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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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Image Credit: Palimpsests of Place (2021) by Susan Campbell

Enclosure + Exclusion Exhibition by Susan Campbell

An exhibition featuring work by Faculty of Design Instructor Susan Campbell
Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries
2nd Floor, 180 Shaw St.
July 13 to 31, 2022
Part of DesignTO
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Susan Campbell’s exhibition, Enclosure + Exclusion: A Visual Treatise, considers how urban environments are manipulated and shaped. Campbell’s process of apprehending inscriptions and boundary marks found on site explores societal patterns of impermanence and exclusion perpetuated by technological developments in the production of space.

The exhibition explores how urban frameworks engender a provisional landscape—one which, according to contemporary philosopher Bernard Stiegler, is relentlessly manipulated by “technological beings” whose settlement and migration patterns are programmed to deplete the earth’s resources, including the availability of fertile land. Absence of place is a common narrative throughout much of the work, conveying notions of “rationality” in the market, and how urban frameworks, born of capitalism, “seek to make space a blank slate upon which the agents of capital—merchants, industrialists, financiers, real estate agents, corporate executives—can inscribe their plans and desires” (Derek R. Ford).

The uniformity and homogeneity of the gypsum reliefs, molded from granite, asphalt, and concrete surfaces found in various topographic features, represents the turnover and erasure of existing land practices. The process of fabricating such reliefs allows Campbell to envision a series of synthetic topographies where parametric architectures collide and overwhelm the surface. The gypsum reliefs are cast over and over again and arranged into a mass-assembly that conveys the relentless production cycle, colonizing every last square mile of available land and emulating the forces of late capitalism.

For more information, please visit the DesignTO website.

With thanks to Gregory Phillips for 3D printing and consultation.
Susan Campbell acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
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Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries, 2nd Floor
180 Shaw Street, Toronto

An exhibition featuring work by Faculty of Design Instructor, Enclosure + Exclusion Exhibition by Susan Campbell from July 13 to 31, 2022 at Artscape Youngplace.

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Image above: Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark (top row, left), Matthew Hickey (top row, middle), Jason Lujan (top row, right), Sadie Red Wing (bottom row, left) and Julia Rose Sutherland (bottom row, right).

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, 
who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we live, work and create.

OCAD University is pleased to announce the hiring of five new Indigenous tenured/tenure-track faculty members in its Faculty of Design.

Matthew Hickey, Jason Lujan and Julia Rose Sutherland started on August 1, 2021 while Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark and Sadie Red Wing will join on January 1, 2022.

This is the second Indigenous cluster hire, undertaken by the University in three years, as part of its ongoing commitment to Indigenous Learning: Nothing About Us Without Us, the first priority identified in its Academic Plan 2017-2022: Transforming Student Experience.

“We are thrilled to welcome five new Indigenous members to the OCAD U community. These remarkable and inspiring scholars, artists, designers and educators will strengthen our efforts to reshape our University, making it a more inclusive environment for our Indigenous students. They will also contribute to the important work of indigenizing our institution, creating a community that recognizes and respects Indigenous histories, culture, knowledge and ways of knowing,” said Ana Serrano, OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor.

In addition to their teaching roles, research activities and service to the governance of the University, the new faculty members will be key contributors to the ongoing development and decolonization of OCAD U’s undergraduate and graduate program curriculum, policies and initiatives. The hiring initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

“It was really important to have this second Indigenous cluster hire in the Faculty of Design so we can have Indigenous representation in each of our six undergraduate programs and meet our commitments to the flourishing Indigenous Visual Culture program,” said Dr. Dori Tunstall, OCAD U’s Dean of the Faculty of Design.

“As we welcome our new Indigenous colleagues, it’s important to acknowledge the collective efforts of those who have contributed to this new moment in OCAD U’s story and as we build IndigenousOCAD U,” said Associate Professor Peter Morin, Special Advisor to the Provost, Indigenous Knowledge, Practices and Production.

“We are able to celebrate today’s announcement because of the contributions of exceptional people like Bonnie Devine, Ryan Rice and Dr. Duke Redbird. These Indigenous artists, scholars and curators have made significant offerings to the collective energy that is building IndigenousOCAD U,” said Morin.


Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark

In his own words: “I am both honoured and humbled by the invitation to join the Faculty of Design at OCAD University and particularly as part of the institution’s second Indigenous cluster hire.  I look forward to the opportunity of contributing to the exciting teaching and learning environment that OCAD University is moving toward for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and stakeholder communities alike.”

Born and raised in Honolulu, Dr. Herman Pi’ikea Clark is a Kanaka Maoli/Indigenous Hawaiian from a family with deep ancestral roots across Hawaii and Polynesia. A graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, he completed a Master of Fine Arts in Pacific Design from the University of Hawaii and a Doctorate of Indigenous Education and Art from Massey University in New Zealand.

Over the last 30 years, he has gained international recognition as an artist, designer and scholar of Indigenous art and education. His artworks and design commissions are found in both private and public collections in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and across the Pacific region.

Dr. Clark served previously as Professor and Chair of Indigenous Innovation at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, one of three Indigenous universities in New Zealand before returning home to Hawaii to launch Pili, a luxury brand of island designer wear founded by his wife.

He will teach in OCAD U’s Illustration and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Matthew Hickey

In his own words: “The Indigenous hiring process was inclusive, open and non-hierarchical.  I am excited to share with the students and the University the ways in which Indigenous knowledge can push forward design and architecture."

Matthew Hickey is Mohawk from the Six Nations First Nations and a licensed architect with 15 years of experience working in an on-reserve architecture firm. He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD U), winning both the Alberta Association of Architects President’s Medal and the Medal for Best Thesis, respectively.

His focus is on Universal Inclusivity, including regenerative design and encompassing ecological, cultural and economic principles. His research includes Indigenous history and the adaptation of traditional sustainable technologies to the modern North American climate. He also teaches at the Ontario Association of Architects, and is a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and Toronto Artscape’s Board of Directors. 

He will teach in OCAD U’s Environmental Design and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Jason Lujan

In his own words: “Design is a continuation of storytelling where creation can exist in new forms, without hierarchy. I am grateful OCAD U supports my belief that artists are obligated to be responsible cultural producers and agents of social change. It is important to dismantle problematizing dominant discourses and instead promote the idea that Indigenous creative communities – standing shoulder to shoulder with rest of the world – contribute to a richer human experience for all.”

Jason LujanChiricahua, is originally from Marfa, Texas. As an artist, he creates tools for understanding and interpreting the process of cultural diffusion and familiarization. Largely integrating visual components of commercial and political design rooted in Asia and North America, his work focuses on the possibilities and limitations of the exchanging of ideas, meanings and values, and questions the concepts of authorship and authenticity. His work is an experiment in creating new attention to transitive zones in the everyday. 

Lujan has contributed to, planned, constructed and managed productions and exhibitions at the Dia Art Foundation, Museum of Modern Art, Park Avenue Armory, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as implemented runway fashion installations for Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Tommy Hilfiger, Y3, and Rihanna x Puma, among others.

He will teach in OCAD U’s Advertising and the Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Sadie Red Wing

In her own words: With the all the pandemic challenges many institutes faced this year, I am happy to be a part of a persistent community who is allowing Indigenous Knowledge into spaces that need it the most. Our traditional ecological knowledge will allow systematic practices that will demonstrate sustainability for many nations.”

Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. She will teach in the OCAD U Graphic Design and Indigenous Visual Culture programs.

Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research.

Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum.

Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado where she specializes in student retention and resource building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces.

Julia Rose Sutherland

In her own words: “I am thrilled to be joining the OCAD University team and injecting my own lived and Indigenous perspectives into the Material Art and Design program.”

Julia Rose Sutherland is a Mi’kmaq (Metepenagiag Nation)/settler artist and educator based out of Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada). Her interdisciplinary art practice employs photography, sculpture, textiles and performance. She earned her MFA at the University at Buffalo (2019) and BFA in Craft and New Media at the Alberta University of the Arts (2013).

She has exhibited nationally and internationally, recently showing work at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, where she was also a summer 2021 Artist in Resident; the MacKenzie Art Gallery; K Art Gallery; WAAP Gallery; and 59 Rivoli Gallery in Paris, France.

Sutherland is a recent recipient two grants, one from the Canada Council for the Arts Creating, Knowing, and Sharing program, and a second from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Indigenous Individual Project.

She will also teach in the OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program.



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The faculty members were hired under the second Indigenous Cluster Hire, reflecting OCAD U's ongoing efforts to advance Indigenous Knowledge.
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