Supercoffee Mural Project

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Congratulations to our Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design Alumni Nick Sweetman (MFA 2014) who was the participating street artist who created the amazing bee pollination mural on the exterior of Supercoffee, located on the south-west corner of Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West. Please see the following video (provided by Crosstown TO) for more information and to see the work:


IAMD Alumna Iveta Karpathyova introducing her Thesis, “Phases of Dance,” via CBCArts

 IAMD Alumna Iveta Karpathyova introducing MDes Thesis, “Phases of Dance,” via @CBCArts
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:30pm

‘Phases of Dance’ reveals what’s going through a dancer’s mind, highlighting the motions audiences overlook

Leah Collins · CBC Arts · December 6

“This isn’t the typical way to watch dance, and it’s not the typical way of animating it either.

Iveta Karpathyova is the Toronto artist behind the two short films we’ll be airing on this week’s episode of CBC Arts: Exhbitionists, “Phases of Dance” (2017) and “Bachata Dance: Te Vas” (2016).

She’s an animator, and she’s also a dancer. That’s actually her in “Phases of Dance” — swaying with dance partner Pavlo Farmakidis — and she brings her perspective on both art forms to the videos you’re about to watch.”

For full article, visit:

For more information about the artist, visit:

"Phases of Dance" is a 2D-animated film composed of approximately 2,100 individual drawings.

Produced in four months, the film documents embodied technique of bachata through rotoscoping. Using real-life footage as a base for animation, the four-month production began with a dance choreography by Pavlo Farmakidis and filming of a bachata sequence performed by Farmakidis and Karpathyova.

Hand-drawn in two months at approx. 100 drawings per day, the 3min 40sec animation is also a documentation of Iveta's technique in traditional animation as she drew sequentially on a daily basis and the chronological order (date timeline on bottom left) of each frame (frame count on bottom right) represents her progress in drawing, painting, and understanding of motion.

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Critical Theory Colloquium

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 9:15am to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Please join us for the Graduate Critical Theory Colloquium, taken place on December 5th and 6th, 2017. Students will present research papers that address their own research interests, viewed through the lens of one or more texts taken up during the course of the semester in their Critical Theory class.

The presentation schedule is as follows:


DECEMBER 5th - Room 510 @ 205 Richmond St. W

10:30 – 11:50 Biopower, Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Lingxiang Wu,  Afaq Ahmed Karadia, Dori Vanderheyden

chair: Erica Cristobal

11:50 – 12:30 lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Jacques Derrida’s Différance

Philip Sparks, Keiko Hart

chair: Roxanne Henry

1:30-2:50 Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Kristy Boyce, Karo Castro-Wunsch, Liz Ikiriko

chair: Keiko Hart

2:50 – 3:20 – break

3:20 – 5:00  Re-Orienting Sarah Ahmed

Samantha Robbie-Higgins, Coco Guzman, Vanessa Jackson, Panya Clark-Espinal

chair: Katie Mihak


DECEMBER 5th - Room 318 @ 205 Richmond St. W

3:00- 4:20  Psychoanalytical (and anti-psychoanalytical) Theories

Katie Mihak, Juan Escobar-Lamanna Tal Sophia Braniss

chair: Dave Foster

4:30 – 5:50 Karen Barad’s Agential Realism

Sarah Carlson, Rana Zandi, Kirstie McCallum

chair: Karo Castro-Wunsch


DECEMBER 6th - Room 510 @ 205 Richmond St. W

10:30 – 11:50 Biopower, Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Lingxiang Wu,  Afaq Ahmed Karadia, Dori Vanderheyden

chair: Erica Cristobal

11:50 – 12:30 lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Jacques Derrida’s Différance

Philip Sparks, Keiko Hart

chair: Roxanne Henry

1:30-2:50 Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Kristy Boyce, Karo Castro-Wunsch, Liz Ikiriko

chair: Keiko Hart

2:50 – 3:20 – break

3:20 – 5:00  Re-Orienting Sarah Ahmed

Samantha Robbie-Higgins, Coco Guzman, Vanessa Jackson, Panya Clark-Espinal

chair: Katie Mihak


Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W
critical theory poster

Come Up To My Room - The Gladstone Hotel

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Congratulations to our current Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design MDes student Katrina Tompkins, IAMD alumni Ashley Snook (MFA 2016) and Digital Futures alumni Jordan Shaw (MFA 2017) who will be showcasing their work at the Gladstone Hotel's upcoming event "Come Up To My Room".

"Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. Framed within the backdrop of the historic 128-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike."

For full description and more information please visit:


CUTMR will be taking place on January 18-21, 2018

January 20, 7-10PM - Opening Reception & Party

January 20, 10PM-late - LOVE DESIGN Party (Opening After Party)

January 21, 1-3PM - TSA Ideas Forum (TO DO)



Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel
2018 CUTMR Poster

Sabbatical Talk by Dr. Barbara Rauch

Rauch, 'mesas' series 2016
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Dr. Rauch’s sabbatical report references research activities including 
•    a 2.5 months residency program at SOMA Mexico City, where she worked under the pseudonym of ‘Mesas Collective’;
•    a fellowship with ‘The Anthropocene Curriculum’ at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin resulting in a series of workshops and seminars, and international conference presentations in Paris, France, Chicago and Los Angeles;
•    and most importantly Rauch pursued a variety of activities that re-connected her with her studio practice. Rauch deliberately embraced a practice driven by material investigation and considerations of the Anthropocene and questioning the Technosphere.

Venue & Address: 
Room 415, 100 McCaul St
Barbara Rauch - Sabbatical Report

The Joy of Laser Cutting

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Laser cutters are powerful and versatile tools that can introduce significant untapped potential to artists. However, currently available learning materials for working with these machines are not designed with artists’ needs or interests in mind. To address this gap, Alda developed the Joy of Laser Cutting, a project based on her own experience as an artist looking to engage with these machines. This project uses recipes, food and visual language from the world of cookery as tools to reframe online DIY tutorials and appeal to the interests and needs of artists while encouraging creative engagement with the material. This show presents the work that was developed for the Joy of Laser Cutting as well as the journey that led Alda to develop it in the first place.


Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery - 205 Richmond St W.
The Joy of Laser Cutting Exhibition Poster


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:30am to Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

TRACE is a graduate exhibition brought together by 6 curators and 14 interdisciplinary artists as they launch into their graduate studies at OCAD University — join us at OCAD University’s Graduate Gallery in a celebration of works by established and emerging artists developing their contemporary art and design practices that challenge the concept of TRACE.


On Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m., 205 Richmond’s Graduate Gallery will feature new works in a multimedia exhibition exploring the contingent experience of presence as TRACE, evading the ‘real’ and pointing to its constitutive outside: the unreal. Trace, a sign for everything elusive, has no site, but rather is change of site marked by its erasure, making it disappear in its appearance. International artists Adrienne Matheuszik, Coco Guzman, Dori Vanderheyden, Ellen Snowball, Kirstie McCallum, Kristi Poole-Adler, Lida Shanehchiyan, Lingxiang Wu, Philip Sparks, Randa Reda, Sarah Carlson, Shannon Lee, Tal Sofia, and Vanessa Jackson capture these dynamic themes of TRACE — hinting to the existence of something, a residue we cannot ignore. Light refreshments and appetizers provided.


An artist talk will take place at 100 McCaul in Room 187 on Wednesday, November 15 at 12 p.m. featuring artists Sarah Carlson, Lingxiang Wu, and Coco Guzman in a discussion about their individual processes and body of works. Moderated by curator Elizabeth Handley-Derry, the talks will be followed by a question and answer period to encourage insightful engagement. Fellow curators Liz Ikiriko, Panya Clark Espinal, Jeff Tallon, Erica Cristobal and Keiko Hart encourage a dialogue around subverting assumptions and discovering intentions to help identify the investigations taking place in TRACE.


The OCAD University Graduate Gallery is home to thesis shows, speaker series, and one of a kind events, making it the primary exhibition space for graduate students and Faculty of OCAD University. The primary gallery space in room 104 is connected by a hallway to the media gallery in room 106 that can be used for projections. In TRACE all spaces will be activated with art, including a live drawing in the grad gallery corridor space by Coco Guzman.


For further press inquiries, please contact:

Panya Clark Espinal at 416 951 2120

Or the curatorial team at

Instagram: @traceocadu
Facebook: /traceocadu

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Panya Clark Espinal 416-951-2120
TRACE Poster
TRACE Artist Talks

Graduate Programs Info Nights and Online Webinars

Join a Graduate Program Info Night and/or online webinar this November. They are your opportunity to meet instructors, students and alumni from the program to help you learn more about courses, the learning environment and degree outcomes.

Craft Ontario recognizes members of OCAD U community

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Students, faculty and alumni were recognized at the Craft Awards on October 12, taking home five awards for their work in the fields.

From the Craft Ontario website:

“Craft Awards recipients are accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. From makers that create innovative and exceptional work to curators, administrators, writers and volunteers who support the craft community, each recipient is recognized as an important contributor to contemporary craft practice. Since 1981 the program has recognized over 500 emerging and established professionals for their outstanding work and contributions.”

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients from OCAD U:

Lacy and Co. Ltd. Jewellery Supply Grant:
Alex Kinsley (Material Art & Design Instructor, Jewellery)

Helen Frances Gregor Award:
Elycia SFA (Material Art & Design 2015/Class Assistant, Textiles)

James H. McPherson Award in Woodworking:
Shay Salehi (Sculpture/Installation Student)

Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Award:
Katrina Tompkins (IAMD student)

Mary Diamond Butts Award in Embroidery and Needlecraft:
Elizabeth (Liz) Pead (Drawing and Painting 2007)

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that promotes professional craft and advocates for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.

Grad Studies Common Room October ---> "Stand By And" Exhibition

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The October 19th edition of Common Room: "Stand by And", will feature the work of participating Digital Futures, Inclusive Design and Strategic Foresight & Innovation masters students. The theme is experimental, immersive, and digital artwork.

Performances by:

Adam Tindale

Afaq Ahmed

Artwork by:

Jen Serdetchnaia

Alana Boltwood

Kristi Poole-Adler

Samaa Ahmed

October 19th

6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Graduate Gallery, Ground Level, 205 Richmond Street West (Level G)

Cash bar + light refreshments provided.

What is Common Room?
Common Room is a monthly casual, comfortable and collegial social gathering for the graduate community of students and faculty.

Venue & Address: 
Grad Gallery (Level G) 205 Richmond St. W.
Stand by And Poster