Stephen Andrews: McCain Artist-in-Residence

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 9:00pm

The Faculty of Art Photography Program, with the assistance of the McCain Residency Fund, is pleased to present an artist talk with Stephen Andrews, Artist-in-Residence in the Photography Program working on a project in the Epson digital lab during the month of March.

Andrews begins his residency with an artist talk on Thursday, March the 6 at 4 pm in Central Hall, Rm 230. All students are encouraged to attend, especially those in thesis as the talk has been set up to work within this schedule.

Stephen Andrews international known artist living in Toronto and New York. Over the last twenty five years he has exhibited his work in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Scotland, Ireland, France and Japan. He is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Belkin Art Gallery as well as many private collections. His work deals with memory, identity, technology, and their representations in various media including drawing, animation and recently painting.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Rm 230, Level 2) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

OCAD U Big Ideas Fund

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Monday, January 13, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, January 27, 2014 - 5:00am

For more information and an online application form visit

Apply Now! Deadline January 27th, 2014

What’s your BIG IDEA to make OCAD U more inclusive?
We need you, OCAD U’s creative thinkers, artists and designers to make this happen. You choose an equity issue that is important to the OCAD U community and come up with a creative response – and we will give you $1,500 and mentorship to bring your idea to life.

What types of Ideas will be considered?
Your idea could be anything (really, anything): an interactive installation, an event, a flash mob, a website, a design solution, a short film, an art exhibit, a data visualization, a zine…you tell us.

The only requirements are that it be feasible within the $1,500 budget, can be completed within three weeks in February 2014, and you can convey how it will advance equity or build a more inclusive community at OCAD U.
If you’re not sure about how something will be executed yet, that’s OK. Just have a solid concept and initial thinking about how you would get it done.

What if I’m selected and then struck by this feeling that I have no idea what I’m even doing which then causes me to spiral into existential doubt?!
Winners will be matched with a staff or faculty mentor who can support you in realizing your project. If there is a specific mentor you would like to work with, let us know. If not, we will work with you to find the right match. Additionally, Diversity & Equity Initiative’s Student Advisory Committee will be available to help you problem solve if needed.

We will also be filming, photographing and meeting with you to capture the successes and challenges of your project. Winners will be featured in Woven, OCAD U’s annual spotlight on equity initiatives on campus.

Who can apply?
Open to all OCAD U students. Students from all disciplines and levels of study are encouraged to submit ideas.
Applications can be submitted individually, in a group, or as a class. If you are applying as a class, please speak to your instructor first.

Is it easy to apply?
Indeed. Just complete and submit the attached submission form by January 27, 2014, 9:00am. You can drop it off in-person at the office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives (115 mcCaul St, level 2) or email an e-copy to

The Office of DEI’s Student Advisory Committee will then review submissions and invite short-listed students for an informal meeting between January 27- 31, 2014. This will be a chance to give more information about your idea and how you plan to spend the $1,500.

Three (3) Winners will be announced in the first week of February

When do I have to complete my project by?
You have February 10–28, 2014 to complete your project, which includes reading week.

What do I get again?
• $1,500 paid up-front!
• Mentorship!
• Be featured in Woven

What can I use the $1500 towards?
Your $1,500 grant can be used towards almost any expense needed for your project – such as materials and artist fees for yourself and individuals assisting you.

What is the Diversity & Equity Initiatives (DEI) Student Advisory Committee?
DEI’s Student Advisory Committee is a group of OCAD U students who are committed to equity in art and design education. The committee brings a student perspective to OCAD U’s equity initiatives by participating in strategic planning and governance on campus. The Student Advisory Committee is also leading the launch of the OCAD U BIG IDEAS Fund.

Membership for the 2013-14 year is:
Bianca Channer, Advertising / Integrated Media
Olayide Madamidola, Environmental Design Major, Onyx Society Member
Shonda White, First year, BFA Indigenous Visual Culture
Geordie Graham, First year, M.Des in Inclusive Design.
Academic interests: improving access to health care and information technology systems for marginalized groups.
Hillary Cluett, Second Year, MAAD Jewellery Major. Student Union Executive
Juli Kim, Fourth year, Drawing and Painting, International student.
Olya Levina, Fourth year, Drawing & Painting Major

Big Ideas Fund - Community Grant
In addition to the student grants, one $1,500 grant is being awarded to the OASIS Skateboard Factory (OSF) – an alternative high school where courses are offered with a skateboard and street art focus. OSF’s class will be working alongside OCAD U students to prepare a project idea.

For more information about OSF, visit

The OCAD U Big Ideas Fund is an initiative of the office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives, in partnership with OPSEU and OCADFA, and generous donations from the office of the Vice-President, Finance & Administration, and Project 31 (contributions from Vladimir Spicanovic, JJ Lee & Hugh Martin)

For more information and an online application form visit . If you have questions or would like to request an application form in alternative format, please email us at



OCAD University and the Métis Nation of Ontario establish endowment to support Métis students

Monday, August 23, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — August 23, 2010) The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), in partnership with OCAD University (OCADU) is thrilled to announce the establishment of the Dr. Tony Belcourt Endowment Fund for Métis in the Arts.

“It is an honour to be in partnership with such a successful and acclaimed University. Because of the introduction of this fund, Métis students will have greater opportunities for future careers in the arts,” said MNO President Gary Lipinski. “It is important that we encourage our youth to grow and to learn and to support them in all their endeavours.”

The award will be established in recognition of the Métis Nation of Ontario’s founding president, Tony Belcourt’s more than 40 years of service to the nation and Métis people. It will serve as acknowledgement of Dr. Belcourt’s invaluable role and continued leadership excellence across Ontario and Canada.

“OCAD University is strongly committed to building an Aboriginal Visual Culture Program”, said Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University. “We’re honoured that the Métis Nation of Ontario has chosen to support OCADU students of Métis descent in recognition of their founder. The Dr. Tony Belcourt Endowment Fund for Métis in the Arts will provide support for a Métis student to undertake research and creation that is rooted in their culture. The Endowment Fund is a welcome addition to our existing student funding, and aligns with OCADU’s deep commitment to Aboriginal culture and diversity.”

Once established, the bursary will be open to Métis students residing in Ontario who are pursuing arts and design related careers through OCADU’s superior programs.

Belcourt would like to see the endowment fund not only have enough revenue to support bursaries for Métis artists but also enough to support a scholarship, especially for further studies on Métis history and Métis art in history.

“The MNO’s contribution has been the building block to help this fund grow. My hope is to give back by holding fundraising events,” said Belcourt. “I’m very grateful to MNO for making this possible. It’s truly an honour to me personally but it is going to be a tremendous benefit to Métis people who want to consider art as a career.”

Belcourt’s three children are all involved in arts careers and were part of the reason that OCADU was chosen for the bursary. “President Lipinski brought the idea to my attention several months ago and after considering other institutions, my kids all said, ‘it’s gotta be at OCADU, dad.’”

Belcourt hopes that the introduction of the endowment fund will create a greater profile of Métis art at OCADU.

About the Métis Nation of Ontario
The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique history, culture, language and territory that includes the waterways of Ontario, surrounds the Great Lakes and spans what was known as the historic Northwest. The Métis Nation is comprised of descendants of people born of relations between Indian women and European men. The initial offspring of these unions were of mixed ancestry. The genesis of a new Aboriginal people called the Métis resulted from the subsequent intermarriage of these mixed ancestry individuals.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information or to request images, contact:

Rebekah Wilson, Registry and Communications Assistant, Métis Nation of Ontario
613.798.1488 Ext. 109

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)


Robert Murray in Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott

 Robert Murray in Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00pm

Public lecture: Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s presents the history of the sculptures made at Lippincott, Inc., in North Haven, CT. Founded in 1966 by Donald Lippincott and Roxanne Everett, this was the first fabricator dedicated exclusively to making large scale sculpture. Artists including Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Robert Murray, Ellsworth Kelly, Clement Meadmore, and many others all came to Lippincott. These artists produced an incredible range of sculpture during what many have called the golden age of public art, and Large Scale is the first time this work has been presented as a whole.

Robert Murray was born in Vancouver, grew up in Saskatoon, went to Art School in Regina, lived for a time in Mexico and moved to New York in 1960. He lives at present near Unionville, PA and has a studio and summer place on Lookout Is., near Pointe au Baril, ON. Murray has dual US and Canadian citizenship. Since 1959 all of Murray's larger sculptures have been built under his supervision at metal fabricating plants, beginning with John East Iron Works in Saskatoon but in particular at Lippincott Inc. in North Haven CT, which specialized in sculpture fabrication, Murray has taught or has been a visiting artist at a great many art schools and universities and continues to work with fourth year students at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work can be found in a great many private and museum collections as well at the more public sited works. In 1990 he was given a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada and is represented in Toronto by the Barbara Edwards Contemporary Gallery,

Jonathan Lippincott, author of Large Scale, was born the year after the first sculptures were made at Lippincott, and grew up watching the work that took place there. He studied studio art and art history at Swarthmore College, graduating in 1989. During the next few years, he worked at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as a cook and handyman, at the Yale University Art Gallery as an art handler, and as a dessert baker in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1993 he moved to New York City to begin work in publishing, and a year later he joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where he is currently the design manager. Since 2000 he has also worked independently as art director and designer for a range of illustrated books about architecture, landscape, and fine art.

This talk is sponsored by the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund




Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario