New York's Society of Illustration Exhibition -- OCAD U Illustration Winners!

Mary Kirkpatrick
Varvara Nedilska
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 5:00pm

OCAD U Illustration students have won two of the top cash-prize scholarships!


The winning images were selected from 8,700 entries submitted by American and Canadian universities by a jury of renowned art directors and illustrators.

Congratulations to Mary Kirkpatrick (illustration showing), Varvara Nedilska (illustration showing), Salwa Majoka, Eryn Lougheed, Camila Teodoro, and Hannah Frandsen! And congratulations, faculty!


The exhibit runs May 7 - June 8 at the Museum of American Illustration. Awards Ceremony and
Reception: May 10, 2019.


Title: A Vision of Yellow Foxgloves

Student: Mary Kirkpatrick

Medium: gouache, acrylic and pencil on panel

Instructor: Jon Todd

$4000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award


Title: Family Pet

Student: Varvara Nedilska

Medium: Watercolor, ink, digital

Instructor: Jody Hewgill

$3000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award


Title: Clouded Leopard

Student: Salwa Majoka

Medium: Digital

Instructor: Jody Hewgill


Title: Spider Pox Takes the Island

Student: Eryn Lougheed

Medium: Acrylic and gouache on wood panel

Instructor: Jon Todd


Title: Sale Day

Student: Camila Teodoro

Medium: Gouache

Instructor: Jody Hewgill


Title: Toy Soldiers

Student: Camila Teodoro

Medium: Gouache

Instructor: Chris Kuzma


Title: Nostalgia

Student: Hannah Frandsen

Medium: Acrylic on gesso board

Instructor: Adrian Forrow



Venue & Address: 
The Museum of American Illustration
Digital Screen: 

Delaney family meets scholarship recipients

Kiki Delaney shakes hands with a student
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Former OCAD U Chancellor Kiki Delaney and family members gathered in the bright sky-lit painting and drawing studio at 100 McCaul St. on March 27 to meet the recipients of the Delaney Scholarships.

In 2015, the Delaney Family Foundation made a generous pledge to OCAD University, a gift of $4M to support four specific areas:

The Delaney Entrance Undergraduate Scholarships — renewable, merit-based scholarships for students in Fine Art.

The Delaney Entrance Graduate Scholarships — established to attract the most promising students to the following programs:

  • Master’s in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
  • Master’s in Criticism & Curatorial Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design

The Delaney Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) Research Initiatives Fund, which fosters projects and enterprises that support research into Indigenous culture and art.

The Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture. This named Chair allocates funds to critical components of the INVC program, ranging from student outreach and recruitment to the development of teaching resources that incorporate Indigenous perspectives and culture into the curriculum.

The guests heard from two scholarship recipients who spoke about the difference the scholarships made in their academic lives: Jerad Beauregard, in his second year of the undergraduate Drawing & Painting program, and Madeleine McMillan, pursuing her Master’s degree in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories

This year, the scholarships support five incoming students and 13 renewals.

Group photo of the Delaney family, president Sara Diamond, faculty and scholarship students
Student Madeleine McMillan speaking at lectern
Two students working on a sculptural piece
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Bursary & Awards Applications are coming soon!

Have you been wondering about where the bursary and 4th year awards application is? The Financial Aid and Awards team and the OCAD U community have been working hard at implementing a new all-in one personalized system that allows you to apply to bursaries, scholarships and awards with just a click of a button, well maybe a few :) This means it will be easier for you to find and apply to more funding opportunities. 

You'll be able to apply soon, so stay tuned!

OCAD U student work on display at The Museum of Illustration in New York City

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations to seven OCAD U Illustration students, whose work is on display at The Society of Illustrators’ 2017 Student Scholarship Competition at The Museum of Illustration in New York City:

Andrew Watch "External Goods"

$4000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award*

KaYoung Lee "The Dog Walkers"

$1500 The Warby Parker Visionary Scholarship*

Varvara Nedilska "The Collector"

$1000 The Nancy Cheadle Scholarship Award*

Sarah Alinia Ziazi "Her Prologue"

$500 The Jonathan LeVine Gallery Blurred Line Scholarship Award*

Kendra Yee "Spam"

$150 In Memory of Ed Benfro*

Marlee Jennings Wanderer"

Wenting Li "Hanging Gardens"

The exhibit features the works of more than two hundred of today’s top college level illustration students.  A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, have chosen the most outstanding works created throughout the year. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used.

The Society, as well as other generous private and corporate donors, grant scholarships to the top students featured in the competition. The exhibit runs through June 3, 2017 and the students’ work will be published in a full-colour catalogue.

*The Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship 2017 Award Winners

More information here.


Project 31 auction

Auctioneer on stage
Friday, March 31, 2017

The Project 31 fundraising auction on March 29 was another tremendous success, raising more than $200,000 overall in support of OCAD U students. Alumni and faculty members who donated works to the auction designated the proceeds to a wide range of support:  scholarships, bursaries for students in financial need and  initiatives that enhance the student experience, such as opportunities to study abroad, guest speakers, specialized workshops, leading edge technology, and more. The event was made possible thanks to the amazing generosity of the participating artists who donated their work and gave their heartfelt support:

Rachel Babineau, Monica Bodirsky, Kotama Bouabane, Linda Carreiro, Cathy Daley, Paul Dallas, John Deal, Judith Doyle, Benjamin Edmiston, Scott Everingham, Mitchell Fenton, TM Glass, Francisco-Fernando Granados and Manolo Lugo, April Hickox, Johanna Householder, John N. Inglis, Mark Jaroszewicz, Acacia Johnson, Alison Judd, Anda Kubis, JJ Lee, Greg Mably, Hugh Martin, Linda Martinello, Wrik Mead, Rob Nicholls, Lauchie Reid, Stuart Reid, John Scott, Rosalie Sharp, Vladimir Spicanovic, Peter Sramek, Jennie Suddick, Derek Sullivan, Amy Swartz, Gary Taxali, Natalie Waldburger, George A. Walker and Tek Yang.

And for the first time, the event offered for sale a limited edition of twenty hand-embellished digital paintings by Anda Kubis, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art.

Thanks go out to the members of the Project 31 Committee, for their invaluable support and enthusiasm:

Philippe Blanchard, Linda Carreiro, Ian Clarke, Paul Dallas, April Hickox, Brian Hinds, Amanda Hotrum, Johanna Householder, Richard Hunt, Sandra Kedey, Anda Kubis, Caroline Langill, Jenn Long, Jana Macalik, Dorie Millerson, Michael Prokopow, Nick Puckett, Colleen Reid, Ryan Rice, Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres, Vladimir Spicanovic, Jennie Suddick, Adam Tindale, Natalie Waldburger and Ryan Whyte.

As well, sincere thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors and supporters. This year, for the first time, we were very pleased to have a presenting sponsor– Bazil Developments Inc.

Many thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters: Delaney Capital Management; Borden, Ladner Gervais; First Capital Realty; Canadian Art; 13th Street Winery; Chair-Man Mills; Steam Whistle; Underwood’s Catering; Waddington’s and Westbury National.

Thank you, also, to the brilliant Stephen Ranger, Vice President, Business Development, Waddington’s, for leading the auction.

And, a special thanks to Katherine Needham, Senior Manager, Advancement Events, and her team, who ensured it was a wonderful evening for all those in attendance.

Stuart Reid, Gary Taxali and Jessica Rysyk standing in front of work.
Guests looking at a series of digital paintings

Sonia Tagari, Design for Health Manchee Foundation scholarship recipient

Sonia Tagari is an artist, designer and MDes candidate in OCAD University's new graduate program in Design for Health. She's sparky and articulate, and in 2016 began her career at OCAD University armed with a Manchee Foundation scholarship and duel degrees from the research-heavy University of Michigan in Art & Design and Neuroscience.

In late 2015, the Manchee Foundation donated more than $500,000 in support of Tagari's program, the university's newest graduate offering.The generous gift marks a growing, cross-sector acknowledgement that designers can affect the quality of life and well-being of entire populations through the designs they create, and it comes as the OCAD U embraces game-changing education and research to dramatically improve design practices related to healthcare environments, medical technologies and public health policy and communication. Significantly, it will endow two yearly scholarships in perpetuity.

“In my undergrad,” explains Tagari, “the two degrees I undertook were kept at a distance. But I saw themes emerge in my art practice that were mirrored in my science degree. Design for Health not only exposes me to different ways of thinking and more practical skills, it also allows me to see if a strong link can be forged — connecting art, design and healthcare. I want to act on that link."

In inviting designed solutions to health challenges, the MDes program explores four primary themes — each of which is investigated in studio and via partnered projects: the health context, which develops domain knowledge specific to health, healthcare delivery, communications and technology; research and application, which applies qualitative, co-designed and evidence-based techniques to health challenges; design and innovation, which creates ethical and sustainable solutions; and proficiency and leadership within interdisciplinary collaborations.

"Design for Health provides me with the opportunity to apply art thinking and practice in a way that transcends the personal," says Tagari. "That has benefits beyond myself. It also helps me see differently by expanding the singular approach of the clinician.” The relative simplicity of what she wants — “to be useful” — belies a fierce list of interests that includes lithography, printmaking, illustration, typography, publication design and the human body. Unsurprisingly, she sees huge opportunities in her field for collaboration, and is particularly interested in addressing patient-communication issues in healthcare. “Designers understand the typographical relationship between reader comprehension and negative space," she says, “whereas a scientist might regard as ‘incomplete’ a research poster that incorporates negative space in order to make information more accessible. This actually happened to me during the presentation of a poster I'd created.”

Tagari is the youngest student in her MDes cohort. While she sometimes finds that daunting, she also believes it will further her learning. It’s a very multi-disciplinary group — one that includes architects, web designers, product designers and healthcare practitioners. And as for Manchee scholarship? “I’m completely honoured,” Tagari says. “It really does help.”



'Am I more than a system of cells? Is my body so different than yours?'

Sonia Tagari’s Corporeal (2016) is a multi-media installation that addresses the relationship between a physical and psychosocial identity. It serves as an archive of limited medical data that investigates the level of access one has to personal information and the limitations in knowledge of something so immediate as one’s body. The installation encourages the viewer to investigate the data stored in the cabinet and desk drawers, allowing the audience to search for files, prints and videos in the same way the artist searched for medical information. All records and diagnostic images are sourced from the artist, creating a biological self-portrait. Together, the images explore the intimate and impersonal, familiar and foreign understanding of human physiology. 

Installation components: medical records, diagnostic images, lithographic prints, woodblock prints, CNC cut woodblocks, 3D printed skull + spine, video, lab equipment, found furniture, light boxes.



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Deadline: Joubin-Selig Bursary and Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarship

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 4:00am

Deadline for students participating in the Mobility/Exchange Program in the 2007/2008 Winter Semester to submit applications for the Joubin-Selig Bursary Program and the Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarship to the Financial Aid & Awards Office.

Kelly Faller, Financial Aid Assistant (Scholarships)

External Funding Workshop for Graduate Students

Dollar sign Clip
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Are you interested in applying for a CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide current OCAD University Graduate students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP here.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies

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

Venue & Address: 
Room 514 205 Richmond Street West
416.977.6000 x4367

Environmental Design student earns Donghia Foundation Scholarship

Rendering of a kitchen of Path House concept
Rendering of a kitchen and bedroom of Path House concept
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 4:00am

Simona Turco is the first OCAD University student to win the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship, given out annually to students in the field of interior design. Her project was one of 15 chosen from among of 68 submissions.

The $24,500 award will cover Turco’s tuition, books, materials and living expenses.

“Being able to have my work recognized on an international level by professionals in the industry is extremely exciting for me,” said Turco. “This award gives me the confidence and drive to continue producing innovative work that I am proud of.”

Angelo Donghia was an internationally known designer, entrepreneur and graduate of the Parsons School of Design in 1959. At the time of his passing in 1985, Donghia ventures involved furniture, textiles, showrooms and licensing. The Angelo Donghia Foundation provides support for the advancement of education in the field of interior design. The foundation also funds research into the causes and treatment of AIDS.

The Senior Student Scholarship Program in Interior Design was launched in 2002. Students submit their designs for a residential or commercial project for review by a blind jury consisting of interior design professionals, educators and editors.

The merit-based scholarship of up to U.S. $30,000 is to be applied to senior-year tuition, board, maintenance and books. 

Students from schools including Pratt, Parsons, the School of Visual Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design were among the 2016 scholarship applicants. OCAD U’s Turco was the only student to be honoured from a Canadian institution.

“Our students are honoured to be offered this wonderful opportunity by the trustees of the Foundation and to be considered alongside students from some of the most prestigious design schools in North America. We are extremely excited that this win has occurred after only participating in the competition for three years,” said Colleen Reid, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design.

Turco’s winning submission is called Path House. It is a residential project conceived for a client with a visual impairment. The home incorporates a contemporary aesthetic with components that cater to clients with any degree of visual disability. Features include custom millwork with braille or raised English details, contrasting materials and textures, anti-glare finishes, natural light for wayfinding and double-height spaces for variations in acoustics.

The scholarship shines a light on the incredible talent emerging from OCAD U’s Environmental Design program, which focuses on the design of expressive and humane interior and architectural space.

This year’s judges included the following designers, architects and members of the press: Amy Lau, Amy Lau Design; Arianne Nardo, freelance editor; Barry Richards, Rockwell Group; Carolyn Englefield, editor, Veranda Interiors; Frank de Biasi, Frank de Biasi Interiors LLC; Jamie Drake, Drake Anderson; John Ike, Ike Kligerman Barkley; Julie Noran, president, The Editor at Large; Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh Interiors; Sophie Donelson, editor-in-chief, House Beautiful; Stephanie Odegard, Stephanie Odegard Collection; Stephen Burks, Stephen Burks Man Made; Tony Freund, editor-in-chief, 1stdibs Introspective; and Vicente Wolf, Vicente Wolf Associates Inc.

Canadian Jewellery Expo

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

You can check out the work of six OCAD U grads and students who are part of 17 finalists for the 2016 Vaccaro Family Scholarship at the Canadian Jewellery Expo August 7th-9th in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Toronto – The International Centre – Hall 5 6900 Airport Road – Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8 August 7-9, 2016 Sunday – 10 am – 6 pm Monday – 10 am – 6 pm Tuesday – 10 am – 4 pm