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Month: May 2016 (page 2 of 2)

Apply for ART CAMP 2016



Art Camp 2016 brings together 14 emerging artists from OCAD University and Ryerson University to build community and create art. This opportunity is open to artists in their 2nd year of study through to recent graduates (up to 2 years post-graduation) who are enrolled/alumni from a program within OCAD U’s Faculty of Art, Indigenous Visual Culture or Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. Participants will be selected through an application process in May 2016 that is based on artistic merit, availability and interest in collaboration.

Working alongside faculty supervisors Robyn Cumming (Ryerson University), Marc Losier, Jennifer Long & Jennie Suddick (OCAD U), the selected artists will create a group exhibition at Ryerson University’s off-site gallery Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel in October 2016. Participating in the residency will involve June access to OCAD U’s Photography Production Facilities, professional practice workshops, studio visits, talks, film screenings, brainstorming sessions, critiques and learning new artistic skills from June to October 2016.  Note: The level of Photo studio access will vary depending on the artist’s familiarity with photography.

Residency Sessions: Participants should be available for the following sessions:

  • Fri, May 27th 5-10pm: Welcome Dinner
  • Optional: Wed, June 1, 9:30-11: Intro to OCAD U Photography Studio Facilities
  • Wed, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • Wed, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • Optional: Mon, July 25: Fort building with Jennie Suddick at the Gardiner Museum
  • Wed, Aug 3, 17, 24, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • Sat, Sept 17, 24, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Updates on October dates, evening summer screenings, student honorariums, and artistic skills workshops will be given on our Facebook Call for Submissions!

How to Apply: In a Dropbox link or single PDF document, include the following:

Applicant information:

  • Name, Email address, University & Program of Study
  • The year of study you will be entering in Sept 2016 / year of graduation
  • Confirmation of your availability on the above dates (some exceptions can be granted)
  • Note: past participants are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to new applicants.

A letter of Intent expressing your interest in this residency and what inspires your practice. (max. 400 words)

Portfolio of work

  • Include 10 images from 2 to 3 different series. If your work is time-based, please contact Jennifer Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca to discuss options.
  • Images should be JPG format, approximately 8”x10”, at 72 dpi
  • Include an image credit under each visual detailing the title, year, medium and scale or provide an accompanying image list.

Email the completed PDF or Dropbox link to jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca before May 17th, 11:59pm (midnight). A jury will be struck to review the applications and applicants will be notified by May 20th of their acceptance. 

QUESTIONS: Jennifer Long – jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca or Robyn Cumming – robyn.cumming@ryerson.ca

For more info, check out our Facebook call



From May 4-8 an exhibition of over 900 promising artists and designers will be exhibiting their work at GRADEX 101!  Works by Photography majors can be found on the 4th and 2nd floor of 100 McCaul street as well as in the Brinks Building at 60 McCaul.  In addition to the exhibition, the students will be running a print sale located in room 415 (100 McCaul) on May 4th and from May 5-8 the sale will be located in the 2nd floor cafe (100 McCaul).

Megan Rivington– Grad Ex 101 location: 100 McCaul, 2nd Floor Vitrines

Megan Rivington– Grad Ex 101 location: 100 McCaul, 2nd Floor Vitrines



Barbara Astman Exhibition at the Corkin Gallery

Barbara Astman, I was thinking about you... untitled (Ira), 1978

Barbara Astman, I was thinking about you… untitled (Ira), 1978

Looking: Then and Now

May 6–29
Reception: May 6, 6pm–8pm
7 Tank House Lane
The Distillery, Toronto


OCAD U faculty & Alumni Barbara Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analogue and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore technological practices and concepts—key signifiers in contemporary art. Merging technology with the handmade, Astman’s practice explores themes of glass ceilings, women’s issues, and how media informs current thinking.

Astman studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a hotbed of artistic energy in the 1970s, and emigrated to Toronto during the Vietnam War.Looking: Then and Now explores the artist’s 40-year career of photo-based media innovation. Much of Astman’s work involves the use of objects, including household wares or store-bought novelty items. Imbuing these objects with memories and histories, she dematerializes the material and makes personal the impersonal, exploring the role objects play in forming personal and collective histories while commenting on consumer culture. Astman was one of the first to utilize the Polaroid in her art, treating the medium more like a malleable, three-dimensional material than a flat, two-dimensional surface. Her self-portraits have been carefully choreographed so that her image becomes removed from reality, a symbol of constructed memory. Then, in a process of scratching into, enlarging, Xeroxing, or printing over, the photograph is further removed from a document, becoming closer to an object itself.


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