Sculpture Magazine featuring MAAD Chair Dorie Millerson

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:15pm

Sculpture Magazine’s March 2016 issue has an article on MAAD Chair Dorie Millerson’s work called “Dorie Millerson: The Matter of Scale” by Gil McElroy, pp. 54-57 http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag16/mar_16/mar16_features6.shtml

MAAD Speaker Series

The MAAD Speakers Series Artwork
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The MAAD Speaker Series has invited Steven Heinemann:
Canadian ceramic artist Steven Heinemann lives and works near Cookstown, Ontario. Since completing his MFA (Alfred University, 1983) he has taught widely in Canada and the US, with numerous international residencies. Heinemann has exhibited continuously since his fist solo exhibition at the Ontario Crafts Council in 1982. His most recent exhibition was at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto in 2015. He is currently represented by five galleries in Canada, the US, and Europe, and his work is in numerous public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the Icheon World Ceramic Centre (Korea). Heinemann has received many national and international awards, including the Bavarian State Prize (Germany), the Juror's Award (Mino, Japan), and Fletcher Challenge (New Zealand). In 1996, he was granted the Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada's highest recognition of achievement in contemporary craft.

The MAAD Speakers Series is an initiative of the Material Art and Design program at OCAD University, and generously funded through artist donations from Project 31.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Room 230 (Central Hall)
Cost: 
free and everyone is welcome

MAAD alumnae deck the InterContinental halls

Adelle Dubblestyne and Liane Vaz
Liane Vaz and Adelle Dubblestyne
Christmas tree decoration
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 9:30pm

On December 3, the InterContinental Toronto Centre hotel presented its first annual Festive Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. At the centre of the festivities was a 12-foot tall tree decorated by Material Art & Design alumnae Liane Vaz (BDes, Jewellery, 2013) and Adelle Dubblestyne (BDes, Jewellery, 2013).

With the support of OCAD University’s Career Development office and Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Vaz and Dubblestyne prepared portfolios for submission to the hotel’s public relations team, which then chose the duo as their tree designers. On November 26, Vaz and Dubblestyne met with InterContiental staff to pitch four different themes based on the hotel’s desire for a “classic and elegant” design approach that used red, gold and silver. “We brought those colours in different shades, such as deeper reds and paler golds,” Vaz explains, “and we introduced texture by using fabrics and unusual shapes. Being jewellers, we are very detail-oriented, and working on a project this size meant we had to create large, dramatic pieces, but we also wanted to add little details other designers may not have thought of.”

With just five days to source and make all the decorations, Vaz and Dubblestyne had to scramble to get the project completed on time. “We actually worked through the night,” Vaz explains, “from 9 p.m. on December 2 until 6:30 a.m. on December 3. Like elves!”

Live Stream Video with MAAD Instructor Meghan Price

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 3:00pm to Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 11:00pm

MAAD Faculty's Meghan Price has stepped off the fibre path and into the world of live-stream video with her latest project called "Watching Rocks".
This will stream live from The Banff Centre as part of the Running with Concepts: The Geologic Edition event.

A TWO DAY HYBRID EVENT WITH THE FOLLOWING DISTINGUISHED MENTORS:

PATRICIA CORCORAN (geologist, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and the Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Western Ontario) & KELLY JAZVAC (artist, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Western Ontario), MIRIAM DIAMOND (environmental scientist, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto), SARAH ANNE JOHNSON(artist, Winnipeg), STEPHEN MORRIS (J. Tuzo Wilson Professor of Geophysics, Department of Physics, University of Toronto), and ANNA-SOPHIE SPRINGER (writer, editor, curator, and co-director of K. Verlag, Berlin).

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:
Singular Metabolism 
Performances by Francisco-Fernando Granados, Onyeka Igwe, Julie Joosten, and angela rawlingsOrganized by cheyanne turions
A Reading of Art in the Anthropocene 
Initiated by Etienne Turpin, facilitated by Alexandra Berceanu, and read by John Paul Ricco

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:
Nicole Clouston & Quintin Teszeri, The Ecology of Mud 
Karina Irvine, Your Nature is Uncanny: Temporality and Humour in Rosemarie Trockel’s "A Cosmos"
Marc Laflamme, The Ediacaran Extinction: The First Mass Extinction of Complex Life
Gwen MacGregor, Productive Failure
Jaclyn Quaresma, “Or do you not think so far ahead? Cause I’ve been thinkin' 'bout forever…”  
Aislinn Thomas, Rock Disguises (for rocks and humans) 
Man-Yin Tsang, Sinking from the seafloor
Amanda White, What’s it like to be a plant?
Sean Smith, F---CKING: Aporetic Speculations in Geophilosophy and Aesthetics
Hosted and moderated by Christine Shaw (Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery).
This hybrid event is part-workshop, part-conference, part-crit session, part-master class, part-experiment, part-chance composition. The event is founded on the following questions: How do ideas take form? How does one embark on the process of extracting, editing and distilling an idea into a presentable format? These types of questions are found in all disciplines.
In the third edition of this serial event, we seek to engage transdisciplinary debates and studies of the geologic as source of explanation, motivation, and inspiration for understanding and responding to conditions of the present moment. Recent natural and human-made events triggered by or triggering the geologic have made volatile earth forces perceptible and relevant with new levels of intensity. How can the arts, sciences, and humanities contribute to a critical awareness and understanding of these transformations?
This intensive two day event will be led by the six invited mentors and feature presentations by graduate students, recent alumni, artists, and scholars selected from the submissions we received.
This event is connected to the exhibition The pen moves across the earth... held concurrently at the Blackwood Gallery from September 16 to November 29, 2015.

FEE: $40 for both days 
Includes lunch and transport from downtown Toronto
*Free for presenters and current U of T students (with valid TCard)

Website: 
http://www.watching.rocks

A New Dawn: Recent Work

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 3:00pm to Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 11:00pm

MAAD Instructor Van McKenzie's show entitled A New Dawn: recent work

Venue & Address: 
David Kaye Gallery 1092 Queen Street West Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.davidkayegallery.com
Email: 
info@davidkayegallery.com
Phone: 
416-532-9075

Material Art & Design student honoured as an emerging professional

Laura Mitchell (photo by Ian Barnard)
Ring by Laura Mitchell (photo by Ian Barnard)
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1:15pm

Material Art & Design student Laura Mitchell recently won the Betty Skolnik Award for Emerging Professionals. Presented annually by JVS Toronto, the award honours “a young professional who is new to his/her career and who has a promising future ahead in their chosen occupation.”

Mitchell’s chosen occupation is jewellery design. “In summer 2015, I started my own business called Peace, Love and Jewellery through the Summer Company program,” says Mitchell. Through this program, Mitchell worked with a mentor — Daniel Clarke — from JVS Scarborough. Clarke helped her to improve her business and sell her handmade jewellery. “My mentor was so happy with my work and dedication that he nominated me for the Skolnik Award, and I ended up winning.”

MAAD Speaker Series - Paul McClure

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Bio: Paul McClure
Paul McClure is a Canadian artist and designer of contemporary jewellery. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canadian Museum of History, Design Museum of Barcelona, and National Museums Scotland. He received his training from NSCAD University, Halifax (BFA,1989); Escola Massana, Barcelona; and National College of Art and Design, Dublin (MA, 1999). He is professor and program coordinator for Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto. In 2015, McClure received the Saidye Bronfman Prize, a Governor General’s Award, the highest distinction given to a Canadian visual artist in fine craft.
Paul McClure is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal - http://www.galerienoelguyomarch.com, http://www.paulmcclure.com

Venue & Address: 
Room 230 -- 100 McCaul
Cost: 
Free

Instant Art on the Island

Poster with image bubbles
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 4:00am

Material Art & Design faculty member Monica Bodirsky is holding a wonderful workshop this Sunday, July 19 at Artscape Gibraltar Point:
Instant Art on the Island
Laugh, learn, breathe fresh air and express yourself in a stress-free environment. You deserve it!
This workshop is for everyone with or without artistic experience. Join experienced artists Monica Bodirsky and Alastair Dickson for a wonderful day filled with creativity.
Learn how to express yourself through the art of collage or, if you want, try something more challenging by creating assemblage with a variety of materials.

Bring a lunch, hang out on the beach for a moment, breathe deeply...

Venue & Address: 
LOCATION: Artscape Gibraltar Point 20 minutes walk or 10 minute bike ride from the Hanlon's Point Ferry dock. Pick up can be arranged for those who need assistance to get to the facility. Time: 12 to 5 p.m.
Email: 
For inquiries or to reserve your spot today please contact monica.bodirsky@gmail.com for payment details.
Cost: 
$75.00 per person - materials included

MAAD Thesis Exhibition

Photo of a studio
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to Monday, June 15, 2015 - 3:00am

The Material Art & Design thesis class will be showcasing their fibre, jewellery and ceramic work at Art Square Gallery & Cafe from June 1 to 14, 2015. The show will be split into two curated groups. The opening receptions will be held on June 3 and June 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. with light refreshments. The 2015 catalogue will be for sale at the event.

Venue & Address: 
Art Square; 334 Dundas Street West (right across from the AGO)

MAAD Speakers Series: Anne Wilson

Photgraph of a woman standing at the far end of a gallery with a yellow band stretching the length of the room
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Presented by the Material Art & Design (MAAD) program in the Faculty of Design

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials -- table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. 

Wilson's numerous exhibitions include "Thread Lines" at The Drawing Center, NYC 2014; "Fiber Sculpture 1960-Present" at the ICA Boston and touring, 2014; "Dispersions" at the Rhonda Hoffman Gallery, Chicago 2013; the "Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber" at the Zhejiang Art Musuem, China 201; "Global Threads" at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK 2012; "Local Industry" at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 2012; "Out of the Ordinary" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2007-08. She was included in the "2002 Biennial" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Wilson's art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Art, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Central Hall, Room 230
Website: 
http://annewilsonartist.com/
Cost: 
Open to the public | Free admission

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