Ryan Church nominated for Design Management Europe award

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:00am

Strategic Foresight & Innovation MDes candidate Ryan Church is celebrating the nomination of his company, BiomeDesign, for a Design Management Europe (DME) award. The DME award is the only international award dedicated to the management of design in private or public sector organisations. Church’s company was in the micro category, with nine employees or less.

The DME award recognizes the ongoing processes, business decisions and strategies that enable innovation and create effectively designed products, services, communications, environments and brands providing organizational success. From preparing a design brief for an external design consultancy to the complete integration of design in the business model; all such practices are different for every organisation but require appropriate design management to be successful.

BiomeDesign integrates sustainability and innovation with human centred design, foresight and biomimetic design in three areas of focus: energy, healthcare and society. Having recently successfully defended his major research paper at OCAD U, Church is hoping to pursue his PhD at MIT, and is currently working at the Design Innovation Group (DIG) in Amsterdam.

Avery Kua wins First Prize Scholarship from James Lee Foundation

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:00am

Third-year Illustration student Avery Kua was awarded the First Prize Scholarship from the James Lee Foundation, an organization established to recognize emerging non-professional creative talent from across Canada looking to enter the advertising industry.

The Foundation was formed by a partnership of advertising agencies, the AAABC, friends and family of James Lee, and has been awarding $5,000 scholarships since 2008. Lee was a copywriter for the award-winning agency DDB Canada. 2008 Illustration alumna Shen Plum was the first recipient of the Foundation scholarship.

Jody Hewgill wins Society of Illustrators gold

Before Midnight by Jody Hewgill
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:00am

Assistant Professor in Illustration Jody Hewgill has recently been awarded a Society of Illustrators gold award for her work Before Midnight. The award was given in the editorial category of the Society’s 57th Annual Exhibition.

The painting was commissioned by Entertainment Weekly creative director Kory Kennedy for a review of the film by the same name by director Richard Linklater for the magazine’s top ten issue. The painting will be exhibited at New York’s Museum of American Illustration opening gala and award presentation on February 6, 2015.

“This is an extraordinary honour in the Illustration profession and a feather in the cap of OCAD’s Faculty of Design,” said Illustration Chair Paul Dallas. The exhibition is considered the premier showcase for illustrators.

Cronenberg Project wins 2014 Ontario Museum Association Award

David Cronenberg
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:00am

TIFF’s The Cronenberg Project is the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award for Excellence in Special Projects, for the combined nominations of the following components: the exhibition David Cronenberg: EvolutionDavid Cronenberg: Virtual Museum and the interactive Body/Mind/Change initiative. OCAD University was an academic partner in the project, along with Sheridan College, and York University.

“We are thrilled to be the recipient of the 2014 OMA Award for Excellence in Special Projects,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF. “The Cronenberg Project was a milestone achievement for TIFF: it included our first large-scale original touring exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution which recently finished exhibiting at Amsterdam’s EYE, as well as our Virtual Museum which will continue to be an online resource for further scholarship on Cronenberg’s films, and Body/Mind/Change which brought together Cronenberg enthusiasts from all corners of the globe for one unique interactive experience.”
TIFF’s multi-platform celebration of the work of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg was centred on the exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution which charts Cronenberg’s growth as a filmmaker. With more than 300 original artifacts, visionary designs, as well as rare and unseen footage, the exhibition focuses on his longstanding fascination with the possibilities and perils of human evolution itself.
David Cronenberg: Virtual Museum is an online source that explores Cronenberg’s films through new scholarship and artistic explorations, including essays, academic writing, an interactive map and timeline, and a selection of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg's past and present collaborators.  
Body/Mind/Change, a digital extension of David Cronenberg: Evolution, immerses audiences in a “Cronenbergian” world inspired by the film Videodrome, re-imagined for the 21st century and brought to life across three platforms — online, mobile, and real-world.

MAAD student and alumni win Craft Ontario awards

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:00am

Material Art & Design (MAAD) alumni Joanna Schleimer (2011) and Joe Han Lee (2012), and third-year MAAD student Shuang Feng have been recognized with awards from Craft Ontario this autumn.

Schleimer received the KingCrafts/Lady Flavelle Scholarship which recognizes a craftsperson who intends to continue their education. Han Lee was awarded the Lacy and Co. LTD. Jewellery Supply Grant to purchase equipment and materials to establish a studio. Feng received the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Undergraduate Scholarship to continue further study. Images of their award-winning work can be viewed at the above respective links.

The Art of Invention

The art of Invention Poster
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 4:30pm to 9:00pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. with Remarks at 1 p.m. The reception will be held in the Challenge Zone, on level 6 of the Ontario Science Centre across from the Weston Family Innovation Centre

In collaboration with OCAD University

The Art of Invention: Celebrating 5 Years of the Weston Youth Innovation Awards is an exhibition that explores connections between young scientists and emerging artists. This collaboration between the University of Toronto, the Ontario Science Centre and Life Studies students from OCAD University, examines issues of human health, the environment and sustainability. Charged with the vitality of young minds, The Art of Invention encourages visitors to explore their own creative solutions to real-world problems. The exhibition will run from June 7th, 2014 to September 28th, 2014 in the !dea Gallery, located within the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre.

Opening remarks by Ana Klasnja, Ontario Science Centre !dea Gallery curator, OCAD Life Studies Student Nicole Rocca and Emma Johnstone, Professor Pam Patterson and Student curators Adrienne Costantino & Jana Black.

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.

Register for free tickets.

Venue & Address: 
The Ontario Science Centre 770 Don Mills Road Toronto, Ontario  
Free (Registration Required)

Dot Tuer receives OCAD U Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Dot Tuer. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 3:00pm

OCAD University recognized Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Dr. Dot Tuer with its 2013 Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity at the university’s convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 6.

The Award is conferred on the basis of a strong portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.

Dr. Tuer’s contribution of a critical voice to contemporary Canadian art that embraces historical and cultural breadth distinguishes her accomplishments as a scholar and teacher. As exemplified by her collection of essays, Mining the Media Archive (2005), her writings explore the artistic practices of new media, photography and performance in the larger context of the Americas, and the relationship of cultural expression to issues of colonialism, technology and social memory. In the past year, her curation of the highly regarded Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting represents a significant milestone of creative and scholarly achievement. This laudable exhibition followed the completion of her PhD in Latin American history.

Dr. Tuer’s colleagues regard her as a leader in her fields of study at both national and international levels. “Dot maintains both a tremendous diversity and a tremendous depth in her scholarly practice,” wrote Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences associate deans Dr. Robin Kingsburgh and Eric Nay in their nomination letter. “Her scholarly work has created value within the OCAD U community, the artistic and cultural communities of Toronto and, globally, for a number of years.”

The importance of Dr. Tuer’s scholarship in addressing Canadian and Latin American post-colonial perspectives is recognized through numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards and SSHRC research grants. As a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, which has been funded by SSHRC since 2007, she has pursued her research interest in photography and new media art as socially engaged practices. As co-applicant on the Canadian Consortium of Performance and Politics in the Americas — a SSHRC Partnership Grant led by Peter Kulchyski at the University of Manitoba and affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute in New York City that has just been awarded $2.5-million in funding over seven years — Dr. Tuer will play a significant role as chair of the curatorial committee and board member.

This SSHRC Partnership Grant includes OCAD U as an institutional collaborator and will offer substantial research and travel opportunities for the university’s students. This summer two OCAD U graduate students are funded through the grant to attend a course hosted by the Hemispheric Institute in Chiapas, Mexico and Dr. Tuer will join them for a capstone celebration of performance and activism. In addition, the grant will support Dr. Tuer’s participation in the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro hosted by Concordia University in Montreal in 2014, as well as her individual research initiatives.

For more than two decades, Dr. Tuer’s commitment to a research practice that is academically rigorous and community-based has resulted in a lengthy publication list of books, chapters in books, and essays in contemporary art magazines and refereed journals; service on public gallery boards, juries, and editorial boards; participation in research groups, public conferences, symposia, panels, and workshops; and the realization of diverse curatorial projects.  With the completion of the AGO exhibition Frida and Diego marking a watershed moment in a long and distinguished career, Dr. Tuer is at work on two new book projects, the first exploring the thematic of historical memory in Canadian art and the second the relationship of witnessing to testimony in Latin American photography.


Medusa by Chris Curreri. Image courtesy Daniel Faria Gallery.
Untitled (Clay Portfolio) by Chris Curreri. Image courtesy Daniel Faria Gallery.

Photographer Chris Curreri (Foundation Studies, 1998) was shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award. The annual contemporary Canadian art award celebrates the work of artists under age 40 exhibiting in public or commercial galleries. Works by the shortlisted artists will be shown at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in November, and the winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced at a gala event on November 19. Finalists will each receive a $10,000 award.

Curreri, who is represented by the Daniel Faria Gallery, recently exhibited new works in Medusa (November, 2013 to February, 2014), a portfolio of photographs focusing on the materiality of clay as it shifts between states of form and formlessness. Curreri, who was taking weekly classes at the Gardiner Museum of ceramic art in Toronto, photographed students’ wet, discarded projects and the recycling of this clay.

The Sobey Art Award shortlist also includes Evan Lee (West Coast and the Yukon), Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier (Prairies and the North), Nadia Myre (Quebec) and Graeme Patterson (Atlantic). Curreri was selected for Ontario. The curatorial panel chose the five artists for practices emerging from personal experience and addressing social and cultural concerns, and for the lasting impact the panel believes each of the artists are leaving on Canadian art.

Earlier this year, Curreri, together with Reena Katz (Integrated Media Medal Winner, 2010) and Jean-Paul Kelly, an Integrated Media instructor, celebrated making it to the longlist for the award. Curreri and Kelly were also longlisted for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize.

Find out more

Chris Curreri

Globe and Mail feature

Canadian Art magazine feature

Sobey Art Award 


SFI student Kazi Monirul Kabir wins World Brand Congress Award

Portrait of Kazi Monirul Kabir.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:45pm

Incoming Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) MDes student ​​ Kazi Monirul Kabir has been awarded the prestigious Brand Leadership Award from the World Brand Congress, held in Singapore this summer. The Congress is a meeting place for the world's branding and marketing elite, where top executives from the world’s biggest brand discuss critical marketing challenges. This year’s theme was “Brands that Last: the Role of Sustainability in Innovative Branding.”

Kabir, who hails from Dhaka, Bangladesh, was recognized for his innovative approach and social awareness in branding and communication over his career. Kabir works at evangelizing Google in Bangladesh, which includes working with the government, tech communities and businesses in building the digital ecosystem that is redefining, inspiring and revolutionizing the commercial and social landscape of the country.

Brandon Celi wins New York’s Society of Illustrators scholarship

Brandon Celi's scholarship winning work, Cold Storage.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:15pm

Fourth-year Illustration student Brandon Celi has been selected to receive the “The Illest of Illustration” $200 scholarship for his work Cold Storage. Celi was shortlisted in February from more than 8700 entries submitted by professors of university students from around the world.

Celi will receive his award during the Society’s awards ceremony on Friday, May 9.