Dogged support for World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th of each year in order to mobilize efforts that support mental health. One such effort is the use of therapy dogs in schools, which OCAD U has engaged to great effect. Here, illustration grad Lis Xu considers their beauty and benefits.



World Mental Health Day

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Terry Shoffner's work at the Art Emporium Gallery in Arkansas

Terry Shoffner
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Terry Shoffner, Illustration Professor, has a current exhibition of his watercolour paintings at the Art Emporium Gallery in Fayetteville, Arkansas through mid-October. He will be talking about his work and signing prints for up to 7,500 invited guests on September 23 at a reception in the gallery. 


Hope for Alzheimer’s

For World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, INSTUDIO asked 2016 Illustration grad Jean DeMers to consider what it might mean to live with the disease. Jean chose to focus on new possibilities for symptom management. “Instead of dwelling on the loss that comes with Alzheimer’s,” he writes in his artist’s statement, “connections can be made through the use of physical and digital artifacts. Recalling events in this way makes memories tangible, while also meaningfully engaging all involved.”


Jeande Mers Alzheimers Disease

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Graphic Workshop with Joe Sacco

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Graphic storytelling, journalism and non-fiction novels are all the rage. Joe Sacco is one of the leading illustrator/authors in this field, with a long list of awards for his publications. Sacco inserts himself back into his hitness narratives creating both dynamic and reflexive reportings from many contemporary war zones and occupation sites such as Bosnia (The Fixer) and Palestine (Footnotes in Gaza). Having taken on American poverty (Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt) Sacco is currently working on a new book about mineral extraction rights and the Dene First Nations.

You're invited to join the
Graphic Workshop with Joe Sacco:

Wednesday September 20

The Learning Zone (122 St. Patrick Street)

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


 OCAD University's Faculty of Art in partnership with Toronto Palestine Film Festival presents: The Kym Pruess Speaker Series: 

Art Creates Change

Joe Sacco in conversation with Leila Abdelrazaq

Wednesday, Septemebr 20

Auditorium, MCA190

8:30 p.m.

*preceded by 7pm book signing and reception, Room 284

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick Street
Graphic Workshop with Joe Sacco

Doug Panton, Winner for Creative Quarterly 49

Attitude, Doug Panton
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 12:00pm

Congratulations to Illustration Sessional Instructor Doug Panton who has been announced winner in the category: Fine Art Professional for Creative Quarterly 49, an international journal focusing on promoting the work of the creative community, representing current work in graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art. 

His work will be exhibited in Creative Quarterly, on the newsstand Winter 2018 and will be posted on their Online Gallery in Winter 2018.



Open Call to Continuing Studies Students - Illustrators and Painters

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Narrative Lines

Continuing Studies Gallery

285 Dundas Street West

September 28 – December 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 5 – 7 pm

Submission deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5 pm

Email to: Lindsay Maynard,

While submission fees are not required, regretfully artist fees can't be paid at this time. You must provide work(s) ready to be installed/hung. Work(s) do not require a frame, and there are no size requirements.

If you are interested in being part of this exhibition, please submit the following electronically in ONE EMAIL (text in one attached word document – no PDF’s please):

1. Image(s) – low-res of work(s)

2. Statement of work – max 300 words

3. Biography – max 100 words

4. Link to your website – optional

Please note: This call is open to all current and former OCAD U Continuing Studies students. Not all submissions will be chosen to participate, due to limited space and thematic coherence.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West
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OCAD U Illustration Graduate Ahn Na Lim on the cover of 3x3's Illustration Annual No. 14

Ahn Na Lim, 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 14
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 11:45am

The work of OCAD U Illustration Graduate Ahn Na Lim (2009) will be on the cover of 3x3's Illustration Annual No.14, scheduled for publication December 2017.

In the annual, you’ll also find award-winning work from our 2016/17 students:

Bronze: Andrew Watch (4th year)

Distinguished Merit: Varvara Nedilska (2nd year)

Merit: Andrew Watch (4th year), Ann Sheng (4th year), Lily Snowden-Fine (2nd year)

Honorable Mention: Adam Marin (4th year), Christopher Dupon-Martinez (3rd year), Jisu Lee (3rd year), Varvara Nedilska (2nd year) (2 awards)

Fiona Smyth and Jason McLean at Glenhyrst Art Gallery

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

The artwork of Illustration Sessional Instructor Fiona Smyth and Jason McLean articulate a liminal state somewhere between good and evil, negative and positive, life and death. Say "Hi" to the Sun is a deliberatley whimsical title that speaks to the distinct character of their body of work. The sun is a symbol of energy and paradoxically, a dangerous entity hanging in the sky. It references a fantastical conversation with worlds existing beyond our own imaginary dreamscapes steeped in reality but are executed with imagination. What we find are records of experience and possible futures. Little histories of the worls in which we share. 

* Reception, Thursday July 27
7:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
20 Ava Rd, Brantford, ON N3T 5G9
Fiona Smyth and Jason McLean at Glenhyrst Art Gallery

OCAD U Illustration and Advertising Students Winners At Applied Arts Student Awards

From last year's competition: Thibault Magni, UQAM. "Fanzine: Summer," Student Awards 2016
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 9:00am

Congratulations to OCAD University's Illustration and Advertising students winners at the 2017 Applied Arts' Student Awards 

Andrew Watch (4th year Illustration)

Cameron Chalmers (4th year Illustration)

Erin McCluskey (4th year Illustration)

Eryn Lougheed Crowell (2nd year Illustration)

Rose Ting-Yi Liu (4th year Illustration)

Varvara Nedilska (2nd year Illustration)

Veronika Radeva (4th year Advertising)

All Student Award winners receive:

  • Their work published in the November/December 2017 Student Awards annual
  • Their work published online in November in the Winners' Gallery and in the Awards Archive
  • A complimentary copy of the November issue
  • Digital tear sheets of their published work
  • A personalized award certificate signed by the founder of Applied Arts, noted graphic designer Georges Haroutiun
  • Their work displayed at the Creative Futures Expo, November 9-10 at the Ontario Science Centre where more than 2,300 aspiring creative artists, high school students and their teachers will visit 

See the full list here.

*Image from last year's competition: Thibault Magni, UQAM. "Fanzine: Summer," Student Awards 2016