Michael Zaharuk and the Union Art Service will be exhibiting at Propeller Gallery

Micahel Zaharuk illustration
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Illustrator Michael Zaharuk and the Union Art Service will be exhibiting in a group show at Propeller Gallery. Opening: Saturday September 21, 2019. 2 -5 pm. 
Show runs to Sept 29, 2019. The Union Art Service is a co-operative of progressive political cartoonists and graphic artists operating since 1977.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell St. Toronto
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Creative Quarterly - selected 7 Illustrations from OCAD U's Illustration Program

Juliette Vermeersch
Juliette Vermeersch
Juliette Vermeersch
Nathan Devlin
Tiafila Corpus
Camilla Teodoro
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 6:45am

Juliette Vermeersch




Juliette Vermeersch




Juliette Vermeersch




Nathan Devlin

And So He Lies Awake



Tiafila Corpus




Camilla Teodoro

Toy Soldiers



Jingwen Zhang




Creative Quarterly is an international journal published in New York which focuses on promoting the creative community.


Creative Quarterly 56 is due out on newsstands and online October 2019.


Congratulations to everyone!

Fiona Smyth to be inducted into the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame

Fiona Smyth
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:45am

For more than three decades, Fiona Smyth’s work has straddled art, comics, and murals. Since her days as a student at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in the mid-1980s, her comics have been marked by a bold and overt sexuality—rare for a female cartoonist at the time—that often, erroneously, saw her labeled an anti-feminist. Alongside her countless self-published zines, Smyth’s comics have appeared in ViceExclaim!, and her pioneering 1990s Vortex series, Nocturnal Emissions

Smyth’s work has been exhibited in countries around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Berlin, France, Venice, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, and Torontonians are familiar with her eye-catching mural gracing the exterior of iconic local club Sneaky Dee’s, located at the intersection of College and Bathurst streets.

Smyth’s publications include The Never Weres, a science fiction graphic novel for teens, and a series of progressive “sex talk” books for children, created with the writer Cory Silverberg. In 2018, Koyama Press released Somnambulance, a career retrospective of Smyth’s work to date. Presently, Smyth teaches illustration and cartooning at OCADU.

Artists are elected to the Giants of the North Hall of Fame by the Doug Wrights Awards executive committee, which solicits input and suggestions from across the Canadian cartooning community. 


This year’s Giants of the North nominees will be inducted on May 11 at the 15th annual Doug Wright Awards, a featured event of the 2019 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), which takes place May 11–12 in and around the Toronto Reference Library.


Media inquiries: dougwrightawards@gmail.com   dougwrightawards.com





OCAD U Illustration Thesis Portfolios 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:00am

Illustration Chair Paul Dallas is delighted to announce the relaunch of  ocaduillustration.com showcasing thesis portfolios of the Illustration Program's 2019 Graduating Class!


Congratulations to the thesis cohort of students and faculty, and a special thanks to designer Garry Ing (OCADU 2009) for the great site design.


In addition to this year’s crop of talented artists, visitors can view a decade of archived work from previous graduates, and connect to their professional sites.


I encourage you to take a look. It is a wonderful and diverse collection of images to mark OCAD U’s 104th Annual Graduate Exhibition!



Illustration students' selected for American Illustration 38

Amanda Arlotta - chosen
Joshua Middleton - chosen
Skylar Dunk - selected
Nathan Devlin  (aka Paliate) - selected
Mia Viva - chosen
Amanda Arlotta - selected
Nan Shi - chosen
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:00am

This year’s distinguished jury included: Christopher Brand, Crown Publishing;  Dennis Huynh, Buzzfeed;  Maria G. Keehan, Smithsonian;  Hannah K Lee, The New York Times;  Janet Michaud, Politico;  Aaron Rinas, Art + Mechanical;  and Marianne Seregi, National Geographic.

From over 7,000 submissions, the jury selected only 386 images to appear in the book and represent the best illustrations from 2018. The American Illustration 38 winning collection will be presented in print and in a digital slideshow sent to 50,000 creative professionals. The Archive will launch with a party set for November 7, 2019 in New York City. 


Congratulations, students!


Amanda Arlotta (2 pieces) (4th yr)

Paliate (1st yr)

Skylar Dunk (4th yr)

Mia Viva (4th yr)

Joshua Middleton (4th yr)

Nan Shi (4th yr)



Paintings in Watercolour by T.W. Shoffner, Professor, Illustration Program

by Terry Shoffner
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

Exhibition by Illustration Professor Terry Shoffner. April 30 to June 30.

Opening April 30th at 6:00 pm

Open most afternoons

Call for confirmatio 416-533-5483

Venue & Address: 
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. West Toronto
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Youth Sexual Health Research Symposium 2019

sexual health
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

The goal of the symposium is to bring together community youth (ages 16-35 who are part of a youth group/organization, not attending University, or would like to get connected with people of similar passions) and university students to share their research and artistic pieces on youth sexual health. In the current political climate, this year's symposium will provide a crucial forum for youth asserting their right for progressive sexual health education. During the symposium, students, youth, academics, policy makers, and community members working in or interested in the field of youth sexual health will be given the opportunity to network and engage in each other’s work. We encourage students from all disciplines and community youth to present research "in progress," test out ideas for a thesis or dissertation proposal, or present original research or artistic pieces.




Youth Sexual Health Research Symposium 2019

40 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 1C6, Canada


Venue & Address: 
Wilson Hall Lounge, 40 Willcocks St.
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POW! WOW! @ Honolulu, Hawaii 2019

Beyond the Veil 3 (The Gambler)
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:45am to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:45am

This year, the exhibition will take place at the Wade Warehouse (see below) during POW! WOW! Hawaii curated by Thinkspace Projects.

The opening night celebration is tomorrow, February 9th, 6-10pm:

Wade Warehouse
449 Cooke Street 
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

For more information and inquiries, please contact contact@thinkspaceprojects.com


Venue & Address: 
Wade Warehouse
Digital Screen: 

International Collage Art Exhibition has selected work from Louis Fishauf

L. Fishauf
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 7:00am

Louis had 5 digital collages that were selected for inclusion in the International Collage Art Exhibition taking place in April 2019.

Venue & Address: 
Retroavangarda Gallery in Warsaw, Poland
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OCAD U Illustrator JC Knaff and Claude Miceli show their work at IDS 2019 Toronto

IDS boys
IDS boys
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 6:15am





Alejandro, I surprised the Imam, prone in prayer, bent over double, baffled and bowed. I was crying over a suite played by Pablo Casals while tracing the grooves of black Bakelite wax-woven into the Persian rug on which he was kneeling, facing east.

I gently took the Moor’s head in my hands and held him close.

Both of us were trembling. I kissed him tenderly on the forehead  where the flame had just died out.




The old women’s tattooed and embroidered eyes were watching me from their adobe tower, mascara running down the walls and rusting as it reached the marble paving stones, all ears veiled, plugs of wax crumbling and dissolving, tongues atrophied by excessive violence, stuck like vermillion leaches on the walls of the Alhambra.


Jean-Christian Knaff, Palermo, May 2018