Research Excellence at OCAD University


Recipients of the OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

The Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is conferred on the basis of a strong impact on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes meaningful contribution toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.


2008-2009: Dr. David McIntosh

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Distorted image of face-like cloud

Image c/o David McIntosh, screen capture from Quipucamayoc, 2017

David McIntosh is a Professor in the Digital Futures program and Co-director of the Social Media and Collaboration Lab at OCAD University. He is also a digital media artist,curator, screenwriter and award-winning documentary film producer (Tina in Mexico, 2002) whose research has multiple points of focus, including globalization and the political-economies of audiovisual spaces, network theories and practices, new media narrativity, game theory, Latin American media and queer media. Former Associate Dean of Liberal Studies Eric Nay had this to say about McIntosh’s inaugural Award for Distinguished Research and Creation: “David McIntosh is not only a committed and creative researcher with a phenomenal background that spans many years and many countries, he is also providing leadership and diligently working to establish programs, envision curricula and hire new faculty to further new media studies at OCAD.”

McIntosh’s research practice includes projects such as Qosqo Llika, a mobile media documentary that brings lost Cusco creative histories into public spaces ( This project brings the Cusco of 1910-1930 to life, a crucial and yet largely invisible time during which Peruvian culture underwent radical cultural and intellectual reformation. In 2016 McIntosh was awarded a SSHRC Insight grant for Quipucamayoc (, a transnational multi-media research-creation project that linked Cusco, Peru with Buenos Aires, Argentina through an performative network. The co-located network, which was engaged through body sensor arrays serving simultaneously as game controllers and musical instruments, was activated  by ten movement artists to co-create live interactive generative narratives and music designed to reflect the nature of centuries of interactions between these two cities. Quipucamayoc culminated in a live video-streamed performance in 2016 and produced a series of 2D digital prints on canvas, adapted from 3D virtual environments.


 2008-2009: Dr. B. Lynne Milgram

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Photograph of  3 people roasting coffee beans over a wood fire, Benguet province, Philippines Photo: B. L. Milgram’s RA, 2017

Image: Roasting coffee beans over a wood fire, Benguet province, Philippines. Photo by B. L. Milgram’s RA, 2017.

B. Lynne Milgram is professor of anthropology at OCAD University, Toronto. Her research on gender and development in the northern and central Philippines has analyzed the cultural politics of social change with regard to microfinance development initiatives and to women’s work in crafts (weaving, woodcarving, basketry) and in the transnational Hong Kong‐Philippine secondhand clothing trade. Milgram’s current Philippine research investigates transformations of urban public space, governmentality, and issues of formal/informal and legal/illegal work regarding street vending and public market redevelopment projects that alter food security and food provisioning systems. Milgram is also investigating new transnational social enterprises in both the Philippines and Canada. In Toronto, Milgram is working with Filipino-Canadian social entrepreneurs who import to Canada and support high quality, sustainable artisanal products made in the Philippines; and in the northern Philippines, she is researching social enterprise initiatives in the country’s emergent and specialty upland Arabica coffee industry. Milgram makes her findings from each of her research projects applicable for policy formation by government and non-government organizations seeking to sustain livelihood opportunities for women and men via a range of appropriate initiatives. 


View Milgram's video production, "Gift-Commodity Conversations in a Transnational Philippine Market Trade", here.


2011-2012: Judith Doyle

Faculty of Art

Image from GestureCloud project: screen capture of clusters of white and green pixels moving on a black background. T

Image c/o Judith Doyle: 'GestureCloud: gesture, surplus value and collaborative exchange' with Associate Professor Fei Jun, Conference Proceedings, ISEA2013, University of Sydney Repository. 

Judith Doyle’s art practice includes new media systems and installations, often produced with collaborators, in a context of experimentation and critique. The focus of her research-creation includes both art and scientific communities. In 2012, Judith Doyle received the 2012 OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, recognizing Doyle’s groundbreaking work as Artist in Residence at the Memory Link program at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre (2010-2012), where she collaborated with neuroscientists and clients with brain injury and associated memory loss. 

Doyle has an award-winning background in cinema, writing and publication; she initiated collaborative artists' teleculture in its earliest pre-Internet forms including facsimile transmission and slow-scan video, in the international artist collective Worldpool. 

GestureCloud - the collaborative artist collective Doyle founded in 2010 with Beijing-based artist Fei Jun – investigates factory labour, virtual labour and the transposition of gesture between China and North America. GestureCloud considers political and economic dimensions of labour as it assumes both physical and virtual forms. GestureCloud shows internationally.

As Co-principal Investigator of the Social Media and Collaboration Lab (SMAClab) with Dr. David McIntosh at OCAD University, Doyle’s team includes research collaborators, International interns and graduate students with expertise including art fabrication, contemporary art theory and writing, programming, sound design, virtual architecture, and media production. Research creation at the SMACLab includes art and art creation tools (software modifications, computer files, mechanics/physical systems) using a range of media, including depth cameras adapted for motion capture using skeletal tracking and point cloud systems, and AR/VR projects using the Unreal game engine.


2012-2013: Dr. Dot Tuer

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Photograph of an exterior wall in Rosario, Argentina, marked with graffiti and a painted-on bicycle.

Image:  Space of Memory, Rosario, Argentina, exterior wall. Photo by Dot Tuer, 2016.

Dot Tuer: As a writer, scholar, occasional video documentary maker, and Professor at OCAD University, I am committed to giving voice to and representing perspectives of resistance to colonization in the Americas, both past and present. My scholarly work focuses on decolonial perspectives in contemporary Latin American and Canadian art, and on the colonial history of the Americas. My publications include Mining the Media Archive (2005), and more than one hundred museum catalogue essays, book chapters, and journal articles.

My recent research projects have encompassed an archival history of Guaraní-Spanish relations and transculturation in the Río de la Plata (Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay) during the 1500s and a major exhibition on the Mexican revolutionary artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Art Gallery of Ontario, (Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, 2012-13).

My current research addresses the politics of cultural memory and visual storytelling, and the role of photography, performance, and new media in witnessing, confronting, and commemorating the legacies of colonial and state violence. I am also engaged in the initial stages of a comparative history of colonial ideology and transcultural exchange in the Paraná River and Great Lakes regions (1530-1830). My research methods encompass oral testimony, archival work, photography and video documentation, and are committed to collaborative exchange and production.

I am a co-Investigator on a SSHRC partnership grant, the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas (2013-2020), which is dedicated to fostering hemispheric networks for Canadian artists and researchers in collaboration with the New York University’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and a member of several long-standing research collectives, including the Toronto Photography Seminar. I also serve on the advisory boards of LACAP (Latin American-Canadian Art Projects) and Prefix Photo, and on the editorial boards of Gestures/Gestos (HemiPress) and Public.


2014-2015: Francis LeBouthillier

Faculty of Art

 Photo of hands holding a 3D printed human fetus.

Image c/o Francis LeBouthillier.

Francis LeBouthillier is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and researcher who uses historical sculpture techniques and new technologies to create high-fidelity surgical simulators. These simulators are used to train doctors and surgeons worldwide. The primary focus of LeBouthiller’s research is the abatement and correction of in utero pathologies, and has been developed in collaboration with medical researchers and both local and renowned international fetal surgeons. 

LeBouthillier has participated in numerous research projects with Mount Sinai Hospital and The University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre. His key contributions have involved the design, engineering and fabrication of training devices for teaching invasive prenatal surgical procedures. Some of the surgical simulators that the team have successfully developed include: Ultrasound guided amniocentesis, in-utero surgical procedure to abate Diaphragmic hernia, Neural tube defects (spin bifida) and Twin to Twin Syndrome. These projects have gained much recognition within the medical community.  

In his art practice, LeBouthillier creates interactive installations involving technology and performance. He uses a variety of mediums to address gender and power hierarchies and issues related to the environment. In his practice, he draws upon his background in traditional approaches in sculpture to build biological models for Research Hospitals. In addition, LeBouthillier has made many contributions to the design and development of prototypes for  interactive gaming and telecommunications companies. He Chaired the Sculpture/Installation Program at OCAD U from 2007-2012.

LeBouthillier’s projects have been presented nationally and internationally. He has also been the recipient of numerous artist grants and awards. He is a dedicated instructor who teaches a variety of approaches to art and design. In addition to teaching at OCAD for over 20 years, he has taught at the University of Toronto, York University, The Royal Ontario Museum and Sheridan College.


2015-2016: Isabel Meirelles

Faculty of Design

Cover of Design For Information book

Image: cover of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport, 2013).​

Isabel Meirelles is a designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation.  In addition to collaborating with scientists and humanists in the development of visualization systems, Isabel’s research focuses on the examination of the fundamentals underlying how information is structured, represented and communicated in different media. Current research interests include extending graphical literacy to scientific disciplines, especially in the process of externalizing knowledge and communicating findings. Meirelles is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport, 2013). 

During the summer and fall 2017, Meirelles collaborated with Dr. Arturas Petronis and his scientific team at the Krembil Family Epigenetics Laboratory, CAMH. She led a design team that included a co-PI and two undergraduate research assistants in a two-phase project. In the first phase, the design team stylized and refined a set of charts for reproduction in an article published on Nature Communications 9: 644 (2018). The work was conducted based on data visualization best practices, general principles of graphic design and visual perception. In the second phase, the design team devised a graphical style guide specifying systems and conventions for continuous use by the scientific research team. While the main goal of the guide is to provide guidance for designing effective charts, it also works as a pedagogical vehicle for clarifying design decisions. The project was presented in October 2017 at the international peer-review conference  IDXVII VisionPlus, organized by IIID—International Institute for Information Design.

In the winter 2018, Meirelles participated in an expert panel of eight reviewers and contributors to ChartCheck, a proof-of-concept project by Periscopic, supported in part by a grant from the Knight Foundation. ChartCheck aims to serve as a trusted and impartial online resource that evaluates the validity of charts, graphs and other data representations, while encouraging data literacy. The expert panel helped with devising a comprehensive set of assessment criteria as well as evaluating a selection of data presentations based on three main categories: data quality, data analysis, and presentation. 
Meirelles co-organized the Information+ 2018 conference in Potsdam, Germany, and helped to organize the first edition of the conference (held in 2017). She is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport, 2013).​


2016-2017: Dr. Johanna Householder

Faculty of Art

Cover of book More Caught in the Act

Image: Cover of More Caught in the Act,  ed. Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars

Johanna Housholder is a Professor in the Faculty of Art and has been at OCAD University since 1988. As an established force within performance practice, writing on performance, and curation within the country, her influence in this area has led to invitations to overseas venues and membership on the Board of Directors of Performance Studies international (PSi). She also co-Chairs the Artistic Research Working Group of this organization, working to ensure artistic practice is well-represented. More locally, Johanna is also a founder of 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art and is a member of the Toronto Performance Collective, which brings international performance and interventionist works to the city of Toronto each year. Her involvement in both PSi and Toronto Performance Collective, along with numerous other artistic board appointments, speaks to her active and passionate involvement in both local and international realms, and an unwavering commitment to alternative forms of artistic practice. Through her long involvement in both performing and curating projects, Johanna has become well-respected and influential within the Toronto art community, the Canadian art community, and the performance studies field at large. On top of her numerous activities and engagements, Professor Householder was also the recipient of the Price Teaching Award in June 2017. Notably, her impact on both the international and local performance art fields is demonstrable and long-standing.

Johanna’s research interests are connected to an ongoing interest in exploring methodologies of artistic research informed by choreographic and performance thinking. Her research on these questions continues to be supported in dialogue with the Toronto Performance Art Collective (7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art), the artists of Public Recordings in their 8 Days choreographic residency and publishing project, and the Artistic Research Working Group of Performance Studies international. Her approach proffers that there are different ways of understanding and responding to the world around us, and that the moving body is a powerful form of knowledge and understanding. Her methodology is centred around the acuity and understandings that emerge from performed acts; those in the studio and more recently, those extended beyond the traditional forums into site-specific and institutional spaces. Another major facet of Johanna’s research revolves around the understanding that comes through artistic research: the tacit understanding that is shared by creative practitioners but that is only recently being examined. Here she examines the space of the studio as a complex nexus, particularly in light of her own collaborative and performative work. Research into the process of making, of producing artistic works, becomes a relevant one in light of the recent discussions on practice-led and practice-based inquiry/study. While her work is situated within creative practice, Johanna’s scholarly publications are equally noteworthy, particularly her co-editing of two books, Caught in the Act: an anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2005), and More Caught in the Act: an anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2016), along with numerous chapter contributions, catalogue essays, and journal articles.


 2018-2019: Bonnie Devine

Faculty of Art

Photograph of woven grid of white, yellow and red beads against black background

Image: Treaty Piece, by Bonnie Devine 

Bonnie Devine is an Associate Professor at OCAD University and the Founding Chair of OCAD U's Indigenous Visual Culture Program. She is an installation artist, curator, writer, and educator, and a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Northern Ontario (Anishinaabe/Ojibwa). In her role as the Founding Chair of OCAD U's Indigenous Visual Culture program, Devine has developed curriculum, taught classes, built ancillary programming, and developed student services to support OCAD's growing population of Aboriginal students and provide a critical Indigenous perspective within the art and design academy. Her installation and video works have been shown in Canada, the USA, Russia and Europe. As an independent curator Devine has worked with emerging and established Aboriginal artists since 1997. Her work has been recognized with numerous scholarships and awards, including an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Contemporary Native Art in 2011.​




Recipients of the OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

The OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity recognizes promising, recently-appointed faculty members for their outstanding promise to be distinguished researchers, scholars, artists and designers within a university context.


2010-2011: Dr. Jim Drobnick

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Cover of Journal of Curatorial Studies, 7.1, edited by Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher, 2018.

Image: Cover of Journal of Curatorial Studies, 7.1, edited by Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher, 2018.

Jim Drobnick is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory in LAS/SIS. He has published on the visual arts, performance, the senses and post-media practices in recent anthologies such as Food and Museums (2017), L’Art Olfactif Contemporain(2015), The Multisensory Museum (2014), Senses and the City (2011), and Art, History and the Senses (2010). He has guest edited special thematic issues of Performance Research (Under the Influence, 2017), PUBLIC (Civic Spectacle, 2012) and The Senses & Society (Sensory Aesthetics, 2012). His books include the anthologies Aural Cultures (2004) and The Smell Culture Reader (2006). In 2012, he co-founded the Journal of Curatorial Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal that explores the increasing relevance of curating and exhibitions and their impact on institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture. His curatorial collaborative, DisplayCult, organizes art exhibitions that foreground performative and multisensory projects ( Upcoming publications in 2018 include”Bottles of Art, Works of Alcohol” in Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies and ”Smell, Terrorism and Performance” in Performance Research, along with two co-authored articles ”Shuffling the Collection: Card Decks as Museum Interventions” in Muséologies: les cahiers d’études supérieures and "Critical Curating" in RACAR.


2013-2014: Dr. Ryan Whyte

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Digital illustration of art exhibition room

Image: Digital Salons Project, The Salon of 1765, screen capture.  Image c/o Ryan Whyte.

Ryan Whyte: My work is about art and mediation. I am an art historian specializing in the visual and material culture of France in the long eighteenth century, with research interests in Western art of the early modern through contemporary periods, including intercultural and global exchanges. I investigate the relationships within and between artistic media and communications media, as well as the institutions, including academies and art exhibitions, and cultural practices and discourses, such as fashion and gastronomy that mediate art. 

My book project, "Eternal Contemporary: Spectatorship and Mediation in the Paris Salon du Louvre," explores how the idea of contemporary art developed in Europe's first institution devoted to its exhibition, the Paris Salon du Louvre of the 17th and 18th centuries. Merging art history with media theory and history, this book sheds new light on the history of art exhibitions and of contemporary art by showing how the period eye, sense of temporality, media ecology, and political context entwine in the idea of contemporary art. I have facilitated research for this project by developing a digital art history tool, the "Digital Salons Project," a virtual reality reconstruction of the Salon. 

My second ongoing book project, “Culture of Taste: Art and Gastronomy in France from the Old Regime through the Restoration,” investigates the relationship between the fine arts and their contemporaneous visual culture of gastronomy, attending especially to the role of printed matter. Other ongoing projects address fashion, political imagery, and cross-cultural exchange between Europe and China.


2013-2014: Kate Hartman

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Photographic illustration of Nudgeables device, featuring two individuals wearing the devices. Illustrations indicate that the devices are communicating discreetly.

Image: Illustration of the Nudgeables Accessory Kit, a wearable device developed by Social Body Lab that enables discreet communication between wearers.

Kate Hartman is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by the New York Times, BBC, CBC, NPR, in books such as "Fashionable Technology" and "Art Science Now". ​​

She was a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kate is also the founder and director of OCAD U’s Social Body Lab, a research and development team dedicated to exploring body-centric technologies in the social context. Through the pursuit of both her own practice and the rich collaborative projects that she leads through the Social Body Lab Kate is eager to continue to explore the role that devices, technology, and discourse can play in the emerging social context.​


2014-2015: Dr. Selmin Kara

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Selmin Kara is an Associate Professor of Film and New Media at OCAD University. She has critical interests in post-digital aesthetics and ecological concerns in cinema as well as the use of sound and new technologies in contemporary documentary. Selmin is the co-editor of Contemporary Documentary and her work has also appeared in Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st Century Film, the Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, Studies in Documentary Film, Music and Sound in Nonfiction Film, and The Philosophy of Documentary Film. She is an editorial board member of the journal Film Criticism and an advisory board member of the Journal of Environmental Media. Currently, Selmin is working on a monograph on the Anthropocene Imaginary in contemporary cinema (the proposal and two chapters of this project is currently under review by the University of Minnesota Press) and co-editing a collected volume on cybermedia (media works that engage with the rise of AI, robotics, psychometrics, and big data), bringing together scientists and humanists to collectively reflect on the rapidly changing face of our technological futures. The proposal of the collected volume is also under review, by Bloomsbury Publishing. 


2015-2016: Dr. Heather Coffey

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Image of the Baudier Frontispiece, manuscript with blocks of text and images on yellowed paper

Image: Baudier Frontispiece

Heather Coffey is an art historian whose researches Christian and Islamic cross- and inter-cultural relations in Medieval Mediterranean and Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture. She has published articles on medieval eschatological imagery in Al-Andalus, the miniaturization of Qur’anic manuscripts, and the representation of Islam in Dante’s Inferno. Forthcoming articles address miniaturization in Safavid bibliomantic practice, interreligious disputation in diagrammatic form in Joachim Fiore’s thirteenth-century Liber figurarum, and the (mis)representation of Islam and the migration of Sultanic portraiture in a French treatise of 1625. She also is working on a book project entitled Polemical Projections: Images of Islam in Medieval and Early Renaissance Europe. Heather has given invited lectures at the University of Toronto, The Johns Hopkins University, Linnaeus University, and Harvard University. Most recently, she was invited to represent OCADU at the prestigious Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar in November, 2019.​


2016-2017: Dr. Emma Westecott

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Collage of individuals wearing VR helmets and interacting with virtual reality.

Image c/o Emma Westecott. 

Emma Westecott is Associate Professor in Game Design and Co-Director of the game:play lab at OCAD University. She has worked in the game industry for over 20 years: in development, research and the academy. As core faculty in the Digital Futures program since 2010 Emma has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels and has built out courses in game studies, design and development across the University

Emma has pioneered the use of games as research tools, and her research work in game:play lab has consistently employed and tested this methodology. With her vision and pragmatic, experimental and playful approach to research and learning, Dr. Westecott has attracted students to her teaching, recently winning OCAD University’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Emma’s research in games studies is interdisciplinary and situates games within a historical continuum of performance practices in order to push back against the myopia often evident in technoculture. More exactly, her intention is to connect the aesthetic, expressive and political potential of digital game form to a longer tradition of critically informed creative performance practice. Her approach is practice-led and project based, allowing her to build situated and embedded research projects aimed at multiple beneficiaries, an approach that has proved both pragmatic and effective. 

The game:play Lab creates a home for game design, game research and installation projects at OCADU and beyond. The research portfolio explores (through play), critiques (through theory) and expands (through practice) the nature of the gaming experience. The game:play Lab’s research includes focused academic research on the lack of diversity in the game sector, including game-making and game playing. Funded research projects range from building a feminist network for game culture to art-led game making practices for future game designs. All research projects are embedded in communities as participatory and action-led research.



2016-2017: Dr. Patricio Dávila

Faculty of Design

Patricio Dávila is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. Dávila is a designer, artist, educator and researcher who specializes in design theory, public installation, interactive media and visualization. His works have been exhibited around the world with wide public engagement. He has presented scholarly papers on his innovative research and creation endeavours at many international conferences, juried and otherwise.

Dávila's work with interactive digital media is consistently socially and politically engaged, with a clear focus on immediate local and translocal community concerns. The theoretical framework that Dávila has developed in order to support and guide his art/design interventions is grounded in highly innovative contemporary fields, including critical design, data visualization and new materialist philosophies. Dávila's overall approach to research and creation is collaborative, inclusive and adaptable to a wide variety of local concerns and contexts, often resulting in site specific work.

Dávila is also the director of the Public Visualization Lab, a research centre at OCAD University that supports the investigation of design and art practices in the engagement and participation of multiple publics, the visualization of spatial issues, and the advocacy of environmental and social justice. He is member of the Visual Analytics Lab through which he has collaborated on digital humanities and civic data projects. His research develops theoretical frameworks and methodologies for examining data visualization as specific assemblages that mediate subjectivation and power. In his creative practice Dávila has designed mobile applications, locative media projects, essay videos, media architecture projects, new media installations, and participatory community projects including: Fauna of the Mirrors, Powers of Kin, Chthuluscene, Tent City Projections, The Line, and In The Air Tonight. Dávila brings together his expertise in design of visual and interactive media with his research on the concepts and politics that frame this practice.


2018-2019: Dr. Gabrielle Moser

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Photograph of gloved hands handling archival photographs

Image: Photo from Gabrielle Moser's research project "Citizen Subjects: Photography, Race, and Belonging in Canada"

Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator. Her writing has appeared in venues including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Canadian Art, Fillip, Flash Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and the Journal of Visual Culture. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Projecting Citizenship: photography and belonging in the British Empire (Penn State UP, 2018). She has organized exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries and Vtape. Gabrielle has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Ryerson Image Centre, the University of British Columbia and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2017. She is a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, and a founding member of EMILIA-AMALIA feminist working group.​





Canada Research Chairs at OCAD U


Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice 

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Figure 1. Cover of ab-Original journal devoted to issues of indigeneity in the new millennium.

Image: Cover of ab-Original, journal devoted to issues of indigeneity in the new millennium.

Gerald McMaster's curatorial practice explores Indigenous epistemologies of perception; the ways Indigenous peoples and Europeans view each other in different contexts of encounter; studying distant, internationally renowned art-producing communities; and connecting Arctic and Amazonian voices to environmental issues. He is currently editing a special issue of ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Cultures, entitled “The Entangled Gaze,” the title and guiding concept of a conference jointly hosted by OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario in October 2017.

Dr. Kate Sellen, Canada Research Chair in Design for Health

Faculty of Design

Photograph of Kate Sellen

Kate Sellen is the Canada Research Chair in Design for Health, performing design research in areas of health that involve significant challenges regarding the effective design of tools to support dynamic experiences and work practices. Her research will create new conceptual frameworks for use in design with a focus on safety, performance, work/task dynamics and temporality. Kate is the Director of Health Design Studio: TEMPO. 


Dr. Alexis Morris, Canada Research Chair in the Internet of Things

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Photograph of Alexis Morris

Alexis Morris is the Canada Research Chair in the Internet of Things, creating a human-centered internet of things capacity with adaptive human-machine interface designs, pattern recognition, context-awareness, and mixed reality. His research enables humans-in-the-loop to better perceive complex information communications within smart environment applications while simultaneously aligning application behaviors to situation demands. Alexis is the director of Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab here at OCAD U.



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