PROJECT 31 ARTWORKS TREASURED BY COLLECTORS

Storm Breaking/Grand Prairie, 2007 by Rae Johnson

A grand total of 42 new works by OCAD U’s award-winning faculty were on the block March 27 for the university’s highly anticipated annual auction. In its fifth year, Project 31 is popular among collectors, who see the event as an opportunity to obtain valuable works and support the university at the same time.

“We are the custodians of a wonderful body of work, and have purchased several pieces at Project 31,” said Peter Milligan, a Toronto collector, who together with his wife, OCAD U alumna Doreen MacAulay Milligan, collects works by OCAD U faculty and Project 31 donors John Scott, Barbara Astman and Rae Johnson, among others. “I enjoy seeing all the wonderful work and while it’s fun to be there, it’s more than having a few drinks and canapés. It’s an opportunity to recognize the abilities of OCAD U faculty and support students.”

Milligan’s Project 31 purchases include Johnson’s “Storm Breaking/Grand Prairie, 2007” and John Scott’s “Uncle Schlomo,” which hang in his loft. An enthusiastic collector, he enjoys admiring and observing the works every day. “I’ve been aware of Scott and awed by his inspiration,” Milligan said. “He challenges you intellectually, emotionally and philosophically, and Ray Johnson is brilliant. ‘Storm Breaking’ is extraordinary.”

Ernie Kerr, whose Project 31 purchases have included a Stephen Appleby-Barr as well as two works by Gordon Peteran and one by Cathy Daley, enjoys the annual event and supporting the OCAD U student community too, though notes another dimension of the event that makes it exciting. “It’s an opportunity to obtain works by up-and-coming artists,” he said, describing how works purchased at the auction can, over the years, increase in value.

OCAD U faculty members donate their work to Project 31, and proceeds from the auction go to support specific areas of need of their choosing, such as student scholarships, awards, bursaries, equipment, models and materials. The event features a wide range of collectable works at various price points, which makes it popular among OCAD U supporters and collectors, whether they’re beginning a collection or are seasoned art enthusiasts.

 

Project 31 offers up OCAD faculty works in support of programs, students

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 7:30pm

(Toronto — February 25, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is betting the month of March will go out like a lion as it launches its exciting new fundraising initiative, Project 31.

Acclaimed members of the university faculty have donated 31 works of art and design, which will be unveiled on a daily basis throughout the month, culminating in a live auction celebration on Wednesday, March 31.

What makes the event unique is how the funds will be directed. “Each faculty member who generously donated to Project 31 is directing the proceeds from the sale of that work to a specific area of need at OCAD,” explains Jessica Kamphorst, Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations, and President of the OCAD Foundation. “Donating faculty members have determined that funds will help to increase, among other things, live model hours for Illustration students; professional development funds for faculty; program-specific scholarships; and the OCAD library and Learning Zone. Some of our faculty have also chosen to donate proceeds to our Student Assistance Challenge, which provides valuable support to students in the form of non-repayable bursaries."

OCAD’s highly regarded Florence Off-Campus Studies program will also receive a financial boost through Project 31. Also set to benefit are International Student Entrance Scholarships, and OCAD program areas such as Drawing & Painting, Photography and Integrated Media.

“The works in the sale have been selected through a jury of faculty members, curators and collectors, and close to half of them are valued at over $3,000, representing a significant injection of funds to OCAD operations and student support,” said Kamphorst. “This is a rare opportunity to obtain works by Canada’s most renowned artists and designers who teach, mentor and inspire OCAD students, and set an example of excellence and achievement. Through our faculty community’s incredible generosity, we’re thrilled to be able to make these works available for purchase, and to be able to direct the proceeds to areas dear to their hearts.”

A month-long digital experience, Project 31 will unveil a new work each day of March online at www.ocad.ca/project31. “Think of it as an advent calendar for the month of March,” said Kamphorst. Live auction ticket-holders will receive a copy of the full-colour catalogue as part of their ticket purchase. Tickets for the March 31 auction can be purchased online at the Project 31 website for $95.

Project 31 features works by:
Stephen Appleby-Barr
Doreen Balabanoff
Ian Carr-Harris
Nicole Collins
Robyn Cumming
Cathy Daley
Paul Dallas
Bonnie Devine
Judith Doyle
Eldon Garnet
Simon Glass
Gary Gray
Jody Hewgill
April Hickox
Natalka Husar
Anda Kubis
Colette Laliberté
Francis LeBouthillier
Jennifer Long
Laura Millard
Sarah Nind
Charles Pachter
Luke Painter
Gordon Peteran
Paul Sloggett
Fiona Smyth
Vladimir Spicanovic
Peter Sramek
Gary Taxali
Team Macho
Michèle White

Project 31
Follow Project 31 online from March 1 to 31

Celebration: Wednesday, March 31
Artwork Preview: 6 p.m.
Live Auction: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $95 (purchase online at www.ocad.ca/project31)

Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD 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 and images please contact:

 

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

 

Project 31 auctions art and design works by OCAD U faculty in support of students, programs

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 5:00am

(Toronto — February 16, 2011) This March, OCAD University’s playing show and tell — revealing an original work of art by one of 31 members of the university’s faculty each day of the month in lead up to the Project 31 live auction on Thursday, March 31 beginning at 6 p.m.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, Project 31 pairs the generous support of OCAD U’s acclaimed faculty members with specific areas of need at the university. “Each faculty member directs the proceeds from the sale of their original art work,” explains Susan Sutton, Vice-President, Institutional Advancement and President of the OCAD University Foundation. “This might be to increase live model hours for Illustration students; program-specific scholarships, awards or bursaries for students; funding for the OCAD U Library and Learning Zone; funding for the Florence Off-Campus Studies Program, among other things.”

Selected through a jury of faculty members, curators and collectors, most of the works are valued at over $3,000, representing a significant boost to student support and OCAD U operations. “Project 31 is an opportunity for budding and seasoned collectors to obtain works by renowned Canadian artists and designers, while at the same time supporting the students who benefit from their mentorship,” says Sutton, “We’re so grateful for our community’s incredible generosity, and to be able to direct the proceeds from their donations to areas close to their hearts.”

A month-long experience, Project 31 will unveil a new work each day of the month of March online at www.ocad.ca/project31. Sign up for weekly updates, or follow OCAD University on Twitter (http://twitter.com/OCADUniversity) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OCADUniversity).

A live auction closes the event and ticket-holders will receive a copy of the full-colour catalogue as part of their ticket purchase. Tickets for the March 31 auction can be purchased online at the Project 31 website for $95.

Project 31 features works by:
Sandra Altwerger
Barbara Astman
Catherine Beaudette
Wendy Cain
Esther Choi
Cathy Daley
Blair Drawson
Simon Glass
Gary Gray
April Hickox
Gillian Iles
Rae Johnson
Simone Jones
Jean-Christian Knaff
Anda Kubis
Alex Livingston
Hugh Martin
Alex McLeod
Laura Millard
Sarah Nind
Luke Painter
Diane Pugen
Lauchie Reid
Graham Roumieu
John Scott
Fiona Smyth
Peter Sramek
Gary Taxali
Lorne Toews
Maurice Vellekoop
George Walker

Project 31
Follow online from March 1 to 31

Celebration: Thursday, March 31
Artwork Preview: 6 p.m.
Live Auction: 7 p.m.

Tickets: $95 (purchase online at www.ocad.ca/project31)

OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
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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Download this release as a PDF file.

For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Save the date for OCAD U’s Project 31 art auction

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 5:00am

(Toronto—January 24, 2012) OCAD University will launch Toronto's art auction season with its third annual Project 31 fundraiser in support of art and design students and programs.

One of the city's most accessible art collecting events, Project 31 is a live art auction, held on Thursday, March 29, offering up stunning paintings, photography, limited edition prints, sculpture, textiles and fibre, illustration, jewellery and digital media by OCAD U's talented faculty members, and a few specially invited guests.

What makes the event unique is how Project 31 pairs the support of donating faculty members with specific areas of need at the university.

"We have faculty members who donate the proceeds from the sale of their work toward program-specific scholarships, awards or bursaries for students," says OCAD U Vice-President, Academic and Acting President Sarah McKinnon. "Others choose to direct proceeds toward our library and Learning Zone, our Florence Off-Campus Studies Program, live model hours, or investments of new equipment for specific programs." Since its inception, Project 31 has raised more than $150,000 to support areas of need at the university. "We're very grateful for our community's incredible generosity, and to be able to direct the proceeds from their donations to areas close to their hearts."

The auction a great place for budding art collectors to score great buys, with works selling very affordably anywhere from a few hundred dollars to under $10,000. Through the auction, patrons are able to access work by OCAD U's award-winning faculty members - a pool of creative talent found nowhere else in Canada - while enriching the learning experience for the next generation of artists and designers.

This year's auction includes work by Sandra Altwerger, Catherine Beaudette, Rudolf Bikkers, Philippe Blanchard, George Boileau, Robyn Cumming, Judith Doyle, Gary Gray, Lee Henderson, April Hickox, Natalka Husar, Chung-Im Kim, Anda Kubis, Anita Kunz, Surendra Lawoti, JJ Lee, Ginette Legarè, Jennifer Long, Laura Millard, Iza Mokrosz, Sarah Nind, Luke Painter, Nicholas and Sheila Pye, Jon Rafman, John Scott, Pete Smith, Vladimir Spicanovic, Peter Sramek, Gary Taxali, Jon Todd and Sylvia Whitton.

This year's auctioneer is Stephen Ranger, Vice President Business Development at Waddington's.

OCAD University's Project 31 Art Auction
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Artwork Preview: 6 p.m.
Live Auction: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $95 (purchase tickets at www.ocadu.ca/project31)

OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000  |  http://www.ocadu.ca/

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.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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Download this release as a PDF document.
For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Project 31: Stunning artworks up for auction in support of student scholarships and opportunities

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 5:30pm

Project 31 fundraiser features works by OCAD University faculty Barbara Astman, Ian Carr-Harris, Cathy Daley, Gary Taxali, John Scott and many others

(Toronto—March 5, 2013) An unparalleled collection of highly collectable artworks by OCAD University’s award-winning faculty and invited guests is up for auction later this month at Project 31, an annual live auction in support of student scholarships and opportunities. The auction takes place on Wednesday, March 27 with the artwork preview beginning at 6 p.m.

Featuring stunning paintings, photography, limited edition prints, sculpture, textiles and fibre, illustration, jewellery and digital media, Project 31 pairs the support of donating faculty members with specific areas of need at the university, such as program-specific scholarships, awards or bursaries for students, the university’s library and Learning Zone, the Florence Off-Campus Studies Program, additional hours with live models, or investments of new equipment for specific programs. Faculty members choose which area of need they wish to support through the sale of their donated work.

Budding and established art collectors alike can expect to score great buys, with works selling very affordably, starting around a few hundred dollars. Through the auction, patrons are able to access work by OCAD U’s award-winning faculty members — a pool of creative talent found nowhere else in Canada — while enriching the learning experience for the next generation of artists and designers.

Artworks available by:
Sandra Altwerger, Barbara Astman, Philippe Blanchard, Ian Carr-Harris, Jack Cassady, David Clarkson, Cathy Daley, Judith Doyle, Eva Ennist, Spencer J. Harrison, April Hickox, Daniel P. Izzard; Jesse Colin Jackson & Tori Foster, Mark Jaroszewicz, Simone Jones, Chung-Im Kim, Anda Kubis, JJ Lee, Ginette Legaré, Jennifer Long, Hugh Martin, Robert K.E. Mitchell, Iza Mokrosz, Linda Montgomery, Sarah Nind, Doug Panton, David Pellettier, Gord Peteran, Geoffrey Pugen, Diane Pugen, Nicholas Pye, John Scott, Rosalie Sharp, Vlad Spicanovic, Peter Sramek, Gary Taxali, Dannielle Tegeder, Natalie Waldburger and Sylvia Whitton.

Project 31 is generously sponsored by Delaney Capital Management, Borden Ladner Gervais, First Capital Realty and Canadian Art, with support from Akau Framing and Art Inc., Steamwhistle Brewing and Waddingtons.

Event details:

Project 31
March 27, 2013
6 p.m. Preview & Reception
7 p.m. Live Auction

Tickets: $95

OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of 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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Contact:
Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)

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