Graphic Narratives

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:30pm to Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:00pm

The Office of Continuing Studies occupies the space that once housed the OCAD U Student Gallery at 285 Dundas Street West. In keeping with the spirit of the building’s past we host an ongoing series of exhibitions showcasing the work of students from Continuing Studies courses.

This series continues with Graphic Narrative: An exhibition featuring work by artists from the Comics and Graphic Novels course in Continuing Studies at OCAD University.

Fiona Smyth has been teaching the Comics and Graphic Novels course in Continuing Studies for over 4 years. Each term Fiona works with a dedicated group of students to explore this diverse and engaging medium. This is the first exhibition in Continuing Studies featuring the artists from her classes, and includes students from this year as well as past years. In another first, this exhibition will also feature Fiona’s recent work along with her students.

The exhibition will be held in our store front office at 228 Dundas St. West.
Exhibition Dates: September 11 – November 13
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Office of Continuing Studies, 285 Dundas Street West
416.977.6000 ex 2321
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MAAD Thesis Exhibition

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to Monday, June 15, 2015 - 3:00am

The Material Art & Design thesis class will be showcasing their fibre, jewellery and ceramic work at Art Square Gallery & Cafe from June 1 to 14, 2015. The show will be split into two curated groups. The opening receptions will be held on June 3 and June 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. with light refreshments. The 2015 catalogue will be for sale at the event.

Venue & Address: 
Art Square; 334 Dundas Street West (right across from the AGO)


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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 9:00pm

Understanding change. Leading innovation.

Selected work from the Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) graduate program with student presentations in a Pecha Kucha.

Exhibition hours: Monday to Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the Strategic Foresight & Innovation graduate program

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 49 McCaul St.


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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

The Digital Futures Third-Year Undergrad Students are pleased to showcase their project work in collaboration with the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA),  from their recent trip to Hydra, Greece.


10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Project Review)

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Open to the Public)

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Main Lobby

ENVELOPMENT(S): Paths Taken and Not Taken, IAMD First Year Exhibition

Poster for Development
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 4:00pm to Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 9:00pm

Envelopment(s) invites viewers to contemplate the rigor and dynamic processes of artistic practice. The artworks included in this special exhibition, from the 1st year Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design cohort at OCAD University, reveal that intentionality in art-making often moves in more than one direction. Through the envelopment of artistic practice we summon new potentials and create opportunities to direct or redirect lines of investigation towards sometimes-unexpected resolutions.

Opening Reception: April 2, 7 to 10 p.m.

Esmaa Adam
Valerie Carew
Jay Irizawa
Wensi Li
Bindu Mehra
Amy Meleca
Yasemin Oncu
Ryan Pechnick
Eli Schwanz
Tamara Skubovius
Ashley Snook
Sandra Van Ruymbeke
Kimberley White
Jennifer Wigmore
Richard Williams
Garnet Willis w/ Max Streicher

Venue & Address: 
Robert Kananaj Gallery 172 St. Helen's Avenue, Toronto
416-977-6000 X4366

Searching For No End In Sight...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:00am to Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 4:00am

An OCAD U Criticism and Curatorial Practice MFA Thesis Exhibition by Natasha Peterson

Featuring the work of:

SEARCHING FOR NO END IN SIGHT . . . is an exhibition that begins with a line -- the horizon. As a fundamental feature of the landscape, the horizon conjures up feelings of infiniteness, longing, and even the sublime. In family snapshots, it marks a division between earth and sky, and provides a backdrop for scenes of leisure and informal congregation. This exhibition examines the horizon as a metaphorical subject and a framing device used by anonymous amateur photographers. By comparing found photographs with numerous others from the Archive of Modern Conflict Toronto, as well as the artwork of Parastoo Anoushahpour, the horizon is reconsidered as a subject with spatial and affective resonances.

Curated by Natasha Peterson

EXHIBITION: 17-21 March 2015, 12-5PM

RECEPTION: 19 March 2015, 7-9PM

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery - 205 Richmond Street West

OCAD U Student Gallery: Fall 2015 Call for Submissions

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00am

The OCAD U Student Gallery is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2015 exhibition program. There are three exhibition slots up for grabs. You can download an application from our website. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 24! Please note that emailed submissions won't be accepted.

Poster design by Jackie Lee (

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street
416-977-6000 x263

Endless Design

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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, April 10, 2015 - 4:00am

ENDLESS DESIGN is the first group exhibition featuring emerging artists from graphic design courses in Continuing Studies at OCAD University.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Office of Continuing Studies 285 Dundas St. W.

Small Space: GTFO

Image of a male wearing a pink T-shit with the words be the fruit you want to eat printed on the front
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:00am to Friday, November 7, 2014 - 5:00am

Opening party: Thursday, November 6 (7-10pm)
In conjunction with A Secret Garden at the OCAD U Student Gallery

We are Grapefruit: The Foreign Office.

When Poppa Citrus ate from the almighty grapefruit tree, he was awakened to the faith of the fruit. He now leads his people in combating scurvy and spreading his righteous word.

Join us.

Wednesday November 5, noon – 4 PM
Thursday November 6, 7 PM – 10 PM
Friday November 7, noon – 4 PM

Live screenprinting!

Bring a T-shirt or notebook and get it printed on the spot, or choose from one of our supplies. Designs include grapefruit patterns, one of our commandments, or Poppa Citrus himself.

Small Space is managed by the OCAD U Student Gallery, and supported by Osmington Inc. and Vinci Park.

Venue & Address: 
Small Space, 52 McCaul Street (parking lot)
416-977-6000 x263
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Onsite [at] OCAD U exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of Flash Forward

The Passing by Jinyoung Kim

The Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds exhibition on now at OCAD U’s Onsite [at] OCAD U gallery brings together works by a diverse group of past Flash Forward Festival winners from OCAD U, as the international photography festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. The show runs until December 20, 2014.

The collaborative exhibition could be considered a departure for Onsite, but Lisa Deanne Smith, the gallery's curator, was won over after talking with MaryAnn Camilleri, the director of the festival (and founder of the Magenta Foundation which hosts it) together with Barbara Astman from OCAD U’s photography faculty, and then reviewing the range of work.

“It was very inspiring to research each artist’s full body of work since they graduated from OCAD U,” Smith said. “The Photography department at OCAD U fosters experimental, critical, conceptual work and I was blown away by the depth conceptually as well as visually. The educational foundation these photographers received is evident in the successful manner in which they are evolving.”

What unifies the work of the 12 photographers in the show is how they build a complex conversation addressing the relationship of humans and the physical world. When you walk into the gallery and start looking around, you’ll see a wide range of images that you pull you into their worlds and tell engaging stories. In Jinyoung Kim’s video, “The Passing” a person stands against the backdrop of the ocean, slowly letting a fistful of sand blow into the wind. It could evoke a sense of release and letting go, or loss, depending on how you view it.

Danny Custodio’s series, taken in the St. Catherines suburbs, shows trees growing up around hydro poles and wires—nature accommodating built structures, and perhaps even thriving in spite of it.

In Meryl McMaster’s “Murmur #3” hundreds starlings swirl around a woman’s head, but the birds are made from paper, and she’s standing against a concrete backdrop.

The exhibition also showcases Sanaz Mazinani, Nathan Cyprys and Stacey Tyrell, described by Smith as having developed “challenging, rigorous, gorgeous work.”  She says she was drawn to the “formal qualities nearing perfection” of featured works by Geoffrey Pugen, Kotama Bouabane, Adrian Fish and Elise Victoria Louise Windsor, and notes Sebastián Benitez and Alex Kisilevich “employ humour and critique, always a difficult endeavor.”


“In its state of rapid change I find our world extremely exciting and often quite scary. Every day an article or conversation voices concern for our environment and the effect of humans on the earth. Every day there is someone, something or a moment that inspires and, I feel, makes our world a better place. The artists in Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds do just that.” Lisa Deanne Smith, Curator, Onsite [at] OCAD U

Find out more:

Upcoming events as part of Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds 

Flash Forward 10

Flash Forward 11 Call for Submissions