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Swaby works in series form, and the exhibition features bodies of work spanning 2017 through 2021. Growing up surrounded by the threads and fabrics of her mother, a seamstress, Swaby chooses to work in mediums traditionally associated with domesticity as a means to imbue her works with familiarity, labor, and care. Swaby upends tradition, however, and gives the sewing medium a sense of monumentality with the life-size series Pretty Pretty. The subjects are intricately rendered in freehand lines of thread, and shown on the reverse side of the canvas so that the stitching process—its knots and loose threads, so often hidden—is visible. There’s a vulnerability to “showing the back,” but Swaby embraces and elevates the imperfections.

Learn more and make your plans to visit: bit.ly/mfafreshup

"Gio Swaby: Fresh Up" is co-organized with the Art Institute of Chicago, where it will open in 2023.

Made possible in part by generous support from The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society, PNC BANK, Gobioff Foundation, Sonia Raymund Foundation Inc., James G. Sweeny, and Garth Family Foundation. Contributing support provided by the City of St. Petersburg and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

#GioSwaby #fabric #textiles #claireolivergallery #portraits #blackportraiture #contemporaryartist #blackartinamerica #contemporaryart #fabricwork #exhibition #soloexhibition #fabric #Textileart #FreshUpMFA #freshup

@claireolivergallery @gioswaby @artinstitutechi @katherinepill @melindalwatt

Gio is a Bahamian multimedia textile artist whose work has been exhibited internationally and covered by @harpersbazaarus & @vanityfair #freshup Photo credit: @claireolivergallery

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Congratulations to MFA student @GioSwaby whose first solo exhibition at museum, Fresh Up, just opened @MFAStPete and is on until Oct. 2022!
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Chāntê Wâstê / Good Heart // IAMD 1st Year Exhibition: Part One of Two
we have similar terms

we’re listening to each other, also

we just want to be together

20-24 April 2022

205 Richmond, 6th Floor, RM 615
Other visits by appointment only. Contact chantewaste2022@gmail.com

With the work of @ocadugrad candidates Angela Atkinson, Alex Bilodeau, Chitra Chugh, Leighton Estick(@leightonestickart), Nahúm Flores(@nahum_a_flores), Kevin Ilango, Asabe Mamza(@mai_zane), Josephine Norman(@johzephine), Paulete Poitras, Sujeet Sennik(@culture_punch), Sara Soghi(@sarahshoghi), Casper Sutton-Fosman(@mustmovequickly). With the support and care of Michelle Gay and Rebecca Bair.

This is one half of this year's IAMD cohort, the other half will be exhibiting in the Great Hall from May 2nd-7th. Their influence can be felt in this exhibition with us, and ours will be there with them.

#IAMDRocknRoll #IheartIAMD #OCADUIAMD #IAMIAMD #OCADU #OCAD

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IAMD 1st Year Exhibition: Part One of Two

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The exhibition features the work of three Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) students; Sana Khan, Casper Sutton-Fosman, Laura Butler, Nahun Flores, Paulete Poitras, and Veronica Waechter. The exhibition explores the theme of Art and Accessibility by showcasing the role of the curator as a facilitator of experience, opening a space for learning in relation to the artworks and concepts that are on view. 

Exhibiting works from artists Sana Khan, Casper Sutton-Fosman, Laura Butler, Nahun Flores, Paulete Poitras, and Veronica Waechter, Something to Say aims to explore how affect can aid in the experience of art. By offering different perspectives and presentation models the exhibition opens a space for each viewer to have an impactful experience with the exhibition. As a curatorial research exhibition, it is a collaboration between curator, artist and audience, supported by the virtual space.

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Something to Say: An online exhibition curated by first year Criticism and Curatorial Practice (CCP) students; Avalon Mott, Kashfia Arif, Luke Whittaker and Samuel McGuire.

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Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

For further details about scholarships and funding please see our website here

This session will be held two times in October:

  • October 7, 2020 - 9:00AM to 10:30AM, Eastern (Toronto) time
  • October 9, 2020 - 1:30PM to 3:00PM, Eastern (Toronto) time

The information sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams. To sign up to participate, follow this link to the registration page, then select the date and select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit.

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Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

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OCAD University’s virtual convocation on June 20, 2020 will include the presentation of Governor General’s Academic Medals to two Class of 2020 students. The awards are given annually to the undergraduate and graduate students who achieved the highest academic standing.

The silver medal will be presented to Rebecca Wilkinson, Bachelor of Design, Graphic Design and Craig Rodmore, Master of Design, Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design, will receive the gold medal.

Congratulations to both on their outstanding achievements!

Rebecca Wilkinson
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Rebecca Wilkinson

Bachelor of Design, Graphic Design

Valuable experiences from my time at OCAD U:

  • At OCAD U I had access to several truly inspiring, supportive instructors in the Graphic Design program  who volunteered extra time and space outside of the classroom to mentor me and provide me with the resources (both material and intellectual) I needed for my practice to really evolve.
  • In addition to the mentors who went out of their way to support my intellectual development and professional design career, I learned a lot from fellow students who were deeply dedicated to their own design education and keen to participate in all kinds of experiments and creative collaborations. It was a refreshing and humbling experience to work with and learn alongside people who were much younger than I am — they also taught me about life and culture here in Toronto.
  • I also learned that graphic design is just another way of interfacing with the world. It’s a way of thinking and communicating visually, and it can be about much more than making corporate logos. But it’s not a discipline that exists in a vacuum. In order for a piece of graphic design to be interesting and thought-provoking, it needs to be in dialogue with interesting or thoughtful things, ideas, people, and other artworks. A huge part of the process of making good work is spending a lot of time thinking about why you’re making it, and what it is that you really want to say. 

Lessons I learned at OCAD U:

  • I’m glad I took the time to research the courses before I registered for them. I don’t think I ever took a course at OCAD U before looking into the person teaching it. Because of this, I think I had a much more meaningful experience in the program overall than I would have if I had chosen my courses simply to suit my schedule.

Advice for future Graphic Design students:

  • Do the work. Your education is your responsibility. To get the most out of your design education, you have to think of it as a full-time job even if you have a part-time job, family or side career. I don’t think talent is really that important. Ultimately, to do well in design school, and to eventually become a good professional designer, you have to be willing to work harder than everyone else.
  • Website: https://rebeccawilkinson.me/
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Craig Rodmore

Master of Design, Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design

Three reasons I loved studying at OCAD U:

1. I applied to OCADU because the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media, and Design (IAMD) was the one Master of Design program that seemed to me to be truly interdisciplinary—even combining the MFA, MA, and MDes degree options within the one program.

2. The faculty, especially my incredibly generous and dedicated thesis committee and the professors whose first-year courses either shaped the direction of my work or helped me develop and focus it. I was very lucky: when I applied, I wrote a list of faculty I hoped to study with and why, and I ended up getting to work with just about all of them.

3. My peers in the program: I collaborated with at least a third of my cohort at one time or another, and a few of us ended up working collaboratively on many projects over the last four of the five terms.

Two lessons I learned at OCAD U:

1. I started the program with the goal of reorienting my practice. I had been spending too much of my time doing things I didn’t like doing, and not enough doing the things I was interested in, and I wanted to move more towards design, or some kind of art-design hybrid. I came in with a diverse collection of interests, questions, objectives, things I liked, things I disliked, and so on, and over the course of the program I was able to work through a lot of those things, encounter a lot of new things, and begin to define a kind of practice I could live with.

2. “You cone it, you own it.” (Thanks Michelle.)

One piece of advice for future IAMD students:

1. Work all the time. Make things continually, show them when you can, consider what you hear in critiques (you don’t have to act on everything, but take everything in, and trust the people you came to work with and learn from), reflect, make more, repeat.

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OCAD University’s virtual convocation on June 20, 2020 will include the presentation of Governor General’s Academic Medals to two Class of 2020 students. The awards are given annually to the undergraduate and graduate students who achieved the highest academic standing.

The silver medal will be presented to Rebecca Wilkinson, Bachelor of Design, Graphic Design and Craig Rodmore, Master of Design, Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design, will receive the gold medal.
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connection_found is an online group exhibition organized by feelSpace featuring works by Ronnie Clarke, Taylor Jolin, Leia Kook-Chun, Madeleine Lychek and Paula Tovar, Noelle Wharton-Ayer, and Becca Wijshijer. At times humorous, and other times tender, these meditations illustrate the quirks of navigating intimacy in the digital realm as it inadvertently relates back to the body in the physical world. As the name connection_found implies, the works within this exhibition understand connection and intimacy in broad subsets: a found connection between an individual and their complicated cultural history (Wharton-Ayer), between lovers separated by an ocean (Lychek and Tovar), between strangers online (Kook-Chun), between the corporeal and the digital (Clarke), between where we are and where we’ve never been (Jolin), and with alternate versions of ourselves (Wijshijer). Together, these works trace and re-trace digital intimacy, touch, and the body as it moves and navigates towards the virtual realm.

 

More literally, connection_found also suggests the curatorial alignment of these works in a digital context which, in and of itself, requires finding connection. At the core of the exhibition, connection_found simultaneously expands, individuates, and links the collective experience of existing on the internet.

 

curated by feelSpace

feelSpace is an ad hoc interdisciplinary curatorial collective based in Tkaronto at OCAD University. The collective is interested in the implications and potential of curatorial practice within, through, and around digital spaces.

 

Image credit: Madeleine Lychek & Paula Tovar

Featuring works by: Taylor Jolin, Ronnie Clarke, Becca Wijshijer, Leia Kook-Chun, Noelle Wharton-Ayer, Madeleine Lycheck & Paula Tovar

 

Opening Reception Thursday, December 5th, 6PM-8PM

Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W. Level G

 

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What is Digital Futures OPEN SHOW?

The Digital Futures OPEN Show is an annual exhibition where we show our best and most interesting work that’s happening RIGHT NOW. The collection of work presented is intended to represent a survey of current ideas, concepts, themes, theories, tools, techniques, and trends being explored by the Digital Futures community. Last year’s inaugural OPEN Show was a big success and we’re excited to do it again.

OPEN comes from the fact that this call is open to our whole community. The show will include works from current Digital Futures undergraduate students, graduate students AND faculty. Works include physical computing prototypes, data visualizations, digital entertainment, games, wearable technology, interactive installations and performances. For anyone who has asked the question “What IS Digital Futures anyway?” - we’re hoping this exhibition will continue to provide some answers.

What is Digital Futures?

Digital Futures is an undergraduate and graduate program at OCAD University that combines creative approaches to emerging technologies and critical thinking to prototype possible futures. Digital Futures faculty and students are world leaders in physical computing, data visualization, digital entertainment, wearable technology, smart materials, music technology and games.

When is it happening?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:00-9:00PM

Where is it happening?

An assortment of rooms on the Ground ("G" on the elevator) and 7th Floor.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Free all welcome!
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OCADU Graduate Gallery & Digital Futures HQ
205 Richmond St. West
Ground Floor & 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1V3
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The form of the book — whether as novel, course text, or art book — draws from traditions that tend toward reflecting a social status quo. But the book and its related productions have tremendous potential to disrupt, disturb, and disentangle colonial legacies and point to new non-hierarchical principles. The course takes the question of the book and encourage these new possibilities, both through an intellectual and making process. Some considerations will include engaging with and responding to the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art; reinterpreting the book through re-use, recycling, and remaking; intellectual/writing/discussion opportunities; theoretical and critical challenges posed by Indigenous, postcolonial, and decolonizing methods; and the production of an exhibition at the Graduate Gallery that reflects the pedagogies of the course.

Opening Reception and Grad Studies end of term celebration: November 29th from 5PM-10PM

Gallery Open Daily from November 29- December 2 from 7:30AM-7:30PM

Exhibitors:

Deborah Barnett

Jason Burke

Natalie Chuck

Jaime Hilditch

Cayden Johnson

Andrew Kostjuk

Ashok Mathur

Claudia McKnight

Victoria Milne

Patricia Pasten

Jevonne Peters

Sheetal Prasad

Katlin Walsh

Danny Walsh

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The Global Experience Project (GEP)

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) is centred on an immersive studio-based course that allows OCAD U students to work with pre-eminent artists and other notable scholars in dynamic, international contexts, in Toronto and abroad. A trailblazing initiative, GEP is designed to explore and build Canada’s prominence in global communities of art and culture. Piloted in 2017, GEP brought renowned British artist Isaac Julien to OCAD U. In 2018 & 2019, GEP hosted Brazilian artist and activist Maria Thereza Alves. During these first iterations of GEP, OCAD U students were given the opportunity to participate in experiential learning opportunities in Toronto, Buffalo, NY, London, UK and Naples, Italy. In 2020, OCAD U students selected for the program will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to engage with Zanele Muholi.

GEP 2020

The GEP 2020 program unfolds in two parts:

Part 1: Zanele Muholi Artist Residency

May 2020

OCAD U will bring Zanele Muholi to Toronto for a 4-week residency program, in May. The international artist residency is uniquely designed to coincide with a program of events on the OCAD U campus, and in locations across Toronto. The event series, known as Community Studios, will engage GEP 2020 students, OCAD U students and OCAD U faculty from all disciplines, as well as members of Canada’s artistic community.

GEP 2020 students are expected to attend scheduled Community Studios. These events are open to all OCAD U students and faculty, and invited community members.

Part 2: GEP Course, CROS-3016, Global Experience Project

Summer 2020 / Instructors: Johanna Householder & Dr. Glen Lowry

Pre-Requisite: 8.0 Credits, Good Academic Standing (70% average min.)

Open to OCAD U Undergraduate and Graduate Students

In Summer Semester (May-June 2020), students enrolled in the dedicated GEP course will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to visit Muholi’s studio and professional gallery. Student airfare and accommodations are generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project. The international travel experience will be followed by an exhibition of new work by the GEP 2020 students at a gallery on the OCAD U campus, in late summer or fall 2020.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a portfolio and CV. In the letter, outline the ways in which this international opportunity is relevant to your creative practice. Special attention will be given to applicants whose work explores thematic and conceptual issues investigated by the artist Zanele Muholi. All applicants are encouraged to research the artist.

Please direct any questions about the course to John Rubino, Assistant, Outreach & International Projects, Faculty of Art.

Submission Package:

1/ Portfolio: 10 images accompanied by relevant context information about the artworks

2/ Letter of Interest: maximum 500 words.

3/ Artist Statement

4/ Curriculum Vitae

Please note that this 300-level course requires completion of 8.0 credits and Good Academic Standing (70% average or above)

A class of up to 10 students will be selected through this application process. Applications will be adjudicated by the lead faculty, the Dean of the Faculty of Art, and a previous GEP particpant.

Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file to John Rubino, Assistant, Outreach and International Projects, at jrubino@ocadu.ca by Sunday, January 19, 2020 (extended deadline).

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a GEP Information Session.

Info Session 1:

Tuesday, December 10, 12:00 -1:30 p.m.

100 McCaul St., room 258

Info Session 2:

Tuesday, January 14, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

100 McCaul St., room 258

 

About the Artist

Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. Muholi’s work challenges hetero-patriarchal ideologies and representations, presenting the participants in their photographs as confident and beautiful individuals bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance and, frequently, violence.” –  Tate Modern

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Pedro Biz is a design researcher from Rio and PhD student at School of Design Esdi / UERJ, researching Community Waste Management in Favelas. His research is part of Arranjo Local Penha, a network of institutions and residents in favela of Penha, Rio de Janeiro, that work towards food sovereignty through urban farming. Pedro is also working on a project on biodesign, researching kombucha's bacterial cellulose.

What:

Organic waste management in favelas of Rio de Janeiro: collaborative and sustainable practices through design

The research investigates how collaborative and sustainable practices can contribute to the development of an organic waste management articulated by the community itself, by processing the organic waste inside favela, avoiding accumulation and irregular displacement; also, with potential for improvement in urban garden cultivation and income generation from the commercialization of organic fertilizer.  From  mapping initiatives that already manage waste in favelas and through the experience of implementing a composting unit a favela, I intend to establish a theoretical and practical approach based on codesign and design for sustainability, so that designers can engage with communities specifically in the management of organic waste in Rio de Janeiro's favelas. And finally, verify the implementation of a composting unit in the favela of Penha, as part of a bigger project already in progress that deals with food sovereignty in favelas through urban garden and agroecology called Arranjo Local Penha.

When: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 from 6PM-8PM

Where: Room 410 (sLab) 205 Richmond St. W.

Free! All welcome! Presented by the SFI Program

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