Faculty of Design featured in Scotiabank mini-doc

Student holding up a work of art
Friday, April 27, 2018

Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design, appears alongside OCAD U students in a mini-documentary, titled Enriched Thinking, to be unveiled at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.  Created in partnership with Scotia Wealth Management, the online video shows Canadians that “a world of infinite potential begins with enriched thinking.” 

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Scotiabank, Dream Office Reit unveil workplace diversity installation

Chaewon Kim with her installation ALL TOGETHER HERE
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 2:15pm

OCAD University Drawing and Painting grad, Chaewon Kim, winner of Scotiabank’s Dream Office REIT’s competition, celebrated the unveiling of her installation, ALL TOGETHER HERE, at a reception on June 1. The winning installation is displayed in the main lobby of Scotia Plaza, an iconic AAA office tower located at 40 King St. W. in Toront

Organized by Scotiabank Canada’s largest international bank and Dream Office Reit, one of Canada’s largest real estate companies, graduating students from the Faculty of Art were invited to submit proposals for art installations that represent diversity, equality and inclusion, that may have an LGBT+ edge. Competitors were encouraged to create impact-driven projects that would deliver an emotional benefit to the community, customers and employees.

Born and raised in South Korea, Kim recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Drawing and Painting. Her winning entry, ALL TOGETHER HERE, explores the value of diversity, equality and inclusion. The judging panel was comprised of representatives from Scotiabank, DREAM Office Reit and OCAD University.

“This installation [is intended] to represent the empathy of multiculturalism in Canada,” says Kim. “In addition, the installation explores the aesthetic value through the symbolic colours of diversity: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.”

Kim specializes in painting, sculpture, mural and relief printmaking.  She describes her style as “a fusion of vivid colours influenced by fauvism, and [the use of] quick gestural marking or aggressive paint handling.” She has worked as a studio assistant for Toronto-based, Korean-born sculptor Won Lee for the past six years.

Over the years, Scotiabank has developed external and internal-facing campaigns to show support for the LGBT+ community, employees and customers. The impact of the bank’s efforts to demonstrate commitment to inclusion and diversity is increasing with synergies created with internal and external partners. After last year’s events and engagement campaigns, the Scotiabank team was approached by Dream Office Reit to explore synergies in 2017 for the creation of a public art installation or design display to celebrate diversity and inclusion.

To view more of Kim's work, please visit: chaewonkimart.com.

Alumna Shelley Niro wins Scotiabank Photography Award

Image of three women with ornate hair and jewelry
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

OCAD U congratulates Shelley Niro (AOCA 1990) on receiving the seventh annual Scotiabank Photography Award. The prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner's work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Gerhard Steidl.

Niro joins an exclusive group of artists who have been honoured with the Scotiabank Photography Award that includes Suzy Lake (2016), Angela Grauerholz (2015), Mark Ruwedel (2014), Stan Douglas (2013), Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Lynne Cohen (2011).

Niro was selected from a group of three finalists, which also included Raymonde April and Donigan Cumming, by a jury composed of pre-eminent ‎members of the Canadian arts community.

A member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory, near Brantford, Ontario, she has demonstrated her dedication to producing art that contributes to Indigenous identity in Canada.

Niro creates complex visual experiences in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography and film. Her work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and she has received considerable attention for her films.

Known for challenging conventional, colonial representations of Aboriginality with directness and humour, Niro crafts and retells Indigenous narratives by drawing on lived experienced, as well as themes of identity, self-determination and liberation.

An OCAD University alumna, Niro also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. To view some of Niro’s work, please visit her website.


Scotiabank funds new design thinking research studio at OCAD University

Image of the Sharp Centre, with message of thanks to Scotiabank
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:00am

Thanks to a $1 million gift from Scotiabank, OCAD University will develop a new initiative to foster the leading thinkers, designers and creative professionals needed to drive the national economic engine.

The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio will allow the university to create a Design Thinking educational curriculum model and generate research, workshops, executive education and an annual open public forum.

"This collaboration is a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in experiential learning to prepare for careers in this connected world," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. "Design Thinking is about empathizing with, listening to and observing people to identify and solve problems and improve their experiences. We are excited to exchange ideas with Scotiabank and learn from each other."

"A few years ago, banking wasn't associated with design, but today it's at the very heart of how Scotiabank looks to solve problems and interact with our customers. Design Thinking is about ensuring that we fundamentally understand the challenges that our customers face and then designing innovative solutions to meet their needs. It's about putting our customers first," said Michael Zerbs, Executive Vice President and Co-Head Information Technology, Enterprise Technology. "The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio at OCAD University will give students the chance to work on real customer products and solutions in digital banking, and ultimately prepare them for future opportunities. Scotiabank's collaboration with OCAD U is one way we are supporting the next generation of talent in the digital age."

Scotiabank's commitment is part of the university's Ignite Imagination campaign, which will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better.

Art Aloud: The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Lecture Series: Artist Talk with Laura Bel'

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Friday, September 28, 2007 - 10:30pm

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Lecture Series encourages discussions, dialogue and discourse leading up to the night of event. With participation from local and international artists from various mediums involved in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche these are sure to be lively and thought-provoking conversations.
Laura Bel'm was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1974. From 1993 to 1996 she attended a BA in Fine Arts at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil). In 1999 she got a grant from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and attended a Master of Arts in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art (London). She has been exhibiting in Brazil and abroad since 1998. Selected group shows include 2007- Drawing is a verb (Cole''o Madeira Corporate Services, Ilha da Madeira, Portugal), 2006 - Paralela 06: a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary art in Brazil, (Pavilh'o Armando de Arruda Pereira, S'o Paulo, Brazil) / Zoo Porfolio (Zoo Art Fair, Regent's Park, London, UK) / Con los ojos del otro (Centro Cultural de Espa'a, Montevideo, Uruguay) / Videometry: video as measuring device in contemporary Brazilian Art (Galeria dels angels, Barcelona, Spain), 2005 - Art Perform (Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA) / 51st Venice Biennale - Always a little further (Arsenale Galleries, Venice, Italy). One-person shows include 2006 - Fruit Market (Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach 06, Miami, Florida) / Galeria Luisa Strina (S'o Paulo, Brazil), 2005 - Ainda Outono. (Centro Mariantonia, S'o Paulo, Brazil), 2004 - Bolsa Pampulha (Museu de Arte da Pampulha. Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Laura Bel'm lives and works in Belo Horizonte.
Further information about her work can be found at http://www.laurabelem.com.br
Schedule and speakers subject to change.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Art Aloud: The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Lecture Series: City as Canvas

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 10:30pm

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007 Lecture Series encourages discussions, dialogue and discourse leading up to the night of event. With participation from local and international artists from various mediums involved in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche these are sure to be lively and thought-provoking conversations.
Panel Discussion: City as Canvas
Thursday September 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
How does the twelve-hour duration of Nuit Blanche influence the artistic process, and what is the nature of an event that is impermanent and ephemeral? Featuring local, national and international artists, this panel will address urban space, public art and site-specificity.
Moderated by Toronto Star urban issues reporter Christopher Hume.
Panellists include:
Sara Graham: As a Toronto-based artist Sara Graham's practice centres on explorations of geographic fictions that blur the disciplines of art, architecture, urban design and geography.
Millie Chen: An active member of a number of artist-run organizations, Millie Chen's practice encompasses collaborative interdisciplinary projects that engage the public and public space.
Adad Hannah: Based in Montreal, Adad Hannah works in video and photography.
Dyan Marie: Artist and gallerist Dyan Marie explores urban issues, ideas and reflections on contemporary cultural experience. Dyan Marie Projects focuses her curatorial and artistic practices on the Lansdowne and Dupont neighbourhood where she lives.
Craig Walsh: Craig Walsh lives in Brisbane, Australia. Primarily interested in hybrid / site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art, his work often utilizes projection in response to existing environments and contexts. He has been working across a range of art forms including theatre, architecture, public works, gallery exhibitions and festivals.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario