Now in its 60th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF), Canada’s largest and longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair has been a key part in launching and sustaining the careers of Canadian artists by directly connecting them to millions of art lovers, and public and private institutions. TOAF has been a longstanding supporter of OCAD U students and graduates. At the beginning of July, ten talented OCAD U students/grads exhibited their work in an online curated showcase from July 2-11 as part of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher.
This year, we’re excited to celebrate the achievements of the many OCAD U students and graduates who received awards at the fair! Congratulations to:
Sid Sharp (ILLU ’21) | Best of Student Award
Yuki Wong (MAAD ’21) | Student Purchase Award
Anthia Barboutsis (MAAD ’21) | The Artscape Emerging Artist Award
Esther Kim (DRPT ’21) | Best of Painting Award
Michelle Cieloszczyk (SCIN ’19) | Most Innovative Use of Material Award
Left to right: Forlorn Star Pursued by Lecherous Thundercloud by Sid Sharp, New Norm by Esther Kim, Stiff-necked Terminator by Michelle Cieloszczyk.
ABOUT THE TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR CAREER LAUNCHER
Since 2018, the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers has partnered with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair to create the TOAF Career Launcher award. This opportunity for students and recent alumni in the Illustration, Material Art & Design, Photography and Printmaking/Publications programs offer a free showcase opportunity to nurture excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary work to the general public.