CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: First Generation Student Publication

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:45pm

First generation* students from all OCAD U undergrad programs are invited to submit work for an upcoming student publication.

The theme is Educational Worth. The issue of continuing and education has generated conversations about the stress of life-school balance and the uncertainty of future.

Looking for works on personal experience, opinions and thoughts on education. Works submitted can be any medium, including writing. Participants may also contribute through answering a short questionnaire.

If interested, email

Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

*You are first generation if your parents/family did not attend a college or university--you are the first.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
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Journal of Visual and Critical Studies Publication Launch

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Founded in 2016, the Journal of Visual and Critical Studies collects and celebrates some of the best academic writing by students at OCAD University. Comprising critical essays, exhibition reviewsand thesis abstracts, this anthology reflects the unique approaches to art history and visual culture that are being explored at the school.

Venue & Address: 
Room 315, 100 McCaul Street
Visual and Critical Studies Journal Publication Launch poster

Call for Submissions: First Generation Student Exhibition & Publication

call for submissions poster
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 11:15am

OCAD U First Generation students from all undergraduate programs are invited to submit work on the theme of MIGRATION for this year's exhibition and publication. Accepted works will be on display in the Learning Zone from March 22nd to March 30th, and will be printed in our publication. 

This year's theme is Migration, meaning "movement from one part to another". This theme can be interpreted in any medium, including writing. 

To apply, email with the following:

  • one high-resolution colour image (1500x1500 px minimum) of your work. **Note that the publication will be printed in two-tone risography, therefore please keep in mind that your work should read well as a greyscale image.
  • Title, medium, and year of your work.
  • Your full name, student number, program, and year of study. 

Deadline: midnight of January 15, 2018.

*First Generation refers to students who are first in their family to attend university. 

Fundraiser Raffle: OneHourEmpire

Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 2:00am

Students in Professor Eldon Garnet's class are launching a new cultural magazine entitled OneHourEmpire.

To raise funds, raffle tickets are available for $100 each to win one of eight works:

Edward Burtynsky
Shipyard #13, Mounted C Print 18x22 inches, edition 8/25

Noel Harding
Ecolamp, 1999, glass, wire, light parts

Ian Carr-Harris
Mind Reading, 1994, stainless steel, book, light

Suzy Lake
Beauty at a Proper Distance/In Song, 2001, C-print, framed, 23.5x26 inches

Micah Lexier
Virtrine Drawing (blue), 2007, Two-colour letterpress prints on Strathmore paper, 22x17 inches, edition 11/22

Nick and Sheila Pye
Musing, 2006, C-print, 20x20 inches, edition 1/5

Eldon Garnet
If Only for a Moment, 2006, stainless steel, 1.5x22x.125 inches, edition 2/5

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Saddle, 2008, light jet photographic print, mounted, 33.25x21.75 inches, edition 1/3

The work is on display at the Great Hall from Sunday September 21 to Friday October 3. Tickets can be purchased online at

Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall 1087 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario

Faculty Member Mark Dickinson Publishes Co-Edited book on Robert Bringhurst

The Arts of Robert Bringhurst
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 5:00am

"Robert Bringhurst is often referred to as a Renaissance man. He has done intimate readings of many Native American texts that were written down phonemically early in the twentieth century but barely studied since. Bringhurst is also a unique poet who takes plain English and bends and shapes it like a musician, creating an original verse that cannot be classified but reads splendidly and is not aiming at pleasing anybody. He is a solitary artist and thinker who's in touch with almost everything. These fifteen elegant papers almost do him justice. It's a very good start." Gary Snyder, author of This Present Moment

Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Nicholas Bradley (University of Victoria), Crispin Elsted (Barbarian Press), Clare Goulet (Mount St. Vincent University), Iain Higgins (University of Victoria), Ishmael Hope, Peter Koch (Peter Koch Printers), Dennis Lee, Scott McIntyre, Katherine McLeod (Concordia University), Kevin McNeilly (University of British Columbia), Káawan Sangáa, and Erica Wagner.

Illustration students win big at international 3x3 Student Show No. 12

Illustration by Long Hui Wang
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 4:00am

Six OCAD U students have won the honour of being published in the 3x3 Illustration Annual No 12. 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, is the first publication devoted entirely to the art of illustration. Published in the United States and distributed worldwide, its goal is to share what’s shaping international illustration.

Congratulations go to the following students whose work was displayed in the 3x3 Student Show:

  • Long Hui Wang (4th year) – Silver Medal/Multiple Merit winner
  • Hong Chen (2nd year) – Silver Medal/Multiple Merit winner
  • Lynden Joudrey (4th year) – Multiple Merit
  • Kaitlin Richardson (4th year) – Merit/Honourable Mention
  • Cornelia Li & Paige Clark (4th year) – Merit
  • Marley Allen-Ash & Heidi Berton (4th year) – Honourable Mention
  • Milena Bassen (3rd year) – Honourable Mention

All medal, merit and distinguished merit winners will appear in 3x3’s annual edition in print and online. Honourable mentions will be displayed online.

Jody Hewgill wins Society of Illustrators gold

Before Midnight by Jody Hewgill
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:00am

Assistant Professor in Illustration Jody Hewgill has recently been awarded a Society of Illustrators gold award for her work Before Midnight. The award was given in the editorial category of the Society’s 57th Annual Exhibition.

The painting was commissioned by Entertainment Weekly creative director Kory Kennedy for a review of the film by the same name by director Richard Linklater for the magazine’s top ten issue. The painting will be exhibited at New York’s Museum of American Illustration opening gala and award presentation on February 6, 2015.

“This is an extraordinary honour in the Illustration profession and a feather in the cap of OCAD’s Faculty of Design,” said Illustration Chair Paul Dallas. The exhibition is considered the premier showcase for illustrators.


Active design in action, image provided by Gayle Nicoll.
Gayle Nicoll. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. Image provided by Gayle Nicoll

Good design can improve health by encouraging physical activity. Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD U, co-authored an important new publication research study, Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. The study looks at cost-effective strategies for incorporating active design principles in affordable housing developments, and these strategies are aimed primarily at increasing physical activity among children aged 3-18. 

The study builds on the award-winning Active Design Guidelines published by New York City in 2010, which Dr. Nicoll also co-authored.  

Gayle Nicoll. Photo by Christina Gapic.“Active design is an environmental design practice that aims to provide opportunities for people to achieve recommended levels of physical activity to promote health and avoid chronic disease within their daily lifestyle,” explains Nicoll. “Active design helps to address the critical health epidemic of our current time — obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.”

As a result of advancements in technology and lifestyle changes in work and entertainment North Americans have become increasingly sedentary, leading to higher rates of chronic diseases. But this surge does not affect everyone equally: research shows affluent people are less likely to be overweight or obese than people living in low-income households, in part due to the costs related to access to fresh produce, recreational facilities and programming. Nicoll’s research shows that active design strategies can be economically incorporated into urban, site and building design.

“It’s one of the rising issues of our times,” says Nicoll. “The next generation will likely be the first to have a shorter life span than their parents. It’s so important for us to incorporate opportunities within our public spaces, workplaces and home environments for people to achieve recommended levels of physical activity in our daily lives. This includes physically active recreation and active transportation, such as walking, cycling or using the stairs instead of the elevator.”

In her scholarship Nicoll works directly with health providers and architects. Her focus is on translating the substantial evidence from academic research and best practices related to influence of environment on human behaviour into design practice and public policy. Her new publication has the potential to become one of the most important references for affordable housing providers and designers across North America interested in the active design movement. 

Nicoll and her colleagues hope to continue developing this series of reference publications, delving further into how active design can be incorporated into suburban developments and across diverse populations, including the elderly and those with mobility issues.

Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. Image provided by Gayle Nicoll.
Nicoll co-authored the publication with Dr. Karen K. Lee of the Built Environment and Healthy Housing Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Jennifer Du Bose at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture. OCAD U played an important role in the production of the book: Environmental Design student Parham Karimi produced the graphics; and Graphic Design student Ansel Schmidt provided the graphic layout and production, under the supervision of the Graphic Design Co-chair, Roderick Grant. 

Nicoll and Lee will be conducting a workshop on Active Design as part of the Urban Ecologies Conference at OCAD U in Toronto, June 20-21, 2013.

Download the publication:

Active Design: Affordable Designs for Affordable Housing. 

Read more:

News release 

Active Design Guidelines