Tara Akitt (MA 2014)

Tara in front of Gyroid: A Precedent Assembly by Janine Yeung for In Flux: a one night only experience by DX + RSID presented
Guests at PlastiScene presented by Fujifilm, artwork by Charziie from Milk Glass Gallery. Courtesy of Design Exchange.
Guests at PlastiScene presented by Fujifilm, artwork by Charziie from Milk Glass Gallery. Courtesy of Design Exchange.
Nina Boccia, Jordan Soderberg Mills, and Tara Akitt in front of Jordan Soderberg Mills' work Anaglyph Mirrors presented by DX at
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:45pm

Following graduation from the CADN program, Tara Akitt worked at the Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum: first as an Exhibition Coordinator, and subsequently as Permanent Collection and Programs Supervisor and Assistant Curator. She conducted research on the museum's collection of Canadian industrial design objects post-World War II, and curated exhibitions including DXUncrated: Classic Plastics. She co-curated and worked with local talent on a series of one-night-only pop-up exhibits at the Design Exchange, engaging Toronto designers and collectives with the public. At the Design Exchange, Akitt also oversaw design competitions, including those for student projects to increase accessibility of public parks and trails for people with disabilities, as well the competition “Grand Cru/Ation,” for new commuter seating at Toronto’s Union station, and managed the prominent design event EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology. Since 2018, Akitt has been a graphic designer with the Library Street Collective in Detroit, Michigan.


Thesis/MRP Writing Intensive Info Session

Come learn about the WLC's annual Thesis/MRP Writing Intensive! Offered in the week of December 18, this program is designed to help graduate students make significant progress on their Masters projects as they move toward completion.

CADN Alumni Talks

OCAD U Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Monday, October 23, 2017

CADN students heard talks from three returning alumni who presented on their experiences in art publishing, gallery administration and working in museums. Caoimhe Morgan-Feir, Nathan Heuvingh and Amanda Roy surveyed their post-graduate projects and career trajectories. The alumni provided tips to the students about finishing their final year and MRPs, as well as how to start one's career when entering into the art world after graduation. For all three speakers, the CADN program provided valuable writing and research skills that were translatable to a range of employment opportunities.

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir graduated from the CADN program at OCAD in 2012. Since then, she has written for publications including The WalrusMomusesse arts + opinionsJournal of Curatorial StudiesMagenta and PUBLIC, and written catalogue essays for institutions including the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Gallery 44 and more. She is currently the managing editor of Canadian Art. Her review of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's "Inside the Memory Palace" was awarded the 2013 international Frieze Writer's Prize.

Nathan Heuvingh graduated from the CADN program at OCAD in 2014. He is the Director of Propeller Gallery, an artist-run-centre in Toronto’s Queen West district. He has published in peer reviewed journals such as The Senses & Society, and has curated exhibition such as LookListen and Are We There Yet?

Amanda Roy graduated from the CADN program at OCAD in 2014. She works at Axiell, the number one provider of collections management technology in the world. She is a Collections Technology Specialist in the Archives, Libraries, and Museums division. She has worked with some of the largest institutions in the world -- Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, and National Museum of American History -- as well as Canadian institutions such as TIFF, Ryerson Image Center, and the Canadian Museum of History. 

Graduate Programs Info Nights and Online Webinars

Join a Graduate Program Info Night and/or online webinar this November. They are your opportunity to meet instructors, students and alumni from the program to help you learn more about courses, the learning environment and degree outcomes.

SFI Alumni Network Launch

OCAD U SFI Alumni Network
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 9:30am to 5:00pm

We’re excited to invite you to the first-ever alumni network event!

This is an opportunity for our talented, diverse and amazing SFI community members to:

  • Promote work and skills: MRPs, research and ongoing projects welcome -- tell us what you’re up to and where SFI has taken your career

  • Learn from one another’s expertise and experiences: Run a workshop or info session to teach a skill or method relevant to our field

  • Co-create and co-define the purpose of the network: Help inform the network’s purpose and vision, and tell us how this community will best serve your needs today and in the future

  • Meet other people in the community: Professional networking opportunities, and an optional after-party to talk shop or make new connections.

Why now?

In the last few months many of you responded to a survey about what is important to you! Your feedback combined with many informal conversations with current students and grads and many meetings of the network organizing team is what led to the creation of this event.

Our goal is for this to be the launchpad for more consistently valuable and uniquely “SFI” events - of which this will be the first!

Come for the interesting points of view, connection with other SFIers, and one more “presentation day." Stay to contribute your efforts and ideas to the "SFI-ing" of the future of the alumni network.


Saturday, November 4th, 2017


RCA 510 and 514


10am to 5pm (doors open at 9:30am), followed by an optional after-party at a local bar (venue TBC)



Tickets available through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sfi-alumni-network-official-launch-tickets-...

A Final Thought For You to Build On:

In February of this year, the first email mentioning the intention of building this version of the alumni network was sent. It contained this sentiment:

  • What better tool to organize for impact, perhaps a new kind of impact, in the face of these now pressing global changes than through this network? We’re trained in the tools for change and innovation, we’re multidisciplinary and future-oriented with growing tolerances for ambiguity, and we’re practicing across a diverse representation of competencies and verticals. Not to mention there's a pretty solid percentage of us that like each other. ;)

The intention of the event resonates with this idea and we're looking forward to cultivating it with you further on the 4th!


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, RHA 510 and 514, 205 Richmond Street West, Toronto