Aylan Couchie

Aylan Couchie is a Nishnaabekwe interdisciplinary artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation.

Patricio Davila

Patricio Dávila is a designer, artist and educator. He is currently Associate Professor in Design at OCAD University, Director of Public Visualization Lab and member of the OCADU Mobile Media Lab and Visual Analytics Lab. His research focusses on developing a theoretical framework for examining data visualization as assemblages of subjectivation and power.

Simple Functionalism

Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 5:00am

For the seminal Walter Phillips Gallery exhibition Vocation/Vacation staged in 1981, OCAD alumnus Garry Neill Kennedy developed a site specific work for which the Gallery attendant desk was altered to comply with the "Statement of Design Guidelines" prepared by The Banff Centre Aesthetic Committee. Positioned inside the gallery, the desk lends transparency to institutional practices. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of The Banff Centre, Kennedy has been invited to recreate this significant installation, providing visitors with the rare opportunity to experience the work.

Free public tours of the exhibition are offered every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Entrance to the Walter Phillips Gallery is free.

Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, 12:30 - 9 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre Glyde Hall, St. Julien Way, Banff, Alberta

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise
Friday, May 9, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, August 15, 2008 - 4:00am

OCAD is proud of its collaboration with Relative Space, an up-scale floor works and furniture store located on Dupont Street. Mr. Fraser Greenberg, Artistic Director of Relative Space has graciously proffered his storefront gallery wall space to the students enrolled in the 4th year course Painting in the Expanded Field.
Under the direction of Associate Professors George Boileau and Colette Laliberté students enrolled in the course were invited, as part of their final term project, to submit a proposal for the storefront gallery of Relative Space. Two of the 17 submitted proposals will be produced within the next 4 months.

Alexa Ponomareff and Daniela Pettinato collaborated to create a stunning wall painting. The artists based their
intervention Birds of Paradise on “the plant diagonal form and its natural embodiment of the brilliant red, orange blue and green colours echoing the vivid colours of the furniture and the environmental awareness shown by Relative Space in their choice of and variety of eco-friendly wool carpeting”.
OCAD is grateful to Relative Space for their generous support.

Venue & Address: 
Relative Space storefront gallery 365 Dupont Street, Toronto, Ontario

REMAINS: to be left after the removal, loss, destruction of all else

Suzanna Wright S+I
Monday, April 14, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, April 18, 2008 - 4:00am

It is what remains that often goes unappreciated, but in the upcoming Transit Space exhibition REMAINS are the focus. This student run exhibition invites all other Site and Intervention students to share their site-specific works by means of photo documentation, performance, and installation.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario


Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 4:00am to Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 5:00am

New media artist OCAD alumna Andres Pang announces the opening of Polyphony, a public artwork which extends from Toronto to New York. Installed at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto and Polytechnic University in New York, Polyphony utilizes state of the art VOIP to broadcast sounds in public spaces from one city to another, allowing the listener-participant to be in two places at once in Real Time.

Through the use of sound, Pang explores the concepts of presence and distance. Not only does sound make a place feel vast, it is a presence whose absence is felt the moment it stops. Both a cognitive and psychological medium, sound as a carrier of elusive information stimulates the mind and memory, and elicits association more effectively than vision. In addition, sound changes as it travels through a space and challenges one's perceptions of that space.

Continuing the historical trajectory that began with the telegraph, Polyphony explores the use of cutting edge sound technology to bridge space and time. Polyphony is a many facetted work that makes the most of a technology's perceptual and conceptual dimensions.

Venue & Address: 
Ontario College of Art & Design 100 McCaul Street, Lobby, Toronto, Ontario

Work by b.h. Yael, Faculty of Art, in "No Lies", showing at the Toronto Urban Film Festival

Multimedia artwork with children and bubbles
Multimedia artwork with children
Multimedia artwork with cutout of a family portrait
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 4:00am

Work by b.h. Yael in "No Lies", showing at the Toronto Urban Film Festival, an exhibition that takes place on TTC screens from Sept 10 - 18

North America's largest subway film festival, the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), features silent, 60-second film video and animation. The festival reaches well over one million daily commuters on subway platform screens across the Toronto transit system every September. The 2016 Guest Judge is Zaib Shaikh, City of Toronto’s Film Commissioner & Director of Entertainment Industries.  

Venue & Address: 
An exhibition that takes place on TTC screens

Student digital paintings on display at one of Canada’s busiest intersections

Image of artist Cat Bluemke with her painting "The New Patronage"
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 4:00am

Nine OCAD University students are exhibiting their bold digital paintings at the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets. The unique outdoor gallery is situated on hoarding around the H&M store under renovation, allowing thousands of tourists and commuters to see the works.

The project is the result of a partnership between H&M and the Faculty of Art at OCAD U.

The juried exhibition demonstrates the versatility of Digital Painting, one of OCAD U’s fastest growing specialities.

The artists are:

  • Arshia Salesi
  • Avery Kua
  • Cat Bluemke
  • Ghazaleh Baniahmad
  • Monica Moraru and Danielle Roche
  • Niya Vaillancourt
  • Samet Choudhury
  • Trudy Erin Elmore

The paintings convey themes of immigration, identity, rules and rebellion. The exhibition continues through December.    





Matthew Del Degan collaborates with youth artists on Virgin Mobile mural

Matthew Del Degan poses with young artists from SKETCH in front of mural created for Virgin Mobile's Queen St West store
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 3:15pm

Known for his concrete Lovebots that dot Toronto’s urban landscape, recent OCAD U Industrial Design grad Matthew Del Degan has teamed up with young artists to create a 10’ x 12’ mural at Virgin Mobile’s new store at 680 Queen St. W. His collaborators were recruited through SKETCH, a community arts group that creates opportunities for at-risk youth.

The commissioned artwork is part of Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation initiative which is committed to creating new experiences for at-risk and homeless youth across the country to help them emerge from the cycle of homelessness. In addition to the mural collaboration, Del Degan has created two custom Lovebots for Virgin Mobile's newest retail locations at 680 Queen St. W. and 2493 Yonge St. to remind us to do good in our daily lives.

Del Degan’s knee-high cast concrete Lovebots began appearing around Toronto 2010 at locations where acts of love, kindness and compassion had taken place. More than 100 sculptures were installed. The Love Invasion has spawned a worldwide sticker campaign that calls attention to small good deeds that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Works by Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks on display at Relative Space

Logo Floor by Carson Campbell, installed at Relative Space.
Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks, installed at Relative Space.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

Fourth-year Drawing & Painting students Carson Campbell and Kristina Hicks are this year’s winners of the Relative Space Toronto’s Upscale Concept Retail Showroom Competition. The competition has invited students to submit proposals for the storefront gallery of Relative Space since 2008, through a partnership between Relative Space Artistic Director Fraser Greenberg and the fourth-year course “Painting in the Expanded Field” (DRPT 4C08), delivered by Professor Colette Laliberté.

Relative Space is an upscale design store with a storefront gallery located at the corner of King and Parliament Streets in the heart of the Toronto’s inspiring design and development core. Formerly located at 360 Dupont Street, Relative Space’s new location offers OCAD U students multiple possibilities to mount site-specific works in a non-traditional gallery setting.

This year’s competition was juried by Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, Luke Painter, OCAD U Assistant Professor and Fraser Greenberg. Campbell and Hicks’ works are now installed and remain on display until the end of October.

Step Lightly by Kristina Hicks
“Upon entering the Relative Space Floorworks Store, I was initially struck by the architecture of the interior. In particular, how the natural light highlighted the space. I was then drawn to the area beneath the second flight of stairs, which is seemingly hidden and has a minimal light source. The light that is present within this area filters through the breaks between the steps creating cast shadows and streams of light on the two walls. This intimate area offers many possibilities of showcasing the cast shadows without overwhelming the space and emphasizes the structured architecture of the store’s interior and light patterns that already exist under the staircase.

Step Lightly occupies both walls under the staircase. A series of 5 painted vertical lines on each wall run down from each step above. A second set of transparent lines trace the light cast onto the wall from the fixed light source, which emanates from the platform above. The artwork creates a framing effect within the space. Painted in latex paint ranging from very pale pink to vibrant red as well as the addition of a high-gloss medium to enhance the second set of lines energize this unused area.”