Zev Farber is the CEAD’s Director
Meet the CEAD Team
Zev Farber is the CEAD’s Director
As the founding Director of the CEAD, Zev is an experienced leader and intrapreneur who has spent more than 15 years working in higher education and the arts & culture sector. His background includes professional development, creative technologies, strategic program development & implementation, teaching, fundraising and leading change. Zev is passionate about art and design, highly collaborative teams and creating impact through meaningful outcomes. He holds an MFA in visual art from York University and an undergraduate degree from U of T.
Miles Collyer is the CEAD’s Manager, Career Development
In his role with the CEAD, Miles develops and implements programs and services designed to enhance career direction, preparation and success for OCAD U students and recent graduates. In addition, Miles serves on the Board of Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art in Toronto. Miles has served the art community through positions at the Toronto Arts Council and Art Metropole. As a visual artist, his creative work has been published and exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, and Germany.
Serena Lee is the CEAD’s Coordinator, Experiential Learning
Serena is an artist and educator whose practice stems from a fascination with polyphony and its radical potential. Her work layers cinema, writing, performance, sculpture, movement, drawing, music, research, and conversation. Drawing on practices of embodied knowledge and living research, current collaborations include the Read-in collective based between the Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia, and Canada; and Shattered Moon Alliance, a speculative fiction project with artist Christina Battle. Serena’s approach to experiential learning is informed by working in a variety of industry and community contexts and serving on the Board of Directors for Vtape, Gendai Gallery, and Trinity Square Video. Serena holds a BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD, an Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam
Alexandra Hong is the CEAD’s Project Officer, Experiential Learning
Alexandra is an interdisciplinary artist and producer whose work spans social practice, participatory engagement, multimedia, and performance. Her creative practice explores the ways in which art creates spaces for dialogue amid hardened ideologies, and suggests unexpected ways to perceive the world. She is a co-founding director of art collective, Madeleine Co., and board member of Bump Television, a public access online television channel. Alexandra’s work has been shown in Nuit Blanche Toronto, Luminato Festival, the Ryerson Image Centre, and presented internationally in South Korea, China, and Finland.
Farihah Shah is the CEAD’s Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning Placements
Farihah is a contemporary lens-based artist originally from Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a BHRM from York University and a BFA in Photography with a minor in Integrated Media from OCAD University. Her practice explores issues of racial identity, constructed and natural landscapes, personal and collective memory, and private and public spaces. She has exhibited in galleries in Finland, Germany, Scotland, South Korea and Canada and was a featured artist on CBC Arts' online series This Art Works! In addition to her photography practice, she has 5 years of experience as a corporate recruiter.
Zviko Mhakayakora is the CEAD’s Special Projects Coordinator, Design4
Zviko is a Zimbabwean Curator, Graphic Designer, Event Planner and Performer. She completed her BDes in Graphic Design at OCAD University in 2016. She enjoys researching and interrogating how contemporary art and design can be used as a tool to challenge issues linked to the effects of colonization. Graphic Design serves as a platform through which Zviko has learnt to see the world differently.
Farah Yusuf is the CEAD’s Outreach Coordinator, Career Development
Farah is an independent curator who holds an MA in Experimental Digital Media from the University of Waterloo and a BFA in Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, where she graduated with the Curatorial Medal and Governor General’s Academic Medal. She has curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum of Canada, Trinity Square Video, InterAccess and Humber Galleries. Farah is also a Compositor and 3D Artist with 20 years of experience working in children’s educational TV, motion graphics and interactive/immersive experience design. She brings to the CEAD her knowledge of the cultural sector and professional experience in the computer graphics industry.
Shellie Zhang is the CEAD’s Community Animator.
Shellie is a multidisciplinary artist interested in how integration, diversity and assimilation is implemented and negotiated, how this relates to lived experiences, and how culture is learned and relearned. She brings to the CEAD a specialization in communications and project management and has previously held roles with the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Shellie is invested in supporting emerging voices in creating institutional change and memory. She currently serves on the board and several committees at Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography. Recent artistic projects include a residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Creative Time Summit. Shellie’s work has been shown internationally in North America, Europe and Asia.