OCAD University

Art by rising stars to be auctioned off

at OCAD Whodunit Gala Preview

(Toronto—November 9, 2009) A special collection of works by some of the city’s most notable emerging artists, many of them Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) alumni and Medal Winners, will be auctioned off as part of the Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale Gala Preview, taking place Wednesday, November 18 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Works by Kotama Bouabane, Adam David Brown, Amanda Clyne, Danielle Greer, Kris Knight, Crystal Liu, Rachel MacFarlane, Meghan McKnight , Alex McLeod, , Amanda Nedham, Katie Pretti, Amanda Reeves, and David Trautrimas can be purchased in a new Emerging Artists live auction, while dozens of smaller works of framed ‘mystery art’ will be available through a silent auction.

Being introduced this year is the first-ever Whodunit Multiple, a unique, limited edition collaborative print from artists Luke Painter and Nicholas Di Genova. Both artists are OCAD graduates.

“These artists’ works are highly sought after and often not easy to obtain,” said Whodunit? Curatorial Committee Chair Wil Kucey, Director of LE Gallery in Toronto. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer Whodunit? attendees this unique opportunity and, with only 100 prints available, we expect this limited-edition to sell out quickly. We’re very thankful for these artists’ generosity, and the support their galleries are lending to help raise funds for OCAD.”

What is Whodunit?

One of Toronto’s most anticipated annual art events, the Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale presents work by OCAD students, faculty, alumni, acclaimed artists and designers and creative celebrities — all the same size (5½” x 7½”) and all the same price ($75). The mystery comes into play with the artist’s identity hidden from view. Once an artwork is purchased it is turned over to reveal the artist’s name. Proceeds from this year’s sale go to supporting OCAD’s unique creative environment with the purchase of specialized equipment, to provide the right tools for emerging talent. Previews of the artworks begin in person and online on November 18 at noon and continue until November 20 at 8 p.m. Work is sold on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, November 21, starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free. The Whodunit Gala Preview event takes place on November 18. Tickets for the Gala Preview are on sale for $150, and include a charitable receipt.

Whodunit? OCAD Mystery Art Sale schedule:

Public Preview:
Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 12 noon to 8 p.m. Free.
Or preview artwork online at www.ocad.ca starting on November 18

Preview Gala:
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
The Gala Preview includes an exclusive silent auction of small-scale mystery art and a live auction of full-scale work from a select group of emerging artists. Guests enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a special chance to preview the hundreds of works available in the public sale.
Tickets: $150

Public Art Sale:
Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All events take place at the Ontario College of Art & Design, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto.

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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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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