Applied Arts Student Awards announced

Package Design by Hoda Gharaie
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 3:30pm

Applied Arts announced its annual Student Award winners earlier this month. Submissions were received from students in 18 countries this year, more than doubling the competition’s submissions over last year. Students from several programs at OCAD U are among the winners:

Emma Blackshaw (fourth-year Photography)
Hong Chen (second-year Illustration)
Bonnie Cheung (BDes, Advertising, 2014)
Sarah Eldershaw (BDes, Industrial Design, 2014)
Hoda Gharaie (fourth-year Graphic Design)
Sang Hee Lee (BDes, Illustration, 2014)
Cornelia Li (BDes, Illustration, 2014)

Their work will appear in the November/December 2014 issue of Applied Arts, as well as be included in the Winners' Gallery and Archives on the website and at the Applied Arts Creative Excellence (AACE) party on October 29 in Toronto, where the AACE award will be announced for the Student Award winner with highest score from the jury.

B. Lynne Milgram wins SAW Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Work

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:45pm

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Professor B. Lynne Milgram has been awarded the 2014 SAW Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Work for her co-edited book, Street Economies in the Urban Global South (2013. Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter E. Little, B. Lynne Milgram, editors. Sante Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press).

The award is especially prestigious as edited volumes are adjudicated only once every three years.

Street Economies in the Urban Global South focuses on the economic, political, social, and cultural dynamics of street economies across the urban Global South. Although contestations over public space have a long history, the book presents the argument that the recent conjuncture of neoliberal economic policies and unprecedented urban growth in the Global South has changed the equation. The detailed ethnographic accounts from postsocialist Vietnam to a struggling democracy in the Philippines, from the former command economies in Africa to previously authoritarian regimes in Latin America, focus on the experiences of often marginalized street workers who describe their projects and plans. The contributors to Street Economies in the Urban Global South highlight individual and collective resistance by street vendors to overcome numerous processes that exacerbate the marginality and disempowerment of street economy work.

Dr. Milgram will officially receive her award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the Society for the Anthropology of Work business meeting in December.

Carrianne Leung’s book The Wondrous Woo shortlisted for Toronto Book Award

Carrianne Leung’s book The Wondrous Woo
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:15pm

Writing and Learning Services Coordinator and Sessional Instructor Carrianne Leung’s book, The Wondrous Woo, has been shortlisted among 5 finalists for the 40th edition of the Toronto Book Awards.

The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter ... on the outside. On the inside, she’s a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventure.

Leung is being recognized alongside impressive company. The other four finalists are:

  • Anthony De Sa for Kicking the Sky, published by Doubleday Canada;
  • Charlotte Gray for The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, published by HarperCollins Canada;
  • Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis for The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, published by Random House Canada; and
  • Shyam Selvadurai for The Hungry Ghosts, published by Doubleday Canada.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the awards, each shortlisted book has also been paired with a Toronto champion who will promote the book and provide an introduction at the awards ceremony. Champions include television personality Elaine Lui (The Wondrous Woo), Maureen Jennings of Murdoch Mysteries fame (The Massey Murders), food policy analyst Wayne Roberts (The Stop), filmmaker John Greyson (The Hungry Ghosts), and the Toronto Star’s Chris Hume (Kicking The Sky).

Each finalist receives $1,000, with the winning author receiving a grand prize of $10,000. The winner will be announced on October 16 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.

B. Lynne Milgram wins SAW Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Work

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 4:00am

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences Professor B. Lynne Milgram has been awarded the 2014 SAW Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Work for her co-edited book, Street Economies in the Urban Global South.

The award is especially prestigious as edited volumes are adjudicated only once every three years.

Street Economies in the Urban Global South focuses on the economic, political, social, and cultural dynamics of street economies across the urban Global South. Although contestations over public space have a long history, the book presents the argument that the recent conjuncture of neoliberal economic policies and unprecedented urban growth in the Global South has changed the equation. The detailed ethnographic accounts from postsocialist Vietnam to a struggling democracy in the Philippines, from the former command economies in Africa to previously authoritarian regimes in Latin America, focus on the experiences of often marginalized street workers who describe their projects and plans. The contributors to Street Economies in the Urban Global South highlight individual and collective resistance by street vendors to overcome numerous processes that exacerbate the marginality and disempowerment of street economy work.

Dr. Milgram will officially receive her award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the Society for the Anthropology of Work business meeting in December.

Alumnus Terry Ryan honoured with the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Photo: Martin Lipman, Canada Council for the Arts.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 5:00am

(Toronto — March 10, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is proud to announce that alumnus and Honorary Fellow Terry Ryan has been awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for Outstanding Contribution. Canada’s foremost distinction recognizing career achievement in the arts, the award honours Ryan for his role in the development of Kinngait Studios, the renowned printmaking centre in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Kinngait Studios celebrated its 50th anniversary this past October.

“For 45 years, Terry Ryan worked to provide Cape Dorset artists with the tools — and the inspiration —to help define the North and its people. As manager of West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative (now Kinngait Studios), he was a jack of all trades: arts advisor, justice of the peace, coroner and occasional powder monkey, blasting overburden to expose stone for sculpture. He initially distributed pencils and paper, engaged master printmakers, initiated visiting artists programs and fine craft projects, and developed a domestic and international marketing network.

Ryan brought to his work his own sensibility as an artist, his practical know-how, an innovative spirit and a great love and respect for the North and its people.” — Canada Council for the Arts

The other winners of the Governor General’s Awards for Visual & Media Arts are: Haida sculptor Robert Davidson, filmmaker André Forcier, painter Rita Letendre, video artist Tom Sherman, photographer Gabor Szilasi and painter Claude Tousignant. Glass sculptor Ione Thorkelsson won the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in fine crafts. For their biographies, images and video interviews, visit the Canada Council website.

“I salute these artists who, through their unique vision and immense talent, open our eyes wide to all those things, in us and around us, that we look at without really seeing,” said her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

The Governor General of Canada will present the 2010 Awards at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. In addition to a $25,000 prize, the winners will each receive a work created by Tony Urquhart, winner of a 2009 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

The Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media arts has also been awarded to OCAD alumni Michael Snow (2000), David Rokeby (2002) and Garry Neill Kennedy (2004), professors John Scott (2000) and Ian Carr-Harris (2007), and retired faculty member Nobuo Kubota (2009). Alumnus Kevin Lockau was awarded the Saidye Bronfman Award in 2009.

An article profiling Terry Ryan’s contributions appears in the Winter 2010 edition of Sketch magazine, the biannual magazine of the Ontario College of Art & Design.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
 

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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD Board of Governor Hadi Mahabadi named finalist in Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards

OCAD Board of Governor Hadi Mahabadi named finalist in Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — March 22, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is very proud to announce that Board of Governors member Dr. Hadi Mahabadi, Vice-President and Director of The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), is one of 75 finalists for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award for 2010.

The award is Canada’s first national people’s choice award, and recognizes immigrants who have made a difference in Canada and who act as positive role models for new immigrants. The award is sponsored by Canadian Immigrant Magazine and RBC.

“Dr. Mahabadi is an inspiring individual, bringing great depth and breadth of knowledge to our Board of Governors as OCAD moves forward with its expanded research mandate,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “He deserves recognition as one of the leading 25 Canadian immigrants and I urge both OCAD and the larger community to vote for him. He deserves this recognition as a scientific, corporate and cultural leader”.

Mahabadi is Vice President of Xerox and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) for Xerox Corporation. Mahabadi joined Xerox in 1981 and has held several managerial positions directing different aspects of materials research at XRCC. He is also responsible for developing technology strategy and managing of Xerox ink jet R&D efforts. He has been instrumental in managing the development and successful commercialization of several breakthrough technologies including a nanotechnology based toner technology called Emulsion Aggregation that was introduced into the market in 2001. He is the recipient of Xerox Corporation’s highest awards, the Xerox President Award and Xerox's Chester F. Carlson Award. Mahabadi is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has been involved in various aspects of managing innovation and commercialization of S&T in Canada and serves on several national and regional committees, taskforces and boards. He has been recently appointment as Vice Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Mahabadi is recognized by the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards for his major contributions in the polymer science and engineering field and for developing many materials technologies commercialized in Xerox products. He is celebrated for fostering an innovative and diverse culture at Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and for being a science and technology thought leader in Canada.

The Top 25 list will be selected by Canadian popular vote, open now until April 16. Canadians can vote by visiting www.canadianimmigrant.ca/top25. Each recipient of the award will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation to a Canadian charity of their choice. Results will be announced in May.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
 

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For more information please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University President Sara Diamond named to Order of Ontario

OCAD University President Sara Diamond named to Order of Ontario
Friday, January 20, 2012 - 5:00am

(Toronto—January 20, 2012) OCAD University congratulates Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of the university since 2005, for her appointment to the Order of Ontario. Recognition of Dr. Diamond’s achievements were made public today in an announcement of 27 Ontario citizens who have made contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics, philanthropy and the environment.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will invest the appointees at a ceremony on Thursday, January 26 at Queen's Park.

Dr. Sara Diamond holds a PhD in computer science along with degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications.

Sara Diamond with the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

"We are delighted that Sara's leadership in education and innovation, at OCAD University and with the many organizations where she volunteers her time, has been recognized by the province of Ontario," says Ian Tudhope, chair of the board of governors for OCAD University. "I want to extend our board's congratulations, and my personal congratulations, to Sara for being appointed to the Order of Ontario."

A group photo of 2012 recipients of the Order of Ontario.

While retaining OCAD University's traditional strengths in art and design, Diamond has guided the university in becoming a leader in digital media, design research and curriculum through the Digital Futures Initiative, new research in Inclusive Design, health and design, as well as in sustainable technologies and design. She also played a leading role in OCAD University's establishment of the unique Aboriginal Visual Culture Program. These initiatives have built strong partnerships for OCAD University with science, business and communities, in Ontario and abroad. Currently, she serves on the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council Foundation, ORANO (Ontario’s high-speed network), SHARCNET, IO (Interactive Ontario), Canadian Women in Communications and is Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto Advisory Committee. Diamond serves the larger university community through her membership on the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) of the Association of Universities and Colleges and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Relationships with Other Postsecondary Institutions for the Council of Ontario Universities. Diamond is a member of the Council of the Canadian Academies expert panel on the State of Science & Technology in Canada.

She is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. She developed www.codezebra.net, a performance and media art, fashion and software collaboration environment. Diamond is founding Chair of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre and current co-chair (with RBC). She is co-principal investigator on the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, an OCAD U/York University major initiative and the board of National Centre of Excellence GRAND. Diamond continues to write about digital media history, digital media and design strategy for peer-reviewed journals. Her artwork is held by prestigious collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NYC and the National Gallery of Canada.

Diamond was the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and Director of Research at the Banff Centre, where she created the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led it until 2005. In this role she assisted with the development, incubation and support of many of Canada's leading new media companies. Diamond created and was the Editor-in-Chief of www.horizonzero.ca, an online showcase for new media art and design in collaboration with Heritage Canada and The Banff Centre. At the Banff Centre she created international think tanks and collaborations in ICT, digital media and science research with artists, designers and scientists from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central and Western Europe and the U.S.A., as well as Canada. Later this year, Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Dialogues, for which Diamond served as co-editor, will be published by Banff Centre Press and Riverdale Architectural Press, University of Waterloo.

Photos courtesy of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Dr. Sara Diamond named Digital Media Pioneer

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 4:00am

(Toronto—May 14, 2013) OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Sara Diamond was awarded the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence 2013 Digital Media Pioneer at a ceremony this morning as part of GRAND’s annual digital media conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The award celebrates outstanding Canadians whose vision and achievements have made important contributions to the development of digital media.

Dr. Diamond has long championed interdisciplinary collaboration — engaging artists and designers with engineers and scientists in a spirit of diversity and inclusion. From 1992 to 2005 she initiated visionary programs at the Banff Centre, Canada's preeminent arts and creativity incubator. The Banff New Media Institute, created and led by Dr. Diamond during its first decade, provided a national venue and an international forum for exploring many of the ideas and challenges emerging from digital media.

“Canada has long been a leader in digital media, developing new technology, envisioning the social and cultural changes it fosters, and exploring its potential in the artistic, scientific and economic spheres,” said Dr. Kellogg S. Booth, Scientific Director at GRAND NCE. “On behalf of Canadians everywhere, the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence celebrates the contributions of key individuals who have made played significant roles in the digital media revolution by recognizing them as Canadian Digital Media Pioneers.

“The Banff New Media Institute brought together international thinkers to discuss emerging digital media phenomenon in a quintessentially Canadian environment. Organized by Dr. Sara Diamond, these ‘summits’ helped to guide our understanding of the potential for digital media as participants experimented with it in sometimes playful but always serious ways.”

“Building capacity in digital media research and supporting Canadian industries is dear to my heart,” said Dr. Diamond. “I believe our success as a nation is predicated on a powerful digital economy and society.”

An artist, video curator, cultural critic, television-video producer, and an instructor at art centres and colleges throughout North America, Dr. Diamond is widely published in Canadian and international art and social history journals. Her series of articles in 1985 on cultural politics and feminist ideology investigated the class position of artists and women and links to the production of culture. She later organized several events for Aboriginal artists, producers, directors and critics encouraging dialogue within Canada, and across the United States and the Pacific Rim. These included a series of Aboriginal streaming workshops that examined local radio and television practices of First Nations in Canada and Aboriginal peoples throughout the world, the use of streamed media for creative processes, and technologies such as the World Wide Web as vehicles for producing and disseminating First Nations and Aboriginal art and culture.

With the creation of the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI), Dr. Diamond introduced a uniquely Canadian response to digital media as an emerging cultural force. It succeeded in providing a new convergent space for art, design, science, and technology. Developed as both a physical and virtual centre, the institute created and supported research, social networks, artworks, designs, technologies, theorizations, economies and even companies.

For many, the Institute was a site of first engagement for dialogues, strategies and practices responding to the intensive technological changes underway: the massive adoption of “new media” (and later “digital media”), and the rise, fall and re-emergence of the digital economy. As documented in her book (co-edited by Sarah Cook) Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues, Dr. Diamond hosted important international think tanks and collaborations at the BNMI on information and communications technology, digital media, and scientific research, including a series of influential summits examining the relationship between art and technology.

Invited artists, designers, critical thinkers and scientists from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central and Western Europe, the United States and Canada coalesced in cross-disciplinary teams that explored the many perspectives and effects of "going digital."

The summits were forums for “design thinking” about the digital world, and helped researchers and practitioners at the forefront of their fields share ideas and visions. Most importantly, the summits engendered in participants a new appreciation for interdisciplinary collaboration. They also helped provide a basis for new initiatives, including the vision for a pan-Canadian digital media research network that formed the early nucleus for the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence.

Social issues have been at the core of Dr. Diamond’s work, along with family relationships, labour struggles, and modern-day working conditions — especially for women. Her role in advancing artists’ and designers’ work in new technologies has been widely recognized, and her own practice as a new-media artist is heavily influenced by design. She acknowledges that “I ... position myself between the two fields ... [t]he participatory, iterative process of design — the rigour of the design process — I find that very attractive.” Her ambitious CodeZebra project combines art and science and includes CZOS, an advanced web based visualization tool that enables conversation between different individual and groups on the Internet. CodeZebra won a Canadian Digital Innovation Award in 2003.

As President of OCAD University, Dr. Diamond continues her efforts to promote interdisciplinary research and to build digital media industries in Canada. The Digital Futures Initiative and other new research initiatives are exploring the intersections of design with such areas as health and sustainable technologies. She also played a leading role in establishing OCAD U’s unique Indigenous Visual Culture Program and is a co-principal investigator in the Centre for Information Visualization/Data Driven Design, a cross-disciplinary initiative with York University that brings together artists, designers, engineers and scientists.

For many years, Dr. Diamond has been a catalyst in bringing together the many disciplines within the digital media community in dialogue and collaboration. Her leadership at the Banff New Media Institute helped keep Canada at the forefront of international research and practice, while inspiring many others to follow in her footsteps. For this and many other contributions to Canadian digital culture, Sara Diamond is recognized as a Canadian Digital Media Pioneer.

Biography
Born in 1954, Dr. Sara Diamond received a BA in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University, a Masters in Digital Media Theory from the University of Arts, London, and a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of East London. She has taught at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, the California Institute for the Arts, University of California, LA (where she continues as an Adjunct Professor) and the Technical University of British Columbia. Beginning in 1992 she was the Director of the Television and Video Program at the Banff Centre and later the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art, Founding Director of the Banff New Media Institute and Director of Research. Since 2005 she has been the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University).

Dr. Diamond has published articles and reviews in Canadian and international art, culture and labour publications including FUSE Magazine, Vanguard, C Magazine, Video Guide, Parallelogram, Popular Studies Journal, and B.C. Heritage. Her video art and broadcast works have been exhibited and screened in Europe, England, Mexico, the Pacific Rim, the United States and Canada, and at numerous video and film festivals around the world. Her videos and installations are in many collections such as the National Gallery of Canada where she had a retrospective in 1992, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Canada Council Art Bank and the California Institute of the Arts. She has served on numerous advisory boards and committees including the Executive of the Council of Ontario Universities, the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research and the Standing Advisory Committee on International Relations for the Association of Universities and Colleges, and the expert panel on the State of Science & Technology in Canada for the Council of the Canadian Academies. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and of the Royal Canadian Society of Artists and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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