Congratulations to the 4th Year Medal/Scholarhip Winners

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00am

ADVERSTISING 

OCAD University Medal MEDAL Vibeke Silverthorne

Nora E. Vaughan Award $508 Vibeke Silverthorne 

Spoke Membership Prize PRIZE Vibeke Silverthorne  

Cumine Family Award $1353 Ishleen Singh

Pandora Y.H. Ho Memorial Award $1421 Ninet Moon

Paul Stephens Memorial Award $765 Dameon Neath

Roger LeBlanc Anything is Possible Award $1000 Ivana Atlija 

Vida Peene Memorial Award $1069 Sidney Gagne

Honourable Mention: Eric Hanson

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

OCAD University Medal MEDAL Kangmin Lee

Nora E. Vaughan Award $508 Kangmin Lee

Spoke Membership Prize PRIZE Kangmin Lee

Jack Dixon Award for Excellence in Detailing in Environmental Design $1000 Itai Samson

Joan Burt Architect Award $5000 Itai Samson

Joan Burt Architect Award $5000 Kangmin Lee

Knoll Modern Always Award $1500 Hilda Chu

Honourable Mentions: Gabriela Gallo   

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

OCAD University Medal MEDAL Graham Nhlamba

Nora E. Vaughan Award $508 Graham Nhlamba

Spoke Membership Prize PRIZE Graham Nhlamba 

Lyn Jamison Award $837 Grace Kim

Honourable Mentions:  Aqil Raharjo 

 

ILLUSTRATION

OCAD University Medal MEDAL Misbah Ahmed

Nora E. Vaughan Award $508 Misbah Ahmed

Spoke Membership Prize PRIZE Misbah Ahmed

Blue Ant Media ‐ Love Nature Award $2500 Kima Lenaghan

Project 31 Illustration Award $3000 Misbah Ahmed

Project 31 Illustration Award $1320 Lily Taylor

Project 31 Illustration Award $1320 Jisu Lee

Project 31 Illustration Award $1320 Janine Kwok

Project 31 Illustration Award $1320 Aliya Ghare

Won Lee Fine Art Award $1000 Sabrina Tu

Honourable Mentions: Wandy Chang, Jinke Wang

 

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN 

OCAD University Medal MEDAL Liz Durden

Nora E. Vaughan Award $508 Liz Durden

Spoke Membership Prize PRIZE Liz Durden

Edward David Aziz Award for Innovative Excellence $270 Dane Carlsen

Eugene Yao Award $1437 Afam Ume

Jack Dixon Award for Excellence in Detailing $1000 Ali Mohamed Mapara

Honourable Mentions:  Lang‐Xi Dong, Drew Herrema, Josh Jin

 

MATERIAL ART & DESIGN

OCAD University Medal MEDAL Charlize‐Nhung Nguyen

Nora E. Vaughan Award $508 Charlize‐Nhung Nguyen

Spoke Membership Prize PRIZE Charlize‐Nhung Nguyen

Carol Rapp Award $3000 Charlize‐Nhung Nguyen

Dora Wechsler Memorial Fund Award $113 Eugenia Chan

Ellen Adams Award $1469 Erika Lee

Friends of Fibre Award $300 Maria Tapal

Lily Yung Memorial Award $710 Stephanie Tecson

Michele Cowan Kolber Memorial Award $977 Maria Tapal

Tucker Award $375 Not Awarded

Honourable Mentions: Yovska Martinez Moreno, Nan Sun    

 

OCAD University announces its 2011 medal winning students

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 4:00am

(Toronto — May 4, 2011) Thirteen OCAD University (OCAD U) graduates have been honoured with the University’s top accolade this week. Their art and design works address a wide variety of themes and issues, ranging from scientific exploration, discovery, alchemy and improving personal safety among women stricken by natural disaster, to non-linear forms of storytelling, ceremony and coming of age, along with new applications for passive building technologies.

“As medal recipients, these students are ambassadors for their respective programs and for the creative and intellectual power of the learning and research experience here,” said OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “I invite the public to join us at OCAD University — this is our opportunity to give back to the community by opening our doors and sharing the tremendous talent, spirit of invention, innovation and imagination that has found a home at OCAD University. Come celebrate our medal winners and their cohort!”

This year’s medal winners will showcase their thesis works alongside more than 550 of their peers as part of The Show Off, the 96th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2011 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Eileen Akitt (Integrated Media)
Georgia Dickie (Sculpture/Installation)
Aanchal Malhotra (Printmaking)
Rajni Perera (Drawing & Painting)
Anna Soper (Photography)
Farah Yusuf (Curatorial Practice)
Nathan Storring (Criticism)

Faculty of Design:
Thomas Briggs (Graphic Design)
Christopher Fischer (Environmental Design)
Bryan Howarth (Advertising)
Sean Lewis (Illustration)
Sungwook Park (Industrial Design)
Joanna Schleimer (Material Art & Design)

The Show Off, the 96th annual Graduate Exhibition, runs Thursday, May 5, to Sunday, May 8. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 5, 6:30 to 10 p.m. For details, visit www.ocad.ca/gradex.

The 12 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University’s Spring Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 2, at Roy Thomson Hall.

Background Information: 2011 OCAD University Medal Winners

Faculty of Art:

Eileen Akitt (Integrated Media)
In her work, Eileen Akitt uses three independently operated kaleidoscope projectors to create a triptych that conversely suggests a traditional storytelling model, featuring a beginning, a middle, and an end, while at the same time suspending this kind of linear development. “All 26 letters of the English alphabet are split between the three kaleidoscopes,” explains Akitt. “In any moment, individual characters might be identifiable, while at other times they may be less distinguishable. The work shifts and evolves, continually in flux; linear progression is an impossibility.” The result is a momentary kind of depiction, implacable within the finite structures of narrative.

Georgia Dickie (Sculpture/Installation)
Georgia Dickie likens her studio methodology to Harper’s magazine’s “Findings” column, where long lists of unlikely, carefully ordered results from scientific experiments are strung together. Her sculptural works are curious assemblages of material, both fabricated and found, that when brought together become wholly new, almost alien objects. Paired with Dickie’s own written “findings” they become bizarre, intriguing artifacts as if from a parallel universe.

Aanchal Malhotra (Printmaking)
Combining digital photography with analog printmaking processes, such as intaglio printing, Aanchal Malhotra explores and recreates the complexities of the Parallax phenomenon in perceivable vision — a shift in perspective to create a new line of sight. “The occurrence of a Parallax gap, which constitutes a space between two or more perspectives that cannot be compromised to either one of them, fashions images as storytelling mechanisms that allow a viewer to blur the boundaries of various moments and create one clear depiction of an image,” says Malhotra. “The ephemeral fascinates, yet distorts the capability of objects to be rendered as absolute and definite, but in doing so, opens far and wide the possibility of discovery and perception.” Her resulting works capture a fleeting moment, a snapshot sketch of a window reflection, marking the transition through time.

Rajni Perera (Drawing & Painting)
Rajni Perera explores issues of hybridity, sacrilege, irreverence, the indexical sciences, ethnography, sexuality, popular culture, deities, monsters and dream worlds. Across all of these themes, Perera deconstructs the ethnic female body image, painting them as object-women. “These saccharine women conceal violent stories and ideologies; a complex dichotomy that is not explored, discussed or represented in print media, online or screen culture, particularly in Western imagery,” states Perera. “It is much the same for the ethnic female body image — the semiology is reduced, simplified and pared down to suit a blander ideological palette. I seek to open and reveal the dynamism of these icons, both scripturally existent as well as self-invented, and to create a subversive aesthetic to deal with these issues.”

Anna Soper (Photography)
In her series Terra Nova, Anna Soper explores landscape through richly imagined cosmic maps, tattered and ruined by apparent age and use. Titled after the ship used by explorer Robert Falcon Scott during his ill-fated 1910 to 1913 expedition to the South Pole, Terra Nova is a meditation on loss, displacement and failure. The project is also strongly influenced by 19th century photographic exploration images by photographer William Henry Fox Talbot and playwright August Strindberg. With references to the medieval science of alchemy, Terra Nova has a distinctly arcane sensibility; a characteristic enhanced by its obscure subject matter.

Farah Yusuf (Curatorial Practice)
For her thesis work, Farah Yusuf curated the exhibition Babel on Rosetta Stone, which featured works by Rob Bairos, Michelle Gay, Simon Glass, Nahed Mansour, Sam Pelletier, Norman White and Alize Zorlutuna. Babel on Rosetta Stone explored the borderlands between media using translation as a vehicle to expose the constructedness and incommensurability of meaning across systems of codes, whether literal, symbolic, performative, cultural, or executable. By reframing the problem of translation technologically, the exhibition highlighted the role of communication technologies in the emergence of a ‘global village.’ The artworks presented looked critically at communication systems and interrogated their media — speech, writing, or code — as they are deployed to reflect broader issues of individuality, diversity and universality.

Nathan Storring (Criticism)
As an artist, writer and curator, Nathan Storring is interested in highlighting the processes of history to “rescue images from the past that resonate in the present, setting them apart from the drone of everyday life.” His photography and video works examine the forces that baptize a new building into the cityscape. For his thesis essay, Storring explored the remnants of the Market Square Shopping Centre in Kitchener, Ontario, part of a utopian project in the 1970s to revitalize the downtown. “By making this historical event relevant to its contemporary audience, rather than documenting the downfall of this mall simply ‘how it happened,’ I intended to rescue this event both from the past and from the ever-growing profusion of uncritical information.”

Faculty of Design:

Thomas Briggs (Graphic Design)
Creating a story through visual language is a universal constant of design. However, this story is often left unexplored to its full narrative potential, says Thomas Briggs. He expands on the boundaries of graphic design, using cinematography, motion, sound and time to tell a complete story in the film No Masters. No Gods. Briggs asks: “Can design inform the film process in the creation of a project such as a narrative movie? How will design influence the visual, auditory and time-based elements of a story being told?”

Christopher Fischer (Environmental Design)
Christopher Fischer’s work explores passive energy systems in the built environment. His thesis project is a renovation concept for two buildings that formerly served as waterfront repair stations for cargo vessels, transforming the buildings into greenhouses for food production. The design features an aquaponic growing system with a lower story for tilapia fish farming and an upper story for strawberry cultivation. Using principles of infill design, thermal dynamic ventilation systems and a gravity-fed water filtration system, Fischer’s design aims to create an energy output that is greater than the energy used, establishing a constant energy surplus.

Bryan Howarth (Advertising)
Bryan Howarth tackles a lack of innovation in the realm of automotive advertising, where he identified an opportunity to create a campaign that showcases total ownership experience. His campaign develops an ongoing narrative that not only entices the consumer before the purchase, but also continues to engage the consumer after the sale through a variety of seamlessly integrated media. His concept for the Jeep brand also aims to widen the brand’s perception: Jeep vehicles not only excel off-road, but also offer on-road prowess.

Sean Lewis (Illustration)
Sean Lewis has created a series of works exploring the turning points in the lives of various infamous outlaws, such as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, mobster John Torrio and Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Each image dissects the reasons behind why these people abandon the rules of society, and carve their unlawful paths through life.

Sungwook Park (Industrial Design)
Already an award-winning product designer, Sungwook Park’s thesis project addresses the dangers of rape and gender-based violence faced by women and girls in Haiti — a problem dramatically worsened by the January 2010 earthquake that decimated the country. The sex-for-food problem, and attacks on women as they attempt to access male-controlled relief supply distribution centres, has been widely reported in the media. To address this, Sung wook has designed Ami, a small personal security device that can communicate information about where and when to get food and supplies directly from relief organizations. “In helping the women of Haiti protect themselves, Ami will build connections between relief organizations and women directly, help women build community and support among each other, and restore a sense of hope while aiding in Haiti’s recovery.

Joanna Schleimer (Material Art & Design)
Cloth has the ability to communicate feeling, memory and emotion. Joanna Schleimer’s Lessons on Leaving is a series of handwoven and embroidered pieces made to reference the domestic textiles once collected in a young woman’s trousseau. Schleimer’s imagery references tangible objects, including heirlooms and intangible experiences such as anecdotes, lessons and advice associated with a young woman’s coming of age. Her work draws attention to the current lack of ceremony when one leaves their childhood home. Through the process of hand-making and reflection, Schleimer’s work seeks to create a new ceremony that honours a young woman’s coming of age by re-contextualizing a traditional female practice.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD University honours top students with medals

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 5:15pm

(Toronto—May 2, 2012) Twelve graduating students have been honoured with OCAD University's top accolade this week: the OCAD U medal. Awarded annually by a faculty jury to the top achieving students in each of the university's undergraduate programs, medal winners are recognized as ambassadors for their respective programs.

"Whether it is inventing fashionable armour for the urban bike-rider; using found materials to refurbish a community struck by disaster; creating mobile art for joggers, or blending sensual colours through dynamic brushwork, OCAD University's talented students provide unique design solutions and compelling art work that addresses our complex world," said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. "I invite everyone to join us this weekend for our graduate exhibition, to celebrate the work, invention and imagination of our graduates."

This year's medal winners will showcase their thesis works alongside more than 550 of their peers as part of OCAD University's 97th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2012 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Myles Borins (Integrated Media)
Arielle Gavin (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Erin Loree (Drawing & Painting)
Annyen Lam (Printmaking)
Aamna Muzaffar (Sculpture/Installation)
Setareh Zakeri (Photography)

Faculty of Design:
Edward Buchi (Advertising)
Theresa Duong (Material Art & Design)
Antonio Lennert (Graphic Design)
Milena Milicic (Industrial Design)
Marc O'Brien (Illustration)
Lily Samerkhanova (Environmental Design)

The Graduate Exhibition runs Thursday, May 3, to Sunday, May 6. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 3, 6:30 to 11 p.m. For details, visit www.ocadu.ca/gradex.

The 12 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University's Spring Convocation Ceremony on Friday, June 8, at Roy Thomson Hall. Medal winners will also be invited to contribute their works toward the university's award-winning visual identity.

Background Information: 2012 OCAD University Medal Winners:

Faculty of Art:
Myles Borins (Integrated Media)
Borins's interests include music theory, programming and human interaction. His thesis work, The Autonomous Speaker-Bot, is a "self-sufficient integrated media command centre" in which the audience explores physical and digital space, and interacts with the work to change it. Borins is the recipient of a research scholarship at the Center for Creative Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.

Arielle Gavin (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Gavin's writing addresses irony and sincerity in contemporary art and culture. Her thesis paper "Honesty Competitions" takes the proposed binary pair of irony/sincerity as the starting point for an analysis of postmodernism's trajectory and current questions surrounding authenticity, self-expression and subjecthood.

Erin Loree (Drawing & Painting)
Loree's paintings are characterized by sensuous colour, with brush strokes ranging from beautifully smooth blending to thickly textured, purposeful lines. Her series Inner Strangers explores internal transformation and self-identity.

Annyen Lam (Printmaking)
Using stone lithography and hand-cut paper, Lam has created an installation work that acts as a portal to transport viewers from the gallery into an imagined landscape, creating a dialogue around the mutable characteristics of perception.

Aamna Muzaffar (Sculpture/Installation)
Muzaffar's thesis works play with concepts of registration and extrusive translation of gestural information. 24 Jogs is the combined result of a training program for beginner runners and spontaneous design on a Smartphone 3D rendering app. Her work 15656 - Studying Permutation arises digitally on a vector dot-matrix and is made on 3-Pass Blackout fabric. The compositions are revealed through impulsive gesture-based selection and deletion of points, prior to realization as paintings.

Setareh Zakeri (Photography)
Zakeri's heart-wrenching photographic works explore themes of pain, suffering, brutality and the persecution and oppression of women.

Faculty of Design:

Edward Buchi (Advertising)
Buchi's thesis re-investigates the notion of honesty in advertising through the creation of an integrated campaign for Old Dutch chips. The message to chip-loving consumers is that it's a brand that's not afraid to poke fun at itself nor hide the fact that it's just an ordinary potato chip.

Theresa Duong (Material Art & Design)
Duong's works challenges ideas of wearable art using unconventional materials to stimulate a visual dialogue with the human figure. In her body of work Bound, she recreates, repurposes and repositions the form of the book to emphasize the concept of binding.

Antonio Lennert (Graphic Design)
Born and raised in Brazil where he studied industrial design, Lennert later studied interactive media in various cities around the world. He is now is co-director of the OCAD U Student Press. His thesis work, including a research paper, investigates issues of identity and belonging, Brazilian culture and design.

Milena Milicic (Industrial Design)
Milicic has created a line of fashionable "armour" for the female urban bike or scooter commuter. Her apparel designs strive to link fashion, comfort, storage and safety to better suit the lifestyle of the urban city rider.

Marc O'Brien (Illustration)
Genius! is an ongoing series of illustrations by O'Brien that investigates the creative spirit behind some of the world's most celebrated, and often tormented, creative minds. Sprinkled with whimsical macabre, Genius! parodies society's romanticizing of tragedy in the souls of "inspired people".

Lily Samerkhanova (Environmental Design)
Samerkhanova's thesis is a response to the tornado that severely devastated Goderich, Ontario in August 2011. With sensitivity to the town's heritage, Samerkhanova envisaged the use of local and refurbished material, sustainable design approaches and innovative technologies to rebuild the town centre, including the addition of a farmers' market and a centre for performing arts.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD University honours top students with medals

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00am

(Toronto—May 1, 2013) OCAD University has honoured 12 of its graduating students with the university’s top accolade this week: the OCAD U medal. The highest achieving students in each of the university’s undergraduate programs are chosen by a faculty jury, and acknowledged as ambassadors for each of their respective programs.

“Whether it is unpacking the immigrant experience or revisiting a homeland after monumental change; addressing the health care challenges of our aging population or making new connections to our local farmers; understanding what drives the creation of our online personas or designing solutions for poverty-stricken nations, OCAD University’s students are emerging leaders who will solve our world’s complex problems,” said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “I invite everyone to join us this weekend for our graduate exhibition, to celebrate the imagination of our graduates.”

This year’s medal winners showcase their thesis works alongside more than 500 of their peers as part of OCAD University’s 98th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2013 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Jessica Tai (Photography)     
Alex Thompson (Printmaking)

Faculty of Design:
Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
Maria Soroka (Advertising)

The Graduate Exhibition runs Thursday, May 2, to Sunday, May 5. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.). For details and a complete event schedule, visit www.ocadu.ca/gradex, or download the free smartphone app with information on wayfinding, exhibitors, medal winners and more at http://myeventapps.com/ocadugradex.

The 12 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University’s Spring Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, at Roy Thomson Hall. Medal winners will also be invited to contribute their works toward the university’s award-winning visual identity.

Background Information: 2013 OCAD University Medal Winners:

Faculty of Art:

Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Bursey’s research and publishing project, Father Knowledge, Mother Tongue, is a collaboration with her parents that highlights their stories of immigration, language, labour and adaptation. 

Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
In Crowds and Collisions, Doyle uses paper, beading, video and performance to explore moments of connection and distance between individuals.

Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Goldby's thesis work Premier Life focuses on personal branding strategies in social networks and the conditions and experiences that are built into the pursuit of online presence.  

Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Alifan’s paintings in the series It’s not Milk are an exploration of the modern gaze, creating a language of underlying sexual subtexts.

Jessica Tai (Photography)  
Tai’s To Shadow a Failure is inspired by photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot’s early explorations — and failures — as he developed the salt print process.

Alex Thompson (Printmaking)
In his work Self-Portrait: Bildungsroman I, Thompson draws from architectural renderings and his experience in educational institutions to explore the process of personal development.

Faculty of Design:

Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Akbary created her video installation All that’s been said & done after visiting her home village in Afghanistan after a long absence, where she distributed disposable cameras to more than 40 children and asked them to help her see through their eyes.

Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Kim’s Plant Haiti Campaign is multi-pronged; it aims to replenish the once-lush Haitian countryside with the nearly entirely edible Moringa tree, alleviate poverty and hunger and to empower youth.

Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Mackenzie renders controversial proposals by contemporary scientists and intellectuals into visual metaphors to explore why they make us so uncomfortable in her series, Dangerous Ideas.

Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
McCarten’s body of work, Fabricate, uses a variety of textile media to investigate our perceptions of value.

Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
In her concept for The Bath, Paashuis builds on her experience working in the health and long-term care sectors to develop a recreational centre with social responsibility and inclusivity as core design values.

Maria Soroka (Advertising)
Soroka’s campaign Localosity aims to engage mainstream audiences in the local food movement to foster a greater human connectivity between urban consumers and rural producers.

OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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