(Toronto—January 24, 2012) OCAD University will launch Toronto's art auction season with its third annual Project 31 fundraiser in support of art and design students and programs.
One of the city's most accessible art collecting events, Project 31 is a live art auction, held on Thursday, March 29, offering up stunning paintings, photography, limited edition prints, sculpture, textiles and fibre, illustration, jewellery and digital media by OCAD U's talented faculty members, and a few specially invited guests.
What makes the event unique is how Project 31 pairs the support of donating faculty members with specific areas of need at the university.
"We have faculty members who donate the proceeds from the sale of their work toward program-specific scholarships, awards or bursaries for students," says OCAD U Vice-President, Academic and Acting President Sarah McKinnon. "Others choose to direct proceeds toward our library and Learning Zone, our Florence Off-Campus Studies Program, live model hours, or investments of new equipment for specific programs." Since its inception, Project 31 has raised more than $150,000 to support areas of need at the university. "We're very grateful for our community's incredible generosity, and to be able to direct the proceeds from their donations to areas close to their hearts."
The auction a great place for budding art collectors to score great buys, with works selling very affordably anywhere from a few hundred dollars to under $10,000. Through the auction, patrons are able to access work by OCAD U's award-winning faculty members - a pool of creative talent found nowhere else in Canada - while enriching the learning experience for the next generation of artists and designers.
This year's auction includes work by Sandra Altwerger, Catherine Beaudette, Rudolf Bikkers, Philippe Blanchard, George Boileau, Robyn Cumming, Judith Doyle, Gary Gray, Lee Henderson, April Hickox, Natalka Husar, Chung-Im Kim, Anda Kubis, Anita Kunz, Surendra Lawoti, JJ Lee, Ginette Legarè, Jennifer Long, Laura Millard, Iza Mokrosz, Sarah Nind, Luke Painter, Nicholas and Sheila Pye, Jon Rafman, John Scott, Pete Smith, Vladimir Spicanovic, Peter Sramek, Gary Taxali, Jon Todd and Sylvia Whitton.
This year's auctioneer is Stephen Ranger, Vice President Business Development at Waddington's.
OCAD University's Project 31 Art Auction
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Artwork Preview: 6 p.m.
Live Auction: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $95 (purchase tickets at www.ocadu.ca/project31)
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | http://www.ocadu.ca/
OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
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