Vanessa Dion Fletcher: Curiosity and Quillwork

 Image: Shifting Focus, digital video, 10:00 minutes, colour, sound, no language, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Vanessa Dion Fletcher’s solo exhibition Curiosity and Quillwork demonstrates an appreciation for repetition and pattern-making using and diverging from traditional quillwork forms. As a mode of working through complicated limitations of colonial impacts, on language and limited access to traditional Indigenous knowledge. Dion Fletcher interacts with visual and creative means as a way of connecting to her ancestral relations and reclaiming her culture. The exhibition features three new works: Zigzag in twenty-nine parts (2019), a series of works on paper; Shifting Focus (2019), a microscopic digital video; and Advancing Colors (2019) a delicate installation of an ornate pattern that emulates the traditional practice of birch bark quillwork.

The exhibition and reception is supported by the City of Toronto’s Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnership Fund, the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University, the OCAD U Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers and the Delaney Family Foundation.

ASL Exhibition Blurb:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj5RFNgoK9c&feature=youtu.be

 

RECEPTION / ARTIST TALK

Tuesday September 10th from 5-7pm
ASL Interpretation provided.

Exhibition runs through Friday, September 20, 2019

 

GALLERY LAYOUT & ACCESS INFO

Accessibility: The Ada Slaight Gallery is located on the second floor of OCAD University’s 100 McCaul Street location. Curiosity and Quillwork is located in in room 225 of the Ada Slaight Gallery. Enter through 100 McCaul Street’s main doors located on the west side of McCaul Street, there is a ramp and a flight of stairs to enter the building. Inside the lobby one can get to the second floor by going up the spiral stairwell or elevator to level 2. There are two sets elevators in the lobby. Only the two west-facing elevators (behind the elevators facing the main entrance) will go up to level 2. On level 2 make a right turn down the hallway. The exhibition will be located to the left. Service animals may accompany visitors at any time. Visit www.ocadu.ca/about/hours for hours of operation.

Public transportation & Parking: OCAD University’s 100 McCaul Street location is accessible by the TTC via the Dundas Street Streetcar. The closest accessible TTC station is St. Patrick. Paid street and underground parking is available around the University.

The exhibition includes work that can be touched, and ASL interpretation at the opening reception.

Questions? Contact Shellie Zhang, szhang@ocadu.ca
416.977.6000 x3706

 

ARTIST BIO

Vanessa Dion Fletcher graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 with an MFA in performance. She has exhibited across Canada and the US at spaces such as Art Mur in Montreal, Eastern Edge Gallery Newfoundland, The Queer Arts Festival Vancouver, and the Satellite Art show Miami. Her work is in the Indigenous Art Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Joan Flasch Artist Book collection, Vtape and Seneca College. Over 2019, Vanessa received support from the City of Toronto Indigenous partnerships fund to be Artist in residence at OCAD University.

 

CURATOR BIO

Adrienne Huard is an Anishinaabekwe born in so-called Winnipeg and is currently based in Tkarón:to/Toronto. She is registered at Couchiching First Nations, Fort Frances, Ontario. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography, she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in art history at Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Huard graduated from Concordia in April 2018 and is currently attending OCAD University’s graduate-level Criticism and Curatorial Practice program.
 

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery Room 225, 100 McCaul St. OCAD University Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1W1
Website: 
http://bit.ly/CuriosityandQuillwork
Cost: 
N/A

Call for Applications - 2019 Partial Gallery (Alumni) Career Launcher

Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for OCAD U Faculty of Art alumni. 15 recent grads will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Account on Partial and inclusion as a featured artist within the OCAD University Hub on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals.

Call for Applications - 2019 Partial Gallery (Alumni) Career Launcher

Call for Applications - 2019 Partial Gallery (Alumni) Career Launcher
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:30am to Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 12:00am

DEADLINE: Sunday, August 25, 2019 at midnight

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for OCAD U Faculty of Art alumni. 15 recent grads will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Account on Partial and inclusion as a featured artist within the OCAD University Hub on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals. 

This is an amazing opportunity to get your work out there, nurture an audience, and sell your work! Applications will be reviewed by faculty members and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

The benefits of a Pro Account and inclusion on the OCAD U Hub are:

  • Dedicated artist profile page
  • Active promotion of your work by OCAD U's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
  • Listing on Partial’s artist directory
  • Smart insights about your artwork
  • Pricing Guide
  • E-commerce capabilities for art sales plus rental & payment plans for your    art
  • Trade Access: access to set decorators, designers, and stagers
  • Priority Artist support
  • Insurance Protection on all art rentals/rent-to-own plans
  • Low 16% transaction fee on any sale/rental

QUALIFICATIONS

OCAD U Faculty of Art 2019 graduates  

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Full contact information (Name, portfolio, and email) 
  • Links to online portfolio
  • One (1) PDF that includes a: 
  • Brief artist biography (250 words max)
  • CV
  • A brief statement of intent outlining your interest and commitment to this opportunity (up to 500 words max)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please submit all components online via https://ocadu.partial.gallery/submit

 If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca

Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/6535283-2019-partial-gallery-alumni

Call for Applications - Longos Liberty Village Wall Mural

Call for Applications - Longos Liberty Village Wall Mural
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 12:00am

Design Brief Scope of Work

The opportunity seeks a large-scale interior art mural that features as a focal point of a dining hall located in the Liberty village. The dining hall is part of a new concept store format that has been designed by ampersand studio for Longo’s opening on November 01, 2019. The dining hall is a gathering space for people to come together for breakfast, lunch or dinner to celebrate food, grab a drink at the bar, grab a gourmet cup of coffee at the coffee truck and enjoy the wide selection of globally inspired locally sourced meals. The dining hall wall is the focal point of the seating area. Wall measures 16’ H x 29’ wide constructed of concrete block. The final artwork will be produced in a digital format, printed as wallpaper and installed on the wall in full scale. - The selected artist(s) will submit a series of preliminary work to the review panel for approval - Preliminary work to be adjusted based on the review panel’s comments - Final draft to be submitted to the review panel for final approval before production of the final artwork. - The final artwork will be submitted to the printer as a high-resolution full scale digital artwork for print on adhesive vinyl, no later than October 15th.

Theme

Community, Liberty, the liberation of food and life, The goal of the Mural is to bring art and creativity to the space in an imaginative way considering this theme. About Longo’s: Longo’s is a family-run grocery chain in the GTA founded in 1956 by Italian immigrant brothers Joe, Tommy and Gus Longo, who immigrated to Canada in 1951 from Termini Sicily. They established their first store in Toronto and had eight family members working there. Today’s Longo’s represents an evolution of fresh food experiences based on a tradition of quality, service, and value that started in 1956. Now, three generations later, Longo’s has grown its footprint to encompass 24 conventional stores, five smaller urban format stores branded The Market by Longo’s, and an online grocery business dubbed Grocery Gateway. Longo’s recently opened Canada’s first net-zero supermarket in in Stouffville.

Artist Qualifications

  • Open to current OCAD U students or recent grads (up to 5 years out of school)
  • Experienced in producing large-scale works, such as art murals, for clients
  • A short written statement (400 words max) outlining their interest in the project and their proposed concept for the mural 
  • A creative CV - A short bio (250 words max)
  • A PDF portfolio including 3-5 relevant projects
  • For group submissions, please submit all material in one combined PDF document.

Submission Instructions

Please submit completed applications, by Sunday August 18th at midnight, to the attention of OCAD U Career Development, careerdevelopment@ocadu.ca with the subject line: "Longos Liberty wall mural"

Call for Applications - Longos Liberty Village Wall Mural.pdf

Venue & Address: 
1100 King street west, Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
www.bit.ly/OCADLongosMural
Email: 
careerdevelopment@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
N/A

Call for Applications - Design4

Design4 Logo
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 2:15pm to Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:00am

DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at midnight

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

Design4 is an externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper-year design students in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES). Students can also be studying in the Faculty of Design at the Masters level (MDES).

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Students will be selected out of a pool of applicants and will have the chance to work part-time in small multi-disciplinary teams for up to 6 months, with the goal of addressing design challenges proposed by employment partners.

Throughout this experience, students will have direct support from The Centre of Emerging Artists and Designers, while receiving critical guidance from project mentors.

Employment partners will be drawn from among four distinct groups, hence the name Design4:

• New start-up ventures
• SME private enterprise
• The cultural sector/ The Arts
• Social innovation/ not for profit

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY

OCAD U’s principles of decolonisation, diversity & equity, sustainability and health/wellness are guiding considerations for the Design4 program.

The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers will be prioritizing support for the Indigenous & Black Youth Design Initiative developed by the Faculty of Design within the context of Design4.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

• Deep industry insight and the chance to build meaningful creative professional relationships that will enhance future employment outcomes
• The opportunity to put discipline-specific design skills into practice and reflect on the portfolio-worthy work that gets produced
• The creation of an institutionally supported community of practice on campus

QUALIFICATIONS

Current upper-year students in the Faculty of Design in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES) or at the Masters level (MDES)

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume that includes full contact information (name, phone number and email)
  • Links to online portfolio
  • Cover letter

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Please send your application to Zviko Mhakayakora, zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora at the above e-mail address.

Email: 
zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca

Call for Applications - /edition Art Book Fair 2019 Career Launcher

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2019 from October 24 to 27, 2019.

Call for Applications - /edition Art Book Fair 2019 Career Launcher

Call for Applications - /edition Art Book Fair 2019 Career Launcher
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 11:15am to Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2019 from October 24 to 27, 2019: 

Emerging bookmakers, photographers, publishers, printmakers artist's multiple-makers and ephemera-enthusiasts are invited to submit an application for a complimentary half-booth where you can sell editioned prints, books, or other artworks to a growing audience of over 10,000 artists, curators, collectors, and book-lovers.

/edition Art Book Fair is produced annually in tandem with Art Toronto (Canada’s International Art Fair), and is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing in all forms and artworks created in editions. /editions Art Book Fair champions forward-thinking projects by artists, publishers, galleries, and organizations who share a similar mission to advance and strengthen Canadian and international art book initiatives. 

For examples of artworks, products, and vendors at previous /edition Art Book Fairs, please visit http://www.editiontoronto.com/photos/

QUALIFICATIONS
Current OCAD U students (graduating in 2019-20) and recent alumni (who graduated in 2018 or 2019).

DEADLINE
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at midnight

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Application form available here
- 5-10 images of the proposed work
- Link to your website and/or applicable Instagram account

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION
Please submit completed application form and image attachments to the attention of Zviko Mhakayakora, zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca with the subject line: /edition Career Launcher 2019.

Visit careerlaunchers.format.com for more information.

Venue & Address: 
/edition Art Book Fair October 25 - 28, 2018 www.editiontoronto.com
Email: 
zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:15am

Congratulations to Eugenia Chan (Material Art & Design 2018) and Elise Conlin (Illustration 2019) who were presented with awards at the recent 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). 

Elise received the 2019 Student Purchase Award, judged by House of IDEA and Eugenia was recognized with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award.

Both Elise and Eugenia were participating at the event as recipients of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher, along with 8 additional recent ILLU and MAAD grads. A full list of recipients can be found below. The Career Launcher recipients were provided with complimentary booths and the opportunity to exhibit in the 58th year of this annual event.

Now in its 58th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada's largest and longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. The TOAF was established to nurture excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary work to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 360 exhibitors and attracts 115,000 visitors each year at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.

 

RECIPIENTS

Eryn Lougheed
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Elise Conlin
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Xulin Wang
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Vivian Chang
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Sze Ngn (Mikayla) Li
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Vincie Cheung
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Fiona Chen
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Hiu Tung (Akatsuki) Siu
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Skye Stutt
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Eugenia Chan
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Congratulations to Eugenia Chan (Material Art & Design 2018) and Elise Conlin (Illustration 2019) who were presented with awards at the recent 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). 

Your Creative Career: A Workshop Series

Your Creative Career Workshop series
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Jumpstart your creative career! Attend this comprehensive four-part series covering all aspects of finding meaningful employment – from the initial search through to the interview process.
Each session provides valuable guidance and strategies to help you land your dream job. 

RSVP on Eventbrite by clicking "Select a Date" to register for each of the sessions you plan to attend.
Career Development at OCAD U recommends attend all four workshops in the series, as each session builds on knowledge gained in the last:

Part 1: Job Search Strategies
Thursday, July 4 from 12pm – 2:00pm

Part 2: Building A Strong Resume & Professional Presence
Friday, July 5 from 12pm – 2:00pm

Part 3: Creating a Compelling Creative Portfolio
Thursday, July 11 from 12pm – 2:00pm

Part 4: Preparing for the Interview
Friday, July 12 from 12pm – 2:00pm

All sessions take place on the 3rd floor of the Rosalie Sharp Centre at 115 McCaul St.
Light refreshments provided.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers 115 McCaul Street, Level 3 OCAD University
Website: 
http://bit.ly/YourCreativeCareerWorkshop
Email: 
careerdevelopment@ocadu.ca

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