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The exhibition features several OCAD University community members who, in addition to being faculty, are artists and parents. The works in the exhibition reflect their experiences raising children, teaching and maintaining a studio practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art Amy Swartz as well as Associate Professors in the Faculty of Art JJ Lee and Natalie Waldburger are featured in the show. Each week, beginning on August 8, the works of an individual artist will be foregrounded. 

The show was curated during artist and OCAD U alumna, Rachel Grad’s remote residency with the Museum of Motherhood (MoM) and includes weekly blog posts interviewing the featured artists to explore their work and parent experiences. 

At different times the women in the exhibition have involved their children in art making while also carving out, an autonomous practice as well. They have also engaged in collaboration with other parent artists. By capturing aspects of their own worlds, while quarantining at home with children and partners, these mothers have been able to express themselves during difficult circumstances. 

Glioblastoma 1 and Glioblastoma 2 with bell jar
Glioblastoma 1. And for the red one: Glioblastoma 2

Artist Bio
Natalie Majaba Waldburger’s current art practice is open-disciplinary and seeks to understand the complexities of respectful collaboration and participatory work in the context of anti-colonial research.  In recent years, institutional critique has become the focus for collaborative art practices as a co-founding member of The Drawing Board.  As an Associate Professor at OCAD U, Natalie has served as Chair for a number of programs in the faculty of Art including the inaugural Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media and, most recently, Interim Chair of Sculpture/Installation and Life Studies and Grievance Chair for OCADFA.  The Life Studies area was the focus of Natalie’s appointment at OCAD U.  Life Studies is a specialization positioned in the Faculty of Art that brings together the arts, sciences, and humanities to cultivate interdisciplinary studio art practices.  These pedagogical approaches speak to Natalie’s own art research practice positioned at the intersection of sustainability, social justice, and ecologically-respectful art practices. 
Artist Interview

Pandemic Parenting Online Exhibit Curator Rachael Grad, is a mom of three and former lawyer who has studied and worked in the US, France, Italy, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Grad left practicing law to study painting full-time at the New York Studio School and New York University (NYU) before transferring to OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Trained as an observational painter, Grad has focused on colourful painting that blurs the distinction between abstract, figurative, and representational styles. Read the intro blog about Rachael Grad’s Residency here

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Online residency and exhibition

The exhibition features several OCAD University community members who, in addition to being faculty, are artists and parents. The works in the exhibition reflect their experiences raising children, teaching and maintaining a studio practice amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art Amy Swartz as well as Associate Professors in the Faculty of Art JJ Lee and Natalie Waldburger are featured in the show.

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Pandemic Parenting and Mothers Making Art
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Natalie Majaba Waldburger

Image: Faculty of Design Dean Dr. Dori Tunstall presents Professor Emerit Avi Dunkelman with the Emerit designation at OCAD University's 2022 Convocation Ceremony. They are joined on stage with Chancellor Jaime Watt and President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. 

OCAD U honours faculty for their long service and dedication

OCAD University celebrated its faculty members at a virtual appreciation event on June 24 that honoured long-serving professors, retiring scholars and academic administrators who have completed their terms. 

“I want to thank you all for your incredible work, creativity, flexibility and commitment over the past year – it has continued to be a challenge with the ongoing pandemic, but as a community, you came together to ensure our students received engaging and enriching learning opportunities.,” President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano expressed at the beginning of the event. 

Gratitude to academic administrators completing their terms 

The festivities included an acknowledgement of the academic administrators who will be finishing their terms.  
“These faculty members are integral to the running of the University and to student success. I appreciate their contribution and for leading our colleagues through the uncertainties of a second academic year characterized by the pandemic,” said Vice-President, Academic and Provost Dr. Caroline Langill. 
The following faculty members were thanked for their service:

Faculty of Art 
Jason Baerg, Acting Chair, Sculpture and Installation and Integrated Media 
Judith Doyle, Chair, First Year Experience 
Dr. Jana Macalik, Acting Associate Dean, Academic Affairs 
Wrik Mead and Veronika Szkudlarek, Co-Chairs Experimental Animation 
Dr. Dot Tuer, Interim Chair, Criticism & Curatorial Practice 

Faculty of Design 
Dr. Sugandha Gaur, Acting Chair, Advertising 
Dr. Jay Irizawa, Acting Chair, Advertising 
Dr. Kathy Moscou, Interim Associate Dean Academic Affairs

Faculty of Arts and Science 
Nick Puckett, Chair, Digital Futures 
Dr. Alia Weston, Acting Associate Dean 
Dr. Ryan Whyte, Chair, Visual and Critical Studies 

Graduate Studies 
Dr. Andrew Gayed, Graduate Program Director, Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice  
Dr. Ashok Mathur, Dean, Graduate Studies and Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
Dr. Michelle Wyndham-West, Graduate Program Director, Inclusive Design 

Honouring long-serving faculty 

The gathering also featured a celebration of long-serving faculty members who have recently marked a milestone achievement in their roles at the University. The following professors were honoured for their dedication to the community and continuing commitment to art and design education:  

20 years of service  
Bruce Hinds, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design 
Jean-Christian Knaff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design  

25 years of service 
April Hickox, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art 
30 years of service 
June Lawrason, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design 
35 years of service 
Judith Doyle, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Chair, First Year Experience 

Reflecting on the vibrant careers of retiring faculty members 

The event culminated with a show of deep appreciation of seven esteemed faculty members who will be retiring this year including: 

Dr. Doreen Balabanoff, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
Doreen Balabanoff is an artist, designer, educator and administrator who over her years at OCAD University served as Faculty of Design Assistant Dean, First Year Design, Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty and Acting Dean. She has taught in several Graduate Studies programs, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design, Inclusive Design and Design for Health. 
Frederick Burbach, Faculty of Design Associate Professor 
Professor Frederich Burbach has practiced design internationally for over 30 years. Known for his exacting eye for design and generous feedback for his students, Professor Burbach has taught graphic design, design history, typography and advertising at OCAD University for almost 20 years. 

Avi Dunkelman, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
A graduate of OCAD University (then OCA) in 1980, Professor Dunkelman has expertise in corporate branding and visual identity. After studying design in Switzerland, he went on to found his own design firm Avi Dunkelman Design+Communications Inc. which has served clients internationally.  

Dr. Martha Ladly, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Arts and Science 
Specializing in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology, Dr. Ladly has taught in the Digital Futures graduate and undergraduate programs and the Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design graduate program (IAMD) at OCAD U. Dr. Ladly is the former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, former Graduate Program Director of the IAMD program and founding Chair of the Research Ethics Board. 
Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
A professor in the Environmental Design undergraduate program and Inclusive Design and Design for Health graduate programs at OCAD University, Dr. Nicoll is a trained architect who taught at Ryerson University and was the Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas, after leaving her post as partner at Nicoll and Robulack Architects in 1992.   
Dick (Edmond) Rampen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design  
After graduating from OCAD University (then OCA) in 1980, Professor Rampen has been teaching for almost 40 years on subjects that include industrial design, plastics technology, prototyping and musical instrument design and construction.  

Michèle White, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Art Professor 
Professor White has taught for over 40 years and is well-known for her classes in the Drawing and Painting program. After graduating from OCAD University in 1978 (then OCA), Professor White has exhibited her encaustic paintings internationally, earning numerous grants and teaching awards along the way. She is celebrated for her commitment to equity and justice at OCAD U, championing the hiring of women and BIPOC faculty. 
Congratulations to all honorees! 

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The Celebration of Faculty Event showcased professors, deans and chairs who have made major contributions to the University.
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April 12 – 14th, 2021 | online
Schedule & RSVP:

The Cultural Community Expo brings together the people and places that make up Toronto’s art and cultural sector to prepare Faculty of Art students and recent alumni for building a career in the arts after graduation.

Through a series of engagements with exemplary OCAD U alum, professional guests, art studios, cultural organizations and production centres, the Cultural Community Expo highlights potential career paths and presentation venues for emerging artists. Participants come away with a better understanding of how to make a living and sustain their art practice once they leave school, while at the same time remaining engaged in the cultural community, receiving mentorship, and gaining access to facilities and professional development opportunities.

Schedule of Events

Day 1 | Monday, April 12, 2021

  • 10am – 12pm | Ontario Galleries & Young Canada Works Program
    Jessica Lukas, Secretariat Coordinator of the Ontario Galleries (GOG) will introduce their organization and the Young Canada Works (YCW) program, which offers a variety of summer jobs and internships for emerging professionals to gain experience in the fields of heritage, arts, and culture. In the second half of the event, the RBC CEAD will be hosting a workshop on resume writing. We will be going over helpful tips to aid you in building a resume just in time for summer jobs and internships. RSVP

  • 1 – 2:30pm | Why DIY when you can Do It Together?
    Co-hosted with Gendai and Xpace Cultural Centre "Why DIY when you can Do It Together?"" is a panel on what it means to form, build, and sustain a collective creative practice featuring BAM Books, Art, Music Collective, Tea Base and Gendai who are part of the inaugural cohort of Gendai MA MBA (Mastering the Art of Misguided Business Administration). RSVP

Day 2 | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Toronto’s Cultural Community: Mega Info Session
Co-presented by Neighbourhood Arts Network
Wondering where to find studio space, production facilities, professional development, and exhibition opportunities outside of OCAD U? Join us to learn more about the different cultural centres in the city and how they work to serve and support the different needs of emerging artists and cultural workers.

  • 10am – 12pm | Cultural Community Mega Info Session: Part 1
    Hear from Neighbourhood Arts Network, RBC CEAD Career Launchers, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS), Open Studio, Akin Collective, STEPS Public Art, Artscape Daniels Launchpad RSVP

  • 1pm – 3pm | Cultural Community Mega Info Session: Part 2
    Hear from Xpace Cultural Centre, InterAccess Media Arts Centre, Vtape, Trinity Square Video, Gallery 44, Arts Etobicoke, Art Starts

Day 3 | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • 10am – 11:30am | Corporate Art Collections Investing in Emerging Artists
    Corrie Jackson (Senior Curator, RBC Curatorial Department), Shannon Linde (Curator, EQ Bank), Aimee Morita (Head of Marketing, NEO Exchange) and Sagan MacIsaac (Curatorial Coordinator, OCAD U + NEO Exchange Commissioning Program; Curator & Cultural Strategist) will discuss their activities in corporate art collecting, how they support emerging art practices in their work, and upcoming opportunities. RSVP

  • 12pm – 1:30pm | Selling Your Work online - The OCAD U Artist Showcase on Partial RSVP
    As you prepare to launch your career virtually this spring, join this session to learn about Partial’s specialty in online art sales and the successful experiences of recent OCAD U grads using the platform. Following the virtual debut of your final works at GradEx 106, Partial could be a perfect fit to showcase your creative practice, while providing a framework for artwork sales and rentals.  

    Chris Kim & Tammy Yiu, Co-founders | Partial Gallery 
    Donny Nie, artist, DRPT '19 | OCAD U Artist Showcase  
    Mash Ritchie, artist, DRPT '19 | OCAD U Artist Showcase  
    Visit to see our curated selection of OCADU talent on Partial. 


The Cultural Community Expo brings together the people and places that make up Toronto’s art and cultural sector to prepare Faculty of Art students for building a career in the arts after graduation.

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State of Blackness
Group photo of the State of Blackness conference participants. Photo by Ella Cooper.

OCAD U faculty member launches re-imagined website on scholarship into Black artistic practice and representation

In a climate of impassioned global protests against pervasive anti-Black racism, Canada is being forced to more fully confront its own legacy of systemic inequality that has marginalized generations of Black citizens. As we consider how to right this historic wrong, Dr. Andrea Fatona says one good place to start is by increasing the visibility of Black artists in Canada.

An independent art curator and scholar, and an associate professor in OCAD University’s Faculty of Art, Dr. Fatona has been working for years to rectify the absence of Black visual art from “official records”— art critics’ reviews, art archives and other avenues of representation. She has documented much of her efforts online and is launching a re-imagined version of the site: The state of blackness: from production to presentation. A French version of the website is coming soon. 

“This resource is about making it clear that we are here and the work is being done,” says Dr. Fatona, director of OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate program. “As we try to decolonize spaces, it’s more important than ever to acknowledge artwork by diverse artists.”

The website began as a way for her to document the proceedings of the OCAD U conference she spearheaded in 2014, The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the two-day event brought together artists, curators and academics to examine the histories, current status and future state of Black diasporic artistic practice and representation in Canada. For Dr. Fatona, the event aligned with her broader research interest in inequity in the arts, and how artworks by Black Canadians can reflect more diverse Canadian identities.

Since the conference, Dr. Fatona has been expanding the website’s content to include spin-off projects from the conference: a forum at the 2015 Venice Biennale to build transnational networks for Black Canadian visual artists; a 2017 collaboration with artist-run non-profit video art distributor Vtape to compile data on Black Canadian video production; and a 2020 research residency based at OCAD U that focused on the challenges and possibilities experienced by emerging Black artists from Italy.

Also on the site are resources such as essential reading about these issues and Canadian Black-owned bookstores, plus links to accompanying YouTube and Facebook channels. The site’s ongoing development has been financially supported by OCAD U, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

For OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor Sara Diamond, supporting  Dr. Fatona’s work to raise the profile of Black visual artists in Canada directly connects to the University’s commitment to championing scholarship that paints a fuller picture of the history of art and artmakers in Canada. Dr. Fatona will use advanced data analytics and AI tools to undertake this work, contributing to the field of digital humanities.

“Supporting Dr. Fatona’s work to raise the profile of Black visual artists in Canada directly connects to OCAD University’s dedication to championing scholarship that paints a fuller picture of the history of art and art makers in Canada,” says Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The relaunch of The State of Blackness is a timely addition to the chorus of voices that articulates her and OCAD U’s commitment to anti-Black racism, decolonization and leadership in this space.”

As individuals and nations seek new ways to address the persistent social injustices experienced by Black people, Dr. Fatona saw the value in relaunching the website with new content.

At the same time, she is pursuing a more comprehensive undertaking: a searchable, web-based, annotated database that includes visual art, analytic essays and research papers, produced by and about, Black Canadian artists, critics and curators from 1989  ̶  when the Canadian Multiculturalism Act was incepted  ̶  to the present.

“When we look around the art world, we see very few racialized artists, particularly Black artists, so I’m trying to understand how multiculturalism worked in terms of providing space, and debunk the myth that Black people are perennial newcomers to Canada,” Dr. Fatona says.

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OCAD U faculty member launches re-imagined website on scholarship into Black artistic practice and representation

In a climate of impassioned global protests against pervasive anti-Black racism, Canada is being forced to more fully confront its own legacy of systemic inequality that has marginalized generations of Black citizens. As we consider how to right this historic wrong, Dr. Andrea Fatona says one good place to start is by increasing the visibility of Black artists in Canada.


Individuation describes the manner in which a thing is identified as distinguished from other things, this includes how an individual person is held to be distinct from other elements in the world and how a person is distinct from other persons.

In Jungian psychology, individuation is the process where the individual self develops out of an undifferentiated unconscious, other psychoanalytic theorists describe it as the stage where an individual transcends group attachment and narcissistic self-absorption.

Todays the term individuation denotes new online technologies that permit mass customization of the contents of a newspaper, a magazine, or a website so that its contents match each individual user's unique interests. This differs from the traditional mass-media practice of producing the same contents for all readers, viewers, listeners, or online users.


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Art by Fallon Andy
Art by Fallon Andy

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at midnight


Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for current OCAD U students in the Faculty of Art. 25 students will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Accounts on Partial and inclusion as featured artists within the OCAD University Hub on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals. 

This is an amazing opportunity to get your work out there, nurture an audience, and sell your work! Applications will be reviewed by faculty members and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

The benefits of a Pro Account and inclusion on the OCAD U Hub are:

  • Dedicated artist profile page
  • Active promotion of your work by OCAD U's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
  • Listing on Partial’s artist directory
  • Smart insights about your artwork
  • Pricing Guide
  • E-commerce capabilities for art sales plus rental & payment plans for your    art
  • Trade Access: access to set decorators, designers, and stagers
  • Priority Artist support
  • Insurance Protection on all art rentals/rent-to-own plans
  • Low 16% transaction fee on any sale/rental


Current OCAD U students in the Faculty of Art


  • Full contact information (Name, portfolio, and email) 
  • Links to online portfolio
  • One (1) PDF that includes a: 
  • Brief artist biography (250 words max)
  • CV
  • A brief statement of intent outlining your interest and commitment to this opportunity (up to 500 words max)


Please submit all components online via

 If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora


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2019 Partial Gallery (Student)

A new living wall wall work by DRPT student Raquel Da Silva has been installed in OCAD University’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. This project was commissioned by the Faculty of Art and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), and generously supported by Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) sponsorships.

As part of the Faculty of Art’s Painting in the Expanded Field course, students were asked to create site-specific proposals for a window/wallcorner in the recently renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. Taking into account the building’s focus on experiential learning, the CEAD on level 3 and the publicly visible space, seventeen unique proposals were presented.

A committee of representatives from the CEAD, the Faculty of Art and OCAD U’s Health and Safety team shortlisted three proposals before selecting Raquel Da Silva’s project, Garden of CEAD. Raquel’s piece interpreted the CEAD as a safe space which provides students with the opportunities to grow and flourish. With this in mind, this project realizes the concept of a “garden” through the integration of live plants to foster the idea of growth and transformation. The piece is composed of several layers: a background design painted on the wall, wall-mounted planters and several laser-cut shapes and characters. The result is a three-dimensional wall garden that will grow over time.

Special thanks to Colette Laliberté for facilitating this project and making it possible.

Honourable Mentions: Fourteen Art Students by Brianna Bruce Sunseed by Hana Elmisry and Nicole Kim

Faculty of Art Faculty of Design
Raquel Da Silva Wall Work


OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is looking for a Junior Managing Editor to support the upcoming Faculty of Art’s publication celebrating the history of the Nomadic Residency. Reporting to the Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, the Junior Managing Editor will assist in research, edit, and production activities to ensure timely delivery of a quality publication.

Launched in 2006 with the generous support of Partners in Art, Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent. The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

RATE: $16.50/hour for 28 hours/week

TERM: Part-time starting June 2019 (20 weeks)

DEADLINE: Monday, June 17, 2019


  • Coordinate editorial publications and meetings for artists, contributing writers, and designers
  • Research and organize the Nomadic Resident Archive
  • Plan and manage content, including rights and permissions and production schedules
  • Build and nurture a team of talented writers, designers and producers
  • Work on the design and layout of the publication
  • Assist with proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style and tone


  • OCADU graduates from 2018/ 2019 or current students at the masters level. 
  • Strong interest in publications, especially art publication.
  • Strong communication skills and professionalism verbally and in writing 
  • Demonstrated research and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience with project management and logistics coordination 
  • A good attention to detail, timekeeping and organizational skills Computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Creative Suite. MAC OSX.


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and current CV. 
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience 
  • A writing sample of publications, essays, or reports


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Zviko Mhakayakora

For more information, visit the Career Launchers website

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