Alumni Relations engages our alumni as active participants, advocates, and contributors


abstract figurative work, predominantly blue
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 4:00am



OCTOBER 7TH - 29TH, 2016



“At what precise moment...

...does an individual stop being who he thinks he is?

You know, I don't like complications.

Cut off my arm. I say, "Me and my arm."

You cut off my other arm. I say, "Me and my two arms."

You...take out...

...take out my stomach, my kidneys,

assuming that were possible...

And I say, "Me and my intestines."

Follow me?

And now, if you cut off my head...

...would I say, "Me and my head" or "Me and my body"?

What right has my head to call itself me?

What right?”

Excerpt from the film “The Tenant”, 1976, by Roman Polanski.


Michael Antkowiak (Warsaw, 1977) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. He has since exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Queens Museum of Art, in New York City, and Carrie Secrist Gallery, in Chicago, Il. Michael is a recipient of several artist’s grants and residencies, including the Toronto Arts Council Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Michael lives and works in Toronto, and in addition to his studio practice, teaches as a drawing and painting instructor at OCAD University.



Blue, oil on canvas 12”x16” 2016

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 9:30am

Welcome to OCAD U’s new alumni newsletter! As part of OCAD U’s thriving community, we look forward to sharing with you our latest news, activities and projects. Our campus has grown and our curriculum continues to nurture the minds of artists, designers and innovators.

Our alumni are found in countries all across the globe. Whether you remember it as OCA or the Ontario College of Art and Design, OCAD University is now Canada’s largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university.

Perhaps when you attended, most of your classes were at 100 McCaul St. or across the street at the Annex Building. We are growing!

During the past three years, OCAD U has focused on ensuring that its spaces support increased interdisciplinary learning to enhance our students’ education. Our Creative City Campus project is in full swing, building and renewing infrastructure while putting OCAD U on the map in Toronto’s dynamic downtown cultural corridor.

Rosalie Sharp Pavilion

Most recently, OCAD U officially re-opened the refurbished Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at 115 McCaul St. (Dundas and McCaul streets). Thanks to our generous donors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp, the building is now home to the university’s Experiential Learning Centre and new thesis space. An alumna of OCAD University, artist and designer Rosalie Sharp was the university’s first Chancellor, and purchased the building as a gift to the university in 1998.

We’re thrilled to provide more space for students to engage in the type of practical, hands-on learning that we are known for; to foster innovation, expertise and career success.

The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, on the third floor, has a wide scope of activities and opportunities to help students and recent graduates succeed in the working world.

Here, students and recent alumni can find work-integrated learning placements, jobs, attend special career-building events and programs, professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities.

George Reid House Officially Re-opens

OCAD University’s historic George Reid House officially re-opened in September. The dynamic renovation of the building included the addition of Indigenous artwork created by Inuk artist Couzyn van Heuvelen.

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 building’s refurbishment 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.

The Creative City Campus project 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).

Artist Couzyn van Heuvelen, Elder Duke Redbird, President Sara Diamond, Jaime Watt, Chair, OCAD University Board of Governors and student Gabriel Rojas Hruska. Photo by Martin Iskander

 Work by Couzyn van Heuvelen, photo by Martin Iskander

Come visit the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

Recent alumni are encouraged to come visit the new home of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) on Level 3 of 115 McCaul St. to receive career development services and to participate in a wide variety of activities. Recent alumni can remain involved with the university by:

  • Working from the public 3rd floor space; holding meetings with clients and collaborators
  • Meeting with Career Advisors to talk about their needs and aspirations
  • Attending events such as the OCAD U Design Career Fair (March 2019)
  • Chatting with the two Creative Professionals-In-Residence to ask career-related questions and to talk about their projects and goals

A rendering of the exterior of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. The stainless steel scrim, designed by Bortolotto Architects, represents a data visualization of downtown Toronto streets overlaid with arts and cultural institutions.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the re-opening of the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion.

Study art in Florence, Italy this spring and summer

OCAD University, Canada’s leader in preparing the next generation of contemporary artists, is pleased to be opening the doors of our Florence studio to the public!

A new set of non-credit courses being offered beginning this spring (2019) is open to the public of all skill levels, creative practitioners worldwide and the OCAD U community. These courses are led by OCAD U faculty members including Anda Kubis and Nicole Collins. You’ll have access to studio space in a quiet shared palazzo in Florence’s San Marco neighbourhood, group critiques, intro Italian lessons and group community events and tours.

Learn more about these courses including sample itineraries, course leader bios and other details.

Ignite Imagination

We have launched phase two of our Ignite Imagination fundraising campaign! The campaign, publicly launched in 2015, had an ambitious goal of $60 million. We’re happy to report that we have surpassed that goal, with $70 million in private and public support! This will support our Creative City Campus and infrastructure projects, our galleries, and our remarkable people and programs. In phase 2, our target is $30 million to achieve our stretch goal – an unprecedented $100 million. You can view our campaign video here.  

Upcoming Alumni Events

Save the Date  - Reunion 2019

Reunion Events Itinerary

  • Alumni Reunion Celebration Reception for all graduate classes ending in ‘4’ or ‘9’ (from 1954 straight through to 2014) is taking place on Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Alumni of Influence Awards – Saturday, May 4, 2019 (click here to nominate an alum)
  • Alumni Lounge at 104th Graduate Exhibition – Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Special GradEx Tours for Alumni – May 3 and May 4, 2019

For more information on upcoming OCAD University events, please visit the OCAD University Events Calendar  

Keep in touch!

We look forward to keeping you informed and staying in touch. For the latest in OCAD U news, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Aaron Jones: From the Ground Up

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:30am to Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

Aaron Jones is showing his amazing work as part of a group show, From The Ground Up.  Go check it out before it closes on February 14th

Venue & Address: 
Our Gallery 1444 Dupont Street, Unit 31 Toronto, ON
From the Ground Up poster, white text on black background

Design Career Fair - 2019

Design Career Fair 2019 Logo
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday, March 19 from 2 to 6pm 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD University
115 McCaul Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto

Portfolio Reviews! Talent Recruitment! Networking! Industry Insight! All students and recent alumni are encouraged to attend this event!

On March 19 from 2 pm – 6 pm, students and recent graduates are invited to the newly re-opened Rosalie Sharp Pavilion to connect with a wide range of leading employers who are on the lookout for top creative talent. This is an opportunity to connect with industry seeking emerging OCAD U talent, get feedback on your portfolio and build your professional network.

Some of the participating exhibitors include:

Grip Limited
Konrad Group
Loblaw Companies Limited
Norm Li
PwC Experience Consulting
Spin Master
...and more to be announced!

See more at:

Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto
416-977-6000 x 3848

Amanda Roy (MA, 2014)

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:15pm

Amanda Roy is currently Sales Manager North America - ALM (archives, libraries, museums) at Axiell, the number one provider of collections management technology in the world. In her capacity as a Collections Technology Specialist, Roy has worked with some of the largest institutions in the world: the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, and National Museum of American History, as well as Canadian institutions such as TIFF, Ryerson Image Center, and the Canadian Museum of History.

Martha Robinson (MA, 2014)

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 3:15pm

Martha Robinson is a PhD candidate in the Interuniversity program in Art History at Concordia University. Her doctoral research is rooted in an investigation of the animal—in particular, visual culture addressing birds and avian life, and how contemporary artists adopt strategies of representation (and species) to comment on issues of climate change and extinction in the so-called Anthropocene. She has conducted extensive research on animal art and collections in Canada and the United States, and is currently writing her dissertation.  Building on her Master’s research, her project engages both posthumanist theory and historic and current practices of representation in the discipline of natural history. Robinson has recently developed and taught two undergraduate courses at Concordia: Art and the Animal: Posthumanism, Visual Culture and Art History and The Art of Natural History and the Politics of the Collection. She has also written catalogue essays for Nicholas Crombach, Jannick Deslauriers and Clint Neufeld at Art Mûr.

Social Innovation Design Certificate

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 6:45am

For professionals who want to learn how design can be used as a tool to create social change, this 10-day international course is for you. Learn to apply design thinking and the participatory design process to co-create solutions to challenges faced by local residents in Quepos, Costa Rica.

Find out more here:

Graduates from this course will receive a Social Innovation Design Certificate from OCAD University Continuing Studies.

Costa Rica and continuing studies


photo of d bar at four seasons hotel
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 3:00pm

The art collection at Four Seasons Toronto has been curated to showcase some of Canada’s many wonderful artists and craftspeople. The collection is meant to intrigue and inspire — with the overall theme being a subtle and contemporary whisper to that of the “Canadiana”. We would like to further this intention by featuring the work of emerging Canadian artists in a rotating art installation in d|bar.

All submissions are to be received at Four Seasons Corporate Home Offices no later than February 19, 2019 at 3:00pm. Please email to

*Participants in the competition will be recent graduates and faculty of OCAD.
* The challenge: to capture the heart and spirit of our beloved Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
*Entries are restricted only by the proportion of the screen.
*The artwork may be representational, abstract, or conceptual; it can be adapted from a previous work by the artist or may be an entirely new piece. It may also be time-based media. In all cases, it must be appropriate for this venue (with 1 day and 2 night time concepts).
*The artwork may be stills in sequence or a reel on a loop.
*The competition will be a 2-stage jury. The jury will select a final short-list from all competition entries.
*Short-listed artists will each receive $2,000 to finalize their proposed piece in 3 versions: 1 day and 2 night time concepts. Four Seasons will have ownership, including all copyright herein, of the Artist’s Artwork installed at the media wall in d|bar as a result of being selected as part of the short-list. Four Seasons will ensure that the Artist’s name and title of the Artwork is identi-fied in photographs, video or other media of the Artwork for promotional purposes or otherwise.

Competition brief and specifications attached.

Venue & Address: 
d|bar Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, ON


the words "Painted Identities" in green
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This Saturday!


In conjunction with the exhibition Painted Identities at John B. Aird Gallery, artists in the exhibition will have a conversation about the role their identity has--or has not--played in the creation of their work. A discussion of the role of identity politics in painting, the art world and beyond.

Participating Artists:  Iman Bhatti, Angelica Fernandes, Yi-Shuan Lee, Faryal Shehzad, Michael Veneracion

Moderated by JJ Lee, Curator


Saturday, January 21, 2019

1:00-3:00 pm

John B. Aird Gallery

900 Bay Street

Toronto ON



Venue & Address: 
John B. Aird Gallery 900 Bay Street Toronto ON


OCAD U Alumni Association Logo
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumnus to attend — the sessions are open to everyone!

Bring a drawing board and materials. $10 cash per session. Please pay the monitor on duty.

Please note that due to room capacity limits these sessions are run on a first-come first-served basis. There are no reserved spots.

Venue & Address: 
Room 615 100 McCaul Street Toronto ON M5T 1W1
(416) 977-6000 ext. 4880
$10 Cash