Danielle Coleman & Mashayla Richie Abstract Works

Danielle Coleman and Mashayla Richie with a floral border.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 9:00pm

OCAD University students Danielle Coleman and Mashayla Richie present a series of abstract works in the Learning Zone Gallery.

Both artists bring a distinct approach to their work. Ritchie experiments with mixed media and texture, with application and technique, while Coleman introduces experimental materials and old world imagery.

Ritchie, an experimental abstract painter, presents studies and paintings that highlight her explorations with mixed media, texture and surfaces that reflect past emotions and mental states.

Coleman is an abstract painter obsessed with the element of kitsch and heartache. Her abstract works featured in this exhibit were created using "brash, hard edged mark making and floral imagery.


On until October 28

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

Indigenous art concept by Tannis Nielsen selected for Lower Simcoe Underpass

Detail from Tannis Nielsen's concept
Monday, July 17, 2017

The City of Toronto has announced that artist Tannis Nielsen has been chosen to create artwork in the underpass for Lower Simcoe Street between Station Street and Bremner Boulevard.

Nielsen, who is of of Métis, Anishnaabe and Danish ancestry, is a lecturer at OCAD University in the Painting and Drawing program. She has 20 years of professional experience in the arts, cultural and community sectors and nine years of teaching practice at the post-secondary level.

The two-stage art call for this project was open to artists who identify as Indigenous persons. The goal of this project is to beautify and animate the underpass with a mural that celebrates the voices, creativity and continued impacts of Indigenous Peoples and is representative of the local, historical Indigenous perspective. Nielsen's artwork will transform the underpass into a celebrated community feature.  

The mural will be painted this summer and its completion will be celebrated at an official unveiling event later this fall. As part of the implementation process, Nielsen will invite and mentor young artists from the local Toronto Indigenous community.

Launched in 2012, StreetARToronto is an initiative of the Transportation Services Division and managed by the Public Realm Section.

Detail from Tannis Nielsen's concept

Glen Lowry: Candidate for the Position of Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, FoA

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

You are cordially invited to attend the presentation by Glen Lowry, a candidate for the position of Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, in the Faculty of Art, and provide input to the committee.

Glen Lowry

Monday, May 1

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

205 Richmond Street West, Room 420


Presentation/title: Critical Creative Practice: Mobilizing Artistic Knowledge and Production Inside and Outside the Art & Design University

Glen Lowry is an Assistant Dean (Foundations) in the Faculty of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and he is Chair of Emily Carr’s Research Ethics Board. Trained as a cultural theorist, Lowry’s creative and critical collaborations focus on questions of social justice and emergent publics. As a special advisor to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (2011-2015), Lowry travelled across Canada participating in discussions about Truth and Reconciliation. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia—Okanagan.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West, Room 420 Toronto, ON

Justin Langlois: Candidate for the Position of Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, FoA

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

You are cordially invited to attend the presentation by Justin Langlois, a candidate for the position of Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, in the Faculty of Art, and provide input to the committee.

Justin Langlois

Monday April 24

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

205 Richmond Street West, Room 420

Presentation/title: Experiential Practices and Public Imaginations: Arts-Based Engagement, Innovation, and Community Collaboration

Justin Langlois is an artist, educator, and organizer. He is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, the founder of The School for Eventual Vacancy, and curator of The Neighbourhood Time Exchange. His practice explores collaborative structures, critical pedagogy, and custodial frameworks as tools for gathering, learning, and making. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the Artist-in-Residence with the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West, Room 420 Toronto, ON

Applications are open now for Murmur Land Studios 2017 events

Photo of tents glowing at dusk
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 5:00am

Murmur Land Studios is an experimental school initiative offering event-based pedagogy in art, philosophy, movement, ecology and community for the post-anthropocene era. Our attempt is to curate spaces of creative inquiry which attract diverse makers, thinkers and doers together around thematic concerns relevant to the challenging times which lay before us. We are interested in exploring the varied human and more-than-human relations that weave and co-compose new possibilities for joy and survival.

Sean Smith is one of the three founding members of the Murmur Land Studios curatorial collective launching this program.  Sean teaches both Wearable Art and Site and Intervention in the First-Year Program in the Faculty of Art. He brings his art teaching experience at OCADU and PhD in Media Philosophy to his role as faculty of the MLS field schools.

Applications are open now for our 2017 events: "The City in Reverse: Diagramming Intelligent Systems" (July - Sherbrooke, NS) and "Wander Lines: Mythodological Escapism" (August - Saysutshun/Newcastle Island, BC). Deadline is December 15.

More information is available at: www.murmurlandstudios.net.


Venue & Address: 
Sherbrooke, NS & Saysutshun/Newcastle Island, BC

starving listening, hungry looking, a public talk by: Dylan Robinson

starving, listening, hungry, looking.  yellow text on grey background
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

Dr. Dylan Robinson is a Stó:lō scholar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University, located on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. His recent publications include: Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016) and Opera Indigene (Ashgate Press, 2011).

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Room 544
Free and Open to the Public
starving listening, hungry looking, a public talk by: Dylan Robinson_poster with text and headshot of Dylan Robinson

David Griffin Exhibiting at Propeller Gallery concurrent with a presentation at Parsons

Abstract colourful image in blues and greens
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 5:00am to Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 5:00am

David Griffin, Faculty of Art, is having an exhibition at Propeller Gallery (30 Abell St. Toronto), concurrent with his Conference presentation at Parsons School of Design in NYC on November 17. The exhibition will feature preparatory diagrams and a graphic-novelised version of an academic paper in which he developed the ideas for the show, published last year in MIT Press' Leonardo Journal.

Dr. David Griffin, Faculty of Art Lecturer, will be presenting his project “Ut Pictura Poesis: Drawing into Space,” in New York City this coming November 2016, at the Project Anywhere Conference. The conference this year will be held at Parsons School of Design, 66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA, Nov.15-17. "Project Anywhere is a global exhibition model in which the role of curator is replaced with the type of peer review model typically endorsed by a refereed journal. Emphasizing artistic projects undertaken outside traditional exhibition circuits, Project Anywhere is dedicated to the evaluation and dissemination of art at the outermost limits of location-specificity. Significantly, Project Anywhere is NOT an online exhibition space but rather a vehicle for pointing toward art located elsewhere in space and time.”




Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery 30 Abell St. Toronto ON

Barbara Astman, Faculty of Art, to participate in: Stare

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 5:00am

Barbara Astman, Faculty of Art, to participate in: Stare

From the collection

October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017


Featured artists: Roy Arden | Barbara Astman | Bernd and Hilla Becher | Karin Bubaš | Dana Claxton | John Coplans | Denes Devenyi | Philip-Lorca diCorcia | Rineke Dijkstra | Patrick Faigenbaum | Larry Fink | Arni Haraldsson | Fred Herzog | Barrie Jones | Barbara Probst | Anne Ramsden | Mark Ruwedel | Reece Terris | Jeff Wall | O Zhang


Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.


Venue & Address: 
The Vancouver Art Gallery
Poster for STARE, black and white photo of a hand plus exhibition text

Adam David Brown Participating in 'Lunar Attraction'

Image of a moon framed by an arched window
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 5:00am to Monday, September 4, 2017 - 4:00am

Lunar Attraction - On view October 15, 2016 to September 4, 2017

As Earth's closest celestial body and only natural satellite, the moon has engaged our curiosity and imagination over millennia and across cultures. Contemporary artists use the moon as both a source of inspiration and investigation. Lunar Attraction features artworks and interactives that explore our longstanding fascination and connection with the moon, ranging from myths about the connection between werewolves and the full moon to the gravitational pull that controls Earth's tides to the 21st-century international race to build a base on the moon.

Lunar Attraction features works by Michael Benson, Adam David Brown, Craig Dorety, Fred Espenak, Foster + Partners, Sharon Harper, Beth Hoeckel, Mike Libby, Scott Listfield, Vera Lutter, Greg Mort, Takashi Murakami, Young Sook Park, Adrien Segal, Reel Water Productions, Sputniko!, Peter C. Stone, Brian Thomas, Philip Weber and Joseph Wheelwright. 

Susan and Appy Chandler, the East India Marine Associates and the Art & Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum provided support for this exhibition.  

Adam David Brown is a multidisciplinary artist living in Toronto, Canada. His work is guided by the principle of –less is more–, and is frequently generated by his interest in science, language and the passage of time.

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, he completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University of Guelph in 2007.

Adam David Brown has exhibited work in Canada, Europe, Central America and the United States. His solo exhibition at MKG127 in 2009 was reviewed by Artforum and Canadian Art and brought his work to the attention of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts who awarded him their 2009 Artist Prize.

He was recently awarded an Artist Grant by the Ontario Arts Council and a Project Grant by the Canada Council For the Arts. His work is held in various private, public and corporate collections, including The Art Gallery of Ontario.

Adam David Brown is represented by MKG127:


Venue & Address: 
Peabody Essex Museum (P.E.M.), The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center, East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
978-745-9500, 866-745-1876

ART CREATES CHANGE: The Kym Pruesse Speakers Series featuring BLACK LIVES MATTER TORONTO

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 11:00pm

OCAD University's Faculty of Art Presents...
ART CREATES CHANGE: The Kym Pruesse Speakers Series


When: 26th October, Wednesday, 7:00pm
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Auditorium (Room 190)

BlackLivesMatter - Toronto is a platform upon which black communities across Toronto can actively dismantle all forms of anti-black racism, liberate blackness, support black healing, affirm black existence, and create freedom to love and self- determine.


LeRoi Newbold - a community organizer, parent, educator and art curator for BlackLivesMatter - Toronto (BLMTO). LeRoi is the director of BLMTO Freedom School teaching children about Black Pride and resistance through art based programming.

Syrus Marcus Ware - visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus' work explores social justice frameworks and black activist culture. He is the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program, part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co-produces Blockorama at Pride.

This event is free to the public.

Thanks to our series sponsor: UNIFOR Ontario Regional Council


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Auditorium (Room 190)
image of a protest group and bio images of the speakers