OCAD U Photography Program

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Month: July 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Congratulations, Jenn Long!

Congratulations to Jenn Long on being selected to be a part of the exhibition ‘Mother(ing)’!

Curated by Hannah Davidson
Aug 5-28, 2015

Mill Arts Project Space
Easthampton, MA

Artists include:
Jennifer Long
Erin Faith Allen
Esther S White
Jennifer Linton
Dara Herman Zielein
Liz Rubmincam


Jenn Long’s interest lies in the experiences of women, and the limited representations in which they are depicted. This has spurred her practice and forms a lineage from her earliest work through to her work-in-progress. For the past fifteen years, her artwork has explored issues of doubt, vulnerability, perceived ideals, and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Working with constructed narratives and a feminist lens, she describes the emotions and quiet moments of everyday life. Touch, gesture and gaze all play significant roles as conduits of conscious and unconscious modes of communication.

 Bio: Jennifer Long is an artist and educator holding a BAA from Ryerson University and a MFA from York University. 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.


Image credit: Jennifer Long, Self-Portait from the series “Imminent”, 2012.  This work was made with the support of the Ontario Arts Council.


Due to the high demand for additional  4th year Photography electives, Murals will soon be opening for registration!  Please watch your OCAD U email and the photo blog for updates to 2015-2016 Photo offerings.


PHOT 4001-001

Photography: Murals 

This studio course explores large-format image making. Students are encouraged to develop projects which integrate technical and critical issues as they relate to contemporary photo-based practices. Multiple exposures, montage, site and installation aspects of large-format work are examined through visual presentations and classroom discussions. Students acquire the darkroom technical skills needed to produce large-scale black-and-white and colour murals.
Notes: Registered students are encouraged to leave a three-hour empty schedule slot on their timetable immediately following class for lab time. Students may order mural paper through technicians. Students working in colour will require previous experience.

Please take special note that this course has material fees associated with it.




Meera Margaret Singh Exhibition Extended!

Art Gallery of Ontario (Craig Boyko)

Art Gallery of Ontario (Craig Boyko)

Faculty Meera Margaret Singh’s current intervention in the AGO’s European Collection (above) has been extended until Sept 29th!  Additionally, her new video works will remain on display in the Air Studio until August 14th.  Don’t miss it!

Meryl McMaster showing at the National Museum of the American Indian

Meryl McMaster, Meryl 2, 2010. Digital chromogenic print, 36 x 36 in.

Meryl McMaster, Meryl 2, 2010. Digital chromogenic print, 36 x 36 in.

Congratulations to OCAD U Photo Graduate Meryl McMaster on her work being showcased at the National Museum of the American Indian!

The National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center will feature its first exhibition devoted to Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree member of the Siksika Nation, British and Dutch), an emerging artist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. “ Meryl McMaster: Second Self” examines McMaster’s “Second Self” series, which was first exhibited in 2013 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis as part of the  RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. The exhibition opens June 12 and runs through Dec. 11 in the museum’s Photo Gallery. Admission is free.

McMaster’s interest is based on using portraiture and self-portraiture to explore questions of how people construct their sense of self through lineage, history and culture. “Second Self” reconsiders identity through portraiture by incorporating drawing and sculpture. Representing the complexities of identity, the drawings and sculptures act like masks or personas to conceal and change the subject’s identity. Persona has come to define the individual for the public while concealing the real person. The mask, then, is like the second self.

The National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center is located at One Bowling Green in New York City, across from Battery Park. The museum is free and open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Bio: Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and a graduate in photography from OCAD University. Her artistic practice begins with photography, evoking a journey that follows a path of self-discovery. She is interested in exploring questions of how we construct our sense of self through lineage, history and culture. McMaster’s practice extends beyond straight photography by incorporating other artistic media into how she build images and express her ideas. McMaster’s resulting work takes advantage of both the spontaneity of photography and the manual production of props or sculptural garments, performance and self-reflection. McMaster’s work unravels identity and subjectivity as something that is never complete, but always in process and invariably formed from within.

Meera Margaret Singh at the AGO


Next week is the last chance to see faculty member  Meera Margaret Singh’s  work on display at the AGO!  Don’t miss it!

Congratulations Eve Gane!

Eve Gane, Lakeside Promenades from the series, 'Imagine This', 24x36, 2015

Eve Gane, Lakeside Promenades from the series, ‘Imagine This’, 24×36, 2015

Congratulations to 2015 Photo Program graduate Eve Gane for being selected for “More Decent Exposure” at the Living Arts Centre!  The exhibition, curated by Megan Press, is on until August 23, 2015.

Participating artists include:

Ashley Culver, Audrey D’Astous, Courtney Downman, An Dy, Eve Gane, Cassic Ho, Natalie Hunter, Mary Ma, Evelyn Sorochan – Ruland, Tammy Tang, Polina Teif, and Shellie Zhang.

MORE DECENT EXPOSURE is the culminating exhibition from a call for submissions to students and new graduates of post-secondary arts and design institutions. From over seventy entries by emerging artists, exhibition jurors short listed twelve applicants whose works represent new trends in contemporary practice across a wide range of disciplines. Acting as a window to the near-future of visual arts, the collection is an exciting and challenging application of new materials and ideas. This is the second exhibition of its kind, the first was DECENT EXPOSURE, 2012.


Eve Gane is a photo-based artist located in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BFA in Photography (2015) from OCAD University.

Her early exposure to metropolitan sites and environments stimulated her interest in finding enigmatic spaces in both the cityscape and landscapes of Ontario. Her work attempts to dissect aspects of everyday life that are not often questioned by exploring the small, subtle details that form commonplace objects and experiences. Gane’s intention is to create visual interruptions within her images that require viewers to ask questions and examine the “ordinary” sights all around them.

Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON

Tuesday – Friday ~ 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday ~ 1 PM to 4 PM

Free Admission

Julie Douglas: 30 under 30


Congratulations to recent Photo alumni  Julie Douglas on her being selected for “30 under 30”.  This exhibition, curated by Gary Michael Dault, will be on display at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay st, Toronto, until July 24th.  Gallery Hours are Monday to Friday 10am-6pm

Bio: Julie Douglas is a photo-based artist in Peterborough, Ontario. She has just completed her thesis at the OCAD University, and previously studied at the Haliburton School of The Arts. She has exhibited in Haliburton, Peterborough and Toronto.

The subject of Douglas’ work primarily focuses on both rural and industrial abandonments throughout Ontario. She is interested in documenting the stories of those that seemingly just vanished, and the traces that have been left behind in spaces that are often long forgotten. Douglas is interested in the ephemeral and transient nature of these abandoned buildings. She seeks to document the lives that have been left behind, while capturing the meditative nature of being in these spaces.

Julie currently lives and works out of Peterborough, Ontario.

Julie Douglas, Silence, 2014

Julie Douglas, Silence, 2014




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.


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