Larissa Sansour (Art Creates Change: Kym Pruesse Speaker Series)

Photo of woman pulling a suitcase
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:45pm

OCAD University’s Faculty of Art in Partnership with Toronto Palestine Film Festival and Unifor Ontario Regional Council present

Larissa Sansour (Art Creates Change: Kym Pruesse Speaker Series)

Groundbreaking contemporary artist Larissa Sansour will present her interdisciplinary work, including the speculative trilogy, In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain (2016), A Space Exodus (2009) and Nation Estate (2012). Sansour's artworks, especially those addressing the history of Palestine and the Middle East, are immersed in current political discourses and dystopian future imaginings, combining live motion and CGI. Sansour's works have shown internationally, most recently at The Mosaic Rooms in London, UK; Berlinale; the Guanajuato International Film Festival winning the Best Short Experimental award; Amrani Gallery in Madrid; and last year at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Auditorium Room 190
FREE event open to the general public

Student Gallery Island Residency Call For Applications!

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:00pm

Student Gallery Island Residency

Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island

Student Gallery Island Residency is a week-long interdisciplinary residency open to current OCAD University students. Artscape Gibraltar Point will be your weeklong home base to practice, create and explore the intersections of nature and culture. We encourage artists and designers from all OCAD U programs to apply. This is a weeklong self-directed residency and is the perfect opportunity to explore your practice and the sounding landscape of Toronto Island.

Your home base will be a large city facing studio at AGP that will be shared with OCAD U Student Gallery staff. 5 ferry tickets will be provided.

Student Gallery Island Residency is open during 3, one-week residencies in June, July and August.

  1. June 20 - 25
  2. July 15 - 19
  3. Aug 22 – 27


May 16th:  Applications due

June 10th: Applicants notified of acceptance

All applicants must be current OCAD U students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Please submit a 250-word application letter telling us about yourself, your practice, what program you are in and why you would like this opportunity. Submit 8 images that best represent your body of work or what you would like to work on during your stay and a current CV.

Please send proposals by e-mail to by Monday, May 16th, 2016 with the subject line: “Student Gallery Island Residency


Application Guidelines (Attachments or Dropbox Links):

  • Application letter (250-word maximum .doc or PDF)
  • Current CV (.doc or PDF)
  • Up to 8 images (jpegs, maximum 1M each) of past work or/ proposed project
  • For time-based projects, maximum 5 minutes of video-support material (.mov, .m4v, vimeo or youtube)
Venue & Address: 
Please send all applications to 52 McCaul Street OCAD U Student Gallery
OCAD U Student Gallery Island Residency with event info and photo of seagulls on beach

CROSS SECTION: Florence 2015-16 program exhibition

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 4:00am


Opening: Friday April 8, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: April 8 - 10, 2016 (12-5pm or by apponitment) 

OCAD University's Off-Campus Florence Program is proud to present CROSS SECTION, a group exhibition highlighting recent work by 24 students working from a wide array of mediums—drawings, prints, collages, paintings, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, video, digital imagery and jewelry. Varying in creative approach, theoretical structure and technical processes, the body of work from these students come together at a cross section as they intersect, coincide, synchronize and exist side-by-side. This European campus offers a facilitated, directed study approach where students develop a body of work in a communal studio setting and study art history amidst a backdrop of the Italian Renaissance. This academic year, the studio component has been coordinated by faculty members Professor Michele White in the Fall semester and Assistant Professor / CLTA Linda Martinello in the Winter semester. 

Students: Jasmine Cardenas Obando | Keith Cooke | Denielle Darrach | Abbey Gagnon | Saba Giani | Megan Hazen | Zahra Lakdawala | Shuan Lee | Rushi Li | Sergej Mileski | Jess Morris-Wazney | Lauren Pyc | Wei Qi | Kate Rogers | Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh | Lisa Rusland | Connie Santos | Emily Schimp | Peter Tran | Angela Tupper | Rocio Soncini | Chloe Wang | Qiuchun Wei | Jess Welch

Instagram: ocadu_florencecampus


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Florence Campus, Via Bonifacio Lupi, 14 (2 Piano), 50129 Firenze
CROSS SECTION: Florence 2015-16 program exhibition poster, images of students and artwork along with text of exhibition details

Hello from Richmond 205

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 4:00am

Playfully, hello = hi = hey = how are you = what’s up = friends...

HELLO acknowledges that this is the first cohesive introduction of the 2015 /2016 MFA and MDES Interdisciplinary program’s work to the larger OCAD student body and faculty.
Initially considered to be a shout to attract attention, the word “hello” continues to grow in its potential to signify inclusivity as well as speak to the wonderful diversity of knowledge, skill sets, and perspectives represented through the work.
We invite you to engage with the show and then say “hello” so that we can continue the conversations that work to inform our evolving practices.

Written on behalf of IAMD first year cohort by
Jill Price (BFA 93, OT 2007, MFA 2017)

Exhibiting Artists and Designers

  • Fallon Andy
  • Carlina Chen
  • Tom Feiler
  • Quendrim Hoti
  • Karina Iskandarsjah
  • Iveta Karpathyova
  • Pascaline J. Knight
  • Max Lupo
  • Mariam Magsi
  • Annette Mangaard
  • Alexandra Majerus
  • Julian Majewski
  • Jill Price
  • David Constantino Salazar
  • Eli Schwanz
  • Samantha Sherer
  • Katrina Tompkins
  • Mel Worku


Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall - 100 McCaul
Poster for 1st Year IAMD Student Exhibition Hello From Richmond 205


Poster with soup can
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:00am to 3:00am

Please join us for our first CRITICAL SOUP, on Tuesday Feb 23, from 7 pm to 10 pm, at That Place at the Second Floor, OCAD U. 

CRITICAL SOUP (CS) is a student-run healthy, delicious and free dinner option and an interdisciplinary art initiative that opens a space for dialogue about the devastating impacts of Canadian extractive companies in communities and territories of periphery nations. 

CS welcomes OCAD U students, alumni, staff, faculty and peers to share food and be engaged in building a community that looks critically and acts responsibly in relation to the current politics of food. 

On our first event, members of Mining Injustice Solidarity Network will be sharing their experience and facilitating critical dialogues about social and environmental Justice. 


We want to send huge thanks to all the project supporters and collaborators.

CRITICAL SOUP was made possible with the collaboration the Art and Social Change Student Committee, the Indigenous Student Association and the generous support of Indigenous Visual Culture Office, Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives, Faculty of Art, Art and Social Change Program, and OCAD U Student Union.


Venue & Address: 
That Place at the Second Floor, OCAD U
Poster with soup can


Andrew Zealley. Photo by Nick Sweetman.
Mandala II by Andrew Zealley
Lone Son by Andrew Zealley

Walk into the Graduate Gallery at OCAD University this week and you will likely be instantly calmed by Andrew Zealley’s exhibition, Disco Hospital: Safe and Sound. Along with the series of mandala images, there are videos depicting nature and letting go of the physical body. There’s also a treatment table equipped with sage, a singing bowl and chakra tuning forks to help balance energy. The tuning forks appear again throughout the exhibition, in images (wrapped safely in condoms) and in the sound design for his video series, “The Wheel.”

As Zealley’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design thesis project, Disco Hospital: Safe and Sound is the culmination of his two years of study at OCAD U, together with influences and personal perceptions over three decades of Zealley’s work in sound as a sound designer/artist, and in the HIV/AIDS community.

Andrew Zealley. Photo by Nick Sweetman.Zealley’s work is an investigation of sound and non-western healing practices depicting the crossroads of art, clinical practice, sound, listening, bodies, neo-shamanism and queer things. “I’m always going out into the woods to clear out the urban energy,” Zealley says. “My work looks at natural, animal and sexual energy as it relates to well-being.”

As part of the exhibition, Zealley conducted a series of healing sessions during new and full moon phases from September 2012 to April of this year. The sessions began with a simple initiation ritual, followed by Reiki (therapeutic touch) and sonic work with the chakra tuning forks to help people let go of the temporal experience. He has also conducted healing sessions in the gallery as part of the exhibition itself.

Mandala II by Andrew ZealleyZealley has a background in music and sound design for film, and began focusing on installation and sound art in the 1990s. By 2003 he was fully dedicated to it. His work is also influenced by the HIV crisis of the late 1980s. He began working in the community and with artists, learning about different healing practices. In 2001 he tested positive himself, and began to see his overall themes of healing in a much different context. “Part of my work is about coming to terms with my own truth about that,” he says. 

Zealley’s thesis advisors are David Cecchetto, Assistant Professor, New Media History and Criticism, and Archie Graham, an Associate Professor whose areas of expertise include health and wellness ethics. The external advisor chosen for his defence is Evergon, a well-known Canadian artist and instructor at Concordia University. Zealley will be at the gallery during regular gallery hours for the duration of the exhibition to answer questions.

Learn more

See it: On view at the Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West (until March 31)

Andrew Zealley in conversation

Andrew Zealley's website


"(Whitey) Fern Gulley" by Olivia McGilchrist. Image courtesy State of Blackness Conference.
Work by Abdi Osman. Image courtesy State of Blackness Conference.

OCAD U’s Faculty of Art is host to The State of Blackness, an interdisciplinary event bringing together artists, curators, academics, students and the public to discuss diasporic artistic practice, representation and arts education in Canada. The conference, which takes place Saturday, February 22, combines accessible panels open to everyone with a series of closed working sessions specifically for delegates from across Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean.

“As a curator, I’m concerned that the visibility of black artists has fallen off,” said conference lead, Andrea Fatona, an instructor in the Criticism & Curatorial Practice program. “The idea of hosting a conference came to me when I was doing my dissertation looking at arts funding, particularly black arts funding in Canada, and I feel it’s important to examine both what’s going on and how we produce knowledge about art.”

Fatona designed the conference program as a means to gather a network together and also create a space for ongoing discussion. She hopes the event will help identify pedagogical innovations and best practices that broaden our understanding of cultural capital in the knowledge economy. 

“We haven’t had a conference like this in a very long time,” said Fatona, who cited cultural theorist Stuart Hall and his recent passing as an inspiration for the conference. Hall was instrumental in thinking through multiculturalism and issues of representation both in galleries and education, and what practices might look like. His work in developing practices around positioning equity and diversity may act as a model for some of the thinking at the conference. “We want to develop practical pedagogical tools not only at OCAD U but also across the country,” said Fatona.

The conference was developed in partnership with The Ontario Arts Council and with support by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Learn more:

Attend the conference

Conference website

Read the New York Times profile of Stuart Hall

Dr. Rauch presents at UCL’s Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies conference

Animalesque mask-like sculptures made in white, hanging on a wall.
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3:15pm

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Graduate Program Director Dr. Barbara Rauch presented her research on ‘Synthetic Emotions of Hybrids’ in London, UK this week as part of the interdisciplinary conference “Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories.”

The conference was hosted by University College London’s Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies on September 15 and 16. The event stages an important debate in a field of growing importance in the humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and eco-criticism have arisen in recent years. A strikingly varied program of papers and debates chaired by high-profile contributors to this emerging field of study were presented. Dr. Rauch participated as a panel speaker to address theoretical and methodological issues alongside philosophy, history and art practice.

*Grad Studies Info Night @ 205 Richmond

Grad Studies Info Night @ 205 Richmond
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 11:00pm

Programs: Art, Design & New Media Histories / Digital Futures / Interdisciplinary Masters

November 5:
- Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories (MA)
- Digital Futures (MDes, MFA, MA and Graduate Diploma)
- Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MDes, MFA, MA)

Are you willing to embrace a creative future? Then you're ready to consider Graduate Studies at OCAD University — the university of the imagination, in the heart of Canada’s most culturally vibrant city.
We give ideas a place and a space. Our ability to offer graduate students a unique experience is solidly rooted in our 137-year history of delivering uncompromising art and design education. Grounded in practice, theory, research and professionalism, with an eye on experimentation and change, we deliver advanced experiential learning. Our graduate students enjoy unrivalled opportunities to practice with expert faculty, in studios, labs and through exceptional internships.

At OCAD U, we attract curious and creative students who expect something more from their education and are willing to challenge themselves to achieve it. Are you ready to explore, enrich and expand your horizons?
Join us at our Information Nights to learn more about Graduate Studies at OCAD U!

WATCH (video):

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories (MA):

Digital Futures (MDes, MFA, MA and Graduate Diploma):

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MDes, MFA, MA):

Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes):

More OCAD University Graduate Studies Info Nights:

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories (MA)
Tuesday, November 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27,6 to 8 p.m.

Criticism & Curatorial Practice (MFA)
Monday, November 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Digital Futures (MDes, MFA, MA and Graduate Diploma)
Tuesday, November 5,6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Inclusive Design (MDes)
Monday, November 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MDes, MFA, MA)
Tuesday, November 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)
Monday, November 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

All Graduate Studies Information Nights are held at OCAD University, 205 Richmond Street West.

If you are unable to attend the information sessions in person, please email us with any questions about our graduate programs

Twitter Ask Me Anything:
December 4, 2013 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. sessions
Follow @OCADUgrad

* The Application Deadline for all programs is Monday, January 13, 2014 *

Graduate Studies at OCAD University
205 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario

For more information, contact:
Office of Graduate Studies
416-977-6000 Ext. 423 or


416 977 6000 x 423


Venue & Address: 
5th Floor 205 Richmond St. Toronto, Ontario

Piercing Time: Paris After Marville and Atget 1865-2012

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 10:00pm

Book launch of photographs by Peter Sramek, Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices

Join the author, see the exhibition, pick-up the book. Get it signed.

The book Piercing Time presents a rephotographic project which has examined the archive of topographic photographs of Paris made by Charles Marville between 1865 and 1877, first under Georges Haussmann and then under the Third Republic. The book addresses photographic representation of urban history from a number of angles through essays by three authors and contains over 450 reproductions of photographs and maps.

During the month of November, the Paris photographs by Peter Sramek are on display in the Anniversary Gallery – which is off the Great Hall (pass through under Gord Peteran's entrance sculpture). If the room is locked, please ask at Security to be let in to see the work.

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Venue & Address: 
Anniversary Gallery, Room 265 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Piercing Time: Paris After Marville and Atget 1865-2012 by Peter Sramek book cover with photo of a street in Paris