From The New York Times

The Year in Illustration 2017

Exhibition Opportunity and Job Opportunity

Exhibition and Job Opportunity
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:15am to Monday, November 20, 2017 - 11:45pm

This year OCAD University is hosting the 2017 Manning Innovation Symposium on November 30 in the Great Hall. We'd like to display 2D student artwork in the space during the event, already existing artwork is welcome.

Please send your online submissions to Karen Kwon at

Submission deadline is November 20 at 11:59pm.

Job opportunities for student monitors during the event on November 30, please contact if you have any questions.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, The Great Hall, Room 270
(416)977-6000 ext. 4782

Danielle Coleman & Mashayla Richie Abstract Works

Danielle Coleman and Mashayla Richie with a floral border.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 9:00pm

OCAD University students Danielle Coleman and Mashayla Richie present a series of abstract works in the Learning Zone Gallery.

Both artists bring a distinct approach to their work. Ritchie experiments with mixed media and texture, with application and technique, while Coleman introduces experimental materials and old world imagery.

Ritchie, an experimental abstract painter, presents studies and paintings that highlight her explorations with mixed media, texture and surfaces that reflect past emotions and mental states.

Coleman is an abstract painter obsessed with the element of kitsch and heartache. Her abstract works featured in this exhibit were created using "brash, hard edged mark making and floral imagery.


On until October 28

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.

Awards and Medal Winners Results

OCAD University announces the results of the Awards and Medals program. 

IAMD Student Work included in Making Peace

photograph of Mariam Magsi holding "Making Peace" poster
Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Making Peace is a major public event that aims to teach the public, especially young people what key elements are necessary to create a 'sustainable peace'; providing an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in bringing about positive change. Activities include a large photographic exhibition that pays tribute to the people who — all over the planet — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace."

The Registry, an interactive installation from Mariam Magsi's Purdah thesis exhibition at OCAD University, has been selected for exhibition at Making Peace curated by Ashley Woods, former curator of Magnum Photos and current curator at the Nobel Peace Prize Museum in Stockholm.  

All are welcome to attend the opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2:00 pm, Front Street East, Canary District, Corktown, Toronto.


More on Making Peace:

More on Mariam Magsi's artwork:

More on the IAMD program at OCAD University:

IAMD Student Work at Sur Gallery

David Constantino Salazar, Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control, 2017, oil-based clay
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:00am

"To ‘strike a chord’ is to create or trigger an emotional negative or positive response to an action. In this exhibition, artists respond to times of peril and violence: they retaliate with protest, search for healing, all while conjuring an atmosphere of resistance. At times when our role as citizens seem to ever more bluntly demonstrate that actions need to be taken in order for there to be change, Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists —Coco Guzmán, Julieta María and David Constantino Salazar— use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology. 

Artists in Strike a Chord present multiple perspectives and offer various tools to activate social integrity, social justice, and respect. While both Bernal and Guzmán tackle performance and drawing as change catalysts and see the power of individuals capable of redefining the course of history through memory and action, Salazar reveals the vulnerability we all share and the obstacles that expose our precarious lives. María offers a comforting and nurturing encounter with our mothers, revealing our instinctive nature to survive despite sentiments of fear and isolation lingering in the world today. During times of uncertainty and anxiety, it is artists who create meaning and a sense of purpose when all else seems to be crumbling. Artists raise their voices; they elicit and provoke those who do not want to change and strike something within all of us. 

This exhibition is co-presented by Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts"

More on the exhibition can be found on the Sur Gallery website:

A review of Strike a Chord on akimbo:

More on the IAMD program:

Donovan Tapunha

In response to the rise of micro living and telecommuting, many residents are forced to use the little space they do occupy for multiple purposes creating unsuitable working and living conditions. The Shift table aims to seamlessly transform the experience of a given space allowing users to become more productive without sacrifcing functionality. Working from home “Blurs the lines between work and home.” Leading people to be less focused while they should be working.

The First Annual Festival of the Moving Image

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Please join us for the First Annual Festival of the Moving Image -  an exciting program of film, animation and video art featuring OCAD U student work produced in 2017!! 

April 13th in room 353 / 7pm to 9pm

Featuring the work of: Alexander Da Costa Furtado, Amanda Lindenbach, Amanda Low, Amy Lee, Arielle Styrsky, Cotey Pope, Ellie Manning, Ghazal Tahernia, Janica Olpindo, Jasmeet Sidhu, Jennifer Warne, Jessie Sheng, Jonah Cawston, Justin Platnar, Kelly O’Neill, Kenza Brahimi, Kiana Chartrand, Kiki Zukerman Schure, Marcelo Fernandez, Maya Lester, Michael Reale, Molly Sayers, Nevita S, Nikole Hildago, Nima Salimi, Oscar Fletcher, Richard Luong, Rory Mackinnon, Sarah Juliet Nadler, Simon Falk, Steven Lourenço, Taewan Kim, Taymah Armarading, Tooba Sayed

This program was organized by second year Integrated Media students Ellie Manning and Michael Reale. All welcome! 



Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St., Room 353 Toronto, ON
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Unexpected connections

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Katie Liang and Greg Smallwood

OCAD University advertising students and creative team Katie Liang and Greg Smallwood have been making waves lately. Their Unexpected connections campaign project for Scrabble was recently awarded by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada's student competition. The campaign also won a student award from Applied Arts.

"With this campaign, the alphabet was our playground. Scrabble is all about forming something new out of the existing, and we thought there was a great opportunity to showcase how easily one thing can turn into another - literally. All in all, we wanted to showcase the playful side of an iconic game," says Katie.




Advertising students Greg Smallwood and Katie Liang


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Salt Cure, a solo exhibition by Toko Hosoya

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 12:00am to Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 4:00am

Join Toko Hosoya, a second year OCADU Illustration student in this Solo Show at Mark Christopher Gallery in Toronto. 

About the artist:

Toko Hosoya is a Japanese-born Canadian illustrator whose youth belies her talent to put on paper her imagined worlds in a technically stunning and rigorously detailed manner. Not to mention her capacity for humor. Toko’s fantastic worlds are as inviting as the things we are told to stay away from as children are alluring. They are curious expanses of wilderness and fun but not without the possibility of hurt, of real danger. Be it the encroachment of a seemingly benevolent mushroom on a human face, or an angry moth man chasing moth children, Toko’s illustrations, some of them as small as 15” x 7”, are like distillations of a well-thumbed childhood favorite. As with such picture books visited years later, Toko’s illustrations make what must have been once obvious obscure and the frightening playful.

About Salt Cure:

Toko works in a variety of different mediums, ranging from sculpture to illustration, using materials such as felt, ink, and truth. Often in her work, a powerful tool of manipulation becomes a site of honesty, where she communicates her innermost thoughts and feelings. A ceramic deity, or a fantastical story become ways through which she can explore truth, and challenge its many perceptions. By fantasizing the mundane, and fusing the past and present with fantastical narratives, the images invite the viewer to consider the extent to which the unreal is woven into their reality. In doing this, Toko hopes to better understand her place in the world and to encourage others to take a look at the absolutes in their lives - with a grain of salt.

Through Salt Cure, I am continuing my examination of the idea that truth and reality are things we choose. It seems to me that facts don’t have much power in the way of beliefs, and the intangible plays a powerful role in the world as we know it. The namesake of the exhibition refers to two things. Consuming salt triggers the release of dopamine in the brain and the addictive, primal satisfaction it brings can be seen as a salt “cure”. On the other hand, curing salts are used in preservation to prevent or slow decomposition by bacteria or fungus. During my period of salt addiction, I was essentially salting and suspending myself in a state of stagnation. Choosing the easier narrative to simply put my mind at rest ultimately resulted in something more like poison than a cure.

Humans are seemingly inclined to see narratives where there are none. Oftentimes, a way for me to feel that I have control over the world is by fitting things into a narrative that’s easier to accept. Humans have been telling the same stories for millennia, perhaps because stories allow people to find patterns where there is chaos. I feel that this dependency on narratives is more pronounced in children. They have the benefit of not knowing what is not possible, so they can live in a more fluid world where the impossible happens. Even in adulthood, this mindset can still manifest in many of the things that we do. While the illustrative scenes seem to be out of a fairytale, a darker undercurrents imply that what was playful in youth can turn much more deadly in adulthood. 


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Venue & Address: 
Mark Christopher Gallery, 825 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Salt Cure