Recent OCAD U graduates exhibit at Queen West Art Crawl

Tiphaine Leonard at the Queen West Art Crawl
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:00am

Eight emerging OCAD University artists joined some 200 artists and artisans at the 13th Queen West Art Crawl on Sept. 12 and 13. Taking over Trinity-Bellwoods Park, this year’s exhibition included musical performances as well as a craft beer garden. Organizers made the spaces available at no cost to participants through OCAD U’s Career Launcher initiative.

Participating artists:

  • Jessica Baldazana
  • Diego de la Rosa
  • Joanna Gresik
  • Niloo Inalouei
  • Dana Korounets
  • Tiphaine Leonard
  • Noelle Mok
  • Allison Morris

Tiphaine Leonard was chosen from among her peers for the Fred L. Curry Award and a $500 gift card from sponsor Curry’s Artists’ Materials. Prominent artist and OCAD U graduate, Alex McLeod was the lead juror.

Mirrors and Lenses

photograph by Maxime Bocken
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

CONTACT Photography exhibition in the Office of Continuing Studies

Part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Mirrors and Lenses, examines identity and the human body. Featured are works by 30 emerging artists from photography classes in Continuing Studies at OCAD University. The exhibition is open for viewing M-F 9am-5pm, April 24 to July 10th. An opening reception will be held Thursday April 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Office of Continuing Studies At OCAD University 285 Dundas Street West M-F 9am-5pm

Endless Design

Poster with an image of a wooden chair
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, April 10, 2015 - 4:00am

ENDLESS DESIGN is the first group exhibition featuring emerging artists from graphic design courses in Continuing Studies at OCAD University.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Office of Continuing Studies 285 Dundas St. W.

Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation gift supports student success

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 2:45pm

OCAD University has received a generous donation of $75,000 from one of its top benefactors: The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation.

This generous gift will be designated towards two areas: scholarships and support for graduates through the Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Career Launcher Fund.

The $35,000 Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Entrance Scholarships will provide financial assistance to the best and brightest incoming undergraduate students, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. Covering most of first year tuition and fees, the scholarship will help provide financial flexibility, allowing deserving students to spend more time and energy on coursework.

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Career Launcher Fund at the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers will provide grants totalling $40,000 to graduates of the Faculty of Art as they develop the business and entrepreneurial skills necessary to transition their craft into a paying career. Post-graduation, eligible students can use these funds to compete in competitions, complete a residency, or further the study and exploration of their craft through travel

“Entrance scholarships send a powerful message to an emerging artist, not only confirming their immense creative potential, but signaling that the society in which they live values excellence in the arts,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “This gift will also give graduating artists the skills and support they need as they set out to start their professional practice.”

The Foundation’s support of the University began in 1990. In 2002 the Foundation donated $50,000 to the Ideas Need Space campaign, as well as the Indigenous Visual Cultures Program. To date they have donated nearly $625,000. OCAD University is immensely grateful to The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation for their continued support.

About the Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation has made an exceptional impact on community and social services and the arts since it was founded in 1959. The Foundation was created with a mission to focus on charitable works in Ontario, primarily through the Salvation Army and the arts.

Girls Art League Fundraiser Auction

Image of poster with teal background and floating objects
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:00pm to Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 4:00am

We're delighted to invite you to Girls Art League's first Art Auction Fundraiser taking place December 6th at the OCADU Student Gallery (52 McCaul St.) We'll be auctioning works by both established Canadian artists and Toronto's top emerging artists. This is your chance to add an excellent piece to your collection as you support artists directly, and help a new non-profit arts organization in the making. 

Artists include: Shary Boyle, Heather Goodchild, Adrienne Dagg, Rob Macinnis, Jess Riva Cooper, Anahita Azrahimi, Sarah Bodri, Brette Gabel, Diana Lynn Vandermeulen, Benjamin Oakley,  Alicia Nauta, Erica Beyea  & Julia Dickens and many more!

Come by, have a drink, listen to some good tunes, and make a bid on quality art! The silent auction will conclude at 9:30 pm.The night will be DJed by the delightful Mike Bigelow!

Silent auction from 6 to 9:30 p.m. // Drinks and DJ until 11 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery  52 McCaul Street


Work by Hazel Meyer
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:00am to Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 5:00am

RBC Emerging Artists Project, Featuring work by:

  • Michelle Forsyth, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art
  • Anda Kubis, Associate Dean, Outreach and Innovation, Faculty of Art
  • Hazel Meyer (MFA, Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Desgn, 2010)
  • Lisa Myers (MFA, Cricitism & Curatorial Practice, 2011) and Writing and Learning Consultant (Aboriginal Student Support)
  • Alex McLeod (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2007)
  • Franco Arcieri, thesis student in Sculpture & Installation
  • Rebecca Ladds (BFA, Printmaking, 2014)

Gallery Hours: Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Image: Hazel Meyer
Photo: Janick Laurent

Venue & Address: 
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre (Gallery Level) 189 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M4
<p>(416) 314-2901</p>

Professional Practice for Emerging Artists

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Career Development in conversation with visiting artist Kate McQuillen to discuss the nature of a successful professional art practice, with an emphasis on the role of residencies and expanding your community or practice.

Kate is a Chicago-based artist who is currently creating an installation at O’born Contemporary which will open on Friday, November 7.

Visit to learn more about Kate's practice.

Venue & Address: 
Room 166 in 100 McCaul St.

OCAD U 2104 graduates honoured at Student Sculpture Exhibition

Ash Moniz, Alchemy of Context (2014)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:15pm

Emerging artists Jonathan Simpson and Ash Moniz picked up two awards at the Sculptors Society of Canada’s 19th Annual Juried Graduating Sculpture Student Exhibition.

Eleven artists were selected for the exhibition:

  • Matthew Brown, Fanshawe College
  • Susan Kachor Conlon, Lakehead University
  • Elissa Gallander, The Art Centre, CTS
  • William Halliday, The Art Centre, CTS
  • C. Michelle Kivi, Lakehead University
  • Katie Lemieux, Lakehead University
  • Ash Moniz, OCAD University
  • Emily Moriarty, OCAD University
  • Glenna Rebick, The Art Centre, CTS
  • Azza El Siddique, OCAD University
  • Jonathan Simpson, OCAD University

Jonathan Simpson (BFA, Sculpture/Installation, 2014) is the recipient of the Abraham & Malka Green Sculpture Award and Ash Moniz (BFA, Sculpture/Installation, 2014) won the Artcast Inc. Sculpture Award.

The 2014 jury was made up of Flavio Belli, Curator and Art Consultant, Elaine Whittaker, Installation Sculptor and Edward Falkenberg, Sculptor, RCA, OSA, SSC.

Applications for the competition can be obtained at colleges and universities with Fine / Visual Arts programs in February.

The exhibition continues through to August 8 at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, Toronto. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays (except holidays) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About the Sculptors Society of Canada

The Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC) is solely dedicated to the education, promotion and exhibition of contemporary Canadian sculpture. Founded by some of the most prestigious sculptors in Canadian art history, the Sculptors Society of Canada has been exhibiting and raising the profile of sculpture in Canada for more than 75 years. The mandate of this Society is firmly established by a collective belief in education, partnership, co-operation and support - representing a commitment to educate the public and community at large regarding sculpture, to discover and foster young talent, to raise the profile of Canadian sculpture and to rally and encourage sculptors working at a professional level.

Much-anticipated Whodunit? OCADU Mystery Art Sale kicks off with Gala Preview

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — November 2, 2010) OCAD University (OCADU) kicks off its 9th annual Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale with a Gala Preview on Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m.

While previewing the hundreds of pieces of mystery art for public sale (on November 20), guests at this year’s Gala can place their silent bids on a special collection of dozens of framed mystery art works, and try their hand at winning works by the city’s hottest young artists, including Amanda Clyne, Matt Bahen, Tristram Lansdowne, Vanessa Maltese, Megan McCabe, Meryl McMaster, Ian McMurrich, Katie Pretti and Winnie Truong, in the Emerging Artists Live Auction.

“The Whodunit? Gala Preview is a rare opportunity to pick up incredible works by highly sought-after emerging artists,” explains Curatorial Committee Chair Wil Kucey, Director of LE Gallery in Toronto. “Those looking to start collecting art, or those looking to expand their collections with works by artists about to explode internationally should not miss this event.”

What is Whodunit?
One of Toronto’s most anticipated annual art events, the Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale presents work by OCAD students, faculty, alumni, acclaimed artists and designers and creative celebrities — all the same size (5½” x 7½”) and all the same price ($75). The mystery comes into play with the artist’s identity hidden from view. Once an artwork is purchased it is turned over to reveal the artist’s name. Since it began in 2001, Whodunit? has raised more than $900,000 to support creativity and learning for students at OCAD University. Help us reach the $1 million mark in 2010! Previews of the artworks begin in person and online on November 17 at noon and continue until November 19 at 8 p.m. Work is sold on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, November 20, starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free. The Whodunit Gala Preview event takes place on November 17. Tickets for the Gala Preview are on sale for $150, and include a charitable receipt.

Whodunit? OCADU Mystery Art Sale schedule:

Public Preview:
Wednesday, November 17, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Admission is free.
Or preview artwork online at starting on November 17

Preview Gala:
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Savour cocktails while bidding on mystery art chosen exclusively for sale in the Gala Preview’s Silent Auction (featuring small-scale work) and the exciting Emerging Artists Live Auction (featuring full-scale work from a select group of new talent). Get a sneak peek at the hundreds of pieces of mystery art to be sold in the Whodunit? Public Art Sale.

Tickets: $150 (purchase online at
Dress: Art School Chic
Auctioneer: Stephen Ranger
Music: DJ Aural (Grapefruit)

Public Art Sale:
Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All events take place at OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the 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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For more information and images, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Making It Real

Image: Bin Dixon-Ward, Framework Neckpiece. SLS nylon, hand-dyed
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 4:00am to Monday, November 4, 2013 - 5:00am

Part of the 2013 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture Conference

Making It Real is a juried exhibition of digitally fabricated objects curated by Jesse Jackson and Greg Sims.

The exhibition takes place at the Musagetes Architecture Library at the University of Waterloo, October 21 - November 4 as part of the 2013 ACADIA Conference.

Making It Real showcases innovative works by artists and designers ranging from jewellery, industrial design, fine art, and other small objects that take maximum advantage of direct digital manufacturing.

Monday - Thursday, 9am - 9pm
Friday, 9am-6pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1- 5pm

Image: Bin Dixon-Ward, Framework Neckpiece. SLS nylon, hand-dyed


519-888-4567 ext.27607


Venue & Address: 
Musagetes Architecture Library, University of Waterloo Melville Street South Cambridge, Ontario