Free Visual Literacy panel discussion tonight

Image of an abstract painting by Robert Delauney, Soleil tour et aeroplane
Thursday, May 11, 2017


OCAD University is pleased to be hosting the panel discussion Visual Literacy and Perception in the Contemporary World.

Moderated by Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, Faculty of Art, OCAD U, the panel brings together leading researchers and practitioners for an important discussion about the potential crossroads between art, vision and acuity.

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: 100 McCaul St. Auditorium
Free admission, open to the public

We live in a digitally mediated, image-saturated world that increasingly demands a highly developed ability to see, understand, and critically observe the images around us. OCAD U is collaborating with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Vanderbilt University, the University of Buffalo and the Ross Eye Institute with the goal of developing a curriculum for enhancing visual skills for students, professionals, and people from all walks of life.

This project seeks to combine the understanding of the form, content, and context of an art-historical approach with the scientific understanding of visual perception.

Tonight’s guests:


  • Russell Davidson, Innovation Lab & Special Projects Manager, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Dr. Isabel Gauthier, Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. David Griffin, Lecturer, OCAD University
  • Dr. Caroline Langill, Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University
  • Tannis Neilsen, Indigenous Artist and Lecturer, OCAD University
  • Dr. Thomas Palmeri, Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. James Reynolds, Professor and Director, Ross Eye Institute and Chair, Ophthalmology, State University of New York at Buffalo


Mackenzie Sunday, Graduate Student and Fellow, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University.





Buffalo Jump 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 2:00pm

This year the members of the Aboriginal Students Association (ASA) at OCAD are participating in Buffalo Jump 2008 and would like to extend an an invitation to the rest of the OCAD community to join us. This is a great opportunity to show our support on behalf of OCAD and this will give everyone the chance to engage in traditional First Nations' activities such as dancing, prayer and celebration. We live in such a multicultural city and are part of a very multicultural academic environment, and this day is a great day to be more aware of this fact.
Although this is a day to celebrate First Nations culture, the main reason for this festival has always been to unite ALL people. With this in mind we hope to see as many people from the OCAD community there, and more information will come as the date approaches.
National Aboriginal Day is celebrated every June 21.
The Cultural Walk starts at City Hall, and ends in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Venue & Address: 
Nathan Philips Square Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario