Ribbon is cut on the George Reid House!

Couzyn van Heuvelen, Duke Redbird, Sara Diamond, Jaime Watt and Gabriel Rojas Ruska
Friday, November 9, 2018

OCAD University’s historic George Reid House has officially re-opened following a dynamic renovation of the building, including the addition of Indigenous artwork created by Inuk artist Couzyn van Heuvelen.

The building’s refurbishment – as part of OCAD University’s larger, Creative City Campus revitalization project  ̶  includes the modernization of interior facilities, the creation of new event, meeting and program spaces, and the development of an enhanced circulation space with display opportunities.

“This renewed space allows for dynamic social gatherings with upgraded technology, re-establishing the house as a significant university and community asset,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “In addition to the benefit to students, the refurbishment provides a unique opportunity for an Indigenous presence, in honour of the university’s commitment to Indigenous learning, as outlined in our Academic Plan.”

OCAD University commissioned van Heuvelen to create permanent artwork following a call to Indigenous artists and designers to submit proposals for artwork to be permanently installed in the refurbished building.

Longlisted this year for the Sobey Art Award, van Heuvelen was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and now lives in southern Ontario. His work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives.

George Reid House is the original 1921 campus building of the Ontario College of Art (OCA) and the first building in Canada built specifically for the purpose of the education of professional artists and designers.
The renovation project is part of the Creative City Campus capital initiative and is funded by the Government of Ontario (through the Ministry Training, Colleges and Universities) and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario).

Large slate slab carved with two blue birds
Student Gabriel Rojas Ruska speaking at podium
Large slate slab carved with four red birds

Mark Jaroszewicz

Mark Jaroszewicz’s passions in material arts span over twenty years, and he continues to cultivate an ever-fresh philosophy of “just getting started.”  He started early on the journey as an artist, having his own studio space at seventeen. Mark furthered his exploration of diversity of media and techniques at the Ontario College of Art, graduating with honours in glass. His travels as a high-end faux painter and muralist throughout Asia and North America challenged and redefined his cultural definitions, broadening his standards of being a Canadian. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 2:30pm to 9:00pm

Brought to you by the OCAD University Ceramics Studio and student-run group, Throwing Club.

Unique and one of a kind... just in time for your holiday gift buying!

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
Mugs and other ceramics sale

Come Eat With Us

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:00am to Monday, November 17, 2008 - 5:00am

The inspiration for this exhibition is the everyday conscious and subconscious human interaction with material art and design through the utensils and materials related to the preparation or consumption of food.

Students from Jewellery, Fibre and Ceramics will participate in this juried exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario
MAAD presents COME EAT WITH US poster with text on plates with forks and knives at side

FAB.ulous Studios

FAB.ulous Studios
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, February 29, 2008 - 5:00am

By special invitation, Ceramics will be participating in the show this year. This exhibition will be presented at the Ontario College of Art and Design in the Great Hall. An eclectic mix of Art and Design projects will be featured.

The Exhibition runs from Tuesday Feb. 26th thru to Friday Feb. 29th.

Location: The Ontario College of Art and Design, 100 McCaul Street in the Great Hall.

This Exhibition has been generously supported by the Faculty of Art

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

World So Small

World So Small
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 4:00am

An exchange exhibit between ceramic students from OCAD and University of Regina in which they employ the material qualities and associative meanings of clay to investigate how we engage with others and the world. World So Small will coincide with Craft Year 2007 a nation-wide celebration of professional Canadian craft and was previously exhibited at the 5th Parallel Gallery in the University of Regina last winter. It is also being held in conjunction with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, September 29.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 285 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Concept to Commodity

Monday, September 24, 2007 - 4:00am to Friday, October 5, 2007 - 4:00am

This Material Art & Design exhibit will focus on the process of design from initial conception through to the creation of the finished object highlighting the work of 3rd and 4th year Ceramics, Fiber, and Jewellery students.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space (Level 2) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Why is ceramic art making a trendy comeback?

Award-winning ceramic artist Steven Heinemann talks about why ceramic art is making a popular comeback. Learn more about studying ceramics in OCAD U's Material Art and Design program. 

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Reflections on Culture and Identity opening reception

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 1:00am

For the final week of the acclaimed exhibition Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization, the Gardiner Museum will mount a lobby display of works by students in the Sheridan College Ceramics Program and in the Bead & Read Group and Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University.

Join us for the opening of an exhibition of works by students from the Sheridan College Ceramics Program, and a collaborative project created by students from the Bead & Read group and the
Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, in response to workshops led by artists Joanna O. Bigfeather and Jim Rivera from the Institute of American Indian Arts (Sante Fe, NM) and Kent Monkman’s The Rise and Fall of Civilization. This project was made possible with the generous support of the US Consulate General in Toronto.

Inspired by Kent Monkman’s large-scale diorama highlighting the decimation of the North American bison population, the lobby installation, entitled Reflections on Culture and Identity, was created in collaboration with two artists from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico—Joanna Bigfeather and Jim Rivera. Funded by the US Consulate of Toronto, Bigfeather and Rivera led workshops where students were able to explore the commonalities and differences between Indigenous visual arts practices in Canada and the United States. The results reflect a rich exploration of identity, shared history, and artistic expression.

Reflections on Culture and Identity will be on display in the lobby from January 5 to 12, 2016. Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization closes January 10, 2016.

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum 111 Queen's Park Crescent Toronto ON M5S 2C7

MAAD Thesis Exhibition

Photo of a studio
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to Monday, June 15, 2015 - 3:00am

The Material Art & Design thesis class will be showcasing their fibre, jewellery and ceramic work at Art Square Gallery & Cafe from June 1 to 14, 2015. The show will be split into two curated groups. The opening receptions will be held on June 3 and June 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. with light refreshments. The 2015 catalogue will be for sale at the event.

Venue & Address: 
Art Square; 334 Dundas Street West (right across from the AGO)