How to become a professional artist

2015 Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture winner Jen Mann (BFA, Printmaking, 2009) talks about how she's made it as a professional, full-time artist.

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Summer Alumni Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Join OCAD U and the Alumni Association for a Networking Breakfast to connect with your fellow entrepreneurial alumni. A moderated panel of alumni will discuss their business hits and misses. A light breakfast will be served. More details to come.



Friday, November 8, 2019 - 8:00pm to Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:00pm

ARTWORKS, the annual alumni exhibition, will run from November 9 to December 16, 2019 in the Great Hall at OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street. The public opening will take place on November 8 from 8:00-10:00 pm. Alumni artwork submissions open until September 30, 2019.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall, 100 McCaul St., 2nd floor

Fall Alumni Social

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Onsite Gallery curator Lisa Deanne Smith and your fellow alumni community for a special exploration of the exhibition, Among All These Tundras from 6:00 – 6:45 pm at 199 Richmond St. W. The exhibition viewing will be followed by a social gathering (Appetizers provided. Cash bar.)

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.

Call for Applications - 2019 Partial Gallery (Alumni) Career Launcher

Call for Applications - 2019 Partial Gallery (Alumni) Career Launcher
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:30am to Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 12:00am

DEADLINE: Sunday, August 25, 2019 at midnight


Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for OCAD U Faculty of Art alumni. 15 recent grads will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Account on Partial and inclusion as a featured artist within the OCAD University Hub on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals. 

This is an amazing opportunity to get your work out there, nurture an audience, and sell your work! Applications will be reviewed by faculty members and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

The benefits of a Pro Account and inclusion on the OCAD U Hub are:

  • Dedicated artist profile page
  • Active promotion of your work by OCAD U's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
  • Listing on Partial’s artist directory
  • Smart insights about your artwork
  • Pricing Guide
  • E-commerce capabilities for art sales plus rental & payment plans for your    art
  • Trade Access: access to set decorators, designers, and stagers
  • Priority Artist support
  • Insurance Protection on all art rentals/rent-to-own plans
  • Low 16% transaction fee on any sale/rental


OCAD U Faculty of Art 2019 graduates  


  • Full contact information (Name, portfolio, and email) 
  • Links to online portfolio
  • One (1) PDF that includes a: 
  • Brief artist biography (250 words max)
  • CV
  • A brief statement of intent outlining your interest and commitment to this opportunity (up to 500 words max)


Please submit all components online via

 If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora


OCAD Artist Alley Show & Sale

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

This student-run initiative will showcase talent from current upper-year students and alumni from across all programs. Support emerging local artists and enjoy an afternoon shopping for unique art! 

See event listing for more details. Follow @ocadartistalley on Instagram for previews. 

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Free admission
Artist Alley poster September 2019

OCAD University mourns the death of Katharine Mulherin

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:30am

The OCAD University community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of alumna (1998, Criticism & Curatorial Practice) and artist/curator Katharine Mulherin.

Mulherin began to showcase the works of emerging and mid-career artists through her galleries and projects upon graduating in 1998. Her first project, BUSgallery, operated out of a storefront in Toronto’sParkdale community. She went on to open numerous galleries in Toronto and, more recently, New York and Los Angeles, including 1080BUS, BOARD OFDIRECTORS, KMLA, Katharine Mulherin's SIDESHOW, NO SHOW EXHIBITS, MULHERIN POLLARD PROJECTS and MULHERIN New York, among others. She often ran two or even three galleries simultaneously.

Mulherin’s fierce passion, keen eye and devotion to artists made her a force in the last 21 years. She had a strong hand in shaping the Toronto art community and exhibiting its emerging and mid-career artists, both within and outside Canada. She supported many OCAD University students through student exhibitions at 1080BUS gallery, as well as through the nurturing of their professional careers. Among the artists she exhibited over the years are Clint Griffin, Roberta McNaughton, Allyson Mitchell, Casey McGlynn, Nicholas Pye, Shary Boyle, Eliza Griffiths, Lisa Neighbor, Dean Baldwin, Winnie Truong, Annie MacDonell, Nancy Friedland, Kris Knight, Janieta Eyre, Mike Bayne, Dana Holst, Tiff Isza, Cecilia Berkovic, Marianne Lovink, Heather Goodchild, John Dickson, Tanya Read, Kelly Palmer, Jason Dundra, Seth Scriver, Jason Deary, David Kramer, and many more.

Mulherin began her career as an artist. She was renowned for her approach to her practice as a contemporary art project, driven by her concerns as an artist and curator. She encouraged artists to remain true to their vision, and was often able to tease out important elements lurking in the work that the artists themselves might not have seen. She was known to be free of façade and did not tolerate it in others, often responding to pretense with the sorts of questions that made it crumble. She raised two lovely young men, Jasper and Satchel, both of whom spent many hours in her galleries. She was not your stereotypical art dealer and she was incredibly successful.

Mulherin leaves her sons Jasper and Satchel, her husband Daniel “Paco” Paquette, and her siblings Jennifer, Erin and Shawn. 

From Jasper Mulherin: “At her best, Katharine was full of life, ambitious and wild. We love her deeply and will keep her forever in our hearts. Her passing is a tragedy for her friends, the art community in Toronto and beyond, and for our family.”

As quoted in Now Magazine in 2001: "In my own art practice I'm much more interested in issues around human vulnerability and people messing up than I am in theoretical constructs."

Link to fundraiser: 

UPDATE: A Party For Katharine Mulherin: Friday, August 2, 4 to 10 p.m.

Posted on behalf of Katharine's family:

The outpouring of support from all of you in the wake of Katharine’s tragic passing has left us practically speechless. It is bittersweet, now, to see the depth and breadth of love and respect she inspired over the course of her brilliant, too-short life.

We will be gathering to celebrate Katharine and her incredible legacy, fittingly, on the same Queen Street West she called home, and whose face she influenced so evidently with her passion for art and culture.

The celebration will take place at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, Toronto) on Friday, August 2nd from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm in both the ballroom and second floor gallery. Please come and help us give this firefly the spectacular sendoff she deserves.

Let us come together to share laughter and tears, our cherished memories of Katharine from the past, our stories of the present, and our plans and dreams for the future. Let us support each other. EVERYONE is welcome. (Please share this info with friends and colleagues, including those who may not be on social media.)

There will be all the elements of a proper gallery shindig. And while it fills us with profound sadness that Katharine won’t be there to host this particular launch, it comforts us to know that she will be there in a very special corner of each and every one of our hearts.


Your Creative Career: A Workshop Series

Your Creative Career Workshop series
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Jumpstart your creative career! Attend this comprehensive four-part series covering all aspects of finding meaningful employment – from the initial search through to the interview process.
Each session provides valuable guidance and strategies to help you land your dream job. 

RSVP on Eventbrite by clicking "Select a Date" to register for each of the sessions you plan to attend.
Career Development at OCAD U recommends attend all four workshops in the series, as each session builds on knowledge gained in the last:

Part 1: Job Search Strategies
Thursday, July 4 from 12pm – 2:00pm

Part 2: Building A Strong Resume & Professional Presence
Friday, July 5 from 12pm – 2:00pm

Part 3: Creating a Compelling Creative Portfolio
Thursday, July 11 from 12pm – 2:00pm

Part 4: Preparing for the Interview
Friday, July 12 from 12pm – 2:00pm

All sessions take place on the 3rd floor of the Rosalie Sharp Centre at 115 McCaul St.
Light refreshments provided.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers 115 McCaul Street, Level 3 OCAD University

Red Embers installation at Allan Gardens features work of five OCAD U alumni

Photo courtesy: Red Embers
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 4:30pm

Red Embers, a public art installation honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women is on display at Toronto’s Allan Gardens. Commissioned featured artists include OCAD U alumni: Catherine Tammaro, Hannah Claus, Hillary Brighthill, Lido Pimienta and Lindsey Lickers.

The artists were chosen along with nine other Indigenous female artists from different parts of the country who were commissioned to be part of the exhibition.

The 13 banners symbolize the 13 Grandmother Moons within the Lunar System. According to the Indigenous tradition, the Grandmother Moon heals those women who have suffered sexual assault or domestic violence.

This is the first time that Toronto is displaying a free installation of this scale featuring Indigenous women artists. The installation is on display at Allan Gardens until the annual October 4, 2019 Sisters in Spirit Vigil.

Red Embers is funded by the Public Space Incubator, an initiative of Park People funded by Ken and Eti Greenberg and the Balsam Foundation. The Toronto Arts Council is supporting Red Embers through a grant. Other donors include ERA Architects, Friends of Allan Gardens, Torys LLP, Andrew Sorbara, ARUP and  University of Toronto School of Cities. The Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto is the project's charitable partner and collaborator. The organization is also accepting donations.

Photo courtesy: Red Embers

OCAD U's commitment to support new grads: extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, June 14, 2019

As OCAD U celebrates the accomplishments of its newest graduates at today’s convocation ceremonies, the university is also proud to announce a bold new commitment to support these graduates with extended access to key career-related services and supports for the first year after they receive their degree.

NEW! Adobe Creative Cloud access extended by one year
The Adobe suite of software tools are key for creatives. OCAD U will now provide eligible graduating students who were enrolled in the Laptop Program with an additional 1-year extension to their Adobe Creative Cloud license. 

"Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of software is vital for all students coming out of the university,” said Zev Farber, Director, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers. “Retaining access to these tools as our graduates make early inroads into their professions allows them to hit the ground running, creating and making at exactly the level they need to, right from day one beyond their studies at the university.”


“We’re very proud to be able to build out our commitment to graduates to provide them with the support, resources and tools that they need to succeed in launching their creative careers,” said Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International. “The Adobe Creative Cloud access is a keystone benefit we’re proud to be able to offer, in addition the vastly expanded new programming we’ve added this past year to career development and experiential learning, delivered by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.” 

In addition to the extended Adobe Creative Cloud access, recent grads are invited to come work, collaborate and create in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at 115 McCaul St., third floor. Think of it as an extension to your studio, office or other workspace —one that is in close proximity to networking opportunities, wifi access, meeting space, career advising, and mentorship via the Creative Professionals-In-Residence program. 

But there’s even more! OCAD U has collaborated with FreshBooks, an all-in-one invoicing and accounting solution made for budding entrepreneurs to offer our graduates a free 1-year subscription. FreshBooks does all the heavy lifting and time-consuming tasks for you, leaving more time for doing the work that you love. Our commitment also includes significant discounts on annual Format portfolio subscriptions, MOO business card and promotional materials, and continued access to tools like the Talent Network student and alumni job board, Career Launcher opportunities, networking and mentorship opportunities, career advising, workshops and industry events, career transition support, and so much more. Read more about our commitment to our new and recent graduates by visiting

Extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud for one year beyond graduation