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TODAY: Thesis 101

Thesis 101 showcases fourth-year students’ progression of their practice. Please join us tonight for the opening reception and meet the artists!

See you at 7 pm in Rm. 415!

Xpace Tax Workshop


April Hickox Exhibition

Opening: Friday February 12 at 6:00 to 900 PM.
Artist Present: Saturday February 13, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

April Hickox

April Hickox, Untitled From “Provenance Unknown”, Chromogenic print, 2016

April HickoxProvenance Unknown

Provenance Unknown brings together seven interlocking bodies of work that explore providence, authorship, and the structures in place for the teaching of art.  This series begins to question how we determine what is “art” … the final product that artists present to the world … what has value in the cultural market … and what remains unseen within the artistic process. Provenance Unknown will be paired with new works by James Gardner.

Katzman Contemporary
86 Miller Street
Toronto ON  M6N 2Z9
 Gallery Hours:  Wednesday-Thursday 11-4:30, Friday- Saturday 11-6
Bio: April Hickox is a lens based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on Toronto Islands. She has been producing for over 35 years, her work includes photography, film, video and installation works. April’s work is based in narratives, the passage from one experience, to another in the life process encompassing history, memory, and site. She has been supported by all levels of funding throughout her career and has exhibited nationally and internationally. An active community leader, the founding director of Gallery 44 Center For Contemporary Photography, and a founding member of Tenth Muse Studio, and Artscape.

April is currently associate professor of photography at the OCAD University in Toronto.

Thesis 101: Photo Student exhibition

Please join us on Friday, February 12th for an art reception in room 415!

RSVP via our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/417784261750581/

This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome!


Sabbatical Presentation by Professor Simon Glass

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Tonight at Harbourfont Centre

Palimpsest by Ursula Handleigh
Opening Jan 29, 6-9pm, Exhibition continues to June 19, 2016

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Ursula Handleigh. Untitled (068) (detail), 2014. Silver gelatin paper, cotton thread.

Ursula Handleigh. Untitled (068) (detail), 2014. Silver gelatin paper, cotton thread.

Between presence and absence, Palimpsest is an intervention of the familial archive. Working with thread and light, I am retracing the transitory moments of my ancestral past. Being the first generation in my family to be born in Canada, I have always felt detached from my family’s history. Growing up, I was surrounded by old family photographs and enveloped by the stories accompanied by them. The stories I heard about my parents and ancestors informed who I was and fill in the gaps of my own life’s story. These memories, created by others before me, became an extension of my own. Methodically retracing these remnants, I am creating my own ephemeral moment, physically binding myself to a familial history of which I was detached while simultaneously creating the kinship I longed for.

– Ursula Handleigh

This installation features almost 100 silver gelatin prints from the series Breathing into Empty Spaces which which were hand-sewn with cotton thread presented alongside an original work from her Journal series, and three large-scale reproductions of the artist’s original work within and outside the building. The works were produced between 2014-2016.

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Ursula Handleigh is a conceptual lens-based artist. Working with experimental photography, film and historical processes of image making, her practice explores questions of identity, perception, memory and familial relationships. Handleigh earned a BFA from OCAD University and is currently working towards a MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the US and Europe.



TODAY: Town Hall for Photo Students!


Call for OCAD U Student Art


Welcome back for another exciting semester at OCAD U!

As you mark your calendar with assignment deadlines, exhibition openings, and work schedules, don’t forget to mark February 23, 5pm as the deadline to submit your work for posting on the Photography Program’s Instagram account!  The concept for this account is to showcase the works of our students and department in an on-line portfolio.  It will act as a tool to help promote our students outside the university while also representing the strength of our program.

Call for submission:

Open to all students in the Photography Department regardless of year or stream.  Please submit works!!!  (Note: at least one image from every submission will be selected.)

What We Need:

-send us 5 images to select from

-file size 10 by 10 inches at 100 dpi

-file type .jpg

-please caption your images as follows:

Artist Name, Title of work, Year of work, Year of study, @insta username #ocadu_photo
example: Joe Brown, Untitled, 2015, 4th year photo, @joebrown #ocadu_photo

-if your images are landscape or portrait format please adjust the canvas size and include a white border.

-Images should be colour corrected and sized appropriately.  We will not make any aesthetic decisions on your behalf.

When Do We Need It?

Deadline for the second round of submissions is February 23, 5pm.  Sooner is better!

Please send submissions to:  photoposts@ocadu.ca

Note: we do not send confirmation emails.

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