Call for Nominations: OCAD U 2020 Teaching Awards

Call for Nominations: OCAD U 2020 Teaching Awards

​Nominations are now open for OCAD U's 2020 Teaching Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate teaching by dedicated faculty, instructors and teaching assistants. OCAD U Students, staff and faculty are all invited to submit their nominations by Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

Nomination Eligibility and Information

  • All faculty members, instructors and TAs who taught in Spring 2019, Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 are eligible for nomination
  • Nominators are encouraged to provide as much specific detail as possible
  • Nominators are also welcome to submit an (optional) 1-2 page letter of support along with the nomination form linked below

OCAD U 2020 Teaching Awards Nomination Form

Final results will be announced on the OCAD U website and recipients will be recognized publicly in April and June.

The Price Award for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty is presented in honour of JH and Mamie Price.​​

More information about OCAD U Teaching Awards

Questions may be directed to Rakhi Dewan, Program Coordinator, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre.


Public Talk: Niigaan Sinclair - Reconciliation

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 1:30pm

The Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre: Indigenous Education Speaker Series invites all OCAD U students, faculty, staff and the broader community to attend a public talk by:

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
OCAD U, 100 McCaul St, Room 190 

All are welcome


Dr. Sinclair will be speaking about Anishnaabeg art and literature, bridging understandings towards reconciliation.

“Reconciliation is about the hard work of sharing. It's about resources, time, space and land. This means commitment to change, in all its complicatedness.” Niigaan Sinclair, Winnipeg Free Press, 08/17/2018

Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe from St. Peter's/Little Peguis, Manitoba. Currently on sabbatical as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, his work spans national and international print and publications. In 2018, he joined the Winnipeg Free Press as a columnist and in May 2019, Niigaan was named Canada’s Best Columnist, winning also a distinguished National Newspaper Award. He is also a recovering high school teacher.

Dr. Sinclair’s talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

All are welcome!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul St, Room 190 (main auditorium)
Poster of Niigaan Sinclair talk at OCAD U on Nov 22, 2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: First Generation Student Publication

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:45pm

First generation* students from all OCAD U undergrad programs are invited to submit work for an upcoming student publication.

The theme is Educational Worth. The issue of continuing and education has generated conversations about the stress of life-school balance and the uncertainty of future.

Looking for works on personal experience, opinions and thoughts on education. Works submitted can be any medium, including writing. Participants may also contribute through answering a short questionnaire.

If interested, email

Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

*You are first generation if your parents/family did not attend a college or university--you are the first.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
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grOCAD Propagation Workshop

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Join us for a fun hands-on plant propagation workshop, Tuesday Oct 22 from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

Learn basic propagation techniques such as cuttings, root division and layering. Plant propagation is a great skill to have; it saves you money and it's a great way to share plants with friends and family.

All the materials will be provided. Participants which will take home a plant which they propagated during the workshop. Open to all OCAD U students, faculty and staff.

grOCAD is a group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life into our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life and heighten awareness to urban agricultural practices.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
Poster with image of plant and text promoting the dates to the workshop

Food for Thought and Select Works

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:15pm

This exhibition brings together a collection of oil paintings inspired by surrealist works with a contemporary exploration of meaning, intimacy and relationships. Ali Sheikh wrote:

This body of work sums up my first venture into oil portraiture. The series of three, inspired by surrealist works, explores the strange charm of a piece lacking context and the concept of finding meaning from nonsense, through dreamlike backdrops and hovering produce. Humidity aims to create an intimate, almost uncomfortable experience for the viewer, either provoking a sense of understanding with the subject or rather an awkward, claustrophobic feeling. The double portrait Affixed depicts two figures, partly converging, and is inspired by the relationship between how close one can be to another yet how little one may actually know about the other.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
416-977-6000, ext. 2529
Five portraits combined in one image

dmi: ADMC 2020 Conference

ADMC banner
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 4:00pm

dmi: Academic Design Management Conference
Impact the Future by Design


OCAD University

Toronto, Canada
5-6 August 2020



Call for Submissions - Abstracts Due January 29, 2020



The future presents new challenges and opportunities for design.  Those who manage design must equip themselves to confront rapid change on all fronts – economic, environmental, and social. Research and practice must increasingly collaborate to keep pace with the needs of today and the future.
ADMC20 will explore how design adds value to innovation, competitiveness, and social good. The latest design research and partnerships will be presented to help light a path towards impacting the future by design.



Who Should Attend?

This conference is open to everyone - every discipline and area of endeavor will benefit. 

  • Researchers
  • Design and Design Management practitioners
  • Educators
  • Business leaders
  • Public Sector leaders
  • Students



Digital Screen: 

Cataloguing the OCAD U Zine Library Collection: Research Wednesdays Presentation

Cataloguing the OCAD U Zine Library Collection with Marta Chudolinska at the Learning Zone  Feb 27, 1-2 pm.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This talk will explore a variety of issues in cataloguing zines, including choosing a classification system appropriate for zines, cataloguing software options and the challenges of describing items in this unique special collection. 

Learning Zone Librarian Marta Chudolinska has been working with the collection since 2009. In 2017, her team achieved their long-term goal of having an online, open and searchable catalog of the collection, hosted on Artstor’s JSTOR Forum.

The OCAD U Zine Library is an ever-growing collection of self-published and handmade publications located in the OCAD U Library’s Learning Zone. The collection was created to inspire, educate and entertain, to encourage collaboration between OCAD U students and to open the world of zines for readers and creators everywhere. 

All are welcome!

Cataloguing the OCAD U Zine Library Collection is part of Research Wednesdays speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad, or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Do you have a research experience that you would love to share with us? Contact Daniel Payne at (

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 217

Talking Wellness at OCAD U Library Research Wednesdays

Digital promotion for OCAD U Library Research Wednesdays presentation Talking Wellness by students, faculty and staff
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Talking Wellness at OCAD U, is a project and exhibition by Pam Patterson's Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL): Community investigating various concerns around how we might achieve a healthier art and design education community at OCAD U.

Join students, Angie Ma and Nataly Kais with faculty and staff members Pam Patterson, Robyn Shaw, and Marta Chudolinska to learn about the original premise and organization of the Talking Wellness project, an investigation into the wellness experiences of students at OCAD University. This talk will cover the ADEL students research experience and hanging of the exhibition along with OCAD U's Health & Wellness Centre's collaboration, and the Learning Zone's role and participation.

PRESENTERS: Angie Ma and Nataly Kais (ADEL students), Pam Patterson (Lecturer, Faculty of Art), Robyn Shaw (Manager, Health & Wellness Centre), Marta Chudolinska (Learning Zone Librarian)

Discover more about the Talking Wellness project including the participating artists/researchers at the Talking Wellness Libguide.

Free take away text bubbles from the exhibit will be handed out to all attendees (while supplies last).

All are welcome! January 30th from 1 to 2 pm.

Talking Wellness is part of Research Wednesdays speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad, or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Do you have a research experience that you would love to share with us? Contact Daniel Payne at (

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 217

Maria Thereza Alves 2018 Global Experience Project Artist in Residence, OCAD U

close up of garden, yellow flowers with crane in the background
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:00am to Friday, December 21, 2018 - 5:00pm

Maria Thereza Alves 2018 Global Experience Project Artist in Residence, OCAD U

Oct 15 to Dec 21, 2018, Toronto – Naples

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project
at OCAD University
Resident Artist Maria Thereza Alves

OCAD U’s Faculty of Art is honoured to host acclaimed international artist, Maria Thereza Alves as the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) Artist in Residence

GEP 2018 unfolds through two phases and across two cities: Toronto, Canada and Naples, Italy. From October 15 to November 9, 2018, Maria Thereza Alves is in residence at OCAD U and from December 10 to 21 OCAD U students travel with Alves to her Naples studio.

This innovative experiential learning opportunity is designed to introduce OCAD U students and faculty to a contemporary art practice that draws on local urban environments while examining global connections between cities and countries.

A critical inquiry into how ideas and people move across borders, GEP is a vital component of OCAD U’s new Art as Social Change (ASOC) Degree Minor. Alves traces social, environmental and political realities. Her work examines persistent colonial and imperial structures of power in relation to geo-political borders, migration policies and land developments. Maria Thereza Alves’s work exemplifies art that is driven to engage social spaces and contexts through collaboration, advocacy and activism.

Public Events:

Free Artist Talk: Mon, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. (public reception 6:30 p.m.)

OCAD University, Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Workshop by Maria Thereza Alves & Lisa Myers: Mon, Oct. 22, 6:30 pm

Art Museum at the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto

For more information on GEP, see our website:

About the Artist: Since the 1980s, Alves has produced a body of work that investigates the histories and circumstances of specific localities worldwide in order to give witness to silenced histories. Her research-based art develops out of interactions with the physical and social environments. Responding to local needs and proceeding through a process of dialogue facilitated by direct involvement in material, environmental and social circumstances, Alves explores spaces of agency and visibility. Alves participated in the 2017 Sharjah Biennale and in the Bienal de São Paulo of 2016 with the work A Possible Reversal of Missed Opportunities, which attempts to decolonize the imagination within the Brazilian contemporary context. The artist’s new book, Recipes for Survival (University of Texas Press 2018), presents a searing photo documentary of life in southern Brazil. Alves’s ongoing project Seeds of Change has been awarded the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics for 2016-2018.

Venue & Address: 
Toronto – Naples
photo of Maria Thereza Alves in front of a yellow poster
image of a garden along a waterway at dusk

Ignite Gallery Student Monitor

Ignite Gallery
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:30pm

Ignite Gallery represents the current creative voice of OCAD University students and recent graduates through exhibitions, events and community programs. 

Ignite Gallery (formerly the OCAD U Student Gallery) continues its 40+ year history of support for the exciting work of emerging artists, designers and curators from OCAD University.  

Located in Kensington Market, Ignite Gallery is currently recruiting IWSP-eligible Student Monitors for the Fall/Winter term to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery, and help with install and de-install of shows.  

Reporting to the Community Coordinator, Ignite Gallery, the Ignite Gallery Student Monitor will:  

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.  

  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.  

  • Track daily attendance 

  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping the gallery tidy and locking all doors.  

  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.  

  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and all gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.  

  • Perform administrative tasks including, basic graphic design, writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.  

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Community Coordinator and Gallery System management.  


  • Eligible for the Institutional Work Study Plan (IWSP)* 

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student  

  • Interest in contemporary art and design  

  • Able to work with power tools and on ladders 

  • Comfortable in a public speaking role  

  • Strong verbal communication skills  

  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment  

  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts  


  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment  

  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion  

  • Smart Serve certified  

  • Graphic design skills or competence in creative suite 

Duration: early September 2018 to end of the school year 2019, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period  

Rate of pay: $15.68 per hour (which includes pay in lieu of vacation and benefits) 

Schedule: 1-2 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 5-10 hours/week, depending on availability  

Vacancies: 2-3 

Please submit the following to Morgan Mavis, Community Coordinator, 

  • a cover letter 

  • resume 

  • your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall/Winter 

*Institutional Work Study consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need. 

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the IWSP: 

  • Be a Undergraduate or Graduate student at OCAD U during the 2018 Fall/Winter 

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person 

  • Be Ontario resident or out-of-province student and have submitted an error-free loan application  

  • Be registered in full-time studies (as defined by OSAP) during the 2018/19 fall/winter semester; for the summer session students must be registered in at least 0.5 credits 

  • Demonstrate financial need (priority is given to OSAP students; out-of province students will only be considered if funds are available)   

  • Note: if you are an out-of-province student, you must attach a copy of your loan/student aid assessment document showing federal/provincial funding. 

  • Note: if you are restricted from OSAP or out-of-province loans, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards Office in person to meet with an advisor to discuss your restriction. 

For more information on the IWSP program, please visit the Student Employment webpage here


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., August 29, 2018. 

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions