Come Up To My Room - The Gladstone Hotel

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Congratulations to our current Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design MDes student Katrina Tompkins, IAMD alumni Ashley Snook (MFA 2016) and Digital Futures alumni Jordan Shaw (MFA 2017) who will be showcasing their work at the Gladstone Hotel's upcoming event "Come Up To My Room".

"Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. Framed within the backdrop of the historic 128-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike."

For full description and more information please visit:


CUTMR will be taking place on January 18-21, 2018

January 20, 7-10PM - Opening Reception & Party

January 20, 10PM-late - LOVE DESIGN Party (Opening After Party)

January 21, 1-3PM - TSA Ideas Forum (TO DO)



Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel
2018 CUTMR Poster

Sabbatical Talk by Dr. Barbara Rauch

Rauch, 'mesas' series 2016
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Dr. Rauch’s sabbatical report references research activities including 
•    a 2.5 months residency program at SOMA Mexico City, where she worked under the pseudonym of ‘Mesas Collective’;
•    a fellowship with ‘The Anthropocene Curriculum’ at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin resulting in a series of workshops and seminars, and international conference presentations in Paris, France, Chicago and Los Angeles;
•    and most importantly Rauch pursued a variety of activities that re-connected her with her studio practice. Rauch deliberately embraced a practice driven by material investigation and considerations of the Anthropocene and questioning the Technosphere.

Venue & Address: 
Room 415, 100 McCaul St
Barbara Rauch - Sabbatical Report

The Joy of Laser Cutting

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Laser cutters are powerful and versatile tools that can introduce significant untapped potential to artists. However, currently available learning materials for working with these machines are not designed with artists’ needs or interests in mind. To address this gap, Alda developed the Joy of Laser Cutting, a project based on her own experience as an artist looking to engage with these machines. This project uses recipes, food and visual language from the world of cookery as tools to reframe online DIY tutorials and appeal to the interests and needs of artists while encouraging creative engagement with the material. This show presents the work that was developed for the Joy of Laser Cutting as well as the journey that led Alda to develop it in the first place.


Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery - 205 Richmond St W.
The Joy of Laser Cutting Exhibition Poster


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:30am to Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

TRACE is a graduate exhibition brought together by 6 curators and 14 interdisciplinary artists as they launch into their graduate studies at OCAD University — join us at OCAD University’s Graduate Gallery in a celebration of works by established and emerging artists developing their contemporary art and design practices that challenge the concept of TRACE.


On Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m., 205 Richmond’s Graduate Gallery will feature new works in a multimedia exhibition exploring the contingent experience of presence as TRACE, evading the ‘real’ and pointing to its constitutive outside: the unreal. Trace, a sign for everything elusive, has no site, but rather is change of site marked by its erasure, making it disappear in its appearance. International artists Adrienne Matheuszik, Coco Guzman, Dori Vanderheyden, Ellen Snowball, Kirstie McCallum, Kristi Poole-Adler, Lida Shanehchiyan, Lingxiang Wu, Philip Sparks, Randa Reda, Sarah Carlson, Shannon Lee, Tal Sofia, and Vanessa Jackson capture these dynamic themes of TRACE — hinting to the existence of something, a residue we cannot ignore. Light refreshments and appetizers provided.


An artist talk will take place at 100 McCaul in Room 187 on Wednesday, November 15 at 12 p.m. featuring artists Sarah Carlson, Lingxiang Wu, and Coco Guzman in a discussion about their individual processes and body of works. Moderated by curator Elizabeth Handley-Derry, the talks will be followed by a question and answer period to encourage insightful engagement. Fellow curators Liz Ikiriko, Panya Clark Espinal, Jeff Tallon, Erica Cristobal and Keiko Hart encourage a dialogue around subverting assumptions and discovering intentions to help identify the investigations taking place in TRACE.


The OCAD University Graduate Gallery is home to thesis shows, speaker series, and one of a kind events, making it the primary exhibition space for graduate students and Faculty of OCAD University. The primary gallery space in room 104 is connected by a hallway to the media gallery in room 106 that can be used for projections. In TRACE all spaces will be activated with art, including a live drawing in the grad gallery corridor space by Coco Guzman.


For further press inquiries, please contact:

Panya Clark Espinal at 416 951 2120

Or the curatorial team at

Instagram: @traceocadu
Facebook: /traceocadu

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
Panya Clark Espinal 416-951-2120
TRACE Poster
TRACE Artist Talks

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.

Craft Ontario recognizes members of OCAD U community

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Students, faculty and alumni were recognized at the Craft Awards on October 12, taking home five awards for their work in the fields.

From the Craft Ontario website:

“Craft Awards recipients are accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. From makers that create innovative and exceptional work to curators, administrators, writers and volunteers who support the craft community, each recipient is recognized as an important contributor to contemporary craft practice. Since 1981 the program has recognized over 500 emerging and established professionals for their outstanding work and contributions.”

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients from OCAD U:

Lacy and Co. Ltd. Jewellery Supply Grant:
Alex Kinsley (Material Art & Design Instructor, Jewellery)

Helen Frances Gregor Award:
Elycia SFA (Material Art & Design 2015/Class Assistant, Textiles)

James H. McPherson Award in Woodworking:
Shay Salehi (Sculpture/Installation Student)

Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Award:
Katrina Tompkins (IAMD student)

Mary Diamond Butts Award in Embroidery and Needlecraft:
Elizabeth (Liz) Pead (Drawing and Painting 2007)

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that promotes professional craft and advocates for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.

Grad Studies Common Room October ---> "Stand By And" Exhibition

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The October 19th edition of Common Room: "Stand by And", will feature the work of participating Digital Futures, Inclusive Design and Strategic Foresight & Innovation masters students. The theme is experimental, immersive, and digital artwork.

Performances by:

Adam Tindale

Afaq Ahmed

Artwork by:

Jen Serdetchnaia

Alana Boltwood

Kristi Poole-Adler

Samaa Ahmed

October 19th

6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Graduate Gallery, Ground Level, 205 Richmond Street West (Level G)

Cash bar + light refreshments provided.

What is Common Room?
Common Room is a monthly casual, comfortable and collegial social gathering for the graduate community of students and faculty.

Venue & Address: 
Grad Gallery (Level G) 205 Richmond St. W.
Stand by And Poster

IAMD MFA thesis exhibition by Jill Price: LAND as Archive

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Jill Price is an OCADU MFA IAMD candidate whose practice investigates the environmental realities of the Anthropocene.  Embracing that land serves as a museum for human behaviour, Price’s research argues that even the seen and unseen shadows of material “things” have agency upon our globally networked landscapes.  Utilizing both environmental data and narratives embedded within ready-made objects, Price presents drawings and sculptures that collectively examine social and ecological traumas woven into global economies.  These artworks are accompanied by a growing archive of hand-drawn shadows that document personal habits of consumption  acknowledging her position of privilege and the irony of her own production within this inquiry.

Conceptually exploring what constitutes a shadow, Price invites the audience to join her in asking what a “real” shadow might look like and how we all might go about drastically reducing shadows of production, exchange and disposal in the future. 

Jill Price is a recipient of the 2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2016 SSHRC Research Scholarship and the 2017 Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.

Opening Night: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7 - 10 pm

Public Defense:  Thursday, August 3 (Time TBA)


Hours of Operation:

Saturday August 5, 12—5

Wednesday, August 9, 12 - 5

Thursday August 10, 12 - 5, 7 - 10

Friday, August 11, 12 - 5

Saturday, August 12, 12—5


Thank yous to:

Advisors: Professors Geoffrey Shea & Colette Laliberté (OCADU), Janis Jeffries (Goldsmiths)

Mentors: Ted Fullerton, Frances Thomas, Jennifer Wigmore

OCAD U Jewellery and Textile Studio Technicians (Greg Bauer & Laurie Wassink)

YYZ Artists' Outlet and Ana Barajas: Gallery Rental

U of T Art Museum: Lending of Museum Vitrines

Artists: Fiona Pegg, Liz Menard, Tracey and Derek Martin

Venue & Address: 
YYZ Artists' Outlet 401 Richmond St. W. Unit 140 Toronto, ON
Land as Archive

IAMD Student Work included in Making Peace

photograph of Mariam Magsi holding "Making Peace" poster
Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Making Peace is a major public event that aims to teach the public, especially young people what key elements are necessary to create a 'sustainable peace'; providing an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in bringing about positive change. Activities include a large photographic exhibition that pays tribute to the people who — all over the planet — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace."

The Registry, an interactive installation from Mariam Magsi's Purdah thesis exhibition at OCAD University, has been selected for exhibition at Making Peace curated by Ashley Woods, former curator of Magnum Photos and current curator at the Nobel Peace Prize Museum in Stockholm.  

All are welcome to attend the opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm, Front Street East, Canary District, Corktown, Toronto.


More on Making Peace:

More on Mariam Magsi's artwork:

More on the IAMD program at OCAD University:

IAMD Student Work at Sur Gallery

David Constantino Salazar, Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control, 2017, oil-based clay
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:00am

"To ‘strike a chord’ is to create or trigger an emotional negative or positive response to an action. In this exhibition, artists respond to times of peril and violence: they retaliate with protest, search for healing, all while conjuring an atmosphere of resistance. At times when our role as citizens seem to ever more bluntly demonstrate that actions need to be taken in order for there to be change, Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists —Coco Guzmán, Julieta María and David Constantino Salazar— use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology. 

Artists in Strike a Chord present multiple perspectives and offer various tools to activate social integrity, social justice, and respect. While both Bernal and Guzmán tackle performance and drawing as change catalysts and see the power of individuals capable of redefining the course of history through memory and action, Salazar reveals the vulnerability we all share and the obstacles that expose our precarious lives. María offers a comforting and nurturing encounter with our mothers, revealing our instinctive nature to survive despite sentiments of fear and isolation lingering in the world today. During times of uncertainty and anxiety, it is artists who create meaning and a sense of purpose when all else seems to be crumbling. Artists raise their voices; they elicit and provoke those who do not want to change and strike something within all of us. 

This exhibition is co-presented by Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts"

More on the exhibition can be found on the Sur Gallery website:

A review of Strike a Chord on akimbo:

More on the IAMD program: