Mayor John Tory visits Winter Stations

Mark Tholen, Jason Wong, John Tory and Mary-Margaret McMahon
Group of students and professor inside Steam Canoe
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 5:00am

Environmental Design professor Mark Tholen and his students were applauded by the Toronto mayor and city councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon on Sunday during a visit to the Steam Canoe installation.

Part of the Winter Stations exhibition on the Toronto Beaches, the structure is made of laminated wood panels curved like the prow of a canoe. Solar tubes at the rear of the structure generate fog by turning snow into steam.

Students Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim and Jason Wong worked with Tholen to create and install the temporary shelter.  

The exhibition, themed Freeze/Thaw, consists of seven installations built over lifeguard towers which visitors can enter, climb and interact with. OCAD U, Ryerson and Laurentian University were invited to submit their designs, while international artists and designers were selected via juried submission.    

Freeze/Thaw runs on the waterfront from Woodbine to Victoria Park avenues and continues through March 20.

Storying Online Exhibition

A photo of a group of people standing in three rows with their backs to the camera
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 9:00am to Monday, June 1, 2020 - 9:00am

Visit the exhibition at


Over the winter semester 2020, OCAD U faculty Penelope Smart and Pam Patterson and 25 students of CROS 2002 Contemporary Issues: Art Today met on Thursday afternoons to explore the concept of identity — the solid, evaporating, congealing, fractured, token, sincere question of Who am I? within contemporary art practices. Our inquiry took on many forms: personal writings and responses on issues of representation and difference, memory and imagination, and the mediation of the world through technologies. Together, we mapped frameworks of the self through readings, peer discussions, presentations and gallery visits, working toward a fluid, unscripted, collective expression of our findings: a group exhibition of individual works that speak to identity as a myriad of stories we tell ourselves (or are told) about who we are. 

“Storying”-as-exhibit was set to open in the Learning Zone on April 2nd, 2020. As Covid-19 became a reality for the OCAD U community and across the globe, we pivoted to the OCAD U Library's digital platform. It is exciting and meaningful for us to share these works — as self-expression in the here and now — with online audiences during this extraordinary time. It has never been more important to stay connected and curious about other people. How do our personal experiences, histories, creative talents, and daily hopes and fears work to both keep us apart and bring us closer?

This website serves as an online exhibition and creative portfolio of the course. Please explore the multidisciplinary works — spanning painting, drawing, textile, sculpture, animation, music, AI tech and video — of students by navigating to the online exhibition and Facebook page. On the exhibition site, you can also read short artist statements including poems, lyrics and creative texts, which accompany and illuminate each work.

Thank you for visiting.

-- Penelope Smart, curator and tutorial leader


Exhibition Statement: “Storying” is an exhibition by students in CROS 2002 Contemporary Issues: Art Today. Individual works spanning a variety of media query identity as a creative act — a thing to be made, re-made, told, written, erased, re-written, documented and performed. Works consider how questions of authorship and authority shape the stories we tell about who we are.

Exhibiting Artists: Anam Feerasta, Bernobayobaylee/ Lee Reid, Carla Sierra Suarez, Carmen Mahave, Chris Mullrooney, Emily Flynn, Esther Liang, Fabina Germain, Fuyu Liu, Jerry Zhou, Kaia Fortis Scott, Lou Davis, Lucas Kim, Madison Burke, Philberta Mak, Raf Dan McEwan, Tony Leung, Violet Liepins, Zhenhao Sun

Professor: Pam Patterson 

Project curator: Penelope Smart, Tutorial Leader

Assistant curator: Temple Marucci-Campbell 

Web design: Marta Chudolinska

A special thank you to Marta Chudolinska, of the OCAD U Learning Zone, for her positivity, helpfulness and technical and administrative knowledge and support.

Venue & Address:


Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

Reuse/Refuse features student works that utilize and reimagine materials from DRPT's new Reuse Depot.
Works from Claudia Menecola, Anita Lasek, Anmol Chokkar, Athena Nemeth, Francisco Lethbridge, Lesley Chan, Rayka Simoni, and Alysha Rocca are on display in the Ada Slaight Student Hub Presentation Space until November 9th, 2019. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Ada Slaight Student Hub Presentation Space 4th floor 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON
reuse refuse text on green background

New Living Wall Garden by Raquel Da Silva in Rosalie Sharp Pavilion

Raquel Da Silva Wall Work
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:15am

A new living wall wall work by DRPT student Raquel Da Silva has been installed in OCAD University’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. This project was commissioned by the Faculty of Art and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), and generously supported by Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) sponsorships.

As part of the Faculty of Art’s Painting in the Expanded Field course, students were asked to create site-specific proposals for a window/wallcorner in the recently renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. Taking into account the building’s focus on experiential learning, the CEAD on level 3 and the publicly visible space, seventeen unique proposals were presented.

A committee of representatives from the CEAD, the Faculty of Art and OCAD U’s Health and Safety team shortlisted three proposals before selecting Raquel Da Silva’s project, Garden of CEAD. Raquel’s piece interpreted the CEAD as a safe space which provides students with the opportunities to grow and flourish. With this in mind, this project realizes the concept of a “garden” through the integration of live plants to foster the idea of growth and transformation. The piece is composed of several layers: a background design painted on the wall, wall-mounted planters and several laser-cut shapes and characters. The result is a three-dimensional wall garden that will grow over time.

Special thanks to Colette Laliberté for facilitating this project and making it possible.

Honourable Mentions:
Fourteen Art Students by Brianna Bruce
Sunseed by Hana Elmisry and Nicole Kim

A Day in the Life of a Student: A showcase of student work

black and white photo of a sculpted pine cone
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:00am to Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Associate Professor Ron Wood is pleased to showcase another set of student work from the B&W-Camera & Darkroom class. This 1st assignment is called “A Day in the Life of a Student”. The students use analogue cameras, develop their own film and work in wet labs to produce their own prints. For most of the students, this is their 1st time in the darkroom. The originals of this work are showing in the display cases 4th floor, Photography Department, 100 McCaul Street until March 12th.

Link above is to the work on FLICKR.



Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street 4th floor, Photography Department, the display cases in the corridor leading to Photography Toronto, ON

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A showcase of student work from Ron Wood's Black & White Photo 1 classes

black and white photo of a womans hand being tattooed with Henna
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 2:00pm to Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

A showcase of student work from two Black & White Photo 1 classes (Ron Wood, Associate Professor). The assignment is called "A Personal Photo Narrative”. The students used analogue cameras, developed their own film and worked in wet labs to produce their own prints. For most of the students, this was their 1st time in the darkroom. The originals of this work are showing in the display cases 4th floor, Photography Department, 100 McCaul Street for a few of weeks.

Link below is to the work on FLICKR.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St Photography Department in the display cases on the 4th floor