Access for All

Monday, January 28, 2008 - 5:00am to Monday, February 4, 2008 - 5:00am

This exhibition showcases a variety of programs and projects in and around Toronto which address disability/accessibility. The exhibition highlights ideas and programming of relevance to contemporary designers as they develop strategies for quality design that accommodates diversity and inclusivity across a broad spectrum of public and private activities and needs.

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

Blossom, Grow, Transcend

Blossom, Grow, Transcend
Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 5:00am to Monday, December 10, 2007 - 5:00am

IMA Gallery in Toronto presents new work by Drawing & Painting students Elahe Koneshlo, Bahar Daee and Neda Omidvar.

Venue & Address: 
IMA Gallery 114 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Got Wood?

got wood
Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 5:00am to Friday, November 30, 2007 - 5:00am

Sean Kosonic, Ian Langohr, Sean McCarthy Steve Rollings and Aviv Zimmerman are sculpture/installation students who use the wood dump from the fabrication studios as the source and material base for their work.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Drawing at First Sight

Drawing at First Sight Invite
Monday, November 5, 2007 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 5:00am

Drawing at First Sight showcases selected work from both Art and Design students. The range of work demonstrates the breadth of students' accomplishments in observational and imaginative drawing.

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

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at OCAD

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 11:00pm to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 11:00am

Make OCAD your destination during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-night city-wide celebration of exhibitions, live performances and creative programs throughout Toronto. The event runs from dusk to dawn starting at 7:03 pm on September 29.
Curated by David McIntosh
Assistant Curator, Patricio Davila
TESTBED is an exhibition of new media works that converts OCAD's landmark tabletop building into an interactive platform for intensive artistic research, experimentation, prototyping and testing of real-time simulation models where virtual and material worlds collide to produce new meaning. The six installations that comprise TESTBED are all new works, most of them commissioned specifically for this exhibition, some of them new site-specific iterations of the artists' ongoing research and creation activities for the OCAD exhibition space.
All part of the OCAD community, as former students or as current or former OCAD faculty, the TESTBED artists have created works that explore the technological, philosophical and experiential tensions and resonances between immersive virtual digital 3D installation and the more traditional physical presence of material 3D installation. As a group, the works express a range of new forms of interfacing and translating across the narrowing 3D virtual/material divide. These works also test the limits of our understanding and occupation of our built environment ' our houses, our homes ' transforming them into powerful virtual memory structures. And it is important to note that these works are not simply structural investigations of hard and software linkages between material place and virtual space; they engage a range of social, political and aesthetic contexts that give the virtual/material discourse new directions.
Judith Doyle's Long Crescent : House Transformer offers a navigable performative virtual house, inhabited simultaneously by human presences and virtual avatars, that rests on her strong emotional and memory links to the represented house as her own childhood home. Robert Houle's Do not open until you get home brings his perspective as an abstract painter and First Nations artist, writer and curator to his reluming of horrific human and viral histories in a digital context. Lorena Salom''s Closeness embeds autonomous technologies inside kinetic sculptures to probe temporality, randomness and mutual destruction. Simone Jones and Julian Oliver's Unprepared Architecture invites us to play and to consider the philosophical relationship between the particularity of material space and the universality of virtual space, as well as the implications of new forms of remote control. Brenda Goldstein and Alissa Firth-Eagland's spin builds a dialogue concerning fate from virtual myths and embodied human undertakings, while Noam Gonick's Precious Blood models a physical site of social control ' a prison ' to serve as the surface for the projection of multiple insurrectional desires.
The TESTBED artists have employed a range of creative methods, from spontaneous, provisional and analogic imaginings to experiential, metaphoric and heuristic improvisations to create prototypical, evolving, immersive art that operates interdependently with the public. We invite the exuberant and engaged Nuit Blanche public to intersect, interact and experiment with us and with TESTBED all night long.
Curated by William Hodge
In welcoming back OCAD's Material Art & Design, Applied Art & Design, Material Arts alumni for a weekend of programming, OCAD presents an exhibition of work by alumni and faculty in OCAD's Great Hall, curated by Professor William Hodge. During Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, demonstrations will take place in the ceramic, jewellery and fibre studios until midnight.
Currents features the work of Beth Alber, Mildred Avendano, Patricia Bentley, Lois Betteridge, Carolynn Bloomer, Suzanne Carlsen, Ruth Chambers, Ying-Yueh Chuang, Ian Chung, Alissa Coe and Carly Waito, Marta Dal Farra, Jocelyn De Backere, Angelo di Petta, Michael Doxey, Martina Edmonson, Eva Ennist, William Hodge, Kate Jackson, Michael Jaroszewicz, Arounna Khounnoraj, Chung-Im Kim, Margaret Lim, Susan Low-Beer, Rory MacDonald, Michelle Mendlowitz, Dorie Millerson, Robert Mitchell, Julie Moon, Joni Moriyama, Kathleen Morris, Ken Nicol, Michele Perras, Anrea Piller, Greg Sims, Greg Sloane, Don Stuart, Mary Jane Varro, Ken Vickerson, Sarah Washbush Byrne, Laurie Wassink, Andr'e Wejsmann, Robert Wylie, Lily Yung, Susan Warner Keene, and Cybele Young.
An exhibition reception will be held Saturday, September 29 starting at 4 pm ($15 unless previously registered for weekend reunion events, cash bar. Tickets can be reserved online at Currents is presented in conjunction with Craft Year 2007.
Nomadic Residents: Rirkrit Tiravanija
Closing reception: reopening the OCAD Professional Gallery
Remarks from 7 to 7:30 pm; open all night
The OCAD Professional Gallery closes its inaugural exhibition. Last April, internationally acclaimed artist Rirkrit Tiravanija erected walls barring the entrance and exit to the gallery space. Now, the walls will come down and the exhibition's final component will be revealed.
Globe and Mail art critic Sarah Milroy describes Tiravanija's work as "'exemplar of 'relational aesthetics''or 'service-based art''work that intends to provoke new social relations in response to contradictions set up by the artist". OCAD Associate Professor Jim Drobnik describes this installation as "a radical change in Tiravanija's practice, and a renegotiation of his relationship to the art world."
World So Small
OCAD's Student Gallery presents an exchange exhibit between ceramic students from OCAD and the University of Regina in which they employ the material qualities and associative meanings of clay to investigate how we engage with others and the world. Previously shown at the 5th Parallel Gallery in the University of Regina, the exhibition is held in conjunction with Craft Year 2007 and continues until October 6.
Concept to Commodity
OCAD's Transit Space presents an exhibition of work by third- and fourth-year Material Art & Design students working in ceramics, fibre and jewellery. The exhibit focuses on the process of design from initial conception through to the creation of the finished object. The exhibition continues until October 5.

Venue & Address: 
Ontario College of Art & Design 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Diverse Directions: 2016 Master of Inclusive Design Exhibit

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 4:00am

About the Delta cohort, Masters of Inclusive Design, 2016: Unique in perspective and talented in a diversity of fields, together the cohort found synergies to inform their individual ideations as they embedded the three dimensions of Inclusive Design in their projects: 1. Recognize diversity; 2. Inclusive process and tools; 3. Broader beneficial impact.

Visit the Exhibit and learn how these promising inclusive designers are making the world a more diversity-friendly and inclusive place.

Opening Hours: May 12 to 15, 11:00am to 6:00pm daily

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St.
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Wearable art show attracts capacity crowd

Woman modelling a dress with LED lights
Wide shot of auditorium fashion show
Male model
Three models
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University’s auditorium was transformed into a quasi-catwalk on Friday April 22 for Not Just a Fashion Show. The event spotlighted 100 wearable works of art created by 23 students from 12 programs. Mirrored masks, sparkling crystals and LED-infused fabrics added a glow to the outfits, which ranged from whimsical to highly functional.

The high-energy student-led project was developed and curated by Ali Haider (Graphic Design) and Jasmine So (Industrial Design) with support from faculty members Tarah Burke and Dorie Millerson and funding from the Office of the President.

Student models wore the outfits by designers from across all three faculties:  

  • Aine O’Neill, Industrial Design
  • Amie Blechta, Drawing & Painting
  • Arpanaa Logedas, Illustration
  • Ava Cochrane, Photography
  • David Yun, Industrial Design
  • Elizabeth Aguilar, Drawing & Painting
  • Hatley Walker, MAAD
  • Hillary Dube, MAAD, Fibre
  • Ilan Max, Industrial Design
  • Iman Khan, Graphic Design
  • Julia Yeh, MAAD, Fibre
  • Kaitlin Smith, Graphic Design
  • Kevin Dela Cruz, Industrial Design
  • Kristi Chen, General Arts
  • Madeleine LeBlanc, MAAD
  • Miranda Victoria, MAAD
  • Mudassir Iqbal, Digital Futures
  • Rachel Clarke, Industrial Design
  • Suki Lai, MAAD, Jewellery
  • T’mikah Fridal, Advertising and Wearable Technology
  • Sheldon Storey, Sculpture/Installation
  • Ali Haider, Graphic Design
  • Jasmine So, Industrial Design
  • Yovska, MAAD, Fibre

OCAD U team wins People’s Choice Award at Level Up Showcase

Player using 3-D goggles to play game
Three people looking at video game monitor
Crowd of people at Level Up Showcase
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 4:00am

Students from OCAD U’s Digital Futures program joined 17 other Ontario colleges and universities taking part in the sixth annual Level Up Student Games Showcase on April 6. Close to 2,000 people filled the main floor of the Design Exchange as student teams demonstrated their games and met with industry representatives and talent scouts.

Three awards were given out:

  • People’s Choice Award – Plunder! OCAD University/University of Toronto
  • Technical Innovation Award – Ominous Games from UOIT
  • Best Overall Game Award and Best Artistic Achievement – Arrow Heads from Sheridan

Level Up began when OCAD U Assistant Professor Emma Westecott teamed up with the University of Toronto’s Steve Engels to collaborate on a small student project. Now it’s the biggest event of its kind in Ontario.

The evening was organized and co-hosted by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), University of Toronto, OCAD University and Algonquin College, in partnership with AMD, George Brown College, Sheridan College and Ubisoft Toronto.

To find out more, see media coverage in the Toronto Star, CBC News and the Financial Post. Ryan Mason, third-year Digital Futures student, was interviewed on CBC’s Metro Morning.



2016 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions' Series: Ramona Amante & more

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 4:00am

Opening: Thursday, April 14, 7 – 10 pm


OCAD University's Sculpture/Installation Program is presenting a series of seventeen exhibitions featuring the multi-media artworks of its 4th-year Thesis students in professional galleries in Toronto. This series is made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation program and of the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.



Venue & Address: 
GALLERY 1313 1313 Queen Street West Wed to Sun, 1 pm to 6 pm
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2016 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions' Series: Deshaun Price

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 4:00am

ALL AT ONCE, 2016 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions' Series presents: Deshaun Price

Opening: Thursday April 14, 6 – 9 pm

OCAD University's Sculpture/Installation Program is presenting a series of seventeen exhibitions featuring the multi-media artworks of its 4th-year Thesis students in professional galleries in Toronto. This series is made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation program and of the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.

Venue & Address: 
BIRCH CONTEMPORARY 129 Tecumseth Street Wed to Fri, 10 am – 6 pm Sat, 11am – 5pm
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