Brilliant Exhibit

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:00am

"Brilliant" showcases the diverse work of first year students from Colour in Context and Colour and 2 Dimensional Design courses in the Faculty of Design. This colourful show will run in the Transit Space at 100 McCaul from January 25 – February 5, so please take time to feast your eyes.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. The Transit Space (2nd Floor)
Free for everyone

40 i nuovi 20 exhibition celebrates Florence

Group of students posing for photo
Woman poses with man in front of a video projection
Image of Sara Diamond and Giuseppe Pastorelli at podium
Elizabeth Chan standing in front of a painting
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 5:00am

On Wednesday evening, Giuseppe Pastorelli, Italy’s consul general, joined students, alumni, faculty and friends to honour the 40th anniversary of OCAD University’s Florence Off-Campus Studies program.

The exhibition 40 i nuovi 20 (forties are the new twenties) featured 40 works by 20 students who studied in Florence last year, along with a curated display of archival images and mementos from past cohorts. Students spoke about how the experience changed their lives, influenced their practice and created cherished memories.

The Florence program was founded in 1974 by faculty member Franklin Arbuckle, a prolific illustrator and landscape painter who himself studied at the Ontario College of Art as it was known in the late 1920’s.

Accompanied by two faculty members, students spend an academic year based at OCAD U’s Florence campus, a sprawling apartment with studio and learning spaces. The art history component is taught by Katharina Giraldi who takes participants on trips to cities such as Milan, Rome and Sienna.

Applications for the 2016/2017 Florence program are open until Friday, January 15, 2016.

Many thanks MASI, the event's exclusive wine sponsor, along with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy for their generous support.

Advanced Black and White Process and Landscape, Site and Place

a series of black and white photos
a series of colour photos
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:00am

A showcase of student work from two of Ron Wood's photography classes
The originals of this work are showing in the display cases 4th floor, Photography Department, 100 McCaul Street until November 30th.
Links below to the work on FLICKR.

Venue & Address: 
the display cases, 4th floor, Photography Department, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON

OCAD University stands out at Art Toronto

Painting of a female face with purple hair and striped shirt
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 4:45pm

You couldn’t miss them: A dozen OCAD U students and alumni displayed their works at a prime location at Art Toronto this year – just inside the front doors. Considered Canada’s international modern and contemporary art fair, the event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 23 to 26 drew thousands of gallerists, collectors and art lovers who couldn’t help but notice OCAD U’s showcase.

Participation in the art fair was made possible by a generous donation from Ada Slaight to the Contemporary Painting and Print Media Program, with the booth curatorial team led by the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, Natalie Waldburger.

Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate students Tak Pham and Barbora Raceviciute curated the exhibition booth with undergrads Janine Arellano and Hannah Zanovello. The exhibit included the work of Michael Badour, Cat Bleumke, Atleigh Homma, Maxwell Hyett, Rebecca Ladds, Sarah Letovsky, Kesang Nanglu, Kristen Plewes, Molly Prime, Alex R. M. Thompson, Kelly Uyeda and Jennifer Wigmore. The artists in the OCAD U booth collectively sold more than $12,000 work of art over the weekend, including alumna Sarah Letovsky, who sold a work to a prominent New York Gallery.

MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser

MESH logo
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 12:00am to 4:00am

The inspiration for MESH comes from the idea of bringing all kinds of people together from different backgrounds, practices and walks of life. This exhibition will “MESH” the unique individuals of both the Faculty of Art and Design, giving students a platform to showcase their talents as well as working together to raise money for a greater cause. This will be your chance, your platform to speak and be seen. We are looking for creative artists looking to change the world and address the social issues of today with their innovative ideas. We're looking for art that reflects raw human emotions and narratives. Art related to isolation, change, war, lost hope, confusion, compassion and anything related to what the Syrian refugees must feel being displaced from their homeland. We want to have everyone embrace Canada's decision to welcome these refugees through showing the reality of what is happening in their world. It will be a grand social event with music, performances, drinks and fun! Let's all celebrate life. The proceeds from this event (as well as fees) will be donated to Syrian refugees displaced in this current world crisis. It is optional for artists/vendors to donate some of their profits for the cause, but it is encouraged. It is crucial for us to come together and help those in need in any way possible. If you can't make it, we welcome donations online. SHOW Friday, November 13, 7 to 11 p.m. (49 McCaul) For any questions or inquiries please direct them to

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St., Toronto

Art Camp Exhibition at Ryerson Artscape

Black text and marks
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening Reception: October 22nd, 7 - 10pm

An exhibition exploring our contemporary understanding of reality from the context of the physical and digital spaces that collectively constitute our world.

Featuring work from 13 Ryerson + OCAD U photography students & alumni:

Andrea Chartrand
Mauricio Estrada
Abigail Lomboy
Antonio Giacchetti
Jesse Marcelo Sarkis
Allison Morris
Manuela Morales
Hilary Riem
Camille Rojas
Evan Roy
Farihah Shah
Morgan Sears-Williams
Cassandera Xavier

Part of the first Art Camp Residency in collaboration with OCAD U & Ryerson University that took place at the Ryerson Artspace from May - October 2015.
Art Camp brings together 13 students from OCAD U’s Photography department and Ryerson’s School of Image Arts to collaborate on community building and art creation.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday - Friday: 1 - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 5pm

Venue & Address: 
Ryerson Artspace 1214 Queen St. West
Media Contact:
SEEN poster


Landscape Photo
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

6th Annual Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Photographs
Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 1
6-8 pm

ARTISTS: Nedda Baba, Aleks Bartosik, Luca Bogdan, Andrea Bolley,Kevin Cherry, Laura Cook, Donna Dolson, Dougal Bichan, Julie Florio, William Gaydos, Lawrence Glazer, Shannon Griffiths, David Johns, Lisa Logan, Anda Marcu, Kye Marshall, Duncan Mclean, Lisa Murzin, Andrew Owen, Anton Pickard, Leena Raudvee, Lorie Slater and Akas Tarmaji; Juried by: Sue Lloyd & Nicholas Pye

Selection Statement
The selection process for the PHOTO-OP exhibition took into account an open-ended approach for a call for photography. These works were not necessarily selected to support an exhibition statement or thesis but rather were selected as works that celebrate photography in its various genres and approach to materiality and form. This something for everyone approach to the selection process aims to cast a wide net and present an exhibition with multiple interest and entry point for a large viewing public.

–Nicholas Pye

Venue & Address: 
Aird Gallery Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley)
poster for Photo-Op juried show

Digital Futures graduate students exhibit at City Hall anniversary

3D City Magic installation by Mehnaz Aydemir
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

1965 was a rather amazing year: Canada got its own flag, Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from Selma to Montgomery, Sonny & Cher released their hit single “I Got You Babe” and Toronto’s futuristic new City Hall opened for business.

As part of the 50th-anniversary celebrations for City Hall – one of Canada’s most distinct architectural landmarks – two students in OCAD University’s Digital Futures graduate program created and mounted installations (OCAD U was an official exhibit partner for the anniversary event).

Beam Me Up!

With her interactive installation Beam Me Up!, Monica Virtue sought to transport visitors through time. Inspired by the Star Trek transporter set, Virtue incorporated sensors and wireless radios, as well as videos she created from images drawn from the City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Film, Television and Digital Office.

3D City Magic

Mehnaz Aydemir’s interactive installation featured a replica of City Hall created on site during the day by a 3D printer. In addition, Aydemir produced a children’s game that involved participants selecting and holding Plexiglas models of 12 historic Toronto buildings and activating a screen that provided information on the structures they had selected.


Designers showcased at international Milan exhibition

Man stands before a pop-up pylon
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is the only Canadian post-secondary institution exhibiting at this month’s international Design to Feed the World show at Cumulus Milan 2015. The university is represented by five design-focused projects:  

  • Pillflowers – Professor Lynne Heller’s portrayal of the omnipresence and abundance of pharmaceuticals in contemporary life
  • Earthbag – An exploration – by Inclusive Design master’s student Rushmita Alam – of jute’s potential to replace plastics for preserving and transporting food
  • Come Eat With Us – The Material Art & Design program’s artistic reflection on the historical relationship with food and utensils
  • Ninutik – Professor Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault’s designs for maple-sugar food and related packaging
  • grOCAD – OCAD U’s student-led incubator for urban agricultural projects

OCAD U’s exhibition materials – pop-up pylons made of recyclable cardboard – were installed on site by Industrial Design student Tom Doughty. A member of grOCAD and a research assistant with the Digital Media, Research + Innovation Institute, Doughty was impressed by the range of the other exhibits inside Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore. “It was great to see such high-calibre international work – from New York to Pretoria, and from across Europe. I was especially impressed by the theoretical sophistication of the European contributions, as well as the integration of urban and rural in many historic European cities, which bridges the divide between farm and city that’s often present in Canada.”

Design to Feed the World brings together projects by students and research teams from academic institutions that belong to Cumulus (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media). The exhibition was inspired by Expo Milano 2015’s theme “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life,” and sought to highlight the place of design in the broad world of nutrition. Because Canada did not have a presence at Expo Milano, OCAD U’s participation in Cumulus was a rare opportunity to feature Canadian innovations.




Event poster
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:00am to Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 4:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design University presents the 2015 Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the innovative, creative, human-centric thesis works from 12 graduating students.

The works on display frame an understanding that the digital future lies not solely within emerging technologies, but rather is catalyzed by the relationships we build, the communities we support and the people and processes that can be transformed through innovative technology and human experience combined.


Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, noon to 5 p.m.
Monday, April 20 to Wednesday, April 22, noon to 7 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Open Gallery, 49 McCaul Street, Toronto