OCAD U student designs wallwork for Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Mural of a bridge on lower half of office wall
Thursday, May 11, 2017

For more than eight years, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) has been partnering with OCAD University through philanthropic and sponsorship opportunities.  Recently, OCAD University students were given a unique opportunity to develop a wallwork design for their Mississauga-based office.

Students were invited to propose an installation for the wall space outside the Human Resources offices at MBFS, while considering the particulars of the site, including the physical and social qualities of the office space. They were also asked to consider the cultural and social nature of the space and the surrounding area. MBFS compensated all students who submitted proposals for materials, in addition to artist fees for the winner and runner-up.

Syl Teszeri’s submission, Ambassadors, was selected among 14 entries. A Drawing & Painting student in his final year, Syl describes his work as “a wallwork of the Ambassador Bridge as a metaphor for the people and culture of MBFS, celebrating diversity in harmony with common ideas and ideals.”

The runner-up was Chaewon Kim, with her proposed Secret Aquarium: “A site-specific collage installation that explores through colour, the aesthetic value of plant and cultural diversity at MBFS in Canada.”

A true advocate of the arts, the generosity of MBFS has benefited our current students and helped shape the success of our graduates. 

OCAD U’s Drawing & Painting students benefit from the generous support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services throughout their graduating year. Each fall, MBFS organizes the ‘Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition’ at their offices and publishes the annual year-end publication showcasing the work of the Drawing & Painting graduates. A presenting sponsor at OCAD U’s annual Graduate Exhibition, MBFS also sponsors the OCAD U medal winner in Drawing & Painting.



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Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation donates $500,000

Carol Weinbaum with Sara Diamond
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00am

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to OCAD University to establish The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project.

The project will bring one international artist annually to the university for an eight-to-twelve week residency. The artist will participate in curriculum development, conduct public presentations and collaborate with students to create art and exhibitions. In turn, the students will travel abroad to the artist’s home community accompanied by a faculty member.

This winter, the project will support the residency of acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien. Five students will be selected to travel to London, UK to conduct field work, create art, establish collaborations and participate in discussions. In future years, larger groups of students will take part.

“The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation is delighted to invest in this transformational program at OCAD U, where students will engage with world-renowned artists and embark on international learning experiences,” said Carol Weinbaum, representative of the Foundation. “We are excited to help bring Isaac Julien to campus for the inaugural edition of the project.”

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has been a supporter of OCAD U for nearly 15 years by funding such events as the annual Graduate Exhibition and the Nomadic Residency Program.

 “We are grateful to the Weinbaums for giving this opportunity to some of the university’s most promising creative minds, enabling them to immerse themselves in the rich and varied landscape of global artistic practice,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor. “The Global Experience Project will expand OCAD U’s global connections to strengthen teaching and learning experiences.”

This fall, students will be invited to apply to the project with a letter of intent and a portfolio of their work. Participants will be chosen by a panel of OCAD U faculty.