/nest/ Call For Submissions

image of a pink texture wall with a evergreen tree at the base of the image.
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:30am to Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Call for Submissions

/nest/ is a platform for OCAD U undergraduate students to showcase diverse forms of critical essays, studio and process writing, creative writing and text-based works. We welcome works which express linguistic diversity and are inclusive of a range of student abilities, year levels and disciplines. 

/nest/ is currently seeking written work and text-related artworks to feature in an upcoming exhibition based on the theme of TEXTURE. Process writing and works that have been submitted as a class assignment are welcomed. 

If you are unsure about submissions, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification at wac@ocadu.ca.

Only digital submissions will be accepted via the submission form: bit.ly/nestcall

Please submit a maximum of three works in any of the following categories:
Text & Image
Critical Writing (essays, reviews)
Creative Writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry)
Studio Writing (artist’s statements, precedent analyses, research documentation, reflection)
Process Writing (sketch/process books; works in progress, drafts)
Other forms of writing and creative work will be considered.

Submission Deadline:
Saturday, April 20th by 11:59pm

Opening Reception:
May 2nd, 2pm-4pm

Exhibition Dates: 
May 1st - June 28th, 2019

Selected artists are responsible for their own materials. Installation assistance will be provided. 
This exhibition will be installed in the display cases on the 5th Floor at 113 McCaul St. from May 1st to June 28th, 2019.  

Check https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/writing-across-the-curriculum/nest.htm for updates.

/nest/ is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative. The editorial board acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.

Venue & Address: 
416-977-6000 ext. 2662

Call For Submissions: The OCAD U Journal of Visual and Critical Studies

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 to Friday, February 8, 2019



The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising of exhibition and performance reviews, critical essays, and thesis abstracts, this anthology challenges the boundaries of art history and visual studies in order to produce innovative relationships between art, design, and academia at OCAD U and beyond. Contributors will be invited to the Journal’s launch as a part of GradEx 2019.

We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share with the OCAD U Community. The Editorial Committee is seeking submissions from all current OCAD U students in the following formats:

Exhibition and Performance Reviews [250 to 500 words]
Reviews of exhibitions, performances or art-related events that happened after April 2018. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays [1000 to 2000 words]
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects [150 to 250 words]
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images of their works to contextualize their abstract. Images provided should be 300 DPI.

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions should be sent either as an email attachment, or as a link to a Google Drive file to visualcriticalstudies@gmail.com. Writing should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc or .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged.

In your submission email please provide a 1 to 2 sentence biography that includes your name, your program, the year of your program (for ex: 3rd year student), and a few details about your research interests and/or studio practice.

To learn more about the Journal of Visual & Critical Studies and to read past volumes, please visit visualcriticalstudies.tumblr.com.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 8th, 2019

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St.
JVCS Call for Submissions: Text in description above on a white background

Dr. Amish Morrell

Amish Morrell is an educator, curator, editor and writer. From 2008 to 2017 he was Editor and Director of Programs at C Magazine. At C Magazine he developed numerous public programs, including lectures and workshops held in partnership with organizations including The Toronto International Art Fair, The Power Plant, Mercer Union, Art Metropole and the Toronto Art Book Fair.

KAPSULA Press partners with OCAD University for a special issue

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

A special edition of KAPSULA Magazine will feature a selection of texts in association with OCAD University's Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories MA program at OCAD University. The issue will be released on September 18, 2015.

KAPSULA collaborates with OCAD University's Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories MA program (CADN) to publish interviews, papers and image-based works from their 2015 conference, Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... Disciplinary Fuzziness and the Future(s) of Art Criticism. The conference, held March 27-28, 2015, featured Keynote presentations from Dr. Sarah Thornton, author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts and Seven Days in the Art World and Canadian performance artist Brendan Fernandes. The conference explored the boundaries, binaries, and interdisciplinary practices that condition contemporary art and society.  Makers and thinkers participating in the conference addressed the ways art and its many disciplinary iterations continue to morph and change.

Special issues of KAPSULA have been created in collaboration with University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Art History Graduate Student Association of York University (AHGSAY). Released monthly, KAPSULA Magazine currently publishes more content focused on critical issues in contemporary art than any other publication in Toronto.

OCAD U Writing in the Disciplines Fellows announced

Catherine Black, Nicole Collins and Saskia van Kampen
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 5:00am

A university-wide Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative was launched this year at OCAD U following a year-long needs assessment and consultation process aimed at developing a comprehensive strategy to improve student writing outcomes. The initiative, which was approved by Senate in May 2013, facilitates the integration of writing throughout all undergraduate programs at OCAD U to support student academic success and foster a writing culture at the university that values and enriches the studio and professional practice of both students and faculty.

As part of the initiative, three faculty members have been appointed as Writing in the Disciplines Fellows. They are Assistant Professor Catherine Black in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Assistant Professor Nicole Collins in the Faculty of Art, and Assistant Professor Saskia van Kampen in the Faculty of Design. These roles, funded through the Vice-President, Academic office, are to be on-going and annual in nature.

The role of the Fellows is to guide WAC implementation, inform resource and curriculum development to integrate writing into disciplinary contexts and build support for the WAC initiative within their Faculties. In addition to doing Faculty-specific work, they are excited about the cross-Faculty engagement that the initiative is fostering.

“Teaching critical and creative writing in this academic context, I constantly see the natural connections between writing practice and the work students do in studio,” said Black. “I’m very enthusiastic about nurturing the development of a writing culture at OCAD U, and I feel this is an opportunity to reinforce for our students the value of writing in an art and design education.”

“Writing, which is an integral part of a professional studio practice, can be intimidating for visual thinkers and makers,” said Collins. “Journaling, note-taking, reading responses, titles, statements, proposals, CV and website maintenance, press releases, curatorial essays, reviews of other artists work: ALL of these contribute to the development and dissemination of my visual art practice. I want my students to have the same fluency and ability to communicate in as many ways as possible.”

“I am excited to represent the Design faculty in this initiative,” said van Kampen. “For me writing is a way to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Writing becomes a means for research that informs what I make. I hope to instill this practice in my students in order to help them articulate their intent and give words to their practice.”

In a recent message sent to their respective Faculties, the Fellows noted the Writing & Learning Centre’s work in preparing an instructors’ toolkit to share writing ideas and experiences, and asked their colleagues to consider the many ways of incorporating low- and no-stakes writing activities into courses. Some examples include freewriting, creative responses, reflection exercises, descriptive writing, research, brainstorming, lists, and generative wordplay.