Debbie Woo, 4th Year Illustration is exhibiting as part of Design TO

Until the Last Breath
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:00pm

Until the Last Breath

at Artscape Youngplace


January 18th, 2019 to January 27th, 2019 

opening party on January 17th, 2019 from 6-9pm

Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace, Floor Hallway Gallery, 180 Shaw St.
Digital Screen: 

Public School named after Author-illustrator and OCAD U Alumna Barbara Reid

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 7:15am

An elementary school in Stouffville will be named after Canadian author and illustrator Barbara Reid.

Part of the York Region District School Board, Barbara Reid Public School is scheduled to open September 2017.

Reid has written and illustrated several picture books for children. She’s received many awards including the Governor General’s Award for English-language children’s illustration. She also became a member of the Order of Canada in 2013.


“I want to thank everyone who provided their input,” said chair of the board and trustee for East Gwillimbury and Whitchurch-Stouffville Loralea Carruthers. “Naming a new school is an important responsibility and I am pleased that this new school has a name that will inspire learning and be a positive influence within the school.”

The school name was decided during the 2015-2016 year. Carruthers established an email address where students and members of the school community sent recommendations for a school name.

Written submissions by students in the holding school were also received. Barbara Reid was recommended by students and the trustee after input was received.

The new school will be located on 130 Hoover Park Dr.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy
p. chan
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

A group exhibition featuring 7 emerging Canadian painters at Mark Christopher Gallery


Venue & Address: 
Mark Christopher Gallery, 55 Clinton St.
Digital Screen: 

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.



House Guests: The Most Important Unimportant Things

Opening reception October 25th, 6pm-9pm. October 25th - November 11th.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Opening reception October 25th, 6pm-9pm.
October 25th - November 11th.

 “The Most Important Unimportant Things” reflects on the sentimental value of knick-knacks and personal objects; the ways in which they mark and transcend time, store our memories on our behalf, and collect narratives that build both individual and community identities.

As artists living in a city we did not grow up in, we monumentalize the objects that move with us, fragile extensions of a distant home. Our individual practices frequently interact with ideas regarding memory, objects and materiality. Our past spontaneous collaborations have revealed interesting overlaps in the way we approach these subjects. We are interested in the intersection between importance and unimportance in relation to objects and artworks. As illustrators, our work often exists in transient forms and isn’t afforded extensive consideration, in the same way that trinkets appear to an impersonal viewer. How can intimacy be fostered through artistic collaboration? What role can collected objects play in the sharing of stories? As key holders to our memories, does our “stuff” serve as an extension of ourselves? And, is the act of collecting objects a manifestation of hope, similarly to the act of creating art? Approached with an affection and lightness, “The Most Important Unimportant Things” aims to foster a cozy, cluttered environment that gives the viewer unusual insight as a passerby to private collections, inviting them to reflect on their own material memories.

A show of painting, sculpture, and installation, with 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 Ave
Ignite Gallery exhibition Poster

Womxn Paint 2018

mural by Sarah Cannon
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 4:45pm

Well done! To the following OCAD U graduates from the Illustration Program!


Emily May Rose 2015

Natalie Very B (Natalie Bochenska) 2016

Shelby McLeod 2016

Erin McCluskey 2017

Wenting Li 2017

Caitlin Taguibao 2011


For more information: 


Adrian Forrow Solo Exhibition

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Come join Adrian Forrow, Instructor at OCAD U, at his solo exhibiton. Bring a friend, everyone welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Free Space, 300-68 Claremont Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2M5
A. Forrow solo exhibition

Illustration Program showcasing thesis portfolios

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Congratulations to the entire cohort and a special thanks to designer Garry Ing (OCADU 2009) and our Grad Ex representatives on the beautiful redesign of the site.


In addition to this year’s crop of talented artists, visitors can view nearly a decade of archived work from previous graduates, as well as connect to their most current sites.


I encourage you to take a look. It is a wonderful collection of images to mark OCAD U’s 103rd Annual Graduate Exhibition! 




Paul Dallas

Chair, Illustration Program

New York's Society of Illustrators

Lily Snowden-Fine's "Couple in a Hotel Lobby"
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 8:45am

The following students’ work has been accepted into the 2018 Student Scholarship Exhibition, May 8 - June 2, at the Museum of American Illustration:


Toko Hosoya (2nd yr)



Mia November (2nd yr)

Summer, 1959


Lily Snowden-Fine (3rd yr)

Lucha Libre

Couple in a Hotel Lobby*


Eryn Lougheed (3rd yr)

The Party


Adam de Souza (4th yr)

Black Friday Super Sale


Jisu Lee (4th yr)



In addition, Lily Snowden-Fine was awarded the prestigious Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award*, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize, for her Couple in a Hotel Lobby!