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Image: OCAD University's 2022 Medal Winners pictured on stage at the Celebrate Excellence reception on May 11. 
 

Celebrating OCAD University’s 2022 Medal Winners

On the evening of May 11, President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano announced this year’s OCAD University Medal Winners at the Celebrate Excellence reception, a beautiful outdoor event that recognized 23 top graduating students, held in Butterfield Park. 

Annually, one graduating student from each of the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs is recognized with a medal, in honour of their creativity, innovation and technical mastery in their chosen discipline.  

“Tonight is very special – not only because we’re here together in person after two years – but because we’re going to recognize a group of exceptional students who have gone above and beyond expectations in completing their OCAD U degrees – and during a very challenging time,” President Serrano expressed. 

The reception also included a blessing by Elder Dr. Duke Redbird and speeches by medal winners, Emerald Repard-Denniston from the Drawing and Painting undergraduate program and Walter Yim from the Design for Health graduate program. 

“I have so much to be thankful for," remarked Repard-Denniston. "Here at OCAD U we have received a great education thanks to our talented and supportive faculty. We are prepared to move on and to take on whatever challenges and successes come next in our lives,” she continued. 

The bustling party also marked the launch of GradEx 107, OCAD U’s annual graduate exhibition, which showcases the works of over 600 emerging artists, designers and digital media makers across the University’s campus.  

The evening included live art making by three OCAD University undergraduate students, a musical performance by violinist Dr. Draw and his band, a DJ set by OCAD U student Paper Skies and a welcome from Mitch Gillin, Vice-President, Asset Development at Hullmark, representing presenting sponsors Hullmark and BentallGreenOak. 

All this activity took place amidst a crowd of OCAD U community members, many of whom were reconnecting in person for the first time in two years. More than 6,500 visitors attended the opening night festivities.  

The work of all medal recipients are on view during GradEx, May 11 to 15.  

Meet the 2022 OCAD U Medal Winners 
Undergraduate Programs

Advertising 
Maria Naqvi’s South Asian-Canadian background allows her to bridge gaps and think critically when solving issues that address minority communities. Naqvi thrives on challenges and always tries to implement new strategies for communicating stories that go against the status quo. Naqvi believes the future of advertising relies on new perspectives, diversity and inclusion and is excited to be part of it! 

Criticism & Curatorial Practice 
Fabiyino Germain-Bajowa is a Nigerian-Canadian writer, curator and interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her writing engages Afro-diasporic archives of thought and memory, passed down through oral history, food and acts of care. Her art practice and research centre Afro-diasporic experience to build an understanding of the ways archives of physical and immaterial knowledge are constructed in the Black community through the lenses of care theory, Afro-futurism, and archival studies. Her practice emphasizes community building and support, and her work is often based on her lived experiences as a Black queer woman.  
 
Cross-Disciplinary Art 
Parastoo Mahmoudi is a Canadian-Iranian visual artist currently living in Toronto. She studied human anatomy and portraits by drawing and sculpting life models and experimenting with different mediums and techniques. Mahmoudi's work is in collections worldwide, including in Tehran, Dubai and Toronto. Currently, she is working on immersive installations, performances, drawings and paintings to explore the relationship between her life experiences and how she became who she is. 
 
Digital Futures 
Sam Kingston is a designer exploring the relationship between humans and code, building robots that attempt to interpret and imitate thoughtful human interaction. His specialty involves identifying the subtleties in our built environments that are often overlooked during everyday interactions. He uses various 3D printing technologies to build mechanisms that interact with and automate objects which have been designed with people, not robots, as their intended user. 

Drawing & Painting 
Emerald Repard-Denniston is a queer Chinese-Canadian contemporary artist. She is committed to anti-colonial, anti-capitalist politics and activist work. Based in Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam/Vancouver and Tkaronto/Toronto, her practice focuses on the diasporic-Canadian experience through drawing, painting and digital media.  

Environmental Design 
Timothy Soribello is a designer who believes that rethinking the already built environment can unlock powerful possibilities in designing solutions. Soribello's thesis criticizes post-industrial ruins as culprits to the devastation of our environment. Rethinking these ruins, he used the abandoned Hearn Generating Station to magnify his argument's credibility. 
 
Graphic Design 
Maham Momin is a graphic designer and creative from Tkaronto/Toronto, with a specialization in expressive design. She's particularly interested in editorial and publication design that is speculative, critical and experimental. 

Illustration  
Toko Hosoya creates narrative-based images and objects. Originally hailing from Japan, her practice is currently based in Toronto, Canada. 

Indigenous Visual Culture 
Bert Whitecrow is a Two Spirited, multidisciplinary artist from Seine River First Nation. Their work explores methods of storytelling, through preserving and practicing ancestral knowledge. Indigenous futurisms, the belief of the inherent queerness in nature and their relationship to place are points of exploration throughout Whitecrow’s practice. 
 
Industrial Design  
Max Fine is a Toronto-based industrial designer student who is interested in the connection between sustainable technology and human behaviour. 

Integrated Media 
Marcella Driver-Moliner is a Toronto-based bilingual new media artist who hails from the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Driver-Moliner's practice is the joy of investigating the process of creating different visual languages and aesthetics to decipher unclear emotions such as loneliness, belonging, grief, self-depreciation and isolation.

Material Art & Design  
Aleena Derohanian is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of alien and UFO folklore, pop culture and the sublime. Her style can be identified through her use of bright colours, organic forms and an amalgam of materials. With a background in jewellery and silversmithing, Derohanian expertly incorporates semi-precious metals and stones into her mixed media sculptures. Currently she is exploring lamp and lighting fixture design with her unique aesthetic. 

Photography 
Tizzi Tan was born in Yunnan, China. Her works are mostly lens-based, but are not confined to any specific medium. She focuses on the subtle perceptions of human activities and explores the meanings of existence under current social conditions.  

Printmaking & Publications 
Laur Flom is a multidisciplinary artist working mainly in printmaking and book arts. Based in Tkaronto/Toronto, their practice is largely conceptual, exploring themes surrounding identity, queerness and trans masculinity. 

Sculpture/Installation 
Evgenia Mikhaylova is an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, video, sound, drawing and performance. Her work examines the complexities of perception, communication systems, language and epistemology through interdisciplinary research-based practice that investigates parallels between the ways we experience the world through our senses and the ways we interpret the knowledge we acquire. 

Visual & Critical Studies 
Nadia Spaziani is a Toronto-based researcher and writer. Her area of study is Ancient Greek material culture, specializing in building on existing theories of the period with contemporary ideas of psychoanalysis and feminist theories. Spaziani’s practice is based in the mythology of the Greeks and how the characters shaped societal values. 
 

Graduate Programs  

Contemporary Art, Design & New Media Art 
Maya Burns is an emerging writer and researcher based in Toronto. Her work explores the critical and pedagogical potential of quotation and appropriation in contemporary art.  

Criticism & Curatorial Practice 
Kalina Nedelcheva is a multimedia artist-researcher, emerging curator and musician, based in Tkaronto/Toronto. She explores the ways in which human consciousness engages in the process of meaning-making and has an interest in writing and film as mediums for theoretical storytelling. 

Design for Health 
Walter Yim has been a practicing dentist in Toronto for more than 30 years. His most recent design work explores how we might innovate healthcare through the lens of compassion, by exploring patient-centred methodologies. 

Digital Futures 
Candide Uyanze is a multimedia, multidisciplinary and multi-hyphenate doer of things based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Anishinābe Akì territory. Her practice explores diasporic storytelling, immersive web experiences, open-source tools, accessible media production, African languages and speech recognition.  

Inclusive Design 
Josephine Guan is a Chinese-Canadian artist that has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and arts instructor. Her thesis research focuses on using arts-based methods like drawing and writing with brain injury survivors. Throughout all of her work, she’s most interested in facilitating conversations and using multiple ways of communicating. 

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & Design 
Juka Almeida 

Strategic Foresight & Innovation 
Carly Benson explores new frontiers in disaster risk reduction through human-centered design and foresight 

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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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Image: 生井 (living wells) (2022) by Tiffany Hon, 3D printed objects on view until July 30, 2022 at the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library, as part of the exhibition Consulting with the Ether
 

Exhibition foregrounds Indigenous research methods

On Saturday, May 7 the exhibition, Consulting with the Ether opened at the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. featuring works by OCAD University students enrolled in the fourth year Indigenous Visual Culture course, INVC 4904: Materials & Methods: Creation. 

Beadwork, rubbings, drawing, painting, installation and 3D printed vessels by undergraduate and graduate students April Anderson-Jaciw, Angelo Cavagnaro, Dehmin Cleland, Tiffany Hon, Alexis Nanibush Pamajewong, Laure Pinard, Roberta Pringle, Grace Point and Katie Pretti are on view, for free, at the TD Gallery at the library until July 30, 2022.  

“I am unbelievably proud of the students in INVC 4904. They have taken up this work, which is challenging and requires a lot of unlearning, with such generosity and brilliance and in such an ethical way,” notes Assistant Professor and Delaney Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program Susan Blight, who teaches the course.  

“I truly hope our OCAD U community makes the time to see the exhibition that they worked so hard on,” she continues. 

In the course that the exhibition is part of, students develop creative works with mentorship from faculty, their cohort and guest artists. Expanding on the practical, theoretical and technical skills gained in the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University, students are encouraged to work towards a physical articulation of their work in progress and contextualize it within a broader sphere of Indigenous creative practices. 

"This class encouraged me to reflect on myself and my identity as an Indigenous artist as I experimented with the creative process. I was able to receive a lot of feedback that helped inform my work and that I will definitely reinvest in my practice," notes Grace Point, who has three works in the exhibition.

"Professor Blight has helped develop my critical and creative thinking. I’m so lucky and appreciative of all of my amazing and strong Indigenous women professors who are helping to shape the artist I am becoming," she continues.

INVC 4904: Materials & Methods: Creation builds on INVC 4903: Materials & Methods: Research, which was offered in the fall and tasked students with searching through the Toronto Public Library's Special Collections to choose material to engage with. These materials ranged from rare books to maps to archival photographs. Employing Indigenous and decolonial research methods, the students worked towards presentations where they defined their own research methodology as well as what they learned from, not necessarily about, the material.  

The artworks in Consulting with the Ether have been created by students enrolled in the winter term, taking their research and making visual art in response to what they learned. The show contains both the objects the students created as well as the materials from the Special Collections that inspired them.  

Industrial Design student Tifanny Hon has three works in the exhibition including the digital projection descent, the paper work 刺 (thorn) and the 3D printed objects 生井 (living wells).  

Hon, whose parents immigrated from Hong Kong in the 1980s explains, “This collection of work draws on themes of negotiating body, identity, connection and the desire for control.”  

They continue, “I came into this course because of my complicated relationship with living on this land. I am grateful that through working with Professor Blight and my peers, I’ve been offered a place to learn how to live with good relations to people, places and things. This course was a chance for me to connect with my heritage and embrace diaspora.” 

In addition to Industrial Design, the students whose works are included in Consulting with the Ether are enrolled in undergraduate programs including Drawing and Painting, Indigenous Visual Culture, Industrial Design, and graduate programs including Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art History. 

The exhibition is presented with support from Nicole Dawkins, Gallery and Exhibits Curator at Toronto Public Library and Glen Lowry, Executive Director and Advisor to the Provost at OCAD University. 

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Are you an Indigenous artist and...‬ A Student or alumni of OCAD U? An Indigenous community member? Considering attending or applying? Looking to get feedback on your work or ideas? Would you like to connect and visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of the above questions, you are invited to join us for: Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away

Formerly, the Open Critique program, the objective of this program is to provide Indigenous students, alumni and community members with the opportunity for dialogue and relationship building with other Indigenous artists, including OCAD U faculty, alumni and special guests. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas, current works, or join to visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space. This program allows folks seeking feedback from other Indigenous artists the opportunity to share projects and processes related to coursework as well as their professional practice. See upcoming sessions below!

This program is open to: Indigenous OCAD U (students, faculty, staff and alumni) and Indigenous community members. 

Thursday April 21 3-5PM with Natia Lemay

Natia Lemay is a queer interdisciplinary artist and curator of Black and Mi'kmaq descent. As a graduate of OCAD University and a Yale MFA Candidate,  Natia is currently exploring the act of meaning-making rooted in history and biography. By exploring the impact colonization, erasure, and white supremacy has on the BIPOC identity: through the manipulation of material, she looks to investigate how identity extends beyond its own subjectivity and draws throughlines between past and present.

Click here to register for Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away with Natia Lemay on Thursday April 21 from 3-5PM!

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Tuesday April 5

Let's Talk About Renewal 11:30AM-12:30PM

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty, staff and Indigenous community members are invited to join this group discussion on Zoom with both Visiting Elders Liz Osawamick and Catherine Tammaro! Click here to register!

Individual Sessions 12:30-3:30PM

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty and staff can meet with Liz or Catherine virtually for up to an hour, between 12:30-3:30pm. To schedule a virtual session, please contact rkennedy@ocadu.ca. Sessions are held on Zoom. 

Braiding Relationships: Empowering Conversations 3:30-4:30PM

All are welcome to join this open discussion with Liz and Catherine on Zoom! Click here to register!

Elizabeth (Liz) Osawamick is an Anishinaabe Midewiwin-kwe community leader, Water Walker/activist, jingle dress dancer, devoted parent and professional teacher. She is President of Anishnaabemowin Teg, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, teaching and developing Anishnaabe language and cultural pride. A leader of the Kawartha area Water Walks under the guidance of Elders Dr Shirley I Williams and the late Nookomis Josephine Mandamin, Liz has dedicated her life to her people, her language, the lands, and the waters.

Catherine Tammaro (Taǫmęˀšreˀ • date:žátǫ ⁿgyaˀwiš hatiyerunǫˀ, Wyandot FaithKeeper: People of the Little Turtle (Clan)  Keepers of the Heavens, Carriers of the Fire ) was born in Toronto and raised in Toronto and the US. She has a 50-year history of multidisciplinary art making. Her multi-media works have been exhibited in traditional and alternative gallery spaces and her written works and musical compositions have been published in various blogs and installations. She is a seated Little/Spotted Turtle Clan FaithKeeper, and a citizen of the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation/Wendat Confederacy. Catherine is Akin Studio’s premiere Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence, is the Elder for the Toronto Indigenous Business Association and an Elder for Ojibiikaan; the Visiting Elder at OCADU, Elder in Residence at Evergreen Brickworks, and one of two at Taiaiako:n Historical Preservation Society. She  also served on the Council at the Children's Peace Theatre for two years. She is the Program Manager for the Indigenous Arts Program at the the Toronto Arts Council and is working with many agencies and on may projects city wide and beyond, to advise and facilitate art making/teaching workshops, as well as maintaining her own art practise regarding spiritual and ever changing realities as they pertain to our connection to the sacred multiverse. 

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Liz-BannerElizabeth (Liz) Osawamick is an Anishinaabe Midewiwin-kwe community leader, Water Walker/activist, jingle dress dancer, devoted parent and professional teacher. She is President of Anishnaabemowin Teg, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, teaching and developing Anishnaabe language and cultural pride. A leader of the Kawartha area Water Walks under the guidance of Elders Dr Shirley I Williams and the late Nookomis Josephine Mandamin, Liz has dedicated her life to her people, her language, the lands, and the waters.

Tuesday March 29 2022

Let's Talk About Moon Teachings 11:30AM-12:30PM

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty, staff and Indigenous community members are invited to join this group discussion on Zoom. Click here to register!

Individual Sessions 12:30-3:30PM

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty and staff can meet with Liz virtually for up to an hour, between 12:30-3:30pm. To schedule a virtual session with Liz, please contact rkennedy@ocadu.ca. Sessions are held on Zoom. 

Braiding Relationships: Empowering Conversations 3:30-4:30PM

All are welcome to join this open discussion with Visiting Elder Liz Osawamick on Zoom! Click here to register!

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Elizabeth (Liz) Osawamick is an Anishinaabe Midewiwin-kwe community leader, Water Walker/activist, jingle dress dancer, devoted parent and professional teacher. She is President of Anishnaabemowin Teg, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, teaching and developing Anishnaabe language and cultural pride. A leader of the Kawartha area Water Walks under the guidance of Elders Dr Shirley I Williams and the late Nookomis Josephine Mandamin, Liz has dedicated her life to her people, her language, the lands, and the waters.

Tuesday March 15

Let's Talk About the Importance of Language 11:30AM-12:30PM

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty, staff and Indigenous community members are invited to join this group discussion on Zoom. Click here to register!

Individual Sessions 12:30-3:30PM

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty and staff can meet with Liz virtually for up to an hour, between 12:30-3:30pm. To schedule a virtual session with Liz, please contact rkennedy@ocadu.ca. Sessions are held on Zoom. 

Braiding Relationships: Empowering Conversations 3:30-4:30PM

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Are you an Indigenous artist and...‬ A Student or alumni of OCAD U? An Indigenous community member? Considering attending or applying? Looking to get feedback on your work or ideas? Would you like to connect and visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of the above questions, you are invited to join us for: Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away

Formerly, the Open Critique program, the objective of this program is to provide Indigenous students, alumni and community members with the opportunity for dialogue and relationship building with other Indigenous artists, including OCAD U faculty, alumni and special guests. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas, current works, or join to visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space. This program allows folks seeking feedback from other Indigenous artists the opportunity to share projects and processes related to coursework as well as their professional practice. See upcoming sessions below!

This program is open to: Indigenous OCAD U (students, faculty, staff and alumni) and Indigenous community members. 

Thursday March 31 3-5PM with Natalie King, Greg Staats and Justine Woods

Natalie King is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist, facilitator, and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's arts practice ranges from video, painting, sculpture, and installation as well as community engagement, curation, and arts administration. King is currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre in Tkaronto. Often involving portrayals of queer femmes, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the Anishinaabe queer femme experience(s). King's practice operates from a firmly critical, anti-colonial, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective, reclaiming the realities of lived liv es through frameworks of desire and survivance. Learn more about Natalie's work here!

Greg Staats Skarù:reˀ/ Kanien’kehá:ka, Hodinöhsö:ni’. b. 1963, Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. A Toronto based artist whose Hodinöhsö:ni restorative aesthetic employs mnemonics of condolence and performative burdens articulated in visual forms that hold body and place including: oral transmission, text works, embodied wampum, photographic, sculpture, installation and video. Staats' practice conceptualizes Land as monument embodied within a continuum of relational placemaking with his on-reserve lived experience, trauma, and the explorations of ceremonial orality. Staats’ lens based language documents cycles of return towards a complete Onkwehón:we neha [our original ways] positionality, reciprocity and worldview. Active since 1981 studied Applied Photography, Sheridan College, ON is the recipient of the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography. Solo exhibitions include: articule, Montreal, Kelowna Art Gallery, Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg, MN, Tom Thomson Gallery, McMaster Museum of Art, KWAG, Mercer Union, Gallery TPW, G44, Trinity Square Video/Images Festival. Galerie Séquence, QC. Group exhibitions include; AGYU, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Varley Art Gallery of Markham [OAAG award 2019], MOCNA, Sante Fe. Staats served as Faculty for two Aboriginal VA Residencies, Banff Centre: Archive Restored (2009) and Towards Language (2010). Staats’ works are held in public, private and corporate collections. Upcoming solo exhibitions: Art Gallery of Ontario, OPENING OCTOBER 23, 2021, CONTACT Photo Festival at Todmorden Mills. [2021] Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON (2023) and Agnes Etherington Art Centre, ON (2025). Staats was a finalist shortlisted for the 2021 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University and the SCOTIABANK Photography Award [2018 and 2021].

Justine Woods (she/her) is a garment artist, designer, creative scholar and educator based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario). She is a current Doctoral Student in the Media and Design Innovation PhD program at X University (formally Ryerson) and holds a Master of Design in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design from OCAD University and a Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design from X University. Justine’s research/design practice centres Indigenous fashion technologies and garment-making as a practice-based method of inquiry towards re-stitching alternative worlds that prioritize Indigenous resurgence and liberation. Her work foregrounds all of the relationships that make up her identity as a Penetanguishene Aabitaawikwe; an identity she has inherited from her family and her Aabitaawizininiwag Ancestors. Justine is a descendant of the St. Onge and Berger-Beaudoin families. Her Ancestors come from Drummond Island (in what is now known as Michigan) and were relocated in 1828 to Penetanguishene, Ontario where they built diasporic roots with their kin and community that continue to hold strong to this present day. Justine was born and raised in Tiny, Ontario and is a member of what is known as the Georgian Bay Métis Community.

Click here to register for Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away with Natalie King, Greg Staats and Justine Woods on Thursday March 31 from 3-5PM!

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Catherine Tammaro (Taǫmęˀšreˀ • date:žátǫ ⁿgyaˀwiš hatiyerunǫˀ, Wyandot FaithKeeper: People of the Little Turtle (Clan)  Keepers of the Heavens, Carriers of the Fire ) was born in Toronto and raised in Toronto and the US. She has a 50-year history of multidisciplinary art making. Her multi-media works have been exhibited in traditional and alternative gallery spaces and her written works and musical compositions have been published in various blogs and installations. She is a seated Little/Spotted Turtle Clan FaithKeeper, and a citizen of the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation/Wendat Confederacy. Catherine is Akin Studio’s premiere Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence, is the Elder for the Toronto Indigenous Business Association and an Elder for Ojibiikaan; the Visiting Elder at OCADU, Elder in Residence at Evergreen Brickworks, and one of two at Taiaiako:n Historical Preservation Society. She  also served on the Council at the Children's Peace Theatre for two years. She is the Program Manager for the Indigenous Arts Program at the the Toronto Arts Council and is working with many agencies and on may projects city wide and beyond, to advise and facilitate art making/teaching workshops, as well as maintaining her own art practise regarding spiritual and ever changing realities as they pertain to our connection to the sacred multiverse. 

Tuesday March 1 2022

Let's Talk About... 11:30AM-12:30PM 

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty, staff and Indigenous community members are invited to join this group discussion on Zoom. Click here to register!

Individual Sessions 12:30-3:30PM

Indigenous OCAD U students, faculty and staff can meet with Catherine virtually for up to an hour, between 12:30-3:30pm. To schedule a virtual session with Catherine, please contact rkennedy@ocadu.ca. Sessions are held on Zoom. 

Braiding Relationships: Empowering Conversations 3:30-4:30PM

All are welcome to join this open discussion with Visiting Elder Catherine Tammaro on Zoom! Click here to register!

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WN_BannerAre you an Indigenous artist and...‬ A Student or alumni of OCAD U? An Indigenous community member? Considering attending or applying? Looking to get feedback on your work or ideas? Would you like to connect and visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of the above questions, you are invited to join us for: Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away

Formerly, the Open Critique program, the objective of this program is to provide Indigenous students, alumni and community members with the opportunity for dialogue and relationship building with other Indigenous artists, including OCAD U faculty, alumni and special guests. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas, current works, or join to visit with other Indigenous artists in a virtual space. This program allows folks seeking feedback from other Indigenous artists the opportunity to share projects and processes related to coursework as well as their professional practice. See upcoming sessions below!

This program is open to: Indigenous OCAD U (students, faculty, staff and alumni) and Indigenous community members. 

Thursday February 24 3-5PM with Kaya Joan and Natia Lemay

Kaya Joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous (Vincentian, Kanien'kehá:ka with relations from Kahnawá:ke, Irish, Jamaican) artist born, raised and living in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Kaya’s work focuses on healing, transcending linear notions of time, blood memory and relationship to place. Black and Indigenous futurity are also centred in Kaya’s practice, framing methods of making as ancestral tools to unpack and transform buried truths, opening portals 7 generations into the past and future.  Kaya has been working in community arts for 6 years as a facilitator and artist. To view more of Kaya’s work visit kayajoan.com @kayajoan on instagram. 

Natia Lemay is a queer interdisciplinary artist and curator of Black and Mi'kmaq descent. As a graduate of OCAD University and a Yale MFA Candidate,  Natia is currently exploring the act of meaning-making rooted in history and biography. By exploring the impact colonization, erasure, and white supremacy has on the BIPOC identity: through the manipulation of material, she looks to investigate how identity extends beyond its own subjectivity and draws through lines between past and present. To view more of Natia's work visit @natialemayart on instagram. 

Click here to register for Wáhlu Noondaaptóone: I Talked From Far Away with Kaya Joan and Natia Lemay on Thursday February 24 from 3-5PM!

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