The First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition Deadline February 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket and drugstore anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, has made a substantial commitment to sponsoring a public sculpture competition available to all OCAD U students currently enrolled in 3rd and 4th year, Graduate Studies students, as well as recent graduates. Through this competition, in its 6th year running, First Capital Realty is offering the career defining opportunity of producing a sculptural work that will be prominently displayed on an exterior site of one of their shopping centres. In addition to providing an OCAD U student with this fantastic opportunity, one of First Capital Realty’s main goals of this collaboration is to "add aesthetic value to the property/ies and to enhance the experience of visitors to its centre."

The winner receives a $5000 prize, plus fabrication budget
Finalists each receive $350 materials budget

This competition will commence on Monday, November 21st, 2016.

The winner of the competition will be announced on Monday, March 27th, 2017

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017

Venue & Address: 
Faculty of Art office, 100 McCaul St., Room 401 Attn: David Meachen
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-art/fcr-competition.htm
Email: 
dsullivan@faculty.ocadu.ca
photo of sculptural maquette and text with competition details

OCAD University selects architects for campus expansion

Three male architects
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce the selection of three architectural firms to lead the design and implementation of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project: Morphosis and Teeple Architects, with Two Row Architect.

The CCC project will revitalize and expand the core of the institution’s campus along McCaul Street in Toronto, involving approximately 55,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 95,000 sq. ft. of renovation and repurposing of existing space.

The two internationally-renowned lead firms, Morphosis and Teeple Architects, have previously collaborated over the years, sharing ideas and research. They will work with Two Row Architect, a 100 per cent native-owned and operated firm on the Six Nations in Southern Ontario, to create the Indigenous Visual Culture and Student Centre and to ensure that Indigeneity is embedded successfully throughout the project.

“Our campus expansion in the heart of Toronto’s creative district is aligned with our goal of creating a 21st century, healthy, accessible and creative environment where studio-based, experiential and collaborative learning can thrive,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “Over its 140 year history, the institution has grown and thrived, and this project is the next step in its evolution.”

In spring 2016, OCAD U received a $27-million investment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Creative City Campus project. “The Ontario government is proud to support this renewal project, which will provide OCAD U students with vastly expanded and improved learning facilities,” said Han Dong, Member of Provincial Parliament, Trinity-Spadina.

Leading edge media, technology and state-of-the-art digital fabrication will be integrated throughout the facility to enable pedagogy, as well as social interaction and new ways of thinking, making and doing.

“OCAD University is embarking on a bold campus renewal that will accelerate the university’s continued success in developing the next generation of professionals in the creative sector,” said Leslie Gales, Chair Campaign Cabinet  ̶  OCAD U, Ignite Imagination.

“We are thrilled to be part of the future of Canada’s oldest and largest art, design and digital media university. We look forward to bringing new disciplines, minds and thoughts together to re-imagine the future and collectively answer the questions of tomorrow,” said Thom Mayne, Design Director of Morphosis Architects.

“Rethinking the very nature of learning space at OCAD U is the core challenge of this opportunity,” said Stephen Teeple. “How can it be organized, what spatial qualities might it possess to enhance interdisciplinary discourse and spark the imagination of creative young minds? These are the questions to be explored in the exciting design process that is about to unfold.”

OCAD University’s constant evolution is based in the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society – that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives.

The Globe and Mail covered the announcement. 

                                                                             

Below, Left to right: Ung-Joo Scott Lee, architect Mark Robert, OCAD U board member Helen Kearns, MPP Han Dong, architect Brian Porter, OCAD U board Vice Chair Sharifa Khan, architect Stephen Teeple, architect Thom Mayne, OCADU President Sara Diamond, Ignite Imagination Campaign chair Leslie Gales, MP Adam Vaughan and OCAD U VP, Advancement Carole Beaulieu.

Poster: 
Left to right: Ung-Joo Scott Lee, architect Mark Robert, OCAD U board member Helen Kearns, MPP Han Dong, architect Brian Porter,
Morphosis project - Bill and Melinda Gates Hall
Teeple project - Stephen Hawking Centre
Two Row project - Allegany

Grine Kuzine OPENING EVENT

Grine Kuzine
Friday, December 2, 2016

Using recycled cardboard and faded memories; Evan Tapper recreates his grandmother’s 1930s kitchen in Winnipeg to reflect on past and present hardships of starting life anew as an immigrant.

Website: 
http://fentster.org/#/grinekuzine/

Winter Clothing Drive 2016

OCAD U Winter Clothing Drive 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 8:00pm

Through an initiative by students Oliver Roberts, Sofy Mesa, and Art and Social Change, OCAD U Campus Life is helping collaborate the collection of WINTER COATS, SOCKS, AND ALL LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS, JACKETS, AND PANTS for the Allan Gardens Community Lunch and Clothing Closet.

As the season begins to change, it is imperative that our clothing closet changes as well to meet the needs of those of us facing homelessness and poverty in downtown Toronto. Please donate any CLEAN, gently used winter clothing.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
Website: 
www.facebook.com/ocaducampuslife
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext 4021

Creative Directors' Speakers Series: #2 It Takes All Types To Do The Job

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:30am

Does one size of (AD GRAD) fit all?

Creative Directors from Public Relations, Digital, traditional Ad agency, experiential and branding firms come and share their work, perspective and insights:

Our panel:

Joel Arbez – Executive Creative Director , Grey Canada
Jon Toews – former Executive Creative Director, Critical Mass
Andrew Simon – Executive Creative Director, Edelman Canada
Jonathan Smith – Executive Creative Director, Pigeon Branding
Graham Lee – T1 Agency, Chief Creative Officer, CD at T1 Motion

Q & A to follow.

Brought to you by the Advertising Program, OCADU.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
Cost: 
Free
Creative Director Speakers Series

MICHAEL ANTKOWIAK, FACULTY OF ART, PRESENTS: WHAT RIGHT HAS MY HEAD TO CALL ITSELF ME

abstract figurative work, predominantly blue
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 4:00am

WHAT RIGHT HAS MY HEAD TO CALL ITSELF ME

MICHAEL ANTKOWIAK

OCTOBER 7TH - 29TH, 2016

RECEPTION OCT 7TH 6-9PM

 

“At what precise moment...

...does an individual stop being who he thinks he is?

You know, I don't like complications.

Cut off my arm. I say, "Me and my arm."

You cut off my other arm. I say, "Me and my two arms."

You...take out...

...take out my stomach, my kidneys,

assuming that were possible...

And I say, "Me and my intestines."

Follow me?

And now, if you cut off my head...

...would I say, "Me and my head" or "Me and my body"?

What right has my head to call itself me?

What right?”

Excerpt from the film “The Tenant”, 1976, by Roman Polanski.

 

Michael Antkowiak (Warsaw, 1977) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. He has since exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Queens Museum of Art, in New York City, and Carrie Secrist Gallery, in Chicago, Il. Michael is a recipient of several artist’s grants and residencies, including the Toronto Arts Council Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Michael lives and works in Toronto, and in addition to his studio practice, teaches as a drawing and painting instructor at OCAD University.

 

 

Blue, oil on canvas 12”x16” 2016

Venue & Address: 
WIL KUCEY GALLERY 1183 DUNDAS ST. W. TORONTO CANADA M6J 1X3
Website: 
http://www.wilkuceygallery.ca
Phone: 
416.532.8467

MARTK'D Sneaker Design Tournament

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm

OCAD University is proud to collaborate with MARTK’D which celebrates art on sneakers.  The partnership was formed to execute a creative engagement initiative in the form of a sneaker design tournament.  The tournament will give 40 of Toronto’s up-and-coming high school artists from the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board the opportunity to showcase their creative skills through live competition in front of an audience. Artists will use VANS sneakers as a blank canvas and Sharpies to create their own designs, to be judged by audience members and special guests.

 

The format is as follows:

Two qualifying rounds will consist of 20 artists each, 40 artists in total.

The top four artists from each round, voted on by the crowd, will advance to the finals.

The eight finalists will compete to become named the ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion!

The MARTK’D ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion will receive an educational scholarship + merch.

 

WHAT: MARTK’D- Sneaker Design Tournament  

WHEN: Wednesday October 12th 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE:  OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON
Email: 
admissions@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 4869
Cost: 
Free

Black Speculative Arts Movement

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) Toronto 2016 is a two-day community gathering at OCAD University. The event will be focused on a Toronto/ Canadian centred dialogue around the improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets. The lack of cartoons with Black People as majority or in lead roles, or the lack of character diversity in comic books, novels and films are examples. There will also be a market place with a variety of vendors offering goods and services to encourage supporting local businesses and artists.

$5 Each Day
$10 for a pass

Tickets can be purchased:
eventbrite.ca/e/black-speculative-arts-movement-symposium-bsamtoronto2016-tickets-27314610736

 

DAY 1
Open
ing Night:

The first night of the two-day community gathering which will feature an opening ceremony and speeches and presentations by the founders of BSAM and other prominent artists.
 

Friday, October 21, Auditorium Room 190
6 to 10 p.m.
Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.

 

Featured Discussions and sessions:

  • Studying While Black, moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson
  • featuring OCADU BIPOCSA (Black Indigenous People of Colour Student Association) - Camille Lauren, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Graham Ndimenhle Nhlamba, Kikelomo Otuije, Moya K, 
  • Making Space For the Black Imagination (curator and cultural producers)  featuing B.A.N.D. Gallery
  • Black Queer Art Matters

Featuring Artist talks by Ato Sietu (https://www.facebook.com/ato.seitu)
Dr. tobias van veen
Fatimah Tuggar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatimah_Tuggar)

Live performances Kafaye Rose (R & B, Reggae), Major Blaze (Reggae, R& B Alternative Hip-Hop), Chop-Z (future Music) + more

 

DAY 2

The focus of this day is on the different speculative art platforms across Toronto and how community informs the arts practices and vice-versa. This day will feature panels discussions, workshops and activities and live performances

Saturday, October 22, Auditorium Room 190 and Great Hall 230
11.a.m to 6 p.m.

Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.

 

Featured Discussions and sessions:
• Deconstructing the Race Box moderated by Black Future Month

  • The Healing of the Nation (Spiritual art practitioners & mystics) moderated by Sunset Service featuring David Lewis-Peart, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Njeri Campbell + More
  • Comics & Caricatures (Artists, designers, and illustrators) moderated by Sheniece Cater featuring Arthur Tanga, Alecia Doyley, Black Sun Comics, Stacey Robinson of Black Kirby
  • Black Ink: Flipping the script (Authors and Playwrights) moderated by Nay Monroe featuring Adiyana Morris,  Dilcia S. (NYC), Jelani “J-Wyze” Nias, Whitney French
  • Words, Sound, Powah (Music artists & Performance artists) moderated by Sharrae Lyon featuring Watch School Alumni - Najla Nubyanluv, Ohm Shanti, Sashoya Shoya Oy
     

Featuring special artist talk by Ian Sun of Anansi T.E.K. Club (www.anansi-tek.org)
Live performances by Witch Prophet (Experimental Indie) + More

This event is supported by Black Future Month, Lost Lyrics, OCAD U Student Union, Onsite Gallery, OCAD U Faculty of Liberal Art and Science and School of School for Interdisciplinary Studies , Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design,  Art and Social Change, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Deluxo, PRIYOME Chess Club, Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy of the Toronto Lillian H. Smith Library, Nia Centre For The Arts, Black Artist Network In Dialogue Gallery( B.A.N.D. Gallery), Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere Edutainment (R.I.S.E. Edu.), Street Voices, Zero Gun Violence and Rite Of Passage - Woodgreen Community Centre.

 

About BsaM

Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Black Speculative Art movement emerged out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture. Black Speculative Art is a creative aesthetic practice that integrates African diasporic or African metaphysics, science, and technology that seeks to interpret, engage, design or alter reality for the re-imagination of the past, the contested present, and act as a catalyst for the future.” The BSAM convention movement, co-founded by Dr Reynaldo Anderson, at Harris-Stowe State University, and Maia Crown Williams, founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.

Afrofuturism and astro-blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Tananarive Due, and the Zulu Nation are excellent examples.

BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.

BSAM is a continuation of the historical behaviour within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.

http://blackspeculativeartsmovement.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/blackspeculativeartsmovement

Tickets can be purchased

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/black-speculative-arts-movement-symposium-bsamtoronto2016-tickets-27314610736

for more info contact Quentin VerCetty at bridginda6ix@gmail.com

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.

Michelle Forsyth to participate in a Panel Discussion: Creating with Parkinson’s

poster for the event with a multi coloured sculpture on pink background
Saturday, April 9, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Michelle Forsyth will be speaking along with her neurologist, Dr. Alfonso Fosano (Toronto Western Hospital), and TBA about how Parkindon's impacts creativity.

Michelle Forsyth recently underwent deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease. She will discuss Parkinson’s and sensuality, specifically focusing on her recent work. Forsyth teaches painting at OCAD University.

Alfonso Fasano will discuss Parkinson’s disease as a window into the neurobiology of creativity. Dr. Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD is Associate Professor, University of Toronto, as well as the Director of the surgical program for movement disorders Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital

In Partnership with the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario

Venue & Address: 
THE WOODSTOCK ART GALLERY
poster for the event with a multi coloured sculpture on pink background

Certified: Exhibition in Continuing Studies at OCADU

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:30pm to Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

An exhibition featuring artists who have completed a Continuing Studies certificate at OCAD University.

The Office of Continuing Studies offers six certificates that provide formal recognition of completed qualifying courses. Students must complete five courses within three years to qualify for the certificates to qualify for the Digital Media Skills Certificate, Art and Design Studio Skills Certificate, Photography Studio Skills Certificate, Web Design and Development Skills Certificate, Theory and Criticism in Art and Design Certificate, or the Certificate in Business Skills for Creative Professionals.

Works in the exhibition include Paintings, Drawings, Photography, Digital Design, and Video.

Open Mon- Fri, 9am-5pm

Reception: Thursday, February 4th, 5:30 - 7pm

Venue & Address: 
Office of Continuing Studies @ OCAD University 285 Dundas Street West
Website: 
ocadu.ca/continuingstudies
Email: 
continuingstudies@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 x 2321
Cost: 
Free

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