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OCAD Graduate Exhibition to showcase "Evolving DNA"

TORONTO, April 30, 2008—Over 500 graduating students of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will showcase their work to the public during the 93rd annual Graduate Exhibition, Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 11, the university announced today.

“We’re inviting everyone in Toronto to join us at OCAD to see the brilliant thesis work of our art and design graduates,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “This year’s theme is ‘Evolving DNA,’ and that’s exactly what our graduates are doing. They’re innovative critical thinkers who are redefining what design and art, digital and analog, didactic and abstract, diametrical and authentic, and direct and ambiguous all mean.”

Highlights will include:

  • Elizabeth’s Queen, a stop-motion animated work by Integrated Media graduate Elizabeth Basskin that investigates the value of Toronto’s creative neighbourhoods by contrasting the demolition of an historic building at 48 Abell Street (once home to 80 artists) to the Yorkville of the 1960s and the rapid gentrification of artistic communities.
  • Transition, photo-based installations by Photography graduates Michele Crockett, Jinyoung Kim, Brooke Manning, Sabrina Russo, and Walt Segers that explore how familial and cultural experiences nurture and inform identity. Transition is presented by in conjunction with the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival.
  • A tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign for Rainbow Cinemas by Advertising graduate Josh Best that looks at the advantages of the Canadian cinema chain’s classical branding versus that of larger blockbuster movie houses.
  • A campaign for Greenpeace by Graphic Design graduate Jing Zhang that promotes awareness of the environmental group’s campaign against Japan’s whaling activities.

WHAT:       2008 Graduate Exhibition — “Evolving DNA”

WHEN:       May 9 to 11, 2008
                   Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:     Main Building and Sharp Centre for Design
                  100 McCaul Street (at Dundas)

                   OCAD Student Gallery
                   285 Dundas Street West (at McCaul)

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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Media Contacts:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Coordinator, OCAD
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile: Ext.1327)

Leon Mar, Director, Marketing & Communications, OCAD
416-977-6000 Ext. 222

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