Top graduating students celebrated at 100th Annual Graduate Exhibition

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 4:00am

They are the stars of their programs, exceptional emerging artists and designers who demonstrate mastery of their medium, innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. At the opening celebration of GradEx 100, OCAD University is honouring one graduating student in each discipline with the OCAD University medal. Chosen by juries made up of faculty members, 14 undergraduate and six graduate students will receive the university’s top honour.

Medal-winning thesis projects include an app that lets audiences pay buskers from their phone, mask-like hangings made from crocheted fishing line, an ad campaign for “Canadian-flavoured” chips and brass and leather installations that evoke musical instruments from another era.

“These graduates join the ranks of artist Shary Boyle, illustrator Michael Martchenko, music video director Floria Sigismondi, painter Doris McCarthy and author Barbara Reid as alumni of Canada’s foremost art and design university,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, the university’s president and vice-chancellor. “The fact that this is the 100th edition of the Graduate Exhibition makes it even more special for our students and we invite the public to join us for this milestone event.”

The winners showcase their works alongside more than 900 of their peers at 100 McCaul St. and three other galleries at 49, 52 and 60 McCaul St.

GradEx 100 runs Wednesday, April 29, to Sunday, May 3. The public is invited to opening night celebrations on Wednesday April 29, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. (Members of the media are invited to a private reception which begins at 5 p.m.). Admission is free.

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 2015 medal winners

Faculty of Art:

  • Jamie Ranger – Criticism & Curatorial Practice
  • Nyssa Komorowski – Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications
  • Madeleine Till – Drawing & Painting
  • James Rollo – Integrated Media
  • Ravinder Rai – Photography  
  • Eli Howey – Printmaking
  • David Ballantine – Sculpture/Installation

       

Faculty of Design:

  • Eric Carrière – Advertising
  • Curtis Ho – Environmental Design
  • Jessica Bromley Bartram – Graphic Design
  • Heidi Berton – Illustration
  • Oscar Kwong – Industrial Design
  • Iva Dulanovic – Material Art & Design

 

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences:

  • Jessica Peter – Digital Futures

 

Graduate Studies:

  • Samuel Strong – Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
  • Victoria Mohr-Blakeney – Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Areen S. Khan – Digital Futures
  • Cheryl L’Hirondelle – Inclusive Design
  • Omar Badrin – Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design
  • Laura Dempsey – Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Illustrator Gary Taxali, an alumnus and faculty member, will be on hand to sign limited edition prints of the poster he designed for the centennial event. Student works will be available for purchase at feature sales from programs including Material Art & Design, Photography, Printmaking and Graphic Design.

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Other sponsors include: C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., First Capital Realty, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CP24 (Media Sponsor), NOW (Media Sponsor) and Steam Whistle (Event Sponsor).

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 4:00am

They are the stars of their programs, exceptional emerging artists and designers who demonstrate mastery of their medium, innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. At the opening celebration of GradEx 100, OCAD University is honouring one graduating student in each discipline with the OCAD University medal. Chosen by juries made up of faculty members, 14 undergraduate and six graduate students will receive the university’s top honour.

Medal-winning thesis projects include an app that lets audiences pay buskers from their phone, mask-like hangings made from crocheted fishing line, an ad campaign for “Canadian-flavoured” chips and brass and leather installations that evoke musical instruments from another era.

“These graduates join the ranks of artist Shary Boyle, illustrator Michael Martchenko, music video director Floria Sigismondi, painter Doris McCarthy and author Barbara Reid as alumni of Canada’s foremost art and design university,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, the university’s president and vice-chancellor. “The fact that this is the 100th edition of the Graduate Exhibition makes it even more special for our students and we invite the public to join us for this milestone event.”

The winners showcase their works alongside more than 900 of their peers at 100 McCaul St. and three other galleries at 49, 52 and 60 McCaul St.

GradEx 100 runs Wednesday, April 29, to Sunday, May 3. The public is invited to opening night celebrations on Wednesday April 29, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. (Members of the media are invited to a private reception which begins at 5 p.m.). Admission is free.

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 2015 medal winners

Faculty of Art:

  • Jamie Ranger – Criticism & Curatorial Practice
  • Nyssa Komorowski – Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications
  • Madeleine Till – Drawing & Painting
  • James Rollo – Integrated Media
  • Ravinder Rai – Photography  
  • Eli Howey – Printmaking
  • David Ballantine – Sculpture/Installation

       

Faculty of Design:

  • Eric Carrière – Advertising
  • Curtis Ho – Environmental Design
  • Jessica Bromley Bartram – Graphic Design
  • Heidi Berton – Illustration
  • Oscar Kwong – Industrial Design
  • Iva Dulanovic – Material Art & Design

 

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences:

  • Jessica Peter – Digital Futures

 

Graduate Studies:

  • Samuel Strong – Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
  • Victoria Mohr-Blakeney – Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Areen S. Khan – Digital Futures
  • Cheryl L’Hirondelle – Inclusive Design
  • Omar Badrin – Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design
  • Laura Dempsey – Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Illustrator Gary Taxali, an alumnus and faculty member, will be on hand to sign limited edition prints of the poster he designed for the centennial event. Student works will be available for purchase at feature sales from programs including Material Art & Design, Photography, Printmaking and Graphic Design.

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Other sponsors include: C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., First Capital Realty, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CP24 (Media Sponsor), NOW (Media Sponsor) and Steam Whistle (Event Sponsor).

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.