OCAD U exhibition opens at Mercedes Benz Financial Services

Dean Vlad Spicanovic with exhibiting artists
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:00am

The eighth annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) opened November 16 with a reception at the company’s Mississauga offices. Artists, MBFS staff and guests wandered the office space as though it were a gallery.

Over 90 works by students, faculty and alumni are positioned throughout the offices, corridors and boardrooms of the company with the goal of giving staff an inspiring, creative environment and appreciation of the work of emerging artists. The exhibition will remain in place for a year.

Stefan Karrenbauer, President and CEO of MBFS Canada announced that the Mississauga office made its fourth purchase of work for their permanent collection, a painting titled Vigilante (Watcher) by recent graduate Diego de la Rosa.  

MBFS has supported OCAD University to a tune of over $152,000 since 2009. The company has also recently pledged $64,000 over two years to support GradEx, the Drawing & Painting Medal Winner Award, the Drawing &Painting Entrance Scholarship and the Drawing and Painting Graduate Catalogue. The company’s Drawing & Painting Medal Winner award has been increased to $5,000, and the Drawing & Painting Entrance Scholarship has also grown to $5,000



Four paintings on a blue wall with chair below
Rei Misiri
Woman standing in front of series of 4 paintings

Francis LeBouthillier, Faculty of Art, presents Making Digital Matter: From Analog to Digital & Back Again

Francis LeBouthillier, image of fetal skeleton in hands_research related work
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Francis LeBouthillier, Faculty of Art, Making Digital Matter:  From Analog to Digital & Back Again

This presentation will include new developments from Francis’ Making Digital Matter Surgical Training Fetus Project. This project involved the development of a series of fetal models that were created directly from MR and CT scans employing the technologies of 3D printing. Francis will also present a series of fetal and maternal models used to simulate fetal anomalies to provide surgical training for a group of international surgeons at the recent Fetal Growth Conference hosted by Mount Sinai and the University of Toronto. This body of work represents the culmination of over 16 years of research, development and collaboration with fetal surgeons and researchers.

Coffee and light snacks will be served.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, Room 187
Faculty Talk
About Francis

Critique Night with Colette Laliberté, Faculty of Art

photo of Colette Laliberté and two participants in conversation
Friday, November 18, 2016

Critique Night with Colette Laliberté  November 17 at 7pm

The Latchman gallery will hold a critique night with Colette Laliberté for artists in the area.

Colette Laliberté will lead a lively and encouraging critique session. Bring a work of art for her and the group to discuss or just come and listen and learn. Register in advance for critique spots as there only 12 available.

Colette Laliberté is a practicing visual artist and professor of drawing and painting at ODADU


Venue & Address: 
Latchman Gallery, 6240 Main Street, Stouffville, Ontario
Everyone is welcome. $10 suggested donation.

Other Worlds

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell with artists and Dr. Robert Luke, OCAD U’s VP Research & Innovation.
Visitors admiring the artwork on display
Chief Lady Bird standing with her artwork on display at Other Worlds
Graphic red/orange background, red wrapped package on red patterned table structure
mask like sculpure made of polyurethane tubing
image of the back of a woman in traditional first nations clothing with stylized landscape background
Photo of woman's back with teacups on her shoulders
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 5:00am

Other Worlds An exhibition of works by OCAD University faculty and recent graduates opened at Queen’s Park on September 20th.  The show includes media from photographs and paintings to sculpture and fibre art. It features the work of 19 artists:  Omar Badrin, Kotama Bouabane, Jessica Bromley Bartram, Trudy Erin Elmore, Michelle Forsyth, Mara Gajic, Chung-Im Kim, Nancy King (Chief Lady Bird), Jean-Luc Lindsay, Dorie Millerson, Yasemin Oncu, Luke Painter, Doug Panton, Alejandro A. Rebollar Heres, Andrew Rucklidge, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Amy Swartz, Laura Thipphawong, Janine Wheeler.  Members of the public are able to view the exhibition in person on selected days (Monday to Friday) during tours of the Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. To enquire about visiting, please call the Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations Branch at 416-325-0061 or visit the website of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Other Worlds. The title conjures up imaginary places, new psychological spaces, and supernatural beings.

Graciously hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Other Worlds is an intentional bringing together of the formal with an idiosyncratic and diverse representation of our OCAD University creative community. In this exhibition, you will encounter highly experimental artistic practices set within the ceremonial and historical context of the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

OCAD University embraces imagination in all its forms. Like the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, we observe and honour tradition. A vibrant part of the university’s history, in fact, is preserved at Queen’s Park, where paintings by George Reid, a former principal of the Ontario School of Art (as OCAD University was known a century ago), proliferate across the hallowed walls of the provincial legislature. Additionally, OCAD University’s special remit is to push boundaries, challenge culture, and critically question society’s modes of production. For 140 years, our institution has nurtured unbridled—and sometimes radical—creativity, which has helped shape culture and create prosperity in Ontario, Canada, and far beyond.

Other Worlds is hard evidence of the innovation, intelligence, and skill for which OCAD University stands. A conscious and spirited engagement with the present state of the world is the ethos running throughout all the pieces. Among the varied strategies the artists employ are humour, visual and perceptual play, and the unexpected use of materials.

Thematic cohesion, meanwhile, can be found through the artists’ individual interpretations of landscape and personal space, and by subtle commentary on personal identity. Expressions of culture, politics, and sustainability are deftly handled, while the sensual and even strange use of materials generates engagement, causing the viewer to take a second glance and question each artwork’s intention. In addition, a critical gaze is slyly present, displacing preconceived notions and easy interpretations. By the time you leave this exhibition, we are confident you will have been nudged to look a little deeper and to place yourself in the “other worlds” of these artists have invented.

Despite our outward differences, both OCAD University and the Lieutenant Governor, as important Canadian institutions, stand for many convergent values, most notably those of diversity, democracy, and the sustainable protection of our environment. We play different roles in society, but our work impacts one another in that we both encourage education and the active participation—especially of young people—in democratic decision-making and governance.

As a group exhibition, Other Worlds is a wonderful learning experience for OCAD University graduates and their teachers. We are grateful to Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor for hosting Other Worlds, and we know that all the participants will be thrilled by seeing their work in these marvellous rooms.

Anda Kubis, Associate Dean, Outreach and Innovation, Faculty of Art, OCAD University

Jana Macalik, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University

Venue & Address: 
Lieutenant Governors Suite Queen's Park Toronto, ON
Other Worlds poster with assorted images from the presentations

Michelle Forsyth to give lectures at Valley City State & South Dakota State Universities

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:00am to Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00am

Michelle Forsyth is scheduled to give lectures at: Valley City State University (ND) on October 11 and South Dakota State University (SD) on October 13

Michelle Forsyth, who lives and  work in Toronto, employs a diverse array of material processes—including cut-paper, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, sewing, and weaving—in order to convey the poetics of her lived experience. As such, she seeks beauty in her surroundings and takes pleasure in the respite it affords her. She is a proponent of decorative repetition and champions the power of colour to stir emotions, and elicit forgotten moments. 

Recently, Forsyth has turned her attention inward, drawing meaning from her private life and the domestic struggles that ensue in the space of her home. She is currently writing her first book, Upstairs, which is a meditation on living with young onset Parkinson's Disease through an examination of her home and the items that fill it. During her talk she will discuss the process of writing and designing this book and the works that lead to it. Her book is a memoir, moonlighting as a coffee table book, moonlighting as a colouring book. 


Venue & Address: 
Valley City State University (ND) on October 11 South Dakota State University (SD) on October 13
Graphic of a box shape on green background


Friday, June 27, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound proudly presents new photographs by OCAD Instructor, Vid Ingelevics.

Ingelevics is a photographer based in Toronto and Heathcote, near Owen Sound, who investigates human presence in, and cultural imposition on, the landscape. His large-scale photographs of rustic hunting platforms and common woodpiles, separate on-going projects, expose viewers to human-made structures that are so ubiquitous to our region of the province we rarely think about them. This exhibition draws our attention to what Ingelevics’ calls “two of humankind’s oldest survival strategies,” hunting and gathering. At the same time, most of us will have no clear idea of the exact location of any one of these platforms or piles, and this has the interesting effect of transforming both structures into aesthetic objects. An exhibition catalogue will be produced in collaboration with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

Venue & Address: 
Tom Thomson Art Gallery 840 First Avenue West, Owen Sound, Ontario

OCAD Abroad: Sharing Insights from International Experiences

beijing gallery district
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

In January, Judith Doyle was a Visiting Lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA - Digital Media Program) in Beijing, and at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai. Doyle delivered a Memorandum of Understanding co-signed by the presidents of OCAD and CAFA, opening doors for future academic cooperation. She will show pictures and share information about these schools.

In April, Jules Goss went to Japan and participated in discussions regarding institutional transition to university status, promoting research to faculty and how to facilitate design research at an undergraduate level. He will present photos and share insights emerging from his discussions.

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

Faculty Appreciation Event

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:30pm

The Office of the Vice-President, Academic invites all Faculty to a special reception in honour of the many accomplishments of OCAD Faculty. The program will also include the
announcement of the recipient of the
Price Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Please remember to BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug (or glass) to reduce the event’s environmental footprint.

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

Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets its Maker

Gord Peteran
Friday, April 11, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Adjectives not normally used when describing furniture. But these are exactly the words one could use to describe the works of Canadian furniture maker, Gord Peteran, Professor at OCAD, whose works are on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art from April 11 through September 7, 2008.

Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker, is a thoughtprovoking exhibition of 34 psychologically compelling pieces of, you guessed it, furniture.

It is furniture unlike any other. A table that doesn't hold objects, chairs not made for sitting, objects that appear to function as torture devices or for the sexually experimental. Despite the dubious functionality of many of the pieces in the exhibition, one can recognize, using Peteran’s word, the “furnitural” quality of the object. The accompanying exhibition catalog expresses it this way, “at Peteran’s
hands furniture dies a fascinating death, without ever quite going away.”

Death is a common, if subtle, undercurrent in many of his works. 100 is a pair of precisely machined tables, one of which disassembles into a carrying case like that used for a rifle. Ark has the qualities of both a confessional booth and an electric
chair. Untitled So Far appears as a shrouded or mummified corpse.
As if to balance the seriousness that permeates so much of his work, other pieces display an disarming sense of playfulness or whimsy, like A Little Table, a single joint that is, as Peteran puts it, “just approaching” being a table, or Musical Box (Glen
Gould Prize) a contraption that according to Peteran, “makes seven stupid sounds, all different.”

In all cases, Peteran's work pays homage to the traditional role of furniture while at the same time standing it on its head.

Venue & Address: 
Long Beach Museum of Art 2300 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, California

Photography Faculty & Friends Silent Auction Scholarship Fundraiser

Monday, March 10, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, March 14, 2008 - 4:00am

Ontario College of Art & Design (Closest intersection: Dundas & McCaul)
100 McCaul Street, 2nd Fl, Display Case Windows – next to room 240 (north of the cafe, near the southern elevator)

A wide range of supporters have donated their work such as Jakub Dolej, Danielle Bleackley, Hugh Martin, Clint McLean, faculty including Barbara Astman, Eldon Garnet, Simon Glass, April Hickox, Vid Ingelevics, Jennifer Long, Lindsay Page, Nick Pye, David Scopick, and Peter Sramek, and alumni Sally Ayre, Kotama Bouabane, Frances Beatty, Scott Chandler, AngelA Del Buono, Kadijda de Paula, Melissa General, Crystal Liu, Tek, and Shelbie Vermette - as well as many more!

This initiative raises much needed and deserved cash awards for undergraduate students within the OCAD photography program. All funds earned are put directly towards awards divided between second, third, and fourth year students.

All artworks start at a base price of $30. Bids go up at a minimum increase of $10 per on-site bid and $25 per reserve bid. Images will be on public display alongside their bidding forms from 7:30am to midnight through the run of the auction. We encourage you to bid early and bid often! This year we will also be offering reserve bidding services on Wednesday, March 12th from 5pm to 7pm, and on the closing night, Friday, March 14th from 5pm to 6:30pm. To place a reserve bid, please come to the school during the fore mentioned times, and a auction representative will be happy to assist you. Please note, to place a reserve bid, we require credit card information. Reserve bids will be monitored and updated to bidding forms a minimum of twice a day. During the final bidding night, unposted reserve bids may win the auction, but every effort will be made to keep the price information on the bidding forms as current as possible.

Venue & Address: 
Level 2, outside Paul Fleck Lecture Room (Rm. 240) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario