Faculty of Art professor named artist in residence at Tanenbaum Centre

Simon Glass
From the suite "Isaiah 24:1-12," verse 5 (Giclee collage, 22"x44") (2015)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 3:45pm

Faculty of Art professor and visual artist Simon Glass has been named the 2015/2016 artist in residence at University of Toronto’s Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. His work is on view through to the end of April 2016 (Room 318, 170 St. George St., Toronto).

The exhibition includes nine pieces from 1996 to 2015. They include archival and original photographic imagery, combined with biblical, prophetic and liturgical Hebrew. “The pieces in my exhibition address Jewish history of the 20th century, as well as loss and translation,” explains Glass. “I am delighted to be the artist in residence, and I look forward to the opportunity to share my work in an exchange with the Jewish academic community in Toronto.”

Glass will deliver an artist’s talk at the Tanenbaum Centre on November 12 at 12 p.m. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: /edition Art Book Fair 2018

Call for Submission Career Launcher /edition Art Book Fair 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:15am to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:45pm

Opportunity Description

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the inaugural OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2018 from October 25 to 28, 2018.   

Emerging bookmakers, photographers, publishers, printmakers and ephemera-enthusiasts are invited to submit an application for a complimentary half-booth where you can sell editioned prints, books, or other artworks to a growing audience of over 10,000 artists, curators, collectors, and book-lovers.  

/edition Art Book Fair is produced annually in tandem with Art Toronto (Canada’s International Art Fair), and is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing in all forms and artworks created in editions. /editions Art Book Fair champions forward-thinking projects by artists, publishers, galleries, and organizations who share a similar mission to advance and strengthen Canadian and international art book initiatives. 

 

QUALIFICATION

  • Current OCAD U students (graduating in 2018-19) and recent alumni (who graduated in 2017 or 2018).

 

DEADLINE 
Friday, August 31, 2018

 

PARTNER
/edition Art Book Fair

October 25 - 28, 2018 

http://www.editiontoronto.com/

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Application form available here
  • 2 - 3 images of the proposed work.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION
Please submit completed application form and image attachments to the attention of Tak Pham with the subject line: /edition Career Launcher 2018 to tpham@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2018-edition-art-book-fair
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 977-6000 x361
Cost: 
N/A

Message in a Bottle

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Message in a Bottle, artists create hybrid arrangements out of materials that have been thoughtfully scavenged, collected and culled. These materials carry information and transmit messages as they traverse space, criss-cross time and shift context. Industrial, natural and domestic ephemera take on new forms, which reveal each artist’s considered regeneration of the material world.

Featuring artists: Erika Defreitas, Qendrim Hoti (OCAD U MFA alum), Ginette Legaré (OCAD U Professor), Laura Moore, Jennifer Murphy and Jacob Whibley (OCAD U alum).

Curated by Kristiina Lahde

July 21 – August 18, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, July 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Website: 
http://www.zaluckycontemporary.com/exhibitions/exhibitions-upcoming.html
Qendrim Hoti, Cafe Burri, 2018, Balkan style coffee pot, Canadian made screw driver handles, 7 x 17.8 x 5.7 cm

OCAD University hires five new permanent Indigenous faculty

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudensaunee, the Anishinabek and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand and create.

(Toronto – June 20, 2018) OCAD University (OCAD U) is pleased to announce the hiring of five new tenured/tenure-track faculty members who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. Suzanne Morrissette will join OCAD U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Peter Morin will join the Faculty of Art; and James MillerHoward Munroe and Melanie Printup Hope will join the Faculty of Design.

The hiring of these Indigenous faculty members is part of OCAD U’s commitment to decolonize, the first principle identified in the university’s Academic Plan 2017-2022: Transforming Student Experience. In addition to their teaching roles, research activities and service to the governance of the university, they will be key contributors to the ongoing development and decolonization of OCAD U’s undergraduate and graduate program curriculum, policies and initiatives. The hiring initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

OCAD University believes that Indigenous knowledges and cultures are of fundamental importance to the future of Canada, both to Indigenous individuals and communities, and to Canadian society. In the last decade, OCAD U created an Indigenous Visual Culture Program, one of the first of its kind to be established at an art and design university, and established an Aboriginal Education Council. Including national representation, the Council’s mandate is to recommend initiatives and share strategies that provide direction and guidance on the development of the program and supporting initiatives. 

“OCAD University understands that transforming education in response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada requires that we critically assess the settler social relations that underpin knowledge production and what constitutes knowledge within the university context and beyond,” said Dr. Gillian Siddall, Vice-President, Academic and Provost. “We are delighted to welcome these new members to the OCAD U community, who will help us create a more inclusive learning environment for Indigenous students. These are amazing scholars, artists, and designers, and they will make a tremendous contribution to the university.”

“OCAD University has been an agent of change for more than 140 years. Our commitment to decolonizing the curriculum is part of the evolution of education — both at our university and within the larger Canadian post-secondary education context,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “OCAD U was one of the first art and design institutions to launch a degree in Indigenous Visual Culture, which laid critical foundations from which to build. We very much look forward to working with these new faculty, and continue working in tandem with our Aboriginal Education Council, our Indigenous Student Association and all our faculty and staff to support the process to decolonize the institution and to recognize, acknowledge, implement and vitalize Indigenous visual culture.” 

Joining OCAD U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies:

Suzanne Morrissette
Suzanne Morrissette is a Métis artist, curator, and writer from Winnipeg. She received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2009 and an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2011. In 2017, Morrissette completed her PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University, which took an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the historical lineage behind contemporary perceptions of Indigenous political knowledge in mainstream North American society, particularly those which characterize resistance to state powers as aggressive or anti-progress. Looking at artworks by contemporary Indigenous artists, this research examines ways in which creative practice provides a generative site through which to confront and challenge these perceptions. This research has received SSHRC CGS and Provost Dissertation Scholarship support from 2013 to 2017 and has been nominated for the dissertation prize and Governor General’s Gold Medal for 2018. 

Morrissette’s research-creation projects include such recent exhibitions as our land, together at Harbourfront Centre (2015), Surface & Symbol: works by Jean Marshall at the Ontario Crafts Council (2013) and Definitely Superior Art Gallery (2014), and Blueprints for a Long Walk: works by Lisa Myers at Urban Shaman Gallery (2013). Her forthcoming curated project On Being Illiberal extends her recent research to problematize public perception of resistance movements in North America.

Joining OCAD U’s Faculty of Art:

Peter Morin 
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and writer. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin’s practice-based research investigates the impact zones that occur when indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism collide. This work is shaped by Tahltan Nation epistemological production and often takes on the form of performance interventions. In addition to his object making and performance-based practice, Morin has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery. In 2014, Peter was long-listed for the Sobey Art Prize. Morin holds a tenured appointment at Brandon University in the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department.

Joining OCAD U’s Faculty of Design:

James Miller
James Miller is a proud Kānaka Maoli of Hawaiian and Japanese American descent. He is a Sylff Association Fellow whose research focuses on the role of Indigenous knowledge in the production of a culturally supportive built-environment. Miller completes his PhD in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Oregon this June and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Miller has a diverse background in architectural practice, urbanism, and social entrepreneurship. He is currently working with municipal governments and non-profits in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to assist in creating culturally appropriate land use planning and climate adaptive building strategies through applied research. 

Miller’s research has been funded by the Sylff Association and the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award. Miller’s research has been published in the proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium 2017 Conference and received an ARCC King Medal in 2016. His paper “Colonial Legacy in the Marshall Islands: The Shaping of Everyday Cultural Patterns in America Town” will be presented at the 2018 International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference. Previous research has been published in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review Working Papers Series and the Proceedings of the International Association for the Study of People-Environment Studies.  Miller’s work has also been presented at the International Disaster Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Miller is a core member of the Collaborative for Inclusive Urbanism, a Program Director for Living Islands non-profit, and a Project Manager with Studio-E Architecture in Eugene, Oregon.

Howard Munroe
Howard Munroe is Red River Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is completing a contractually limited term appointment in OCAD U’s Industrial Design program. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Aboriginal Education from York University, a Bachelor in Technological Education from Brock University, a Bachelor in Industrial Design from OCAD University (Distinction) and a 3-year advanced Diploma in Furniture Design from Sheridan College.  His academic research focuses on introducing Indigenous ways of knowing into current Industrial Design research pedagogies to help establish protocols that inform systems, sustainability and manufacturing processes. Using an urban Indigenous lens, he explores how Indigenous knowledge can foster productive relationships between Indigenous peoples and the design community by introducing research methodologies that are bounded by Indigenous guidelines and protocols. 

Howard has lectured to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada on Innovation, Indigenization and Appropriation and sits on the Indigenous advisory council to the Toronto District School board. His Industrial Design practice focuses on designing custom furniture, lighting and custom designed projects for the home and is a self-taught luthier. Prior to academia, Howard was well established in the performing arts as a lighting designer, technical director, project manager and set fabricator for many major theatrical, television, dance, display and film projects and continues to consult in these industries.

Melanie Printup Hope
Melanie Printup Hope is of Tuscarora and European descent and was raised on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in New York State. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She is an Associate Professor Emerita at The Sage Colleges, Albany and Troy, New York and has also taught at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. She received a Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship in 1996 and has received additional awards and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund. Her biography has been included in Who’s Who Among America’s TeachersWho’s Who of American Women and The World Who’s Who of Women.

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca)is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

Media inquiries:

Sarah Mulholland
Communications, OCAD University
416-977-6000 Ext. 1327
smulholland@ocadu.ca

Refiguring Worlds

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 5:00pm

Refiguring Worlds

Sarah Davidson, Brendan George Ko (OCAD U Photography alum), Ginette Legaré (OCAD U Professor), Maryse Larivière, Ed Pien

Curated by Rebecca Travis  

July 19 – August 25, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 8 pm

BIRCH CONTEMPORARY, 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto. 416.365.3003

BIRCHCONTEMPORARY.COM

 

While ‘knowing’ suggests a fixed, established set of facts, ‘curiosity’ alludes to a perceptive and evolving inquiry. It is an open curiosity about the world, our connection to it and to each other that feeds the works in this exhibition. The works in Refiguring Worlds are anchored with references to traditional systems for knowledge and understanding –taxonomies, categorisation, documentation – but use these points of familiarity as a means to venture to more surreal, freely unchartered realms. In the process, we are invited to undo what we think we know about objects and representations of the natural world, allowing for new material and ecological narratives to emerge.

Venue & Address: 
Birch Contemporary
Website: 
http://birchcontemporary.com/exhibition/refiguring-worlds-sarah-davidson-brendan-george-ko-ginette-legare-maryse-lariviere-ed-pien
Image of Sarah Davidson, the secret life of plants (detail), 2017.

FOA Sabbatical Presentations: Barbara Astman, Richard Fung, Luke Painter & b.h. Yael

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Faculty of Art Sabbatical Presentations by Barbara Astman, Richard Fung, Luke Painter and b.h. Yael

Tuesday November 28, 12:30 – 2:30pm

 

BARBARA ASTMAN, PROFESSOR, PHOTOGRAPHY:  Professor Barbara Astman’s sabbatical objectives were based on furthering and expanding her practice based research. One of her objectives was to spend time in the darkroom to examine abstraction though the photogram process. The darkroom is her research laboratory and the methodology includes an examination of the material and tools available to create with hand made negatives in the darkroom. The negatives used for this research were clear glass, mainly figural vessels.   This methodology allowed for a greater questioning and reassessment of the potential of the photogram in image making, as well as allow for the art to thrive and progress.  This exploration also incorporated digital intervention as part of the study. The darkroom was our research laboratory and the methodology included an examination of the materials and tools available and or invented to fully utilize hand made negatives, using glass figural objects in both the colour and black and white darkrooms at OCAD U. 

RICHARD FUNG, PROFESSOR, INTEGRATED MEDIA/ART & SOCIAL CHANGE:  In 2013, Professor Richard Fung received a four-year SSHRC Insight research-creation grant, the principal deliverable of which was a feature length documentary, Re:Orientations, which revisits participants from my 1984 video Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians three decades later. The film considers the shifts and continuities in identities, politics and conditions facing people at that particular intersection of race, gender, sexuality and class. The fourth year of the project was designed for what SSHRC describes as knowledge mobilization, and that was the principal activity for my sabbatical year. In short, this involved organizing screenings and discussions of the resulting documentary film Re:Orientations at festivals, universities and community groups in Canada and internationally. During the year he also wrote a number of texts and realized another documentary film Nang by Nang. 
Luke

LUKE PAINTER, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DRAWING & PAINTING/ DIGITAL PAINTING & EXPANDED ANIMATION:  Luke Painter’s presentation will discuss two different but connected works created during his sabbatical: Modern Wand and The Teasers and the Tormenters. The Teasers and the Tormentors is a 3D animation that references and continuously transforms set designs from 20th century theatre, film and   illusion shows.  The work travels across different time periods, exploring the tensions between competing movements and making tangential, formal and narrative connections between references.  Through the use of mirrors in the animation, the viewer’s perspective shows the action outside of the camera frame which becomes a reflexive technique that allows the viewer a sense of awareness of the space beyond the set. Modern Wand is a number of sculptures that are amalgams and translations of historical design objects and furniture. They are fabricated in glass and wood through traditional and laser cut techniques and rest on a series of interconnecting and raised carpeted platforms. These sculptures convey organic, ornamental and anthropomorphic sensibilities with the appearance of holding the body and also physically suggesting the body at the same time.  The work offers a space for the viewer to imagine the often-contrasting themes of functionality and fantasy that played out in the 20th century in relation to art and design practices.  

b.h. YAEL, PROFESSOR, INTEGRATED MEDIA/ART & SOCIAL CHANGE: In her report of activities during her half-sabbatical, b.h. Yael will reference a number of projects, some completed and culminating over a few years of work, and others initiated and still in process of research and development. One work follows up on previous work around the politics of Israel/ Palestine, this time a consideration of images of witness and how these are perceived; the majority of the work is autobiographical in various media forms: documentation through a completed website, experimental animation, memoire writing, and photography.
Sze

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St., RM. 460, Toronto, ON
red hand on red background
photo of male dance in pose on the floor
image of colourful doors
illustration of woman reading

Yorkville Village Arts Festival

Yorkville VIllage Arts Festival logo
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the best spirit of artistic collaboration, the Yorkville Village Arts Festival is a joint initiative between First Capital Realty and Faculty of Art at OCAD University. Held annually at Yorkville Village, this cultural event showcases contemporary art works and events to promote the arts and cultural exchange in the heart of Toronto’s historic Yorkville district.

The Festival is a “one of a kind” project developed between FCR and OCAD U that features a juried exhibition of art by OCAD U students and recent graduates and a set of dynamic events that are programmed exclusively for the festival during the six-day event.

 

Artists:

Kaiatanoron Bush

Jasmine Cardenas

Tia Cavanagh

Chief Lady Bird

Hudson Christie

Michelle Cieloszczyk

Nicholas Crombach

Nicole Del Medico

Fiona Evans

Simon Falk

Jana Ghalayini

Mike Goldby

Brian Harvey

John Holland

Lindsay Kerrigan Holton

Kenny Lam

Vanessa Maltese

Pablo Oh

Pasi Paltanen

Rajni Perera

Wei Qi

David Constantino Salazar

Michael Seleski

Virginia Gail Smith

Louis-Philippe Tremblay-Chapdelaine

Quentin VerCetty

Alex Wood

Alex Yardley

 

Venue & Address: 
Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto
Yorkville Village Arts Festival flyer

First day to submit Major/Program Request Form for First-year Art students.

First day to submit Major/Program Request Form for First-year Art students.

Danielle Coleman & Mashayla Richie Abstract Works

Danielle Coleman and Mashayla Richie with a floral border.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 9:00pm

OCAD University students Danielle Coleman and Mashayla Richie present a series of abstract works in the Learning Zone Gallery.

Both artists bring a distinct approach to their work. Ritchie experiments with mixed media and texture, with application and technique, while Coleman introduces experimental materials and old world imagery.

Ritchie, an experimental abstract painter, presents studies and paintings that highlight her explorations with mixed media, texture and surfaces that reflect past emotions and mental states.

Coleman is an abstract painter obsessed with the element of kitsch and heartache. Her abstract works featured in this exhibit were created using "brash, hard edged mark making and floral imagery.

 

On until October 28

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1880133218730154/
Email: 
mchudolinska@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Indigenous art concept by Tannis Nielsen selected for Lower Simcoe Underpass

Detail from Tannis Nielsen's concept
Monday, July 17, 2017

The City of Toronto has announced that artist Tannis Nielsen has been chosen to create artwork in the underpass for Lower Simcoe Street between Station Street and Bremner Boulevard.

Nielsen, who is of of Métis, Anishnaabe and Danish ancestry, is a lecturer at OCAD University in the Painting and Drawing program. She has 20 years of professional experience in the arts, cultural and community sectors and nine years of teaching practice at the post-secondary level.

The two-stage art call for this project was open to artists who identify as Indigenous persons. The goal of this project is to beautify and animate the underpass with a mural that celebrates the voices, creativity and continued impacts of Indigenous Peoples and is representative of the local, historical Indigenous perspective. Nielsen's artwork will transform the underpass into a celebrated community feature.  

The mural will be painted this summer and its completion will be celebrated at an official unveiling event later this fall. As part of the implementation process, Nielsen will invite and mentor young artists from the local Toronto Indigenous community.

Launched in 2012, StreetARToronto is an initiative of the Transportation Services Division and managed by the Public Realm Section.

Poster: 
Detail from Tannis Nielsen's concept

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