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Month: May 2015 (page 1 of 3)

Photo alumni Jimmy Limit wins the Gattuso Prize!

Installation View during Nicholas Pye's Photo/Installation class visit to Jimmy Limit's "Surplus" exhibition.   Photo by Nicholas Pye

Installation View of Jimmy Limit’s “Surplus” exhibition at Clint Roenisch Gallery. Photo by Nicholas Pye.

Congratulations to recent alumni Jimmy Limit for winning The $5000  Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Gattuso Prize in recognition of of his exhibition Surplus at Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.

The jury members, Lise Beaudry and Sara Knelman, said, “It is our pleasure to award the Gattuso Prize to Jimmy Limit for his show Surplus. Limit’s beautifully executed installation incorporates photography, sculpture, everyday objects and graphic design. Colour, scale and inventive combinations make for a surrealist Pop aesthetic that plays on the intersections among still-life, commerce and the culture of consumption. We found ourselves taken in by the light-hearted spirit here, but also moved by Limit’s considered sense of spatial relationships and keen attention to the architecture of the gallery as frame. This is an ambitious, agile show that takes an expansive view of photography, not only as a way of showing and telling but as a critical structure for seeing and thinking.”

Today is the last day to see the exhibition, don’t miss out!

Surplus by Jimmy Limit
Clint Roenisch Gallery
190 St Helens Ave

Toronto, ON

May 30 at 2 p.m., Jimmy Limit will give a talk and walkthrough of the exhibition.

Congrats: Alexandra Hickox

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Alexandra Hickox, Hear with your eyes Speak with your hands, 2014

Congratulations to Photography alumni Alexandra Hickox on being accepted to York University’s MFA program in Film and Video Studies!  

Bio: Emerging media artist and photographer, Alexandra Hickox, was born and raise on Toronto Island.  Hickox graduated from OCAD University in 2014 with a BFA  majoring in Photography and minoring in film production.  She has assistant for John Greyson (Lilies, Zero Patience) and currently works as an editor for H3 News a sign language internet news station. In the fall she will be attending York University’s  Masters in Film and Video Studies.

“That F Word” by Lana Missen Opening May 29, 5-7pm


Lana Missen, That F Word, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to 4th yr student Lana Missen on her upcoming show, curated by Meaghan Barry!

Opening Reception: May 29, 7-9 pm
Exhibition continues: May 29 -July 31
2nd Floor CWSE Hallway Gallery
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

“I’m a feminist with a small ‘f’ not a capital one, just trying to raise awareness. But these stigmas are sticking and becoming a hindrance. We need to reclaim something but I don’t know what it is yet.” 

… from Missen’s spoken word piece “It Doesn’t Matter” (2014)

Lana Missen’s work “That F Word” brings together a diverse community of self-identified feminists. Through portraiture and personal handwritten texts, various voices express ideas, feelings, and positions from within the movement. This project embraces those from different backgrounds and cultures, ranging from Zimbabwe, Aboriginal heritages, and 8th generational Canadians, as well as the spectrum of genders, and generations representative of those from ages 19 through to 70. “That F Word” exists as prints, a book, and a blog in order to democratize the work and encourage engagement through multiple public spaces.

The series has assisted Lana in finding her own position within feminism and has enabled her to passionately connect with others, collaborate on ideas, and share stories. Feminism is about equal rights and opportunities for all genders but it is also about much more on a personal level. In ‘Khadijah’, the viewer is challenged by a woman’s gaze, experiencing her sense of her pride and strength. The accompanying text piece emphasizes ‘I am a black feminist’. Whereas in ‘Marie’, there is a comfortableness and a quiet confidence at play. The participants in this project represent diverse voices and backgrounds but echo similar thoughts on feminism through their own personal lenses. However, negativity towards feminism saturates our media and online dialogues in both threatening and derogatory ways. This project is in response to the misinformation, hatred, and stereotyping that exists. “That F Word” creates a safe space for feminists to share self and voice. You are invited to participate in the conversation by visiting: www.thatfwordproject.tumblr.com

Biography:  Born and raised in Cobourg, Ontario, Lana Missen is a Toronto-based visual artist working with photography to explore themes of the body, identity, and female representation. Through portraiture, she aims to create visibility and a space to share her own and others’ stories to a wider audience. A strong believer in the importance of collaboration and community, Missen’s practice is based on engaging with individuals and her viewers.

Her current body of work “That F Word” was shown at OCAD University’s 100th Graduate Exhibition this spring, and was part of the ‘Contact’ photo festival in Toronto this May. She has also displayed works in the juried CLIC Eastern Ontario Photo Show, where she won first place in 2012. She was part of the “Aperture” show at Moniker Gallery in downtown Toronto in 2014. She has an interest in art education, and outside of her fine art practice, Lana enjoys documenting performances of live theatre, dancers, and musicians.

Lana Missen graduated this year from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a minor in English.

The Queer Publishing Project: Student-led & Students needed!

Envisioned by OCAD U Student Vicky Avramopoulos, Vicky is bringing together people from across campus alongside some of OCAD U’s most talented print-making students & alumni including Eli Howey (2015 printmaking medal winner) and Taikun Kambashi (Printmaking, 2014) to help create a handbook on how faculty and peers can best support LGBTQQI2S students in classrooms and beyond.

The handbook is being created based on 4-6 open consultation sessions that will be held inviting students and alumni to share their experiences, recommendations and best practices.  The guide will break down basic vocab & concepts, along with vignettes of student experience and tips and strategies for inclusive & critical pedagogy in and beyond the classroom, as well as resources.

Most importantly, this project is imagined and led by students, and will feature content centring the voices of students.

How can you get involved?   

Join us on Facebook! A facebook group has been set up with regular updates and information about the project, and links to upcoming consultation sessions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/324015924435696

Consultation Sessions

The consultation sessions are happening in room 187 of 100 McCaul and taking place on:

May 27: 3-5pm
June 2: 1-3pm
June 10: 3-5pm
June 18: 11-12:30pm

This project was made possible by the OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund. Special shout outs to Anthea Black (Instructor, Faculty of Art), Nick Shick (Technician, Print-Making) & Mary Tremonte (Class Assistant, Print-Making) for on-going guidance & collaboration.

For more information, please contact:


Programs, Outreach & Human Rights Advisor
Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives

416 977 6000 x3840


The Bata Shoe Museum presents Ron Wood

Ron Wood CONTACT 2015 Exhibit

A Beautiful Step Forward: Wedding Shoe Portraits
by OCAD U faculty Ron Wood

May 23 – June 6
Opening: Tuesday May 26th from 6:30 – 8:30

The Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON

Sun 12-5, M T W F S 10-5, Thurs 10-8

Sexy or modest, sometimes chosen with a theme in mind, and, occasionally outlandish, wedding shoes are the exclamation point in a well-crafted statement of style and individuality. Ron Wood’s portraits of wedding shoes are about love and friendship, old customs and new ones, and, of course, beauty.

As a photographer for The Bata Shoe Museum, Ron has photographed many of the museum’s historical collections. Now, in A Beautiful Step Forward: Wedding Shoe Portraits, he explores the significance of wedding shoes in contemporary culture

 www.heartlinepictures.com | ronwoodphotography.blogspot.ca

The Fortune of Having Been There: Volume II

Gabby Frank, 2015

Gabby Frank, 2015

The Fortune of Having Been There : Volume II
OCAD University Photography Thesis Graduation Exhibition
Curated by Sara Nicole England

May 25 – June 2, 2015

The gateway into this exhibition is the idea of “doubling.” Included works incorporate subject matter that mirrors the “double nature” of photography; twinning, duplication, generation, imagined selves and masquerade are all at play. Opening: Thursday May 28, 5-8pm.

Caitlynn Fairbarns
Gabby Frank
Chris Garland
Rachel Guglielmelli
Jaquelyn Holland
Brandon Jones
Lana Missen
Allison Morris
Lindsay Nemeth
Dainesha Nugent-Palache
Lea Sanders

Project Gallery
1109 Queen Street East, Toronto

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm

Contact Exhibition Page: scotiabankcontactphoto.com

Facebook link

Friday, May 29: The Applied Arts Student Awards deadline

Open to all students in creative advertising, graphic design, interactive media, photography and illustration, the Applied Arts Student Awards is the largest and most respected show of its kind in North America. Winning an Applied Arts Student Award is a great way to launch your career! Your submissions will be judged by respected senior communications professionals, so you’ll know how your work stands up according to the highest standards in the industry.



Single: $30
Series: $40


Any work completed as a school requirement or work completed independently during the course of your studies is eligible for entry.


If you graduated within the last year and the work that you are interested in submitting to the 2015 Student Awards was not submitted to last year’s Student Awards, then you are eligible to enter.


Yes, but we can’t guarantee one, so you should strive to enter by the extended deadline of May 29, 2015. If you fear this is not possible, please contact Olivia Beckett at, 416-510-0909, ext. 27, or by e-mail at awards@appliedartsmag.com, to see if something can be worked out.


Digital Images: Images must be supplied in JPEG format at 72 dpi in RGB (not CMYK). Files must not exceed 2MB. Alternatively, you may submit a URL in place of digital files for judging. URL should be a direct link to your entry and not part of a larger portfolio site. Please refrain from including personal information such as contact info. This should be a site for your awards entry only.


Photography/Illustration/Photo Illustration/Mixed Media: A single image on any topic, or a series of up to three images that relate to one another by topic, scenery or product.




OCAD U & Timeraiser: May 30th

Eve Gane, Circle Landscape #1, 2014

Eve Gane, Circle Landscape #1, 2014

Timeraiser and OCAD University have come together to help support emerging artists, non-profit organizations, and promote civic engagement!  Timeraiser is a volunteer matching fair, a silent art auction, and a night out on the town. The big Timeraiser twist is rather than bid money on artwork, participants bid volunteer hours. 

Come out to the Power Plant on May 30th to celebrate the 29 artists selected for this opportunity to bid your volunteer hours on stunning artworks!  Tickets for this event are $20.

Keep an eye out for current photography majors:


Throughout the evening, participants meet with various non-profit organizations in the room to find available skilled volunteer opportunities that meet their needs. Once matches are made, the bidding can begin. Winning bidders have 12 months to complete their pledge in order to bring the artwork home as a reminder of their goodwill.

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