Awenda Inspired 2016 Exhibition, Opening : Thursday October 27, 5 - 7PM

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00am to Friday, October 28, 2016 - 4:00am

AWENDA INSPIRED EXHIBITION  Opening : Thursday October 27, 5 - 7PM

A group exhibition by DRPT + INVC students, of works made on-site or subsequently created based on experiences at Awenda Provincial Park located on Georgian Bay northwest of Penetanguishene.

Elora Borges, Rocio Tupac Yupanqui Cardoso, Declan David, Kinzi Dempsey, Megan Feheley, Melissa Fice, Hope Flynn, Matthew Morgan Garby, Amanda Robertson-Hebert, Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez, Christine Hirtescu, Jackie Justein, Zahra Lakdawala, Amy Lee, Samantha Leggett, Donny Nie, Arruniya Mohendran, Emma Moore, Lauren Porter, Debora Puricelli, Áine O'Neill, Jade Reyes, Fernando Diaz de Leon Rendon, Connie Santos, Christine Sawa, Hillary Snyder, Peter Tran, Angela Lea Tupper, Colin Zhao, Emily Zou

This event is sponsored by OCAD University DRPT Faculty of Art, in partnership with the generous support of Friends of Awenda and First Student Canada (North York).

For more information: Linda Martinello 



Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Student Gallery OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor
Awenda Inspired poster, text on landscape background

Awenda Inspired!

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 4:00am

This year's Awenda Inspired trip brings together nearly 50 students, alumni and faculty from Drawing and Painting to Awenda Provincial Park.

For a full day students have the opportunity to explore, investigate, research and produce work in variety of mediums on the historic and scenic park grounds.

This event is sponsored and organized in partnership with the staff of the Awenda Provincial Park, Friends of Awenda Association, First Student Canada, and the Faculty of Art.  

A follow-up exhibition will take place next month in the Ada Slaight Student Gallery, October 24-28. Participating students come from all year levels which culminates into a diverse and extraordinary group exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Awenda Provincial Park
Free, but participants must register as space is limited
Awenda Inspired 2016 poster, text on landscape photo background

Faculty of Art Drawing Marathon

Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 5:00pm to Monday, November 10, 2008 - 5:00am

The Faculty of Art at OCAD hosts its annual Drawing Marathon on Sunday, November 9, from 12 noon to midnight. Two rooms on Level 4 will offer gestures and sustained poses to keep sketchers motivated! Everyone is welcome to participate (entrance fee of only $25 for 12 hours of fabulous models). Bring a lunch, and get some sponsors! Your pledges will support the creation of a calendar showcasing Drawing & Painting program students' work.

For more information contact Elizabeth Barnes, Model Coordinator, 416-977-6000 Ext. 330.

Venue & Address: 
Rooms 488 and 487 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
$25 entrance fee

An Evening with Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L'Hirondelle
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 10:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome performance artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle for a free public lecture on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.

L’Hirondelle’s lecture is presented in conjunction with her visit to Toronto to perform her latest work, êkâya-pâhkaci (“don’t freeze up”; see description below), at the Toronto Free Gallery on October 16 at 8 p.m. L’Hirondelle is presented by the Fado Performance Art Centre during the 2008 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (a.k.a. Waynohtêw, Cheryl Koprek) is an Alberta-born artist and musician of Metis/Cree non-status/treaty, French, German, and Polish descent. Her creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. Since the early 1980s, L’Hirondelle has created, performed and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, performance art, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, installation and new media. In the early 1990s, she began a parallel career as an arts consultant and programmer, cultural strategist/activist, and director/producer of both independent works and projects within national artist-run networks.

L’Hirondelle’s performance work has been featured in various texts including Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, edited by Tanya Mars and OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, and Candice Hopkin’s Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community. In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at Dak’Art Lab as part of the sixth biennale of contemporary African art in Dakar, Senegal. In both 2005 and 2006, L’Hirondelle was the recipient of imagineNATIVE’s Best New Media award for her online projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina.

L’Hirondelle’s music has also garnered several nominations and awards, including Best Female Traditional Cultural Roots Album (2006) and Best Group (2007) from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Fusion of Two Worlds, the first CD from her Aboriginal women’s ensemble, M’Girl.

êkâya-pâhkaci, a performance by Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Thursday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto | 416-913-0461

êkâya-pâhkaci [ee-guy-uh-puck-a-chee] (don’t freeze up) by Cheryl L’Hirondelle operates through an intersection of nomadic site-specificity, visual patterning, language, narrative, movement and rhythm. In this work, Cheryl stages a performance presented under an adaptable traveling tent from where she relates and offers information to the audience using her body, voice and graffiti/tagging. The audience, by proximity and in accepting her invitation to witness her activities ‘comes in from the cold’ and becomes part of her ‘camp’.

About Fado Performance Art Centre
Founded in 1993, Fado was established to provide a stable, knowledgeable and supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art works created by Canadian and international performance artists. Fado is the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. Fado’s activities include presenting performances, artist talks, festivals, residencies, exchanges and workshops, as well as publishing in a variety of formats, including video and for the web. For more information please visit

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 15 to 19, 2008
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. For more information please visit

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Public Presentation: Rae Staseson, Tenure Track Candidate, Assistant Dean, Faulty of Art

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Rae Staseson gives a public presentation as a Tenure Track candidate for Assistant Dean, Faculty of Art.

Venue & Address: 
Room 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Looking Ahead to Second-Year

Looking Ahead
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn more about:
- Majors and Minors
- Prerequisites
- Registration
- Policies
- The Florence Program
- The Mobility Program

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Eco Booth

FY Great Hall Event
Friday, March 14, 2008 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm

The Great Hall showcases the accomplishments of this year’s first-year students with a week-long exhibition and series of exciting events. Take this opportunity to recognize the fabulous imaginations and acuity of this year’s first-year students and their works. Events highlight environmentally friendly art, wearable art, performance and new media. Be sure to check it all out!

Eco Booth:
Students of Nature & Culture sell small works made with recycled materials in support of environmental charities. Organized by faculty member Shirley Yanover.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Faculty of Art Sabbatical Presentations

Faculty of Art Sabbatical Presentations
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:00pm

Faculty of Art professors share work and research produced during their sabbaticals.

Venue & Address: 
Rm 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Annual Drawing Marathon

Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:00am

The Faculty of Art is hosting The Annual Drawing Marathon on Saturday March 1 from 9 am ' 6 pm and Sunday March 2 12 -12. This event is being held on the 4th floor 100 McCaul St. Rooms 487 & 488.

In one room models while be doing gestures, the other room is for sustained poses.

Students, alumni, faculty and friends are welcome. The cost is only $20 for a full day. Challenge yourself, bring a lunch ask family and friends to sponsor you. Pledge sheets are available on the bulletin board just outside the Faculty of Art office room 401.

The money raised is being used to create a calendar to showcase student's work in the drawing/painting show.

Venue & Address: 
Rms 487 & 488 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
$20 pledge fee

Student Social with Dr. Martha Fleming

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 8:00pm to 8:45pm

Three candidates, Dr. Victoria Vesna, Dr. James Moy and Dr. Martha Fleming have been shortlisted for the position of Dean, Faculty of Art.

As part of the hiring process each candidate will be on campus attending a series of meetings and will give a public lecture for faculty and students.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend these public lectures. As these lectures and socials are an important part of the hiring process, please encourage students to attend and offer feedback.

Venue & Address: 
Rm 187 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario