Dr. Chris Glover, MPP for Spadina-Fort York and Opposition Critic for Colleges and Universities, visited OCAD University’s campus today for his first official tour and meeting.
President Sara Diamond met MPP Glover at 100 McCaul St. where they joined other members of OCAD U’s faculty and senior management. Tour stops included the Sharp Centre for Design, drawing and painting studios, textiles/MAAD and the fabrication studios. They spent some time in the Ada Slaight Gallery viewing the exhibition Memories of the Rouge by Iskhan Ghazarian, a recent graduate of the Photography program.
MPP Glover spoke with students about their experiences at OCAD U, why they chose this institution over others, and the current projects they were working on. Students Gerry Visco and Danielle Coleman spoke about their work.
MPP Glover has visited OCAD U on a number of occasions, including building openings and Grad Ex, OCAD University’s largest annual exhibition.
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has appointed Erika Iserhoff as new Indigenous Arts Officer. Iserhoff holds a Bachelor of Design in Material Art & Design from OCAD University, where she also taught in the Indigenous Visual Culture program.
Iserhoff is a founding member of the Chocolate Woman Collective, a group of artists with a shared interest in research, exploration and practical application of Indigenous aesthetic principles in all areas of the dramatic arts. She is also the co-founder of the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator, which promotes the creation and exhibition of new works by Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and crafts. Iserhoff was associate producer of Tributaries, the opening night of Toronto’s 2017 Luminato festival, at which she was also announced as the Emerging Laureate of OAC’s Indigenous Arts Award. In 2009, she received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her work in costume design in Indigenous theatre.
Iserhoff is of Omushkego and Eeyou Cree heritage, and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation. She is based in Toronto with her family.
Erika succeeds long-time OAC Indigenous Arts Officer Sara Roque, who stepped down in 2018.
Opening reception Wed. Oct. 24 during the full moon from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm with invited guest speaker Morgana Sythove to share her expertise on oral tradition, Etruscan society and the role of the goddess.