Call for Submissions: Willows for Wellness

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:15pm to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:45pm

"Willows for Wellness" is having an Open Call For Submissions, an Exhibit, and will host three (3) Interactive Workshops on the subject of mental health awareness and advocacy!

We encourage works that specifically relate to Alzheimers Disease but are interested in works in all kinds of mediums and media that address personal relationships to mental health, themes of advocacy and work promoting awareness!

  • Submissions are due November 1, 2018, 11:59 PM.
  • Applications will be reviewed November 1 to 4, 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted with further details by November 5, 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If your work requires technology/equipment for display it will be the responsibility of the Artist/Designer to provide the equipment themselves. Internet connection cannot be guaranteed.

Please Submit To:

Workshops will be facilitated by the following "Willows For Wellness" members:

  • Nora Bahgat: A baking enthusiast, Nora will guide you through a relaxing and fun session of decorating delcious, baked, gluten-free vegan goodies!
  • Kaya Joan: Hit the books! or rather make one! Zine building with Kaya will help bring your inner author to life through drawing and text work!
  • Hekter Franklin: Keeps us up to date with whats hip! Join Hekter as they show us how to get down and funky with acorn instrument creation!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 9 PM
Location: 49 McCaul Street

Willows for Wellness is a not-for-profit organization that hosts mental health awareness events, in effort to educate spectators about various mental illnesses and how they affect those who struggle with them through interactive workshops, art exhibis and inofrmational talks. This months event is focusing specifically on Alzheimers disease and a portion of sales from the silent auction will be donated to the Alzheimers Society of Toronto. The goal of our exhibition and workshops event is to address mental health and seeks to provide a safe space where people can have a conversation about stigma and mental health awareness.

We want to thank you all for your interest and aim to show as much work as possible!
Remember to practice both Self Care and Self Love, reach out to a trusted loved on and remember you are not alone and more than what you struggle with.

Much Love,
Willows For Wellness

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street
Willows for Wellness Graphic

Exhibition Opportunity and Job Opportunity

Exhibition and Job Opportunity
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:15am to Monday, November 20, 2017 - 11:45pm

This year OCAD University is hosting the 2017 Manning Innovation Symposium on November 30 in the Great Hall. We'd like to display 2D student artwork in the space during the event, already existing artwork is welcome.

Please send your online submissions to Karen Kwon at

Submission deadline is November 20 at 11:59pm.

Job opportunities for student monitors during the event on November 30, please contact if you have any questions.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, The Great Hall, Room 270
(416)977-6000 ext. 4782

Scarborough Mycological Foray

Scarborough Mycological Foray Invite
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

This informal, family-friendly mushroom-gathering foray in the Highland Creek Ravine at the University of Toronto Scarborough will provide opportunity for participants to collect and study wild mushrooms and enjoy nature.


The walk will begin from the Doris McCarthy Gallery promptly at 11 am and will go forward rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch — light snacks and refreshments will also be provided.


Please dress for the weather, wearing good walking shoes and pants you can tuck socks into (for avoiding scratches/insect bites if going off path). It's recommended that you bring a basket in which to collect the mushrooms, and a folding pocket knife to cut them. Additional recommendations can be found on the website of the Mycological Society of Toronto.


This program is part of Outdoor School, an ongoing series of artistic and educational activities by Diane Borsato, Amish Morrell and various community collaborators.

Venue & Address: 
Walk begins from the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 10 am, returning at 2 pm, first come, first served

Terry Shoffner's work at the Art Emporium Gallery in Arkansas

Terry Shoffner
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Terry Shoffner, Illustration Professor, has a current exhibition of his watercolour paintings at the Art Emporium Gallery in Fayetteville, Arkansas through mid-October. He will be talking about his work and signing prints for up to 7,500 invited guests on September 23 at a reception in the gallery. 


Fiona Smyth and Jason McLean at Glenhyrst Art Gallery

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

The artwork of Illustration Sessional Instructor Fiona Smyth and Jason McLean articulate a liminal state somewhere between good and evil, negative and positive, life and death. Say "Hi" to the Sun is a deliberatley whimsical title that speaks to the distinct character of their body of work. The sun is a symbol of energy and paradoxically, a dangerous entity hanging in the sky. It references a fantastical conversation with worlds existing beyond our own imaginary dreamscapes steeped in reality but are executed with imagination. What we find are records of experience and possible futures. Little histories of the worls in which we share. 

* Reception, Thursday July 27
7:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
20 Ava Rd, Brantford, ON N3T 5G9
Fiona Smyth and Jason McLean at Glenhyrst Art Gallery

Ken Vickerson at Makers Extravaganza

Ken Vickerson Maker Extravaganza
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

Material Art and Design Tenured Professor Ken Vickerson will be showing his cigar box guitars with collaborator Mark Brose at the Maker Extravaganza at the Toronto Reference Library this weekend, July 8th and 9th! Find him on the 3rd floor, booth 309. 

Check out the video below or at this link which starts with our MAAD alumna Danica Drago's bike powered potters wheel! 


Here are some highlights to expect at the Maker Extravaganza this weekend:

- Watch robot builders compete in an all weekend ROBOT BATTLE
- Keep an eye out for the giant whale puppet & cardboard mammoth
- Meet over 100 makers and check out their projects + process
- Take part in a drop in workshop – knit a neuron, pick a lock or solder your own LED light up trash panda 
- Experience an interactive installation – including VR and projection art
- Fuel up at a food truck – grab a poutine, ice cream or coffee

More event info here too: 

Venue & Address: 
Toronto Reference Library. 789 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2G8
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OCAD U student work on display at The Museum of Illustration in New York City

Sarah Alinia Ziazi "Her Prologue"
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:45pm to Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

Congratulation to seven OCAD U Illustration students, whose work is on display at The Society of Illustrators’ 2017 Student Scholarship Competition at The Museum of Illustration in New York City:

Andrew Watch "External Goods"

$4000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award*


KaYoung Lee "The Dog Walkers"

$1500 The Warby Parker Visionary Scholarship*


Varvara Nedilska "The Collector"

$1000 The Nancy Cheadle Scholarship Award*


Sarah Alinia Ziazi "Her Prologue"

$500 The Jonathan LeVine Gallery Blurred Line Scholarship Award*


Kendra Yee "Spam"

$150 In Memory of Ed Benfro*


Marlee Jennings Wanderer"


Wenting Li "Hanging Gardens"

The exhibit features the works of more than two hundred of today’s top college level illustration students.  A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, have chosen the most outstanding works created throughout the year. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used.

The Society, as well as other generous private and corporate donors, grant scholarships to the top students featured in the competition.
The exhibit runs through June 3, 2017 and the students’ work will be published in a full-colour catalogue.


*The Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship 2017 Award Winners

More information here.


Venue & Address: 
128 East 63rd Street New York, NY 10065
Sarah Alinia Ziazi "Her Prologue"

Cdot Design Pioneers Exhibit + RGD Design at Work Exhibit

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, October 31, 2008 - 4:00am

In case you missed it earlier this year, the Cdot Design Pioneers Exhibit will return alongside the 2008 RGD Design at Work Exhibit for a free public viewing at Metro Hall.

Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) presents the Cdot Design Pioneers Exhibit which recognizes the local designers who helped define a design discipline and some of Canada’s most recognizable brands. This exhibition features many OCAD alumni and former faculty members, including Stuart Ash, Hans Kleefeld, Burton Kramer, Clair Stewart, Don Watt, and many others whose early design work will be jointly exhibited.

View a rare collection of historic design pieces and learn about the local designers who designed them.

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario) presents the 2008 Design at Work Exhibit. This juried exhibit of professional graphic design demonstrates how design creates value for business. From annual reports to websites, consumer packaging to promotional literature, each Design at Work project is a miniature case study of how design can impact a client’s ability to communicate messages to key stakeholders.

Please join Cdot and RGD Ontario as we collaborate to celebrate groundbreaking work, both past and present, in a single venue.

Venue & Address: 
Metro Hall, Rotunda 55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario

OCAD University at Pride Toronto 2015!

Rainbow ferris wheel
OCAD University celebrates PRIDE
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 4:00am

On June 26, 27 and 28 OCAD U will be hosting The Swing Lounge at the 

Pride Street Fair in the Church-Wellesley Village!

Conceived and built by OCAD U students and recent alumni The Swing Lounge marks OCAD U’s presence at Toronto Pride this year. Unlike conventional booths in the Pride Street Fair, The Swing Lounge invites participants into a 10’x10’ installation space to engage with stories and experiences representing the diverse voices of members of LGBTQQI2SA communities at OCAD U.

 OCAD U community members can be a part of this project in two ways:


for OCAD U students,former students, faculty, and staff!

  1. Volunteer with us to help us represent OCAD U at the Street Fair June 26th, 27th and 28th.

Join our team to welcome Pride Street Fair guests into our space and share your experiences about Pride and OCAD U. Drop by for an hour or swing with us for a whole day! We’ll provide you with an OCAD U t-shirt, keep you hydrated and make sure you have a lot of fun. Email if you would like to join our team of OCAD U Pride 2015 volunteers.

  1. Submit a transcript and audio art work as part of The Swing Lounge

Have your voice heard at the OCAD U Pride installation!  We are inviting stories and audio clips from members of the OCAD U community. 

 What does “pride” mean for you, as an LGBTQQI2SA  person and/or ally? How has being LGBTQQI2SA  and/or an ally shaped your views about community and belonging? How has being LGBTQQI2SA  and/or an ally shaped how you see the world?  What inspires you and what sparks your creativity, as an LGBTQQI2SA  person and/or ally? Were there any LGBTQI2SA role models, while at OCADU or outside, who inspired you or affected how you think? If so, what would you like to say (or even sing) to them? How can LGBTQQI2SA  persons and/or allies create social change? How can we make a difference?


Alumna exhibits at "grass-roots" contemporary art fair in New York City

Georgia Dickie Sculpture
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:00pm

Georgia Dickie (BFA, Sculpture/Installation, 2011) recently exhibited at one of New York City’s most dynamic and growing contemporary art shows: the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) fair.

Hailed in the New York Times as a “mine of grass-roots creativity” and a “go-to destination for art world insiders and collectors looking to take the pulse of the next generation of artists,” the fifth NADA show in New York City brought together 103 exhibitors from around the globe. “NADA is great,” Dickie says, “because it’s young and it actually feels like people want to be there. I’ve developed relationships at NADA with some really great artists from New York and elsewhere over the past few years.”

Dickie, who was a 2011 OCAD University medal winner, has a deep interest in found materials and their inherent limitations. She explains that her work, including the pieces she included at NADA, “addresses the complexities of contemporary object-based practice.” At NADA, Dickie was part of the exhibit curated by Toronto’s Cooper Cole Gallery. Earlier this year, she was the Canada Council for the Arts artist-in-residence at Acme Studios in London, England.