Holiday OCAD Artist Alley 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Come to OCAD's student-run Holiday Artist Alley! You'll find a wide variety of beautiful posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewelry items and more from local creators. Support 50+ OCAD U artists and alumni.

This event is open to the public so come by and support local artists! FREE ADMISSION!

Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers. There are ATMs in the building.
We are a wheelchair accessible space. Please take the (main lobby backside) elevators to the 2nd floor.

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The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, created with support from OCAD Student Union, to give Students and Alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.

Poster art by Becky Wu.
Tickets NOT needed for entrance

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Free admission
Holiday OCAD Artist Alley graphic 2019

Thank You Thursday

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Many OCAD U alumni and friends support our university through gifts and donations. Last year alone, donors provided over $2 million in gifts and in-kind donations to support the students and the university. Their support has provided scholarships, awards and bursaries as well as travel opportunities and special programs. We want to show our appreciation for their generosity. Join us on Thursday September 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to write a short message of thanks and sign a card.

The cards will be available at our tables located in the main lobby at 100 McCaul. Snacks and beverages will be provided. We hope to see many of you there.

-Development & Alumni Relations Team

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - Lobby
416 977 6000 x 4780

Material Art and Design Valentine's Day Sale

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Material Art & Design program presents a Valentine's Day Sale featuring a selection of ceramics, jewellery and textiles on Feb. 8th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the front lobby of 100 McCaul.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Lobby
MAAD Valentine's Sale

Gift from Manchee Foundation establishes Design for Health Graduate Scholarships

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 2:30pm

The Manchee Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to support OCAD University’s new Design for Health graduate program. The generous gift comes as the university prepares to deliver game-changing education and research to dramatically improve design practices related to health care environments, medical technologies and public health policy and communications.

The donation of $550,000 will allow the new scholarship to be endowed in perpetuity. Each year, starting in the 2016/17 academic year, the two top applicants will receive Manchee scholarships.

“Our family is pleased to support this innovative program with scholarships that will permit the most promising students to further their studies in the field of health care design,” said Jane Manchee. “The Manchee Foundation was created by our parents, Charles P. and D. Jeanne Manchee, to further education in the arts, design and health care fields. We are very proud to support this program with a lasting legacy of their generosity.”

The program will be offered as a full-time, two-year course of study leading to a Master’s of Design (MDes) in Design for Health. It will be structured to appeal to working professionals through a combination of online and integrated seminar and studio formats.

The two-year Master of Design (MDes) program will enroll up to 10 students in the inaugural 2016/2017 academic year, with another 10 students in 2017/2018.

“We are grateful to the Manchee Foundation for this generous gift to graduate students entering the ground-breaking new Design for Health program,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor, OCAD University. “Designers are creative thinkers and problem-solvers who can address the multiple challenges in the health care system from a unique perspective.”

Graduates of the MDes in Design for Health will be well-positioned to play leadership roles in research, health environment design, health product/device development, health media, and communication and technologies — in the private, government and non-profit sectors. Graduates will also be prepared to pursue further study at the PhD level.

The interdisciplinary Design for Health program has four main themes delivered primarily through studio-based learning:

Health context: Develop domain knowledge to public health, health sciences, communication and technology.

Research and application: Identify, design, conduct and apply research methodologies in health-care environments.

Design and innovation: Create new, ethical and sustainable solutions to solve health-sector problems.

Proficiency and leadership within interdisciplinary collaborations: Be embedded in interdisciplinary teams of researchers, health-service providers and designers to develop design solutions and communicate outcomes.

$3-million gift to OCAD University honours Ada Slaight

Photo of Exterior of OCAD University
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 3:00pm

OCAD University is proud to announce an historic gift of $3 million from Ada Slaight to fund scholarships, improve studios and student gallery space, and create The Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, the first named chair in the school’s 138 years.

“This investment is a fitting tribute to my mother Ada Slaight in recognition of her 25 years of volunteering, leadership and advocacy in support of OCAD University. This will continue her commitment to enabling students to excel in their studies and push the boundaries of imagination,” said Gary Slaight, President of The Slaight Family Foundation.

Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University, thanked the Slaight family for “a transformative and generous donation that will provide opportunities for students and expand the resources of the university in its traditional strength of studio-based learning in a meaningful and lasting way. These scholarship funds will attract the best and brightest students from across Canada for a generation, creating a legacy of innovation in the name of Ada Slaight.” 

The Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media will focus on drawing and painting, printmaking, and digital painting and animation, combining the oldest and celebrated programs at the university with new streams of study. Chairs are the leaders of programs who provide new curriculum and direct student support. Funds can be used for visiting artists, student academic travel, teaching and research.

The scholarship fund will provide full tuition for 36 students, renewable for four years. It will also increase funding for 15 currently funded scholarships established in 2012. The Ada Slaight Entrance Scholarships represent the university’s largest and most prestigious scholarship program.

This support will also improve studios for painting, drawing and printmaking at 100 McCaul St., which together will be named the Ada Slaight Studios.

In a second refurbishment, the newly named Ada Slaight Student Transit and Critique Galleries will provide improved space for students to create and exhibit their work.

Sharp Centre 10th anniversary celebrated with $5 million gifts

Rendering of Centre for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul St. Bortolotto Architects.
Sara Diamond with benefactors Rosalie sharp and Kiki Delaney
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 2:15pm

Benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp, founders of the famed Four Seasons Hotel chain, pledged $3 million to OCAD University, Canada’s largest art, design and digital media university at an event marking a decade since the opening of the iconic structure bearing their name.

The Sharp donation will be used to create a dramatic new façade on the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at McCaul and Dundas Streets and to transform the building into the OCAD University Centre for Experiential Learning. This student-focused centre is dedicated to studio-based learning across the university’s program areas, partnerships with community and industry, and training in professional and business skills. Bortolotto Architects have been selected to transform the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion into a striking landmark that will anchor the schools’ cultural corridor leading along McCaul St. 

A second gift of $2 million from OCAD University Chancellor Kiki Delaney on behalf of the Delaney Family Foundation was also announced. The donation will fund scholarships for undergraduate and graduate visual artists. It will also support the university’s Indigenous Visual Culture program - its curriculum, Research Centre, outreach and campus-wide activities as well as the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture.

“Our generous donors are changing the landscape of the cultural corridor anchored by OCAD University. They are supporting our strong tradition of studio-based education and new ways of learning through experiential education. They are allowing us to nurture the tremendous creative talent in the indigenous community. This creates opportunities for students, faculty, our many partners, and the public.  We are greatly indebted to them,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University.

The new Sharp donation “builds on the bold look of the Sharp Centre by creating an innovative gateway that will become widely admired. It will be an embodiment of the imagination at work at OCAD University,” said Diamond.

The Sharps donated $5 million in 2004 towards building the internationally acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design, designed by famed British architect Will Alsop who was on hand for the celebration. The building has been lauded by architect and arts critics alike and is one of the must-see stops for visitors to Toronto. It has played a transformative role in OCAD University’s transition to a university.

“We funded the creation of the Sharp Centre for Design at a time when the institution was literally and figuratively being lifted to a new level,” said Rosalie Sharp. “With this donation, we are helping build another artistic landmark that solidifies OCAD U’s place as a hub of innovation in Toronto.”

“As the Chancellor of OCAD University, I have seen the new opportunities created in our indigenous program, Faculty of Art and graduate studies. Our family looks for ways to help students and these two areas provide great opportunities,” said Delaney, who is president of Delaney Capital Management.

Images top right: Rendering of Rosalie Sharp Pavillion redevelopment by Bortolotto Architects
President Sara Diamond with benefactors Rosalie Sharp and Kiki Delaney

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