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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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The 2021-22 recipients of distinguished research awards are Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Alexis Morris and Professor Ilene Sova.
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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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Ada Slaight Studios celebration at OCAD University. Photo: Martin Iskander.
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l-r: Joanne Frisch, Carole Beaulieu and Ilene Sova with Terry Smith, Philanthropic Advisor to the Slaight Family Foundation.
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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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We are re-launching the DRPT Critique Club, a club organized by students!

 

The goal is to create a space where students are welcome to learn how to engage in critical dialogue, make relationships with fellow students, and helpfully discuss critique feedback.    

 

Guest alums will assist with the critique and share their fresh eye.  

 

Time: Monday, Nov 21, 5 - 7 PM  

Location: Rm 484 100 McCaul St 

No RSVP required 

 

How to participate: 

  1. Bring and hang your work on Monday, Nov 21 at 4:30 PM at Rm 484 

  2. Email your artwork statement to critique club coordinator: Callum callumdg@ocadu.ca before Thursday, Nov 17 for guest speakers’ reference. 

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Re-launching the DRPT Critique Club, a club organized by students!

Time: Monday, Nov 21, 5 - 7 PM  

Location: Rm 484 100 McCaul St.  

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NON-CREDIT FIGURE DRAWING SESSIONS FOR KEENERS!

We have brought back the 3 hours of figure drawing sessions, which were regularly hosted pre-pandemic. 

📆Wendsday, Nov 9th and Nov 23rd
⏰11:30 AM to 2:30 PM 
📍Rm 488, (4F, 100 McCaul St)

- Bring your supplies
- No RSVP (first come first serve)
- Service Dog will present

The instructor, Sarah Nind @sarahnindartist , may suggest engaging exercises and approaches, but your work won't be graded.

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NON-CREDIT FIGURE DRAWING SESSIONS FOR KEENERS!

We have brought back the 3 hours of figure drawing sessions, which were regularly hosted pre-pandemic. 

Wendsday, Nov 9th and Nov 23rd
⏰11:30 AM to 2:30 PM 

- Bring your supplies
- No RSVP (first come first serve)
- Service Dog will present

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OCAD University’s Faculty of Art in partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival presents: The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series:

Art Creates Change - 
Featuring : Deann Borshay Liem

Crossings

Deann Borshay Liem, a Sundance Institute fellow, has worked in independent documentaries for over twenty years. Her films include the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (Sundance, 2000) and the award-winning films, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (PBS, 2010) and Memory of Forgotten War (with Ramsay Liem; PBS, 2015). As former director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) she activated the work of racialized artists in public media.

Join us for the Canadian premiere of Liem’s film CROSSINGS, a documentary that follows a group of international women peacemakers who set out on a risky journey across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, calling for an end to a 70-year war that has divided the Korean peninsula and its people.

Following the screening Deann Borshay Liem will be in conversation with Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ.

 

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Deann Borshay Liem has over 20 years’ experience working in the development, production, and distribution of independent documentaries. She is the producer, director, and writer of the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, First Person Plural (2000), as well as the award-winning films In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (2010) and Memory of Forgotten War (2015).

Program presented in collaboration with Reel Asian Film Festival

Event co-sponsors:

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific StudiesKorean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York UniversityCentre for the Study of Korea at the University of TorontoAsian Canadian Women’s AllianceKorean Professional Womens’ Association

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https://acwa.ca/OCAD University’s Faculty of Art in partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival presents: The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series:

Art Creates Change - 
Featuring: Deann Borshay Liem

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Cathy Daley: Undiscovered: A Memorial Survey

October 20–November 26, 2022
Opening reception Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 8 pm

Birch Contemporary 
129 Tecumseth St, Toronto M6J2H2

Image Credits: Cathy Daley Untitled (stack), 2011, 25" × 85", acrylic and collage on canvas SOLD: BMO, collection

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Cathy Daley: Undiscovered: A Memorial Survey

October 20–November 26, 2022
Opening reception Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 8 pm

 

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Ginette Legaré’s solo exhibition, SUPPLY CHAINS, will take place at BIRCH CONTEMPORARY East gallery, from October 20 to November 26, 2022, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 20th, from 6 to 8 p.m. BIRCH CONTEMPORARY is located at 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, and gallery hours are from Thursday to Saturday, from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

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Ginette Legaré’s latest body of work consists of sculptures and large scale installations drawn from reclaimed metal and wire objects. These redeployed and reconfigured fragments, now linked up beyond their expired functions, re-member lived material exchanges. As such exchanges tentatively inhabit the everchanging vocabulary of discards, they silently suggest the “chains” of longings, pasts, and futures inscribed at the core of our dependence on replaceable goods and networks.

The artist acknowledges the generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.

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Ginette Legaré’s solo exhibition, SUPPLY CHAINS, will take place at BIRCH CONTEMPORARY East gallery, from October 20 to November 26, 2022, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 20th, from 6 to 8 p.m. BIRCH CONTEMPORARY is located at 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, and gallery hours are from Thursday to Saturday, from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

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The OCAD U FoA is partnering with the Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR) to extend the life of the “Art With A Conscience: A Conversation” program.  

There is a free and open to the public Livestream at the Great Hall and OCAD U Live, while the real-life talk will be held in MoMA NY. 

Time: Tuesday, Oct 25, 10 AM to 11:45 AM @The Great Hall / OCAD U Live / MoMA NY  

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The program will then be available on CCAR's website and social media via CCAR's YouTube channel. Directors of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. will speak in dialogue and moderate a panel of artists and stakeholders in discussions that explore current and relevant issues in the arts:  

  • Where Are We?   
  • What are our Responsibilities?   
  • Where do we go from here?   

The goal is to generate a robust discussion that engages stakeholders from diverse communities: artists, arts leaders, etc., about the challenges and opportunities that can affect best practices.   

  • Kaywin Feldman  Director of National Gallery of Art Washington D.C. 

  • Sasha Suda George D. Widener  Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

  • Dawoud Bey  Artist from Chicago, IL 

  • Darren Walker  President of Ford Foundation New York, NY 

  • Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas  Artist from Haida Gwaii, British Columbia 

OCAD U and CCAR kindly ask for your feedback after participating. A survey will follow after the viewing party.  

If there are specific topics you would like to be included in the conversation. Please email: madgeyao@ocadu.ca by Friday noon. OCAD U will hand it to the panellist for their consideration. 

 

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The OCAD U FoA is partnering with the Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR) to extend the life of the “Art With A Conscience: A Conversation” program.  

There is a free and open to the public Livestream at the Great Hall and OCAD U Live, while the real-life talk will be held in MoMA NY. 

Time: Tuesday, Oct 25, 10 AM to 11:45 AM @The Great Hall / OCAD U Live / MoMA NY  

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