Maria Thereza Alves 2018 Global Experience Project Artist in Residence, OCAD U

close up of garden, yellow flowers with crane in the background
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:00am to Friday, December 21, 2018 - 5:00pm

Maria Thereza Alves 2018 Global Experience Project Artist in Residence, OCAD U

Oct 15 to Dec 21, 2018, Toronto – Naples

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project
at OCAD University
Resident Artist Maria Thereza Alves

OCAD U’s Faculty of Art is honoured to host acclaimed international artist, Maria Thereza Alves as the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) Artist in Residence

GEP 2018 unfolds through two phases and across two cities: Toronto, Canada and Naples, Italy. From October 15 to November 9, 2018, Maria Thereza Alves is in residence at OCAD U and from December 10 to 21 OCAD U students travel with Alves to her Naples studio.

This innovative experiential learning opportunity is designed to introduce OCAD U students and faculty to a contemporary art practice that draws on local urban environments while examining global connections between cities and countries.

A critical inquiry into how ideas and people move across borders, GEP is a vital component of OCAD U’s new Art as Social Change (ASOC) Degree Minor. Alves traces social, environmental and political realities. Her work examines persistent colonial and imperial structures of power in relation to geo-political borders, migration policies and land developments. Maria Thereza Alves’s work exemplifies art that is driven to engage social spaces and contexts through collaboration, advocacy and activism.

Public Events:

Free Artist Talk: Mon, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. (public reception 6:30 p.m.)

OCAD University, Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Workshop by Maria Thereza Alves & Lisa Myers: Mon, Oct. 22, 6:30 pm

Art Museum at the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto

For more information on GEP, see our website:

About the Artist: Since the 1980s, Alves has produced a body of work that investigates the histories and circumstances of specific localities worldwide in order to give witness to silenced histories. Her research-based art develops out of interactions with the physical and social environments. Responding to local needs and proceeding through a process of dialogue facilitated by direct involvement in material, environmental and social circumstances, Alves explores spaces of agency and visibility. Alves participated in the 2017 Sharjah Biennale and in the Bienal de São Paulo of 2016 with the work A Possible Reversal of Missed Opportunities, which attempts to decolonize the imagination within the Brazilian contemporary context. The artist’s new book, Recipes for Survival (University of Texas Press 2018), presents a searing photo documentary of life in southern Brazil. Alves’s ongoing project Seeds of Change has been awarded the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics for 2016-2018.

Venue & Address: 
Toronto – Naples
photo of Maria Thereza Alves in front of a yellow poster
image of a garden along a waterway at dusk

Ignite Gallery Student Monitor

Ignite Gallery
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:30pm

Ignite Gallery represents the current creative voice of OCAD University students and recent graduates through exhibitions, events and community programs. 

Ignite Gallery (formerly the OCAD U Student Gallery) continues its 40+ year history of support for the exciting work of emerging artists, designers and curators from OCAD University.  

Located in Kensington Market, Ignite Gallery is currently recruiting IWSP-eligible Student Monitors for the Fall/Winter term to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery, and help with install and de-install of shows.  

Reporting to the Community Coordinator, Ignite Gallery, the Ignite Gallery Student Monitor will:  

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.  

  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.  

  • Track daily attendance 

  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping the gallery tidy and locking all doors.  

  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.  

  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and all gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.  

  • Perform administrative tasks including, basic graphic design, writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.  

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Community Coordinator and Gallery System management.  


  • Eligible for the Institutional Work Study Plan (IWSP)* 

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student  

  • Interest in contemporary art and design  

  • Able to work with power tools and on ladders 

  • Comfortable in a public speaking role  

  • Strong verbal communication skills  

  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment  

  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts  


  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment  

  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion  

  • Smart Serve certified  

  • Graphic design skills or competence in creative suite 

Duration: early September 2018 to end of the school year 2019, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period  

Rate of pay: $15.68 per hour (which includes pay in lieu of vacation and benefits) 

Schedule: 1-2 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 5-10 hours/week, depending on availability  

Vacancies: 2-3 

Please submit the following to Morgan Mavis, Community Coordinator, 

  • a cover letter 

  • resume 

  • your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall/Winter 

*Institutional Work Study consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need. 

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the IWSP: 

  • Be a Undergraduate or Graduate student at OCAD U during the 2018 Fall/Winter 

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person 

  • Be Ontario resident or out-of-province student and have submitted an error-free loan application  

  • Be registered in full-time studies (as defined by OSAP) during the 2018/19 fall/winter semester; for the summer session students must be registered in at least 0.5 credits 

  • Demonstrate financial need (priority is given to OSAP students; out-of province students will only be considered if funds are available)   

  • Note: if you are an out-of-province student, you must attach a copy of your loan/student aid assessment document showing federal/provincial funding. 

  • Note: if you are restricted from OSAP or out-of-province loans, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards Office in person to meet with an advisor to discuss your restriction. 

For more information on the IWSP program, please visit the Student Employment webpage here


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., August 29, 2018. 

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions 

Salad Day!

grOCAD members harvesting greens for Salad Day 2017
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Last summer grOCAD celebrated their community garden bounty with a Salad Day event held in the Learning Zone. This year grOCAD will be joined by the Cooking Club, who will be making homemade and delicious salad dressings from scratch.

Join grOCAD and the Cooking Club at the Lambert Lounge in the Main Building at noon then take a walk over to grOCAD’s community garden to harvest greens for the Salad Day event.

It is free event open to all OCAD U Students. RSVPs are encouraged but drop-ins are welcome. Please contact Sarah at or

Drop by and enjoy some salad, share gardening stories, or your favourite recipes and checkout some good reads on urban agriculture from the OCAD U Library.



Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street, Room 187

O-DAYS! 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:45pm

A number of department- and group-specific O-DAYS! 2018 (OCAD University orientation) activities are planned the week of August 27, 2018, culminating in the Campus Life and OCAD University Student Union (OCADSU) collaborative BIG-Day! on Tuesday, September 4, when nearly 1,000 new and first-year #OCADU2022 undergrads will descend upon campus to kick off the 2017/2018 academic year!

Additional welcome activities are being planned September 5 to 7.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
O-DAYS! 2018

World Cup Match Poster Exhibition

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

32 Days, 32 Nations, 64 Games, 12 Venues, Only 1 Winner! 
48 Posters by Designers from 18 Countries, 16 Posters by Local Toronto Designers.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery - 285 Dundas Street West
exhibition poster

Proud At OCAD U Art Show

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 11:00am to Monday, April 23, 2018 - 9:00pm

Proud at OCAD U coordinators, Casey Helm and Teddy Schaub curated this exhibition and here is their perspective on this art show:

The PROUD at OCAD U Exhibition features the work of LGBTQ+ identifying students here at OCAD. Art Exhibition spaces can be inaccessible spaces, especially for those whose identities intersect in different ways. The theme is simple: there is none! The participants were encouraged to bring in work they felt like showing off. PROUD is a community space and focuses on claiming our own space here at OCAD. Copies of the PROUD Community Zine are also available for free in the Learning Zone!

List of participants:

Casey Helm
Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez
Rachel Finlay
J. Lee Bertram-French
Heidi Ku
Abigail LaChapelle
Vincy Lim
Rachel McCormick
Emily Saunders
Teddy Schaub

On until April 23

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
Proud at OCAD U@proud.ocadu
Photograph of poster for the Proud At OCAD U Art Show exhibition.


Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Nino Ardizzi, Lori Beckstead, Myra Burney, Kevin Cherry, Gerardo Correa, Prerana Das, Sylvia Galbraith, Anne Hanrahan, Megan Irwin, Caroline Scott-Charles, John Severino, Ann Marie Stasiuk, Karin Tang, Stephanie Thompson, Aina Tilups, Bahar Toussi

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery 285 Dundas Street West
416-977-6000 x 2321
Poster - Community Exhibition

VERNACULAR: Weekly Meetings

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Weekly meetings are held Thursdays in the Learning Zone!
3:00 to 4:30 PM

Thursday, October 26
Thursday, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Vernacular is a creative writing and publishing collective dedicated to poetry and other experimental approaches to language. We meet to share prompts and new works, and to develop our language-based practices. Curated works will be distributed through periodic publications, podcasts and events. By fostering a community of writers, speakers and signers, Vernacular provides a platform for creative linguistic agency and innovation. See this and other student-run groups at

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street (Level 1) or enter through 122 St. Patrick Street
Vernacular graphic

FREE talk with acclaimed British artist Michael Landy

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Power Plant, in partnership with OCAD U, present a FREE talk with acclaimed British artist Michael Landy about his upcoming

installation, DEMONSTRATION, opening at The Power Plant on Friday, 29 September.

Where: OCAD U,

*Room 190*

When: Monday, 18 September 2017

at 7:30 PM


Be part of DEMONSTRATION at The Power Plant!

You are invited to submit images or text about what's worth protesting, and Landy will transform some submissions into red and white pictures for his installation.  For More details:


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul St, Room 190 Toronto, ON
poster for public talk, red background, primative white image of person holding a sign

Lordy Lordy! What Did Lord Elgin and Lord Byron Do To and For Greece?

Lord Elgin by Anton Graff (1788)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Maybe not what you think!
An Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Francis Broun

About Dr. Francis Broun
Francis Broun came to Canada from Scotland in 1967. He has a B.A. from McGill and a Ph.D. from Princeton, both in art history. For fifteen years he worked at the AGO, teaching courses and helping to organise Old Master exhibitions like the Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis and the Holbein drawings from the Queen's Collection. He also accompanied AGO trips to Florence, London and the River Danube. Since 1989 he has worked as a freelance lecturer, most regularly at OCAD University, the Royal Conservatory of Music (where he was Head of the Humanities Department) and the Women's Art Association of Canada. In 2009 he was a semi-finalist in TVO's best Lecturer competition. 

He still travels with groups of art lovers, mainly to North American cities like New York, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. His most recent European trips include London, Vienna, Paris, and Provence.

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association of Canada 23 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto, ON TTC: St. George Station (Bedford Exit)
(416) 922-2060
$25 (payable at the door)