Face Forward

Friday, September 12, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 5:00am

This special exhibition features sixteen established and emerging
contemporary artists and their approach to the genre of portraiture.

Face Forward presents a selection of drawings, paintings, photography,
sculpture and mixed media works by Natalka Husar, Gordon Becker,
OCAD Professor Maria Gabankova, Olexander Wlassenko, Marianne Reim, Eliza Griffiths, Yin-me Yoon, Srdjan Segan, Deborah Colvin, Teodoro Dragonieri, Vincent Pietropaolo, Henry Regehr, Gili Cohen, Jenny Wing-Yee Tong, Victoria Cowan and Erik Jerezano.

Venue & Address: 
The Varley Art Gallery 216 Main St., Unionville, Ontario

Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 5:00am

Organized by the University of Toronto Art Centre, Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design showcases both emerging and established designers and craft makers, alongside seminal artists who spearheaded the tradition of interpreting and celebrating Canadian countryside and wildlife in their artwork.

Guest curators Rachel Gotlieb and Martha Kelleher selected just over 100 pieces, to illustrate how artists, designers and craft makers, working over the last two centuries, have managed to transcend the pitfalls of kitsch and cliché, while creating universal works drawn from and inspired by motifs of Canadian identity: antlered animals, the beaver, the Canada Goose, the evergreen, the maple leaf, and the trillium.

By bringing together works from art, design and craft, often regarded by scholars and curators as distinct and separate disciplines, the curators also address this low art/high art bias by revealing that Canadian symbolic flora and fauna are vital sources of inspiration and discourse across the craft, art and design communities.

Works by the following artists are included in the exhibition:
Alumnus Mauricio Affonso, Stuart Ash, unknown Anishnaabe artist, Natasha Bailey, alumna Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Amy Bélanger, Douglas Boyd, Carol Bradley, Keith Campbell, Emily Carr, Clarice Cliff, Brent Comber, E.B. Cox, George Dancy, Robert Davidson, Dominion Glass Company, George Emery, Excelsior Glass Company, OCAD faculty member Todd Falkowsky, Bob Ford, Michael Fortune, Bud Fujikawa, Andrew Fussell, Frank Gehry, Gordon & Keith, Frédéric Guibrunet, former OCAD faculty member Emanuel Hahn, Thor Hansen, Lawren S. Harris, Cynthia Hathaway, Arthur Heming, Robert Hendery, Heather Cooper Company, Sabina Hill, Robert Holmes, Hothouse Design Studio, Elizabeth Wilkes Hoey, George Huel, A.Y. Jackson, Virginia Johnson, J.W. Kilgour & Bros., Yvon Laroche, Tilman Lichter, former OCAD principal Arthur Lismer, Loyal Loot Collective, former faculty member JEH MacDonald, Thoreau MacDonald, Anthony Mann, Eric Matthew, Laura McKibbon, David Milne, Minton, alumna Katherine Morley, Melissa Morrow, Earl Muldoe, unknown Northwest Coast artist, Ontario Glass Company, Charles Pachter, Pierre-Yves Pelletier, Reeva Perkins, Ann Pocket, Pierre Poulin, Christopher Pratt, Mark Preston, Bill Reddick, Bill Reid, Bo Scaife Casey, Elda Smith, Steven Tracy Smith, alumnus Robert Southcott, Guy St. Arnaud, Harold Stacey, Thomas Furnival & Sons, Thout Design, alumnus Harold Town, Oksana Ulisko, Frederick Arthur Verner, alumna Anneke van Bommel, Edward Walley, alumnus Don Watt, Joyce Wieiland, alumnus Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Thomas Wyon, alumnus Thea Yuzyk, and alumnus Tristan Zimmerman.

Venue & Address: 
University of Toronto Art Centre 15 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

When Lightening Strikes Twice

When Lightening Strikes Twice
Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 4:00am

Who: Vladimir Spicanovic & Amanda Clyne / Lindsay Page & Alex Kisilevich / Wendy Cain & Katherine Dynes / Francis LeBouthillier & Dan Eylon / Nicole Collins & Jacob Horwood / Michèle White & Erin Siegel / Anda Kubis & Anna Pantchev /Jennifer Long & Katie Skene / Jack Cassady & Amanda Nedham /Alexander Irving & Rachel MacFarlane

What happens when an established OCAD faculty artists team up with emerging student talent? Witness this unique collaborative energy at XPACE's first annual fundraiser. With twenty artists and ten pairs of new work, this is your chance to purchase work by established artists while supporting emerging artists and helping XPACE deliver exciting and innovative programming.

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

Art of Nature 2008 Auction & Sale

Art of Nature 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008 - 5:00am

Art of Nature 2008 is a fundraising sale of Canadian art inspired by the natural world – or by the degradation of the natural world. Some of the contributing artists are established and some are emerging. The work they donate ranges from the iconic to the ironic. Last year, Art of Nature contributed over $100,000 to Canadian environmental organizations, a splendid result for a first-time event.

The sale includes work by alumni Linda Montgomery, Joanne Todd, Rita Vindedzis, George Boyer, Norah Borden, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Dominik Modlinski, Brynley Longman and Mel Delija. For a full list of contributors or to bid, visit the website.

Venue & Address: 
Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

Call for Submissions: Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program – Spadina Museum

Friday, March 28, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, April 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Museum Board of Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House and Spadina Museum, as part of Toronto Culture, City of Toronto, and in partnership with the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and Romspen Investment Corporation is pleased to present the third annual Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program.

The residency is open to emerging artists creating two-dimensional paintings or drawings.

The 2008 residency will run from September 28 to November 2, 2008, at Spadina Museum.

The successful candidate will be required to be on site each Sunday September 28 to November 2, and present at an exhibit opening within two weeks of the end of the residency.

The program provides an opportunity for an emerging artist to explore the legacy of the museum site and express his or her vision for a 21st century audience.
The successful applicant can be any age, but may not be a student.

The program has been developed with the assistance of faculty and staff of Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). The program's jury will include representation from OCAD.

The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2008. Please note email or late submissions will not be accepted.

The recipient will be awarded:
- An honorarium of $2,500
- The use of a studio during museum hours
- Exhibition space for work already completed (subject to review), in addition to the work being produced for this award and
- Promotion of the final exhibition

This annual program commemorates Lynn Donoghue, who was a respected and critically acclaimed artist and portraitist. A member of the museum board, Ms. Donoghue was a strong supporter of the three historic houses – Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House, and Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens. The Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program continues the legacy initiated by John Howard of Colborne Lodge, founding member of the Society of Artists and Amateurs (1834); William Lyon Mackenzie’s printing endeavours; and the Austin women of Spadina through their patronage of the arts as members of The Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens was built in 1866 and occupied by the Austin family until 1982. The house is set on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds including rolling lawns, an intimate orchard and one of Toronto’s finest restored Victorian and Edwardian Gardens. The furniture, art and decoration are original to the house and reflect the Toronto art scene of the late 19th and early 20th century and its Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau influences.

The requirements, obligations and parameters of the program are outlined in detail in the Call for Submissions document. The Call for Submissions document may be requested by email to spadina@toronto.ca or by phone by calling Karen Edwards at 416-392-6910 x303. Spadina Museum is located at 285 Spadina Road, Toronto next to Casa Loma. A guided tour of the site can be arranged by calling Spadina Museum.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Mostly Cloudy With a Chance of Rain

Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 4:00am to Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 4:00am

Artist Michele Pred organizes and curates an exhibition spotlighting a group of ten students from the California College of the Arts. Through a variety of mediums these emerging artists explore the seemingly non-sequitur nature of their work, embracing the connections and connotations that develop when diverse practices and personalities are bound into alliance. The show will take place in the back gallery at Johansson Projects.

Participating Artists: Whitney Austin, Talia Cervetti, Daniel Cutler, Micaela McGurk, Bianca Mondragon, Anika Murray, OCAD mobility exchange student Neda Omidvar, Christopher Picon, Andrea Reina and Zephyr Yokoyama Roos.

Venue & Address: 
Johansson Projects Gallery 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, California

2008 Emerging Artists Series: Vivencia Poetica

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 4:00am

Performance/Installation by:

Diane Borsato + Stacey Sproule

Keith Cole + Diana Lopez Soto

John Marriott + Suzanne Caines

Keith Cole + Diana Lopez Soto perform:

ALMA: Anticipation, Transformation and Journey

Thursday March 13 at 8pm

Friday March 14 at 8pm

Saturday March 15 at 8pm

Erika DeFreitas' Brief Curatorial Premise:

This curatorial project would require an emerging and an established performance artist collaborating jointly, and in turn with participants within the space in which they work/present. I am interested in the relational aspects within the collaborative process between artists, and how it specifically pertains to questions of authorship, communication, tension,and pedagogy. I am certain that these collaborations will challenge the concept of relational aesthetics as it is outlined by Nicolas Bourriaud in his text "Relational Aesthetics."

Fado is pleased to acknowledge the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of our ongoing activities.

For more information and artists' bios please see



Image Credit: A Series of Minor Incidents by Diane Borsato and Stacey

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

Working It: Student Works From Printmaking, Publications & Photography

Photo of an art booth at the Union Station Holiday Market
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Visit us at The Union Station Holiday Market!

OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is pleased to partner with the Toronto Market Co. to realize this Career Launcher opportunity for student artist Tetyana Herych and upper-year students from the Photography, Printmaking and Publications specializations.
Booth curation by CRCP student Janine Arellano.



Venue & Address: 
Union Station 65 Front St. W.

Material Art & Design student honoured as an emerging professional

Laura Mitchell (photo by Ian Barnard)
Ring by Laura Mitchell (photo by Ian Barnard)
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1:15pm

Material Art & Design student Laura Mitchell recently won the Betty Skolnik Award for Emerging Professionals. Presented annually by JVS Toronto, the award honours “a young professional who is new to his/her career and who has a promising future ahead in their chosen occupation.”

Mitchell’s chosen occupation is jewellery design. “In summer 2015, I started my own business called Peace, Love and Jewellery through the Summer Company program,” says Mitchell. Through this program, Mitchell worked with a mentor — Daniel Clarke — from JVS Scarborough. Clarke helped her to improve her business and sell her handmade jewellery. “My mentor was so happy with my work and dedication that he nominated me for the Skolnik Award, and I ended up winning.”

52Cards Art Show

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:00am to 4:00am

52 Cards is an art show that will showcase 52 prints from emerging artists and designers from OCAD University - as well, we will be auctioning off 10 original pieces from these artists!

What makes this event different is that you won't know which print you are purchasing until the night of the show. Each print will be sold with a card so when you come to the event, you will see the print you've you've purchased!

We are hosting this event as a way to engage the public, art lovers and buyers to support the emerging and young talent here at one of Canada's most innovative institutions and introduce an new and exciting way to buy art.

Twitter: @52cardshow

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street, Toronto
$25.00 for admission + one print $5.00 for general admission Purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/52-cards-art-show-tickets-19263236860