Congratulations on a record-breaking GradEx!

The 102nd Graduate Exhibition attracted a record 45,000 guests, a nearly 20% increase over 2016, with over 10,000 visitors attending opening night! 

IAMD Student wins Film Competition at Martial Arts Studies Conference 2016

picture of Iveta Karpathyova
picture of animation screening in conference room
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 4:00am

We send congratulations to Iveta Karpathyova, a second-year student in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) program, who won the Martial Arts Studies Film Competition hosted by the Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff University (UK), held from July 19-21, 2016. Her film, which she developed in her first year of study at OCAD U, was screened alongside fellow winner Philip Loy as part of the conference.

Watch her work online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz2W9I4Scvg

Ms. Karpathyova offered insights into her experience at the conference:
“I met scholars and practitioners of various types of martial arts over the course of three days. The most valuable experience was forming new relationships, initiating collaborations and discussing my research on embodiment with authors and experts in this flourishing field. I received a lot of insight into current topics of research within the field of martial arts including pedagogy, gender, identity, film aesthetics, historical records, culture and tradition, health and well-being, spiritual and holistic theory.
Besides gaining insight into current academic discourse on kinetic intelligence, embodied research and movement studies, I was invited to submit my animations to the Martial Arts film festival and interviewed for Dojo TV on my experiences as a practitioner and researcher within the field.”

Organizers described the award as developed “in response to the conference’s interest in moving martial arts studies work into the realms of audiovisual media. In order to stimulate new forms of research, dissemination and communication in the field of martial arts studies, this year we invited students to submit short five minute films on any aspect of martial arts. Here’s what we said: You may want to document an obscure martial arts style for posterity, or give insight into a system, culture or field of practice. You may want to deal with theoretical or practical issues in martial arts studies. You may want to showcase your own research. Your work will be helping to advance the visibility and insights of martial arts.”

The second annual international Martial Arts Studies Conference’s theme was centered on discourses that engage with the relations between two dimensions that are often regarded as opposed, or worlds apart: namely, the relations between media representation and embodied practice.

More about Iveta Karpathyova: http://www.ivetaka.com/

More about the IAMD Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm

Congratulations MAAD Students

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 2:30pm

The following six OCAD U grads and students who are part of 17 finalists for the 2016 Vaccaro Family Scholarship! All of the names below are 2016 MAAD graduates with the exception of Blessie who is a current student! Well done to all!

Vanessa Raquel Castellino

Jenica Fan

Maria Gabrieleva

Cherry Liang

Blessie Maturan

Janice Ng

 

From the jewellerybusiness.com website:

"Sponsored by CJExpos and Beverly Hills Jewellers, the competition—which carries the theme, ‘An Evening in Paris’—asks students to design a piece with an estimated retail value of $1500. Now in its third year, the scholarship bestows a $3000 grant on a student enrolled in a Canadian college offering a jewellery program, while the school itself receives a $1000 gift. The pieces will be on display at CJExpo’s Toronto and Edmonton shows, where attendees can vote for the winner."

http://www.jewellerybusiness.com/news/2016-giovanni-vaccaro-family-scholarship-finalists-announced/print/

 

You can check out their work along with three of our current students at the Canadian Jewellery Expo August 7th-9th in Toronto http://www.cjexpos.com 

 

OCAD University honours top students with medals

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:15pm

(Toronto—May 2, 2012) Twelve graduating students have been honoured with OCAD University's top accolade this week: the OCAD U medal. Awarded annually by a faculty jury to the top achieving students in each of the university's undergraduate programs, medal winners are recognized as ambassadors for their respective programs.

"Whether it is inventing fashionable armour for the urban bike-rider; using found materials to refurbish a community struck by disaster; creating mobile art for joggers, or blending sensual colours through dynamic brushwork, OCAD University's talented students provide unique design solutions and compelling art work that addresses our complex world," said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. "I invite everyone to join us this weekend for our graduate exhibition, to celebrate the work, invention and imagination of our graduates."

This year's medal winners will showcase their thesis works alongside more than 550 of their peers as part of OCAD University's 97th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2012 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Myles Borins (Integrated Media)
Arielle Gavin (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Erin Loree (Drawing & Painting)
Annyen Lam (Printmaking)
Aamna Muzaffar (Sculpture/Installation)
Setareh Zakeri (Photography)

Faculty of Design:
Edward Buchi (Advertising)
Theresa Duong (Material Art & Design)
Antonio Lennert (Graphic Design)
Milena Milicic (Industrial Design)
Marc O'Brien (Illustration)
Lily Samerkhanova (Environmental Design)

The Graduate Exhibition runs Thursday, May 3, to Sunday, May 6. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 3, 6:30 to 11 p.m. For details, visit www.ocadu.ca/gradex.

The 12 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University's Spring Convocation Ceremony on Friday, June 8, at Roy Thomson Hall. Medal winners will also be invited to contribute their works toward the university's award-winning visual identity.

Background Information: 2012 OCAD University Medal Winners:

Faculty of Art:
Myles Borins (Integrated Media)
Borins's interests include music theory, programming and human interaction. His thesis work, The Autonomous Speaker-Bot, is a "self-sufficient integrated media command centre" in which the audience explores physical and digital space, and interacts with the work to change it. Borins is the recipient of a research scholarship at the Center for Creative Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.

Arielle Gavin (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Gavin's writing addresses irony and sincerity in contemporary art and culture. Her thesis paper "Honesty Competitions" takes the proposed binary pair of irony/sincerity as the starting point for an analysis of postmodernism's trajectory and current questions surrounding authenticity, self-expression and subjecthood.

Erin Loree (Drawing & Painting)
Loree's paintings are characterized by sensuous colour, with brush strokes ranging from beautifully smooth blending to thickly textured, purposeful lines. Her series Inner Strangers explores internal transformation and self-identity.

Annyen Lam (Printmaking)
Using stone lithography and hand-cut paper, Lam has created an installation work that acts as a portal to transport viewers from the gallery into an imagined landscape, creating a dialogue around the mutable characteristics of perception.

Aamna Muzaffar (Sculpture/Installation)
Muzaffar's thesis works play with concepts of registration and extrusive translation of gestural information. 24 Jogs is the combined result of a training program for beginner runners and spontaneous design on a Smartphone 3D rendering app. Her work 15656 - Studying Permutation arises digitally on a vector dot-matrix and is made on 3-Pass Blackout fabric. The compositions are revealed through impulsive gesture-based selection and deletion of points, prior to realization as paintings.

Setareh Zakeri (Photography)
Zakeri's heart-wrenching photographic works explore themes of pain, suffering, brutality and the persecution and oppression of women.

Faculty of Design:

Edward Buchi (Advertising)
Buchi's thesis re-investigates the notion of honesty in advertising through the creation of an integrated campaign for Old Dutch chips. The message to chip-loving consumers is that it's a brand that's not afraid to poke fun at itself nor hide the fact that it's just an ordinary potato chip.

Theresa Duong (Material Art & Design)
Duong's works challenges ideas of wearable art using unconventional materials to stimulate a visual dialogue with the human figure. In her body of work Bound, she recreates, repurposes and repositions the form of the book to emphasize the concept of binding.

Antonio Lennert (Graphic Design)
Born and raised in Brazil where he studied industrial design, Lennert later studied interactive media in various cities around the world. He is now is co-director of the OCAD U Student Press. His thesis work, including a research paper, investigates issues of identity and belonging, Brazilian culture and design.

Milena Milicic (Industrial Design)
Milicic has created a line of fashionable "armour" for the female urban bike or scooter commuter. Her apparel designs strive to link fashion, comfort, storage and safety to better suit the lifestyle of the urban city rider.

Marc O'Brien (Illustration)
Genius! is an ongoing series of illustrations by O'Brien that investigates the creative spirit behind some of the world's most celebrated, and often tormented, creative minds. Sprinkled with whimsical macabre, Genius! parodies society's romanticizing of tragedy in the souls of "inspired people".

Lily Samerkhanova (Environmental Design)
Samerkhanova's thesis is a response to the tornado that severely devastated Goderich, Ontario in August 2011. With sensitivity to the town's heritage, Samerkhanova envisaged the use of local and refurbished material, sustainable design approaches and innovative technologies to rebuild the town centre, including the addition of a farmers' market and a centre for performing arts.

About 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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OCAD University honours top students with medals

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00am

(Toronto—May 1, 2013) OCAD University has honoured 12 of its graduating students with the university’s top accolade this week: the OCAD U medal. The highest achieving students in each of the university’s undergraduate programs are chosen by a faculty jury, and acknowledged as ambassadors for each of their respective programs.

“Whether it is unpacking the immigrant experience or revisiting a homeland after monumental change; addressing the health care challenges of our aging population or making new connections to our local farmers; understanding what drives the creation of our online personas or designing solutions for poverty-stricken nations, OCAD University’s students are emerging leaders who will solve our world’s complex problems,” said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “I invite everyone to join us this weekend for our graduate exhibition, to celebrate the imagination of our graduates.”

This year’s medal winners showcase their thesis works alongside more than 500 of their peers as part of OCAD University’s 98th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2013 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Jessica Tai (Photography)     
Alex Thompson (Printmaking)

Faculty of Design:
Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
Maria Soroka (Advertising)

The Graduate Exhibition runs Thursday, May 2, to Sunday, May 5. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.). For details and a complete event schedule, visit www.ocadu.ca/gradex, or download the free smartphone app with information on wayfinding, exhibitors, medal winners and more at http://myeventapps.com/ocadugradex.

The 12 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University’s Spring Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, at Roy Thomson Hall. Medal winners will also be invited to contribute their works toward the university’s award-winning visual identity.

Background Information: 2013 OCAD University Medal Winners:

Faculty of Art:

Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Bursey’s research and publishing project, Father Knowledge, Mother Tongue, is a collaboration with her parents that highlights their stories of immigration, language, labour and adaptation. 

Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
In Crowds and Collisions, Doyle uses paper, beading, video and performance to explore moments of connection and distance between individuals.

Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Goldby's thesis work Premier Life focuses on personal branding strategies in social networks and the conditions and experiences that are built into the pursuit of online presence.  

Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Alifan’s paintings in the series It’s not Milk are an exploration of the modern gaze, creating a language of underlying sexual subtexts.

Jessica Tai (Photography)  
Tai’s To Shadow a Failure is inspired by photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot’s early explorations — and failures — as he developed the salt print process.

Alex Thompson (Printmaking)
In his work Self-Portrait: Bildungsroman I, Thompson draws from architectural renderings and his experience in educational institutions to explore the process of personal development.

Faculty of Design:

Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Akbary created her video installation All that’s been said & done after visiting her home village in Afghanistan after a long absence, where she distributed disposable cameras to more than 40 children and asked them to help her see through their eyes.

Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Kim’s Plant Haiti Campaign is multi-pronged; it aims to replenish the once-lush Haitian countryside with the nearly entirely edible Moringa tree, alleviate poverty and hunger and to empower youth.

Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Mackenzie renders controversial proposals by contemporary scientists and intellectuals into visual metaphors to explore why they make us so uncomfortable in her series, Dangerous Ideas.

Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
McCarten’s body of work, Fabricate, uses a variety of textile media to investigate our perceptions of value.

Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
In her concept for The Bath, Paashuis builds on her experience working in the health and long-term care sectors to develop a recreational centre with social responsibility and inclusivity as core design values.

Maria Soroka (Advertising)
Soroka’s campaign Localosity aims to engage mainstream audiences in the local food movement to foster a greater human connectivity between urban consumers and rural producers.

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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416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)