OCAD U join Womxn Paint Jam, 2018

illustration of a woman in water reaching up to another woman, by Natalie Very B
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Womxn Paint, with support from StreetARToronto, is hosting a second jam on August 10 to 12 and August 18 to 19th , 2018, in the laneway between 136 McCaul St. and 39 D’Arcy St. A talented mix of 25 emerging and mid-career artists have transformed more than 3,500 square feet of space into murals responding to the theme “Uplifting Each Other”. 

As a closing celebration, community members, mural enthusiasts and interested Torontonians are invited to meet the artists and be inspired by the murals on Sunday, August 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.

OCAD U participants:

  • Emily May Rose (Illustration, 2015)
  • Natalie Very B (Natalie Bochenska) (Illustration, 2016)
  • Shelby McLeod (Illustration, 2016)
  • Erin McCluskey (Illustration, 2017)
  • Wenting Li (Illustration, 2017)
  • Caitlin Taguibao (Illustration, 2011)

See the full list of participants on the Womxn Paint website

Venue & Address: 
laneway between 136 McCaul St. and 39 D’Arcy St.

OCAD U students make the Adobe semi-finals

Illustration of tiny things floating
Friday, July 20, 2018

Some two-dozen students have made it to the semis of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA)! OCAD U is always well represented in this international competition for creative students of all disciplines. Categories include illustration, photography, package design and 11 more.

To see all of our finalists, go to the ADAA website and filter for OCAD U students.

For additional competition updates, follow the action on social media: @adobeawards.


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair awards OCAD U artists

Group shot of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair winners by city hall
Monday, July 9, 2018

Students and alumni from OCADU’s Illustration and Sculpture & Installation programs were among award winners at the 2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) in Nathan Phillips Square in July. The three Illustration student winners were all recipients of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher opportunity, coordinated by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD).

Best of Student Award
Kima Lenaghan* (Illustration 2018)
Judged by Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
$1,000 Marie Collins Memorial Award and Artscape Award Includes: Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, exhibition at Artscape Youngplace and one year membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad (Value $4,000)

Student Purchase Award
Judged by house of i.d.e.a.
Value of Artwork by house of i.d.e.a.

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

Best of 3D Works
Michelle Cieloszczyk (Sculpture & Installation, 2018)
Judged by Lyn Carter, Professor of Sculpture, Art and Art History Program at Sheridan College
$2,000 by Greenrock Charitable Trust

Emerging Artist(s) by Emerging Curator Award
Claire Browne (Drawing & Painting, 2015)
Jenn Woodall* (Illustration, 2018)
Judged by Nathan Heuvingh, Director of Propeller Gallery
Exhibition at Propeller Gallery by Megan Deeks, Frances Patella, Charles Collins (Value $3000)

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award
Francesca Chan (Illustration, 2018)
Judged by Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Annual membership and publications by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

Honourable Mention Photography and Digital Media
Patrick Lajoie, OCAD U alumnus
Judged by MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation
$500 Gift Certificate by Akasha Art Projects

Best of Paper
Nicole Moss – (Drawing & Painting, 2015)
Judged by Clayton Windatt, Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
$500 Gift Certificate by The Japanese Paper Place


Joshua Heuman, Kima Lenaghan and Lindsey Dickie standing with plaque

Eryn Lougheed completes stairwell mural as part of Career Launcher

Stairwell mural by Eryn Lougheed
Monday, July 9, 2018

Fourth-year Illustration student Eryn Lougheed has completed a stairwell mural in 230 Richmond St. W. for the second annual Hullmark Stairwell Mural Career Launcher, a partnership between OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and the university’s development and property management collaborator, Hullmark Developments. 

To see the mural, from the main entrance, take the stairs left of the elevators. On the third floor, pass the mural by Adam De Souza (2017 Career Launcher muralist). Enter the third floor, cross over to the south stairwell by walking around the elevators. Walk down one flight to find Eryn’s mural in the north exit passageway of the building. 

Congratulations Eryn! Read more about her work in this article from Intern magazine.

Illustration students win big

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:15am

3x3 Magazine has awarded gold, silver and bronze awards to OCAD University Illustration students! Additionally, 6 other OCADU pieces were awarded honourable mention or merit. All will be published in 3x3’s No. 15 Annual.


Two illustrations from OCAD U students were also selected for Creative Quarterly 52. This brings our current tally of 2017/18 student awards to a record 54!


Lily Snowden-Fine (3rd yr)

GOLD Couple in a Hotel Lobby 

BRONZE Race to the Train 



Mia November (2nd yr)

SILVER Summer 1959 


Toko Hosoya (2nd yr)

HONORABLE MENTION Honne (image above)


Lisa Kim (2nd yr)

MERIT Pisces

MERIT Shoe Laces


Jisu Lee (4th yr)

MERIT Relativity


Adam de Souza (4th yr)

MERIT  Black Friday Super Sale


And congratulations to our Creative Quarterly winners, Hannah Kim (3rd yr) and Jinke Wang (4th yr)!


3x3 is the first publication devoted entirely to the art of contemporary illustration. Published in the United States and distributed worldwide, its sole interest is in sharing what’s shaping international illustration. Creative Quarterly is an international journal focussing on promoting the work of the creative community.

Toko Hosoya (2nd yr) - Honourable Mention - "Honne"

Creative Quarterly 52: Winners

Doug Panton
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:45am

Creative Quarterly is pleased to announce the winners of CFE 52. All winners will be exhibited in Creative Quarterly, on the newsstand Spring 2019. The winners and runner-ups work will be posted on our Online Gallery in Spring 2019.



Creative Quarterly 52, New York



Results from several industry competitions have just been announced!

Photo by Aliya Ghare
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 2:00pm



Congratulations to 4th year students Aliya Ghare (see above image), Jinke Wang, Francesca Chan, and 3rd year student, Lily Snowden-Fine, all of whom have work chosen to appear online as part of The American Illustration archive at ai-ap.com.

Their illustrations were among 315 images chosen from over 8,000 submitted worldwide. This year’s distinguished jury included: Damien Correll, Google; Jim Datz, The New York Times Op-Ed; Phoebe Flynn Rich, Rachel Ray Everyday; Alison Forner, Simon and Schuster; Na Kim, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Michael Mrak, Scientific American; and Ivylise Simones, WIRED.




Toko Hosoya, 2nd yr student, was awarded The Society of Illustrators 60 (Professional show), GOLD AWARD, for the Uncommissioned category. Toko also had work chosen for the 2018 Student Scholarship Exhibition. Lily Snowden-Fine was awarded for 2 pieces and is the recipient of the Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award which comes with a $5,000.00 cash prize. Exhibiting this May in New York’s Museum of American Illustration with Toko and Lily, will be 4th yr students Adam De Souza and Jisu Lee, 3rd yr student Eryn Lougheed Crowell, and 2nd yr student Mia November. 


The winning images were selected from 8,700 entries submitted by American and Canadian universities. A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors chose the most outstanding works created in 2017-18.





Andrew Watch, ILLU 2017, won the BRONZE AWARD and a Merit. Varvara Nedilska, 3rd yr student, won a Distinguished Merit and 2 Honorable Merits. Adam de Souza was awarded a Distinguished Merit and multiple Honorable Mentions. Aliya Ghare, Cindy Lee, Cameron Miller, Ann Sheng, Lily Snowden-Fine were awarded Merits. Varvara Nedilska and Cindy Lee, ILLU 2017, both won multiple Honorable Mentions, while Jisu Lee and ILLU 2017 graduates Christopher Dupon-Martinez, Anna Kwan and Adam Marin were awarded individual Honorable Mentions. 


3x3 is the first publication devoted entirely to the art of contemporary illustration. Published in the United States and distributed worldwide, its sole interest is in sharing what’s shaping international illustration.





Francesca Chan and Jenn Woodall, 4th yr students, were runners up for CQ51. Sarah Mason, 4th yr, was a winner and runner up, while Olivia Di Gregorio, 3rd yr, and Cameron Miller, ILLU 2017, were runners up for CQ50. Erin McCluskey, ILLU 2017, was a runner up for CQ49. And Janine Kwok (4th yr) and Chris Tu, 3rd yr, were runners up for CQ48.


Creative Quarterly is an international journal focussing on promoting the work of the creative community.




Varvara Nedilska and Eryn Lougheed Crowell won student awards for 2017. Winners for 2018 will be announced in the summer.

Applied Arts has been published in Canada since 1986 to a readership of 46,000 creative and marketing professionals.




Faculty of Design mural project

Mural of bright shapes with sign reading Faculty of Design
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 4:15pm

When you step off the elevator on the ninth floor of 230 Richmond St. W., your field of vision is filled with the vibrant colours of a mural that leads to the Faculty of Design offices.

Designed by alumnus and sessional instructor Adrian Forrow, the mural is the result of a project led by Jody Hewgill, Assistant Professor in the Illustration program.

The project began with a presentation of several OCADU alumni illustrators and recent graduates’ work. Forrow was chosen for his colourful bold imagery and his compelling design aesthetic.

"I wanted to work with dynamic and playful proportions that created a strong image flow within the breaks in the mural walls and corners,” said Forrow. “The initial sketching on the wall was probably the more challenging part. Due to the dimensions of the space I was unable to use a projector for the majority of the mural. I relied on detailed measurements that I had to take in a computer program to relay the measurement to the wall and build the image in a connect-the-dot style of sketching.”

Hewgill recruited three current Illustration students to apprentice with Forrow and help execute the mural. Through a workshop framework, students learned mural techniques such as taping and frisketing, and how to translate an illustration to mural scale.

The conceptualization, sketching, rendering and approval of the initial image took approximately two weeks to complete, the mural itself took five days to paint.

The signage was designed by Hewgill. The letters were cut on the CNC mill by Darrell Currington, then sanded, painted and assembled by Industrial Design student monitor Shayn Martens.



Three people painting the mural
Six people standing in front of the mural

Faculty Of Design New Office Mural

Faculty of Design Mural illustrators, students
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:00am

The Faculty of Design Office is proud to show off the new mural on the outside walls of 230 Richmond Street, 9th Floor. Thank you to Ilustration Chair Paul Dallas, Assistant Professor Jody Hewgil and Instructor Adrian Forrow as well as, illustration students: Ene Agi; Sarah Mason; Lily Snowden-Fine. Making the new FoD sign was Shayn Martens from our Industrial Design Program.




Political cartoonist Barry Blitt returns to OCAD U

Cartoon of President Trump on a tiny car ride
Friday, March 2, 2018

Wearing his signature green fedora, illustrator Barry Blitt spoke to a packed auditorium of guests, students and faculty at the President’s Speakers Series talk on February 28.

The semi-autobiographical presentation included more than seventy images, capturing his process and evolution as an illustrator, and the challenges of working on breaking news stories for national publications.

Especially well-known for his covers of the New Yorker, Blitt’s style is instantly recognizable; a loose, pen and watercolour technique that would be as well-suited for 1928 as for 2018. President Trump has been a frequent subject for the past several years, someone Blitt considers a gift to satirists.

The humourous, self-deprecating talk concluded with a Q&A session with the audience. Students from the Illustration program quizzed him on how to start a career in the field, and others inquired about how he tackles difficult political subjects. The questions continued well past the allotted time, so Blitt returned the following day to speak with Illustration students.

Barry Blitt graduated from OCA in 1982, moving to the US a few years later. He has since become a US citizen and lives in Connecticut.