OCAD University Photography Program

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Jessy Pesce and ACM Magazine


Congratulations to Jessy Pesce on the stunning cover shots for Amazing Canadian Fashion Magazine!  During Jessy’s 4th year in the Directed Photo Studio stream, she worked tirelessly to create a stunning editorial portfolio. Since graduating in 2014, Jessy has remained involved with OCAD U and has generously helped support and inspire recent grads.



Bio: Jessy Pesce has an extensive visual vocabulary that spans the lavish, formally refined and artfully audacious. Her multifaceted abilities as a photographer and ‘unruliness’ to stick to one ‘type,’ fuel her creative interests that extend numerous realms of portraiture.

Jessy is based in the city of Toronto, but is no stranger to travelling abroad on photo projects. Her clients range from Scotiabank, to Etalk hosts, to a personal heavyweight Horizon Initiative (a non-profit organization in the U.S that empowers orphaned children to self-sustainability.)

Jessy stands short at just 5’2 but her reach extends far as she is easily at home photographing in her Liberty Village studio or managing a production for a cover shoot at the AGO. Jessy dreams of good times with great wine; but in defiance of her love of a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Jessy is more focused and driven than ever.


Marc Loiser showing at the Art Gallery of Mississauga


In time for the 2015 Pan Am Games, The Art Gallery of Mississauga presents Be a Sport, a group show examining how issues of gender, race, inequality and conflict are caught up in the arena of sport.

Participating artists include:
JEFF&GORDON, Hudson Christie, Lia Darjes, Marc Losier, Leah Modigliani, Graeme Patterson, Diana Thorneycroft, and Weber & Schneider.

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5B 3C1
The AGM is located on the ground floor of the Civic Centre building right on Celebration Square, and across the street from Square One Mall and the Living Arts Centre.

M, T, W, F 10am to 5pm
Thur 10am to 8pm
Sat & Sun 12pm to 4pm

Alumni news: Ursula Handleigh

Ursula Handleigh, Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014

Ursula Handleigh, Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014

Congratulations to Ursula Handleigh for being accepted into NSCAD University’s MFA program!

Ursula is a visual artist based in Toronto and a graduate of OCAD University’s BFA program. Working with experimental photography, film and historical processes of imaging making, her work explores questions of identity, perception, memory and familial relationships. Ursula has participate in the XPACE/SPARK Art Space Residency in Syracuse, New York, the M.C. McCain Post-Graduate Residency in Toronto, Ontario and the Spark Box Residency in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe.

OCAD U & Toronto Pride 2015


We are very proud and excited that OCAD U will be hosting a project called The Swing Lounge at the Pride Street Fair in the Church-Wellesley Village June 26th, 27th and 28th.

Conceived and built by OCAD U students and recent alumni The Swing Lounge is unlike conventional booths in the Pride Street Fair. The Swing Lounge invites participants into a 10’x10’ installation space to engage with stories and experiences representing the diverse voices of members of LGBTQQI2SA communities at OCAD U. The installation is being constructed by Alumni & Students Nelly Goodarzi, Sayyad Glassford and Rouzbeh Akhbari.

We would warmly welcome your involvement in this:

  1. Volunteer at the Booth over Pride weekend

Join our team to welcome Pride Street Fair guests into our space and share your experiences about Pride and OCAD U. Drop by for an hour or swing with us for a whole day! We’ll provide you with an OCAD U t-shirt, keep you hydrated and make sure you have a lot of fun. Email OCADUPride2015@gmail.com if you would like to join our team of OCAD U Pride 2015 volunteers.

  1. Share a written piece or audio clip and have your story shared at Pride 2015.

We have tried to make it as easy as possible – and simply ask individuals to send an email with a copy of what they hope to share.  If you are not able to record the clip yourself, just send it written out and we will contact you shortly to arrange a time to record, or to narrate it for you. You can also directly email us and we will work something out to make sure you can be included.  Official Call for Submissions with description: www.ocadu.ca/pride2015.

This project is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, OnSite Gallery & Admissions and Recruitment and made possible by donations from Project 31. If you have any questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation to participate in this event please email ocadupride2015@gmail.com




Congratulations to Jennifer Long, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices, for being selected to be a part of the group exhibition, PORTRAITS: MOMENTS IN TIME at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)!


Jennifer Long, “Leah” from the series “Portrait”, 2007, 44”x36”

Exhibition dates:
July 5 to Sept. 20, 2015
Opening Reception: July 5, 2-4pm

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario L6W 1Y1

Jennifer Long is an artist, curator and educator holding a BAA from Ryerson University and a MFA from York University. For the past fifteen years, her artistic practice has explored issues of doubt, vulnerability, perceived ideals, and communication, within the context of interpersonal relationships.  This photographic work uses constructed narratives to describe the emotions and quiet moments of everyday life.  Long’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and been published in numerous Canadian and European books and magazines. Long has been the recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for The Arts and is currently working at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

QUEER Landscapes QUEER Journeys


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALUMNI WALTER SEGERS on being invited to participate in QUEER Landscapes QUEER Journeys!

Juried by: Kevin Cherry, Binh Lu, Sarah Munro, Steph Rogerson and Syrus Marcus Ware

Featuring work by 30 artists including Walter Segers, Amanda Arcuri, Matt Beasant, Ben Benedict, Jonathan Brett, Harry Chahal,Justin de Lima, Pamela Dodds, Michel Dumont, Andy Fabo, Paul Foster, Hannah Goodick, Vera Graham, Jowenne Carpo Herrera, Em Johnson, Claude LeBlanc, Fiona Legg, Sue Lloyd, Ronald Loranger, Mariam Magsi, Julius Manapul, Shane Patrick McClurg, Brad McDermott, Caitlyn Jean McMillan, Lucy McSweeney, Jean Miller, Daniella Mitchell, Alexander Scott, Thomas Smith and Erik Tonatiuh.

For more details, please visit the  OPS PRIDE SHOW


A Sudbury satellite exhibition will run July 10–26, 2015 at Open Studio | Cambrian College, 93 Cedar St., Unit 303 in downtown Sudbury. The opening reception will take place on Friday, July 10.

2014/2015 Inspired Teaching Award: Ron Wood


Congratulations to Ron Wood on being awarded the 2014/2015 Inspired Teaching: Excellence in Teaching First Year Students award!  To find out more about Ron’s practice and his teaching, check out his blog at http://ronwoodphotography.blogspot.ca.

“My teaching approach is student centered. I understand that first year students are undergoing major transitions – from high school to post-secondary, from youth to adulthood. I hope that all students I teach, leave my classroom with greater confidence than when they started, with a better understanding of their own potential, and secure in the knowledge that OCAD U is best place to nurture their careers.”

- Ron Wood


Kate Schneider in NYC

Congratulations to faculty Kate Schneider on her exhibition at Soho Photo Gallery in New York!

Kate Schneider, from the series "We, The Heartland"

Kate Schneider, from the series “We, The Heartland”

 We, The Heartland is a love letter to the cultural landscape of the prairies. Photographs made along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska and South Dakota are paired with handwritten letters from local residents to President Obama. The exhibition addresses the cultural complexity found in the heartland, and the unseen threat the proposed pipeline poses to the land.

We, the Heartland, will be on view until July 3.

For more information please visit:

Soho Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY 10013

Gallery hours:
Wednesday to Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm

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