New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk

New Generation Photography Award
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W.

Join us for a panel talk with the three inaugural recipients of the New Generation Photography Award: Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli. Moderated by Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries. Welcoming remarks by Dr. Duke Redbird.


View an exhibition of the winners' work at Onsite Gallery from May 5 to June 17, 2018 as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. More info here.


About the Prize
The inaugural New Generation Photography Award prize was awarded by Scotiabank in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, recognizes three young Canadians working in lens-based art: Elisa Julia Gilmour (Toronto), Meryl McMaster (Ottawa), and Deanna Pizzitelli (Ottawa).

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab, located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from April 13 to August 19, 2018. A second exhibition will follow, at OCAD University's Onsite Gallery, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, from May 5 to June 17, 2018.

Award recipients will also be included in education programming and present artist talks on May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2015, Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada with a $10 million gift, the largest in the Bank's history. The New Generation Photography Award is part of the gift's continued legacy.

For more information about the New Generation Photography Award, presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and Scotiabank, please visit:


2018 New Generation Photography Award Recipient Bios:

Elisa Julia Gilmour is an emerging Canadian artist producing still and moving images. Her work engages with the notion of ephemerality through gestural storytelling. Her most recent project, Éperdument (Madly) (2016), which included a three-channel video installation and a publication of short stories, investigates how a Corsican mythological figure has enlivened a contemporary sense of identity. She has exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and photography graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She was born and raised in Ottawa and is of Plains Cree/European decent. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her distinct approach to photographic self-portraiture has been influenced by her experiences working in and exploring remote Canadian landscapes, as well as by contemplations over the complexities of her family heritage. Her solo exhibition Confluence (Curated by Heather Anderson and originating at Carleton University Art Gallery) is travelling to four more venues across Canada.

Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator. She completed her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University, and her MFA at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on the emotional landscape, Pizzitelli uses analogue processes to explore themes of fantasy, desire, longing and loss. Her practice is motivated by the act of travel, the visual residue of her many intersections with landscape, wildlife and culture. Pizzitelli's work was recently exhibited at AIPAD: The Photography Show, New York, and Paris Photo, 2017. She has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland and Portugal. She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.


About Scotiabank:
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.


About the Canadian Photography Institute:
The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada is a creative and innovative centre dedicated to sharing, collecting, and questioning photography in all its forms. It brings people and communities together at the museum, online, and around publications to see, appreciate, and study photography.

The Canadian Photography Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery's Photographs Collection. The Institute benefits from the unprecedented support of CPI's Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict - the Gallery's partner, and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. For more information, visit: and follow CPI @canadianphotoinstitute.


About the National Gallery of Canada:
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan.


About Onsite Gallery:
Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and digital media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.


Image (left to right): Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli

Portraits - CONTACT Photography Festival

by Nino Ardizzi
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 5:00pm to Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

Part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Portraits is a group exhibition exploring portrait photography by OCAD U Continuing Studies students. It features a wide range of subject matter.

Please join us for the opening of Portraits on April 27, 2017 from 5-7pm at 285 Dundas Street West.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West
416-977-6000 x 2321

Open Call – CONTACT Photography Festival

Photo of guests at the Toronto Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

Open Call – CONTACT Photography Festival

Portraits is a group exhibition exploring portrait photography by OCAD U Continuing Studies students. It features a wide range of subject matter.

Exhibit your work in the annual Toronto Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. This call is open to all Continuing Studies student photographers.


Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West

April 27 - June 8, 2017 | Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5 – 7 pm

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5 pm

Email to: Lindsay Maynard, 

While submission fees are not required, regretfully artist fees can't be paid at this time. You must provide work(s) ready to be installed/hung. Work(s) do not require a frame, and there are no size requirements.  

If you are interested in being a part of this exhibition, please submit the following electronically in ONE EMAIL (text in one attached word document – no PDF’s please):  

  1. Image(s) – low-res of work(s)
  2. Statement of work – max 300 words
  3. Biography – max 100 words
  4. Link to your website – optional  

Please note: This call is open to all current and former OCAD U Continuing Studies students. Not all submissions will be chosen to participate, due to limited space and thematic coherence.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West


Friday, May 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Since its conception, photography has been used as a tool for preserving the past. Traditions build around the photograph have come to determine ways of reading these objects of memory. The artists in this exhibition explore these traditions while expanding on the physicality of the photographic object itself. In these works, different readings of the photograph are featured that elaborate on the conventions of photography to attain a more vivid experience with the past.

Curated by Stuart Sakai.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario

XPACE Cultural Centre Call for Submissions

XPACE logo
Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:00pm

XPACE is seeking individual artist proposals of image-based work (photography, film, video, photo based printing, etc) for a curated exhibition to be part of the 2008 CONTACT Photography Festival. Under the theme, "Between Memory and History", CONTACT looks to examine the relationship between images and their accumulative role in constructing memory and history. XPACE seeks to facilitate this exploration with an exhibition of image-based works that push the boundaries of image making, encouraging submissions of work with a strong experimental focus. This includes, but is not limited to, film, video, photo-based printing, installation and performance. In addition to the submission package detailed below, XPACE suggests applicants express in their artist statement how CONTACT's theme "Between Memory and History" relates to the proposed body of work.
Read the CONTACT 2008 thematic essay at
In the submission package please include the following:

- Project Description

- Artist Statement

- Technical Requirements

- Curriculum Vitae

- 5 -10 Support Images
Please send the submission package to the following address by 6pm on Friday Nov. 23 to:

CONTACT 2008 Submission

Attn: Stuart Sakai

XPACE Cultural Centre

58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Y7


Light and Shadow

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:00pm

Light and Shadow is part of the CONTACT Photography Festival and features works by artists who have completed photography courses in Continuing Studies at OCAD U.

Opening: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West, Mon-Fri, 9-5
416-977-6000 x 2321
Photograph of a woman by Kristin Lay

Scotiabank Contact Photography Exhibit

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 4:00pm

The annual Contact exhibition (part of the Scotiabank Contact photography festival in Toronto during May), from May 9 to 31st will slow in the Great Hall. it will feature the work of photography students from the Design department as well as the work of some photo/fine art students and faculty.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street The Great Hall
free to everyone

Graduating Photography students exhibit across the city this spring

Young woman obscures face with crystal against vintage wallcovering
Nude male stands half obscured by door
Pressback chair with hand shot in square of sunlight
Image of glowing embers in cave of grasses
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University Photography students are papering the town with their art this spring.

Twenty-seven graduates of OCAD U’s Photography program (thesis option) will showcase their images in this year’s centennial Graduate Exhibition as well as the prestigious Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

The CONTACT show – The Fortune of Having Been There – will be divided into three “volumes.” Each will be curated by a third-year student from OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practices program:

  • Volume I: May 14 to 24 (Opening reception: May 15)
  • Volume II: May 25 to June 2 (Opening reception: May 28)
  • Volume III: June 3 to 10 (Opening reception: June 5)

The volumes will unfold at The Project Gallery (1109 Queen St. E.), and the curators will attend their respective opening receptions.

Before that month-long exhibition gets underway, those 27 visionary photographers will present their work at OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition – the biggest in the university’s history. The hundredth anniversary of this annual gathering of graduating students’ art, design and digital-media projects is open to the public from 6:30 p.m. on April 29 until 5 p.m. on May 3.

Four of the 27 also have works included in another CONTACT show: Revolution. All the participants in Revolution are students in OCAD U’s International Collaboration Studio course. Visit the exhibition at the Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St., from May 10 to 25.

Mirrors and Lenses

photograph by Maxime Bocken
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

CONTACT Photography exhibition in the Office of Continuing Studies

Part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Mirrors and Lenses, examines identity and the human body. Featured are works by 30 emerging artists from photography classes in Continuing Studies at OCAD University. The exhibition is open for viewing M-F 9am-5pm, April 24 to July 10th. An opening reception will be held Thursday April 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Office of Continuing Studies At OCAD University 285 Dundas Street West M-F 9am-5pm