Reflective surface with red paper
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:00pm to 11:00pm


A curatorial project for CRCP 3B06, Exhibitions: The Work of the Curator

reMove is an experiment in unraveling and redefining designated art spaces. It seeks to resolve issues of inaccessibility of existing exhibition spaces for young or un-established curators and artists by reexamining the physical and temporal boundaries of gallery space, and by reimagining available resources as manipulable frameworks within which these new boundaries can be actualized.

The three artworks chosen, work by Toronto artists and OCAD U students Robert Anthony O'Halloran, Connor Olthius, Katelyn Gallucci, approach art-making through methods similar to the exhibition’s retrofitting of a U-Haul truck into a gallery.

Image: Katelyn Gallucci, 2014

Venue & Address: 
52 McCaul St. South Parking Lot


Monday, March 23, 2015 - 4:00pm to Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 4:00pm

Inspired (Communications Design Show)

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Transit Space, 2nd Floor 100 McCaul Street

Drawing at First Sight

Green and white poster
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 5:00am


Student Exhibition

First Year Art & Design at OCADU welcomes you to highlights of a wide range of drawings produced by students developing both their technical and conceptual skills over the two-dimensional plane.


Venue & Address: 
Transit Space, 2nd Floor 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario  

MAAD Exhibit

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 4:00pm to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

March 9 - 20th in the Great Hall

Material Art & Design Exhibit

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Retrospective Show 2014: Call For Submissions

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:00am to Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:00am

An annual end of year exhibition sponsored by the Student Union

The Retrospective has been successfully mounted at OCAD University for the past 6 years. The show is entirely produced, curated, juried, and installed by students, featuring works from all years and disciplines. The Retrospective is an exciting opportunity to showcase and juxtapose art and design practice at OCAD U.

(Limit 4 pieces per person created within the past year)

Submission Form

Important Dates

Submissions Accepted: Thursday, March 13 to Monday, March 31

Jury Period: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Confirmation Email: Wednesday, April 2

Collection of Work: Accepted work will be handed in on Monday, April 7 in Room 287 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hanging will take place Tuesday April 8 in the Great Hall. All students with entries are encouraged to help hang and prepare the exhibit.

Show Dates: Wednesday, April 9 to Thursday, April 18, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday April 9

Remove Work: Work must be removed on the final day of the show, Thursday April 18. Any work not picked up will be brought to the Student Union Office. Any work not removed from the office within the following week will be disposed of.

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Ultra Rare: A Creative Placemaking Lab

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, September 12, 2014 - 3:00am

Thursday September 11, 2014 to Saturday September 27, 2014

Block Party: September 11, 7-11pm

student exhibition

feat. DJ sets by GlitClit + Petra Glynt,
and Ice-Pop Art by Lisa Paul
September 11, 2014 (7-11pm)

Planned in partnership with OCAD University’s new Creative Placemaking Committee, ULTRA RARE is a collection of projects and events that beautify and animate our corner of campus. This project models how civic stakeholders, including governments and private businesses, can empower artists to enhance public space and nurture community values in urban areas.

Mural by Julia Dickens, Tara Dorey, Alexandra Mackenzie, Lido Pimienta, Peter Rahul and Diana VanderMeulen; Planter by Laura Hedley, grOCAD; Small Space by Corey Moranis; OCAD U Student Gallery by Shannon Gerard.

Curated by Caroline Macfarlane and Vanessa Nicholas

Ultra Rare is supported by Osmington Inc., Prime Time Paints and Vinci Park, and sponsored by Pittsburgh Paints (PPG) and Stephenson's Rental Service Inc.

Student Gallery

52 McCaul St.

Toronto, Ontario


Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Getting Rid of Ourselves exhibition disrupts the personal brand

Untitled (Tennis Balls) by Claire Fontaine. Image courtesy Onsite [at] OCAD U.

“Today more than ever, artists and arts professionals are under pressure to build their personal reputations and capitalize on their social relationships. Networking, CV building and being seen at the right events around the globe with the right people, we must constantly promote the brand called You.” Helena Reckitt, curator

What was your most recent status update on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr? Did it reflect your personal brand as an artist? Were you trying to represent yourself? Do you feel pressure to create and maintain a certain identity online? If you’ve ever asked yourself what authorship and identity mean for an artist in the social media era, the Getting Rid of Ourselves exhibition on Onsite [at] OCAD U may disrupt some of your assumptions (and/or amuse you).  

“In a prestigious field of contemporary art, where a steady stream of workers, interns and volunteers seems prepared to labour for low or even no wages, the notion that work is its own reward has led to dangerous levels of exploitation and self-exploitation.”

Stepping into the Getting Rid of Ourselves exhibition is like entering oppositeland. The exhibition rejects our contemporary expectations of artists, their work, markers of authenticity and shows no investment in what Helena Reckitt, the curator of the exhibition, calls the stock of “heroic artistic self-expression.” Instead, we see work that obscures, delegates, distributes or withdraws the conventional signs of authorship and artistic subjectivity.

The Paris-based collective artist Claire Fontaine presents “Untitled,” an installation of tennis balls with small slits or mouths that hold smuggled prisoner contraband (and yes, their placement on the gallery floor is designed to trip you and add an element of instability to the installation). 

Heath Bunting’s “Identity Bureau, Transferrable Synthetic British Natural Person” comprises library and travel cards to create legal evidence of a fabricated identity.

Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša, who changed their names to that of the Slovenian Prime Minister, question the role of the artist’s name in building reputation and cultural capital in a video in which they show proof of their political, financial and legal identities.

Jesse Darling’s “Darling’s Room With Lyrics [Karaoke Vape Version RAW]” is a video adaptation of “Marvin’s Room” by R&B singer Drake that includes personal text messages as a forum for the performance of self. A live mic in the gallery encourages others to sing along.

Together, the installations by the 11 artists and artist collectives in Getting Rid of Ourselves explore how desires and subjectivities can be directed away from work:

“In order to recover life’s liberating vitality, they explore the need for us to stop treating our affective worlds and relationships as commodities. Only then can we halt work’s steady seepage into our every moment and relationship, and figure out what it really means to get a life.”

Getting Rid of Ourselves runs until October 11.

Quotes excerpted from Helena Reckitt’s essay, “Getting Rid of Ourselves.” Visit the gallery for a copy of the full text.

Find out more

Upcoming events as part of Getting Rid of Ourselves 

Helena Reckitt 

Onsite [at] OCAD U 

OCAD U 2104 graduates honoured at Student Sculpture Exhibition

Ash Moniz, Alchemy of Context (2014)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:15pm

Emerging artists Jonathan Simpson and Ash Moniz picked up two awards at the Sculptors Society of Canada’s 19th Annual Juried Graduating Sculpture Student Exhibition.

Eleven artists were selected for the exhibition:

  • Matthew Brown, Fanshawe College
  • Susan Kachor Conlon, Lakehead University
  • Elissa Gallander, The Art Centre, CTS
  • William Halliday, The Art Centre, CTS
  • C. Michelle Kivi, Lakehead University
  • Katie Lemieux, Lakehead University
  • Ash Moniz, OCAD University
  • Emily Moriarty, OCAD University
  • Glenna Rebick, The Art Centre, CTS
  • Azza El Siddique, OCAD University
  • Jonathan Simpson, OCAD University

Jonathan Simpson (BFA, Sculpture/Installation, 2014) is the recipient of the Abraham & Malka Green Sculpture Award and Ash Moniz (BFA, Sculpture/Installation, 2014) won the Artcast Inc. Sculpture Award.

The 2014 jury was made up of Flavio Belli, Curator and Art Consultant, Elaine Whittaker, Installation Sculptor and Edward Falkenberg, Sculptor, RCA, OSA, SSC.

Applications for the competition can be obtained at colleges and universities with Fine / Visual Arts programs in February.

The exhibition continues through to August 8 at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, Toronto. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays (except holidays) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About the Sculptors Society of Canada

The Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC) is solely dedicated to the education, promotion and exhibition of contemporary Canadian sculpture. Founded by some of the most prestigious sculptors in Canadian art history, the Sculptors Society of Canada has been exhibiting and raising the profile of sculpture in Canada for more than 75 years. The mandate of this Society is firmly established by a collective belief in education, partnership, co-operation and support - representing a commitment to educate the public and community at large regarding sculpture, to discover and foster young talent, to raise the profile of Canadian sculpture and to rally and encourage sculptors working at a professional level.

Students stage Othello exhibition at the British Institute in Florence

OCAD U Florence students and faculty at the British Institute as part of Shakespeare Week. Photo: Elizabeth Ladly.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

As part of Shakespeare Week last week in Florence Italy, OCAD University Florence program students curated and presented the exhibition Staging Reality, a series of contemporary art responses to Othello, at the British Institute of Florence.

“It was a great opportunity, with a large audience of Florentines, expatriate residents and visitors offering excellent exposure for our student's work,” said OCAD U Professor Martha Ladly, who is currently Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. “Student curator Sarah England is to be especially congratulated.”

Far Out

Far Out
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, October 3, 2014 - 4:00am

An Exhibition of the Weird & Bizarre: The OCAD U Library is proud to host Far Out, a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores unconventional and alternate realities. A diverse group of OCADU student and alumni artists present works which feature quirky or peculiar representations of people, memories or places and images or objects that may cause disbelief. We hope these works resonate in our Library, a space which aims to be an environment for questioning, investigating and challenging traditional forms of information and knowledge.

Featuring drawing, painting, collage, photography, video and sculpture works by Adrienne Crossman, Ana Jofre, Andre Kan, Emily Waknine, Lucas Johnson, Marta Chudolinska, Petar Boskovic, Sam Pedicelli, Sarah Munro, Tara Dorey, and Yan Wen Gillian Chang.

Venue & Address: 
Dorothy H. Hoover Library Level 2, 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario