Elections Canada on campus

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

October 14 is a federal election day in Canada. Students (faculty and staff) who have questions about voter eligibility, registration, location of polls, and more can ask questions of Elections Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Elections Canada on campus

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

October 14 is a federal election day in Canada. Students (faculty and staff) who have questions about voter eligibility, registration, location of polls, and more can ask questions of Elections Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Visual Culture? (Vol. 1)

CVC Panel
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 11:30pm

Today many believe that globalization is making the nation-state obsolete. But is it? Michael Adams’ research suggests that Canadian culture is distinct from that of the USA in its values. Could we assume then that different values have given rise to a different visual culture? If Canada has a distinct culture, what typifies it? How would we study it?

Michael Adams is the founder of Environica Research, a polling firm, and the best-selling author of several books, including Sex in the Snow and Fire and Ice.

Yam Lau is Assistant Professor of painting at York University. He has written criticism, curated exhibitions, and has recently exhibited His work is represented by the Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto and Yuanfen New Media Art Space in Beijing.

Mark Cheetham is Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto. He has curated two exhibitions, and is the author of Abstract Art Against Autonomy, Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Recent Canadian Art, as well as a book on Alex Colville.

Lisa Rochon is the architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, and author of Up North: Where Canada’s Architecture Meets the Land.

Panel Moderator: Andy Patton, artist, curator, OCAD faculty member.

Venue & Address: 
Rm 7104, OCAD Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St West, Toronto, Ontario

Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 5:00am

Organized by the University of Toronto Art Centre, Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design showcases both emerging and established designers and craft makers, alongside seminal artists who spearheaded the tradition of interpreting and celebrating Canadian countryside and wildlife in their artwork.

Guest curators Rachel Gotlieb and Martha Kelleher selected just over 100 pieces, to illustrate how artists, designers and craft makers, working over the last two centuries, have managed to transcend the pitfalls of kitsch and cliché, while creating universal works drawn from and inspired by motifs of Canadian identity: antlered animals, the beaver, the Canada Goose, the evergreen, the maple leaf, and the trillium.

By bringing together works from art, design and craft, often regarded by scholars and curators as distinct and separate disciplines, the curators also address this low art/high art bias by revealing that Canadian symbolic flora and fauna are vital sources of inspiration and discourse across the craft, art and design communities.

Works by the following artists are included in the exhibition:
Alumnus Mauricio Affonso, Stuart Ash, unknown Anishnaabe artist, Natasha Bailey, alumna Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Amy Bélanger, Douglas Boyd, Carol Bradley, Keith Campbell, Emily Carr, Clarice Cliff, Brent Comber, E.B. Cox, George Dancy, Robert Davidson, Dominion Glass Company, George Emery, Excelsior Glass Company, OCAD faculty member Todd Falkowsky, Bob Ford, Michael Fortune, Bud Fujikawa, Andrew Fussell, Frank Gehry, Gordon & Keith, Frédéric Guibrunet, former OCAD faculty member Emanuel Hahn, Thor Hansen, Lawren S. Harris, Cynthia Hathaway, Arthur Heming, Robert Hendery, Heather Cooper Company, Sabina Hill, Robert Holmes, Hothouse Design Studio, Elizabeth Wilkes Hoey, George Huel, A.Y. Jackson, Virginia Johnson, J.W. Kilgour & Bros., Yvon Laroche, Tilman Lichter, former OCAD principal Arthur Lismer, Loyal Loot Collective, former faculty member JEH MacDonald, Thoreau MacDonald, Anthony Mann, Eric Matthew, Laura McKibbon, David Milne, Minton, alumna Katherine Morley, Melissa Morrow, Earl Muldoe, unknown Northwest Coast artist, Ontario Glass Company, Charles Pachter, Pierre-Yves Pelletier, Reeva Perkins, Ann Pocket, Pierre Poulin, Christopher Pratt, Mark Preston, Bill Reddick, Bill Reid, Bo Scaife Casey, Elda Smith, Steven Tracy Smith, alumnus Robert Southcott, Guy St. Arnaud, Harold Stacey, Thomas Furnival & Sons, Thout Design, alumnus Harold Town, Oksana Ulisko, Frederick Arthur Verner, alumna Anneke van Bommel, Edward Walley, alumnus Don Watt, Joyce Wieiland, alumnus Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Thomas Wyon, alumnus Thea Yuzyk, and alumnus Tristan Zimmerman.

Venue & Address: 
University of Toronto Art Centre 15 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

OCAD U Etsy Team: Made in Canada

Etsy Made in Canada
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us to celebrate Canadian makers and artists at OCAD University Etsy Team’s pop-up market. Students and alumni will be selling their creations, including hand painted silk scarves, intricate and quirky illustrations, jewelry made out of everything from wood to crystals, and handmade craft supplies. Artscape Youngplace is sponsoring this event.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ocaduetsyteam/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OCADUEtsyTeam

Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

OCAD U calls for design and design thinking practices to be central to Canada’s inclusive innovation agenda

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:00am

In response to the consultation on the Innovation Agenda, OCAD U urges the Government of Canada to make design and design thinking practices foundational elements of its inclusive innovation agenda in order to enable Canadians and Canadian companies to thrive on the world stage. As stated in the response: “Crucial to Canada’s future, design thinking must be front and centre in the federal inclusive inno­vation agenda, both in policy development and imple­mentation. Critical to experimentation as well as to the development and further enhancement of services, products and business methods, design thinking is applicable to governments, not-for-profits and busi­nesses of all types and sizes — from start-ups to blue chips”. 

Dr. Gerald McMaster named Canada Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Gerald McMaster by Sebastian Kriete
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 3:00pm

Groundbreaking curator, author, artist and educator Dr. Gerald McMaster has been named Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University.

 “My position will enable me to be part of a uniquely vibrant community of students, researchers and creators,” said McMaster. “I am looking forward to learning from and working with them as I seek to expand knowledge of the ways transnational contact has affected artistic expression among Indigenous people, as well as the influence of those expressions on non-Indigenous societies.”

McMaster has held prestigious curatorial positions at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. In 2006 he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.

“We are grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting us in this unprecedented scholarship of Indigenous art history told through Indigenous voices,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor. “To be the first art and design university to receive a Tier 1 CRC appointment is recognition of OCAD University’s strong research agenda.”

McMaster’s work will examine the ways in which cultures interact, influencing and inspiring one another. How can Indigenous artists engage with the non-Indigenous world while maintaining their difference? How does the vitality of Indigenous voice express and contribute knowledge to the global conversation on climate? How did Indigenous artists and cultures view their colonizers in the context of their art?

Born near North Battleford, Saskatchewan, McMaster (Plains Cree/Member of the Siksika First Nation) studied at the Institute of American Indian Art and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, receiving his MA in Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa. He completed his doctorate at the University of Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Theory and Interpretation under renowned cultural theorist Mieke Bal. 

McMaster served as Canadian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney, Australia. He is currently collaborating on three major international projects in Europe, South America and Australia.

McMaster also teaches undergraduate courses in OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture program (INVC) and leads a graduate seminar in exhibition issues in the Criticism & Curatorial Practice program.

OCAD University would like to thank the Canada Foundation for Innovation for providing infrastructure support for McMaster’s lab.

Be heard – Vote in the federal election on Oct. 19

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 4:00am

Ontario’s university presidents have signed a pledge to support student participation in the upcoming election. According to the Council of Ontario Universities, in the 2011 federal election voter turnout among youth aged 18 to 24 was 39 per cent – far below the 75 per cent participation rate for citizens aged 65 to 74.

This year OCAD University will be hosting a polling station for the Spadina-Fort York riding only. If you do not live in the riding, you must vote in the riding of your residence.

As a student, you have another option: Elections Canada offices will be open on 39 college and university campuses from October 5 to 8. Any student can vote at these offices, regardless of where their home is located. Nearby locations include University of Toronto and Ryerson University (please note, OCAD U is not among these office sites)

For complete information visit the Election Canada’s website


Etsy: Made in Canada 2015

Collage of images of handmade items and woman wearing a black dress
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 2:30pm to 10:00pm

Etsy: Made in Canada returns with 33 Canadian cities hosting a one-day marketplace celebrating the Etsy community. In Toronto, be sure to visit MaRS Discovery District (101 College St.) and OCAD University (outdoor market at 100 McCaul St. and indoor market at 49 McCaul St.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to shop your favourite local Etsy sellers.

Toronto's Etsy Teams are excited to be hosting Etsy: Made in Canada again, with 170 local Etsy sellers at two downtown locations ready to showcase the area's handmade wares and vintage goods. Visitors to the MaRS marketplace have the chance to shop favourites like sustainable fashion designs from Vespertine; children's wool toys from Little Bellwoods; and quirky laser-cut wood broaches from Sous Sous. For a full list of sellers that will be featured at the MaRS marketplace, see the vendor lookbook. Stop off at OCAD U for screen-printed paper and stationary from SCTING; colourful hand-dyed wool yarn from Better With Yarn; and minimalistic leather accessories from Aunt Rae. Come support OCAD U students and alumni!

Across Canada, from Salt Spring Island, to Whitehorse, to St. John's., each market is powered by an Etsy Team, a self-organized group of like-minded sellers, and key partners Moneris, Canada Post and Airbnb. Etsy Teams and their Team Captains ensure each event reflects the city's individual style and culture, in addition to providing support to members and newcomers looking to start an Etsy shop. Through sharing advice, experiences and resources, Etsy teams help spark inspiration and encourage collaboration among its community.


Venue & Address: 
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St. OCAD Universit, outdoor market at 100 McCaul St., indoor market at 49 McCaul St.

Oh, Canada

Event Poster
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 4:00am to Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 5:00am

Featuring OCAD U alumni

Canada is the second largest country in the world by area and boasts both a vibrant nationwide arts community and a strong public commitment to culture. And yet Canadian contemporary art has not received widespread attention outside Canada's borders. The largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside Canada, Oh Canada features work by more than 60 artists who hail from every province and nearly every territory in the country, spanning multiple generations and working in all media. MASS MoCA's curator Denise Markonish spent the last three years crisscrossing Canada to view hundreds of exhibitions in museums and galleries, visiting over 400 artists' studios, and making connections with a full range of artists working in Canada today.

Markonish's extensive research brings this project the fresh perspective of an informed and curious outsider. While Oh, Canada will ask questions such as "What are some of the distinguishing characteristics of art made in the country?" its aim is not to present a merely nationalistic show. Rather, the goal is to encourage a dialogue about contemporary art made in Canada (one touching on issues of craft/making, conceptualism, humor and identity), a dialogue that will resonate just as deeply for Canadians as for outsiders.

Kim Adams, Gisele Amantea, Shuvinai Ashoona, Amalie Atkins, Nicolas Baier, Daniel Barrow, Dean Baldwin, Rebecca Belmore, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Valérie Blass, Shary Boyle, Bill Burns, Eric Cameron, Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonorealistes, Janice Wright Cheney, Douglas Coupland, Ruth Cuthand, Dave and Jenn, Michel De Broin, Wally Dion, Mario Doucette, Marcel Dzama, Brendan Fernandes, Michael Fernandes, Eryn Foster, Noam Gonick and Luis Jacob, Hadley + Maxwell, David R. Harper, David Hoffos, Kristan Horton, Terrance Houle, Allison Hrabluik, Sarah Anne Johnson, Garry Neill Kennedy, Wanda Koop, Diane Landry, Micah Lexier, Craig Leonard, Myfanwy MacLeod, Kelly Mark, Luanne Martineau, Rita McKeough, Divya Mehra, Chris Millar, Kent Monkman, Kim Morgan, Andrea Mortson, Clint Neufeld, Graeme Patterson, Ed Pien, Annie Pootoogook, Ned Pratt, Michael Snow, Charles Stankievech, Joseph Tisiga, Hans Wendt, Janet Werner, Mitchell Wiebe, John Will, and Étienne Zack.

Ten other new commissions will join 95 already existing works (made within the past five years) for the exhibition including: Micah Lexier’s A Coin in Every Corner comprised of a series of specially minted coins painstakingly installed in corners throughout the multi-building factory campus; Kent Monkman’s double diorama based on fictitious buddy characters Tonto and the Lone Ranger, and Germany’s Winnetou and Old Shatterhand; and Ed Pien’s installation made from cut paper and projected video; and new work from Terrance Houle, Divya Mehra, Graeme Patterson, Garry Neill Kennedy, Mitchell Wiebe, Craig Leonard, Janice Wright Cheney and David Harper.

A comprehensive full-color 450-page catalogue by MIT Press will accompany the exhibition and will provide insights into Canada’s thriving contemporary cultural scene. The book will guide readers through the provinces and territories of Canada, introducing them to Canada’s cultural topography and the artists who inhabit it. Markonish will provide a history of recent Canadian art, placing this new body of work into the context of 20th-century Canadian art. Featuring artist-to-artist interviews, the book also includes contributions from notable Canadian writers and poets Lisa Moore, Warren Cariou, Douglas Coupland, and Jane Urquhart. Contributing curators include John Murchie, Wayne Baerwaldt, Lance Blomgren, Candice Hopkins, David Liss, Lesley Johnstone, Steven Holmes, Louise Déry, Sarah Fillmore, Pan Wendt, Bruce Johnson, Cliff Eyland, Jen Budney, and Nancy Campbell.

When the exhibition opens in Atlantic Canada, Oh Canada will span two provinces, with art to be on display at:

-The Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown
-The Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, NB
-The Louise and Reuben Cohen Art Gallery at the University of Moncton
-The Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton.

In Calgary, the show will spread out throughout the city, including:

-The Glenbow
-The Esker Foundation
-The Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD
-The Nickel Galleries at the University of Calgary

Visitors to MASS MoCA's exhibit Oh Canada in North Adams, Mass. examine Calgary artist Gisele Amantea's work Democracy. (MASS MoCA)