T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 5:00pm

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries
Core exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Free public reception
Wednesday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.


T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

T.M. Glass is a digital artist based in Toronto, whose practice explores the historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions of photography to stretch it beyond its traditional definition. The works have been showcased in multiple solo exhibitions and held in private collections in the Canada, the United States, Britain, France, and Australia. Glass turned to photography as the primary mode of production after studying sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design and pursuing a distinguished career in writing and production for film and television. Glass uses rapidly advancing digital technology to celebrate the beauty of nature.

With writing contributions from art historian Jennifer Franks, OCAD U faculty members John Deal and Amish Morrell and University of Houston professor Lynn Voskuil.

The exhibition brochure is available online here.


Free Public Events
Public events developed by Linda Columbus, Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery

  • Digital Photography Portfolio Review
    Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Tuesday, April 30 at noon
    An opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to have a selection of their digital photography work reviewed by professional lens-based artists Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh. Each registered participant will be assigned a time slot with one of the three reviewers.
  • Arts & Crafts Garden Visit
    Co-presented with the Toronto Botanical Garden
    Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Friday, May 24 at noon
    Join T.M. Glass, Onsite Gallery and the Toronto Botanical Garden for a special visit to T.M. Glass’ traditional Arts & Crafts Garden. The artist and the Toronto Botanical Garden will lead a tour of the garden and speak about the flowers in bloom, gardening and the history of Arts & Crafts Gardens.
  • Artist and Curator's Exhibition Tour
    Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join T.M. Glass and Francisco Alvarez for a tour of T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers, while they discuss the artist’s process, interest in flowers and travels to international museums and gardens.
  • The Language of Flowers: Workshop with Karen Azoulay
    Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Brooklyn-based artist Karen Azoulay for a talk and interactive experience that will explore the symbolism of flowers.
  • Oil Infusion Workshop with Kat Mahon
    Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery's Facebook page as of Tuesday, June 18 at noon
    Join us for a presentation on flowers throughout history, highlighting the specific uses of certain flowers then and now for their medicinal and therapeutic purposes. This will be followed by hands-on workshop where participants create their own oil infusion. Everyone will leave with their artistic jar of flower-infused body oil to take home.
  • Complexity versus Simplicity: Historic Influences on the Contemporary Work of T.M. Glass
    Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
    Jennifer Franks will discuss the pendulum swing between complexity and simplicity throughout art history, while highlighting the historic influences in the contemporary work of T.M. Glass.
  • A Man Named Pearl Film Screening
    Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. When Pearl Fryar and his wife sought to buy a house in 1976 in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, South Carolina, they were dissuaded with the explanation that "Black people don't keep up their yards." Instead of fueling bitterness and anger, this comment motivated Pearl to become the first African-American to win Bishopville’s Yard of the Month award, and, eventually, to transform his ordinary suburban yard into a horticultural wonderland. The topiary garden's centerpiece emblazons both its message and Pearl's own philosophy: Love, Peace, and Goodwill.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
416-977-6000 x456
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new me

Certified: Exhibition in Continuing Studies at OCADU

Event Poster featuring an painting of 2 kids in front of a background with butterflies
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:30pm to Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

An exhibition featuring artists who have completed a Continuing Studies certificate at OCAD University.

The Office of Continuing Studies offers six certificates that provide formal recognition of completed qualifying courses. Students must complete five courses within three years to qualify for the certificates to qualify for the Digital Media Skills Certificate, Art and Design Studio Skills Certificate, Photography Studio Skills Certificate, Web Design and Development Skills Certificate, Theory and Criticism in Art and Design Certificate, or the Certificate in Business Skills for Creative Professionals.

Works in the exhibition include Paintings, Drawings, Photography, Digital Design, and Video.

Open Mon- Fri, 9am-5pm

Reception: Thursday, February 4th, 5:30 - 7pm

Venue & Address: 
Office of Continuing Studies @ OCAD University 285 Dundas Street West
416 977 6000 x 2321

40, i nuovi 20 - forties are the new twenties

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to Monday, November 30, 2015 - 2:00am

40, i nuovi 20 - forties are the new twenties  is an exhibition that celebrates the milestone 40th year of OCAD University's Florence Off-campus Studies Program. Students from the 40th year of this one-of-a-kind studio-based experience will showcase their works, 40 pieces from 20 artists and designers, alongside a curated archival display celebrating the incredibly rich history of the program.

Monday, November 23 to Sunday, November 29

OCAD University Great Hall

This exhibition is generously supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall, 2nd Floor 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON
2015 Florence students

The Laundry Series by Teresa Ascencao

Teresa Ascencao, Pinning
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 12:30pm

Teresa Ascencao, sessional instructor at OCAD U,  photograph's herself in various interactions with clothing. Each set explores a growing repertoire of body language associated with her struggles with clothing, domestic labour and folk rituals. Second-long automated exposures capture unnoticed and continuously dissipating moments between clothing and the human body – moments known only to the body and the clothing themselves. The moments range from sensual and nostalgic, to strenuous and dramatic. Dressing hovers between sensual play and frantic disrobing to disrupt a feminine identity. Pinning of freshly washed clothing was performed and shot in her mother’s backyard while she watched. Folding of freshly dried laundry piles up against a garden backdrop. Spinning is inspired by my heritages of Azorean folklore dancing and Brazilian carnival. Here, Teresa tied heaps of dirty laundry to my waist while she spun for the camera.

Teresa Ascencao gratefully acknowledge Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, for their support of this project. 



Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work examines social constructs of body language, costume, customs, and inner corporeal experiences. Her folk and pop inspired artworks employ concept-related media and technologies that invite audiences to play with iconographies and scenarios involving gender, seduction, consumption, and class. Teresa Ascencao was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally.


Venue & Address: 
A Space Gallery, 110-401 Richmond St. West
info@aspacegallery.org aspacegallery.org
Digital Screen: 

Monsters and Clothing

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00pm to Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

Come and see the unique character designs from the imagination of two OCAD illustration students, Eunice Lai and Becky Wu. Enter their world of wonderful monsters and creatures, and an array of extravagant and modern outfits. This exhibition also features a collaborative four piece painting of two giant monsters!

On at the Learnig Zone Gallery until March 2

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext 2529
Photograph of acrylic painting called Portrait of Monsters by Eunice Lai and Becky Wu

Call for Applications - Ossington Public Exhibition 2019

Career Launcher Ossington Public Exhibition 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 10:45am to Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:00am



DEADLINE: February 25, 2019

Hullmark Developments and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Ossington Public Exhibition Career Launcher for senior students and recent graduates from the Faculty of Art.

The exhibition will open in April 2019 at 12 Ossington St. Toronto. The selected proposal will be mounted in a boutique-like space with large window opening out to the busy Ossington street. Due to current access restriction at the building, curators are encouraged to propose projects that can be experienced from the outside. Selected proposal will receive a project support of $ 2,500 from the CEAD. 


  • Must be Faculty of Art upper-year students or recent graduates from OCADU in 2017 or 2018.
  • Proposal must have at least one (1) designated curator.
  • Proposal must be a group show exhibiting at least three (3) artists. 
  • Curators cannot be exhibiting artists.
  • Proposal must commit to paying minimum artist’s fees per CARFAC schedules or higher. 


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email), and a confirmation of eligibility. 
  • One-page curatorial statement.
  • CVs and bios for all artists and curators.
  • Maximum 10 support images in jpeg following naming format: 01_ExhibitionTitle_ArtistName.jpeg
  • An image list including: artist name, title, year, medium, size/ duration (for media work). 
  • Budget proposal. 


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF with separate support images to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca

Visit www.careerlaunchers.format.ca for full details.


416-977-6000 Ext. 361

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 11:15pm to Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 5:45pm

Every artist has that work that they've lost inspiration for or simply ran out of time to do and never finished; this exhibition aims to shine a light on those neglected pieces. It's a sort of ode to the constantly-travelling, fickle mind of the artist; the unconventional processes; the abandoned. The exhibition also aims to explore the true concept of "finished", and it's finality-how does one decide that? Is an artist's "unfinished" another viewer's "finished"?

Featuring: Petra Alexson, Gregorio, HollyJo, Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez, Salisa Jatuweerapong, Eunice Lai, Par Nair, Moira Ness, Em Ratkovsky, Mikhail SK, Janet Tran, Aghavni Vardanyan, Emilia Wilson, Maryam Zaraimajin.

On until February 2


January 17, 2019

6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 2529

Parting Lines II

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 5:00pm

Parting Lines II is a group exhibition showcasing work from students of the Mould Making Studio courses in Continuing Studies at OCAD University.

Curated by Lauren Schaffer and Camille Rauton.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery 285 Dundas Street West
Parting Lines II Poster

Talking Wellness OCAD U! Exhibition

A speech bubble with text about how wellness at OCAD U could be improved
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

Art and Design Education (ADEL): Community has been investigating various concerns around how we might achieve a healthier art and design education community at OCAD U. We have taken this up through personal observation and in conversation with the staff at the Health and Wellness Centre. Our intention has been not to suggest definitive policy changes nor do a rigourous quantitative research but rather to explore, as artists, through personal discovery and dialogue, what we might envision as an ideal – or even imaginary – healthy community for those who study, teach and work in art and design at OCAD U. This exhibition presents creative voices in declamatory dialogic as they imagine a healthy thriving community for OCAD U.

Please join us to celebrate and feast at the opening reception, November 28th at 2pm. 

Artists/Researchers: Jerad Beauregard, Rhys Castro, Tara Clews, Tania Costa, Hana Elmisry, Zen Huang, Cori Jin, Nataly Kais, Angie Ma, Kaylee Meyer, Kais Padamshi, Cleopatria Peterson, Ariella Polisuk, Sam Young

Project Co-facilitators: Tal Sofia Braniss, Marta Chudolinska, Pam Patterson, and Robyn Shaw.

Thank you to Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, FoA for providing assistance for mounting this exhibition, Marta Chudolinska and the Learning Zone for encouragement and direction, and Amanda Hotrum and Cathy Cappon, ODESI, for resources and support.

A special thank you to the Health and Wellness Centre (HWC) OCAD U for partnering with ADEL artists/researchers and providing goodies: Robyn Shaw, for taking on the role of one of the project facilitators who, with Courtney Ward, Nathan Klaehn, Alanna Fletcher, Tamara Aleong, Alex McLaren, Sarah Cree, Kaitlyn Young, met in many one-on-one conversations with students, and to the HWC administrator, Gloria Han for co-ordinating all these meetings.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Call for Submissions: Black Richness Art Exhibit

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:30am to Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:45pm

The OCADU Blxck Student Association (OBSA) is seeking work from black students, alumni and other artists and/or designers for an exhibition called, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry.”

This exhibition will run from 1st to 28th February 2019 and will be on the list of the events that take place as part of Black History Month at OCAD University.

This exhibition will explore themes of Blackness in different parts of the world, Black wealth, employment, culture and tradition, education, the effects of colonialism and how it affects black identities alongside stereotypes of black people, while aiming to celebrate the present. If we must move forward we have to address the past.

From injustice to inequality, “Black Richness: The Untapped Potential of our Ancestry” urges Black artists and designers to think and also reflect on the “what-ifs” of our past.
▪️ What if we were never taken as slaves?
▪️ What if we were never colonized?
▪️ How does that affect us now and how have we as communities decided to grow tremendously with that deeply rooted trauma instilled in us?
▪️ How are we affected physically, emotionally or mentally?

We are accepting works in any medium: Installation, Poetry, Music, Design, Sculpture, Video, Performance, Photography, Material, etc.

▪️ Artists are allowed to submit 1-2 works only.
▪️ Mostly finished works (WIP) will be accepted.
▪️ Send 2-3 pictures of the piece(s) you would like to be considered for the exhibition.
▪️ Photos must be JPEGs OR PDF, including dimensions.
▪️ Include a 250-word artist statement describing your work, in PDF
▪️ ALL Works must be submitted to blackexcellence.obsa@gmail.com

The Deadline to submit is DECEMBER 10TH, 2018.
Accepted applicants will be notified around December 15th.
Completed works MUST be completed AND delivered by January 21st, 2019.
~Due to the nature and subject matter of this exhibition, students that self-identify as Black will be given priority.~

Co-curated by Ehiko Odeh and Kaylee Meyer

OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Black Richness call poster