OCAD U exhibition opens at Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Dean Vlad Spicanovic with exhibiting artists
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:00am

The eighth annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) opened November 16 with a reception at the company’s Mississauga offices. Artists, MBFS staff and guests wandered the office space as though it were a gallery.

Over 90 works by students, faculty and alumni are positioned throughout the offices, corridors and boardrooms of the company with the goal of giving staff an inspiring, creative environment and appreciation of the work of emerging artists. The exhibition will remain in place for a year.

Stefan Karrenbauer, President and CEO of MBFS Canada announced that the Mississauga office made its fourth purchase of work for their permanent collection, a painting titled Vigilante (Watcher) by recent graduate Diego de la Rosa.  

MBFS has supported OCAD University to a tune of over $152,000 since 2009. The company has also recently pledged $64,000 over two years to support GradEx, the Drawing & Painting Medal Winner Award, the Drawing &Painting Entrance Scholarship and the Drawing and Painting Graduate Catalogue. The company’s Drawing & Painting Medal Winner award has been increased to $5,000, and the Drawing & Painting Entrance Scholarship has also grown to $5,000



Four paintings on a blue wall with chair below
Rei Misiri
Woman standing in front of series of 4 paintings

Viktor Tinkl: Making Things

Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 4:00am to Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 5:00am

The Art Gallery of Mississauga presents an exhibition of work by retired faculty member Viktor Tinkl, organized in collaboration with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Mississauga 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

Emblems of the Enigma

Friday, November 2, 2007 - 4:00am

Instructor Vessna Perunovich opens "Emblems of the Enigma" at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. This is the first stop in her 6-stop touring survey exhibition, curated by Donald Brackett. The exhibition will travel to Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of Algoma and Cambridge Galleries in 2008, and Saint Mary's University Gallery in Halifax and Art Gallery of Kelowna in 2009.

Venue & Address: 
rt Gallery of Peterborough 250 Crescent Street,, Peterborough, Ontario

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the orignal owners and custodians of the land on which we stand

Digital Painting workshop brings creativity to corporate setting

GIF of a red automobile by Tasha Neu
Student artist Dahae Song teaching workshop
Dahae Song shows a projection of her work on a screen
Students at Digital Painting workshop held at MBFS
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 5:00am

Staff at Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) in Mississauga took part in a unique digital painting workshop in November. OCAD University faculty member Veronika Szkudlarek, accompanied by student Dahae Song, visited MBFS offices for an exploration of the fundamentals of Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (DXPA).

The workshop kicked off with an overview of the history of digital painting led by Szkudlarek. Song then presented a selection of her work, explaining the digital process and hybridized approach. The dozen MBFS staff who participated were delighted by the inspiring and interactive event.  

MBFS has partnered with OCAD U to bring creative thinking to the workplace and support the university’s contribution to the cultural community. Currently, 70 works of art by OCAD U students, alumni and faculty are on display at MBFS in the Experiencing Perspectives exhibition. The company generously supports OCAD U through awards, scholarships and the funding of the Drawing & Painting graduate catalogue.




OCAD University art exhibition opens at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services art exhibition
Natalie Waldburger, Stefan Karrenbauer and Leila Matta, Photo by John Goldstein
Ghazaleh Baniahmad
Quentin Lindsday and brother
Claire Tatangelo and Friend
Jim Thierry Bravo
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00am

Ninety-nine works by 74 OCAD University students, alumni and faculty were unveiled October 21 in the Mississauga offices of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS). At the opening of the Experiencing Perspectives exhibition, President and CEO Stefan Karrenbauer thanked the artists for bringing creativity and art appreciation to the workplace.

OCAD U alumni from the class of 1971 to the class of 2015 were in attendance, mingling with MBFS staff and invited guests. This is the seventh annual exhibition in the series, and for the past three years MBFS has been purchasing art from these exhibitions for its permanent collection. The company has similar initiatives with art schools in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Fort Worth, Texas.

Experiencing Perspectives was made possible through the Faculty of Art’s Associate Dean, Outreach, Anda Kubis; Natalie Waldburger, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media; and Assistant Professor Jennie Suddick. The art will remain in place for a year.

OCAD University is grateful for the generous support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services which includes The MBFS Direct Entry (to Drawing & Painting) Scholarship, The Drawing & Painting Medal winner award, and funding the DRPT graduate catalogue for the last seven years.