Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds

Photograph of woman facing away from camera, holding her hand out flat
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00pm to Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

An exhibition celebrating Flash Forward's 10th anniversary curated from OCAD University photography alumni who have been past winners of Flash Forward.

Sebastián Benitez
Kotama Bouabane
Danny Custodio
Nathan Cyprys
Adrian Fish
Jinyoung Kim
Alex Kisilevich
Sanaz Mazinani
Meryl McMaster
Geoffrey Pugen
Stacey Tyrell
Elise Victoria Louise Windsor

Curated by MaryAnn Camilleri and Lisa Deanne Smith

Opening Reception
Saturday October 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 230 Richmond St. W.
416-977-6000, Ext.456
Event poster

Public Action

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 4:00am to Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 4:00am

Interested in Publication?
Have a book you’d like to make?
Want to learn about screenprinting, risograph, publication design and bookmaking?
Care about dissemination of your voice and ideas?

... Take part in PUBLIC ACTION, a publications residency at the OCADU Student Gallery!

For the month of June, the gallery will be transformed into a publications studio, with access to a variety of reproduction processes including screenprinting, photocopying, and risograph, as well as perfect binding and hand book sewing. Together we will create works that advocate for political agency. Those works may include books, performances, posters, artist multiples, and more.

There are a number of ways you can take part!

Participate in a Thematic Residency. Make books during Open Studio. Eat and talk with us during Night School. Party at our Book Launch Dances.

The Student Gallery, in its precarity as a site of impending redevelopment, is an ideal space to consider questions of citizenship. Participants in Public Action will consider how the form of the publication, with its emphasis on voice and political strategy, is a unique form of civic and cultural engagement.

The Public Action Thematic Residency runs between June 4 and 27, Tuesdays through Thursdays 10am – 5pm (with flexible attendance requirements).

Public Action is facilitated by Shannon Gerard and Mary Tremonte. Invited artists include Paul Kjelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Agata Mrozowski (June 4-14,) Anthea Black and Jennie Suddick (June 18-27).

Residency fees are Pay What You Can, $100 suggested.

Bring your own plans for small run publications of any kind and work in a facilitated environment with access to screenprinting, risograph, photocopying, design advice, perfect binding and bookmaking during the following hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, 2-5 PM
Friday 10-5 PM

Rates: $8 per hour or $100 per week (Sliding scale also available, inquire!)

Informal presentations from invited speakers are concurrent with potluck family-style dinners and robust conversation on issues relevant to Publication.

Let’s put the Action in Public Action by celebrating the social-political life of books, on the dance floor. Licensed events! With DJ Mary Mack and Special Friends! Fresh Publications available for swap and sale. June 14 and 27, 7-10 pm.

Shannon Gerard sgerard@faculty.ocadu.ca
PWYC, $100 Suggested
Student Gallery Week 1 schedule with event info


False Work Poster
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:00pm to Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 3:00am

Noah Scheinman + Jordan Maddox

Opening date: April 11 (7-11pm)

False-work is a language of temporary building systems and techniques. It is the building that builds our buildings. Deployed throughout the city in the perpetual cycle of construction/demolition projects, it now constitutes a permanent presence of materi...als and forms in the urban visual landscape. Manufactured to be adaptable and easy to assemble on location, the structural elements adhere to a strict ethos of economy and function. Perhaps owing to these very principles of utility, they evoke a curiosity. In a range of mysterious, difficult to understand, even hubristic gestures, we are peripherally made witness to the very birth and death of the city and its sites. The gallery provides a frame, a moment in which to review both the familiar and unfamiliar qualities of these constructions. The physical environments that we have made reflect our investigation into these qualities as well as an exploration into their spatial possibilities and emotional resonance.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery
False Work Poster

Gallery Gab: Jennie Suddick: In Conversation with Anik Glaude

photo of Jennie Suddick's paper sculptures on exhibition
Friday, November 20, 2015

Join Artist Jennie Suddick with Curator Anik Glaude for the final event of a three-part series addressing our permanent and seasonal exhibitions. This program focuses on Jennie Suddick's 'Of nails and rope laders' exhibition currently on view at the Varley Art Gallery (FREE)
For more information about this exhibition click here: http://bit.ly/1VExSSh

Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

Venue & Address: 
Varley Art Gallery 216 Main St Unionville, Markham, ON L3R 2H1

OCAD U Student Gallery: Fall 2015 Call for Submissions

Poster of night sky with floating planets and other celestial objects
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00am

The OCAD U Student Gallery is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2015 exhibition program. There are three exhibition slots up for grabs. You can download an application from our website. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 24! Please note that emailed submissions won't be accepted.

Poster design by Jackie Lee (http://www.jackieleeart.ca/)

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street
416-977-6000 x263

Call for Submissions: Sharp Centre for Design 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Image of man wearing a Sharp Center costume on his back
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 4:00am to Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 4:00am

Did the Sharp Centre for Design inspire you?

Faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate in the Sharp Centre for Design 10th Anniversary Exhibition presented by OCAD University. This exhibition will celebrate the history of the Centre. As part of that history, we would like to showcase original objects inspired by the building. We are especially looking for 3D works, such as the Sharp Costume by architect Rob Shostak.

Help us to mark the occasion and salute how the Sharp Centre for Design has become an integral part of the community and a unique creative environment.

Your Application must include:
1. Cover page including: Name, Address, City, Postal/Zip Code, Country, Telephone, Email, Website, Project Title, and a brief description of the work.*
2. 2-3 images of your work following these guidelines: Digital images: - JPEG format - maximum of 1MB file size (each). File names must be in the following format: 01FirstnameLastname.jpg (Image number, Artists First and Last name).
3. Curriculum vitae and artist statement of no more than 4 pages.*
4. Any technical requirements for your work (i.e., services, equipment necessary for your project including maintenance, electrical specifications, installation)

*files must be submitted in either .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Please do not submit more than is requested.

Application Deadline:
All applications must be received by midnight on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to guest curator Janna Eggebeen at jeggebeen@faculty.ocadu.ca. The show is anticipated to run from November 26, 2014 until April 9, 2015 at the Anniversary Gallery adjacent to the Great Hall. Selected artists will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline.



An early model of the three Mirvish+Gehry towers, Courtesy of Gehry International, Inc.
Peter Kofman, Vladimir Spicanovic, Dr. Sara Diamond, David Mirvish and Craig Webb, Photo: Martin Iskander
Another early model of the three Mirvish+Gehry towers, Courtesy of Gehry International, Inc.

Picture a vibrant new gallery space and learning centre in the heart of Toronto’s cultural core that will bring OCAD University to the world. That’s a hope for the future for the OCAD U campus, and on February 14 Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor announced the name of the 25,000-square-foot facility: the Princess of Wales Centre for Visual Arts at OCAD University.

It’s appropriate this announcement was made on Valentine’s Day, because of the passions it’s awakening in everyone involved and connected to it. The use of the name was approved in a letter of permission sent on behalf of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry: “Their Royal Highnesses are extremely grateful to you for raising this matter,” read the letter, “since Toronto always held a very special place in their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales’s heart.”

The new arts-dedicated facility will honour a legacy that associates the creative and socially transformative components of art with the Princess of Wales’s dedication to young people, intergenerational exchange and social concerns such as violence, poverty and HIV education. These themes resonate in contemporary art practice and OCAD U’s engagement with contemporary ethics and art in the social sphere. 

“There are very special moments as a leader when your heart both leaps with excitement and warms with profound gratitude,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD U’s president at today’s announcement. “The day that David Mirvish called me and shared his hope that OCAD U would become his partner in the creation of a transformative King Street development with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry was such a life moment.”

The facility, part of the Mirvish+Gehry Toronto initiative, is slated to be built at the north east corner of King and Duncan streets in downtown Toronto. The plan proposes a myriad of opportunities for Toronto and international public to engage with the legacy that OCAD U represents.

Like the Sharp Centre for Design designed for OCAD U by Alsop Architects and Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc., the Mirvish + Gehry development will be visually unique. Craig Webb, one of Frank Gehry’s partners described the vision as three towers, each with its own identity, emerging from a cloud-like podium structure onto the Toronto skyline.

“Our goal is to define ourselves and our ambitions,” said David Mirvish, who compared the community spirit of the project to that of NYC’s 92nd Street Y, Manhattan’s renowned cultural community hub. “We’re building a neighbourhood that will serve the whole city, and we’re hoping the core of the gallery can be free to the public.” 

"This space will be about more than places to see and experience art,” said Vladimir Spicanovic, OCAD U’s Dean of Arts. “It will also be a place to study, curate and create artboth for OCAD U students and for the public.”

Imagine a space where you can:

  • See OCAD U’s permanent collection of more than 6,000 prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles and photographs by more than 250 notable Canadian artists
  • View exhibitions by curatorial students
  • Attend performances and the president’s lecture series in a 254-seat theatre-in-the-round
  • Access OCAD U’s expansive collections by master printmakers and archive of artists’ books
  • Study and research criticism, curatorial practice, art history, printmaking and publications
  • Produce publications in a hands-on studio for layout, editing, bookbinding and print-on-demand bookmaking

Find out more:



Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, September 12, 2014 - 4:00am

Faculty/student self-portrait project 2014

For First Year Faculty & New Undergraduate Students

As part of O-DAYS! (Orientation), First Year faculty and new undergraduate students
accepted to OCAD University (OCAD U) will participate in this historic tradition each year

As part of O-DAYS! (Orientation), First Year faculty and new undergraduate students accepted to OCAD University (OCAD U) will participate in this historic tradition each year

Students: By introducing themselves with a self-portrait postcard and participating in their first on-campus exhibition. First Year
Faculty: Introduce yourself with a self-portrait postcard and meet your students face-2-face! Faculty postcards will be part of a silent auction to raise funds for First Year.

WHO? ALL First Year faculty and ALL new undergraduate students

MATERIAL: Substrate: card stock; size: 5" x 7" inches (12.7 cm x 17.78 cm)

MEDIUM: Your choice... pencil? charcoal? paint? photography? Don’t forget! Include (print) your full name and faculty on the back of your postcard.

DELIVERY: (FACULTY) Enclose it in an envelope and mail it (or drop it off) so that it arrives no later than Friday, August 22, 2014 *Incorrect sizes or substrate will not be accepted.

BY MAIL: OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
Attn: Sandra Barnes, Campus Life (Postcard Project 2014)

IN PERSON: OCAD U Design Office 100 McCaul Street, Level 5 Attn: Sandra Barnes
We look forward to receiving YOUR postcard!

Will be exhibited on campus in the Transit Space Gallery (2nd floor 100 McCaul Street), from September 2-12, 2014. All postcards become the property of Campus Life and OCAD University who reserve the right to use them for promotional purposes for OCAD U’s website and or printed materials.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Forgotten Places

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:00pm

Thursday September 11, 2014 to Sunday September 21, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.

Features OCAD U alumna Christina Tjandra's complete collection of highly detailed architectural illustrations

Forgotten Places is a collection of work that draws attention to Tjandra’s love of vernacular architecture, accidental dwellings, the beauty of density, and her childhood memories of living in Java – the most populated Island in Indonesia.

Presented in large scale as detailed line drawings on paper, Tjandra’s work references the Batik and Wayang aesthetics of her native Indonesia. By transporting the audience to an unknown place filled with curiosity and uncertainty, Forgotten Places is a visual narrative that pushes architectural boundaries to create conversations on possibilities, reality and fantasy.

4-10 TUES-FRI,
2-8 SAT,
12-5 SUN

Venue & Address: 
Hashtag Gallery 801 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario
Free, RSVP for opening

Leslieville Gallery Crawl

Leslieville Gallery Crawl
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

All are welcome!

OCAD U Gallery Club will be going to the Leslieville Gallery Crawl.

Meet in front of Aboveground Art Supplies at 12:30 p.m. OGC will be taking a street car over so bring your transit pass or fare. See you there!

The OGC is a group for students to explore the Toronto Art World. Together, the group will visit multiple sites including galleries, museums and studios. The group will engage in discussion post-visit in order to further connect our students with the GTA’s art and design community.

Find out about this and other OCAD U student-run clubs: www.ocadu.ca/students/campus_life/student_groups.htm





Venue & Address: 
Between Carlaw and Leslie Queen St. East Toronto, Ontario