Partial Gallery x OCAD U Artist Showcase

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 11:00am

Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for OCAD U Faculty of Art students and alumni. A select number of OCAD U students and graduates are receiving complimentary 1-year Pro Accounts on Partial and inclusion as featured artists within the OCAD University Artist Showcase on Partial’s online platform.

Congratulations to the first 15 alumni recipients of this opportunity! These recent grads will be showcasing their works, as well as administrating artwork sales and rentals to the public through Partial’s platform. The recipients were selected from an open call to new OCAD U grads, juried by Faculty Members and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

Additional benefits include:

  • A dedicated artist profile page
  • Active promotion of their work by OCAD U's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
  • Listing on Partial’s artist directory
  • Smart insights about their artwork
  • Pricing Guide
  • E-commerce capabilities for art sales plus rental & payment plans their art
  • Trade Access: access to set decorators, designers, and stagers
  • Priority Artist support
  • Insurance Protection on all art rentals/rent-to-own plans
  • Low 16% transaction fee on any sale/rental

OCAD U’s partnership with Partial Gallery commenced in October 2018. Three students from Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Material Art and Design, all involved in the Design4 program, were placed with Partial Gallery to work on developing a high-fidelity interactive mock-up as a prototype in order to optimize Partial's Dashboard. The results of the student’s work launched in Summer 2019 with Partial’s implementation of the dashboard feature and artist user experience improvements.

Art & Design Graduate School Fair 2019

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Meet more than 20 of North America and Europe’s best art and design universities at Toronto’s biggest art and design graduate school fair!

Graduate school can help advance your career, deepen your practice or extend your research interests. This is your chance to learn more about MFA, MDes, MA/PhD programs throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. You’ll also get the answers you need at two Expert Panel Sessions.

Attend this FREE event on
Tuesday, October 8 from 11 am to 3 pm
OCAD University, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion
115 McCaul St., Level 3, Toronto

Full details online:


Funding Your Grad School Experience
12noon – 1pm, Level 2, 115 McCaul St.

Successful Applications & Research Statements
2 – 3 pm, Level 2, 115 McCaul St.


Alberta University of the Arts – MFA in Craft Media Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 

Emily Carr University of Art + Design 

Faculty of Communication & Design - Ryerson University 

Goldsmiths, University of London 

Glasgow School of Art 

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design - University of Toronto 

Master of Digital Media @ the Centre for Digital Media 

MIT IDM - Integrated Design & Management 

NSCAD University 

OCAD University - Graduate Studies 

Parsons School of Design 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

School of Visual Arts – Graduate Studies 

Schulich School of Business - Master of Management 

University of the Arts London (UAL) 

University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences 

University of Windsor – Master of Fine Arts 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers 115 McCaul Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

Call for Applications - INLAND 2019 Career Launcher

INLAND and the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD) are excited to announce the INLAND Career Launcher; exclusively for OCAD U Material Art & Design students and recent graduates.

Call for Applications - Come Up to My Room 2020 Career Launcher

The Gladstone Hotel and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) are excited to announce the return of the Come Up To My Room Career Launcher; taking place January 16 - January 19, 2020 at the Gladstone Hotel. 

Vanessa Dion Fletcher: Curiosity and Quillwork

Opening September 10, Vanessa Dion Fletcher's solo exhibition Curiosity and Quillwork demonstrates an appreciation for repetition and pattern-making using and diverging from traditional quillwork forms. The exhibition is a part of Vanessa's year-long residency at OCAD University. Curated by MFA Candidate Adrienne Huard. 

Vanessa Dion Fletcher: Curiosity and Quillwork

 Image: Shifting Focus, digital video, 10:00 minutes, colour, sound, no language, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Vanessa Dion Fletcher’s solo exhibition Curiosity and Quillwork demonstrates an appreciation for repetition and pattern-making using and diverging from traditional quillwork forms. As a mode of working through complicated limitations of colonial impacts, on language and limited access to traditional Indigenous knowledge. Dion Fletcher interacts with visual and creative means as a way of connecting to her ancestral relations and reclaiming her culture. The exhibition features three new works: Zigzag in twenty-nine parts (2019), a series of works on paper; Shifting Focus (2019), a microscopic digital video; and Advancing Colors (2019) a delicate installation of an ornate pattern that emulates the traditional practice of birch bark quillwork.

The exhibition and reception is supported by the City of Toronto’s Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnership Fund, the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University, the OCAD U Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers and the Delaney Family Foundation.

ASL Exhibition Blurb:



Tuesday September 10th from 5-7pm
ASL Interpretation provided.

Exhibition runs through Friday, September 20, 2019



Accessibility: The Ada Slaight Gallery is located on the second floor of OCAD University’s 100 McCaul Street location. Curiosity and Quillwork is located in in room 225 of the Ada Slaight Gallery. Enter through 100 McCaul Street’s main doors located on the west side of McCaul Street, there is a ramp and a flight of stairs to enter the building. Inside the lobby one can get to the second floor by going up the spiral stairwell or elevator to level 2. There are two sets elevators in the lobby. Only the two west-facing elevators (behind the elevators facing the main entrance) will go up to level 2. On level 2 make a right turn down the hallway. The exhibition will be located to the left. Service animals may accompany visitors at any time. Visit for hours of operation.

Public transportation & Parking: OCAD University’s 100 McCaul Street location is accessible by the TTC via the Dundas Street Streetcar. The closest accessible TTC station is St. Patrick. Paid street and underground parking is available around the University.

The exhibition includes work that can be touched, and ASL interpretation at the opening reception.

Questions? Contact Shellie Zhang,
416.977.6000 x3706



Vanessa Dion Fletcher graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with an MFA in performance. She has exhibited across Canada and the US at spaces such as Art Mur in Montreal, Eastern Edge Gallery Newfoundland, The Queer Arts Festival Vancouver, and the Satellite Art show Miami. Her work is in the Indigenous Art Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Joan Flasch Artist Book collection, Vtape and Seneca College. Over 2019, Vanessa received support from the City of Toronto Indigenous partnerships fund to be Artist in residence at OCAD University.



Adrienne Huard is an Anishinaabekwe born in so-called Winnipeg and is currently based in Tkarón:to/Toronto. She is registered at Couchiching First Nations, Fort Frances, Ontario. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography, she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in art history at Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Huard graduated from Concordia in April 2018 and is currently attending OCAD University’s graduate-level Criticism and Curatorial Practice program.

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery Room 225, 100 McCaul St. OCAD University Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1W1

Call for Applications - Design4

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Friday, August 2, 2019 - 2:15pm to Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:00am

DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at midnight


Design4 is an externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper-year design students in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES). Students can also be studying in the Faculty of Design at the Masters level (MDES).


Students will be selected out of a pool of applicants and will have the chance to work part-time in small multi-disciplinary teams for up to 6 months, with the goal of addressing design challenges proposed by employment partners.

Throughout this experience, students will have direct support from The Centre of Emerging Artists and Designers, while receiving critical guidance from project mentors.

Employment partners will be drawn from among four distinct groups, hence the name Design4:

• New start-up ventures
• SME private enterprise
• The cultural sector/ The Arts
• Social innovation/ not for profit


OCAD U’s principles of decolonisation, diversity & equity, sustainability and health/wellness are guiding considerations for the Design4 program.

The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers will be prioritizing support for the Indigenous & Black Youth Design Initiative developed by the Faculty of Design within the context of Design4.


• Deep industry insight and the chance to build meaningful creative professional relationships that will enhance future employment outcomes
• The opportunity to put discipline-specific design skills into practice and reflect on the portfolio-worthy work that gets produced
• The creation of an institutionally supported community of practice on campus


Current upper-year students in the Faculty of Design in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES) or at the Masters level (MDES)


  • Resume that includes full contact information (name, phone number and email)
  • Links to online portfolio
  • Cover letter


Please send your application to Zviko Mhakayakora,
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora at the above e-mail address.


Call for Applications - /edition Art Book Fair 2019 Career Launcher

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2019 from October 24 to 27, 2019.

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:15am

Congratulations to Eugenia Chan (Material Art & Design 2018) and Elise Conlin (Illustration 2019) who were presented with awards at the recent 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). 

Elise received the 2019 Student Purchase Award, judged by House of IDEA and Eugenia was recognized with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award.

Both Elise and Eugenia were participating at the event as recipients of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher, along with 8 additional recent ILLU and MAAD grads. A full list of recipients can be found below. The Career Launcher recipients were provided with complimentary booths and the opportunity to exhibit in the 58th year of this annual event.

Now in its 58th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada's largest and longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. The TOAF was established to nurture excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary work to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 360 exhibitors and attracts 115,000 visitors each year at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.



Eryn Lougheed
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Elise Conlin
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Xulin Wang
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Vivian Chang
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Sze Ngn (Mikayla) Li
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Vincie Cheung
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Fiona Chen
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Hiu Tung (Akatsuki) Siu
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Skye Stutt
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Eugenia Chan
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Congratulations to Eugenia Chan (Material Art & Design 2018) and Elise Conlin (Illustration 2019) who were presented with awards at the recent 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF).