OCAD delegation to represent Canada at the

Cheongju International Craft Biennale


(Toronto—September 23, 2009) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to announce that 27 OCAD community members will represent Canada at the prestigious Cheongju International Craft Biennale, taking place September 23 to November 1 in the city of Cheongju, South Korea. As this year’s official guest country, Canada will be centre stage at the biennale, which attracts over 1 million visitors from around the world.

Two of OCAD’s Material Art & Design (MAAD) faculty members, Assistant Professor Robert Mitchell and Associate Professor Chung-Im Kim will be giving lectures on their creative processes and the MAAD program at OCAD. Their work, along with that by dozens of other OCAD alumni, faculty and former faculty has been selected for the Unity & Diversity exhibition of Canadian craft, curated by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy of NSCAD University.

“OCAD’s MAAD program is renowned for launching the careers of Canada’s most acclaimed craft artists,” remarked Mitchell. “The Cheongju Biennale is really a pinnacle event celebrating fine craft on the world stage, attended by the most influential and respected curators, collectors, craft historians and critics. I am honoured to have this opportunity to showcase the vitality and excellence of OCAD’s students, alumni and faculty to the rest of the world.”

In addition to representing Canada and OCAD at the biennale, Chung-Im Kim has played a vital role in establishing Canadian presence at the event. Kim acted as translator between the biennale’s visiting officials and representatives from local organizations coordinating the Canadian exhibition: the Canadian Crafts Federation, the Ontario Crafts Council and numerous other provincial and territorial councils.

“Our largest group of international students at OCAD is from Korea,” said Kim. “This year we have 203 Korean international students, in addition to many Korean-Canadian students. More than 13% of our students in the MAAD program for example, are Korean. We’re thrilled to be able to showcase OCAD in their home country to an international audience.”

In addition to the OCAD students, alumni and faculty who will showcase their work at the biennale, alumna Maegen Black (BDes, Material Art & Design, 2006) continues to liaise with biennale officials in Korea in her role as Administrative Director at the Canadian Crafts Federation.

“It has been both a real pleasure and a challenge to coordinate the event,” said Black. “I’ll be on the ground in Cheongju throughout the entirety of the biennale, directing all the activities. Korea is a beautiful country with friendly people and a real respect for craft.”

For more information about the Cheongju International Craft Biennale please visit http://www.cheongjubiennale.or.kr/eng/.

Backgrounder:

Overall, 209 pieces of craft will represent Canada at the exhibition. Included among these are works by OCAD community members:

OCAD Students:
Amanda DelaCruz (fourth-year Material Art & Design, jewellery)
Sylvia Cheng (fourth-year Material Art & Design, ceramics)

OCAD alumni:
Cali Balles (AOCAD, Material Art & Design, 1999)
Suzanne Carlsen (BDES, Material Art & Design, 2006)
Kai Chan (AOCA, Interior Design, 1970)
Martina Edmondson (AOCAD, Material Art & Design, 2002)
Kate Jackson (AOCAD, Material Art & Design, 2009)
Mark Jaroszewicz (AOCA, Applied Art & Design, 1993)
Vivian Lee (BDES, Material Art & Design, 2007)
Margaret Lim (BDES, Material Art & Design, 2007)
Ko-eun Park (BDES, Material Art & Design, 2005)
Donald Stuart (AOCA, Textiles, 1967)
Annie Tung (BDES, Material Art & Design, 2007)
Susan Warner Keene (AOCA, Design, 1979)
Hoi Yee Wong (AOCAD, Material Art & Design, 2002)

OCAD faculty:
Chung-Im Kim, Associate Professor and Technician, Faculty of Design
Dorie Millerson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design
Robert Mitchell, Assistant Professor and Technician, Faculty of Design
Joni Moriyama, Instructor, Faculty of Design
Judith Tinkl, retired Associate Professor, Faculty of Design

Former OCAD faculty members:
Catherine Allen
Ying-Yueh Chuang
Steve Heinemann
Susan Low-Beer
Anneke van Bommel
Lily Yung

OCAD Honorary Fellow:
Lois Etherington Betteridge (1992)

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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