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Cover photo: Esery Mondesir, Katherine, (still image), 2019. Hand-processed 16mm film transferred to HD video (3:31min, looping). Courtesy of the artist. © Esery Mondesir.

OCAD University School for Continuing Studies 
In Touch
September 29 to December 1, 2022

With works by Continuing Studies Drawing Skills Studio 1 students Val Brubacher, Prasad Dalvi, Milan Kang, Yi Mei, Neil Ornstein, Karan Sidhu and Barry Strasbourg-Thompson. 

The works in this exhibition are inspired by video and text prompts as well as online meetings and discussions led by Instructor Travis Freeman, who is also an Educational Developer in the Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre at OCAD U.  

Sketches of eggs in different states. Whole in grey, whole in black, just the frame of an egg in black, cracked open with half in pink, half in red and a yolk in between. Eggs (2022) by Yi Mei.

Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) Gallery
100 McCaul Street, Room 316
Step on a crack...
October 6 to December 2, 2022

This exhibition features the multi-media works by queer disability artist and Faculty of Art Assistant Professor Pam Patterson that capture physical and visual (dis)ability perceptions.

Photograph/digital collage of the bottom half of a person kneeling in a thin pool of foamy water.Drawing on water #4 (2022) by Pam Patterson, digital collage using drawing and performance documentation.

Onsite Gallery 
199 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor
Until December 10, 2022 

Curated by Ryan Rice, Executive Director and Curator, Indigenous Art, Onsite Gallery. 

In Souvenir, Jordan Bennett draws on the richness of Mi’kmaq material culture and design. His interdisciplinary approach integrates customary geometric motifs embellished with porcupine quillwork and basketry souvenir trade commodities, forms that thrived in the nineteenth century.

Geometric motifs, acrylic on birch panel.Heather (2018) by Jordan Bennett, acrylic on birch panel. Photo by Yuula Benivolski.

Darling Foundry 
745 Ottawa Street, Montreal 
Tu m'enveloppes et je te contiens [You envelop me and I contain you] 
September 22 to December 11, 2022 

With works by OCAD U MFA alum Lan Florence Yee.

Working with the theme of memory, 10 artists were invited to revisit the history of the Darling Foundry site by proposing original works created in response to its programming, the objects in its art collection, its architecture or to its transition from its former status as an industrial ruin to that of a contemporary arts venue emblematic of Montreal's cultural scene.

Heritage photo of the Darling Foundry indusrtial building with "Darling Brothers" over the entrance.Image courtesy of Darling Foundry.

Art Gallery of Guelph 
358 Gordon Street, Guelph 
September 14 to December 21, 2022 

With works by OCAD U MFA alums Justine Woods (who is also an Instructor, Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD U) and Laura Grier and BFA graduate Anita Cazzola. Curated by Erin Szikora, Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories MFA graduate.

An exhibition that considers the complexity and multiplicity of "home". The artists in the show ask: where do we go when we don’t have home to return to? To many, this location or feeling has become elusive due to increasing social and cultural isolation and the threat of displacement. 

Photograph of yellow-gloved hands filleting a trout on a wooden cutting board.we carry our homeland(s) close to our heart (trout filleting detail) (2021) by Justine Woods.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 
231 Queens Quay West
Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity
October 1 to December 31, 2022 

Co-curated by Dr. Gerald McMaster who retired from OCAD U this fall. He was previously a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice.

This exhibition explores the ways Indigenous contemporary artists and collaborators take on issues of climate change, globalized Indigeneity and contact zones in and about the Arctic and the Amazon during a time of crisis.

Bust of a person submerged from the chest down, adorned with foliage on a turquoise background.Untitled (Série elementar- Lama) (2017) by Uýra, photograph printed on fine art paper.

113 McCaul Street
Anthropogenic Anxiety 
September 22 to December 31, 2022 

An exhibition led by Faculty of Art Assistant Professor Pam Patterson. 

The exhibition is an outcome of working alongside students, community members, galleries and professional colleagues in a creative investigation. Over 100 people joined to broadly explore visual mediums, personal narratives of the pandemic and the larger emerging anthropogenic era. 

Print of a large arch with a gradient from black to yellow, filled with small, open-ended cylinders, against a dark landscape with blue sky.Reaper (2021) by Sasha Shevchenko, digital print. ​​​​​​

Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto
2550, rue Ontario Est, Montréal
Imaginaires souverains
November 17, 2022 to January 15, 2023

With works by Faculty of Art Assistant Professor Ésery Mondésir.

The collective exhibition Imaginaires souverains brings together in two places, the Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto and the Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, the works of fifteen Quebec and Canadian artists from Haiti, curated by Dominique Fontaine. 

Mondésir's work explores his connection to the Haitian diaspora, based on his own experience of migration. 

Esery Mondesir, Katherine, (still image), 2019. Hand-processed 16mm film transferred to HD video (3:31min, looping). Courtesy of the artist. © Esery MondesirEsery Mondesir, Katherine, (still image), 2019. Hand-processed 16mm film transferred to HD video (3:31min, looping). Courtesy of the artist. © Esery Mondesir

Flying Books 
784 College Street
October 2022 to February 2023 

With works by Program Assistant, International Programs and Collaboration and 2017 Drawing and Painting alum Jasmine Cardenas. Curated by 2012 Criticism & Curatorial Practice alum Sagan MacIsaac (Sagan Editions). 

In this exhibition, Cardenas presents four abstract paintings that use layers of collage, found materials, recycled textiles, pumice stone and sand. Her unique combination of texture and a rich, vibrant palette creates images that evoke natural shapes (leaves, trees, flowers) and landscapes.  

Oil/mixed media on primed paper. Eyes on You by Jasmine Cardenas, oil/mixed media on primed paper.

A Space Gallery
401 Richmond Street West
Practice as Ritual / Ritual as Practice
November 24, 2022 to February 23, 2023 

Curated by Andrea Fatona, founder of the Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U.

Practice as Ritual / Ritual as Practice is a group exhibition featuring the works of 10 Black women artists who participated in the historical 1989 DAWA Collective exhibition, Black Wimmin: When and Where We Enter, the first national exhibition to address the exclusion of Black women artists from the visual landscape of Canada. The exhibition attests to and affirms the artists’ sustained practice of producing art that articulates the heterogeneity of perspectives and forms that constitute Black Canadian women’s art today. The works in the exhibition comprise of paintings, photography, text, installations, video, augmented reality, and sculpture. 

Khadejha McCall, Untitled, Silkscreen on canvas, 2000. Photo credit: Chiedza PasipanodyaKhadejha McCall, Untitled, Silkscreen on canvas, 2000. Photo credit: Chiedza Pasipanodya.

Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park
Replicas and Reunions: Ancient and Contemporary Ceramics from Ecuador

November 10, 2022 to March 12, 2023

Curated by Faculty of Art Instructor Maya Wilson-Sanchez.

This exhibition features a new body of work by Quito-based artist Pamela Cevallos and five collaborators from the rural coastal town of La Pila: Andrés López, Genaro López, Daniel Mezones, Javier Rivera, and Guillermo Quijije. The installation explores the artisanal and ancestral knowledge of ceramic production in Ecuador and the continuity of a longstanding tradition.

Pamela Cevallos and Guillermo Quijije, Sotheby’s, earthenware, 2022

Sotheby’s (2022) by Pamela Cevallos and Guillermo Quijije, earthenware.

Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
Afghanistan, My Love
October 8, 2022 to April 10, 2023

With works by alum Shaheer Zazai (BFA 2011).

Conceptualized in Microsoft Word, Shaheer Zazai’s mesmerizing patterns and designs explore the many layers of his complex cultural identity. A selection of Zazai’s digital works and carpets which are inspired by these designs will showcase the artist’s unique processes and his contemplations around what it means to be an Afghan away from their homeland.

Close-up photo of the pattern on a multicoloured rug textile.Carpet No. 3 (2022) by Sheer Zazai, handwoven wool carpet. Image courtesy of Shaheer Zazai.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today
November 19, 2022 to April 23, 2023

With works by OCAD U Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Chair, First Year Experience in the Faculty of Art Office, Marton Robinson.

Marton Robinson, La Coronación de La Negrita, 2022. Digital print over backlit paper (variable); 60 parts: 44 × 27 in. (111.76 × 68.58 cm) each.  Photo: Michael David RoseMarton Robinson, La Coronación de La Negrita, 2022. Digital print over backlit paper (variable); 60 parts: 44 × 27 in. (111.76 × 68.58 cm) each. Photo: Michael David Rose. Courtesy of Vogue.

Taking the 1990s as its cultural backdrop, Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today is the first major group exhibition in the United States to envision a new approach to contemporary art in the Caribbean diaspora, foregrounding forms that reveal new modes of thinking about identity and place. It uses the concept of weather and its constantly changing forms as a metaphor to analyze artistic practices connected to the Caribbean, understanding the region as a bellwether for our rapidly shifting times. 

Robinson's large-scale piece is a 60-part digital print considers Blackness and racism within the Caribbean, specifically Costa Rica.

Onsite Gallery 
199 Richmond Street West

Up Front: Inuit Public Art at Onsite Gallery

Curated by Ryan Rice, Executive Director and Curator, Indigenous Art, Onsite Gallery. 

In partnership with the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF), Up Front: Inuit Public Art at Onsite Gallery is a new series of commissioned digital murals by Inuit artists, produced in vinyl for the exterior façade of the gallery.

The current mural is by artist Kyle Natkusiak Aleekuk. Aleekuk’s works are inspired by the bold colours and style of the printmakers of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, including his grandfather Peter Aliknak Banksland and great aunt Agnes Nanogak Goose. This work will be up until March 2023.

Large mural that includes colourful artwork depicting a person on a skidoo, caribou herds, fishing lines, roses and inuksuk, all set against a sepia-toned background.Northern Flash (2022) by Kyle Natkusiak Aleekuk.


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.

Different sized metal/wire rings mounted on small, translucent platforms, sitting on a black platform, against a yellow and white wall.Hues of Gold (2022) by Reshmi Bisessar.

News Summary
Check out several exhibitions featuring students, staff, faculty and alums of OCAD U.
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Esery Mondesir, Katherine, (still image), 2019. Hand-processed 16mm film transferred to HD video (3:31min, looping). Courtesy of the artist. © Esery Mondesir

Image: Documentation of Ignite Gallery's new facility. Photo by Martin Iskander.

Ignite Gallery reopens with new facility and exhibition 

Ignite Gallery celebrates its reopening in a newly renovated space with an exciting exhibition that features works by five OCAD U alums.  

Lose Your Illusion includes paintings, sculptures, digital animations, textiles and illustrations. It was curated by Community Coordinator Morgan Mavis and Programs Coordinator Tibi Neuspiel, who are both graduates of OCAD University. Together they co-curate the exhibitions and activities at Ignite Gallery year-round.  

“We are thrilled to harmonize the wonderful works of Malik McKoy, Philip Leaonard Ocampo, Sid Sharp, Kyle Yip and Nicole Zaridze in this group exhibition,” Neuspiel notes. 

"Their works are self-aware, fun and explore the intersection of personal and collective experiences,” he explains. The show continues until March 7, 2022. 

Photo documentation of Ocampo's jacquard loom textile hung from the ceiling in the gallery.
IIXXVMCMXCV (2021) by Philip Leonard Ocampo. Photo by Morgan Mavis.

This is the first exhibition in Ignite’s new home, which is now located in one of campus’ busiest corridors. Over several years, 1,200 square feet of administration and storage space was transformed into the open and flexible gallery space it is today. 

Toronto-based Teeple Architects worked closely with the OCAD U Gallery team and the Campus Planning and Projects team to design and implement the vision for the new facility. The result is a bright, professional and welcoming space that features new LED lighting as well as user-friendly audio-visual equipment. Thank you to the Slaight Family Foundation for their generous support of the Ada Slaight Exhibition Centre.

“We are so pleased to bring this elevated space to students. It has such beautiful lighting and is situated in such a central and prominent location on OCAD U's campus,” notes Mavis.  

“I look forward to seeing what this new space inspires,” she continues. 

The gallery is part of the Ada Slaight Exhibition Centre which includes four exhibition spaces all located on the second floor of 100 McCaul St.

“The design of the new gallery is informed by elements embedded elsewhere on campus. The space presents a contemporary design approach that integrates several OCAD U core values including sustainability and accessibility,” explains Joanne Frisch, Director of Campus Planning and Projects. 

Founded in the 1970s as Gallery 76 in the building Above Ground Art Supplies occupies today, Ignite Gallery has a 50-year history of presenting the artwork, writing and curatorial projects of the University’s student community. In 2007, the space’s name was changed to Student Gallery, reflecting its mandate to showcase emerging practices. During this time, the gallery undertook a range of exciting projects including the exhibition  Ultra Rare (2014), which resulted in a massive mural on McCaul St. created by artists Julia Dickens, Tara Dorey, Alexandra Mackenzie, Lido Pimienta, Peter Rahul and Diana VanderMeulen. The painted installation was destroyed in 2016 when the building it was demolished to make way for condominiums.  

A photo of the collaboratively made mural with palm trees, plants and bright colours throughout.
Ultra Rare (2014) mural. Photo by Caroline Macfarlane.

Kensington Market became the gallery’s new home in 2016 and was renamed Ignite Gallery. That same year pARTy Time! Learning Lab was coordinated by Mavis, a collaborative, community-based workshop series that engaged teenagers and their families in SickKids Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. During these creative sessions OCAD U students supported patients in making artworks that they could use to enliven and personalize their hospital rooms.  

A photo of three people in full-body costumes in the shapes of fruit.
pARTy Time! (2016) costumes. Photo by Christopher Bennell.

While in the Kensington Market location Ignite presented Plastic Bag Monument, which Mavis identifies as a gallery highlight during this period. With photography by Wynne Neilly and floral arrangements by 2013 OCAD U Criticism and Curatorial Studies graduate Bethany Rose Puttkemery, Plastic Bag Monument reconfigured the conversation on plastic waste. The exhibition included an installation composed of disposable bags consumed by Puttkemery and 2014 OCAD U graduate Lee D'Angelo during the three months preceding the exhibition. On the night of the exhibition opening, tattoos were offered to gallery goers on a by-donation basis.  

A photo of a busy gallery with a installation that resembles a raft with a sale, adorned with plastic bags.
Plastic Bag Monument (2019) installation by Bethany Rose Puttkemery and Lee D'Angelo. Photo by Lee D'Angelo.

After three rich years on Augusta Ave., the gallery now has a permanent home in the custom-built exhibition space on campus.  

At the end of March, the gallery will release a call for submissions, which is open to past and present OCAD U students. Submissions will be accepted until mid-May. Also, be sure to check out Ignite Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, which will feature 2014 Illustration graduate Brandon Celi’s reworking of found objects, digital textiles by 2020 Material Art and Design graduate Khadija Aziz as well as a projection by 2016 Digital Futures (MFA) alum Katie Kotler and works by Calvin Zhang, who graduated from OCAD U’s Printmaking program in 2020.  

Ignite Gallery is supported by six student monitors who are all in their fourth year of study in a range of programs at OCAD University. They are Aliyah Aziz (Integrated Media), Fabiyino Germain-Bajowa (Criticism and Curatorial Studies), Deanna Gene (Sculpture and Installation), Emerald Repard-Denniston (Drawing and Painting), Carla Sierra Suarez (Sculpture and Installation) and Ruby Tran (Digital Futures). 

Stop by and say hello in person during gallery hours, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

News Summary
OCAD U’s student gallery is now located at 100 McCaul St. in an ultramodern exhibition space on the second floor.
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The OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program is pleased to announce Debut, an exhibition showcasing a selection of art and design works by 16 locally-based graduating students from the program in 2021. The works are on display in the Craft Ontario’s feature windows now until July 10.

Participating students are: Anthia Barboutsis; Si Chen; Camila Garzon; Ellene Fu; Aichoucha Haidara; Melody Juthamongkol; Summer Lee; Yucan Liang; Leah Liu; Kaushika Nayyar; Moraa Stump; Ziyi Wang; Nathan Whitefield; Yuki Wong; John Xu; and Sia Zhang.

For information about each student’s work, please see

Craft Ontario will announce its reopening information and how to book a visit on their website When permitted, please visit the exhibition to congratulate the Material Art and Design 2021 graduating students on flourishing under the difficult circumstances and delivering absolutely stunning outcomes. Currently, the works can be viewed in the front vitrine from the street.

To see more works by the graduating students from the Material Art & Design program, including those outside Canada, please visit and

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Feature Windows, Craft Ontario
1106 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9
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New to OCAD U? Have you accepted your offer to study at OCAD University, starting in September 2020? Welcome!

Introduce yourself to our community and participate in face2face 2020: a unique annual tradition, now a first OCAD U virtual exhibition for new and first-year undergrads.

Introduce yourself to our community!
Create a self-portrait and show us who you are!

Draw, paint, collage, photography, video, animation... or other!
Photograph or scan your work... or create it digitally!
Make it a literal likeness or a metaphorical representation!
Have fun! Play around with the idea of your self-image.
Express your own unique style. How would you like to be seen?
Be modest, outrageous, fanciful, or elegant!

Thank you to Above Ground Art Supplies, the OCAD U art supply store of choice for supporting face2face: 2020!

Send us your self-portrait by 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2020, for a chance to win the Early Bird Prize: an Above Ground Art Supplies gift bag!

All self-portraits received by the final submission deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 31, 2020, will qualify for a chance to win one of two additional prizes*:

Runner Up: an Above Ground Art Supplies gift bag.
Grand Prize: an Above Ground Art Supplies $125 gift card.

We look forward to receiving your self-portrait!

*Prize winners are chosen randomly from all submissions received. Selection is not based on quality, process or individual style.

Good luck!

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New to OCAD U? Have you accepted your offer to study at OCAD University, starting in September 2020? Welcome!

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RUNNING MAY 20 to JUNE 19 on

In response to COVID-19, Bidemi Oloyede's first solo exhibition has been moved to a web platform.

BL|ARCHIVE uses street photography and studio portraiture to reframe Black Canadian identity.

Contesting the idea that Blackness is on the margin, or displaced from a Canadian identity, BL|ARCHIVE cements the cultural identity of Blackness firmly within the urban grids of Toronto, “look(ing) back, at one another, naming what we see.” This format is one of constructing history through a personal lens.

BL|ARCHIVE presents Black life through joy, intimacy, and collaborative empowerment. Using analogue film as strategic permanence, Oloyede shifts from documentarian to facilitator.

This project is supported by the Career Launcher program, an initiative from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University.

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Natalie Mark and co-curators Yasmin Emery and Samiya Karim deliver a new flavour of an exhibition in the Learning Zone Gallery - House of Oriental: Northern Style on through May 27. Emery describes House of Oriental: Northern Style, as an exhibition of works exploring pan-Asian Canadian foods: recipes developed from hybridity, alienation, assimilation, survival, and poverty. The works in this exhibition aim to explore not the most “authentic” or “real” ethnic foods, but to present the foods and experiences born out of the land’s rich (or poor) newcomer history. The exhibition includes works ranging from paintings to photography as well as a recipe book, compiling the foods behind the art. Featuring artwork by:

Abbey Chong

Natalie Chuck

Tina Chu

Kai Lumbang

Mel Low

Natalie Mark

Loretta Miauw

Noelle Mok

Pauline Nguyen

Becky Wu

416-977-6000, 2529
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Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
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Calling all artists! Submit your artwork* for the library’s 2019-2020 art exhibit season. If selected, your work will be on display at one of 16 library branches across the city.

*A committee will consider works prepared for hanging in all media including photography (no sculptures).


Submission deadline: April 26, 2019  

Exhibit Locations: Agincourt, Albion, Bloor/Gladstone, Deer Park, Don Mills, Fairview, Leaside, Mimico Centennial, North York Central Library, Northern District, Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, Richview, Runnymede, S. Walter Stewart, Woodside Square, Yorkville For information on current and upcoming exhibits at the Toronto Public Library, please visit:

Download the application available on this page or visit: for more information on applications and exhibitions. 

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