Mehnaz Aydemir

Mehnaz is an Industrial designer with Interactive Design experience. She has been  working in design industry both in Europe and Canada for more than two decades in various areas of design such as manufacturing, store planning, furniture design, interaction design and jewellery design.

Unknowable Unknowing 

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 11:00am to Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

October 28th to November 5th 


Introduction Speech and Celebration  (Wine & Finger Foods)


Closing Speech and Artists in Conversation (Wine & Cheese)

As one of the official Creative Partners of the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA 2019), OCAD University will launch the exhibition Unknowable Unknowing in the Great Hall from October 28th to November 5th.  

This unique the exhibition will showcase a juried selection of Drawing & Painting, and Printmaking students who have responded to the curatorial statement of the Toronto Biennial of Art. 

Participating students attended a curatorial workshop with members of the public programming team from the Toronto Biennial of Art. They are also involved in experiential learning through critiques, planning, promotion and installation of the exhibition. 

Students will also, organize and facilitate a talkback discussion in response to their exhibition on the evening of November 5th 6:30 to 8:30. 

About the Toronto Biennial of Art

Launching September 21, 2019, the Toronto Biennial of Art is a new international contemporary visual arts event as culturally connected and diverse as the city itself. For 72 days, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by free exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time.

Curatorial Vision: How Are We In Relation?  

“Curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art takes up the question “What does it mean to be in relation?” While the latter invites us to contemplate different kinds of “relations” and how they forge communion and ecosystems, it also provokes us to consider the ways in which we are out of relation—out of synch, disconnected, alienated. Grounded in the Indigenous, immigrant, and settler histories that have shaped what we now call Toronto, the inaugural Biennial asks us to reexamine the past to project alternative futures that expand our ways of knowing and becoming.”   


Venue & Address: 
Great Hall Exhibition Space  OCAD U, 100 McCaul  Toronto, ON
poster for exhibition with text in pink and blue bars

OCAD U grad named Creator of the Year in Montérégie, Quebec

Friday, April 12, 2019

OCAD University graduate Yechel Gagnon was recognized at the end of March as Creator of the Year in Montérégie, QC, a $5000 prize given by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). The 17th edition of the award gathered more than 80 people from the Monteregian artistic community, along with partners and friends of the culture.

CALQ awards the prize to those whose achievements are distinguished by their quality and outreach. Members of the jury highlighted “the high quality of Yechel Gagnon's work and, more particularly, her fascinating work on texture and materials. This amazing artist, with a rich and original practice, enjoys an important influence, locally and abroad.” 

The artist also recently installed a large-scale public art piece at the Sorel-Tracy waterport, in Quebec, and was very honoured with the prize. 

Born in Longueuil, Quebec, she holds an AOCAD with Honours in Drawing and Painting.

Click here to learn more about Yechel Gagnon and her work.




Ada Slaight Drawing & Painting Studio Renovations Details (March 2019)

Floor plate image describing area of work in Level 4 south, 100 McCaul
Concept Sketches illustrating new studios and adjacent areas
Thursday, March 28, 2019

What’s Happening? 

Creative City Campus Renovations: Ada Slaight Drawing & Painting Studios

Temporary Closure and Renovations to the Ada Slaight Drawing & Painting Studios

  • Over the Summer of 2019, the Drawing & Painting Studios located on Level 4 south of 100 McCaul St. will be closed for renovations. 
  • Renovations will begin in May, following the Graduate Exhibition, and will be completed by August 31, 2019. 


  • ​Improve OCAD U’s studio-based learning environments by expanding some studios and improving infrastructure within existing spaces​
  • Provide new equipment and technology​
  • Improve circulation, storage, work flow and transparency
  • Provide more opportunities for flexible student work space and social gathering​
  • Improve energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

Where is this happening?

  • Level 4 Drawing & Painting Studios and hallways, 100 McCaul St. (see diagram)

How will the studios change? 

  • Significantly improved lighting and studio infrastructure (see concept sketches)
  • Improved pin-up and display surfaces​
  • Reorganized layout that creates new, flexible student working and gathering spaces
  • Reorganized layout that adds additional spaces for critique and faculty meetings
  • Improved energy efficiency of building systems (heating, air conditioning and ventilation; lighting, controls, network, etc.)

Impacts of the Summer 2019 Renovations

  • The south wing of the Drawing & Painting studios on Level 4, known as the Ada Slaight Studios, and their adjacent washrooms, offices and storage areas will be completely closed throughout the renovations period.
  • During this period, the Drawing & Painting resource office will operate in MCA 440, and the build shop functions of MCA 475 will run in MCA 430.

Upgrades to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) 

  • Some areas on the north side of the main building at 100 McCaul St. will be impacted while the heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) end-of-life units are offline and upgraded during the summer. Temporary measures will be implemented to maintain environmental comforts in the building.

Questions? Contact Us!
We’re here to collaborate with you as we work through the challenges and opportunities in this project! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team about any question!​ Reach us at​.

Andrea Hunniford, Lead, Campus Planning and Projects​
Joanne Frisch, Director, Campus Planning and Projects​
Nick Hooper, Director, Facilities and Studios​
Sarah Mulholland, Manager, Student Communications and Campus Community

OCADU Gallery Crawl

2019 Gallery Crawl - header
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Visit the OCAD University art district for the second annual Gallery Crawl!
Featuring special programming at our eight galleries. Artists and curators will be present to introduce their work.
Join a free guided tour departing from the 100 McCaul St. lobby at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. 

Gallery Crawl Locations:
The Great Hall, Ada Slaight Student Gallery 
and Anniversary Gallery (100 McCaul St.)
Learning Zone (113 McCaul St.)
Open Space Gallery (49 McCaul St.)
Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W.)
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Ignite Gallery (165 Augusta Ave.)


Venue & Address: 
Tours meet in the 100 McCaul St. lobby at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
2019 Gallery Crawl - poster

Info Session: CCC Fabrication, Drawing & Painting Studio Renovations

CCC Info Session
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Join the Campus Planning & Projects Team to learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus project, renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

Information Sessions (MCA 258, George Reid House)

  • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, Campus Planning & Projects will be available to speak with at several pop-up discussion opportunities:

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. -- Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick
  • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting the Creative City Campus website.
Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at  

Venue & Address: 
MCA 258, George Reid Wing

Veronika Szkudlarek, Teaching Intensive Stream, Lecturer

Veronika Szkudlarek is interested in the interdisciplinary and innovative possibilities of paint and digital imaging. She uses traditional analogue material like oil paints with animation software like Cinema 4D, After Effects, Dragonframe and Photoshop.  She looks to areas of growth, including technology and expanded practices for inspiration most recently using VR technology to make 3D paintings.  

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair awards OCAD U artists

Group shot of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair winners by city hall
Monday, July 9, 2018

Students and alumni from OCADU’s Illustration and Sculpture & Installation programs were among award winners at the 2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) in Nathan Phillips Square in July. The three Illustration student winners were all recipients of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher opportunity, coordinated by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD).

Best of Student Award
Kima Lenaghan* (Illustration 2018)
Judged by Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
$1,000 Marie Collins Memorial Award and Artscape Award Includes: Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, exhibition at Artscape Youngplace and one year membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad (Value $4,000)

Student Purchase Award
Judged by house of i.d.e.a.
Value of Artwork by house of i.d.e.a.

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

Best of 3D Works
Michelle Cieloszczyk (Sculpture & Installation, 2018)
Judged by Lyn Carter, Professor of Sculpture, Art and Art History Program at Sheridan College
$2,000 by Greenrock Charitable Trust

Emerging Artist(s) by Emerging Curator Award
Claire Browne (Drawing & Painting, 2015)
Jenn Woodall* (Illustration, 2018)
Judged by Nathan Heuvingh, Director of Propeller Gallery
Exhibition at Propeller Gallery by Megan Deeks, Frances Patella, Charles Collins (Value $3000)

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award
Francesca Chan (Illustration, 2018)
Judged by Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Annual membership and publications by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

Honourable Mention Photography and Digital Media
Patrick Lajoie, OCAD U alumnus
Judged by MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation
$500 Gift Certificate by Akasha Art Projects

Best of Paper
Nicole Moss – (Drawing & Painting, 2015)
Judged by Clayton Windatt, Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
$500 Gift Certificate by The Japanese Paper Place


Joshua Heuman, Kima Lenaghan and Lindsey Dickie standing with plaque


Painting with abstract forms highlited in orange.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Learning Zone Gallery presents a group exhibition called Perspectives.

This exhibition was organized by International Eyes, a student group which represents a community of students from culturally diverse backgrounds. It includes work in a variety of mediums, from painting to photography.

Contributors: Kalore Jingmei Cao, Raquel Gouvea Jose Felicia da Costa, Tim Hu, Nataly Kais, Ji Woo Lim, Kaylee Meyer, Tony Mulo, Ehiko Odeh, Michelle Scholz, Zhiyi Qian and Chenjun Zhu.

‘Perspectives’ is an exhibition showcasing the work of international students at OCAD U. While being international means different things to each student, it is oftentimes a big part of one’s identity. This is a small insight into the diverse body of work that international students are creating that highlights their abilities, personalities and passions.

On until March 17

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 2529

Notes From The Wind

Images of the flower Chrysanthemums painted on wood.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

This month starts with a new exhibition at the Learning Zone Gallery called Notes From the Wind.  

Drawing and Painting: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation student, Kenny Tran and Drawing & Painting student, Emily Zhou curated this exhibition, highlighting artworks of 19 OCAD U students from the Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Futures, and Environmental Design programs. 

This exhibition aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore the interpretation and portrayal of ‘nature’ in a new lens—through black and white/greyscale artworks (including artworks with minimal colour). The de-emphasis of colour as the primary artistic medium promotes an examination of the subject matter based on the emphasis of form, design, and values seen in nature, while interpreting the perpetuity of black and white imagery in relation to current developments of the world within a collective context. 

Image credit: Woman in Chrysanthemum Forest Under Full Moon: Part 1 by Sohae Jeong

On until February 24


Samaa Ahmed

Alyssa Mae Bernardo

Shelby Doerfler

Sara Dube

Melissa Eaton

Dave Foster

Sohae Jeong

Reyhane Khonsari

Shannon Leigh

Karen Joyce Li

Vincy Lim

Donny Nie

Cleopatria Peterson

Michelle Rosen

Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman

Ron Siu

Prateek Verma

Xulin Wang

Yina Wang

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext. 2529