Nathan Heuvingh (MA, 2014)

Installation views from Are We There Yet? (2015), curated by Nathan Heuvingh, featuring the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossm
Installation views from Are We There Yet? (2015), curated by Nathan Heuvingh, featuring the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossm
Installation views from Are We There Yet? (2015), curated by Nathan Heuvingh, featuring the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossm
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:45pm

After graduating from the CADN program, Nathan Heuvingh became the Director of Propeller Gallery, an artist-run-centre in Toronto’s Queen West district. In 2015, he curated an exhibition titled LookListen that examined the contributions of artists to the material culture of Toronto’s music scene; this exhibition was an outgrowth of the research into popular music, contemporary art, and sound that Heuvingh developed during his graduate studies. He was also invited by Propeller Gallery to curate a show of emerging artists in July of 2015, titled Are We There Yet?, which featured the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossman, Michael DiRisio, and Julie Gemuend. In addition to his professional and curatorial interests, Heuvingh has published reviews in several academic peer-reviewed publications, including Senses and Society.

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.


Call for Proposals: un-histories: art and the unconcluded

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3:15pm to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:45pm


un-histories: art and the unconcluded

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: December 7, 2017

Announcement of Acceptance: December 15, 2017

Please submit proposals to:

Conference Date: March 9-10, 2018

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada

Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”— subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized. This call for papers seeks engagements in the writing of un-histories to rectify social and political injustices, to unpack the complexities of ontology, and to envision more inclusive, multifaceted futures.

The 2018 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference invites proposals for academic papers/practices from MA, PhD students, independent scholars, and artists.

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • How can the contradiction of ‘contemporary history’ be resolved?
  • How are artists poised to engage the post-disciplinary? Can artworks incite un-history?
  • When does the contemporary start—does a rupture exist?
  • What does ‘contemporary’ suppress or finalize?
  • How are histories internalized or embodied?
  • What methods of transmission (epistemologies) can be engaged for the maintenance of existing knowledge? How does this compare to history as written?
  • How can histories and the archive be reconceived in the digital age?
  • How does nostalgia shape contemporary visual culture?
  • How do the private and public intersect with the local and global?
  • The presence of haunting, lingering or spectral histories
  • Problematizing the pedagogy of art histories and visual cultural histories
  • How can history be decolonized?
  • Archivable vs. unarchivable histories

What to submit: 250 word abstract about your paper/practice and a short biography.

Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

Papers due: February 15, 2018

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Arts Council Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Are you curious about or planning to apply for a grant from the Toronto Arts Council? In this workshop, Peter Kingstone (Visual/Media Arts Officer, Toronto Arts Council), will review what grants are available, discuss the application process, provide tips on how to write a successful grant, and answer any questions you may have.

For more information about Toronto Arts Council Grant Programs, please see their website here.

Peter Kingstone is a Toronto-based visual artist and curator, working primarily in video and photography. As an independent artist, Peter’s installation pieces have been shown across Canada and internationally, and he was awarded the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of peter K. (1974-2004). Peter holds a degree in Philosophy/Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough and a Masters of Fine Art focussing on video and new media from York University in Toronto. Peter has presented at many conferences on the ideas around storytelling and social engagement. 

Venue & Address: 
Room 115, G Floor, 205 Richmond St. W.

ARTIST TALK: Siwa Mgoboza: "Once Upon A Time In Africadia" Nov. 9

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:30pm

Multidisciplinary artist Siwa Mgoboza, known for his signature bold textile and photographic works, joins us from South Africa to talk about his solo exhibition at the Matter Gallery, "Once Upon A Time In Africadia," which runs November 8- January 7th at Matter Gallery 344 Westmoreland Ave N, Toronto.

More about the exhibition:

OCAD U Talk: Thursday, November 9th 6:30PM @ Room 2301 100 McCaul St.

Mgoboza was a finalist in Sasol New Signatures (2015), Barclay’s L’Atelier top 100 (2016), and SA Taxi Awards top 30 finalist at Lizamore & Associates Gallery. He was featured at the PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA and his work was included in the !Kauru Contemporary African Art Project: Being and Becoming, at the UNISA Art Gallery in Pretoria, South Africa.

Siwa Mgoboza holds a BA Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where he graduated with a distinction and dean’s list in 2015. He was awarded the Eduard Louis Laden Art Bursary at The Michaelis School of Fine Art and the Cecil Skotnes Award for most promising artist from the school (both 2015). He was named the 2015 Young + African Visual Artist of the Year by Creative Nestlings.

Mgoboza exhibited his first solo project at WHATIFTHWORLD Gallery (Cape Town) in June 2016 and first international solo at Semaphore Gallery in Switzerland. He has exhibited in Istanbul with NoLab Gallery, Lagos Photo Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; the first edition of AKAA (Also Known As Africa) in Paris, France; Nanjing International Arts Festival in Nanking, China in the 2016, the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town and the first edition of Art Africa Fair 2017.


Venue & Address: 
Room 230 @ 100 McCaul St.
Siwa Mgoboza Talk

Dr. M. Prokopow talks Canadian design history @ the V.A.G.: Marking Place Speakers Series

Michael Prokopow VAG talk
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

On Oct 24th, the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Michael Prokopow, was invited to speak at the Vancouver Art Gallery about the design history of Canada as it relates to the cultural and material effects of immigration. As part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s ongoing 2017 Marking Place Speaker Series, Dr. Prokopow discussed how design—a category of human made objects under the umbrella of material culture—has long been seen as an effective mechanism in the construction of national identity. He considered how contemporary design practice in Canada presents an opportunity to consider and question the values of nationhood and nationality. Dr. Prokopow co-curated the exhibition, #TrueNordic, opening October 28 at the Gallery. He has written widely about material life and domesticity and is currently a faculty member @ocaduniversity in Toronto, Ontario.- From:

Scholarly Writing Panel

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Moderated by Dr. Michael Prokopow, the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, a panel of Graduate Faculty Members will discuss scholarly writing at the graduate level. The panel will address questions such as:

  • What is "graduate-level" work?
  • How can we define scholarly work and scholarly writing?
  • What are the differences between scholarly writing in the context of coursework assignments and the thesis/MRP?
  • What does scholarly writing look like in the art and design context?
Venue & Address: 
Room 510, 205 Richmond St. W.

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.

Thesis/MRP Writing Intensive Info Session

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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

This four-day Intensive will include writing and organization strategies, as-needed support from trained WLC staff, a structure for daily productivity, and coffee, snacks and lunch.

Applications will be taken up until December 1.  A fee applies.

For further information, contact Jessica Wyman, Graduate Writing & Learning Consultant,

Venue & Address: 
Room 301, 205 Richmond St. W.

Graduate Thesis/MRP Alumni Panel

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

In this panel discussion, OCAD U graduate alumni will share their thesis and MRP experiences, including useful strategies and worthwhile insights they’ve learned about the process. Current graduate students at any stage of their work are invited to attend to learn more about the thesis and MRP process and pick up some valuable advice from our recent graduates!

Some of the themes for discussion will include:

  • Developing a thesis topic
  • Methodologies
  • Research
  • Writing the thesis and MRP

Hosted by the Writing & Learning Centre and the Office of Graduate Studies.

Venue & Address: 
Room 510, 205 Richmond St. W.