The Brain: A Site-Specific Response

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Friday, January 10, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, April 14, 2014 - 4:00am

Celebrating the works of 4th year Material Art & Design students exhibited at Toronto Western Hospital

The Material Art & Design program at OCAD University and the Artists' Health Alliance invite you to join us in the Atrium at Toronto Western Hospital on January 22 to see and enjoy the work of 18 talented students from the Fibre department.

The Brain exhibition was designed and created to be a site-specific response, and ranges from the metaphorical to the deeply personal. Interpretations range from the scientific and physical to the emotional and, in some cases, whimsical.

This association of art and medicine will be on display until January 31.

Venue & Address: 
Artists’ Health Alliance, Suite 500 250 The Esplanade Toronto, Ontario
416 351 0239

OCAD U Big Ideas Fund

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Monday, January 13, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, January 27, 2014 - 5:00am

For more information and an online application form visit

Apply Now! Deadline January 27th, 2014

What’s your BIG IDEA to make OCAD U more inclusive?
We need you, OCAD U’s creative thinkers, artists and designers to make this happen. You choose an equity issue that is important to the OCAD U community and come up with a creative response – and we will give you $1,500 and mentorship to bring your idea to life.

What types of Ideas will be considered?
Your idea could be anything (really, anything): an interactive installation, an event, a flash mob, a website, a design solution, a short film, an art exhibit, a data visualization, a zine…you tell us.

The only requirements are that it be feasible within the $1,500 budget, can be completed within three weeks in February 2014, and you can convey how it will advance equity or build a more inclusive community at OCAD U.
If you’re not sure about how something will be executed yet, that’s OK. Just have a solid concept and initial thinking about how you would get it done.

What if I’m selected and then struck by this feeling that I have no idea what I’m even doing which then causes me to spiral into existential doubt?!
Winners will be matched with a staff or faculty mentor who can support you in realizing your project. If there is a specific mentor you would like to work with, let us know. If not, we will work with you to find the right match. Additionally, Diversity & Equity Initiative’s Student Advisory Committee will be available to help you problem solve if needed.

We will also be filming, photographing and meeting with you to capture the successes and challenges of your project. Winners will be featured in Woven, OCAD U’s annual spotlight on equity initiatives on campus.

Who can apply?
Open to all OCAD U students. Students from all disciplines and levels of study are encouraged to submit ideas.
Applications can be submitted individually, in a group, or as a class. If you are applying as a class, please speak to your instructor first.

Is it easy to apply?
Indeed. Just complete and submit the attached submission form by January 27, 2014, 9:00am. You can drop it off in-person at the office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives (115 mcCaul St, level 2) or email an e-copy to

The Office of DEI’s Student Advisory Committee will then review submissions and invite short-listed students for an informal meeting between January 27- 31, 2014. This will be a chance to give more information about your idea and how you plan to spend the $1,500.

Three (3) Winners will be announced in the first week of February

When do I have to complete my project by?
You have February 10–28, 2014 to complete your project, which includes reading week.

What do I get again?
• $1,500 paid up-front!
• Mentorship!
• Be featured in Woven

What can I use the $1500 towards?
Your $1,500 grant can be used towards almost any expense needed for your project – such as materials and artist fees for yourself and individuals assisting you.

What is the Diversity & Equity Initiatives (DEI) Student Advisory Committee?
DEI’s Student Advisory Committee is a group of OCAD U students who are committed to equity in art and design education. The committee brings a student perspective to OCAD U’s equity initiatives by participating in strategic planning and governance on campus. The Student Advisory Committee is also leading the launch of the OCAD U BIG IDEAS Fund.

Membership for the 2013-14 year is:
Bianca Channer, Advertising / Integrated Media
Olayide Madamidola, Environmental Design Major, Onyx Society Member
Shonda White, First year, BFA Indigenous Visual Culture
Geordie Graham, First year, M.Des in Inclusive Design.
Academic interests: improving access to health care and information technology systems for marginalized groups.
Hillary Cluett, Second Year, MAAD Jewellery Major. Student Union Executive
Juli Kim, Fourth year, Drawing and Painting, International student.
Olya Levina, Fourth year, Drawing & Painting Major

Big Ideas Fund - Community Grant
In addition to the student grants, one $1,500 grant is being awarded to the OASIS Skateboard Factory (OSF) – an alternative high school where courses are offered with a skateboard and street art focus. OSF’s class will be working alongside OCAD U students to prepare a project idea.

For more information about OSF, visit

The OCAD U Big Ideas Fund is an initiative of the office of Diversity & Equity Initiatives, in partnership with OPSEU and OCADFA, and generous donations from the office of the Vice-President, Finance & Administration, and Project 31 (contributions from Vladimir Spicanovic, JJ Lee & Hugh Martin)

For more information and an online application form visit . If you have questions or would like to request an application form in alternative format, please email us at



Start Your Professional Practice Now 2014

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Monday, January 13, 2014 - 9:30pm to Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 1:30am

Start Your Professional Practice Now 2014. Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Four free evenings of professional practice events for students and alumni!

Creativity. Networking. Career Planning. Business Essentials.

• Engaging alumni panelists
• Inspiring guest speakers
• Informative presentations by practicing artists and designers

Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16, 2014
Monday & Thursday: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
All events at OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Great Hall (2nd floor)
Presented by Financial Aid & Awards, Student Success Programs and Alumni Relations

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

From Application to Acceptance: Considering Graduate School

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

A Career Development Info Session

This session will provide a practical overview of how to effectively research and prepare yourself for putting forward an application to pursue a Graduate degree within Canada or elsewhere.

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

From Application to Acceptance: Considering Graduate School

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Monday, October 6, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

A Career Development Info Session

This session will provide a practical overview of how to effectively research and prepare yourself for putting forward an application to pursue a Graduate degree within Canada or elsewhere.

Venue & Address: 
Room 544, Level 5 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Fall 2014 Graduate Workshops

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Fall 2014 Graduate Workshops Wednesday October 1st 2014


The Office of Graduate Studies and its partners from across the University deliver various professional development and academic support workshops throughout the year. We encourage you to take part in as many as possible and are open to suggestions you may have for new and future workshops. Workshops will be announced through the Graduate Studies Weekly Blog and website.

Grant Writing for Graduate Students
This hands-on workshop will provide research proposal writing support for your upcoming SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). Please bring draft copies of your proposals to work on in the session. Please RSVP here.

Facilitator: Dr. Martha Ladly is a Professor of Design teaching in the Digital Futures Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at OCAD U, as well as the Interdisciplinary Master's Program. Dr. Ladly specializes in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology. For more information about Dr. Ladly please click here.

Venue & Address: 
Room 7310 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Rephotographing Marville's Paris: A Study of Urban Change

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Peter Sramek, Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices

Illustrated lecture

Urban change is inevitable, as is our ambivalence towards modernization and the possible loss of heritage which accompanies it. During the second half of the nineteenth-century, Paris was re-imagined and a structure of wide boulevards constructed to crisscross the network of older streets. It was Charles Marville's task to document in photographs what Georges Haussmann slated for demolition. In this illustrated lecture, photographer Peter Sramek discusses his process of revisiting Marville's sites to record the changes of the past 150 years and to speak with today's Parisians about how the city continues to change in some of its oldest neighborhoods.

The exhibition Charles Marville Photographer of Paris, is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from January 27 to May 4.

Peter Sramek studied photography at MIT under Minor White and has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto since 1976 where he is currently Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

Sramek’s work incorporates silver photography, digital imaging, handmade books and video installation. His works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY). Exhibitions of his rephotographic projects include the French Institute of Prague and Gallery 345 (Toronto). Recent group exhibitions include the Korean Cultural Centre, Beijing and the New Delhi Art Fair.

Sramek's black and white silver photography currently explores European historical sites incorporating rephotographic strategies, working from historical archives. Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012 is based primarily on the Marville collection at the Musée Carnavalet and has been supported by a Google Research Award, as well as funding under the GRAND National Centres of Excellence Research Network (Graphics Animation and New Media). A book of this title has been released by Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press.

Photo: Charles Marville's view of Rue Tirechappe from 1865 (left), which was replaced by Rue du Pont Neuf as seen in Peter Sramek's photograph taken from the same spot in 2009.

Venue & Address: 
La Maison Française New York University 16 Washington Mews New York, NY

Graduate School Fair

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:30pm to 7:30pm


Connect with a variety of schools from Canada, the U.S. and the UK to find out more about a wide range of graduate education program offerings. 

Career Development at OCAD University is hosting the annual Graduate School Fair on Thursday, October 9th, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 49 McCaul St. 

Explore your graduate school options! Faculty, staff and program directors from fifteen participating schools will be available to answer your questions!

A full list of participating schools can be found here:

To prepare, come out to our upcoming info sessions:

From Application to Acceptance: Considering Graduate School
Thursday, September 25 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Room 1516 in 113 McCaul St.
Monday, October 6 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Room 544 in 100 McCaul St.

Venue & Address: 
Ground Level, 49 McCaul St 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Bending the Horizon

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 21, 7 p.m. to Midnight (the same evening of Toronto's first NUIT ROSE)

OCAD University's LGBTQI2S Student Art and Design Work. A Nuit Rose Event.

OCAD University is PROUD to present Bending the Horizon, an exhibition in celebration
of the work, diversity and lives of our LGBTQI2-S students, World Pride Toronto, and our collective future.

Bending the Horizon includes the work of over 30 students and runs Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 28 at OCAD University's Graduate Gallery.

The Graduate Gallery is located at 205 Richmond Street West (at Duncan). Enter the elevator and press G.

Work By:
Yarli Allison & Winky Cheung
Vicky Avramopoulos
Ebrin Bagheri
Connor Campbell
Andie Charalambous
Justin de Lima
Caitlynn Fairbarns
Adam Filek
Chanice Gray
Martin Godin
Eduardo Gutiérrez
Spencer Hatch
Andrew Hoang
Brandon Jones
Kike N. Otuije
Jared Prince
Erika Tran
Julian Reeves
Sean Rockwood
Mike Sirois

With Zines and Artist Multiples By:
Whitney Colley and Brittany Dhamalie
Emily Dynes
Jeff Fenwick
E Howey
Taikun Kambashi
Gwendolyn McLuhan
Josephine Norman
Zoe Roech
Matt Schachter-Tribe
and more!

Thank you to the Onsite [at] OCAD University Gallery, the Graduate Gallery
and the Art & Social Change Minor

Thursday, June 19 to Friday, June 20, Noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 21, Noon to Midnight
Tuesday, June 24 to Saturday, June 28 Noon to 5 p.m.

Sculpture by Jared Francis Prince, My Dolly is Prettier than Your Dolly, 2013

A Nuit Rose Event

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Student Gallery 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, ON

Casting Seams

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Weekend: Saturday June 21, 3:00pm-6:00pm and Sunday June 22 10:00am-4:00pm
Exhibition Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm
Please note: Casting Seams is only open at the private residence - where the shards were found on the Histori

2014 IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Martha Griffith

Please join the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Program and the Graduate Studies Department in celebrating the IAMD Thesis Exhibition of MFA Candidate Martha Griffith.

Casting Seams presents a collection of handmade ceramic plate multiples based on found 19th century Blue Willow plate shards. Repeatedly cast and re-cast, the forms shed light on the matrix of positive and negative space in order to examine processes of reconstruction – that of the plates themselves and of the stories that are embedded within the found fragments.

This site-responsive exhibition takes place at and between two relational locations in Grey County: the South Grey Museum in Flesherton, and 7 km away at the site where the shards were found on the former property of Edward Patterson, an early black settler, preacher, and stagecoach driver believed to have been held in slavery in Maryland, U.S.

Casting Seams seeks to make visible the concealed networks of both the material origin of the remnants and their accompanying narratives. From the earth to the museum context, the shards materially dialogue with private and public spaces – environments where meanings and materials are made and remade – re-formulating old meanings with new objects ‘in situ.’

Throughout spring and summer 2014 graduating candidates from OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) program will present their thesis work in galleries across Toronto. These exhibitions explore a wide variety of interdisciplinary subject matter and media including, drawing & painting, video, performance, ceramics, printmaking, digital technology, sculpture and installation.

Venue & Address: 
South Grey Museum & Historical Library 40 Sydenham St. Flesherton, Ontario
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