From The New York Times

The Year in Illustration 2017

OCAD U Student’s illustration featured in The New York Times

Credit: Mathieu Larone/OCAD University
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 11:30am

For second-year OCAD U Illustration major, Mathieu Larone, it was a dream come true. Larone’s illustration was featured this week in The New York Times  ̶  The Importance of Dumb Mistakes in College.

“I connected with the art director through sheer luck and through a couple of well-timed emails,” said Larone. He also took advantage of some great tips from alumni and friends and ran with them.

Originally from Montréal, Larone says he grew up on Tintin and Garfield comics. He moved to Toronto because he felt like “it was the place to be for Canadian illustration.” He has worked with La maison de la bande dessinée de Montréal which inspired him with direction and drive. He now looks forward to learning as much as possible while in Toronto and at OCAD U.

“OCAD U does a particularly good job preparing students for the profession with its real-world curriculum, including Professional Practice and portfolio-building (Media Studio: Social) courses, and with faculty whose active careers and contacts serve as indispensable resources,“ said Paul Dallas, Chair, Illustration, Faculty of Design, OCAD University. “But when all is said and done, once your work reaches an art director, it’s your talent, originality and problem-solving ability that will determine if you get commissioned.”

See more of Larone’s work at

OCAD U’s Gerald McMaster co-curates exhibition from New York Times photo archive

Archival photo of a person looking at posters of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, 1968
Thursday, August 24, 2017

This fall, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will explore a century of Canada’s history through photographs from The New York Times Photo Archive. Titled The Faraway Nearby, the exhibition examines how the country has been understood and discussed in relation to its closest geographical, political, and cultural neighbour.

The Faraway Nearby is organized by Denise Birkhofer, RIC Collections Curator & Research Centre Manager, and Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. 

“As I reflect on the many meanings of Canada’s 150th birthday, I am continually reminded that we are living in the age of truth and reconciliation,” says McMaster. “I believe this means that we can, at last, honestly discuss and debate the history, merits, and future of this country, as well as recognize and embrace all the groups who have so often been cast into its social, cultural, and economic shadows.”

To mark Canada 150, the exhibition will kick off with a party, open to the public, on Wednesday, September 13, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. It will remain on view until December 10, 2017. 

The Faraway Nearby showcases more than 200 images from the RIC’s newest collection, a cache of nearly 25,000 press photographs chronicling Canadian news, drawn from The New York Times Photo Archive.

The exhibition highlights images of major political events and conflicts, iconic landscapes across the nation, sports heroes, candid reportage on the lives of diverse communities, and portraits of notable Canadians. A photo book by the same name will be published in conjunction with the exhibition by Black Dog Publishing.

Caption: Photographer unknown, [Trudeaumania, Toronto, Ontario], 1968, gelatin silver print.  The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fourth Year Illustration student Wenting Li's work published in The New York Times

Illustratin of young woman and hands
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:45pm

This work was commissioned by Jim Datz, Art Director at The New York Times.

In a brief interview Wenting shared a little bit of what this experience was like:

"I had twenty minutes to accept the job and then about seven hours to do sketches, make revisions, and deliver the final piece. It was a super quick turn-around, which I've heard is often the case with the Op-Ed"




You can see her work here


Alexandra Zsigmond New York Times Art Director Talk

Alexandra Zsigmond poster
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:45pm

The Illustration Program is pleased to present, Alexandra Zsigmond, Deputy Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed, who will be giving a presentation on Friday, April 10th at 9:45 am.

Zsigmond has commissioned many of the world's top professional illustrators (as well as many emerging ones) during her tenure at the New York Times. She's spoken at ICON (Portland 2014), and juried The Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. She has an exciting perspective on Illustration which she will happily share with us. This event is not to be missed.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall -- Room 230

Big wins, international publishing debuts by Illustration students and grads

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:45pm

It’s been a very successful month for OCAD U’s Illustration program, with students and recent graduates being named as semi-finalists and winners north and south of the border, in some of North America’s most preeminent competitions and publications.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards named its first round of 2014 Semifinalists. The Illustration category includes:

  • Rosena Fung for "Self Love" and "Make Up"
  • Jw Pang for "Metropolis," "Study" and "Restart"
  • Michael Pitropov for "Lucid Light Dream Erosion" and "Coma Shutdown"
  • Jason Stamatyades for "Life At The Periphery"
  • Avery Kua for "Sentinel"

The ADAA website also highlights works submitted by contestants, including "First Period" by Rosena Fung; "Circadian Rhythm Reset" and "They're Made Out of Meat" by Michael Pitropov; "Madarin Princess" by Kristy de Guzman and "Old Man Minotaur" by Michael Fazal.

The New York based journal of art and design Creative Quarterly 36 has named several OCAD U students as winners and runners up:


  • Hudson Christie (this year’s Illustration medal winner)
  • Kayla Free
  • Yana Voronstov
  • Eileen Yoon

Runners Up:

  • Jungwon Yoo
  • Natalie V. Bochenska
  • Meghan Dearlove
  • Janet Park

At the National Magazine Awards Gala held earlier this month, OCAD U alumni received top accolades:

  • Gold Illustration: Selena Wong for “Old Wounds” published in Maisonneuve
  • Gold Spot and Silver Spot Illustration: Gracia Lam for “The Elite Yellow Peril” and “The Tar-Sands Trap,” respectively, published in Maisonneuve

Third-year student Caitlyn Murphy will be featured in CMYK’s Top 100 New Creatives 57 for her work "Dream Car." In addition to the usual print publication, this year’s edition will be released as an app, which will also feature work by 2013 graduate Stephanie Singleton. Both the publication and the app are scheduled for release in September.

2014 medal winner Hudson Christie’s work is featured in the New York Times Book Review. Another 2014 graduate, Cornelia Li, has work featured in the New York Times Travel section.