31st Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 5:00am

31st Annual Book Arts Fair

The Printmakers of OCAD University invite you to visit our 31st Annual Book Arts Fair to be held in the Great Gall at 100 McCaul St, on Saturday, December 5, 2015!
Visitors can peruse and purchase hand-printed and bound books, prints, artist multiples, handmade paper and cards, buttons, totes, letterpress posters and much more!
Fifty to sixty book artists, printmakers, very small publishers, ‘zine’makers, OCAD U students, professional artists, letterpress printers,
papermaking and printmaking suppliers, and cooperative print shops will all be on hand offering unique gifts, collector's items and other treasures.
The OCAD U Book Arts Fair is a long-running annual venue for showcasing book arts, a passionate, underground form of visual arts that has been growing in popularity.
Proceeds from mounting the fair and donations at the door support student book artists and printmakers in OCAD U’s Printmaking program.

Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall at 100 McCaul St.
Book Arts Fair

Ryan Whyte

Dr. Whyte's research reveals legacies of eighteenth-century art and culture that are commonplace in and relevant to the early twenty-first century. He is currently writing a book on the role of printed matter in the Salon du Louvre exhibitions of the Ancien Régime. His other recent work addresses fashion, gastronomy, and cross-cultural exchange in eighteenth-century print culture.

32nd Annual Book Arts Fair!

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

32nd ANNUAL BOOK ARTS FAIR in the Great Hall of OCAD University - 100 McCaul Street

10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016

OCAD University’s printmaking department presents the 32nd annual Book Arts Fair. Come and browse the unique handmade and crafted works by over 65 vendors! Book artists, printmakers, small publishers, students, professional artists, papermakers and printmaking suppliers.

The money raised by donation and raffle tickets goes to student awards and initiatives in the OCAD Printmaking Department. Suggested donation of $5.00 (or more!) at the door.

And FREE Workshops running during The Annual Book Arts Fair

Everyone is Welcome to try their hand at Printing and Bookbinding in Workshops running during the Book Arts Fair - upstairs in the Printmaking Department, Room 287

12:00 - 1:30 PM:  Letterpress Printing, Drop-In

Come and try your hand at printing with Letterpress on one of our Vandercook No. 4 Proofing Presses. Drop by and help to create a keepsake to treasure for years to come.

2:00 – 3:30 PM:  Bookbinding Workshop, Drop-In

The OCADU Student Press will host a Saddle-Stitch Workshop – where everyone is welcome to participate. Materials are provided.

AND ! more

6 - 9 PM, Friday, December 9, 2016:  TALK SHOP

We are hosting another TALK SHOP! -  Building on last year’s successful event this is a chance to meet and mingle with members of the printmaking, book arts, and multiples communities! TALK SHOP facilitates the opportunity to share and hear experiences from people in the community who work in a variety of practices, businesses and studios, and to make connections for future collaborations and/or the pooling of resources!                                                                     

This year’s roster of super-fantastic people are Jesjit Gill from Colour Code, Jesse Purcell from Just Seeds, Michael Viglione of Kid Icarus, and Kyle Topping & Chrissy Poitras from Sparkbox Studio, who will talk about their experiences starting and developing their unique practices and approaches. (BIO’s below)

This event is open to all of those participating in The Annual Book Arts Fair as well as OCAD U Students, alumni as well as friends and members of the art and design community. RSVP required via Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/175184212881219/

or by contacting Jennie Suddick at jsuddick@faculty.ocadu.ca

Complimentary pizza and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, as well as wine available for purchase


Jesjit Gill studied Printmaking and graduated from OCADU in 2010. He is the co-founder/organizer of Zine Dream, a small press art fair which began in 2007 and hosts 75-90 visual artists, printmakers and small presses each year.  In 2012, he started Colour Code Printing, a small press which publishes 5-6 publications a year and travels to book fairs and events all over the world each year promoting their titles and printing service. Colour Code focusses primarily on artist friendly Screenprinting and Risograph Printing.

Jesse Purcell is an artist and professional printmaker currently based in Toronto. Owner of Repetitive Press an independent screen-printing company producing posters, music packaging, and artists’ editions. A member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative - a tri-national grouping of print-makers producing socially engaged graphics.

Michael Viglione is a Toronto born screen printer and shop owner. In 2007 he turned his production studio into a work/retail space which quickly became part of the fabric of the city’s art and design scene. Under the name Kid Icarus, the storefront caters to contemporary handmade art and craft, with a focus on paper products. Customers can watch the screen printing process unfold while they shop. 

Michael’s current focus is on teaching screen printing to anyone willing to learn. With 16 years of professional printing to his name, he is regarded as one of Canada’s top screen printing experts in manual production.

Spark Box Studio is an artist-residency and printmaking studio in Picton, ON. It is owned and operated by Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping, both graduates from Queen's University. Kyle and Chrissy believe that every artist deserves time, space and equipment to create – a creative incubator where ideas and creative pursuits are fostered and developed. Offering this to artists became Spark Box Studio’s mission. How they intended to provide this to artists was through an Artist Residency Program, Guest Lectures, Award Programs, Workshops, and Open Studio Facilities.

Questions? Email us at bookartsfair@gmail.com



Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall of OCAD University - 100 McCaul Street
Questions? Email us at bookartsfair@gmail.com
Suggested donation of $5.00 (or more!)
Book Arts Fair Poster

24th Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Every year, book artists, printmakers, papermakers, and private press printers gather at OCAD to show their work and demonstrate their skills in OCAD's Great Hall. The university community and general public are welcome to come and watch artists at work making paper, printing from litho stones, screen printing, hand typesetting, book binding, wood engraving, etching and much more. Many items are available for sale, providing unique ideas for holiday gift giving. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Circus elephants in front of Ferris wheel and tents

American Illustration 25th Anniversary Timeline Exhibition

AI 25th
Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:00am to Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:00am

American Illustration is widely regarded as the leading juried annual and advocate of contemporary illustration in North America and the world. To commemorate its 25th anniversary, it commissioned some of the industry's biggest stars to each depict the mood or seminal event of one year in the past quarter century. Appearing for the first time in Canada, this unique collection of prints created by Seymour Chwast, Sue Coe, R.O. Blechman & Nicholas Blechman, Vivienne Flesher & Ward Schumaker, Henrik Drescher, Filip Pagowski, Ruth Marten, Matt Mahurin, Steven Guarnaccia, Jordin Isip, Frances Jetter, Jeffrey Fisher, Juliette Borda, Jason Holley, Karen Barbour, Mark Ulriksen, Robert Parada, Steve Brodner, Guy Billout, Katherine Streeter, Tomer Hanuka, Saelee Oh & Souther Salazar, John Hendrix, Nathan Fox, and OCAD alumna and faculty, Anita Kunz, will be on exhibit in the Great Hall, February 11-19, and will coincide with a presentation by AI's Director, Mark Heflin, in Central Hall on February 14, 1-3pm. Following his presentation, attendees are invited to view the exhibit and meet Mr. Heflin.

Illustration: Yuko Shimizu

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

OCADU will be printing in the streets in conjunction with Printopolis

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — October 4, 2010) This October, OCAD University (OCADU) will present a series of events and exhibitions in conjunction with Printopolis, a 4-day international symposium on contemporary printmaking presented by Open Studio.

October 13 to November 6
Reception: Thursday, October 14 , 5 to 7 p.m.
The term hybrid is an idiom present in our culture defining fusion in everything from vehicles to a tea rose. Respectively, it has come to the fore in art production and is exemplified by the participating artists in this exhibit who are OCADU faculty, alumni, students, and mentors. Wood, crocheted sculptures and other media interact within the print based practices of Hannah Enkel, Doug Guildford, Libby Hague, Luke Painter and Lisa Visser. Curated by Christine Swiderski.

OCADU Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000 Ext. 262 | cswiderski@ocad.ca
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 6 p.m.
Extended hours during Printopolis: Friday, October 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Aboveground Art Supplies is a proud supporter of the OCADU Student Gallery.


Mass Hypnosis
October 22 to 25
Reception: Friday, October 22, 6 to 10 p.m.
Part of the Printopolis Gallery Hop on October 22
Artists: Andrew Bailey, Michael Comeau, Morgan Criger, Jesjit Gill, Alicia Nauta, Jacob Horwood, Matt King, Jeff Garcia, Andrew Zukerman, Reid Jenkins and Alexandra Mackenzie. Curated by Philippe Blanchard.

Mass Hypnosis is an experiment in printmaking as a collective, immersive and
time-based medium. For the duration of the show, the participating artists (OCADU printmaking students and alumni) will cover as much of the gallery space as possible with their screen-printed patterns. Printopolis artist-in-residence Stefan Hoffmann will also participate, printing directly on the gallery windows. Pulsating, coloured lights will light the resulting collective mural, animating the coloured prints to music and live performances. An experiment in maximalism and neo-psychedelia, Mass Hypnosis hopes to create an audio-visual space where printmaking can be re-imagined.

OCADU Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond Street West (Duncan Street entrance), Toronto
Extended Printopolis hours: Friday, October 22, 6 to 10 p.m.
Hours: Thursday & Friday: 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 to 5 p.m.
Contact: philippe@philippeblanchard.com


There will be Printing in the Streets
October 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Witness the delicate art of fine printing by steamroller! Special guests Drive-By Press will print images by steamroll-print images by Libby Hague, Christopher Hutsul, Alexei Vella, Cathy Daley, Jeannie Thib, Amanda Nedham, Lauren Nurse, Cybèle Young, Julie Voyce, artists from Sketch, an organization that provides programs for street-involved and homeless youth (www.sketch.ca), and more! Demonstrations, t-shirt printing, and small-scale printing stations invite public participation.

Generously sponsored by: Aboveground Art Supplies, Trodat Marking Canada, The Japanese Paper Place, Woolfitt’s Art Enterprises, Papeterie St-Armand, and OCAD University’s Student Enhancement Fund.

OCAD University’s Butterfield Park
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Contact: printinginthestreets@gmail.com


Pecha Kucha Presentations
October 22, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Senior students of OCADU’s Printmaking program and the Department of Visual Studies of State University of New York Buffalo will present a Pecha Kucha format presentation.

Pecha Kucha, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003, was conceived as a way for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Each presenter is allowed 20 images — shown for 20 seconds — allowing for 6 minutes and 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter.

OCAD University
Room 284, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Contact: wcain@faculty.ocad.ca


Artist Talk: Drive-By Press
October 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Drive-By Press (DBP) is a completely mobile printmaking studio built to promote the growth and democratization of art through printmaking. DBP has visited over 150 universities, colleges, and public schools, traveling over 200,000 miles; creating and collecting contemporary prints along the way.

OCAD University
Auditorium (Room 190), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Contact: printinginthestreets@gmail.com

All are welcome to attend all events, and admission is free.

About Printopolis (October 21 to 24)
Printopolis is a 4-day symposium with an international focus on contemporary printmaking being presented by Open Studio in Toronto, Canada. Printopolis will feature issue-based panel discussions/presentations, artist talks and printmaking demonstrations. This citywide event features exhibitions highlighting contemporary print media works on display throughout Toronto. For more information visit http://www.openstudio.on.ca/printopolis.html.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

29th Annual Book Arts Fair

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 3:00pm

All proceeds going to student awards & initiatives

The story: OCAD University’s printmaking department presents the 29th annual Book Arts Fair. Come and browse the uniquely handmade and crafted works by many book artists, printmakers, artists, small publishers, students, professional artists, papermakers and printmaking suppliers.

OCAD U Book arts Fair will also include live performances, poetry readings, and kid friendly crafting throughout the day.

This is a fundraiser! The money raised by donation and raffle tickets goes to the upcoming year’s students awards and initiatives in the OCAD Printmaking Department. Suggested donation of $5.00 (or more!)

Many thanks to ABOVEGROUND, for their support of this event.





p.w.y.c. ( $5 )

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Book arts fair poster