Congratulations 2017 Alumni of Influence Award Winners

 

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

This year’s Alumni of Influence Awards celebration was held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at OCAD University. Five exceptional artists received the award, which celebrates the tremendous accomplishments of OCAD University alumni locally and around the world.

Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni of Influence recipients:

  • Legacy – Don Watt (AOCA, Industrial Design, 1953 – 1956)
  • Distinguished Alumni – Anita Kunz (AOCA, Communication & Design, 1978)
  • Distinguished Educator – Hugh Mackenzie (AOCA, Drawing & Painting, 1950)
  • Trailblazer– Carly McAskill (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2011)
  • Worldbuilder – Natalyn Tremblay (BFA, Integrated Media, 2006)

The recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a jury of alumni, faculty and staff. Award recipients demonstrate excellence in a diverse range of fields and activities, whether at home or abroad. This year’s recipients represent a wide variety of work, which ranges from illustrating the cover of the New Yorker to making social change through anti-oppression activism.

View the video profiles of this year's winners. 

This Alumni of Influence event was made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor TD Insurance.  

TBA curators Candice Hopkins (left) and Tairone Bastien (right), photo: Mariana D'Alberto
OCAD University has developed a number of initiatives to support the programming of Toronto’s first international Biennial of Art. The 72-day, free art exhibition will take place every two years.Launching September 21, 2019, the inaugural exhibition, curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, will present local, national, and international contemporary art in a city-wide experience. The event will provide unique experiential learning opportunities and placements for OCAD U undergraduate and graduate students.
President Diamond and President Murphy with students
The province’s leading universities focused on technology and design have teamed up to forge a new modelfor the delivery of post-secondary education in Ontario: together OCAD U and Ontario Tech University will develop dynamic new ways of learning, curriculum, programs and research capacities.
by Jody Hewgill
Assistant Professor Jody Hewgill will be giving a lecture on her illustration practice on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Syracuse University, School of Art, as part of the visiting artist lecture series.
Auctioneer Stephen Ranger, photo by Martin Iskander
Once again, OCAD U’s Project 31 fundraising auction was a great success, raising much-needed funds for scholarships and bursaries for students in financial need and the purchase of specialized equipment. This year, Project 31 featured 39 works donated by 42 of OCAD U’s award-winning faculty members and alumni. This year’s auction raised $144,250 (gross) and since 2010, the event has raised more than $1 million (net). 
Sesesiw (Yellow Legs) poster
The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to announce the launch of a second iteration of the "THIS IS RESEARCH" campaign, intended to raise awareness about research at OCAD University.
Dear Members of the OCAD U Community:  At 4:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon, OCAD University received the devastating news that the government of Ontario has withdrawn provincial funding for the Creative City Campus (CCC). We are unwilling to accept this as a final decision.  Ontario’s competitiveness depends on OCAD University’s talent. Our institution delivers practical, technical, creative learning to fulfil the needs of Ontario’s labour market. 
Still 1 from EMILY
OCAD U Continuing Studies instructor Otino Corsano's Ocean Course Films presents "EMILY" at FlagNoFlags, Chiesa di San Carlo e Sant’Agata in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
OCAD University graduate Yechel Gagnon was recognized at the end of March as Creator of the Year in Montérégie, QC, a $5000 prize given by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). The 17th edition of the award gathered more than 80 people from the Monteregian artistic community, along with partners and friends of the culture.
2017 Alumni of Influence award recipients
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

This year’s Alumni of Influence Awards celebration was held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at OCAD University. Five exceptional artists received the award, which celebrates the tremendous accomplishments of OCAD University alumni locally and around the world.

Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni of Influence recipients:

  • Legacy – Don Watt (AOCA, Industrial Design, 1953 – 1956)
  • Distinguished Alumni – Anita Kunz (AOCA, Communication & Design, 1978)
  • Distinguished Educator – Hugh Mackenzie (AOCA, Drawing & Painting, 1950)
  • Trailblazer– Carly McAskill (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2011)
  • Worldbuilder – Natalyn Tremblay (BFA, Integrated Media, 2006)

The recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a jury of alumni, faculty and staff. Award recipients demonstrate excellence in a diverse range of fields and activities, whether at home or abroad. This year’s recipients represent a wide variety of work, which ranges from illustrating the cover of the New Yorker to making social change through anti-oppression activism.

View the video profiles of this year's winners. 

This Alumni of Influence event was made possible through the support of Presenting Sponsor TD Insurance.