Drawing & Painting Digital Painting Atelier

“My working process will never be the same again. Having the opportunity to access the digital painting atelier was an immense inspiration. The residency allowed me a rare chance to explore my digital painting ambitions. Each work produced is in transition, but represents a different element of my practice. In terms of an overview, I am leaving OCAD U with about twelve projects. Having this invaluable opportunity gave me a new, fresh and exciting insight into how best to approach my work. Many thanks to John Deal and Luke Painter for this fantastic opportunity.”
Kate Wilson, artist and DPA participant

“The Digital Painting Atelier has been a terrific opportunity for artists to experiment with the various expanding practices that connect with the mediums of drawing and painting. Over the past few years it has been a distinct pleasure to have artists engage with the OCAD U community and grapple with contemporary issues related to the hand made and the digital.”
Luke Painter, assistant professor, Drawing & Painting and chair, Printmaking


The Digital Painting Atelier is an innovative artist in residence program. It's designed to support the digital curriculum of the Drawing & Painting Program and the DPXA area of specialization in the Faculty of Art. Drawing on the initial success of the Digital Atelier initiative, this new residency is an opportunity for artists to interact with the OCAD U community and to produce new works with the use of our Drawing & Painting Digital Research Lab. The residency will contribute to the diversification and innovation of artistic practice, make valuable contributions to OCAD U and advance digital technology and art making within the fields of drawing, painting and animation.

What is The Digital Painting Atelier?

Artists are invited to submit proposals to the Digital Painting Atelier. Artists are selected through a jury process. This opportunity provides artists with one-week access to technology and technical support offered through the Digital Drawing & Painting Lab for creative experimentation and expansion of their practice. Artists will produce a new and original edition of artwork/digital prints and interact with the community of the Drawing & Painting program. The artwork produced during the residency will benefit both the visiting artists and the Drawing & Painting program. The artists maintain majority ownership through a 60/40 split of a minimum edition of five prints. The Faculty of Art will exhibit, auction and archive the remaining 40 per cent of the edition. This will in turn offsets the cost of running the Digital Painting Atelier and help raise funds for other initiatives in the Faculty of Art.

OCAD U students will have an opportunity to interact with artists in residence as well as assist in the development of artists' projects. The visiting artists will be expected to lecture on their work, conduct informal presentations, critiques and/or workshops to students and faculty. The artists will be entitled to an honorarium, travel expenses and accommodations during the residency. Please see the application form for more details.

Previous DPA Residency participants

Kate Wilson (Toronto), Alex Fischer (Toronto), Leah Beeferman (Brooklyn, New York), Danielle Tegeder (New York City), Jon Rafman (Montreal), Pia Myrvold (Paris), Alex McLeod (Toronto), and Alex Livingston (Halifax)


Send all applications and inquiries to: dpa@ocadu.ca

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 23

Download the DPA Submission Form

Featured art works:

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson 2014

Paul Fournier

Paul Fournier 2014

Alex Fischer

Alex Fischer 2014

Leah Beeferman

Leah Beeferman 2014

Brendan Flanagan

Brendan Flanagan 2013