Rosalie Favell’s FACING the CAMERA Exhibit Inspires

Photos on a wall, part of the exhibit Facing the Camera by Rosalie Favell
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00am

The Indigenous Visual Culture program’s Nigig Artist-in-Residence Rosalie Favell presented a curated selection of images made during her residency at OCAD University’s Ada Slaight Gallery (Oct. 3-7, 2016). The new portraits, generously donated to OCAD U by Favell, feature Indigenous arts and culture professionals who participated in three OCAD U/Toronto FACING the CAMERA portrait sessions.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Favell is a photo-based artist who draws inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage.  She uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary Aboriginal woman. While speaking at a reception that took place during the exhibition, Favell noted that she “insists on using positive images only,” for the series.  

FACING the CAMERA is an ever-growing national and international visual document of the Indigenous arts community.  Using the portrait session as a performance space, Favell encourages individuals to express personal experience and history with the context of tradition and communal values.

The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency is a program that provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit OCAD University for a four-week period to focus on a short-term project. The visiting artist engages with students and faculty through mentorship, critique, lecture and public workshops.

Awenda Inspired 2016 Exhibition, Opening : Thursday October 27, 5 - 7PM

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00am to Friday, October 28, 2016 - 4:00am

AWENDA INSPIRED EXHIBITION  Opening : Thursday October 27, 5 - 7PM

A group exhibition by DRPT + INVC students, of works made on-site or subsequently created based on experiences at Awenda Provincial Park located on Georgian Bay northwest of Penetanguishene.

Elora Borges, Rocio Tupac Yupanqui Cardoso, Declan David, Kinzi Dempsey, Megan Feheley, Melissa Fice, Hope Flynn, Matthew Morgan Garby, Amanda Robertson-Hebert, Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez, Christine Hirtescu, Jackie Justein, Zahra Lakdawala, Amy Lee, Samantha Leggett, Donny Nie, Arruniya Mohendran, Emma Moore, Lauren Porter, Debora Puricelli, Áine O'Neill, Jade Reyes, Fernando Diaz de Leon Rendon, Connie Santos, Christine Sawa, Hillary Snyder, Peter Tran, Angela Lea Tupper, Colin Zhao, Emily Zou

This event is sponsored by OCAD University DRPT Faculty of Art, in partnership with the generous support of Friends of Awenda and First Student Canada (North York).

For more information: Linda Martinello 



Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Student Gallery OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor
Awenda Inspired poster, text on landscape background

Reflections on Culture and Identity opening reception

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 1:00am

For the final week of the acclaimed exhibition Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization, the Gardiner Museum will mount a lobby display of works by students in the Sheridan College Ceramics Program and in the Bead & Read Group and Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University.

Join us for the opening of an exhibition of works by students from the Sheridan College Ceramics Program, and a collaborative project created by students from the Bead & Read group and the
Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, in response to workshops led by artists Joanna O. Bigfeather and Jim Rivera from the Institute of American Indian Arts (Sante Fe, NM) and Kent Monkman’s The Rise and Fall of Civilization. This project was made possible with the generous support of the US Consulate General in Toronto.

Inspired by Kent Monkman’s large-scale diorama highlighting the decimation of the North American bison population, the lobby installation, entitled Reflections on Culture and Identity, was created in collaboration with two artists from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico—Joanna Bigfeather and Jim Rivera. Funded by the US Consulate of Toronto, Bigfeather and Rivera led workshops where students were able to explore the commonalities and differences between Indigenous visual arts practices in Canada and the United States. The results reflect a rich exploration of identity, shared history, and artistic expression.

Reflections on Culture and Identity will be on display in the lobby from January 5 to 12, 2016. Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization closes January 10, 2016.

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum 111 Queen's Park Crescent Toronto ON M5S 2C7

What is Indigenous art?

Michael Belmore, OCAD U's first Indigenous Visual Culture Nigig Visiting Artist talks about what is Indigenous art. Learn more about OCAD U's Indigenous Visual Culture program.

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Closing Reception for the Indigenous Visual Culture’s Nigig Visiting Artist Residency

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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:00pm to Friday, November 20, 2015 - 1:00am

You Are Invited to the Closing Reception for the
Indigenous Visual Culture’s Nigig Visiting Artist Residency

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 6pm – 8 pm
Where: OCADU Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street.

The OCAD U Student Gallery is hosting a closing reception for the Indigenous Visual Culture’s Nigig Visiting Artist Michael Belmore. Please join us in celebrating the inaugural residency and see the work Michael produced over the last 3 weeks.

The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency is a new INVC program that provides an opportunity for an Indgenous artist to visit OCAD University for a 3 week period to focus on a short-term project and explore in a collaborative environment, issues impacting their work.

INVC’s Nigig Visiting Artist Residency is generously supported by the Delaney Family Foundation.

RSVP on the Facebook Page:

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street

Materials Trading Post

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Come share your knowledge, ideas and materials at this swap and trade event! Bring any left over or underused art and design supplies and exchange them for something new to you. The Indigenous Visual Culture program and the Library's Learning Zone have joined together to bring you this event which encourages all of us to prioritize trading and sharing over waste. Coffee and snacks will be in attendance.

We will be accepting donations of usable art and design materials before the event if you are unable to make it on the day of and are itching to clear out your studio or closets. We will accept a broad range of art supplies but will not accept books, clothing, and other unrelated items.

Donations can be brought to:
The Indigenous Visual Culture Office, Room 410, 4th floor, 113 McCaul Street
The Learning Zone, Room 110, 1st floor, 113 McCaul Street

Both spaces can also be accessed through the entrance at 122 St. Patrick Street (an easier place to park if you have a lot of items to unload).

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Room 110, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Weekly Buffalo Stew Lunch

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:45pm

Join INVC students, staff, and faculty for a free hot lunch!


Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul Street, Room 410

Pancake Breakfast

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00am

Join us for a delicious pancake breakfast!

Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul Street, Room 410

INVC Welcome Corn Roast

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indigenous Visual Culture & Student Union Hot Lunch

Venue & Address: 
Butterfield Park 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON
Welcome Corn Roast poster with event info and picture of corn

INVC Fall Gathering

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Join INVC in celebrating our 2015 graduates!


Madeskimo is the project of Geronimo Inutiq - electronic music producer, DJ and multimedia artist. Originally from Iqaluit, his musical explorations are at the crossroads of different traditional and modern cultural currents - creating an experimental platform through which he processes sounds of the world. Madeskimo’s music draws on the use of instruments, digital and analog synthesizers, as well as the remixing and processing of samples from a large variety of sources—including traditional inuit, aboriginal, and modern electronic, and urban music—in order to create an experimental platform. He has performed in many festivals internationally and his work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in Canada and Switzerland. He has studied anthropology and sociology at Concordia University, and is an active member of the Aboriginal community in Montreal.

Live paint with AME PAPATSIE

Ame Papatsie is an award winning Inuit artist, animator, and story teller from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, who creates artworks inspired by his cultural heritage. Famous for his perfected technique of two handed painting, Ame is one of the most exciting live painting artists in Canada.


Powwow Boot Camp allows participants to learn or practice skills in Indigenous dance forms of Powwow and Onkehon:we (Iroquois) social dances. These dances are performed in combination with exciting and chal- lenging cardiovascular/physical conditioning exercises, contemporary dance, as well as incorporating the Muscle and Bone system.
Focusing on body and spatial awareness through full-bodied movement sequences Powwow Boot Camp targets core strength in addition to muscu- larity of the legs. Move, dance, sweat, energize your body-mind-spirit, while listening to fabulous music in a social and invigorating environment.


Venue & Address: 
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street OCAD University, Toronto, ON Rain Location: The Great Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 McCaul Street OCAD University, Toronto, ON
INVC Fall Gathering poster with event infant pictures of various performers