Pedagogical Perspectives on Indigenous Art and Design

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:30pm

INVC and FCDC have collaborated on a Faculty conversation with Nigig Visiting Artist, Barry Ace. 

I have sent and invitation to all faculty as an Outlook Calendar invite, but I wanted to share the attached with you as well.  Feel free to share or promote the event.  If faculty office staff are interested in attending, they are more than welcome.

Hyakki Yagyo: Night Parade of 100 Demons

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:00pm to Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:00pm

The Hyakki Yagyo is the night where all manner of yokai, ogres, ghosts and other supernatural creatures parade through the streets in one massive spectacle. Those foolish enough to go outside or peek out of their windows in hopes to catch a glimpse of the supernatural are either killed or spirited away...

Come to Northern Contemporary this October and see the works of 25 amazing illustrators (including Faculty and Alumni from the Illustration program) as they reinterpret a Japanese folklore classic by creating 4 creatures each. 

All 100 pieces and a final composition featuring all their work will be on display starting October 20 until the 31st.

Adrian Forrow
Andrew Foerster
Chris Kuzma
Clayton Hanmer
Daniel Zender
Deshi Deng
Emily May Rose
Harvey Chan
Heidi Berton
James Turner
Jane Kim
Jacqui Oakley
Jenn Liv
Jennifer Phelan
Jeremy Leung
Jody Hewgill
Jon Todd
Lauren Pirie
Lynn Scurfield
Marc O'Brien
Ness Lee
Paige Clark
Shea Chang
Trevor Henderson

Venue & Address: 
Northern Contemporary Gallery - 1266 Queen St. W Toronto, ON. M6K 1L3
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Indigenous Visual Culture Day 2016

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 4:00am

Join us for Indigenous Visual Culture Day 2016
Tuesday, September 20
Everyone Welcome!

9:00 -12:00  
WARRIORSHIP: Cree Code Talkers and Aboriginal-Métis Contributions During the Second World War
Room 510, 5th floor, 113 McCaul Street

Indigenous Visual Culture’s annual symposium opens with a screening of Cree Code Talker, an important new documentary film on Charles “Checker” Tomkins (Métis) and his contributions during the Second World War. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion on themes of warriorship with panelists Boye Ladd, John Moses, Dr. Candace S. Green and Dr. Gerald McMaster.


12:15 – 1:15 
Corn Roast
Butterfield Park


1:15 – 1:45
Welcome, Honor Song and Round Dance
Butterfield Park


1:45 – 2:45
POW WOW ORCHESTRA - Cris Derkson concert
Butterfield Park


3:00 – 5:00
Introducing LandMarks 2017
Panel with Tania Willard, Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Camille Turner
Room 510, 5th floor, 113 McCaul Street


5:00 – 6:00
LandMarks reception
Room 187, Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street


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International Eyes

Elaine Yu

What’s it like to be an international student at OCAD U? Student Elaine Yu talks about InternationalEyes, a campus club that welcomes students from different cultural backgrounds to gather and share experiences.

What’s your story? What’s your background (did you study design before coming to OCAD University)?

I came to Toronto almost five years ago from Shanxi, China, to finish high school. I liked to sketch, play with clay and make small sculptures; however, I never really had the chance to develop those skills. I thought I would be like all my friends and end up in business school. During my first two years in Canada, I enrolled in the art program at Georges Vanier Secondary School. Fortunately, I had the best-ever art teacher who gave me the knowledge and guidance I needed to enrol in the Industrial Design program at OCAD U. 

Why did you choose to attend OCAD U?

Even when I was in high school, I would take an hour-long subway ride from Scarborough to downtown Toronto every week to check out the art galleries, farmers’ markets and all kinds of events happening on Queen Street around OCAD U. Sometimes, my high school art teacher would take us to the AGO and ROM on field trips. I loved all the multi-cultural and art events happening around the campus, and I thought it would be a wonderful place to study and practise art and design.

Student Elaine Yu

Why do you love industrial design?

I love it because the meaning of industrial design is constantly changing and evolving right along with society and technology. Industrial design can be a mechanism, product, service or system to help us experience everything we as human beings encounter. It requires awareness of everything that happens around you. 

What were the biggest challenges in coming here? What are the best parts?

Because of cultural differences, one of the biggest challenges for me is to make local friends. Students from the same cultural backgrounds tend to stick together, which leaves me with fewer opportunities to practise English and really dive into the local environment. However, the best part is recognizing the differences and trying to be creative to find ways to embrace them.

That is also the reason why Ayumi Fukuda and I started InternationalEyes, a campus club that welcomes students from different cultural backgrounds (as well as local students) to gather and share experiences. InternationalEyes is an anchor for the university’s international, exchange and domestic students, as well as alumni. Everyone in Toronto has a different background, culture and experience to share. InternationalEyes is where everyone can have a network, share experiences, meet new friends and make meaningful “global” connections.

Do you have any advice for students from other countries thinking about coming to OCAD U?

Take advantage of all the things happen around campus, as well as community events, festivals and galleries. Consider hopping on a bicycle and riding along Queen Street and through the city. I guarantee you will fall in love with Toronto.


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Graphic Design student Aqil Raharjo winner on RGD Student Awards

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:45pm

Congratulations to third year Graphic Design student Aqil Raharjo, who’s work was selected as winner for the Cineplex Digital Media Award for Information Design on the RGD Student Awards.

His work aims to raise awareness for global warming and the way in which it affects the polar bears existence.

You can see his work on behance.


Imagination Catalyst - Start Up Open House

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

OCAD U's Imagination Catalyst is participating in the nation-wide Start Up Open House event showcasing local start up communities in major cities across Canada. Drop by the incubator to meet our resident founders and their teams, learn about what it takes to run a start up, and join us in celebrating Toronto's entrepreneurial talent! Entrance to OCAD U's incubator is free - sign up to let us know you are coming!

For more information about other venues participating in the Start Up Open House event go to -


Venue & Address: 
8th Fl. 230 Richmond Street West
416-977-6000 x 4364

Hard Twist 11: SPIN: The Gladstone Hotel's Annual Group Fibre Art Show

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Friday, August 26, 2016 - 2:15pm to Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 3:15am

Hard Twist 11: SPIN: The Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Group Fibre Art Show - August 26 to January 9, 2016

HARD TWIST 11 – SPIN, the eleventh annual edition of the Gladstone Hotel’s signature show of textile-based art, invites artists to give us their own spin on spin.

To spin is to transform. Whether it’s turning a fleece into yarn for a cozy sweater or rotating a dubious fact through angles of truth, spinning changes what you started with into something very different.

Hard Twist has become an important annual event within the Canadian textile art community as well as being a signature event for the Gladstone. This year's exhibition includes the work of OCAD alumnae Judy Duggan-McCormack, Martina Edmondson, and Amanda Gresik (MAAD); Jessica Bromley Bartram (Graphic Design); Valerie Carew (MA, Media and Design); Liam Blackburn (Sculpture/Installation); Ketziah Kobrah (Photography), Wenzi Li and Jennifer Wigmore (MA, Art and Design); Claire Bartleman (Writing & Learning Centre) and faculty members Shannon Gerard (Publications and Print Media) and Kathleen Morris (MAAD).

For this edition, Dorie Millerson – Chair, Material Art & Design, OCAD University will also be part of the Jury. 

See all the participants here. 

Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West Toronto ON M6J 1J6
647-792-5957 x 0

In search of wildlife at Rouge National Urban Park

Bird in a hole
Swan in front of a sunset
View of the city from the park
Bird in a bird house
Coyote in tall Grass
Frog on a log

Recent OCAD U photography grad Heike Reuse scored a pretty unique summer job. She’s working as a photographer for Parks Canada at Rouge National Urban Park as part of OCAD U’s Career Launcher Program. The program helps graduates start their professional practice after school.

Check out some of Heike’s favourite photos of beautiful Rouge National Urban Park:

This photo of an American toad was taken at Rouge Beach before sunrise. I've been learning a lot about frogs from attending Frog Watch events in the Rouge. We listen to see how many and what kinds of frogs are living in different wetland habitats. It helps us see how well the wetland is doing and what kinds of species are mating when.


This photo of a cliff swallow was taken under a bridge at Rouge Beach. The community of swallows build their homes with mouthfuls of mud, under bridges at the beach. It really is amazing to see! 


This photo was taken at the wetland at Rouge Beach. This location is a great spot for people who want to get away and relax a little. It's a hotspot for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and birding. The sunset there is just breathtaking.


This photo is a great example of what makes Rouge Urban National Park so unique. You can see the Toronto skyline from this northern point in the park, showing just how close this awesome park is to the city. Another unique thing about the park is that it contains and protects local farmland! You can see all three important aspects of the park in this one photo – city, park and agriculture.


This photo is probably my favourite out of everything I've done so far. This is a Tree Swallow in his home off the Vista Trail. I sat on the ground at around five in the morning and did a photoshoot of this bird. The colours of the tree swallow are so beautiful. I have become so addicted to shooting wildlife and the more I learn about the animals and plants that I see and photograph, the more I love it.


This photo is of a coyote taken just after sunrise in the park. We just happened to be driving back to the office when we spotted it in a field off of the road. It was one of those "stop the car!" photography moments. I find the best wildlife photography happens by chance. If you go out looking for animals to photograph it never pans out. But, this day I just went to shoot a sunset and stumbled across a coyote, deer, frogs and birds. 

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Interview with Katheryn Wabegijig, 2016 Graduate

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Katheryn Wabegijig's work
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 4:00am

What is your overall experience at OCAD University?

I entered OCAD University as a second year transfer student and mature student after 10 years of focusing on my custom- framing career. I graduated from Cambrian College where I took their 4 year Fine Arts program. I had to make a choice between my career and furthering my education and so, I told myself, “If I get accepted into OCAD University this time, I’m going.” The professors, staff and fellow artists here at OCAD, who I have had the pleasure to meet, have made my decision worthwhile and really amazing.

What made you decide to take a minor in the Indigenous Visual Culture program?

I took Drawing and Painting as my major. I felt that I absolutely needed to take the INVC program because it was vital to my learning as an Anishinaabe artist who is continually searching for my place in each of the communities that I have grown up within. It has been a step in getting to know myself and work through fundamental ideas and beliefs that this program has allowed me to explore in various settings with my peers.

Did you access the INVC Student Services? What did you enjoy most at the INVC Student Centre?

Yes, I did, eventually. It was somewhat intimidating, as I am a shy person, becoming involved in groups or communities. INVC, particularly because it was in a separate building from the main campus was difficult to find. But when I did find it there were a lot of community building functions and activities at the INVC Student Centre.

What I enjoyed most was the organized field trip to the Petroglyphs in Peterborough. I would have liked to join in on the field trips to the Woodland Cultural Centre, but was unable due to my course and work schedules. I also attended the Buffalo

Stew lunches and Bead & Read, which gave a great sense of community. I would have liked to utilize the centre a lot more and take advantage of the Indigenous library.

What is the INVC Student Centre missing or what would be useful for our students?

I would say that I could have benefited from more structuralized cultural teachings and ceremonies such as Sunrise and women's ceremonies or organized outings as a group to attend these functions at other organizations.

What is your favourite memory of participation at INVC?

I really enjoyed the field trip to the Petroglyphs. I thought that it was well organized and having Elder, Edna Manitowabi on the trip made the visit very emotional and healing. All of the events are very inclusive of all OCAD students, staff and faculty, which created an amazing sense of community.

With your experience at OCAD University, what will you be taking with you upon graduation to help you move to your next step?

Not only will I have finally achieved my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and attended the University that I have always wanted to attend, OCAD. I will be taking with me great memories and experiences with professors, staff and fellow students. The way that I was able to delve into my art by working through personal and cultural issues in a safe and supportive environment allowed me to come to many realizations and revelations that I will carry with me. 


Katheryn Wabegijig is an Ojibway/Odawa artist belonging to Garden River First Nation/Ketegaunseebee with ancestry in Wikwemikong and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She grew up in the small mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario. Katheryn graduated from Cambrian College’s Fine Arts program in 2003 in Sudbury and has had a successful twelve year career in custom framing. Currently, she is graduating from OCAD University's Painting and Drawing program with a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture. She works in printmaking, sculpture/installation, fibre arts, drawing, painting, and other media-based arts. Her research interests include her family, dodems/clan animals, her Anishinaabe name and colours, and repetitive culturally significant design. She continues to explore her personal and cultural education through her art.