OCAD U alumni among finalists in national painting competition

Oil painting of a young girl in a white coat
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 4:00am

Stephanie Hier (BFA, 2014) and Keita Morimoto (BFA, 2012) are among 15 finalists in the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Held in collaboration with Canadian Art Foundation, the 18th edition of the competition drew a total of 568 submissions. It is the cornerstone of the RBC Emerging Artists Project which focuses on supporting early-career artists. The program offers mentorship and exposure to a variety of audiences in addition to financial support.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000. Two honourable mentions will receive $15,000, and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each. The top three paintings will be acquired by RBC’s corporate art collection.

The winner will be announced on September 20 at the Power Plant in Toronto. To see the complete list of finalists visit canadianart.ca.


OCAD U students make it to the Finals of the IDeA Competition

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 5:45pm

The IDeA team at the Council of Ontario Universities is pleased to announce this year’s top finalists for the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Student Competition 2016. The following finalists have been invited to showcase their ideas at the 2016 celebration event:

  • High School Move-Able, University of Toronto

  • I Saw The Sign, University of Windsor

  • Pursue Your Potential, Carleton University

  • Lift, Carleton University

  • Aphasia Friendly Business Campaign, University of Windsor

  • Google Speech: Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety Through Virtual Reality -- Team: Kristen Thomson; Adam Badzynski; Eitan Markus

  • Accessible Closet Storage, Carleton University

  • uNav, University of Waterloo

The announcement of the 2016 winners will be held at the OCE Discovery conference at the MTCC in Toronto on May 10 from 3pm-4pm. If you are interested in attending the event, and have not already done so, please RSVP to Alex Hughes (ahughes@cou.on.ca) or reply to this email by Friday, April 29, 2016. Alex is also available to answer any questions that you might have regarding the 2016 IDeA competition or the announcement of the finalists.


Sculpture/Installation student wins First Capital Realty Public Art competition

Sculptural maquette, silver cylinders with bird like sculptures attached
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 6:15pm

Virginia Gail Smith, a third year student in OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation (SCIN) program, is the winner of the 2016 First Capital Realty Public Art Competition.

Smith’s sculpture, Urban Forest, combines casts aluminum and quarried stone and will be installed in Oakville, Ontario. Responding to ideas of sustainability and environmental stewardship, Smith’s project creates a space for conversation and relaxation for The Shops of Oakville South shopping centre.

Thirteen proposals were received from students in the Faculty of Art, the Faculty of Design, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, as well as submissions from recent OCAD U graduates. All of the shortlisted submissions will be on display in the Ada Slaight Gallery for the duration of OCAD U’s 101st Annual Graduate Exhibition (May 4 to 8, 2016).

Members of the jury:

  • Paul Aloisi, artist and instructor in the Faculty of Design, OCAD U

  • Matthew Hyland, Director, Oakville Galleries

  • Sandra Levy, VP People and Corporate Affairs, First Capital Realty

  • Mark Raynes Roberts, artist and architectural glass designer

  • Erica Segal, owner of the Julie M. Gallery

First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket- and drugstore-anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, has made a substantial commitment to sponsoring this public sculpture competition which is open to third- and fourth-year OCAD U students as well as recent graduates. As this year’s winner, Smith will receive a $5000 prize and First Capital Realty will cover the cost of fabrication, site preparation, transportation and installation of her sculpture. In addition, each of the shortlisted finalists will be awarded $350 for the production of a model, plus assistance from an OCAD U digital technician to create a professional 3D rendering of their models in situ for presentation. This year’s competition was coordinated by Derek Sullivan, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Sculpture/Installation program at OCAD U.

2 Industrial Design Teams make it to jurying at IDeA Competition

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 11:00am

The Council of Ontario Universities, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, is pleased to present the fourth annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition. OCAD U had 3 teams enter the competition and two teams have made it to the jurying process:

Universal Lightbulb Socket - Philippe Page

Google Speech: Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety Through Virtual Reality -   Team: Kristen Thomson, Adam Badzynski, Eitan Markus

Winners of the competition will be announced Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the OCE Discovery Conference ‘16.

Mary Baumstark - OCAD U's 3MT Winner

Mary Baumstark
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 4:00am

Mary Baumstark, graduate student in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program will join twenty doctoral and master’s degree students from across Ontario to present his/her research at the provincial finals of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT Ontario) on April 14 in Waterloo. 

The 3MT is a communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT challenges students to explain their research in plain language in just three minutes. This is not an easy task considering a full graduate thesis can be 80,000 words in length.

The 20 competitors in the provincial competition are all winners of local competitions hosted by every university in Ontario.

Sitting across from the competitors will be a panel of judges with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Invoking images of “American Idol,” the 3MT Ontario judges will score the quality of the presentations and the presenters’ ability to engage the audience. The judges for the 3MT Ontario are:

  • Rob Baker, guitarist for the Tragically Hip
  • David Meyers, chief executive officer of Iceberg Vodka
  • Susan Anzolin, chief financial officer for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
  • Ken Steele, chief futurist at Eduvation
  • Gohar Ashoughian, university librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

The judges will select winners of the 3MT Ontario, who will receive $2,000 in total prize money. As well, the top five presenters will move onto the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

The 3MT is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and is open to the public. More information can be found at wlu.ca/3MT.

The event will be livestreamed, starting at 10:00 AM, on Thursday, April 14 - https://livestream.com/cigionline/events/5142325


More about the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/contemporary-art-design-a...


Inside an Art Battle

Art Battle is a global live painting competition that pits a group of artists against each other to see who can produce the best painting within the allotted time. In 2009, Art Battle arrived in Toronto and held its first competition in The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W). Today, The Great Hall hosts a monthly Art Battle with world-class artists. I checked out a recent Art Battle to show you what these exciting events are all about.


The event begins with all spectators receiving a ballot slip. This is because the audience decides the winner of an Art Battle. Whoever gets the most votes after a round is declared the winner.  


The setup involves an ensemble of canvases side-by-side in the middle of the floor. This allows the audience to rotate around and look over the shoulders of artists as they’re painting.


Art Battles are usually 20-minute rounds with one painter per canvas. However, sometimes there’s a spin. These rounds allow teams of two painters to combine visions for a total of 30 minutes.

All the artists are given access to the same brushes and acrylic paint. No extra tools are allowed, and colours have to be mixed on-the-go. The variety of artistic styles at Art Battle range from hyperrealism to highly abstract, so you’re bound to like something no matter your taste.


And it has begun!


With the painting part of the round now over, audience members are free to peruse and decide which painting they think deserves to win. All paintings are then put into a silent auction for bids from the audience. Here are the final pieces:


Artists grab a beer and show off their other talents, such as breakdancing, to kill time while the crowd casts their votes.


The winner is announced. Congratulations to Leanna TenEycke and Sanjay B. Patel!


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OCAD University teams competing for $1 million Hult Prize

Photo of Team Zero members
Photo of Team Jade members
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:00am

Two teams from OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation Program will soon travel to regional rounds of competition for the $1 million Hult Prize. The prize awards the best social enterprise that can double ten million people’s income by the year 2020.

Team members in the Jade Initiative, Courtney Cooper, Vincent Galante, Ziyan Hossain and Lisa Hart, are heading to Shanghai to pitch their idea to leverage the value of trash to create meaningful jobs and clean cities in the developing world. The city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, for example, has 100,000 people who make their living as waste-pickers. The Jade Initiative would take these people out of the dump and create franchise opportunities and networks for entrepreneurs around recycling collection, on-demand junk removal and waste aggregation services.

OCAD U’s second group, Team Zero, is travelling to the regional competition in Boston. Calla Lee, Melissa Tullio and Christine McGlade will be pitching their idea to manage food waste. The idea would employ women in developing countries to collect food waste from restaurants, compost it and then sell it to urban farmers as fertilizer. Most megacities in developing countries don’t have any municipal compost collection.

The Hult Prize regional competitions are happening March 11 and 12.


Queen's Summit

Image from the competition
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 5:15pm

The Queens Start-up Summit is a University wide weekend long competition. Each year delegates are accepted from all over the province as designers, developers and general delegates. The aim is to create a start-up pitch ready for market within the weekend.

It is an annual initiative founded by the Queen’s Innovation Connector that supports the advancement of student entrepreneurship, providing an opportunity for students to collaborate, compete, and realize their potential.

This year OCAD University students were found in each winning team, claiming First prize of $5000.00 for ‘Spaces’. With different disciplines collaborating with their specific expertise, it is an important experience to diversify skills as well as an wonderful opportunity to have ideas funded.

1st Place: Spaces

Marvin Lau - OCAD U Advertising 
Igor-Manuel Aldomar Jurczyk - OCAD U Industrial Design

Alex Jin - Queens U
Praveeni Rasiah - Queens U
Maggie Ou -Queens U
Terry Zhang - Queens U
Ocean Cheung - McMaster 
David Huang - Waterloo

Spaces is a contextual furniture store run on an e-commerce platform

2nd Place: Edify

Grace Walker - OCAD U Graphic Design
Mickie Halpern - OCAD U Illustration

Taylor William - McMaster
Nicholas Rogers - Queens U
Evelyn Morris - Queens U
Newton Zheng - Queens U
Andrew Lawlor - Queens U

Edify is a app/program to connect students and tutors 

3rd Place: Breeze

Kamilah Carter - OCAD U Graphic Design
Chris Grouchy - Queens U
Anuj Arora - Queens U
Ankur Gupta - Queens U
Natu Myers - Queens U
Alex Adusei - Queens U

Breeze is a user friendly security system for employee devices



WAYHOME Competition Deadline

poster for Wayhome competition with deadline
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

WAYHOME Competition Deadline!

Open to all students and first and second year alumni.  We're looking for teams of students to design and build an interactive installation/spectacle onsite at the WayHome Music & Arts festival.

1st place $5,000 + $18,000 fabrication budget + WayHome passes

2nd place $1,000 + WayHome passes

Teams of 3-6 people may apply

Send submissions to:  ocadu.contest@wayhome.com 


Venue & Address: 
Send submissions to: ocadu.contest@wayhome.com
poster for Wayhome competition with deadline

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is a fast paced and exciting competition that challenges graduate students to distill the significance of their thesis work/research project to three minutes for a panel of judges and a diverse audience.

The Competition will be held on March 9th beginning at 9am sharp in the Student Gallery at 52 MCCAUL STREET. 


OCAD U Master's students who have  an approved Thesis  or Major  Research Project (MRP) proposal on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.
Deadline for Submissions is: Wednesday March  2nd, 2016


In three minutes or  less convey the  essence  and  significance of your  Thesis  or  MRP research using  only  a single slide. The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, on Thursday April 14, 2016.


  • The   top   presenter  will   receive $750  as  well   as  training  and travel support to  attend the regional competition at Wilfred Laurier  in April.
  • The  runner up  will  receive $500 and travel support to attend the provincial event.
  • The "People's Choice" award winner will receive a $100 gift  card, this award is voted on by the audience.


  • Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies to request an  application form.
  • You  must  submit a completed 3MT   application form to the Office of Graduate Studies (digi­tally) no later than Wednesday March  2nd, 2016
  • Please contact the  Office of Graduate Studies with any  questions
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
    • no animation or movement
    • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files)
    • No additional props (e.g. costumes or instruments)
  • Must present in-person
  • Must relate directly to student’s thesis/dissertation research
  • Presentations limited to 3 minutes
  • Adjudicating panel decisions are final


To learn more about 3MT, visit  their website www.threeminutethesis.org

Check out UBC’s 3MT page with tips on competing in 3MT: http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/participate/
Check out the 3MT videos from around the world here: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase


Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
416-977-6000 x 423
3MT Poster