OCAD University honours top students with medals

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00am

(Toronto—May 1, 2013) OCAD University has honoured 12 of its graduating students with the university’s top accolade this week: the OCAD U medal. The highest achieving students in each of the university’s undergraduate programs are chosen by a faculty jury, and acknowledged as ambassadors for each of their respective programs.

“Whether it is unpacking the immigrant experience or revisiting a homeland after monumental change; addressing the health care challenges of our aging population or making new connections to our local farmers; understanding what drives the creation of our online personas or designing solutions for poverty-stricken nations, OCAD University’s students are emerging leaders who will solve our world’s complex problems,” said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “I invite everyone to join us this weekend for our graduate exhibition, to celebrate the imagination of our graduates.”

This year’s medal winners showcase their thesis works alongside more than 500 of their peers as part of OCAD University’s 98th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2013 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Jessica Tai (Photography)     
Alex Thompson (Printmaking)

Faculty of Design:
Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
Maria Soroka (Advertising)

The Graduate Exhibition runs Thursday, May 2, to Sunday, May 5. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.). For details and a complete event schedule, visit www.ocadu.ca/gradex, or download the free smartphone app with information on wayfinding, exhibitors, medal winners and more at http://myeventapps.com/ocadugradex.

The 12 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University’s Spring Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, at Roy Thomson Hall. Medal winners will also be invited to contribute their works toward the university’s award-winning visual identity.

Background Information: 2013 OCAD University Medal Winners:

Faculty of Art:

Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Bursey’s research and publishing project, Father Knowledge, Mother Tongue, is a collaboration with her parents that highlights their stories of immigration, language, labour and adaptation. 

Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
In Crowds and Collisions, Doyle uses paper, beading, video and performance to explore moments of connection and distance between individuals.

Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Goldby's thesis work Premier Life focuses on personal branding strategies in social networks and the conditions and experiences that are built into the pursuit of online presence.  

Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Alifan’s paintings in the series It’s not Milk are an exploration of the modern gaze, creating a language of underlying sexual subtexts.

Jessica Tai (Photography)  
Tai’s To Shadow a Failure is inspired by photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot’s early explorations — and failures — as he developed the salt print process.

Alex Thompson (Printmaking)
In his work Self-Portrait: Bildungsroman I, Thompson draws from architectural renderings and his experience in educational institutions to explore the process of personal development.

Faculty of Design:

Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Akbary created her video installation All that’s been said & done after visiting her home village in Afghanistan after a long absence, where she distributed disposable cameras to more than 40 children and asked them to help her see through their eyes.

Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Kim’s Plant Haiti Campaign is multi-pronged; it aims to replenish the once-lush Haitian countryside with the nearly entirely edible Moringa tree, alleviate poverty and hunger and to empower youth.

Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Mackenzie renders controversial proposals by contemporary scientists and intellectuals into visual metaphors to explore why they make us so uncomfortable in her series, Dangerous Ideas.

Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
McCarten’s body of work, Fabricate, uses a variety of textile media to investigate our perceptions of value.

Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
In her concept for The Bath, Paashuis builds on her experience working in the health and long-term care sectors to develop a recreational centre with social responsibility and inclusivity as core design values.

Maria Soroka (Advertising)
Soroka’s campaign Localosity aims to engage mainstream audiences in the local food movement to foster a greater human connectivity between urban consumers and rural producers.

OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of 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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Contact:
Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00am

(Toronto—May 1, 2013) OCAD University has honoured 12 of its graduating students with the university’s top accolade this week: the OCAD U medal. The highest achieving students in each of the university’s undergraduate programs are chosen by a faculty jury, and acknowledged as ambassadors for each of their respective programs.

“Whether it is unpacking the immigrant experience or revisiting a homeland after monumental change; addressing the health care challenges of our aging population or making new connections to our local farmers; understanding what drives the creation of our online personas or designing solutions for poverty-stricken nations, OCAD University’s students are emerging leaders who will solve our world’s complex problems,” said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “I invite everyone to join us this weekend for our graduate exhibition, to celebrate the imagination of our graduates.”

This year’s medal winners showcase their thesis works alongside more than 500 of their peers as part of OCAD University’s 98th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2013 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Jessica Tai (Photography)     
Alex Thompson (Printmaking)

Faculty of Design:
Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
Maria Soroka (Advertising)

The Graduate Exhibition runs Thursday, May 2, to Sunday, May 5. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.). For details and a complete event schedule, visit www.ocadu.ca/gradex, or download the free smartphone app with information on wayfinding, exhibitors, medal winners and more at http://myeventapps.com/ocadugradex.

The 12 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University’s Spring Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, at Roy Thomson Hall. Medal winners will also be invited to contribute their works toward the university’s award-winning visual identity.

Background Information: 2013 OCAD University Medal Winners:

Faculty of Art:

Tara Bursey (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Bursey’s research and publishing project, Father Knowledge, Mother Tongue, is a collaboration with her parents that highlights their stories of immigration, language, labour and adaptation. 

Shannon Lea Doyle (Sculpture/Installation)
In Crowds and Collisions, Doyle uses paper, beading, video and performance to explore moments of connection and distance between individuals.

Mike Goldby (Integrated Media)
Goldby's thesis work Premier Life focuses on personal branding strategies in social networks and the conditions and experiences that are built into the pursuit of online presence.  

Ivan Alifan (Drawing & Painting)
Alifan’s paintings in the series It’s not Milk are an exploration of the modern gaze, creating a language of underlying sexual subtexts.

Jessica Tai (Photography)  
Tai’s To Shadow a Failure is inspired by photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot’s early explorations — and failures — as he developed the salt print process.

Alex Thompson (Printmaking)
In his work Self-Portrait: Bildungsroman I, Thompson draws from architectural renderings and his experience in educational institutions to explore the process of personal development.

Faculty of Design:

Sayeda Akbary (Graphic Design)
Akbary created her video installation All that’s been said & done after visiting her home village in Afghanistan after a long absence, where she distributed disposable cameras to more than 40 children and asked them to help her see through their eyes.

Jenn Seoyoung Kim (Industrial Design)
Kim’s Plant Haiti Campaign is multi-pronged; it aims to replenish the once-lush Haitian countryside with the nearly entirely edible Moringa tree, alleviate poverty and hunger and to empower youth.

Ashley Mackenzie (Illustration)
Mackenzie renders controversial proposals by contemporary scientists and intellectuals into visual metaphors to explore why they make us so uncomfortable in her series, Dangerous Ideas.

Colleen McCarten (Material Art & Design)
McCarten’s body of work, Fabricate, uses a variety of textile media to investigate our perceptions of value.

Tara Paashuis (Environmental Design)
In her concept for The Bath, Paashuis builds on her experience working in the health and long-term care sectors to develop a recreational centre with social responsibility and inclusivity as core design values.

Maria Soroka (Advertising)
Soroka’s campaign Localosity aims to engage mainstream audiences in the local food movement to foster a greater human connectivity between urban consumers and rural producers.

OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of 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.

# # #

Contact:
Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)