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

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Award Winners

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 8:30am

Here is a link to some images taken at the event and awards ceremony.


Student Purchase Award


Elise Conlin (OCAD U ILLU 2019)

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient


The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award

JUDGED BY: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs & Justine Kohleal Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Eugenia Chan (OCAD U MAAD 2019)

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

Anson Liaw winner of Hiii Illustration 2018 International Competition

by Anson Liaw
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:15am

Hiii Illustration 2018 International Competition received 1700 pieces of works from more than 50 countries and regions around the world. 673 works have been chosen to enter the second round, 241 works have been chosen to enter the third round, including 54 works from the Commercial group, and 187 works from the Noncommercial group. The Organizing Committee will announce the winner lists in August 2019. (TBD)


The following Hiii Illustration 2018 competition award categories listed below will be completed by the judges and will be completed as a finalized list of winners from the remaining 241 works selected.


The finalized list of winning works for the following list of competition categories below will be announced some time during August 2019 after the 3rd & final round of judging is completed are:


Grand Prix

Jury Award

Best of the Best (Commercial)

Best of the Best (Nocommerical)

Merit (Commercial)

Merit (Nocommericial)

Most Popular Award

Nominations (Commercial)

Nominations (Nocommercial)


Anson Liaw's illustration entitled, Part of Us (version 3) was originally created during the 2017 and was donated to help raise money to help feed and house previously distressed and/or abused monkeys at the Story Book Primate Sanctuary.


This illustration and many others were collected by illustrator artist, Anita Kunz from various wonderful contributing artists from around the world were auctioned off.

All money was donated to help feed and house the monkeys at the Story Book Primate Sanctuary.


Link to review some more information:

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: