Ribbon is cut on the George Reid House!

 

Friday, November 9, 2018

OCAD University’s historic George Reid House has officially re-opened following a dynamic renovation of the building, including the addition of Indigenous artwork created by Inuk artist Couzyn van Heuvelen.

The building’s refurbishment – as part of OCAD University’s larger, Creative City Campus revitalization project  ̶  includes the modernization of interior facilities, the creation of new event, meeting and program spaces, and the development of an enhanced circulation space with display opportunities.

“This renewed space allows for dynamic social gatherings with upgraded technology, re-establishing the house as a significant university and community asset,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “In addition to the benefit to students, the refurbishment provides a unique opportunity for an Indigenous presence, in honour of the university’s commitment to Indigenous learning, as outlined in our Academic Plan.”

OCAD University commissioned van Heuvelen to create permanent artwork following a call to Indigenous artists and designers to submit proposals for artwork to be permanently installed in the refurbished building.

Longlisted this year for the Sobey Art Award, van Heuvelen was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and now lives in southern Ontario. His work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives.

George Reid House is the original 1921 campus building of the Ontario College of Art (OCA) and the first building in Canada built specifically for the purpose of the education of professional artists and designers.
The renovation project is part of the Creative City Campus capital initiative and is funded by the Government of Ontario (through the Ministry Training, Colleges and Universities) and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario).

Large slate slab carved with two blue birds
Work by Couzyn van Heuvelen, photo by Martin Iskander

Student Gabriel Rojas Ruska speaking at podium
Student Gabriel Rojas Ruska, photo by Martin Iskander

Large slate slab carved with four red birds
Work by Couzyn van Heuvelen, photo by Martin Iskander

Glenn McArthur, assistant professor, OCAD University, has been awarded first place in the poster competition at The International Colour Association (AIC) conference held in Buenos Aires in October. The poster highlighted the work of OCAD U first-year Colour and Two-Dimensional design students Alacia Karishma Jiwanand (Lisa), Brendan Callan and Carrie Ma.
OCAD U Instructor Anson Liaw's two illustrations have been selected to be a part of this year's OCAD University “ArtWorks 2019” art exhibition. The two illustrations selected for exhibition are: 1) Title: "Solidarity for New Zealand" .  The first submitted illustration entry is a personal non-commissioned illustration created in response to the two consecutive Christchurch mosque terrorist shooting attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019. 2) Title: "Pray for Amazonia" .     
The Canada School of Public Service has announced its new Digital Fellows -- among them, Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University and Director and Founder of the Inclusive Design Research Centre.
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City MOGULS is a unique event that celebrates Toronto's entrepreneurs in an unforgettable fashion show to raise money for Canadian charities. This year we are proud to be supporting Covenant House Toronto.  The event is Thursday, November 7th at The Toronto Event Centre and we are looking for volunteers! This will be an amazing opportunity to meet people from all different industries in Toronto, as well as be a part of an amazing charity event. If any students are interested in this opportunity, please fill out THIS google form no later than Monday October 21st. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Victoria Marshman at victoria@citymoguls.com or visit www.citymoguls.com for more information.   
Partial Gallery x OCAD U Artist Showcase banner made of logos
Check out the OCAD U Artist Showcase, where you can discover works available for rent or sale by current OCAD U students and recent graduates 
Couzyn van Heuvelen, Duke Redbird, Sara Diamond, Jaime Watt and Gabriel Rojas Ruska
Friday, November 9, 2018

OCAD University’s historic George Reid House has officially re-opened following a dynamic renovation of the building, including the addition of Indigenous artwork created by Inuk artist Couzyn van Heuvelen.

The building’s refurbishment – as part of OCAD University’s larger, Creative City Campus revitalization project  ̶  includes the modernization of interior facilities, the creation of new event, meeting and program spaces, and the development of an enhanced circulation space with display opportunities.

“This renewed space allows for dynamic social gatherings with upgraded technology, re-establishing the house as a significant university and community asset,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “In addition to the benefit to students, the refurbishment provides a unique opportunity for an Indigenous presence, in honour of the university’s commitment to Indigenous learning, as outlined in our Academic Plan.”

OCAD University commissioned van Heuvelen to create permanent artwork following a call to Indigenous artists and designers to submit proposals for artwork to be permanently installed in the refurbished building.

Longlisted this year for the Sobey Art Award, van Heuvelen was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and now lives in southern Ontario. His work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives.

George Reid House is the original 1921 campus building of the Ontario College of Art (OCA) and the first building in Canada built specifically for the purpose of the education of professional artists and designers.
The renovation project is part of the Creative City Campus capital initiative and is funded by the Government of Ontario (through the Ministry Training, Colleges and Universities) and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario).

Poster: 
Large slate slab carved with two blue birds
Student Gabriel Rojas Ruska speaking at podium
Large slate slab carved with four red birds