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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

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The 10th annual Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition opened on November 13, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) in Mississauga. The exhibition featured 75 works by 50 artists including students, alumni and professors from the Drawing & Painting Program of OCAD University. Guests at the reception enjoyed an opportunity to meet with the artists.

The reception was hosted by Leila Matta, Brand Identity, Design and Art Programs Manager, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas and Shawna McNamee Director, Human Resources, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada.

OCAD U’s Ilene Sova, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Drawing and Glen Lowry, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, thanked MBFS for their generous support in what was described as one of the university’s longest partnerships.

Guests from OCAD U’s Faculty of Art included Anda Kubis, Associate Professor, Laura Millard, Associate Professor, John Deal, Instructor, Colette Laliberte, Associate Professor, Diane Pugen, Associate Professor, Gleny Lowry and Ilene Sova. Additional guests included graduates Amanda Clyne, BFA 2009 OCADU (2009 medal winner - recent acquisition to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada permanent collection) and Madeleine Bennett, BFA 2018 OCADU; medal winner.

At the event, OCAD University announced its purchase of artist Laura Millard’s work, Ice Circles I for the offices of MBFS. Millard has been teaching studio painting and seminar courses at OCAD since 1995. An active artist, she has exhibited in numerous public, commercial and artist-run galleries across Canada.

A true advocate of the arts, the generosity of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has benefited OCAD U’s current students and helped shape the success of its graduates. At MBFS, immense value is placed on the influence that art has in the workplace – “Art and creativity fuel personal growth.”

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Marwan Cherri, Business Processes & Controls, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas; Anda Kubis, Associate Professor, OCAD U; Laura Millard, Associate Professor, OCAD U;  Amanda Clyne, BFA 2009 OCADU; 2009 Medal winner (recent acquisition to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada permanent collection, John Deal, Instructor, OCAD U; Madeleine Bennett, BFA 2018 OCADU; Medal winner; Colette Laliberte, Associate Professor, OCAD U; Glen Lowry,Associate Dean, Faculty of Art; Leila MattaBrand Identity, Design and Art Programs Manager, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas; Sharyn Ghacham, Communications and Events Specialist, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada, Diane Pugen, Associate Professor, OCAD U; Shawna McNamee, Director, Human Resources, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada; Mary Beth Halprin, Director, Corporate Communications, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Americas; Ilene Sova, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Drawing.

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l-r: Ilene Sova, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Drawing, OCAD U; artists Diego de la Rosa and SofiL
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