House of Oriental: Northern Style

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:30am to Monday, May 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

Natalie Mark and co-curators Yasmin Emery and Samiya Karim deliver a new flavour of an exhibition in the Learning Zone Gallery - House of Oriental: Northern Style on through May 27.

Emery describes House of Oriental: Northern Style, as an exhibition of works exploring pan-Asian Canadian foods: recipes developed from hybridity, alienation, assimilation, survival, and poverty. The works in this exhibition aim to explore not the most “authentic” or “real” ethnic foods, but to present the foods and experiences born out of the land’s rich (or poor) newcomer history. The exhibition includes works ranging from paintings to photography as well as a recipe book, compiling the foods behind the art.

Featuring artwork by:

Abbey Chong

Natalie Chuck

Tina Chu

Kai Lumbang

Mel Low

Natalie Mark

Loretta Miauw

Noelle Mok

Pauline Nguyen

Becky Wu

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, 2529
House of Oriental: Northern Style Exhibiiton


Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:00am to Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 6:00pm


An exhibition inspired by the OCAD University Drawing and Painting Trip to Awenda Provincial Park 

Exhibition Dates November 20-December 1st

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 22, 5-8pm

Location: Ada Slaight Galleries, 100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor

On September 22nd, seventy of our OCAD University students went on a trip to be inspired in the landscape. 

Painting and drawing en plein air, at Awenda Provincial Park, students created work during that day and subsequently,  to later exhibit in a group exhibition in the Ada Slaight Galleries. 

Awenda has a deeply rooted artistic tradition that encompasses a number of iconic figures in Canadian art history. Tom Thomson painted the parks Giant's Tomb Island, and a number of the Group of Seven also fostered connections with the Southern Georgian Bay area. 

The Awenda Inspired trip is designed to celebrate the park's rich art heritage and provide an opportunity for students and the general public to interact.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Ada Slaight Galleries, 100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor Toronto, ON
AWENDA INSPIRED poster, landscape photo and exhibition details

Proud At OCAD U Art Show

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

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!

Participants list:

Casey Helm

Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez

Rachel Finlay

J. Lee Bertram-French

Heidi Ku

Vincy Lim

Rachel McCormick

Emily Saunders

Teddy Schaub

Matt Xie

On until June 29

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
Proud At OCAD U Art Show poster

Migration First Generation Student Exhibition

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

First Generation Programming is proud to present Migration , the annual First Generation Student Exhibition. Please join us on March 21st at 6.30 PM in the OCAD University Learning Zone, Level 1 St. Patrick's Street to celebrate the talent and achievements of our First Generation Students. A Publication of our students' work will be available. Reception will also be held in the Learning Zone. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick's Street
416 977 6000 x 3249
Migration Exhibition

Course Credit - Year End IAMD Student Exhibition

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

April 11-13, 2017 | open daily, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Closing Reception: Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Participating artists:

Carlina Chen
Aylan Couchie
Laura Dawe
Tom Feiler
Thom Jeffrey Garcia
Tara Krebs
Bernard Leroux
Pamela Nelson
bekky O'Neil
Brad Phillips
Morgan Sea
Brianne Service
Lida Shanechiyan
Samantha Sherer
Michael Simon
Jeff Tallon
Dasha Valakhanovitch
Justyna Werbel
Wendy Whaley



Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street W
abstract geometric shapes in black, red, and white - exhibition poster

TEXThibit: A visual display of creative writing by students at OCAD U

a design with the word "texthibit" overlapped in various sizes and colours
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 5:15pm to Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 9:00pm

Visit the Learning Zone to read our latest exhibit, on now until March 7th! Texthibit features a large selection of fiction and poetry by current OCAD U Students.


Join us for a reception and reading of work by exhibiting authors and other writers from our community on Tuesday February 28th at 6pm. 

We are currently looking for OCAD U students, faculty and staff interested in reading and presenting their work at the public reading event. We welcome readings of short stories, poetry, non-fiction and anything in between. Each reader will have up to 5 minutes of performance time. To sign up to be a reader at the event, please contact Marta at

The reception & reading event is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library and Writing & Learning Centre.

Featuring writing by 22 authors:
Lani Burshstein
Sherlyn Choe
Jercy David
Jessica De Vittoris
Yasmin Emery
Athena Katerina
Amy Lee
Maricar Leonardo
Derek Li
Vincy Lim
Alex Mazurenko
Samuel McGuire
Sybyahnah Nemirovsky
Emily Schimp
Aaron Tang
Francis Tomkins
Detia Tungga
Connor Vasey
Shirley Wang
Emma Wheaton


Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone Gallery 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street, Building SPA
416-977-6000 ext. 2529
Poster repeating the info in this event post, surrounded by a design with "texthibit" overlapped in various sizes and colours

The Un-Othered Body

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Un-Othered Body highlights the ways in which class, race, and gender all shape how othered bodies are perceived and navigate within contemporary spaces.

Exhibition Dates: February 8 -16, 2017
Opening Reception: February 9, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Panel Discussion: February 14, 12:00pm

Works by:

Dainesha Nugent-Palache
Jenny Cheng
Karina Iskandarsjah
Mariam Magsi
Oreka James
Tau Lewis

Panel Facilitator: Jessica Karuhanga

Curated by Esmaa Mohamoud


Special thanks to the OCAD U ODESI Office and Graduate Studies Office for their generous support.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street W
The Un-Othered Body poster

Kristin Morthens: Busting out of tradition

Third-year OCAD U student, Kristin Morthens describes her work as “busting out of the conventional picture frame.” And literally she does just that, in many of her works. Perhaps it’s her life and love of travel that draws her to the unconventional. Born in Iceland, Morthens has travelled the world. From growing up in Iceland, to living as a teen in Kenya, where she was home-schooled, to painting walls in Brazil for five months, to studying at OCAD U in Toronto, Morthens believes that all of the places and cultures she has experienced have given her a broader perspective of the world. And now, as an exchange student at The Art Institute of Chicago, she further explores new territory.

“When I first started painting, I was doing graffiti as a teenager, and later  ̶  street art  ̶  so I didn’t start painting on canvasses until a couple of years ago,” says Morthens.  “I think in a sense, I was always very connected to site-specific pictures and painting on walls that were not a square or a rectangle.”



Morthens’ work is digitally inspired, contrasting between materials such as traditional paint and spray paint, exploring textures, mark making and colours. Lately, she has been fascinated by fabrication and the materiality of the canvas. “I’ve been dying canvasses and using bleach, painting a lot on raw canvas, and using unstretched canvas,” says Morthens.  “I feel like I want to go in an installation direction with creating a space that you enter… busting out of the rectangle. It’s not new, it has been done for many decades, but the idealization of the rectangle is something that an art student in 2016 should question.”



As an exchange student living in the United States during the recent election, Morthens encountered a different sort of cultural experience. “The country was paralyzed… people were crying and the energy here is very heavy,” says Morthens.  And how did this affect her work? “I couldn’t paint for a bit, after the election and I decided to do a portrait of a friend of mine from Chicago. I haven’t done a portrait on a canvas in two years, but it was an urge that I felt that I had to document something.”



Grateful for her time at OCAD U, Morthens, who was awarded the Curry's Art Store Prize this year, and the Helen Eisen Scholarship last year, asserts that she has been shaped and very influenced by her professors, fellow students and the aesthetics that are happening in Toronto. “The scene has pushed me into new directions. I feel like since I started OCAD, I haven’t stopped evolving.”

Check out more of Morthens’ work online.

Natalie Pavlenko
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On Impact: Reception, Screening & Panel Discussion

On Impact
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:00am

On Impact focuses on the recent work of The Impact Collective, OCAD U’s art and design social innovation project, and brings together a selection of new creative projects developed in partnership with a wide range of collaborators. Working with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as outside organizations, the work in this exhibition explores the potential - and limits - for influencing a cultural shift associated with creating meaningful change using the language(s) of art, design and media.
Featuring projects developed in collaboration with:


Event is FREE, all are welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Space is wheelchair accessible

OCAD U Student Gallery's closing reception for On Impact is from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 1 with a panel talk at 7pm.

Venue & Address: 
52 McCaul Street
On Impact