Student Monitors Needed for Graduate Exhibition! (Paid Positions)

GradEx Poster 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:00am

DEADLINE: APRIL 18, 2014

Attention First, Second and Third-year Students!

The Marketing & Communications department at OCAD University is hiring a team of student monitors to help with preparations for the 99th annual Graduate Exhibition, which is open to the public from Thursday, May 1 to Sunday, May 4 (please note that there will be an invitation-only reception on Wednesday, April 30).

Student monitor shifts are available starting Tuesday, April 29 and continuing through until Monday, May 5. Work includes hanging signage, setting up displays, counting, greeting and directing visitors, collecting surveys, selling bar tickets, take-down and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Graduate Exhibition behind the scenes — to see what you’ll be preparing for when you reach fourth year!

Smart Serve:
Training, while not required for all positions, is an asset for specific shifts.

Training:
Students are required to complete a mandatory training session on Tuesday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A pizza lunch will be provided. This training session will be paid to all monitors that arrive to their GradEx shifts on time and work their full shifts.

Student Monitor Pay Rate:
$10.40/hour plus 4% vacation and 6% in lieu of benefits

Contact:
Kanyika Yorke, Marketing & Communications Coordinator kyorke@ocadu.ca
416-977-6000 x427

In your response, please include:
- Availability
- Email address
- Phone number
- Year of study
- Indicate if you are Smart-Serve certified

DEADLINE: APRIL 18, 2014

* Fourth-year students who have work in the Graduate Exhibition are expected to be with their displays throughout the event.

Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/gradex
Email: 
kyorke@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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HEATHER NICOL’S CORDIAL EXHIBITION EXPLORES NOSTALGIA AND HOME

Heather Nicol, Three Butterflies, image provided by Heather Nicol
Heather Nicol at work. Image provided by Heather Nicol
Works from the Cordial exhibition. Image provided by Heather Nicol

“It’s about the fragility of what we think is important, especially when the objects break, or are broken. And in the digital era, there’s still a strong desire for the tactile.” Heather Nicol

Heather Nicol's MFA thesis exhibition, Cordial, held at the OCAD University Student Gallery during Grad Ex reflected on themes of social histories, familiar objects and domestic traditions.

A culmination of two years of study in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD), Cordial rethinks familiar objects and their social relationship to people. A collection of glass stemware filled with colourful liquids toasts togetherness, collaboration and family. Wallpaper samples on plywood panels adorned with unique artifacts and heirlooms — everything from butterflies and old lace to china cups and picture frames — celebrate nostalgia and traditions, while at the same time positioning the objects on display as feminist reclaimations.

During her formal thesis defense on May 2, Nicol described her established career as an artist and curator, the 22 years she spent in New York City, and the shift in both her life and artistic practice that led her back to university to study again and approach her work in a new way. 

“The last ten years of my life have been intensely domestic,” Nicol said. “I moved back to Canada, I’ve been caregiving to children and other people in my life, and discovering the dozens and dozens of invisible gestures that create a home. It’s brought me closer to materials than before.”

Nicol, who experienced the Mad Men style domesticity of the 60s as a child, and later the women’s movement in the 70s as a teenager, observed there’s a sense of ambivalence and fragility in domestic objects. In the slow, labour intensive and passionate process of creating the works in Cordial, she realized this ambivalence remains, even though our gender roles have changed, as has our connection to the material as we move further into the digital realm.

“We want to create a sense of home, and we use objects for their stabilizing effect,” Nicol said. “If you think of the biography of a teacup though, it may be part of a set initially, but over time it’s separated as things get lost or broken. There’s a lifecycle of things and uncertainties involved, and I wanted to play with that.”

Nicol is a President’s Scholar at OCAD U and is well-known in the Toronto arts community for her sculpture and installation using tactile materials like fabric, fur, beads, glass and paper together with theatrical devices including sound and light. In addition to her grad studies at OCAD U, she also holds BFA in Visual Art from the School of Visual Arts and an MA in Arts Education from New York University.

Her goal with her work, including Cordial, is to have a conversation with people from different generations and backgrounds. Her work examines the patterns in our lives, and the social relationship of objects to people.

Learn more

View Cordial at the OCAD U Student Gallery 
52 McCaul Street, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 6

BEHIND THE SCENES AT GRADEX 2014

Dr. Sara Diamond celebrates with the 2014 medal winners. Photo by Christine Crosbie.

The OCAD U community celebrated its 99th GradEx last weekend, the annual exhibition of work by graduating students. GradEx, which completely transforms the main campus at 100 McCaul St. every year into one of the biggest public galleries in the city, ran May 1 to 4. So what does it take to put on an exhibition featuring 600 emerging artists for an audience of 25,000 viewers with events held over three and a half days?

Jeff Zoeller, Manager, Outreach Events at OCAD U, and GradEx event planner in chief, starts working on it in October, after Nuit Blanche. Zoeller, who’s also worked as an event planner for Pride Week Toronto and the Juno Awards, coordinates the efforts of a central committee, 11 working groups, 50 monitors and the participation of faculty and staff from across the university including staff from the Development & Alumni Relations Office, Security and Facilities Management.

Of course each year’s student cohort does a great deal of work preparing for the event as well. In addition to creating their projects and own project displays, they move furniture into storage and often paint walls to help transform classrooms and halls into exhibition space. For many of the students this is their first major exhibition, and an opportunity to meet curators, dealers, studio heads, potential employers and other members of Toronto’s art and design community.

Every year there’s an overall unifying creative vision for GradEx. Zoeller works with a previous year’s medal winner to come up with a design concept and colour palette that inspires every detail, from the catering to the décor in the Medal Winners Lounge. This year’s creative design is by Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration, 2013), who designed the image of a student’s head in an illuminated lightbulb that you’ll see everywhere on the official GradEx posters. 

 

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OCAD announces dates of 95th annual graduate exhibition

OCAD announces dates of 95th annual graduate exhibition
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 4:00am

INTERACTIVE. INTERCONNECTED. INTERDISCIPLINARY.

(Toronto — March 25, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) invites you to Enter OCAD, the university’s 95th annual Graduate Exhibition, to take place May 6 to 9, 2010.

Enter OCAD presents the thesis work of the class of 2010, an eclectic mix of more than 500 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art, to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the university’s Faculty of Design. Enter OCAD will transform the university’s main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into the biggest exhibition of the year.

New this year, OCAD will match collectors, new and old, with the hottest emerging artists and designers through the exhibition and sale The Next Big Thing, sponsored by Aboveground Art Supplies, at the OCAD Student Gallery. The Gallery is located at 285 Dundas Street West, right around the corner from OCAD’s main building on McCaul Street. The Next Big Thing opens April 28 and continues until May 22.

Guests can also purchase works from OCAD’s printmaking, photography and material art and design programs at Enter OCAD.

Enter OCAD
OCAD’s 95th Annual Graduate Exhibition
May 6 to 9, 2010

Enter OCAD schedule:
Opening Night — Thursday, May 6, 6:30 to 10 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Pay-what-you-can. All are welcome.

Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

The Next Big Thing
Exhibition and Student Art Sale

April 28 to May 22
Reception: Thursday, April 29, 5 to 7 p.m.

OCAD Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000, Ext. 262 | www.ocad.ca/studentgallery

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD 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 and images please contact:

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

OCAD University announces dates of 96th annual Graduate Exhibition, The Show Off

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 4:00am

(Toronto — April 5, 2011) The 2011 graduating class at OCAD University (OCAD U) invites you to The Show Off, the university’s 96th annual Graduate Exhibition, to take place May 5 to 8, 2011.

The Show Off presents the work of the class of 2011, an eclectic mix of more than 500 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art, to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the university’s Faculty of Design. Each year, the annual Graduate Exhibition transforms the university’s main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into the biggest exhibition of the year.

The Show Off
OCAD University’s 96th annual Graduate Exhibition
May 5 to 8, 2011

The Show Off schedule:
Opening Night — Thursday, May 5, 6:30 to 10 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Pay-what-you-can. All are welcome.

OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

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Additional events happening in conjunction with The Show Off:

The Next Big Thing
Exhibition and Student Art Sale

April 27 to May 21
Reception: Thursday, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Next Big Thing, sponsored by Aboveground Art Supplies and presented by the OCAD University Student Gallery, matches collectors, new and old, with the hottest emerging artists and designers. This exhibition and sale is located right around the corner from OCAD U’s main building on McCaul Street, at 285 Dundas Street West.

OCAD Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000, Ext. 262 | www.ocad.ca/studentgallery
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

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Something More Concrete
An exhibition by fourth-year Sculpture/Installation students
35 works by 36 emerging artists

April 23 to May 8
Reception: April 21, 7 to 10 p.m.

The Brinks Building
60 McCaul Street, Toronto (south of OCAD U’s main building)
Exhibition hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

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Making a Spectacle of One's Self - Barr Gilmore
April 21 to May 15

An OCAD University Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design Thesis Exhibition

MADE
867 Dundas St. West, Toronto
416-607-6384 | www.madedesign.ca

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About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, 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 contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University’s 97th Graduate Exhibition opens May 3

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—April 11, 2012) The class of 2012 invites the public to join them at OCAD University's 97th annual Graduate Exhibition, featuring work from more than 550 graduating students. The exhibition gets underway with Toronto's biggest exhibition opening party and cultural industry night — with more than 5,000 guests — on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

New this year, the exhibition features Alumni Day, with special family-friendly programming, a barbeque and exhibition tours on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alumni and their families are invited to reconnect with friends, old and new.

OCAD U's annual Graduate Exhibition presents the work of graduating students working in 12 undergraduate programs ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art, to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the university's Faculty of Design. Each year, the exhibition transforms the university's main building, including the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design, into the city's biggest exhibition of the year.

The Graduate Exhibition continues until Sunday, May 6 at 5 p.m.

OCAD University's 97th annual Graduate Exhibition
May 3 to 6, 2012

Hours:
Opening Night — Thursday, May 3, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Alumni Day events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OCAD University - 135 Years of Imagination
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 |  www.ocadu.ca/gradex

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OCAD University's Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) graduate students are holding exhibitions across the city in conjunction with our Graduate Exhibition:

Ben Edelberg: Its Teeth in His Body, Out of 60 Dogs
April 27 to May 4
Forgetus Collective
163 Sterling Rd., Unit 29, Toronto

Julian Higuerey Núñez: The Promise of Making
April 24 to May 6
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects
1086 Queen Street West, Toronto

Susan Campbell: Site Lines: An Exploration of Physical Mapping Practices
April 24 to May 6
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Projects
1082 Queen Street West, Toronto

Britt Wray: The DIY Body Project
Until August 12
The !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, 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 contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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