FORM TOGETHER: Work by students and alumni of OCAD University

PATCH, in partnership with OCAD University's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, facilitated a call for artists for an exhibition on hoarding surrounding the FORM condo development site on McCaul Street. More than 120 OCAD U students and alumni submitted work in response to an exhibit concept developed in collaboration with Tridel, one of Canada’s leading developers.

President's Message

While spring has been slow to come, the end of this academic year seems to have arrived in a flash – GradEx 103 is just two weeks away! Our eye-catching posters, featuring works from last year’s medal winners, are all over the neighbourhood including the subway. It is going to be another amazing exhibition with 23 program medal winners, the most ever. Thank-you to all of our faculty, academic administrators, staff, and entire community for the support that you have provided for our students this year.

Facilities Unit Review

Unit reviews of all units within the Vice-President, Finance & Administration portfolio are being undertaken over the next three years in order to flag possible organizational and efficiency issues and to assess alignment of stakeholder service expectations with unit responsibilities and performance. Facilities Planning & Management was the first unit to be reviewed due to the impending retirement of its Director, Peter Lashko. The primary observation of the review report was that Facilities is charged with doing a lot with very little. The overlap of some unit functions with responsibilities of other units was also noted.

OCAD U Holiday Social - December 7, 2017

Please join us at 49 McCaul St.(3 to 5 p.m.) as we gather with friends and colleagues to celebrate the holiday season. Prizes, Cash Bar & Refreshments!

President’s message

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time. While we’re all probably still feeling the effects, it is nice to leave work in daylight again. We are making our way out of a tough winter of record-breaking snow and cold.  

Because of the severe weather, we had to reschedule the talk by alumnus, artist and graphic design icon Burton Kramer. I’m grateful to Burton for making himself available again on April 17 to share his amazing insights on the graphic design industry in Canada. I hope you can attend.  

Promoting INVC

Martin Iskander, Video Producer and Photographer on OCAD U’s Marketing & Communications team, produced a promotional video for the Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC). The video profiles a current INVC student, Kaia’tanoron Dumoulin, who talks about her experience at OCAD U and encourages others to apply. Dumoulin recently exhibited her work at her first solo exhibition, Too Much Not Enough, at the Ada Slaight Gallery.

Newsletter submissions

We want to hear from you! Please send submissions for the next issue of the OCAD U Insider to Natalie Pavlenko by April 5, 2019.

The fine print: Please ensure your copy doesn’t exceed 300 words (and note that Marketing & Communications reserves the right to make editorial changes due to space constraints).



Enter our quiz for a chance to win a $25 Duke of Cornwall gift certificate:

  • Question: Which OCAD U alum designed IKEA’s air purifying curtain, GUNRID? (Hint: visit OCAD U’s Facebook page @ocaduniversity).

Please email your answer to Natalie Pavlenko by March 22, 2019.

Congratulations, Mel Racho, Senior Web Developer, on winning last month’s draw!


Did you Know?

In this section, we introduce you to the exciting people, programs and centres at OCAD U! This month, an interview with Adam Wiendels, Manager, Marketing.

1. What is your main area of expertise? (please choose one)

My job includes managing OCAD U’s marketing, paid advertising, public-facing social media and the website. I’ve worked in marketing for about 14 years and before that, I was in journalism.

2. Why is your department important to OCAD U?

Onsite Gallery – T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers

Mark your calendars for May 8 to attend the opening of T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers at Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.). Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries, the exhibition runs from May 8 to August 18, 2019.