Laser cut skateboard art

OCAD U Graphic Design student Alex Bailey talks about his laser cut skateboard designs

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Astral Plane

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 4:00am

A collaborative installation project by Nicholas Robins and Christopher Benjamin Speck that explores the artists’ internal geography and shared personal symbology. Constructions, wall paintings and curated displays will transform the gallery into a personal, spiritual, interior landscape.

Opening Party:
September 13 (6-9pm)

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery
Opening Thursday September 13th 7PM-9PM 52 McCaul St. OCAD U Student Gallery Sep 5 - Oct 6

Working It: Student Works From Printmaking, Publications & Photography

Photo of an art booth at the Union Station Holiday Market
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Visit us at The Union Station Holiday Market!

OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is pleased to partner with the Toronto Market Co. to realize this Career Launcher opportunity for student artist Tetyana Herych and upper-year students from the Photography, Printmaking and Publications specializations.
Booth curation by CRCP student Janine Arellano.


Venue & Address: 
Union Station 65 Front St. W.

Call for Submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser

MESH logo
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

This is a call for submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser, giving OCAD U students an opportunity to display and sell their artwork in a social setting. 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. Details of the charity are in this link:

Please submit the following to by Friday, OCTOBER 23
1. Your name and the faculty you belong to 2. A description of your artwork/product/entrepreneurial venture (50-100 words) with a picture of your artwork/product 3. A link to your website or portfolio 3. Price range of your art/product (if selling)

Our timeline is as follows:
Submission Deadline October 30
Jurors Selection Announced November 1
SHOW Friday, November 13, 7 to 11 p.m. (49 McCaul)

For any questions or inquiries please direct them to

After the submission deadline, this link will serve as an event page.

Venue & Address:

OCAD U Perspectives Exhibition

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00pm

Presented by the Faculty of Design and the Faculty of Art
Dedicated to art and design education, OCAD University offers a wide range of disciplines and diverse programs that bridge the fields of contemporary art, digital media and design, sustainability, health and wellness, cultural diversity and indigenous cultures. Explore the work of faculty and their students at OCAD U's Perspectives Exhibition and discover new areas of art, design and visual culture.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul The Great Hall
Perspective poster

Mercedes Benz Financial Services – Experiencing Perspectives

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 9:00pm

Art is the spirit of the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services workplace.
Please join us as we celebrate our seventh installation of the Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition, featuring creations from the students, alumni and professors from the Drawing & Painting Department of OCAD University, the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media institution in Canada. Meet the artists. Tour the exhibition in our office space. Enjoy cuisine and conversation.

OCAD University is grateful for the generous support of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services which includes The MBFS Direct Entry (to Drawing and Painting) Scholarship, The DRPT Medal winner award, and funding the DRPT graduate catalogue for the last 7 years!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 14

Venue & Address: 
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services 2680 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, Ontario L4W 0A5
Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition poster with event info, Mercedes-Benz logo and landscape painting by David Young

I am the Ghost

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:30pm to Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:30pm

An OCAD University Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design thesis exhibition by Carole Chaloupka

Opening reception: April 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Gallery hours: April 16 and 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


I am the Ghost – Making New Meaning through Body, Art and Metaphor is the thesis exhibition of IAMD MFA candidate Carole Chaloupka. Through her figurative and autobiographical art practice, Carole examines body-based meaning-making through movement, ritual and metaphor, culminating in works of sculpture, filmed performance and photography.

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I am the Ghost poster with event info and webcam still of Carole Chaloupka

Apathy Action

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 8:15pm to Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:15pm

APATHY/ACTION brings together two projects that respond to incidents of idleness and alienation on campus. Nyssa Komorowski and Megan Yetman operate the front gallery as an open publications studio, and as their production space for the Apathy issue of Patterns Magazine.  The back gallery is a social space informed by interventions by Matt Apedaile, who produces DIY furniture in his painting studio to encourage sociability amongst his peers. Come make, meet, discuss, organize and socialize! Or, like, don’t. Whatever.
Matt Apedaile, Nyssa Komorowski and Megan Yetman
Curated by Caroline Macfarlane and Vanessa Nicholas
Pub Nights every Thursday!
Thursday, March 12 (5-9PM): Speakeasy, OCAD!
Thursday, March 19 (6-10PM): Function 8
Thursday, March 26 (6-10PM):  Sister Corita FUN-raiser
Thursday, April 2 (7-11PM): Pub Pub
Poster design by Tucker McLachlan, OCAD U Student Press

Exhibition Date: 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to Saturday, April 4, 2015

Venue & Address: 
Thursday, March 12 (5-9PM): Speakeasy, OCAD! Thursday, March 19 (6-10PM): Function 8 Thursday, March 26 (6-10PM):&nbsp; Sister Corita FUN-raiser Thursday, April 2 (7-11PM): Pub Pub
Apathy Action

OCAD University designers take home top packaging prize

Photo of competition winners
Image of front and back of cleaner packaging
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

Dora Poon (BDes, Industrial Design, 2015) and Zhi Gao (fourth-year Graphic Design student) emerged victorious at the 2015 student design competition organized by the Packaging Consortium (PAC), beating out rivals from Durham, Seneca, Humber, Mohawk and George Brown colleges. This is the second year in a row that an OCAD University team has scored first place.

Professor Stuart Werle offered the contest as a project option for his Packaging Design 2 students in winter 2015. The competition rules stipulated that each team design packaging for a 710 mL bottle of Walmart’s Great Value Eco toilet bowl cleaner. Werle encouraged participating students to demonstrate how their branding and packaging for that product could translate to other items in the Great Value Eco line.

With only one entry permitted for each institution, Werle formed a committee — including Mhairi Robertson, who won the 2014 competition — to select OCAD U’s entry. Members chose Poon’s effort as the top design; however, seeing great strength in Gao’s design, Werle encouraged the two to collaborate.

On June 17, Poon and Gao pitched their work in a seven-minute presentation to more than 200 packaging-industry leaders at the PACEX Toronto packaging show. After all the teams had spoken, the audience voted in real time, with Poon and Gao coming out on top. For Werle, “the key to their design was the blending of very strong branding, packaging graphics and bottle form with truly unique and innovative sustainable elements, including a 5X concentrate EcoPak® that would enable consumers to reuse each bottle without having to recycle them.”

OCAD U artists support social causes at upcoming Timeraiser

Image of painting called Disperse, by artist Andre Kan
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 4:00am

On Saturday May 30 at Toronto's Power Plant Gallery, 18 OCAD U alumni and student artists will see their works on the auction block. But there’s a twist – bidders will be spending their volunteer hours rather than cash to take home the art.

Dubbed “a volunteer matching fair, a silent art auction, and a night out on the town,” Toronto’s 12th Timeraiser helps support emerging artists while promoting social causes. Timeraiser purchases the works from artists and the audience bids volunteer time to dozens of local charities including Habitat for Humanity, Native Women’s Resource Centre, Horizons for Youth and Open Studio.

Throughout the evening, participants meet with the various non-profit organizations to find available skilled volunteer opportunities. Once matches are made, the bidding can begin. Winning bidders have 12 months to fulfill their pledges in order to bring home the artwork as a reminder of their goodwill.

Tickets for the event are $20, OCAD U alumni and students only pay half price.