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OCAD University announces its 2014 medallists

Top graduating students honoured at 99th Annual Graduate Exhibition

(Toronto – April 30, 2014) OCAD University is honouring exceptional students among the graduating class of 2014 by awarding them OCAD U program medals. Chosen by juries made up of faculty members, these students represent the top talent in each of the 13 undergraduate disciplines.

This year’s medal-winning thesis projects include:

  • an exploration of the history and future of our waterways through archival maps and powerful videos of local voices
  • a prosthetic hand conceived by the amputee community tailored to specialized tasks
  • a concept for a space that nurtures the architecture and art of human connectedness and collaboration
  • the design of disruptive typefaces that addresses issues of privacy and surveillance

“An OCAD University education is so powerful because our students are driven not only by their powerful imaginations but the capacity to manifest ideas in powerful and tangible prototypes, design and art works,” said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “We open our doors to everyone in the community this weekend to see the thoughtful and creative work produced by our graduates.”

The winners showcase their thesis works alongside more than 600 of their peers as part of OCAD University’s 99th annual Graduate Exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at 100 McCaul Street. The 13 medal-winning projects will be displayed in the Great Hall, 2nd floor.



The 2014 medal winners are:

Faculty of Art:
Mike Badour (Drawing & Painting)
Alex Beriault (Sculpture/Installation)
Megan Hunter-Gauthier (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Cecelia Leddy (Printmaking)
Aaron MacDonald (Photography)
Connor Olthuis (Integrated Media)

Faculty of Design:
Hudson Christie (Illustration)
Bri Cleary (Material Art & Design)
Ocean Fukuda (Industrial Design)
Chris Lange (Graphic Design)
Brendan McMullen (Advertising)
Sanaz Mianji (Environmental Design)

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences:
Rickee Charbonneau (Digital Futures)

GradEx 2014 runs Thursday, May 1, to Sunday, May 4. Everyone is invited for Opening Night, Thursday, May 1, 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 winners will receive their medals at OCAD University’s Spring Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 12, at Roy Thomson Hall.

Background Information: 2014 OCAD University Medal Winners

Faculty of Art:

Mike Badour (Drawing & Painting)
Badour’s graphic paintings explore the self as a metaphor of post-production, examining how difficult it is to make finite conclusions about subjective choices.

Alex Beriault (Sculpture/Installation)
By combining performance and sculpture, Beriault’s installations construct an unconventional atmosphere that she shares with the audience, creating an experience that is equally confrontational as it is inviting.

Megan Hunter-Gauthier (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
Hunter-Gauthier has created Water-Log, an online initiative to collect audio-recorded stories, memories and sentiments about the industrial past and proposed future of the lakes and rivers that surround Témiscaming and Kipawa in Québec.

Cecelia Leddy (Printmaking)
Leddy’s Perpetual Paths is a series of work that explores the origins of personal identity and human connectedness, made by etching and printing on layers of transparent acrylic.

Aaron MacDonald (Photography)
The video installation Fixing a Hole uses the ubiquitously photographed sunset as a theme to rearrange our relationship with the sublime landscape, subverting the desire of everyday photographers to fix into an image a process over which we have no control: the passing of time.

Connor Olthuis (Integrated Media)
Conditioners is a sculptural exploration of the invisible, facilitative infrastructure systems of our lives — an abstraction of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing systems that allow us to thrive in artificial spaces.

Faculty of Design:

Hudson Christie (Illustration)
Christie’s series of images, Work-Life Balance, depicts 10 people who must multi-task to juggle their incompatible jobs and hobbies, sometimes in a disturbing juxtaposition.

Bri Cleary (Material Art & Design)

With TODOT: Urban Infographic Pattern, Cleary communicates the fluctuating relationship between humans and the urban environment with a surface design collection that reflects data from weather patterns to transit rhythms.

Ocean Fukuda (Industrial Design)
Fukuda collaborated with an industrial woodworker/spiritual leader from Six Nations to complete his thesis project, Symbolic. Featuring clan symbols on wooden doors, the work aims to strengthen pride and promote awareness of the Six Nations community.

Chris Lange (Graphic Design)
In Typographic Obfuscation, Lange explores ways to defend the privacy of day-to-day personal communication using low-tech and accessible tactics as an alternative to encryption.

Brendan McMullen (Advertising)
Pursue the New, McMullen’s ad campaign concept for a soda company, celebrates the stories of strange soda flavours and those who drink them.

Sanaz Mianji (Environmental Design)
Mianji’s House of Artists is space designed as a stable foundation for artists and entrepreneurs, foster a thriving community that nourishes inspiration, growth and innovation.

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences:

Rickee Charbonneau (Digital Futures)
Charbonneau’s thesis, AmpGear, studies the potential of a prosthesis that goes beyond the limits of the human hand and can be made at home on a 3D printer.

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

Event Sponsors: Delaney Capital Management, First Capital Realty, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Borden Ladner Gervais, Blackberry, Level5, Steam Whistle Brewing

Media Sponsors: CP24, NOW Magazine

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