BIG Launch 2019: Student Mentor Program

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 11:30am to 2:30pm

BIG Launch kicks off Student Mentor Program recruitment for 2019/2020! Are you an undergrad student going into second-, third, fourth- or upper-year next September? Become a Peer Mentor!

Stop by for cake! Pizza! Snacks! Ask questions! Find out how to help build a stronger community at OCAD U and gain valuable experience! Be one of the first 20 students to visit BIG Launch, sign up in-person, and receive a complimentary $5 coffee card!

Wednesday, January 23
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Main lobby, 100 McCaul Street

Become* a volunteer Peer Mentor by January 23 (11:59 p.m.) and you will be entered for a chance to win one of these amazing PRIZES!** (Prizes subject to change. Watch for updates)

> Prizes TBA
> A $25 gift card courtesy of Longo's
> One of two $25 gift cards courtesy of Above Ground Art Supplies
> A Broken Pencil Prize Pack
> One of two sets of double passes, "Total ROM Experience" (Royal Ontario Museum)
> Student Membership, The Power Plant

*Read eligibility criteria. Find out what's involved and what's in it for you:

**Prize recipients must follow through on all 2019 Peer Mentor commitments or their prize is forfeit.

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us ( prior to January 19 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
416 977 6000, Ext 275
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Call for Nominations: DEEAS

Recognized students from 2014/2015 Awards Dinner
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 2:00pm to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:00pm

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students (DEEAS) is sponsored by OCAD Student Union and the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students. It includes a $1,000.00 prize and congratulatory letter from Dr. Sara Diamond, President/Vice-Chancellor. Nominations will be accepted from all members of the OCAD U community, describing the nominee’s exceptional contribution to OCAD University and to equity and diversity through advocacy and leadership, promoting human rights, social justice, inclusion, and impactful engagement.

NOMINATION FORMS can be found online, or pick up printed copies at Campus Life (51 McCaul Street); Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (Level 2, 115 McCaul Street); or OCAD Student Union (Level 5, 205 Richmond St. West). Submission deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Campus Life, 51 McCaul Street
416 977 6000, Ext. 275

Student design teams triumph at IDS 2016

Nature X Nature flooring installation
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 5:00am

Two interdisciplinary teams of Environmental and Industrial Design students took home the top prizes at the Kentwood Design Challenge held at Toronto’s Interior Design Show (IDS 2016).

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors invited students to create a design concept that uses their Kentwood line of hardwood flooring in unique and innovative ways.  

The first prize of $3000 was awarded to OCAD U’s Olayide Madamidola, Kyung Hyun Kim and Joon Leem for NATURE X NATURE.  

OCAD U students Hamid Shahi and Victor Mancini won the second prize of $2000 for DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE.

Finalists Topher Kong and Avis Ho also received a $1000 prize for SHAN SHUI.

The teams’ work is on display at the Kentwood booth at IDS 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The show closes on Sunday, January 24.

IDS 2016 is the 18th edition of Canada’s interior design showcase, which brings together hundreds of exhibitors and some 50,000 visitors.


OCAD University student a finalist in 2015 Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize

Image of Benjamin Hunter
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 4:00am

Congratulations to Photography student Benjamin Hunter for being chosen as one of two runners-up in the 2015 Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize. Rarely won by undergraduates, this prestigious award comes with a $1,000 prize and recognition in Canadian Art. The text Hunter submitted to the competition was originally written as an essay for the course Photographic Practices: Theory and Criticism.

Lesley Johnstone, a curator at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and a juror for the competition, says that Hunter “has developed a distinct voice and his approach to art writing manifests a desire to tackle important ethical and moral issues while not losing site of the aesthetic and experiential qualities of art production.”

Hunter was raised in Scotland and has spent time working in Uganda as an educator and filmmaker. Prior to enrolling at OCAD University, Hunter completed a BA in photography at Edinburgh Napier University. His current scholarly interest is in lens-based art and its capacity to generate social change.

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Call for Submissions

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am

We are pleased to announce that OCAD U has been invited to participate in The 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program invites 16 schools across Canada to propose one representative be considered for a $7000 scholarship.  To be eligible, you must be a full-time student  going into your final year of study.   Submissions are accepted from February 2nd and will close on March 2nd, 2015. 

2014 Winners include:

Marvin Luvualu Antonio (OCAD U)

Kristiane Church (University of Manitoba)

Paige Lindsay ( Ryerson University)



Hult Prize at OCAD University

Image of the Sharp Centre for Design during the day
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 5:00am to Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 5:00am

How will you change the world with $1M in start-up capital?

The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

The Hult Prize is offered in partnership with Former US President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. It is hosted and supported by Hult International Business School. And it is generously funded by Swedish entrepreneur Bertil Hult and his family. It has been called the "Nobel Prize for Students" by Nobel Prize Winner and annual jury member, Professor Muhammad Yunus. 

Open to universities, colleges and students on every continent, the Hult Prize has grown to become the world’s largest student movement for social good. It is also the world’s largest crowd-sourcing platform. Participating annually are thousands of students from 130 countries, representing over 350 institutions of higher education. Competing schools included Stanford, Harvard, INSEAD, Hult International Business School, NYU, Columbia, American University Beirut, LBS, Hitotsubashi, St. Petersburg, and Tel-Aviv University. Nearly all of the Financial Times’ Top 100 MBA programs participate.

Each year, a critical social problem is selected by President Bill Clinton and a challenge issued. Teams of 4-5 students are challenged to develop an innovative start-up enterprise to eradicate the problem. Access to Education. Clean water. Affordable housing. Clean energy. Solar Power. These are a few of the issues competitors have tackled since the competition’s inception.

It’s a win-win for the world.

Solving Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum

The 2015 Hult Prize "President's Challenge" will be Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and beyond, as selected by President Bill Clinton at this year's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York. The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address the early childhood education gap in kids 0-6 years old.

December 17: Final Application Deadline 11:59pm EST



Daniel Barrow's Kiss Me Before I Die. Image courtesy Glenfiddich.
Daniel Barrow in performance. Image courtesy Glenfiddich.

Daniel Barrow, a Montreal-based artist working in video, film, print-making, drawing and known for his projection installations and performances, is on his way to work in Dufftown Scotland after winning this year’s Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Prize. 

Barrow is one of eight artists chosen from around the world for the three-month residency. Valued at $20,000 per artist, the residency covers travel, living expenses and materials. The artists live in crofts (traditional small Scottish farm houses) and work closely together, making it an inspiring opportunity for cross-disciplinary ideas. 

OCAD University’s Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, Faculty of Art, and Lisa Deanne Smith, Acting Curator of Onsite [at] OCAD U, were involved in the highly competitive jury process for this year’s award. The jury selected Barrow for the depth of his imagination and innovative practice. Barrow was also the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award and is represented by Jessica Bradley in Toronto.

While preparing to leave for his residency, Barrow shared his thoughts about what winning the prize means, along with some advice for students:

OCAD U: Congratulations on the prize win! When are you going?

I’m leaving early, in mid-May because I have shows booked in Europe before it starts. I’ll be doing performances in Oslo, Brussels, Venice and Croatia. The residency itself will be from June through August.

OCAD U: What kind of impact do you think it will have on your work?

DB: I’m not sure what to expect. I’m looking forward to a certain degree of isolation and getting work done in the Highland Mountains, and I really like the works coming out of the residency. I’m hoping it will inspire me. I’d like the work to unfold organically within the context, however, I do have to ship all my art supplies. I anticipate I’ll be working on a narrative performance project while I’m there.

OCAD U: How do you keep learning and challenging yourself as an artist?

DB: I went to art school at the University of Manitoba. It was a very exciting time in the early to mid-90s, and I went to school with a lot of artists who went on to establish themselves in the art world. So my peers and professors were a source of inspiration, and it was because I went to school with so many dedicated and inspired artists that I felt emboldened to quit my day job and work as a full-time artist. The thing that people need to know about being a full time artist is that it’s a lot of work. It requires a certain degree of sacrifice and dedication. I saw that in art school and the other students offered me a path. I still keep in close touch with my peers.

OCAD U: What advice would you give to the OCAD U community?

DB: I taught at Concordia for two years and what I told my students is that those who go on to succeed in the art world are not necessarily the best, but those who establish themselves in the community. That’s so important — establishing a peer group and creating relationships with other artists.


Georgia Dickie wins Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize

Work from Georgia Dickie's thesis series, Findings, 2011.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 4:15pm

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts announced this year’s prize winners, offering a range of prizes recognizing achievement and supporting projects. Among this year’s recipients is 2011 Sculpture/Installation medal winner Georgia Dickie, who will receive $10,000.

“Georgia Dickie’s practice seems to transcend time and ordinary language and therefore propels us towards a future, where everything is malleable, where transformation is the only constant,” said the TFVA news release.