Imago Mundi — Great and North

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 5:00pm

Imago Mundi — Great and North
October 24 to December 16, 2018


Public opening reception

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 to 9 p.m.


This comprehensive exhibition features works by 760 artists from across Canada, including Inuit and Indigenous artists from Turtle Island. The exhibition brochure is available online here.

Imago Mundi — Great and North


Installation designed by architect Tobia Scarpa
Documentary video by Laurie Kwasnik

Francesca Valente, Lead Curator of the exhibition, has selected artists from Central and Eastern Canada working in several disciplines: painting, sculpture, architecture, design, cinema, music and literature. Among the featured artists are: Rebecca Belmore, Edward Burtynsky, Douglas Cardinal, Jack Diamond, Robert Houle, Moshe Safdie, Andrew Jones, Mary Pratt, Michael Snow, Margaret Atwood.

Jennifer Karch Verzè curated contemporary Western Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous artists from Canada and the United States.


It is a simple and powerful idea: to concentrate an enormous scope of vision – the work of almost 800 artists of various disciplines from across the vast territory of North America, including Canada’s far north – into a space one can hold in the palm of a hand. Painters, sculptors, photographers, architects and writers, each with their own vision and intent, working in mediums as varied and intimate as rose petals and sealskin, each creating a work on a canvas of 10 x 12 cm: that is the exhibition Imago Mundi Great and North, illuminating how such a diversity of landscape and practitioner can create an intriguing and inventive whole. It is affecting to witness the scope of the exhibit – the sheer number of works – and the intimacy of each canvas. Here almost 800 people have left their mark, a statement in their own hand, the size of a hand. It is a reminder of how various and vulnerable we are, a reminder in this agitated world of what it means to concentrate one’s full attention on the smallest detail. Great and North is part of an ongoing project that has been collecting these small works – all identical in size – from across the globe. It is a remarkable venture, and it is the grandeur of its ambition coupled with the humbleness of the size of each work that so slyly demonstrates the dual truth of human scale – both our reach and our mortality. Art imagines beyond the self, to something undeniably universal. It also says, poignantly, like these small canvases, “here I am”.

- Anne Michaels


Imago Mundi is about Art and the World without borders — a democratic, collective and global map-in-the-making of human culutres at the start of the third millenium — as envisioned by Luciano Benetton, art patron and creator of United Colors of Benetton. With a single format, 10 x 12 cm, the entire international Imago Mundi collection brings together artists from every continent: to date, more than 25,000 from over 150 countries.


Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.


Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.


Image: Meryl McMaster, Wayfinding, 2015, mixed media, 10 x 12 cm. Courtesy of the Luciano Benetton Collection.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
Imago Mundi


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



OCTOBER 7TH - 29TH, 2016



“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

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

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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

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RYAN GANDER: Auto-Abstraction And Happenstance In Art Making

photo of a tent sculpted of marble
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:00am

Opening Reception: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016, 6 – 8 P.M.
**Artist in attendance

During the residency, Ryan will be working on a collaborative project with students exploring the idea of enforcing a methodology to art making ‘Auto-Abstraction And Happenstance In Art Making’ is about finding systems and devices that exist in the everyday world that create art through happenstance.

About Ryan Gander – Ryan Gander’s complex and unfettered conceptual practice is stimulated by queries, investigations or what-ifs, rather than strict rules or limits. For example, what if a child’s den of sheets were remade in memorialising marble (Tell My Mother not to Worry (ii), 2012)? What if all the pieces in a chess set were remade in Zebra Wood, so that neither side was entirely black nor white (Bauhaus Revisited, 2003)? Gander is a cultural magpie in the widest sense, polymathically taking popular notions apart only to rebuild them in new ways – perhaps by refilming the same ten-second clip 50 times over, as in Man on a Bridge (A study of David Lange), 2008. Language and storytelling play an overarching role in his work, not least in his series of Loose Association lectures or in his attempt to slip a nonsensical, palindromic new word, ‘mitim’, into the English language. Born in Chester in 1976, Ryan lives and works in London. Ryan Gander is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University
The Nomadic Residents program was launched in 2006. Residents include Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006) Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010), Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012), Candice Breitz (2013) and Pedro Reyes (2014). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

For more information please contact:

Derek Liddington
Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers 
Sessional Faculty
Faculty of Art
416.977.6000 x3844  


Christine Crosbie
Media Relations Officer, OCAD University

416-977-6000 Ext. 4849 Cell 647-473-7778



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Black Future Month art exhibition returns to OCAD University

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Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:00am

We are excited to inform you that the Black Future Month art exhibition will be returning to OCAD University for 2016 as part of the Black History Month Program at OCADU.

The 4th Annual BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 Art Exhibition will be spread across campus between the Ada Slaight Gallery Space (Transit Space) in 100 McCaul, the Open Gallery Space in 49 McCaul St. and the Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond st. The Exhibit will consist of OCAD U students, alumni, staff and Faculty along with select artists from the Black Community.

The 4th Annual BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 Art Exhibition is a professional curated platform that was created in 2012 by OCADU alumna Danilo McCallum. Now in its 4th edition of the exhibit, it is dedicated to showing work of artists who identify as being of African decent to explore the infinite expressions of Afrofuturism, Black speculative fiction, Afro-Surrealism and other expansive themes like Black identity, culture and existence in the future, real or imagined.

Submission Deadline: January 8th, 2016

Submission guidelines are the following:
• Contact Info and area of study
• Brief reason of interest (300 words or less)
• Brief Artist statement or Short proposal (150 words or less) including specification on work dimensions and any installation specification
• Digital Images – Jpeg Format less than 5mb, Audio – Mp3, Video – Still image + online link
All mediums will be accepted
But space is limited.

Send Submissions to
Installation begins February 1st and exhibit will run to March.
Selected artists will be notified within a weeks of the application

For more information visit:

We are excited to inform you that the Black Future Month art exhibition will be returning to OCAD University for 2016 a part of the Black History Month Program at OCADU.
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40, i nuovi 20 - forties are the new twenties

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to Monday, November 30, 2015 - 2:00am

40, i nuovi 20 - forties are the new twenties  is an exhibition that celebrates the milestone 40th year of OCAD University's Florence Off-campus Studies Program. Students from the 40th year of this one-of-a-kind studio-based experience will showcase their works, 40 pieces from 20 artists and designers, alongside a curated archival display celebrating the incredibly rich history of the program.

Monday, November 23 to Sunday, November 29

OCAD University Great Hall

This exhibition is generously supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall, 2nd Floor 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON
2015 Florence students

31st Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 5:00am

31st Annual Book Arts Fair

The Printmakers of OCAD University invite you to visit our 31st Annual Book Arts Fair to be held in the Great Gall at 100 McCaul St, on Saturday, December 5, 2015!
Visitors can peruse and purchase hand-printed and bound books, prints, artist multiples, handmade paper and cards, buttons, totes, letterpress posters and much more!
Fifty to sixty book artists, printmakers, very small publishers, ‘zine’makers, OCAD U students, professional artists, letterpress printers,
papermaking and printmaking suppliers, and cooperative print shops will all be on hand offering unique gifts, collector's items and other treasures.
The OCAD U Book Arts Fair is a long-running annual venue for showcasing book arts, a passionate, underground form of visual arts that has been growing in popularity.
Proceeds from mounting the fair and donations at the door support student book artists and printmakers in OCAD U’s Printmaking program.

Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall at 100 McCaul St.
Book Arts Fair

OCAD U announces partnership with Toronto Biennial of Art

TBA curators Candice Hopkins (left) and Tairone Bastien (right), photo: Mariana D'Alberto
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:15pm

OCAD University has developed a number of initiatives to support the programming of Toronto’s first international Biennial of Art. The 72-day, free art exhibition will take place every two years.

Launching September 21, 2019, the inaugural exhibition, curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, will present local, national, and international contemporary art in a city-wide experience. The event will provide unique experiential learning opportunities and placements for OCAD U undergraduate and graduate students.

Programmed along the waterfront and grounded in the multi-layered history of Indigenous presence in what we now call Toronto, the inaugural Biennial asks us to re-examine the past to project alternative futures—Indigenous futurisms, Black futurisms, migrant futurisms, queer futurisms, animal futurisms—that expand our ways of knowing and becoming as a function of coming into greater relational awareness

Click here to learn more about the Toronto Biennial of Art.

FIRST SELF An Exhibition of OCAD University First Year Self-Portraits!

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:30am to Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 8:30pm

Please join us for an end of year social and celebration of our First Year Drawing and Painting Student Self Portraits! 


An Exhibition of OCAD University First Year Self-Portraits  

April 22nd to April 28th  

Hours: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm  

Ada Slaight Galleries  

Reception: April 25th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Second Floor 100 McCaul, OCAD University  

We invite you to an exhibition of highlights from our first-year students’ self-portraits This final project of OCAD University’s first-year Drawing and Painting students is entitled the Life-Sized Self-Portrait. This creative challenge offers time for students to reflect on their first year in art school and apply all the skills they have learned to their first large format painting. Conceptually, instructors provide students with several prompts that encourage the use of family memories, symbolic interventions, avatars, anthropomorphic approaches to archetypes, and shapeshifters or other substitutes for the human body. Come and explore this delightful display of compelling images by/of students embarking on the journey of discovering who they are as artists and creative thinkers.  


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Ada Slaight Galleries   100 McCaul, Second Floor Toronto, ON  
a painted portrait featured on the exhibition poster with text details

Impulseb launching Impulse Interviews 1978-1990 with Nick Haramis and Eldon Garnet

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Impulseb launching Impulse Interviews 1978-1990 at Printed Matter / St Marks NYC May 14 6 pm.

With Interview Magazine's editor-in-chief Nick Haramis and Eldon Garnet interviewing each other and a rare screening of Winning by Ross McLaren of Impulse's 1978 International Dance Competition.

Venue & Address: 
Printed Matter St Marks NYC
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