SRSC Student Award for Canadian Colour Research

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 9:30am to Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please see the poster for full contest details. 

CRSC Student Award Info

Onsite up for Ontario Association of Art Galleries awards

Three people looking at works in a gallery
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

OCAD University’s professional gallery, Onsite, has been shortlisted for three prestigious OAAG Awards. These are province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence in exhibitions, publications, programs, and community partnerships produced by Ontario's art galleries.

Exhibition of the Year Budget over $50,000 Short List:
The Sunshine Eaters, Onsite Gallery

Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition Short List:
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection, Onsite Gallery

Education award:
raise a flag:works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) Education Guide, Onsite Gallery

177 nominations came from 34 Ontario galleries and art institutions. The award winners will be announced on November 19, 2018. This is the 41st edition of the awards program highlighting the key achievements of the year among OAAG members, curators, art professionals, collectors, and the entire visual arts community.

For the full list of award categories and other shortlisted institutions, visit the OAAG website.

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media. Serving the OCAD U community and the general public, Onsite Gallery aims to foster social and cultural transformations.


two people looking at a large painting by Christi Belcourt
Ryan Rice with Janet Rogers, holding flag designed for exhibition

Melissa General wins Emerging Leadership award from Ontario Arts Council

Melissa General
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Melissa General, an OCAD U Photography alumna and the Manager of the university’s Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre & Services, has been selected to receive an emerging leadership award from the Ontario Arts Council. The award recognizes a rising Indigenous artist or arts professional with a $2,500 prize, with the recipient being nominated annually by the OAC’s annual Indigenous Arts Award winner, who was Nadya Kwandibens in 2018.

Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin. In addition to her BFA in Photography from OCAD U, Melissa holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University.

Congratulations Melissa! 



Supported by OCAD Student Union and Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International.


Supported by OCAD U Imagination Catalyst

Illustration student Toko Hosoya wins Gold!

Black and while illustration of people walking in a forest with a strange octopus-like shape
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Another big win for an OCAD University illustrator: the New York’s Society of Illustrators has awarded second-year Illustration major Toko Hosoya, the Gold medal in the professional category Uncommissioned Illustration.

OCAD U’s Illustration program as several medal winners among faculty and alumni, but this is the first time a student has won Gold in a professional category.

Hosoya’s work, titled “Earthstar,” will be exhibited in the Illustrators 60 Part One Show (Advertising, Institutional, Surface/ Product Design, and Uncommissioned categories) starting Friday, January 5th at the Museum of American Illustration and published in its Annual. The Annual will feature 400 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout each year. Gold and Silver medals will be presented to the illustrators and art directors for each category at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony.

Members of this year’s jury hailed from the Whitney Museum, the New York Times and Chronicle Books.


OCAD University hosts 2017 Manning Innovation Symposium

Thursday, November 23, 2017

OCAD University is proud to host the seventh Manning Innovation Symposium on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Presented by Freedom Mobile, the Symposium will connect Canadian innovators and post-secondary students with a goal to inspire them to choose innovation as a life or career choice.

“We are delighted to host the Manning Innovation Symposium at OCAD University - Canada’s university of the imagination,” says Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor, OCAD University. “It is our belief that art and design are central and driving components of all forms of innovation and we are pleased to engage with the community and share our ground-breaking research and pathways to innovation success.”

“The pathway to innovation can be indirect and daunting,” says Foundation President Jennifer Diakiw. “We are grateful for Freedom Mobile’s support, which is a demonstration of their commitment to inspiring young Canadians to consider innovation as a life or career choice.”

The theme of this year’s Innovation Symposium is “The Imagination to Innovate, the Stamina to Succeed.” Organized by and for students, the Symposium is comprised of two components:

In the first session, Ernest C. Manning Awards Laureates and two innovators linked to OCAD University will share stories that focus on their pathways to innovation success. The presentations are brief and informal and will be recorded and produced as YouTube videos, which will be widely distributed.

The second component, Innovation Mentorship in 12 Minutes, is an opportunity for students to engage with the innovators in a way that is more meaningful than a Q & A session. Similar to speed dating, small groups of students will have approximately 12 minutes with each innovator for conversation.

“Encouraging innovation in Canada’s young people is key to helping ensure the future growth, development and prosperity of our community,” says Chethan Lakshman, Vice-President, External Affairs, Freedom Mobile. “Events like the Manning Innovation Symposium champion the development of new ideas and new thinking that will help inspire the next generation.” 

“The pathway to innovation can be indirect and daunting,” says Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation President Jennifer Diakiw. “When the innovators share their stories, students hear about the challenges, but also the tremendous rewards.”

Ernest C. Manning Awards Laureates participating in the Symposium will include the 2017 winners to be announced at the 36th Manning Innovation Awards at Toronto’s Scotiabank Centre on Wednesday, November 29. They will be available for media interviews at the Innovation Symposium at 10:30 a.m. at OCAD U.

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation discovers, encourages and rewards outstanding Canadian innovators – and tells their stories. The Innovation Symposia, held in partnership with Canadian post-secondary institutions, are key pillars in encouraging young Canadians through the innovators’ stories.


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Bursary & Awards Applications are coming soon!

Have you been wondering about where the bursary and 4th year awards application is? The Financial Aid and Awards team and the OCAD U community have been working hard at implementing a new all-in one personalized system that allows you to apply to bursaries, scholarships and awards with just a click of a button, well maybe a few :) This means it will be easier for you to find and apply to more funding opportunities. 

You'll be able to apply soon, so stay tuned!

Last day to vote Steam Canoe for Architizer award!

Image of a wooden structure on snowy beach with a man walking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Give OCAD U’s Steam Canoe the last push to win an Architizer + people’s choice award - voting closes March 30 and the installation, created for the 2016 Beach Winter Stations exhibition, is among the top in the category of Pavilion. Last check, it was in second position! 

Created by Environmental Design professor Mark Tholen and his students, the structure is made of laminated wood panels curved like the prow of a canoe.

Students Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim and Jason Wong worked with Tholen to create and install the temporary shelter. 

Steam Canoe has won many kudos, including the Materialica award in Munich and was installed in the OMI Sculpture Park in Ghent, New York.

Technical details:

The shell of the canoe-inspired structure is composed of panels made of wood laminated by the use of Grip Metal™, a Metal Velcro Fastening System. The Grip Metal is an innovative bonding system with micro hooks allowing bonding mechanically without the use of adhesives. It creates a very strong and light-weighted panel that is cost-effective, easy and very fast to manufacture.


Sex is a Funny Word wins Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

Sex is a Funny Word
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:00pm

"Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and You" a book written by Canadian sex educator, Cory Silverberg and Illustrated by Illustration Sessional Instructor Fiona Smyth has received the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction.

About the book:

“A hugely important book that both normalizes diverse sexuality and gives it the respect it deserves… Silverberg’s introduction to sex and sexuality is a pitch-perfect guide for kids seeking answers to some of life’s most embarrassing and confusing questions… The tell-it-like-it-is text is inclusive and sensitive, creating a resource full of acceptance for readers regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity or social standing.”

The Jury was conformed by Dory Cerny, Books for Young People Editor, Quill & Quire; Nadia L.Hohn, teacher, Toronto District School Board and author of "Malaika's Costume (Groundwood Books); Heather Kuipers, Owner, Ella Minnow Children's Bookstore.

A full list of this year's winners can be found here.