MARTK'D Sneaker Design Tournament

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

OCAD University is proud to collaborate with MARTK’D which celebrates art on sneakers.  The partnership was formed to execute a creative engagement initiative in the form of a sneaker design tournament.  The tournament will give 40 of Toronto’s up-and-coming high school artists from the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board the opportunity to showcase their creative skills through live competition in front of an audience. Artists will use VANS sneakers as a blank canvas and Sharpies to create their own designs, to be judged by audience members and special guests.


The format is as follows:

Two qualifying rounds will consist of 20 artists each, 40 artists in total.

The top four artists from each round, voted on by the crowd, will advance to the finals.

The eight finalists will compete to become named the ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion!

The MARTK’D ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion will receive an educational scholarship + merch.


WHAT: MARTK’D- Sneaker Design Tournament  

WHEN: Wednesday October 12th 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE:  OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON
416-977-6000 ext. 4869
40 Artists. 10 Schools. 3 Rounds. 20 Mins to Create. 1 Champion. Poster with event info and sponsors

Jody Hewgill is part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, School of Art

by Jody Hewgill
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:30pm

Jody Hewgill is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator who is part of OCAD U's Illustration Program. Jody is giving a lecture on her illustration practice on Thursday, April 18th at 6;30 pm, at Syracuse University, Shermin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building.

Jody's work includes many illustration anthologies and award publications, indlucing Taschen's 100 Illustrators. A series of her poster are included in the permanent poster collection of the Library of Congress.


HOMEWORK Illustrative Drawing & Painting Exhibition

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 6:45am to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm

Sent on behalf of ILLUSTRATION instructors Gillian Iles, Kieran Brent and Chen Cao:


Open Daily 8 am – 8pm except Saturday Mar 23, 8am – 2pm, exhibition closes at 2pm on March  23, 2019. Free admission.


Informal artist reception March 22, 7 - 9pm in the 2nd & 3rd floor hallway galleries.


Artscape Youngplace

180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5


Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, 3rd & 4th floor
Digital Screen: 

Call for Applications - Illustration Studio Career Launcher 2019

Call for Applications - Illustration Studio Career Launcher 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 11:30am to Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:00pm


DEADLINE: Monday, April 22, 2019

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to bring back the Illustration Studio Career Launcher for students in their graduating year. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and four (4) successful applicants will be awarded one year of free studio space in 401 Richmond in from June 2019 to May 2020. 

This is an incredible opportunity to become part of a larger creative community and connect with like-minded creative practitioners. Applications will be reviewed by faculty members and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers during GradEx 104. 


  • Must be an undergraduate Illustration major in their graduating year 
  • Must have the intent of remaining in the GTA following graduation to make use of this opportunity


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email)
  • Current CV 
  • Online portfolio or an attached PDF portfolio 
  • A statement of interest that contextualizes your intent to use the studio, and outlines the significance of the opportunity to your design practice
  • Written confirmation of the qualifications (see Qualifications listed to the left) 


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham

For more information, visit

Venue & Address: 
401 Richmond Suite 362- 401 Richmond Street W. Toronto
416-977-6000 Ext. 361

Justin Case and the Closet Monster by Mark Julien

Mark Julien's graphic novel
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 7:30am

Justin Case and teh Closet Monster by Mark Julien is a joyfully-arted story about two coseted gay men -- one a priest -- and the "closet monsters," magical creatures from a parellel dimension who help them come out.


The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award goes to Francesca Chan!

F. Chan illustration
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00am

In the past two years, our partners at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery have brought their thoughtful Power Kids workshops to the Fair and have enabled us to offer meaningful art experiences for the young art lovers of TOAF.  They are as committed as we are to nurturing and empowering emerging artists. The exciting roster of fresh voices at TOAF, inspired them to establish a new opportunity to advance their careers. 

RBC Curatorial Fellow Justine Kohleal and Curator of Education & Public Programs Josh Heuman dedicated time to judging the “Best of Student Award,” as well as the inaugural “The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award.” This new award is intended to support an emerging artist with continuing education in a unique three-part opportunity: a year-long membership to The Power Planta sizeable stack of publications and an exciting opportunity to propose three designs, one of which will become an official commission for a limited edition.

Kohleal and Heuman were pleased to select Francesca Chan as winner of The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award, writing:

"Working in illustration, Chan's work embraces the serene, the humourous and the melancholic. This is real life filtered through the artist's subjectivities."

About Francesca Chan

Francesca Chan is a visual designer from Vancouver and is currently residing in Toronto, Canada. She specializes in illustration, graphic design, and animation, and works with both traditional and digital media. Francesca picked up a love of printmaking from children’s books. Her colourful 2D images, which use flattened perspective and shapes with tonal texturing, tell stories about our interaction with nature in the past, present or future. Artists from the Bauhaus like László Moholy-Nagy, inspired her to combine graphic design with lithography and to adapt lithographic effects for the computer.

Very soon after the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Chan met with staff at The Power Plant to receive her membership and publications, as well as to discuss the parameters of the limited edition. By mid-November, the three proposed designs will be reviewed, one selected, and the final format of the limited edition will be determined and produced as soon as possible.

Mark your calendars so you can be one of the 100 to get Chan’s limited edition!

What is Francesca up to now?
"Currently, I am working with a company on illustration and packaging design. Within my role, I get to work with different mediums which I find very fun, and refreshing every day. Besides working as an illustrator during the weekday, I am also creating more artwork and products for my own online shop. I'm hoping to launch my shop in January, so stay tuned! I’m also very excited and honoured to be able to work with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. I have lots of creative and innovative ideas to come!"

To see more of Francesca's work check out her website and Instagram.



Congratulations Kima Lenaghan

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

OCADU’s Kima Lenaghan (ILLU 2018) has been declared the winner of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair's 2018 Best of Student and Student Purchase Award! 


Congratulations, Kima!


And many thanks to CEAD (Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers) for making this possible.



House Guests: The Most Important Unimportant Things

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:00pm

work by:
Kristi Chen -
Eryn Lougheed -
Lily Snowden-Fine -
Adam de Souza -
Mary Kirkpatrick -
And in loving memory, Sarah Mason -"

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Avenue
House Guests
Digital Screen: 

Michael Zaharuk - Punch Lines

M. Zaharuk - punch lines
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

OCAD U Sessional Instructor in the Illustration Program, Michael Zaharuk presents: Punch Lines exhibition at the Propeller Gallery

Opening- Thurs Sept 6'th: 630-930pm, 2018. Propeller Gallery. 30 Abell st. Toronto. North Gallery.

416. 504. 7142. www.


Show runs from: Weds Sept 5’th to Sun Sept 16’th 2018


Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell St. Toronto, North Gallery
Digital Screen: 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Student Designer – Design4 Program

Design4 logo
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30am

Note: Are you a current student who is looking to get paid work experience in design? See below for the link to the application form via the OCAD U Talent Network.
Design4 is a new externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, at both the Undergraduate (BDES) and Masters (MDES) levels. Design4 is geared towards current students in the Faculty of Design.

45 students will be selected to participate in Design4 and placed in smaller multidisciplinary groups of 3-4. Each group will be paired with an employment partner in one of the following sectors:

· Start-up/ new ventures (a small business that has just been started)
· SME private enterprise (small and medium enterprises that employ fewer than 500 employees)
· Arts and cultural (social and economic activity that focuses on artistic production)
· Social innovation/ not-for-profit entities (dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view)

Summary of Responsibilities:

The work will include creating solutions to various design challenges set by the employer. Students will be working on a part-time basis for 10 hours each week per student. Students will have mentorship and support from the employment supervisor, a dedicated Faculty member and a staff member from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.

Where will the work happen?

On campus in the new Rosalie Sharp building (115 McCaul), as well as at the employer’s place of work.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes. You will be compensated for your time.

Required documents

  • A 250-word statement explaining why this program would be beneficial to you and outline your design skills and interests
  • Resume (max. 3 pages)
  • Student e-mail, student ID number, program, year of study
  • Provide a link to your portfolio (included on CV or resume)
  • Where you are based (eg address, Etobicoke or downtown Toronto etc)
  • Due to low enrollment at OCAD University, priority will be given to students who identify as Indigenous and/or Black. Do you self-identify as a Black* person or as an Indigenous* person of North America? (Please see definitions below)



If you don't have a web-based portfolio, you can create one for free as a student on Format (

* Indigenous: those who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. This can include status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit as well as those with mixed/multi-racial/multi-national identities

* Black: a person who is of and/or a descendant of African peoples AND who experiences systematic racism based on that heritage.

Note: To apply for this job you need to have some documents uploaded to the Talent Network. 


Deadline to apply: September 13, 2018