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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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Image: A Ceiling Lamp (2022) by YuJeong Seol.

English for Art & Design exhibition opens online

Self in Place opened online on Friday, August 12 showcasing an array of works by students from across the globe, produced as part of the six week summer intensive, Bridge To First Year

Part of the Writing & Learning Centre’s English for Art & Design (EAD) suite of programs for English Language Learners (ELLs) and multilingual students who are entering their first year, Bridge To First Year supports language and studio skill building specific to art and design curriculum taught at the University. 

“The exhibition spotlights students who have had the chance to practice language skills while working on art and design projects that are meaningful to them,” notes Adrienne Reynolds, who is in the role of EAD Specialist year round and taught in the Bridge To First program this summer.

“Working with experienced instructors they've engaged in an iterative process, starting with ideation and brainstorming, creating proposals and drafts and completing a final artwork. The exhibition provides the opportunity for them to showcase and take pride in their efforts,” she continues. 

The works displayed in the show are as varied as EAD students' interests, as they are the culmination of personal, process-based activities undertaken throughout the program including mind mapping and independent project development in which students focused on making and writing about their unique creative practices. 

The exhibition has provided the 45 students from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Iran, Turkey and Vietnam, who completed the program this summer the opportunity to further practice their discipline-specific language skills while working towards finished art and design projects of their choosing.  

The exhibition’s opening coincided with the final class of EAD: Bridge to First Year. Next, students who successfully completed the program will enter a range of undergraduate programs at OCAD U including Environmental Design, Experimental Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Drawing & Painting, Material Art & Design and Industrial Design. Students who completed the program will start their full-time undergraduate studies at OCAD U in September. EAD: Bridge To First Year students who need additional support with their academic communication skills will take EAD: Expanded over their fall term. 

English for Art & Design is OCAD U’s pathway to full admission for students who are working towards meeting the University’s language proficiency requirements. EAD provides opportunities to develop the skills required for students to engage in critical conversations about their creative practice and to analyze the contributions of other artists and designers. Familiarity with first-year studio practice, critique, academic integrity, using first language resources and gaining experience with different media are among the skills that students learn in the program. EAD currently offers three separate programs: Preparation (12 weeks, April to June); Bridge To First Year (6 weeks, July to August); and Expanded (offered throughout the fall semester).  
 
In addition to Reynolds, EAD is supported by Emilie Brancato, Manager, English Language Learning, Elaine Munro, Program Coordinator (EAD), Shahriar Mirshahidi, ELL Specialist (EAD) and Michelle Majeed, Instructional Designer.  
 
Students enrolled in Bridge To First Year this year received instruction and language support from James Ashby, Emily Cadotte, Xiangying Huo, Jonathan Luke, Craig Rodmore and Andrea Valente. Mirshahidi also provided instruction this summer.  

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Self in Place

An online exhibition of works by the 2022 cohort of EAD: Bridge To First Year Students, presented by the Writing & Learning Centre.

Exhibition Dates

Friday, August 12 - Friday, September 16, 2022.
 

Exhibition Description

Friday, August 12th will mark the final class of English for Art & Design (EAD): Bridge to First Year, OCAD U’s six-week intensive pathway program for English Language Learning/multilingual students entering into their first year at OCAD U. 

EAD: Bridge To First Year gives students the opportunity to build and practice their English language skills in the context of art and design, before taking their first for-credit courses in the Fall. The program is offered by the Writing & Learning Centre in liaison with Admissions & Recruitment.  

The final exhibition celebrates and showcases the 2022 student cohort's hard work, diverse talents and skills. The pieces in this online show are representative of the students’ combined development of their creative and language abilities. The exhibition will be presented via Adobe Express and will be accessible online from 1pm (EDT) on Friday, August 12, 2022. 

The online link to view the exhibition is here.
 

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You’re invited to view this online exhibition of student artwork, select works that are the culmination of the six-week English for Art & Design pathway program, coordinated by the Writing & Learning Centre at OCAD U.

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Congratulations to our graduands!

When more than 700 OCAD University graduands cross the stage to accept their degree on June 17, it will be a cause for celebration says President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. 

“Our community is so excited to gather together in person to celebrate the tremendous achievements of our graduating students,” says Serrano. “These emerging artists, designers and digital media makers are poised to use their creativity, skills and knowledge to make transformative change in our communities – here and around the world.” 

Convocation returns as an in-person event at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, June 17 with two ceremonies. The morning ceremony at 10:30 a.m. will confer degrees to graduands in the Faculty of Design while the afternoon ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will celebrate the graduands in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Arts and School of Graduate Studies. 

“Convocation is the highlight of the academic year and represents a significant milestone in the lives of our graduates,” says Serrano. “It will be a delight to share the energy and space with our graduates as they embark on this new chapter in their professional lives.”  

Students who graduated in Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or are graduating in Spring 2022 will participate in this year’s Convocation, which will also be livestreamed. 
 

Convocation to feature installation of President and Chancellor 

The morning ceremony will feature two installation ceremonies, one for Serrano, and one for incoming Chancellor Jaime Watt. Serrano is the University’s first BIPOC President and Vice-Chancellor and joined the University on July 1, 2020 at the height of the pandemic. 

Watt, who becomes the University’s fifth Chancellor, served as Chair of the University’s Board of Governors for the past four years. Well-known for his service and leadership at OCAD U, Watt has made outstanding contributions to advancing human rights and equality issues, and for supporting the arts and culture sector. As Chancellor, Watt will preside over Convocation and confer degrees. 

“It is a tremendous honour to be selected to serve as OCAD University’s Chancellor, especially as we work to meet the challenges left to us by the pandemic,” says Watt. “I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the University in this new and meaningful way.”  
 

Honorary doctorate recipients 

Convocation will also include the presentation of five honorary degrees to exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of arts, design, culture, education and to the ideals of OCAD U. The recipients were nominated by the OCAD U community and will be announced in June 2022. 
 

Health and safety protocols (updated May 24, 2022)

Wearing masks

  • Guests and graduands are required to wear masks when inside Roy Thomson Hall unless they are eating and drinking.
  • Graduands may remove their masks while crossing the stage during the ceremony (in support of photographs without masks).
  • All guests and graduands are encouraged to wear masks outdoors if physical distancing is not possible.

Additional measures

  • The OCAD University stage party will refrain from hand-shaking and remain physically distanced.
  • Guests and graduands should not attend the ceremony if they are feeling ill.
  • For graduands and guests unable to attend Convocation in person, or who may be immunocompromised, OCAD U is livestreaming the ceremony. Visit the Convocation Information Page on June 13, 2022 for more information.
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Reflections In Time
EAD Bridge To First Year 2021: Online Exhibition 

An online exhibition of works by the 2021 cohort of Bridge To First Year Students, presented by the Writing & Learning Centre. 


Opening Reception
Friday, August 13, 2021
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Exhibition Dates
Friday, August 13 - Friday, September 3, 2021.
The exhibition is available to view here.

Exhibition Description
Friday, August 13th will mark the final class of English For Art & Design: Bridge to First Year, OCAD U’s six-week intensive program for students entering into their first year at OCAD U. Bridge To First Year gives students the opportunity to practice their English language skills in the context of art and design, before taking their first for-credit course in the Fall. The program is offered by the Writing & Learning Centre with administrative assistance from Admissions & Recruitment. 

Online Reception
Please join us in celebrating the culmination of the 2021 cohort's hard work by visiting their online exhibition. The works in this online show are representative of the students’ combined development of their creative and language abilities. The exhibition will be presented using Adobe Spark and will be accessible online from noon on Friday, August 13, 2021. 

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Join us on Friday, August 13th, 2021 for the online reception for this online exhibition, the culmination of the 6-week English For Art & Design program, coordinated by the Writing & Learning Centre. 

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Reverberation

Thursday, April 15, 2021 
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Event Program: here

Reverberation is the sound of your voice echoing and bouncing off surfaces. It is the resonance of your online work and learning journey this year. 

This one-day symposium will showcase the creative and academic work ELL students have been making while working online from home in this year of insulation, increments, quietness, postponement and delay. It is a space to highlight their innovation, ingenuity and resilience as they have gained new skills with online platforms and worked under extremely difficult situations in local and global settings.  

Please join us to hear and view the contributions of ELL students which reverberates in our hushed spaces and to add your voice to the conversation about how work has been scaled in adaptive and accessible ways. 

All members of the OCAD U community are welcome to attend. 

 

OUR PRESENTERS:

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ANAJOARA EOM is an emerging artist from South Korea and currently studying in the Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. She explores various media and mainly focuses on mixed media and collage. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings and her feelings. She aims to express feelings that are difficult to describe or speak out. Her work comforts “you are not the only one who feels it.” 

YUFENG SITU 
I am a first-year student majoring in Graphic Design at OCAD University. Also, I am taking Integrated Media as my minor. I like to utilize the knowledge and skills learned from these two programs to create motion graphics. In my free time, I like to practice yoga, drawing, and make video calls with my niece. 

ZIQI GUO (she/they) is a second-year student in Digital Futures. Her hobbies are vocal music, piano, reading, movies, and YouTube. Ziqi has been an introducer of a VR exhibition in Toronto Media Art Centre, a film festival volunteer with AGO, has been a peer mentor and a student sponsor in the Student Mental Wellness Centre in OCAD. 

SHUNRONG CAO  
As a multidisciplinary artist and designer specializing in handcraftsmanship and digital visuals, I hold a BFA degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Rhode Island School of Design, and I am currently a candidate for MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University. 

LEEAY AIKAWA is a Japanese artist based in Toronto and currently pursuing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University. Her work is focused on an inquiry into the trinity between ‘making,’ ‘knowing,’ and ‘being,’ while observing the dialogue between spiritual practice and art practice. Employing methodologies such as collage, collecting, non-linear narrative, and improvisation, Aikawa puts a strong emphasis on the process. 
These reflect her ongoing attempt to intensify her here-ness and now-ness in order to be in touch with the moments of the divine. Such an aspiration emerges from her background as a yogi who leads practice, and her profound interest in Earth-based spirituality, yogic/ Eastern philosophy, and mysticism. She observes how ‘making’ affects her 'knowing' and then her 'being,’ as well as the ‘becoming’ of work. 

FRANK J ZHANG is a commercial artist who specializes in airbrush art and custom design. He graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Illustration and received his MDes from York University. His practice ranges from illustration, graphic design, body painting, custom airbrush art and murals. 
Frank is currently studying at OCADU as a MA student and focusing on his interest in participatory and socially engaged art. His research theorizes the meaning of seamlessness in airbrush painting in connection with contemporary art discourse of Relational Aesthetics and Antagonism. His artwork explores the process of negotiation as a social dynamic that mediates conflicts toward public consensus. Using participatory methodology, Frank is working on creating socially engaging artwork that brings conflict and negotiation to challenge the conventional gallery space. His work explores the possibility of using art to stimulate active social imagination and participation through interactions and activities. 

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Joshua Whitehead & Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Online via Zoom& OCADU LiVEbroadcast

The FCDC Indigenous Education Speaker Series and the WLC Mighty Pen Series are proud to welcome storyteller and scholar, Joshua Whitehead, and writer, artist and activist, Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby. Join us as multiple generations of Ojibwe-Cree Two-Spirit storytellers generously share their journeys and imagine a “walk into the future” of Indigenous and queer flourishings.

Joshua Whitehead will read from his myriad explorations of Indigiqueerness in the novel Jonny Appleseed and the anthology Love after the End: An Anthology of Two Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fictions and speak on literary voyeurism. Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby, will share her story of being Two-Spirit and offer an opening prayer and closing for the event. Hosted by writer and educator, Phoebe Wang.

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND THE EVENT VIA ZOOM
***Please note: Registration is capped at 100 attendees for the zoom webinar. You may watch the event live on OCADU LiVE if the zoom webinar reaches its max capacity.

All are welcome! Faculty are encouraged to invite their classes to attend via OCADU LiVE.

Email fcdc@ocadu.ca for more information about this event.

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Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and one of the five contenders for CBC’s Canada Reads 2021. He is the winner of the Governor General''s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016 and a published poet with his debut poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017). He is also the editor of Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020). Currently he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary''s English department.

Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby is an Ojibwe-Cree writer, artist and activist from Canada. She is well known for her memoir, A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, an important account of her life. Ma-Nee is also a mentor, support, and advocate for Two Spirit communities across the country. She lives in Thunder Bay, one of the most dangerous places in Canada for Indigenous people. Here, she mentors many individuals and groups, including Wiindo Debwe Mosewin and Not One More Death, who work to make safety for all people in Thunder Bay. She is dedicated to mentoring young people, sharing Anishinaabe teachings and stories, and supporting access to ceremony for 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous peoples.

Phoebe Wang is a Writing and Learning Consultant for ELL students at OCAD University, where she also hosts The Mighty Pen Speaker Series. She is author of the poetry collection Admission Requirements (McClelland and Stewart, 2017).


The Indigenous Education Speaker Series is a public education series organized by the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC).

The Mighty Pen Speaker Series is presented by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC). It has been made possible by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP).

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Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Online via Zoom & OCADU LiVE broadcast
Join us as multiple generations of Ojibwe-Cree Two-Spirit storytellers generously share their journeys and imagine a “walk into the future” of Indigenous and queer flourishings.

Co-presented by the FCDC Indigenous Education Speaker Series and the WLC Mighty Pen Speaker Series.

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Learn the fundamentals of character design with Vincy Lim, on Tuesday March 9th from 2-4pm EST, as they teach about: 

  • Design principles 
  • Conceptualizing and actualizing your character
  • Translating real life into drawings
  • Pushing your own concept and style to work to your advantage

For this workshop, use any materials you feel comfortable drawing with. Traditional and digital are both fine! 

Presented in a non-heteronormative, non-white dominated lens, learn to create unique characters that present diversity and representation that is much needed in media. Check out Vincy's work at https://www.instagram.com/kiwimii/

Register for the online workshop at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/WritingLearningCentre@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

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Learn the fundamentals of character design with Vincy Lim in traditional or digital media!

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Join OCAD U Illustration student Anita Fowl, on Friday March 5th from 1-3pm EST, for an afternoon of sewing! Through demos and guided practice, Anita will share techniques for creating a doll without a pattern, using any materials you have on hand. Classic stitch, blanket stitch, options for stuffing, and any ideas for accessorizing your character will all be covered. Check out Anita's work at https://www.instagram.com/anitafowl/.

Materials needed: 

  • Felt, old clothing, or any fabric
  • A sewing needle and thread
  • A marker that shows up on fabric
  • Stuffing from pillow or aluminum foil 
  • Scissors 
  • Buttons (optional) 

Register for the online workshop at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/WritingLearningCentre@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/ 

 

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Join OCAD U Illustration student Anita Fowl for a hands-on afternoon of sewing and doll design!

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Reverberation ELL Student Symposium Call for Proposals and Moderators

Reverberation: ELL Student Symposium


Proposals Due: March 15th, 2021, 12pm EST 
Symposium: April 15, 2021 Afternoon Session: 1:00-2:30pm EST ELL Student presentations

 

Call for Proposals 

In the echo chamber of our social isolation and in our makeshift studios and workrooms, small sounds percolate. The rub of a finger across metal, the flat slap of a cardboard box, a pencil crayon dragged across gridded paper, the chime of a cell phone alarm.  

We invite ELL students to speak and showcase the work that you produced in this year of insulation, increments, quietness, postponement and delay. Creative or academic work in any discipline and genre can be presented, as long as it is your original work. Students may choose to present in a variety of formats, such as a series of images, a blog, a reading, a slide presentation, a short film or animation or through storytelling. 

  • What online project or assignment this year has been impacted by your environment and considerations of shared space?   

  • How has your body of work, interests and research shifted in your current work from home environment?   

  • How has space and time differences impacted how your work is viewed and your words are heard?  

  • How has these online platforms changed the way that you work and communicate?   

  • What have you refreshed and relearnt? What have you rehearsed? How does your work reverberate across the online learning spaces at OCAD U? How have you kept the momentum in your learning journey? 

Submission Instructions 

  • Please submit proposals (200 words max) as a PDF or word document to ell@ocadu.ca  
  • Please name your file with FirstNameLastName_ReverberationProposal. 
  • Proposals can also be recorded as 5 minute talks and shared as mp4 files or Teams and TechSmith relay links. 
  • Additional materials, such as samples of visual or design work can also be sent or linked to your proposal. Please keep file sizes to less than 10MB. 
  • Students may present individually or as a part of a group or collective. 

Call for Student Moderators 

Student moderators will work with the presenters to introduce students and their work, to plan the panel program, and to rehearse with students in preparation for the symposium. Students with strong writing, curatorial and critique skills are encouraged to apply, however, ELL students from any level of fluency and program are welcome to act as moderators.  

ELL Students who wish to gain experience as moderators are invited to submit a 200-300 statement of interest as to why they wish to moderate a panel, previous academic, academic or community experience, and ideas for possible panel topics. Proposals can also be recorded as 5 minute talks and shared as mp4 files or Teams and TechSmith relay links. 

Please email skardar@ocadu.ca if extensions are required for accessibility needs or other circumstances. 

Proposals will be viewed by a team of WLC staff who may be in contact with you to revise or adjust your proposal. All students will be notified by Thursday, April 1, 2021. 

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