OCAD U celebrates 10th art exhibition at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

 Participants at Experiencing Perspectives exhibition.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:30am

The 10th annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition opened on November 13, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) in Mississauga. The exhibition featured 75 works by 50 artists including students, alumni and professors from the Drawing & Painting Program of OCAD University. Guests at the reception enjoyed an opportunity to meet with the artists.

The reception was hosted by Leila Matta, Brand Identity, Design and Art Programs Manager, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas and Shawna McNamee Director, Human Resources, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada.

OCAD U’s Ilene Sova, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Drawing and Glen Lowry, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, thanked MBFS for their generous support in what was described as one of the university’s longest partnerships.

Guests from OCAD U’s Faculty of Art included Anda Kubis, Associate Professor, Laura Millard, Associate Professor, John Deal, Instructor, Colette Laliberte, Associate Professor, Diane Pugen, Associate Professor, Gleny Lowry and Ilene Sova. Additional guests included graduates Amanda Clyne, BFA 2009 OCADU (2009 medal winner - recent acquisition to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada permanent collection) and Madeleine Bennett, BFA 2018 OCADU; medal winner.

At the event, OCAD University announced its purchase of artist Laura Millard’s work, Ice Circles I for the offices of MBFS. Millard has been teaching studio painting and seminar courses at OCAD since 1995. An active artist, she has exhibited in numerous public, commercial and artist-run galleries across Canada.

A true advocate of the arts, the generosity of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has benefited OCAD U’s current students and helped shape the success of its graduates. At MBFS, immense value is placed on the influence that art has in the workplace – “Art and creativity fuel personal growth.”

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Marwan Cherri, Business Processes & Controls, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas; Anda Kubis, Associate Professor, OCAD U; Laura Millard, Associate Professor, OCAD U;  Amanda Clyne, BFA 2009 OCADU; 2009 Medal winner (recent acquisition to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada permanent collection, John Deal, Instructor, OCAD U; Madeleine Bennett, BFA 2018 OCADU; Medal winner; Colette Laliberte, Associate Professor, OCAD U; Glen Lowry,Associate Dean, Faculty of Art; Leila MattaBrand Identity, Design and Art Programs Manager, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas; Sharyn Ghacham, Communications and Events Specialist, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada, Diane Pugen, Associate Professor, OCAD U; Shawna McNamee, Director, Human Resources, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada; Mary Beth Halprin, Director, Corporate Communications, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas; Ilene Sova, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Drawing.

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l-r: Ilene Sova, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Drawing, OCAD U; artists Diego de la Rosa and SofiL
 Participants at Experiencing Perspectives exhibition.

OCAD U Exhibition Opens at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Corridor of office, with art works on walls
Monday, November 6, 2017

The ninth annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibit opened on October 17 at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, featuring works by students, alumni and professors from the Drawing & Painting Program of OCAD University. The exhibit, featuring more than 70 works by 43artists, opened with a reception at the company’s Mississauga offices. Guests at the reception enjoyed an opportunity to meet with the artists. Special guests included Thomas Beck and Yvonne Denz from the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Judy Leroux, long-standing community partner from Youth without Shelter.

Stefan Karrenbauer, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada, hosted the reception, with Katie Cauzillo, Art Program Specialist and curator of the exhibition, as well as Leila Matta, Art Program Manager who oversees the company’s art exhibitions in Canada and the United States. Guests from OCAD U included Laura Millard, Interim Chair, Drawing and Painting, Anda Kubis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Gillian Flanagan, Senior Development Officer.

This year, the company purchased its fifth art piece for its permanent collection—artist Amanda Clyne’s painting, With Restraint. Clyne participated in the very first exhibition held at their offices in 2009.

At Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, immense value is placed on the influence that art has in the workplace. Thanks to a special partnership with OCAD University, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services enhances its work environment with cutting-edge art from their students, graduates and faculty.

The exhibition can be viewed online at http://mbfs-art.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster: 
Group of four people talking
Artist Arruniva Mohendran standing next to her art hung on a red wall
Artist Daniel Wu standing next to his abstract painting with pinks and yellows
Painting of a man who looks like Napoleon and a girl dressed as a fair on a camel