Graduate Studies Open House Event
In an effort to make known the remarkable range of graduate programs at OCAD University and the rich and rigorous work being done by artists and scholars across disciplines, the Office of Graduate Studies at OCAD University extends an invitation to the artistic and design communities of Toronto and to all interested in knowing more about what is a dynamic place of learning, experimentation and creativity to
attend the second annual GRAD OPEN. This open house event features open studios, open study hall, demonstrations by art and design practitioners, an exhibition of thesis work from the acclaimed Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program, and lectures and roundtables on such subjects as creativity, museology and the challenges and achievements of interdisciplinarity in the context of cultural production.
Featuring the stellar and innovative work of our diverse scholarly community, GRAD OPEN 2014 will provide the opportunity to learn about OCAD University’s distinct programs of study, to meet students and talk about their work, meet faculty and administrators, attend open classes and wander the graduate building to experience what is a compelling world of ideas and action. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend the Graduate Student Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories conference. The theme for this event is “Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products”. GRAD OPEN will culminate in a special Graduate Mixer event with food, beverage and music, courtesy of DJ Mary Tremonte of the IAMD program.
MFA Thesis Exhibition: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Explore Patrick Francis Decoste’s MFA Thesis Exhibition for the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program, “Dreaming of Bear and Crow: A search of métis identity”.
Graduate Open Studios, Study Spaces & Labs: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join our graduate students and faculty for an afternoon of open studios, classes and research labs. Take the opportunity to discover the work of a new generation of graduate art and design scholars and visit our maker space supporting students’ art and design practices.
Graduate Conference “Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products”: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Attend one or all of the panels at this exciting graduate conference, organized by master's students in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program. Recombinant Creativity will include presentations by graduate and post-graduate students from institutions across North America. The conference will start on the evening of March 6 with a keynote lecture by acclaimed artist and writer Douglas Coupland. Tickets for Mr. Coupland’s lecture – “Anything is Everything” are available through http://bit.ly/1eanB4O. On Friday March 7 at 1:00 pm, attend a special conference lecture by Nicholas Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Mr. Bell, an acclaimed scholar of craft and design will talk on the subject of “The Restless Museum: Curating at the Boundaries of Discipline.”
Graduate Open Classes: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Discover our innovative approach to education by participating in graduate classes “Innovation Research Methods” with Professors Suzanne Stein and Stuart Candy, “Effecting Cultural Change” with Professors Jutta Treviranus and Annette Blum, or “Creating Inclusive Communities Online” with Professor Kate Sellen and experience graduate learning first-hand. Please RSVP, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you plan to attend as seating is limited.
GRAD OPEN Mixer: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Share refreshments and conversation with members of our graduate community while enjoying a graduate thesis exhibition.