Alumna Shelley Niro wins Scotiabank Photography Award

Image of three women with ornate hair and jewelry
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

OCAD U congratulates Shelley Niro (AOCA 1990) on receiving the seventh annual Scotiabank Photography Award. The prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner's work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Gerhard Steidl.

Niro joins an exclusive group of artists who have been honoured with the Scotiabank Photography Award that includes Suzy Lake (2016), Angela Grauerholz (2015), Mark Ruwedel (2014), Stan Douglas (2013), Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Lynne Cohen (2011).

Niro was selected from a group of three finalists, which also included Raymonde April and Donigan Cumming, by a jury composed of pre-eminent ‎members of the Canadian arts community.

A member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory, near Brantford, Ontario, she has demonstrated her dedication to producing art that contributes to Indigenous identity in Canada.

Niro creates complex visual experiences in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography and film. Her work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and she has received considerable attention for her films.

Known for challenging conventional, colonial representations of Aboriginality with directness and humour, Niro crafts and retells Indigenous narratives by drawing on lived experienced, as well as themes of identity, self-determination and liberation.

An OCAD University alumna, Niro also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. To view some of Niro’s work, please visit her website.

 

Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival - Photography by Design

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 5:00pm to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

OCAD University and the Faculty of Design are proud to present an exhibition of student and faculty work that emphasizes the role of design concepts within contemporary photography. Each work is a unique technical and conceptual exploration resulting in an exciting interpretation of the given subject, employing both traditional and alternative media practices.

*Reception: Thursday May 18 6pm - 8pm

Curated by Design Faculty
For more information click here

*Photo: Portrait in Black, Guy McCrum

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Great Hall
Guy McCrum Portrait in Black

A Showcase of Student Work for Ron Wood's Black & White Photo 1 Classes

Black and white photo of legs straddling a puddle
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

A showcase  of student work from two Black & White Photo 1 classes (Ron Wood, Associate Professor). This 2nd assignment is called “Depth of Field”. The students use analogue cameras, develop their own film and work in wet labs to produce their own prints. For most of the students, this class is their 1st time in the darkroom. The originals of this work are showing in the display cases 4th floor, Photography Department, 100 McCaul Street until March 29th.

Link below is to the work on FLICKR.  https://flic.kr/s/aHskSRwvbN

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, 4th floor_Photography Department display cases
Website: 
https://flic.kr/s/aHskSRwvbN

Shelley Niro Wins 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts

Shelley Niro and Ryan Rice
Thursday, February 16, 2017

OCAD U congratulates Shelley Niro (AOCA 1990) on receiving a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Each year, the awards honour seven artists for their artistic achievements and one person for their outstanding contribution to contemporary visual and/or media arts.

A member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory, near Brantford, Ontario, she has demonstrated her dedication to producing art that contributes to Indigenous identity in Canada.

Niro creates complex visual experiences in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography and film. Her work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and she has received considerable attention for her films.

Known for challenging conventional, colonial representations of Aboriginality with directness and humour, Niro crafts and retells Indigenous narratives by drawing on lived experienced, as well as themes of identity, self-determination and liberation.

Her short film, The Shirt, was presented at the 2003 Venice Biennale and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In 2009, her first feature film, Kissed by Lightning, premiered at Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and won the Santa Fe Film Festival’s 2009 Milagro Award for Best Indigenous Film. Niro’s work can be found in the collections of galleries and museums across Canada.

A graduate of OCAD University, Niro also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. To view some of Niro’s work, please visit her website.

 

 

Simon Glass

Simon Glass is a Toronto-based visual artist. He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University and teaches photography and cross-disciplinary art. Glass graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1983 where he trained as a photographer and visual artist. He completed an M.A. in Media and Communication at the European Graduate School in 2005.

Nicholas Pye

NICHOLAS PYE was born in Torquay, England in 1976. He lives and works in Toronto Canada. As a musician, Nicholas released and toured with four albums in the mid 90's. Moving from music to visual art, Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree at OCAD in 2002 followed by his MFA degree at Concordia University in Cinema production in 2005. In 2011, Nicholas began working on his doctoral degree in Visual Art at York University. He maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively.

Laurie Wassink

Laurie Wassink is an artist and educator with a passion for textiles and colour. Her artwork encompasses functional and art textiles, photography and collage. She strives to create a link between her own subjective experiences concerning the natural environment and that of the viewer. Laurie is currently a faculty member at OCAD University in Toronto, of which she is also a graduate (2000). She has taught at Sheridan College in Oakville ON Fleming College in Haliburton ON and the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture in Dawson City, Yukon.

Dot Tuer

Dot Tuer is a writer, artist, and cultural historian whose scholarly and creative work focuses on the intersection of archival traces and visual storytelling in processes of memorialization. She has published widely on Canadian and Latin American art, with a focus on photography, performance, and new media. She also has a long-standing research interest in the history of Guaraní-Spanish transcultural practices in north-east Argentina and Paraguay. She is the author of Mining the Media Archive (2005) and numerous museum catalogue, book anthology, and journal essays.

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