OCAD University

OCAD appoints Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic

as Dean, Faculty of Art

Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, Faculty of Art

Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic. Photo: Lino Ragno.
(Toronto — February 2, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) today announced the appointment of Vladimir Spicanovic as Dean, Faculty of Art.

Now in his eighth year at OCAD, Dr. Spicanovic has demonstrated a unique vision and provided tremendous leadership in the Faculty of Art. Since 2004, he has assumed various administrative roles in the Faculty of Art, as Assistant Dean (2004-2007), Associate Dean (2007-2008), inaugural Director of the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (2007-09), and Acting Dean (2009).

“We’re very pleased to appoint Dr. Spicanovic to this important role,” said Sarah McKinnon, OCAD’s Vice-President, Academic. “His depth of experience and his demonstrated commitment to OCAD’s strategic vision is an important asset for the institution.”

“Dr. Spicanovic is one of the great voices championing OCAD both locally and internationally,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “His leadership in the development of OCAD's strategic plan “Leading in the Age of Imagination” was invaluable, and with him in this new role, we will continue to benefit from his guidance as we work to fulfill this vision.”

Dr. Spicanovic obtained his BFA from Concordia University where he studied under the celebrated Canadian abstract painter and printmaker Yves Gaucher. He earned his MA and PhD from McGill University where his doctoral work investigated the ramifications of post-modernism in the studio teaching of painting and the education of artists. His research spans painting, photography, visual music, critical theory and philosophy of education.

“I look forward to engaging OCAD’s Faculty of Art in reimagining and expanding its teaching and research capacities,” said Dr. Spicanovic. “The Faculty of Art is well positioned to be a leader in artistic innovation, community outreach, and research-based studio practice that illuminates the interstices of art, technology and sustainable imagination.”

His artwork is available at Birch-Libralato gallery in Toronto and in various public and private collections. Dr. Spicanovic’s curatorial projects have been presented at the soundaXis: A Festival of New Music, YYZ Artists' Outlet, and the Goethe-Institute, Toronto. His is a member of OCAD’s Board of Governors and the Board of Directors at the Music Gallery.

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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