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Exhibitions showcase talent of OCAD U


If you’re seeking exhibitions with works from OCAD University students, faculty and alum, you’ve come to the right place! Check out exhibitions in Toronto, outside the city and online.

Exhibitions in Toronto

Spadina Museum
285 Spadina Road
August 2022 to May 28, 2023

With works by alum Gordon Shadrach and alum and current class assistant Moraa Stump.

Spadina Museum has been reimagined for this immersive exhibit. This exhibition is inspired by the efforts of Black abolitionists, reimagining Spadina Museum using an Afrofuturism narrative: where Mrs. Louisa Pipkin, the formerly enslaved freedom seeker who worked as a laundress in the house, is now the homeowner and the house is a safe haven for those seeking freedom through the Underground Railroad. The group show includes soundscapes, ceramics and visual art by Canadian artists from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora.  

Mrs. PipkinDetail of: Refashion (Mrs. Pipkin), oil on wood panel, 2022 by Gordon Shadrach

RBC Community Gallery
200 Bay Street
Structures to (Re)consider
November 2022 to May 2o23

With works by Faculty of Art and Faculty of Arts & Science Instructor Vanessa Dion Fletcher, and alums Kara Springer (Industrial Design, 2004) and Stacey Tyrell (Photography, 2002).

Structures to (Re)consider opened to the public on November 10, 2022. These works were originally presented together at Art Toronto 2022 of which RBC is principal sponsor. In this exhibition, artworks take on an architectural perspective that investigates structures that influence, protect, and transcend our world. Artists explore the connections between municipal planning, monetary systems, sites of celebration, environment, immigration and globalization. Artists included in the exhibition present deeply personal, as well as collective, pasts to look towards a reconsidered future.

Works by Kara Springer, Stacey Tyrell, Jen Aitken, Dawit L. Petros and Jeff Thomas pictured in the RBC Community Gallery.Works by Kara Springer, Stacey Tyrell, Jen Aitken, Dawit L. Petros and Jeff Thomas pictured in the RBC Community Gallery.

Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park
Canadian Modern
December 3, 2022 to July 30, 2023

With works by eight emerging OCAD U artists: Anthia Barboutsis, Elfy Castro, Rachel Leung, Stephanie Singh, Khalalelo Sithole, Dan Chi, Harcharan Jagdev and Peter Huang.

Six works from eight OCAD U designers were selected for display by a jury of distinguished experts, including Dean Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, OCAD U Faculty of Design; Assistant Professor Howard Munroe, OCAD U Faculty of Design; and Dr. Rachel Gotlieb, lead curator of Canadian Modern

Canadian Modern explores the legacy of Canadian creativity and ingenuity and its impact on our everyday lives. Through over 100 objects designed and crafted in Canada from the mid-20th century to the present, the ROM original exhibition will reveal that design is everywhere—whether we know it or not. 

Athabasca by Dan Cui, Harcharan Jagdev and Peter Huang.

Athabasca by Dan Cui, Harcharan Jagdev and Peter Huang.

Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
October 2022 onwards 

Mural by fourth-year Drawing and Painting student Quinn Hopkins, located in the eastern corridor on the basement level of Hart House.

Hopkins’s mural depicts a pow wow in Toronto with a message of love. This is his first major solo project.  It depicts the Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow at Toronto’s Fort York as seen against the city skyline. The piece includes a light feature, a light sculpture and an augmented reality component. Hopkins takes inspiration from new, innovative technologies and, through his art, he connects this technology with the land and his roots as an Anishinaabe person.

Quinn Hopkins

Image courtesy of Hart House

Exhibitions outside Toronto - coming soon

Online exhibitions 

February 23 to May 24, 2023

Curated by Katie Micak (MA Digital Futures 2018) and features work by Thoreau Bakker (MA Digital Futures 2018) and Adrienne Matheuszik (MA Media and Design 2019), as well as current Digital Futures faculty Xuan Ye. Part of an ongoing series of programs that demonstrate the MacKenzie Art Gallery's Digital Exhibitions Toolkit and Art Installation Launcher (DETAIL) project, funded by the Canada Council for the Art's Digital Strategy Fund and developed by OCAD U alumni Jonathan Carroll (BFA INTM 2016) and Cat Bluemke (BFA DRPT 2016).

THERE IS NO CENTRE is an art exhibition presented as a playable video game, questioning and expanding the boundaries of both digital art and videogames by positioning audience members as players. THERE IS NO CENTRE investigates how contemporary art can be presented in diverse ways and challenges our expectations of how we engage with artwork, while exploring themes of translation, speculation, and consumption in relation to the properties of digital media. 

THERE IS NO CENTREImage courtesy of MacKenzie Art Gallery


Performing Elusive Acts 

May to August 2023


Works by students in "PERFORMANCE BY ARTISTS" 2023 Class, INTM Integrated Media Program., curated by Assistant Professor Julius Poncelet Manapul. Each creator tackles a sense of capturing acts of resistance and belonging within spaces and ideologies in cultural and political confines. They have embodied not only the tangible self but the politics that comes with the vessel to act, move, stillness, and sound. 


Form & Time

May to August 2023


Works by students in the "FORM & TIME" 2023 class, curated by Assistant Professor Julius Poncelet Manapul. This body of work and experiments tackles a multimedia approach and experiments, allowing the students to expand their knowledge in mark-making that evokes themes of SPACE, FORM & TIME, while exploring, sculptures, collage, 3D work, installations, video art, animation, stop-motion, photography, projections, the ready-made, and performance to further one’s knowledge beyond ideas on drawing & painting. 


QUEERIOUS: The Politics of Gender Identity
January 1, 2023 onwards

With works by 26 artists and creators from the Making Gender: LGBTQ2S+ Course at OCAD University, Fall 2022. Curated by Faculty of Art Assistant Professor Julius Poncelet Manapul (them/they/ze). 

A collection of works by artists, creators, digital media makers and designers tackling the criticality within the LGBTQ2S+ Communities, including issues of gender representations, relationships, beliefs and cultural stands that inform the ongoing conversation in Queer and Gender Theory, coming from different backgrounds, experiences and criticality. 

Image by Reymond Shea Lise (he/they)

Image by Reymond Shea Lise (he/they).


PROCESS features new works by Reshmi Bisessar, Beverley Freedman, mihyun maria kim, Sara Shoghi, Erin Stripe and Vicky Talwar, that were created as part of an ArtScape residency collaboration with OCAD U in Summer 2022. 

The exhibition was held in person from October 7 to 16, 2022 at the OCAD U Grad Gallery, and is now available online. The works are inspired by the idea of process: the way an artist creates an artwork through conception, experimentation, revision, articulation and finalization. 

Hues of Gold (2022) by Reshmi Bisessar.

Hues of Gold (2022) by Reshmi Bisessar.