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Toronto’s largest free art and design exhibition returns in person & online

Graphic with square containing nine boxes (orange, black, blue and yellow) with letters spelling out GradEx 107, bordered by colourful images outside of the square. Right-hand side: white letters on black background read, "OCAD UNIVERSITY Annual Graduate Exhibition May 11 to 15, 2022, OCADU.CA/GRADEX, presenting sponsors hullmark and BentallGreenOak

From May 11 to 15, OCAD University’s annual graduate exhibition – Toronto’s largest free art and design exhibition – returns as an in-person and online event to be held across the McCaul St. and Richmond St. West campus.

Presented by sponsors Hullmark and BentallGreenOak, GradEx 107 opens on Wednesday, May 11 with an opening reception in Butterfield Park at 6 p.m., which includes the announcement of this year’s medal winners.

“GradEx 107 is the best place to see the richness and depth of artistic talent and ingenuity that is nurtured at OCAD U,” says President Ana Serrano. “Every year, audiences from across Ontario and beyond are inspired by work that spans the spectrum of creativity from visual art and design to innovative solutions that address real-world problems across a variety of sectors, from housing to health care to education.

Works by more than 600 emerging artists, designers and digital media makers from the University’s Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of Arts and Science and Graduate Studies will be on display at various locations across the campus.

Exhibitors include:

  • Graphic design student Corinna Wyles-Plumley who has used her experience working in an after-school program to design and produce a phonetic puzzle that helps children learn how to read in a fun and engaging way.
  • Digital Futures student Joshua Igwe who has created the video game Black Future, set in futuristic Egypt that celebrates young Black innovators and aims to increase representation of Black people in video games.
  • Industrial Design student Madeleine Simmons Wallin who has designed a dating app for people with visual impairments, connecting people through sound and touch.
  • Drawing and Painting student Rachael Grad, a Duke law school graduate and mother of three who left practising law to study painting full-time, creating works that reflect parenting moments.
  • Environmental Design student Rachel Morris who has designed a glass-free alternative window using clear, see-through wood as part of her eco-friendly dwelling design.
  • Photography student Christian Malong who has captured the presence of nature and wildlife within the urban environment of the GTA.
  • Industrial Design student Xiaozong Tang who has combined the design of apparel with smart safety features for elderly people with an increased risk of injury due to falls. 

Features of this year’s GradEx 107:

  • COVID-19 safety measures, including the requirement that all guests wear masks and limited capacity during the mornings for visitors who want a less crowded experience (pre-registration required);
  • Outdoor student sales in Butterfield Park from May 12 to 15; and
  • Exhibits set up across the campus at 100 McCaul St., 115 McCaul St., 51 McCaul St., 49 McCaul St., and 205 Richmond St. W.

GradEx 107 Hours

Wednesday, May 11:

  • 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Opening night celebration and reception in Butterfield Park (enter through 100 McCaul St.), open to the public, no reservations needed

Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon: Limited capacity – reserve your space
  • 12 noon to 8 p.m.: All exhibitions open to the public – no reservations required
  • 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Student sales in Butterfield Park

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15

  • 10 a.m. to12 noon: Limited capacity – reserve your space
  • 12 noon to 5 p.m.: All exhibitions open to the public – no reservations required
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Student sales in Butterfield Park