Fundraising Booksale for the BA in Visual and Critical Studies

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies presents: BA Program Fundraising Book Sale
Wednesday October 21st, 2015 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. (MCA)
All funds will support extracurricular activities for the Visual and Critical Studies program students, such as field trips and lectures by international guests.

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in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. (MCA) All funds will support extracurricular activities for the
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Syrian Refugee Crisis – How you can help

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is joining forces with York University and the University of Toronto to participate in Ryerson University’s Lifeline Syria Challenge, creating a unified response by the GTA universities. The initiative’s goal is to bring 25 Syrian refugee families – or 100 individuals – to Canada.

OCAD U has set an initial target of sponsoring one Syrian family at an estimated cost of $27,000. Dr. Sara Diamond has spearheaded the effort with a $5,000 commitment. Visit our fundraising page to see how you can contribute.

Members of our community have been expressing interest in taking action. We will be forming a working group of students, staff and faculty in the coming days to mobilize our fundraising activities. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Paola Aron-Badin at


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Fundraising auction most successful to date

Synthesis, mixed media artwork, by Anda Kubis
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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Project 31, OCAD University’s annual auction to support student success, has raised $183,000, the largest amount in the event’s six-year history. By the time Waddington’s auctioneer Stephen Ranger announced the final winning bid on March 26, all 42 lots were sold. Twenty-four of these lots went at or above the catalogue estimate, with the most memorable competitive bid — a whopping $11,000 — winning a piece by Anda Kubis. Attendance exceeded 250, a number that included many of the artists whose works were up for auction.

Project 31 proceeds will support scholarships and awards for students in Drawing & Painting, Illustration, Digital Painting and Expanded Animation, Integrated Media, Material Art & Design, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture/Installation, as well as bursaries for students in financial need, equipment and materials for the Woodshop and Ceramics classes and the Photography and Jewellery Studios, the Digital Painting Atelier, Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, the Centre for Students with Disabilities, and more.

The OCAD University community is grateful to the faculty and alumni who donated their works: Philippe Blanchard, Monica Bodirsky, Kotama Bouabane, John Carnes, Ian Carr-Harris, Nicole Collins, Douglas Coupland, John Deal, Judith Doyle, Mitchell Fenton, Paul Fournier, Nancy Friedland, Lisa Hampton, Spencer J. Harrison, Lynne Heller, Jody Hewgill, April Hickox, Mark Jaroszewicz, Anda Kubis, Colette Laliberté, JJ Lee, Ginette Legaré, Derek Liddington, Hugh Martin, Linda Martinello, Alex McLeod, Meryl McMaster, Laura Millard, Julie Nagam, Sarah Nind, Paulette Phillips, Diane Pugen, Edmond Rampen, John Scott, Rosalie Sharp, Vladimir Spicanovic, Peter Sramek, Gary Taxali, Elaine Waisglass, Natalie Waldburger, and George A. Walker.

We would like to thank members of the Project 31 Committee for their hard work: Tom Barker, Paul Dallas, Paul Epp, Roderick Grant, April Hickox, Bruce Hinds, Amanda Hotrum, Tony Kerr, Caroline Langill, JJ Lee, Wrik Mead, Gayle Nicoll, Luke Painter, Michael Prokopow, Barbara Rauch, Lenore Richards, Vladimir Spicanovic, Peter Sramek, Gillian Flanagan, Adam Tindale, Dot Tuer, and Ken Vickerson.

We would also like to thank our supporting galleries: Alison Milne Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Christensen Fine Art, Daniel Faria Gallery, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, Diaz Contemporary,  Division Gallery, Erin Stump Projects, Galerie Youn, General Hardware Contemporary , Katzman Contemporary, Mira Godard Gallery, Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, p|m Gallery, Roberts Gallery, Stephen Bulger Gallery, and Susan Hobbs Gallery.

Project 31 is generously sponsored by Delaney Capital Management, Borden Ladner Gervais, First Capital Realty and David Smith, Smith Advisory. Final thanks also to event supporters Canadian Art, Waddington’s, Underwood Catering, Westbury National, Steam Whistle Brewing, 13th Street Winery and Chair-man Mills.


Photos by Gary Beechey


Persian New Year

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

ED Grad Ex fundraiser celebrating the Persian New Year. We will be selling pastries, eggs, serving free tea.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul 5th Floor Open Studio Space

Photography Silent Auction

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:00am

Please join us in this year’s Photography Silent Auction running until March 13, 2015. Works can be seen in display cases on the 2nd floor hallway at OCAD U.

Proceeds will be going towards International Art Collaborations, an art collective founded in 2010 consisting of artists from OCAD U, as well as participating schools in Finland, South Korea, Germany and Japan

The auction closes Friday March 13th at 3pm.

Happy bidding!

Image courtesy of the artist: “Fourth Floor Behind Womenswear” by Lucas Johnson

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. 2nd Floor Display Cases

Environmental Design Silent Auction

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 12:00am to 4:00am

A fundraising auction to support Environmental Design students participating in the 100th annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx). We will be auctioning off some beautiful pieces of art, woodwork, and other objects, all made by Environmental Design students.

One-of-a-kind, handmade creations!

Sips and snacks

Instagram: @OCADUED2015


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University  52 McCaul St.
$3 (incl.coat check)

Parallel Play Music Event

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:00pm

Graphic Design Thesis students are having a “pay what you can” event Friday, January 30th at 6:00 pm, proceeds going to Graphic Design’s Graduation Exhibition. Please come join us the Auditorium (RM190). Parallel Play is a music event you won’t soon forget. It will delve into the magical mysteries of music through collaboration, audience participation and of course, PLAY!

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Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Auditorium (Room 190)
Pay what you can

Project 31 at OCAD University

Project 31
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:00pm to Friday, March 27, 2015 - 2:00am

One of Canada’s best contemporary art auctions, Project 31 represents the best of OCAD University: our talented and renowned faculty and alumni generously creating opportunity for our talented students. This year, Project 31 features 42 works made by faculty and alumni from across the institution — from programs such as Criticism and Curatorial Practice, Drawing & Painting, Illustration, Integrated Media, Material Art & Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation and Graduate Studies.

Over the past five years Project 31 has raised more than $400,000, supporting a community of over 4,500 OCAD University students - the next generation of cultural leaders and the drivers of Canada’s creative economy. 

Artwork Preview: 6 p.m., Live Auction: 7:30 p.m.

Purchase your tickets online

Girls Art League Fundraiser Auction

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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

MAAD Holiday Sale

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

The Material Art & Design program presents a selection of handmade gifts perfect for your loved ones! A portion of the funds raised goes towards the MAAS thesis show!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Main Lobby 100 McCaul Street