OCAD U Photography Program

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Month: September 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Reading Week: Software Training Courses


Rosalie Flavell is at OCAD U!

From October 3-7, Indigenous Visual Culture’s NIGIG Artist-in-Residence Rosalie Favell will present a curated selection of images taken during her residency at OCAD U. The new portraits on display will be of arts + culture professionals who participated in the three OCAD U/Toronto FACING the CAMERA portrait sessions.

FACING the CAMERA will be on display from October 3-7 in the Ada Slaight Student Gallery at OCAD U. A small, intimate reception will take place on Wednesday October 5 from 5:00-7:00pm. Rosalie will provide a brief artist talk on the series and respond to guest questions. Light refreshments provided.

About FACING the CAMERA:  FACING the CAMERA is an ever-growing national and international visual document of the Indigenous arts community. Using the portrait session as a performance space, Rosalie encourages individuals to express personal experience and history with the context of tradition and communal values.

About Rosalie Favell: Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary Aboriginal woman. She has received numerous grants, and won prestigious awards such as the Chalmers Fellowship, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunten Award and the Karsh Award. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Rosalie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level. In Ottawa Rosalie has taught at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Discovery University.

OCAD Alumna Danya Ensing: Documenting Detroit

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-2-00-52-pmDetroit River Baptism, 2015 © Danya Ensing

Congratulations to OCAD alumna Danya Ensing (’15) on her 2016 Fellowship Program project, Documenting Detroit. The program has partnered with the Detroit Institute of Arts to present a multimedia slideshow of 21 early career and emerging Detroit-area photographers. The slideshow was projected onto the southeast wall of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

For more information on Documenting Detroit, visit Facebook or Instagram @EverydayMotorCity

Artist Bio:

Danya Ensing works largely with personal narratives, exploring her ontological relationship with home, environment, and landscape. The darkroom is her sanctuary – she has a skillful and accomplished knowledge of film and takes pride in processing and printing her own photographs whenever possible. Danya enjoys learning about and creating with the tactile through processes such as bookbinding, screen-printing, and letterpress. Exploring a variety of handmade processes challenges her creativity, encourages a deep understanding of craftsmanship, and diversifies her photographic practice. Her work has been exhibited internationally in New York, the UK, Sweden, and Japan.

Artist Website: www.danyaensing.com/

Graduate School Fair


Thinking about applying to an MFA, PhD, or MDes program? Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about available programs, writing a successful application, and funding for graduate school.

When: October 4th, 2016 from 11am-3pm
Where: The Great Hall, OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON
Who: List of participating universities

Join the panel sessions that will give you the tools you need to get there:

Lambert Lounge (Room 187)
11:30am – Making a Successful Application
1:30pm – Funding – How to Pay for Your Graduate Education

Join the Facebook Event

Call for Submissions: Salon of Inclusiveness

black-cat_salon-of-inclusivenessSalon on Inclusiveness, 2015 © Joe Fuda

Location: Black Cat Artspace, 2186 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
When: November 17 – December 31, 2016
DEADLINE: October 23, 2016
Fees: $25 per 12 inch x 12 inch square

The Salon of Inclusiveness is a play and positive take on the Salon des Refusés:

“In 1863 two thirds of paintings presented at the Paris Salon were refused, including the works of Courbet, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissaro and Johan Jongkind. The works which didn’t align with the Emperor’s traditional tastes we’re upon protest shown in another part of the palace as the “Salon des Refusés.” The critical attention served to legitimize the emerging avant-garde in painting.”

Gallery Website: http://theblackcat.to/
Facebook: Event Page

Barbara Astman Appointed Vice President, Board of Directors, Prefix (ICA)


Congratulations to OCAD University Photography Professor Barbara Astman (’73) on being appointed Vice President, Board of Directors, Prefix (ICA) Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON!


Barbara Astman’s work has received national and international recognition. Her work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections, in Canada, United States, and Europe.

Astman has degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, and Ontario College of Art. Active in the Toronto arts community, Astman has sat on numerous boards and advisory committees. She was a Trustee on the Board of Trustees at the Art Gallery of Ontario and an appointed member to the Canadian Curatorial Committee at the AGO from 2009 – 2013.  Currently she is Chair of the Koffler Gallery Art Advisory Committee.  Most recently she was appointed Vice President, Board of Director, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art.

Astman is represented by the Corkin Gallery, Toronto and a feature profile on her appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Canadian Art.

Artist Website: http://www.barbaraastman.com/
Prefix Website: http://www.prefix.ca/

Showcase your work @ocadu_photo


FRIDAY, SEPT 30TH, MIDNIGHT  is 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 enrolled 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: Shey Brown, Untitled, 2016, 2nd year photo, @sheybrown #ocadu_photo

-if your images are landscape or portrait format please adjust the canvas size & 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? As soon as you can send it!
(or else by midnight on Sept 30th)

Please send submissions to:  photoposts@ocadu.ca
Note: we do not send confirmation emails.

Barbara Astman: Upcoming Exhibitions

Keep an eye out for 4 upcoming exhibitions featuring OCAD University Photography Professor Barbara Astman (’73) at the Art Gallery of Ontario, McMaster Museum of Art, McIntosh Gallery, and Corkin Gallery.

mcmaster-installationMcMaster Museum of Art Installation 

Living Building Thinking, McMaster Museum of Art, curated by Ihor Holubiziky, Senior Curator

Exhibition Dates: September 1 – December 3, 2016
Location: McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, 1280 Main St West, Hamilton, ON
Curator’s Talk: September 22, 2016 at 6pm
Exhibition Website


Portraits, Self and Others (It’s Complicated), curated by Director/Chief Curator James Patten

Exhibition Dates: September 22 – October 29, 2016
Opening Reception: September 22, 2016 at 7pm
Location: McIntosh Gallery, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON
Exhibition Website

img_9424The Fossil Book, 2014 © Barbara Astman

Looking: Then and Now Part II

Exhibition Dates: Opening October 1, 2016
Location: Corkin Gallery, 7 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, Toronto, ON
Gallery Website

Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art

Exhibition Dates: September 29, 2016 – May 2017
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON
Exhibition Website

Artist Website: http://www.barbaraastman.com/

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