions should be sent either as an email attachment, to Writing should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc or .docx). Chicago style citations are encouraged!

In your submission email please provide a 1 to 2 sentence biography that includes your name, your program, the year of your program, and a few details about your research interests and/or studio practice.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

To learn more about the JVCS and to read past volumes, please visit

This project supported by Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and OCAD Student Union.

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising critical essays, exhibition reviews, artist portfolios, creative non-fiction, and thesis abstracts from students across all disciplines, this annual publication reflects the unique approaches to art history and visual culture that are being undertaken here. We value and emphasize interdisciplinary research methods and modes of thinking to provide diverse perspectives. The JVCS welcomes new editorial committee members every year, offering students the opportunity to help sustain the publication through peer-to-peer education about the publishing process.


JVCS poster CALL 2020


Drawing of student getting idea (lightbulb), followed by drawing of student telling idea to others
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to Monday, January 6, 2020 - 11:00pm

If you KNOW something, TEACH something!

The OCAD U Student body is filled with people with amazing skills and knowledge! We’re looking for current OCAD U students interested in sharing their skills by leading a creative art or design workshop for fellow students.

Apply to facilitate a workshop on: 

  • A studio technique or method
  • A piece of software that other students would find useful 
  • Another skill essential to your art or design practice

Selected facilitators will earn an honorarium of $100, as well as a budget for materials (up to $40). Workshops should be around 2 hours long and include a hands-on component, so that attendees can get a chance to experience and practice new skills. Workshops will be held in the OCAD U Library’s Learning Zone at 113 McCaul Street in January, February or early March 2020, and will be open to all students at OCAD U. 


Application process: 

Please submit a completed copy of the workshop proposal (the Microsoft Word file available to download on this event page) to Marta at by January 6, 2020. Additional documentation, such as images of sample work similar to what you are proposing, is welcome but not required.


This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program, administered by the WLC.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, level 1 also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: First Generation Student Publication

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:45pm

First generation* students from all OCAD U undergrad programs are invited to submit work for an upcoming student publication.

The theme is Educational Worth. The issue of continuing and education has generated conversations about the stress of life-school balance and the uncertainty of future.

Looking for works on personal experience, opinions and thoughts on education. Works submitted can be any medium, including writing. Participants may also contribute through answering a short questionnaire.

If interested, email

Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

*You are first generation if your parents/family did not attend a college or university--you are the first.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
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Call for Vendors: 2019 OCAD U Zine Fair

A drawing of an ice cream truck with a sign on it that says "Zines!". Text: The OCAD ZIne Fair is coming.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 11:00pm

Applications are now open for the 2019 OCAD U Zine Fair!

The deadline for applications is Sunday February 3rd. Late applications will not be accepted.

The 2019 OCAD U Zine Fair will be held on Wednesday March 13th and Thursday March 14th from 11am -7pm. The event will be held in the lobby of 100 McCaul Street. The hours are later this year based on feedback from last year's vendors. Setup begins at 10:30am.

There is no vendor fee but we ask that you donate one copy of one of your publications to the OCAD U Zine Library. You can learn more about the OCAD U Zine Library and search our collection at

Table assignments are first come, first served, with a limited amount of wall space available. Each applicant receives half of a table (approximately 3 feet wide) and one chair. Applicants who wish to share their space must switch off with their table mate as fire code prevents us from adding additional chairs.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. Priority will be given to current OCAD U students.

If you have any questions about the application, please email

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W1

Call for Submissions: Black Richness Art Exhibit

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:30am to Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:45pm

The OCADU Blxck Student Association (OBSA) is seeking work from black students, alumni and other artists and/or designers for an exhibition called, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry.”

This exhibition will run from 1st to 28th February 2019 and will be on the list of the events that take place as part of Black History Month at OCAD University.

This exhibition will explore themes of Blackness in different parts of the world, Black wealth, employment, culture and tradition, education, the effects of colonialism and how it affects black identities alongside stereotypes of black people, while aiming to celebrate the present. If we must move forward we have to address the past.

From injustice to inequality, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry” urges Black artists and designers to think and also reflect on the “what-ifs” of our past.
▪️ What if we were never taken as slaves?
▪️ What if we were never colonized?
▪️ How does that affect us now and how have we as communities decided to grow tremendously with that deeply rooted trauma instilled in us?
▪️ How are we affected physically, emotionally or mentally?

We are accepting works in any medium: Installation, Poetry, Music, Design, Sculpture, Video, Performance, Photography, Material, etc.

▪️ Artists are allowed to submit 1-2 works only.
▪️ Mostly finished works (WIP) will be accepted.
▪️ Send 2-3 pictures of the piece(s) you would like to be considered for the exhibition.
▪️ Photos must be JPEGs OR PDF, including dimensions.
▪️ Include a 250-word artist statement describing your work, in PDF
▪️ ALL Works must be submitted to

The Deadline to submit is DECEMBER 10TH, 2018.
Accepted applicants will be notified around December 15th.
Completed works MUST be completed AND delivered by January 21st, 2019.
~Due to the nature and subject matter of this exhibition, students that self-identify as Black will be given priority.~

Co-curated by Ehiko Odeh and Kaylee Meyer

OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
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GradEx 102 Needs You! Student Monitor Paid Positions

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:45am

Response Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017


Attention Students!*

It’s that time of year again! We’re hiring student monitors to work during the 102nd Annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx), which is open to the public from Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 to Sunday, May 7th 2017.

Student monitor shifts are available starting Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, and continuing through to Monday, May 8th 2016.

Work includes setup, greeting and directing visitors, and more! 

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate 102 years of talent at GradEx and to work on a team.

Smart Serve Certification:
While not required for all positions is a bonus.

Students are required to complete a mandatory training session on Wednesday, April 26, 2:00PM – 3:00PM. This is a paid training session.

In addition, all monitors selected to work during GradEx will be required to complete an Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) online customer service learning module:    


Student Monitor Pay Rate:
$13.38 per hour

Meghana Ravi

In your response, please include your:

  • Availability
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Year of study
  • Indicate if you are Smart Serve certified
  • Indicate if you are legally eligible to work in Canada and possess a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • If you have worked as a student monitor in the past

* Fourth-year and graduate students who are exhibiting in the Graduate Exhibition are expected to be with their displays throughout the event.




Call for submissions - #trending: mobilizing art and culture

Childish drawing of OCAD's Table Top
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 5:00am

The 2016 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference welcomes submissions of academic papers, proposed workshops and panels, curatorial proposals, and artistic works, performances, and interventions from MA and PhD students and independent scholars.

Please submit proposals by Friday, November 20, 2015 to Accepted candidates will be notified by email.

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: Midnight on Friday, Nov 20, 2015
Final paper due: Midnight on Monday, Feb 1, 2015
Announcement of Acceptance: Thursday, December 10, 2015

What to submit: a 250 word abstract or proposal, a short biography, and, if needed, an url for up to five (5) images and/or five (5) minutes of video. Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

#trending: mobilizing art and culture
OCAD U Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference 2016
Exhibition Opening: Friday March 11, 2016
Conference Date: Saturday March 12, 2016

The influence of trends is undeniable in contemporary culture, but rarely are its implications fully fleshed out. How can a trend mobilize or call others to action? As scholarship in contemporary art, design and new media becomes increasingly focused on networked lives, the digital platforms through which we communicate, interact, and share information demand academic and social inquiry. This interdisciplinary conference looks to the topic of #trending in its myriad meanings as it produces and affects subjects and citizenship, social and political change, visual and material culture. We must consider the longevity, impact, and relevancy of cultural work and research as the implications of cultural trends, their makers, and media are nuanced and complex. Are trends disposable or lasting? How should scholarship respond to trends -- by defining them or following them? What can trends tell us in their sequencing, forecasting, and analysis?

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
-alternate, sharing and DIY economies
-inclusive and locative mobilizations of populations, movements, and narratives
-trending as a form of political mediation
-artists as activists as artists
-viral visual culture & digital storytelling
-speculation in the art market
-the gentrification of social and artistic spaces
-grants and arts awards as trend indicators
-curating as trend-setting
-the affect and aesthetics of trends
-trends, history and the acceleration of culture, theory, criticism
-authorship, art practice and online multiplicity
-transmedia: podcasts, web series, etc.
-the platforms of trend-making: Instagram, twitter, Tumblr, etc.
-celebrities as artists/artists as celebrities

Submit proposals:

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Call for Submissions

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am

We are pleased to announce that OCAD U has been invited to participate in The 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program invites 16 schools across Canada to propose one representative be considered for a $7000 scholarship.  To be eligible, you must be a full-time student  going into your final year of study.   Submissions are accepted from February 2nd and will close on March 2nd, 2015. 

2014 Winners include:

Marvin Luvualu Antonio (OCAD U)

Kristiane Church (University of Manitoba)

Paige Lindsay ( Ryerson University)



UAAC Conference 2014 Call for Submissions

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:00am to Friday, March 14, 2014 - 4:00am

Universities Art Association of Canada Conference hosted by OCAD University

OCAD University will host the annual conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC-AAUC) this October 23 to 26, and is inviting the submission of session proposals.

Sessions are encouraged that explore — within any geographical and temporal context — issues from the full range of scholarship in the visual arts including art history, visual and material culture, creative practices and research in studio art, design practices and research, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practices.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for chaired (or co-chaired) sessions, roundtables and workshops. Please note that only one proposal will be accepted per member, whether that proposal is for a single or jointly chaired session, roundtable or workshop.

Proposals (which can be in English or French) should include a title; a 150 word description of the panel; and full contact information for the session chair(s).

Only members of UAAC-AAUC may chair or co-chair or present papers in conference sessions. Non-members who propose sessions will be required to become members in the event that their proposals are accepted.

Proposals are welcome from full-time faculty, independent scholars/artists, and graduate students: however, members are reminded that only graduate students in terminal degree programs may propose sessions and that a limited number of these will be accepted. Sessions that include a mixture of graduate students and faculty/independent researchers are also encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted by March 14, 2014. Visit the UAAC-AAUC submissions info page for complete details.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario