Andrew Gayed

Dr. Andrew Gayed is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at OCAD University where he will teach courses in Visual and Critical Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. An Egyptian-Canadian art historian, Dr. Gayed has an academic background in diasporic art, queer visual culture, and Middle Eastern art histories among other areas of study. Before joining OCADU, Dr. Gayed was the Visiting Global Scholar at NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality where he researched the artistic practices of the queer diaspora.

House of Oriental: Northern Style

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:30am to Monday, May 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

Natalie Mark and co-curators Yasmin Emery and Samiya Karim deliver a new flavour of an exhibition in the Learning Zone Gallery - House of Oriental: Northern Style on through May 27.

Emery describes House of Oriental: Northern Style, as an exhibition of works exploring pan-Asian Canadian foods: recipes developed from hybridity, alienation, assimilation, survival, and poverty. The works in this exhibition aim to explore not the most “authentic” or “real” ethnic foods, but to present the foods and experiences born out of the land’s rich (or poor) newcomer history. The exhibition includes works ranging from paintings to photography as well as a recipe book, compiling the foods behind the art.

Featuring artwork by:

Abbey Chong

Natalie Chuck

Tina Chu

Kai Lumbang

Mel Low

Natalie Mark

Loretta Miauw

Noelle Mok

Pauline Nguyen

Becky Wu

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, 2529
House of Oriental: Northern Style Exhibiiton


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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:00am to Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

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In *side effects may include four artists negotiate selfhood through sound, performance, photography, textiles and video.

March 27 – April 6
Wed – Sat: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 28, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto


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Alexandru Stratulat (@iseeartsometimes)
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OCAD University's Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Abbozzo Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Gallery 1313 and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2019 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled For External Use Only, taking place from February 28 to April 13, 2019. This series of seven exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation Program and the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.

Venue & Address: 
Beaver Hall Gallery 29 McCaul Street, Toronto
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Suspended (2018)

Photographic installation, 66“ h x 78” w x 5” d, collaged imagery, inkjet print on archival paper, mylar, corplast, clear cling, magnets

Collaged photographs and drawings that mine childhood memories, reflecting the volatility of nature, community and identity. 

With a Jewish father and an Anglo-Protestant mother, as a child, Lynne Heller, a multi- disciplinary artist, felt a sense of displacement in many settings. Raised in a distinctly gentile part of Toronto where her Jewish background set her apart, her experience of Jewish community was found at the summertime family retreat Camp Naivelt (Yiddish for “New World”). Located in Brampton, it was centred on secularist, progressive socialist values, activism, and a celebration of Jewish and Yiddish culture. At one time Naivelt was frequented by up to 5,000 people on any given weekend. While growing up, the artist experienced it as a place of sanctuary and freedom. 

The installation references a poignant childhood memory. Visiting Naivelt in the spring off-season, Heller’s family came upon enormous ice floes ejected from the Credit River that runs through the camp. Unpeopled and distant from the bustle and heat of summer, the site was made stranger still by this dramatic scene. Heller’s father lifted her onto one ice mass, which was taller than her seven-year-old stature, and she observed debris and fish frozen within. From that vantage point, she looked back to the one-lane bridge, the only passageway over the river and into the property. 

This eerie landscape and recollections frozen in time echo the dislocation of Heller’s upbringing. The massive ice blocks were both organic and oddly unnatural. Similarly, Heller felt both integrated into the Naivelt community during the 1960s and 70s yet often felt outside that milieu given her mixed heritage. And this haven of radical politics was in itself outside the norms of the Jewish mainstream. The ice-covered land evoked the gradual deterioration of the site that she witnessed alongside the dwindling of the community. Naivelt continues until today albeit with more modest participation. 

In the exhibition, the terrain of memory interweaves with the textures of College Street as perennial graffiti markings on our window enter the piece, linking the past with present-day realities where the artist’s self-conception is firmly grounded. An image of the Naivelt bridge appears, signaling possibilities in connecting two seemingly distinct realms, holding out the potential for crossing into the promise of a new world. 

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Photograph of the installation as seen at night, across the street on College St.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:30pm
Lab Member: 
Lynne Heller


Sepia photo of two male snake charmers sitting on marble steps
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Office of Research and Innovation and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies are pleased to present a talk by Assistant Professor Gabrielle Moser, recipient of the 2018/2019 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.

Tuesday, March 12th
4:00pm – 5:00pm
100 McCaul St., Room 258
(George Reid Wing Community Room)


This talk meditates on the research methods and archival strategies that developed out of a multiyear project on the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee: an unusual scheme sponsored by the British government that used a series of lantern slide lectures combining geography education and photography to teach schoolchildren around the world what it meant to look and to feel like an imperial citizen. Reflecting on the modes of looking
deployed by the viewers of these original lectures and the kinds of looking that are required by a contemporary archival researcher, the talk will introduce some of the themes addressed in Moser’s new book, Projecting Citizenship, which elucidates the impact of this vast collection of photographs that circulated around the British Empire between 1902 and 1945 in classrooms from Canada to Hong Kong, from the West Indies to Australia.

About Gabrielle Moser

Dr. Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator. Her writing has appeared in venues including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Canadian Art, Fillip, Flash Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and the Journal of
Visual Culture
. She is the author of Projecting Citizenship: Photography and Belonging in the British Empire (Penn State UP, 2018). She has organized exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries and Vtape. Gabrielle has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Ryerson Image Centre, the University of British Columbia and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in
the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2017. She is a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, and a founding member of EMILIAAMALIA feminist working group.


This talk coincides with the launch of Dr. Moser’s recent book, Projecting Citizenship: Photography and Belonging in the British Empire, (Penn State University Press, 2018).

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 258 (George Reid Wing Community Room)
Sepia photo of two male snake charmers sitting on marble steps; Talk description

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 5:00pm

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries
Core exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Free public reception
Wednesday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.


T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

T.M. Glass is a digital artist based in Toronto, whose practice explores the historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions of photography to stretch it beyond its traditional definition. The works have been showcased in multiple solo exhibitions and held in private collections in the Canada, the United States, Britain, France, and Australia. Glass turned to photography as the primary mode of production after studying sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design and pursuing a distinguished career in writing and production for film and television. Glass uses rapidly advancing digital technology to celebrate the beauty of nature.

With writing contributions from art historian Jennifer Franks, OCAD U faculty members John Deal and Amish Morrell and University of Houston professor Lynn Voskuil.

The exhibition brochure is available online here.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University is happy to offer a free interactive guide for families and young visitors to creatively engage with our current contemporary art exhibition. Click here to learn more.


T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers

Free Public Events
Public events developed by Linda Columbus, Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery

  • Digital Photography Portfolio Review
    Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Tuesday, April 30 at noon
    An opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to have a selection of their digital photography work reviewed by professional lens-based artists Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh. Each registered participant will be assigned a time slot with one of the three reviewers.
  • Arts & Crafts Garden Visit
    Co-presented with the Toronto Botanical Garden
    Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Friday, May 24 at noon
    Join T.M. Glass, Onsite Gallery and the Toronto Botanical Garden for a special visit to T.M. Glass’ traditional Arts & Crafts Garden. The artist and the Toronto Botanical Garden will lead a tour of the garden and speak about the flowers in bloom, gardening and the history of Arts & Crafts Gardens.
  • Artist and Curator's Exhibition Tour
    Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join T.M. Glass and Francisco Alvarez for a tour of T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers, while they discuss the artist’s process, interest in flowers and travels to international museums and gardens.
  • The Language of Flowers: Workshop with Karen Azoulay
    Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Brooklyn-based artist Karen Azoulay for a talk and interactive experience that will explore the symbolism of flowers.
  • Oil Infusion Workshop with Kat Mahon
    Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.
    Limited availability; advance registration required
    Tickets available on Onsite Gallery's Facebook page as of Tuesday, June 18 at noon
    Join us for a presentation on flowers throughout history, highlighting the specific uses of certain flowers then and now for their medicinal and therapeutic purposes. This will be followed by hands-on workshop where participants create their own oil infusion. Everyone will leave with their artistic jar of flower-infused body oil to take home.
  • How I Learned to Jam with a Pansy: Talk with Bob Ezrin
    Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.
    Celebrated Canadian music producer and musician Bob Ezrin discusses the organics of making music with plants, animals and humans.
  • Complexity versus Simplicity: Historic Influences on the Contemporary Work of T.M. Glass
    Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
    Jennifer Franks will discuss the pendulum swing between complexity and simplicity throughout art history, while highlighting the historic influences in the contemporary work of T.M. Glass.
  • A Man Named Pearl Film Screening
    Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. When Pearl Fryar and his wife sought to buy a house in 1976 in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, South Carolina, they were dissuaded with the explanation that "Black people don't keep up their yards." Instead of fueling bitterness and anger, this comment motivated Pearl to become the first African-American to win Bishopville’s Yard of the Month award, and, eventually, to transform his ordinary suburban yard into a horticultural wonderland. The topiary garden's centerpiece emblazons both its message and Pearl's own philosophy: Love, Peace, and Goodwill.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
416-977-6000 x456
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new me

Call for Applications - Parks Canada Photographer in Residence

Call for Applications - Parks Canada Photographer in Residence
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:30am to Monday, January 28, 2019 - 9:30am


DEADLINE:  Monday, January 28, 2019

RATE: $16.5/ hour for 35 hours/ week

TERM: Full-time, May - August 2019 (16 weeks)

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the Parks Canada Career Launcher for Photography students. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and a successful applicant will be employed at Rouge Park - Canada’s first national urban park. The recipient will split their time between the office and the filed; processing images in the Rouge National Urban Park photo library, shooting imagery and doing graphic design.  

Successful applicant will also receive a $500 equipment grant from the CEAD. 

A rich assembly of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes, Rouge National Urban Park is home to amazing biodiversity, some of the last remaining working farms in the Greater Toronto Area, Carolinian ecosystems, Toronto’s only campground, one of the region’s largest marshes, unspoiled beaches, amazing hiking opportunities, and human history dating back over 10,000 years, including some of Canada’s oldest known Indigenous sites.

Parks Canada is excited to work towards the establishment of Canada’s first national urban park – Rouge National Urban Park – in the Greater Toronto Area.


    • Must be a graduating Photography student or a recent Photography graduate from the class of 2018
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license
    • Available to hold a 5 day week position between May and August 2019
    • Available to work on some weekends
    • Willing to undergo a basic security screening
    • Open to wearing a uniform for special events 
    • Social media skills and experience is desired 
    • Interests and skills in videography and graphic design will be considered as an asset


    • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email)
    • Current CV, listing relevant creative experience
    • Online portfolio or an attached PDF portfolio
    • Examples of social media and/or videography experience
    • A statement of interest that contextualizes your creative practice and communicates your interest in the opportunity. Why are you a good match?
    • Written confirmation of the Parks Canada conditions of employment(see Qualifications listed to the left)


    Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham

    For more information, visit the Career Launchers website.

    Venue & Address: 
    Rouge National Urban Park
    416-977-6000 Ext. 361

    Melissa General receives Emerging Leadership Award from Ontario Arts Council

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    Earlier this year, Melissa General, an OCAD U Photography alumna and the Manager of the university’s Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre & Services, was selected to receive an emerging leadership award from the Ontario Arts Council. The award recognizes a rising Indigenous artist or arts professional with a $2,500 prize, with the recipient being nominated annually by the OAC’s annual Indigenous Arts Award winner, who was Nadya Kwandibens in 2018. Melissa received her honour at the OAC offices in a small ceremony on Tuesday, December 4. 

    Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin. In addition to her BFA in Photography from OCAD U, Melissa holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University.

    Congratulations Melissa! 

    Carolyn Gloude, Awards Officer, Ontario Arts Council, Melissa General and Erika Iserhoff, Indigenous Culture Fund Grants Facilit


    Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

    Morgan Sears-Williams, SOFT, 2017. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

    Morgan Sears-Williams, SOFT, 2017. Image Courtesy of the Artist.


    Gallery 44 and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Gallery 44 Career Launcher recipients of 2018-2019. Congratulations to: 

    Mary Chen 

    Andrew Harding 

    Jessy Kitchen

    Cameron Lamothe 

    Morgan Sears-Williams

    Founded in 1979, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography. This exclusive membership opportunity for OCAD U photography graduates provides access to Gallery 44 production facilities, equipment rentals and programming for one year to support their upcoming exhibitions and projects. Additionally, recipients will also receive studio credits valued at $500, and opportunities to participate in G44 member’s exhibitions, workshops and events. 

    As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school. 


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    Call for Applications - Career Launcher: Gallery 44 Production Memberships 2018

    Gallery 44 and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Gallery 44 Career Launcher providing Production Memberships to five (5) OCADU recent graduates with access to Gallery 44 production facilities, equipment rentals and programming for one (1) year starting October 2018 to support the graduates’ upcoming exhibitions and professional opportunities.