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 - https://www.erynlou.com
Lily Snowden-Fine - https://www.lilysnowdenfine.com
Adam de Souza - https://www.kumerish.com
Mary Kirkpatrick - https://www.mary-kirkpatrick.com
And in loving memory, Sarah Mason - https://sarahmason.format.com"

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. propellerctr.com


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 (https://www.ocadu.ca/services/career-development/format.htm)

* 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

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.