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Image caption: The 2021-22 recipients of distinguished research awards are Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Alexis Morris and Professor Ilene Sova.
 

Three faculty members recognized for outstanding achievements in research

Three faculty members are being recognized for their innovative contributions to research with the presentation of awards that celebrate distinguished and early stage research activities at OCAD University.  

Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice, is the 2021-22 recipient of the OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. 

This award recognizes faculty members for their outstanding portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that this activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.  

This year, the OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is being shared by Dr. Alexis Morris, assistant professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Ilene Sova, assistant professor in the Faculty of Art and Chair of the Ada Slaight Contemporary Drawing and Painting program. 

This award recognizes promising, recently appointed faculty members for their outstanding promise to be distinguished researchers, scholars, artists and designers within a university context. 
 

OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity 

Dr. Gerald McMaster

Dr. Gerald McMaster is a curator, artist and Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and director of the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge at OCAD University.  

With more than 40 years of working internationally in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics, Dr. McMaster has worked at institutions that include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  

He was selected as the Canadian curator to the 1995 Venice Biennale and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. He served as the Canadian Commissioner to the 2010 Biennale of Sydney and the Artistic Director to the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012. His most recent book is entitled Iljuwas Bill Reid: Life & Work for Art Canada Institute (2020). Dr. McMaster is a nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and a citizen of the Siksika Nation.  
 

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

Dr. Alexis Morris

Dr. Alexis Morris is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Internet of Things and the director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab. His research transforms the way we interact with information, each other and the world by interweaving mixed reality and artificial intelligence.  

Dr. Morris is currently leading the talented ACE Lab team of OCAD U students, local researchers and collaborators in the design of mixed reality human-computer interfaces for the Internet of Things – one of the pillars of exponential change connecting our physical and informational worlds.  

An interdisciplinary computer scientist and a passionate techno-optimist, Dr. Morris hails from the Caribbean (Bahamas) and brings an eclectic international background and expertise in computer science to the OCAD University community. 
 

Ilene Sova

Professor Ilene Sova is the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Drawing and Painting in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U. She identifies as mixed race, with white settler, Afro-Caribbean and Black Seminole ancestry. She is also an artist who lives with the disability of epilepsy.  
 
She passionately identifies with the tenets of intersectional feminism and has dedicated her creative career to art and activism. Sova is also the founder of the Feminist Art Collective and Blank Canvases, an in-school creative arts program for elementary school students.  

With extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, Professor Sova’s work has been most notably shown at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Mutuo Centro de Arte in Barcelona.  

In her academic career, Professor Sova has trained educators on diversity and equity in the arts at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Harbourfront Centre. She also presented on decolonizing art curriculum with her colleague Nadia McLaren at Pratt University, the University of the Bahamas and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design conference. In 2020, she was lauded in the national press for her development of a third-year studio cross-disciplinary course entitled COVID-19 Responsive Art. 

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3 portraits of OCAD U faculty members from left to right, Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Alexis Morris and Professor Ilene Sova.

The OCAD University community celebrated the completion of the Ada Slaight Studios - one of the first phases of the Creative City CampusThe Slaight Family Foundation has contributed to a revitalization effort that will substantially change the student experience of the 4th floor south Drawing and Painting Studios. 

This generous gift has allowed OCAD U to renovate and re-purpose existing spaces so that students will have full access to technology-enabled studio-based and experiential learning. Major components of this revitalization include the university’s core creative spaces: the Student Hub and Gallery, the four Drawing and Painting Studios and the Resource Centre. 

The impact of the contributions include:

  • A new student gallery and hub on the fourth floor with gallery lighting and a co-working space
  • A new resource centre with expanded storage and tool load capability.
  • Upgraded furniture and art storage in our fourth-floor build shop
  • State of the art designed lightening capability for life model and still life observation
  • Improved critique installation surfaces in all south studios 
  • New LED lighting optimized for art creation with individual controls 
  • New projectors, screens and audiovisual interface 

The Slaight family has been a supporter of OCAD University for many years. In particular, the university is grateful to Ada Slaight, someone who believes passionately in the value of art and design to society, and the importance of providing students with the tools and resources they need to successfully pursue an education in those fields.

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 13, 2 to 4 pm. Artists in Attendance

Bau-Xi Gallery's Toronto locations are in one of the most energetic artistic neighbourhoods in the city - in part because of its close proximity to the esteemed OCAD University. For the month of July, a selection of works by OCAD U's Drawing and Painting class of 2019 will be featured in their Upper Gallery. 

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EMERGING NOW: Selected Works from the OCAD U Drawing & Painting Class of 2019
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OCAD University is very excited to announce that it has appointed Stephen Foster as Dean of the Faculty of Art, effective January 1, 2020. Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, Foster will be responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of the Faculty of Art and its integration into the University’s Academic and Strategic Plans.

Foster brings valuable teaching and leadership experience from his roles as Professor and Head of the Creative Services Department at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus (UBCO), as well as Director, Center of Indigenous Media Arts. He holds a BFA and MFA from the Visual Arts, Media Arts and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program of York University.

Prior to these roles, Foster held the position of Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research with UBCO, where he served as Chair to a variety of committees related to graduate programming, scholarships and admissions, and research development and policy. He has been dedicated to the development of graduate studies at UBCO, where he pioneered the Summer Institute for Interdisciplinary Indigenous Graduate Studies, inviting Indigenous scholars and artists to work with graduate students in Indigenous Studies.

Throughout his academic and professional art career Foster has worked continually around the themes of Indigenous identity and new media, to include community-based research developing novel approaches to interactive documentary, as well as working in areas of video, photo and audio installation. An advocate for an interdisciplinary teaching and research model, he is specifically interested in the areas where web and installation-based documentary can intersect with community-based research.

Foster’s research practice has engaged inter-faculty collaborations and community-based approaches, as well bridging academic disciplines of social science, Indigenous studies and fine arts practice-based research.

Working collaboratively and in close consultation with the Faculty Deans and the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, Stephen Foster will promote the effective management of the University’s academic programs, research, and outreach, support its educational goals, and enrich University life.

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Image: Still from the animation Heart (2021) by Belinda Zhang, a 2021 graduate of OCAD U's Digital Painting and Expanded Animation program. Watch the full animated video here.
 

OCAD U offers new Experimental Animation program this fall

OCAD University has a long history of graduating successful animators in art and film. Just this fall art director and graduate Karen DeJong released Ron’s Gone Wrong, a computer-animated feature that has generated over $60 million in box office sales since its premiere in the United Kingdom.  

And now beginning in September 2022, the University will welcome its first cohort of undergraduate students in its new Experimental Animation program where they will have opportunities to develop the technical and conceptual skills to thrive in a range of creative industries. 

“OCAD University is the ultimate launchpad to explore innovative ideas, get exposed to diverse creative practices, find a community and develop a fulfilling career,” notes President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. 

Unique in Canada, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will focus on animation as an artistic practice, offering students an exciting alternative to programs in the country that are primarily industry focused. 

“This program is about exploring creativity and curiosity. Students will develop their personal vision and push the boundaries of the art form,” says Philippe Blanchard, who contributed to the program’s vision while in his former role as Chair of Integrated Media and Digital Painting and Expanded Animation. 

“As faculty members we are interested in animation as a focus of critical inquiry as well as a medium that can tackle today's big topics through innovative storytelling in new and powerful ways,” he continues. 

With courses taught by experts in the field, including co-chairs, Associate Professor Wrik Mead and Assistant Professor Veronika Szkudlarek, students will learn to mix traditional and digital animation styles while learning all that is required to develop an animation project from concept to realization. 
 
“Experimental animation is a powerful contemporary medium. It sits so comfortably within the spirit of our times. It’s a pastiche of playful possibilities - from painting and drawing to movement and sound, to innovative technology and cross-disciplinary collaboration,” notes Szkudlarek.  

Those enrolled in the four-year program will be encouraged to explore a range of techniques and to discover the form of animation they are most passionate about. Whether it’s 2D or 3D animation, stop-motion, game development, augmented or virtual reality, graphic novels, installation art or a combination of approaches, students will be limited only by their imaginations. 

“The question, "what is experimental animation?" is an open-ended one that students will help to answer through their studies and work,” Blanchard says. 

Students will develop strong studio skills, critical thinking and be exposed to a wide range of artistic influences that will position them for careers as filmmakers, game designers, creative entrepreneurs and independent artists.  
 
Visit OCAD University’s website to find out more about the program and how to apply.  

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Image: Esery Mondesir. Film still from Katherine, 2019. Hand-processed 16mm film transferred to HD video, duration 3 min 31 sec, looping. Courtesy of the artist. © Esery Mondesir

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Toronto-based artist-filmmaker Esery Mondesir describes the impulse that fuels his art practice as “a search for kinship.” At the heart of his work is Mondesir’s connection to the Haitian diaspora, based on his own experience of migration: the artist left Haiti, his country of birth, at the age of 28.
 
Mondesir mines personal archives, institutional collections, music, and oral histories to chart and connect people and places with links to Haiti. The film footage, score, passport photographs, and text presented here are expressions of his search. They reflect an extended family he has found, across decades, and connecting Toronto, Havana, Montreal, Port-au-Prince, and the Oti region of Ghana.

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Toronto-based artist-filmmaker Esery Mondesir describes the impulse that fuels his art practice as “a search for kinship.” At the heart of his work is Mondesir’s connection to the Haitian diaspora, based on his own experience of migration: the artist left Haiti, his country of birth, at the age of 28.
 
Mondesir mines personal archives, institutional collections, music, and oral histories to chart and connect people and places with links to Haiti. The film footage, score, passport photographs, and text presented here are expressions of his search. They reflect an extended family he has found, across decades, and connecting Toronto, Havana, Montreal, Port-au-Prince, and the Oti region of Ghana.

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Image credit: Lac des Arcs (detail) (2019) by Laura Millard 

Shared Terrain
Jan 21–Mar 20 2022

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‘Shared Terrain’ is a group exhibition that fosters cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. This exhibition is structured around exchange and conversation between 10 creatives from distant locations who are collaborating with each other for the first time. 

Artists and designers from Canada and the Nordic Region are paired in 5 groups, working together virtually from September to December to create new work for the exhibition. They are invited to be inspired by each other, exploring the connections between their practices with respect to their regional locations and cultural histories. 

This exhibition features the work of Carissa Baktay (Canada and Iceland), Laura Millard (Canada), Teemu Salonen (Finland), Randi Samsonsen (Faroe Islands), Katarina Spik Skum (Sápmi, Sweden), Anie Toole (Canada), Lillian Tørlen (Norway), Wednesday Architecture (Denmark), Justine Woods (Aabitaawizininiwag, Canada), and Boris Yu (Canada).

‘Shared Terrain’ is curated by DesignTO, co-presented with Harbourfront Centre, and supported by Lemay, the Embassy of Norway, and Icelandair, the official transportation partner of Nordic Bridges. ‘Shared Terrain’ was made possible as part of Nordic Bridges 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Thank you to our external jurors Akash Inbakumar and Melanie Egan.

For more information please visit the website here.
 

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‘Shared Terrain’ is a group exhibition that fosters cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. This exhibition is structured around exchange and conversation between 10 creatives from distant locations who are collaborating with each other for the first time.

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President's Speaker Series

OCAD U is hosting one of the UK’s most influential curators Dr. Zoé Whitley and famed Star Trek Discovery costume designer Gersha Phillips, as part of the President’s Speaker Series featuring BIPOC leaders in art and design.

Sustaining Black Creativity:
A conversation with Dr. Zoé Whitley

January 11, 2022 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Register for Sustaining Black Creativity: A conversation with Dr. Zoe Whitley

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Dr. Zoé Whitley
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Join us for a conversation with one of the UK’s most influential curators and cultural leaders, Dr. Zoé Whitley on the future of Black art. The free-ranging conversation will cover the sustainability of diverse talent in the arts community, including how we can support the mosaic of artistic talent, while building a future where BIPOC artists thrive, including our galleries, monuments, street art and infrastructure. This includes the present and future of expanding art history and shifting institutional frameworks for artists. The talk will be hosted by Dr. Fatona, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production.    

About Dr. Zoé Whitley

Dr. Zoé Whitley is an American art historian and curator who has been Director of Chisenhale Gallery since 2020. Based in London, UK, she has held curatorial positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate galleries, and the Hayward Gallery. She is a Black leader in the arts and is at the forefront of empowering diverse voices. Her work promotes exceptional Black and BIPOC art through local activism that reverberates globally. Her research interests include contemporary artists and art practices from Africa and the African diaspora. The sustainability of diverse talent is in the minds of many in the artistic community.

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Dr. Andrea Fatona
About Dr. Andrea Fatona

Dr. Andrea Fatona is an independent curator, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production. She is concerned with issues of equity within the sphere of the arts and the pedagogical possibilities of art works produced by Black Canadians in articulating broader perspectives of Canadian identities. Her broader interest is in the ways art, ‘culture’ and ‘education’ can be employed to illuminate complex issues that pertain to social justice, citizenship, belonging and nationhood.  She is the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was the 2017/18 OCAD U-Massey Fellow.

Dr. Andrea Fatona will guide Dr. Whitley in free-ranging conversation on how she thinks we can sustain the multiplicity of artistic talent, while building the future where BIPOC artists thrive, including in our galleries, our monuments, street art, and art infrastructure.

How to Dress a Terran Emperor: A Respectful Dialogue with Costume Designer Gersha Phillips

February 11, 2022 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EST)
Register for How to Dress a Terran Emperor: A Respectful Dialogue with Costume Designer, Gersha Phillips

Join us for a conversation with winning costume designer Gersha Phillips who will discuss the thinking and making of costumes for Star Trek: Discovery and her long list of film and television credits. Topics will include the role of 3D printing and other innovative technologies in costume design; diversity and inclusion in the film and television industry; and tips on where design students might find opportunities in the Toronto film and television industry. The talk will be hosted by OCAD University’s Dean of the Faculty of Design, Dr. Dori Tunstall. 
 

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About Gersha Phillips

Gersha Phillips' merits an international eye for fashion. Born in England to parents of Caribbean and African descent, she and her family moved to Canada when she was twelve years old. Since then, her work has carried her all over the world. 

Phillips is currently designing for the feature film, “The Woman King” in South Africa, starring Viola Davis, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, scheduled to be released in 2022. Phillips is best known for her Costume Design work on the TV series Star Trek: Discovery (2017-2021), for which she won the Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) award for Best Costume Design in TV Sci-Fi/ Fantasy in 2021. 

Phillips and her team have been nominated for three Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Awards, an Online Film and Television (OFTA) Award and a Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD) award. Alongside the seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, Gersha has designed eight Trek Shorts, also streaming on CBS All Access. Phillips was the Consultant on the first four episodes and Co-Designer of episode 101 of the eagerly anticipated Star Trek: Strange New World. After Star Trek: Discovery, rumour has it she’ll beam onto another Star Trek endeavour, keeping her creative energy in orbit for a while to come.  

Phillip's film credits include, but are not limited to, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2", “Miles Ahead'', "Life", and "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones", which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Limited television credits include "Incorporated", "House of Cards" and “Falling Skies.” Gersha is a member of IATSE 892, 829, and 873 Toronto. Phillips is a founding member of CAFTCAD, the Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design in 2008. 

Her costume design work was shown in exhibitions such as Otherworldly: The Art of Canadian Costume Design (2001 – 2012) at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the 12th Annual Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition (2018) at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum in Los Angeles and in 2022 (dates TBA), Phillips Star Trek Discovery fans will be able to view Phillips costumes live and in person at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC which is scheduled for 2022.

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About Dr. Dori Tunstall

Dr. Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture and design. As Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, she is the first Black and Black female dean of a faculty of design. She is a recognized leader in the decolonization of art and design education.  

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation, Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions include UX strategist for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dr. Tunstall holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

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OCAD U is hosting one of the UK’s most influential curators Dr. Zoé Whitley and famed Star Trek Discovery costume designer Gersha Phillips, as part of the President’s Speaker Series featuring BIPOC leaders in art and design.   

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The first in person student exhibition at OCAD U, since Covid 19!

Witness/Media features works that communicate contemporary issues that affect people on individual and collective levels through art and visual media. 

Dec 3 – 13, 2021
Opening Reception Dec 3, 6 -9 pm

Ada Slaight Gallery, 100 McCaul, Room 225

Covid restrictions apply. Please be masked. 
Fill in the OCAD U Safe self assessment.
Non-OCAD guests: please be prepared to show proof of vaccination.

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The first in person student exhibition at OCAD U, since Covid 19! Witness/Media features works that communicate contemporary issues that affect people on individual and collective levels through art and visual media. 

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Image: A photo of the late Professor Morris Wolfe captured by his daughter Jennifer Wolfe and edited by his son Ben Wolfe.  
 

OCAD U pays tribute to beloved professor Morris Wolfe

The OCAD University community is celebrating the life of beloved professor Morris Wolfe, who taught at OCA, which later became OCAD U, for 30 years (1971-2001) and was known for supporting students throughout all stages of their creative careers.  

Wolfe, who chose a medically assisted death on November 27, 2021, was a prolific cultural critic, writer and editor. His legacy lives on in the hearts of the many students and colleagues he impacted throughout his life as an educator.  

“Morris Wolfe changed the lives of so many students over his time teaching global film studies at OCAD U. First a teacher, then a mentor, he often supported them well beyond their years at the University,” reflects Dr. Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic and Provost.  “He helped so many find their voices as creative scholars. His deep sense of empathy coupled with a commitment to social justice affected all of those who studied with him.” 

Judith Doyle, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art reflects on her time studying with Wolfe in the 1980s: “Morris transformed me with his confidence. Film studies went by jurisdictions of the new, then - New York Avant-Garde, French New Wave, Brazilian Cinema Novo, Italian Neo-Realism. Morris taught these with a rattling 16mm projector on a cart, his erudition tempered by the aplomb of a podcast host. His courses were so popular that students sneaked in the back to watch." 

 
About Morris Wolfe  

Born to working-class Jewish-Polish immigrant parents in 1938, Wolfe began his career as a freelance writer, composing stories on loose pieces of yellow legal paper.  

He published numerous texts in his lifetime, including monographs, essays, columns and book reviews in magazines and newspapers across Canada. His inquisitive nature brought him to reflect on topics as far ranging as Sesame Street to the Vietnam War.  

He edited the landmark collection, The Spice Box: An Anthology of Jewish Canadian Writing in 1981. One of the first books of its kind published in the country, its texts contain reflections from each author on being Jewish in Canada. 

“His support of the book, in all its forms, led him to a lifetime of focused and caring writing, which included a portrait of his daughter Menya’s palliative journey after a devastating bout with cancer,” notes Langill.  

Wolfe wrote the moving account of his daughter’s death from breast cancer in Menya: An End of Life Story in 2003. Menya was named after Wolfe's maternal grandmother, who died in Auschwitz.  

In a review of the book in The Globe and MailCome From Away author and journalist who did research for Wolfe, David Macfarlane, writes of his incredible kindness, advice and support when he was an emerging writer and calls the book both “moving” and “lovely”.  

In his 2002 book, OCA, 1967-1972: Five Turbulent Years, Wolfe recounts the events surrounding the hiring of former OCA President Roy Ascott, his controversial 10-month tenure and subsequent departure. 

“He took on what we now refer to as the Ascott years, bravely chronicling what was a notoriously transformative time for the institution. As OCAD U was permanently changed by that time so were those of us who were lucky enough to study under Morris Wolfe,” says Langill. 
 

Remembering Morris Wolfe 

“He was simply the most influential teacher in my life. Through him I discovered world cinema and that I had something to say. Morris imparted an ethic of intellectual curiosity, social justice and kindness. He was indeed a mensch,” reflects Faculty of Art Professor Emeritus Richard Fung. 

“I am thankful for the mentorship Morris provided me when I was a student. For challenging me, intellectually and politically. For encouraging me to take on the essay form and for being such an amazing presence at OCA when so many of us needed his critical perspectives. He was a caring teacher and I was significantly fortified to have had his support at that time,” reminisces Faculty of Art Professor b.h. Yael. 
 
“Morris was a tremendous friend to me. I was introduced to him at OCA in 1999 when I was going through a difficult period. He showed me incredible kindness and I am grateful forever to him. We developed a friendship. Morris would share his work with me. He was a beautiful and sensitive writer. We shared the same birthday. For the last twenty years we would get together on our birthday and get shawarma, talk movies, books and baseball. Morris was an excellent human being and I will miss him greatly,” shares former student, Matt Bahen. 

“Morris thought and taught across the disciplines long before the University embraced this principle. He invited students and faculty from across campus to explore with him what new media was becoming at OCA,” remembers Faculty of Art Professor Michèle White.   

"I recall him in rooms with every surface piled with books, magazines and papers. In a sunken chair by a footstool where the readings piled highest of all, Morris delved into slow, solitary work - marking, annotating the archives, or building the transformative coursework of social change. A fire burned dangerously nearby,” Doyle recounts. 

Thank you to Professor Michèle White for her support in writing this tribute and to all those who shared their memories of Professor Morris Wolfe. 

Sources:    
The Toronto Star
Grubstreet Books
“Cruelties of fate and a legacy of kindness” by David Macfarlane (2003), The Globe and Mail 

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