OCAD University Senate Meeting

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 3:15pm to 6:15pm

The Senate is responsible for the establishment and regulation of academic policy, standards and procedures at OCAD University. In particular, the Senate and its many committees are in charge of all matters pertaining to OCAD U’s academic resources, academic programming, academic strategic planning, student affairs and any other such matters relating to academic issues. Membership of Senate consists predominantly of senior faculty, but also includes undergraduate and graduate student representation, as well as a representation of the academic administration.

At least seven regular Senate meetings are held between September 1 and May 31. Senate meetings take place on the last Monday of every month, from 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., unless otherwise stated.  The Senate includes the Senate Executive Committee; Senate Academic Policy & Planning Committee; Senate Academic Standards Committee; Senate Undergraduate Studies Committee; Senate Graduate Studies Committee; Senate Student Appeals Committee; and the Senate Quality Assurance Committee as well as a number of sub-committees.

To learn more visit the Senate website.  Stay up to date on upcoming elections on the Senate Elections website

Venue & Address: 
322, 230 Richmond Street West

Security Considerations for International Travel with Mobile Devices

OCAD University employees should understand that special considerations may apply when encrypted devices are taken outside of Canada. Staff and faculty must be aware of restrictions to avoid the confiscation of their device, or other penalties and should contact the countries that they are planning to visit to determine what the requirements are in those jurisdictions.Computers and laptops managed by OCAD U IT Services have encryption enabled on them. We recommend employees set up encryption on personally-owned devices if they are using them for OCAD U related work. 

Supporting Students in Distress workshop for staff, faculty and interested students

Introduction to the university protocol, and brief workshop on noticing and engaging with students in distress. Facilitated by the Health & Wellness Centre. 

Office of Research & Innovation honours faculty members

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OCAD University’s Office of Research and Innovation has announced the 2016/2017 recipients of The OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity: Emma Westecott, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Science and Patricio Dávila, Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Design. 

The award recognizes promising, recently-appointed faculty members for their outstanding promise to be distinguished researchers, scholars, artists and designers within a university context. The goal of the program is to support the development of a culture of research, scholarship and creativity within OCAD University.

The Office of Research and Innovation also announced the 2016/2017 recipient of The OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity: Johanna Householder, Professor, Faculty of Art and Graduate Studies, and Chair, Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

The award recognizes faculty members for their outstanding portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.
As Canada's university of the imagination, OCAD University offers a depth and breadth of undergraduate and graduate critical inquiry. The university engages in art and design research and creative practices through a diversity of perspectives, methods and approaches.

IAMD Faculty Exhibition - Luke Painter: Modern Wand

painting of abstracted flowers
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 7:00 pm

Luke Painter’s art practice explores the relationships between historical and contemporary design and art movements by creating formal, narrative and tangential connections between them.  In this current exhibition titled, Modern Wand, Painter has created a number of sculptures that are amalgams and translations of historical design objects and furniture.

More information on the exhibition: http://ideaexchange.org/art/exhibition/modern-wand

More information on the IAMD program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/art-media-design-masters.htm

Venue & Address: 
Preston Gallery, 435 King Street East, Cambridge, Ontario
Kay Nadalin, Publicity and Promotions Assistant, knadalin@ideaexchange.org

OCAD U's Teaching Exhibition

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

The fourth annual OCAD U Teaching Exhibition will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2017. This one-day exhibition explores key issues in art and design higher education. Sessions are facilitated by faculty, for faculty and participants will have opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary discussions with colleagues from across the institution.  

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Creative Education: a curated collection of works that visualize, investigate or analyze teaching practice, while provoking reflection on the process of teaching at OCAD University.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, 113 McCaul St, 5th Floor rms. 510A & 512
Teaching Exhibition Logo

OCAD U exhibition opens at Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Dean Vlad Spicanovic with exhibiting artists
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:00am

The eighth annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) opened November 16 with a reception at the company’s Mississauga offices. Artists, MBFS staff and guests wandered the office space as though it were a gallery.

Over 90 works by students, faculty and alumni are positioned throughout the offices, corridors and boardrooms of the company with the goal of giving staff an inspiring, creative environment and appreciation of the work of emerging artists. The exhibition will remain in place for a year.

Stefan Karrenbauer, President and CEO of MBFS Canada announced that the Mississauga office made its fourth purchase of work for their permanent collection, a painting titled Vigilante (Watcher) by recent graduate Diego de la Rosa.  

MBFS has supported OCAD University to a tune of over $152,000 since 2009. The company has also recently pledged $64,000 over two years to support GradEx, the Drawing & Painting Medal Winner Award, the Drawing &Painting Entrance Scholarship and the Drawing and Painting Graduate Catalogue. The company’s Drawing & Painting Medal Winner award has been increased to $5,000, and the Drawing & Painting Entrance Scholarship has also grown to $5,000



Four paintings on a blue wall with chair below
Rei Misiri
Woman standing in front of series of 4 paintings

Francis LeBouthillier, Faculty of Art, presents Making Digital Matter: From Analog to Digital & Back Again

Francis LeBouthillier, image of fetal skeleton in hands_research related work
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Francis LeBouthillier, Faculty of Art, Making Digital Matter:  From Analog to Digital & Back Again

This presentation will include new developments from Francis’ Making Digital Matter Surgical Training Fetus Project. This project involved the development of a series of fetal models that were created directly from MR and CT scans employing the technologies of 3D printing. Francis will also present a series of fetal and maternal models used to simulate fetal anomalies to provide surgical training for a group of international surgeons at the recent Fetal Growth Conference hosted by Mount Sinai and the University of Toronto. This body of work represents the culmination of over 16 years of research, development and collaboration with fetal surgeons and researchers.

Coffee and light snacks will be served.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, Room 187
Faculty Talk
About Francis

Critique Night with Colette Laliberté, Faculty of Art

photo of Colette Laliberté and two participants in conversation
Friday, November 18, 2016

Critique Night with Colette Laliberté  November 17 at 7pm

The Latchman gallery will hold a critique night with Colette Laliberté for artists in the area.

Colette Laliberté will lead a lively and encouraging critique session. Bring a work of art for her and the group to discuss or just come and listen and learn. Register in advance for critique spots as there only 12 available.

Colette Laliberté is a practicing visual artist and professor of drawing and painting at ODADU


Venue & Address: 
Latchman Gallery, 6240 Main Street, Stouffville, Ontario
Everyone is welcome. $10 suggested donation.

Other Worlds

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell with artists and Dr. Robert Luke, OCAD U’s VP Research & Innovation.
Visitors admiring the artwork on display
Chief Lady Bird standing with her artwork on display at Other Worlds
Graphic red/orange background, red wrapped package on red patterned table structure
mask like sculpure made of polyurethane tubing
image of the back of a woman in traditional first nations clothing with stylized landscape background
Photo of woman's back with teacups on her shoulders
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 5:00am

Other Worlds An exhibition of works by OCAD University faculty and recent graduates opened at Queen’s Park on September 20th.  The show includes media from photographs and paintings to sculpture and fibre art. It features the work of 19 artists:  Omar Badrin, Kotama Bouabane, Jessica Bromley Bartram, Trudy Erin Elmore, Michelle Forsyth, Mara Gajic, Chung-Im Kim, Nancy King (Chief Lady Bird), Jean-Luc Lindsay, Dorie Millerson, Yasemin Oncu, Luke Painter, Doug Panton, Alejandro A. Rebollar Heres, Andrew Rucklidge, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Amy Swartz, Laura Thipphawong, Janine Wheeler.  Members of the public are able to view the exhibition in person on selected days (Monday to Friday) during tours of the Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. To enquire about visiting, please call the Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations Branch at 416-325-0061 or visit the website of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Other Worlds. The title conjures up imaginary places, new psychological spaces, and supernatural beings.

Graciously hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Other Worlds is an intentional bringing together of the formal with an idiosyncratic and diverse representation of our OCAD University creative community. In this exhibition, you will encounter highly experimental artistic practices set within the ceremonial and historical context of the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

OCAD University embraces imagination in all its forms. Like the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, we observe and honour tradition. A vibrant part of the university’s history, in fact, is preserved at Queen’s Park, where paintings by George Reid, a former principal of the Ontario School of Art (as OCAD University was known a century ago), proliferate across the hallowed walls of the provincial legislature. Additionally, OCAD University’s special remit is to push boundaries, challenge culture, and critically question society’s modes of production. For 140 years, our institution has nurtured unbridled—and sometimes radical—creativity, which has helped shape culture and create prosperity in Ontario, Canada, and far beyond.

Other Worlds is hard evidence of the innovation, intelligence, and skill for which OCAD University stands. A conscious and spirited engagement with the present state of the world is the ethos running throughout all the pieces. Among the varied strategies the artists employ are humour, visual and perceptual play, and the unexpected use of materials.

Thematic cohesion, meanwhile, can be found through the artists’ individual interpretations of landscape and personal space, and by subtle commentary on personal identity. Expressions of culture, politics, and sustainability are deftly handled, while the sensual and even strange use of materials generates engagement, causing the viewer to take a second glance and question each artwork’s intention. In addition, a critical gaze is slyly present, displacing preconceived notions and easy interpretations. By the time you leave this exhibition, we are confident you will have been nudged to look a little deeper and to place yourself in the “other worlds” of these artists have invented.

Despite our outward differences, both OCAD University and the Lieutenant Governor, as important Canadian institutions, stand for many convergent values, most notably those of diversity, democracy, and the sustainable protection of our environment. We play different roles in society, but our work impacts one another in that we both encourage education and the active participation—especially of young people—in democratic decision-making and governance.

As a group exhibition, Other Worlds is a wonderful learning experience for OCAD University graduates and their teachers. We are grateful to Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor for hosting Other Worlds, and we know that all the participants will be thrilled by seeing their work in these marvellous rooms.

Anda Kubis, Associate Dean, Outreach and Innovation, Faculty of Art, OCAD University

Jana Macalik, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University

Venue & Address: 
Lieutenant Governors Suite Queen's Park Toronto, ON
Other Worlds poster with assorted images from the presentations