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Cheryl Pope: Student Exhibitions at OCAD U

Last chance to view Objects for Listening in The Great Hall on now at OCAD University! Exhibition closing on Monday July 4, 2016.


Cheryl Pope: Objects for Listening

OCAD University and Onsite Gallery welcomes Chicago-based designer and artist, Cheryl Pope. The new site-specific work in this exhibition was developed through workshops with OCAD U students and the local community, creating objects for listening.
Works created in collaboration with: Paula Burrows, Tyla Crowhurst-Smith, Atticus Edwards, Anam Feerasta, Rita Camacho Lomeli, Lizz Khan, Tori Maas, Khadijah Morley, Sophie Paas-Lang, Tak Pham, Debora Puricelli, Amanda Robertson-Hébert, Claudio S. Santander and Mary Tremonte

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.


Cheryl Pope, I WANT TO BE PROUD, 2016. Text by: Debora Puricelli, Nylon and tackle twill 3×5 ft. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Alongside Cheryl Pope’s work is an OCAD U student exhibition to unite and empower our students in their diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Featuring work by Madelyn Alexander, Dominique Crowley, Adam Filek, John Holland, Lara Aphrodite Isaias, James Patrick Knott, Emily Norry, Jules Reeves, Cecilia Salcedo, Sean Sandusky, Morgan Sears-Williams, Michael Seleski, Ronald Siu and Sarah Alinia Ziazi.
Curated by Wrik Mead

[OCAD U Photo Alumni & Students: Madelyn AlexanderMorgan Sears-Williams Michael Seleski]
Both exhibitions run concurrently:
June 8 to July 4, 2016
OCAD U Great Hall
100 McCaul Street
Second Floor

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Cheryl Pope is a Chicago-based artist focused in sculpture, installation and performance. Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to the private and public self. For the past four years, her research has been centred on issues of power, inequality, race, gender and segregation in the U.S. This research includes several collaborations with Chicago youth through the intersection of poetry and the visual arts. These collaborations have surfaced as performances and special edition books as well as a team of young poets under the group name Just Yell. In 2015 she was the DCASE Artist in Residence at the Chicago Cultural Center and recently exhibited at the Kunsthalle Osnabrueck (Germany), The Poetry Foundation (IL) and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (CO). Also, Pope studied under the artist Nick Cave for twelve years and that experience has had a dominant influence on her practice.

Onsite [at] Ocadu
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations, serving the OCAD U community and the general public. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in May 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Walter Segers: What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Photographs of vintage Ken dolls by Belgian-Canadian Photographer and OCAD U Photo Residency Graduate, Walter Segers is on now at the Fashion History Museum:

Walter Segers, What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Beach Boys #1

Walter Segers, What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Beach Boys #1

This exhibition of 22 works by Belgian-born photographer Walter Segers features Ken and his many fashions from the collection of James Fowler. Segers’ images capture Ken, and sometimes his pal Alan, on holiday – dressed for a variety of summer activities: at the airport, at the beach, in Rome, and at the ultimate summer vacation during the summer of ’69 – the surface of the moon! Copies of Segers’ photos will be available in the gift shop in the form of greeting cards, 8X10 prints, as well as a catalogue of Segers’ images with text by James Fowler, of the exhibition Barbie’s Boyfriend Ken.

Walter Segers, What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Viva Roma

Walter Segers, What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Viva Roma

Fashion History Museum

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Walter Segers
June 4 – September 25

Sebastián Benítez: Loiter

Upcoming exhibition at XSPACE, featuring  works of OCAD U Photo Alumni, Sebastián Benitez!

Sebastián Benítez
June 24 – August 12, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 2016, 7-10pm

Sebastián Benítez, Prototype for Reticular Hanger

Sebastián Benítez, Prototype for Reticular Hanger

Rumour has it that aluminum can collectors have been taking down rods from Jesus Soto’s public sculptures to sell them as recycling scrap since the 90’s.

Loiter explores a relationship with modern art that is based on its encounter after its prime time. Revisiting elements from Venezuelan modern art, the series reconsiders the way modern art installations in Caracas relate to their contemporary environments. Commissioned between the 60’s and the late 80’s, most of these works are now in a constant state of disrepair. Offering new purposes to their fallen pieces, Loiter questions  what futures are possible for these modern vestiges?

Barbara Astman: Chronologues

OCAD Photo Faculty (and Alumni!) Barbara Astman’s Group Exhibition, Chronologiesis on now at Museum London:

Barbara Astman

Barbara Astman

“This group exhibition of contemporary art examines issues of memory and time, through personal narratives and larger, shared histories. Works in diverse media re-visualize specific experiences or invite viewers to construct their own associations. Each selection is intriguing in its consideration of the inventive ways in which aspects of the past are literally and figuratively archived, mediated, and expressed.”


Exhibition runs May 7th, 2016 to August 14th, 2016

Ivey Galleries

Museum London 

Congratulations to our 2015/2016 Photo Award Winners!

A big congratulations to our 2015/2016 Photo Program Award Winners! 

Francis Zhang with his GRAD EX 101 installation

Francis Zhang with his GRAD EX 101 installation

Benjamin Hunter – Photography Program Medal Winner

Benjamin Hunter – Nora E. Vaughan Award

Benjamin Hunter – Spoke Club Membership Prize

Antonio Giacchetti – Evans Award

Benjamin Hunter – Project 31 Photography Award

Michael Seleski – Project 31 Photography Award

Mara Gajic – Project 31 Photography Award

Abigail Lomboy – Project 31 Photography Award

Shelby Fenlon – Project 31 Photography Award

Jennifer Ho – Project 31 Photography Award

Kelsey Whyte – Project 31 Photography Award

Francis Zhang – Project 31 Photography Award

Maddie Alexander – Project 31 Photography Award

Antonio Giacchetti – Verano Richards Photography Award & Prize

Sabrina Direnzo – Honourable Mentions



Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections

OCAD Photo-Faculty, Meera Margaret Singh’s work is on now at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto for the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival! See details below.

Meera Margaret Singh

Meera Margaret Singh

Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections

May 6–July 30
Counterpoints proposes a view of photography—and some of its signal historical and contemporary transitions—that is, like the daily experience of images, ultimately heterogeneous and non-linear.”
Curated by Jessica Bradley.

Meryl McMaster

OCAD U photo Alumni, Meryl McMaster, has been long-listed for the Sobey Art Award! A prestigious Canadian contemporary art prize, each year the Sobey Art Award is awarded to a visual artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

Meryl 1 2010 Digital Chromogenic Print 36" x 36"

Meryl 1 2010 Digital Chromogenic Print 36″ x 36″

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and a graduate in photography from the Ontario College of Art and Design. 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.

Meryl is represented by Katzmann Contemporary, and you can view more of her work here. To follow updates on the Sobey Art Awart, you can follow the competition on Twitter at @PrixSobeyAward.





International Collaboration Studio

International Collaboration Studio: PHOT 3018

International Collaboration Studio II: PHOT 3019

International Collaboration Studio III: PHOT 4016

International Collaboration Studio IV: PHOT 4017

1.0 credit Sept – April, 2016-17

Accepting Applicants from all Programs!
*Early deadline: June 15, continuing until course is full*
Approvals at latest by mid-July

Apply in writing by e-mail to: psramek@ocadu.ca

Work on collaborative projects with students from universities around the globe in an informal, team-based environment with 15 OCAD U students. Work towards collaborative visual projects, online presentations, book publications and international exhibitions. Travel may be an option.
Our current collaborations feature students in Tampere (Finland), Seoul (South Korea), Berlin (Germany), Osaka (Japan), and Ahmedabad (India).

This past year’s work focused on the theme of ‘Desire: The Double-edged Sword’ which was explored in multiple ways as proposed and developed by student participants. It led to exhibitions in Berlin, Finland and at OCAD U. Final works spanned the range from photography and video to drawing, sculpture, books and music performance. Future exhibitions in various international countries are a possibility. Although not specifically built into the course, travel may be possible, as we hope to exhibit in Japan in May, 2017. In the past, groups have travelled to Japan, Finland, China, Slovakia, Berlin and South Korea in conjunction with INTAC exhibitions.

Visit INTACnet.ca to see examples of current and past students’ activities.

Photography Gallery Nykyaika, Tampere, Finland, April 2016

Photography Gallery Nykyaika, Tampere, Finland, April 2016


This hybrid studio course takes place over two semesters during which time students design and undertake collaborative projects with international partners. Directions identified by the group will vary from year to year, but address the ongoing goals of engaging global issues and communicating across cultures. The coming year’s overarching theme will be Turmoil – however one may imagine this, although we hope that global socio-political issues will be forefronted. Projects will be developed in a range of media, but particularly those that may be shared readily through online channels. For this reason, photographic and time-based formats are a primary focus, however past students have worked many other ways – most recently sculpture, quilting, jewelry, painting and drawing.

It is important to note that the course structure consists of a flexible meeting schedule and the class group will not meet physically every week. Activities will include group discussions, critiques, video conferencing sessions with partner schools (sometimes very early in the morning) and considerable independent self-scheduled work and online communication.

Along with creating relationships with students in the various schools, you will propose project concepts, join a few project groups and produce collaborative artworks within each group. You will maintain online communication and build a sense of community with the OCAD participants in group crits, fundraising activities, an exhibition event and possibly publication. Guided by Peter Sramek and Meera Margaret Singh, you will take responsibility for cooperative leadership and initiative in these areas.


Skype Meeting, Fall 2015 /Ada Slaight Gallery, OCADU, Toronto, April 2016

Skype Meeting, Fall 2015 /Ada Slaight Gallery, OCADU, Toronto, April 2016


Using group meetings, video conferencing and the online learning environments, as well as more public and popular social networking tools, students will communicate and develop projects under the guidance of the instructors at each school. Scheduling will be flexible, responsive to the needs of the activities while much of the work will be done on the students’ individual time with their partners using various platforms: Skype, FaceBook, E-mail, Tumblr Blogs and other channels we find. Specific joint activities and projects will be articulated each year, based on specific partnerships and opportunities. There will be short-term objectives and deadlines along with those, which develop over the 8 months of the course.


This course is open to students in years 3 and 4 and credit will be granted at the student’s year level. Therefore, there are two sets of course codes. Students who took the 300-level courses may register for the 400-level ones.
 Acceptance to this course is limited and will be by prior written application. Of key importance will be your commitment to exploring global perspectives. You must be self-motivated and able to work well in an environment where activity is self-initiated and online communication is at the core of the process. There is a less-structured context where you will be responsible for much of your work time on your own. You should be willing to take the lead in building new relationships, sharing ideas and communicating online. Comfort and proficiency with working in online environments is a definite plus.


Exhibition Catalogue, Osaka University of Arts, April, 2015Exhibition Catalogue, Osaka University of Arts, April, 2015

The Application Process – Apply Now

Questions and applications by e-mail to psramek@ocadu.ca or msingh@faculty.ocadu.ca

Write a 500-word Statement of Intent including why you are interested in, and an excellent candidate for: international collaboration
team-based project development
socially-engaged art practices

online learning and communication environments photographic, time-based and/or online formats

Deadline for Approval by the Faculty of Art Office is mid-July, but students will be approved in June as applications are received, until the positions are filled. If accepted, you will be given instructions on completing the online registration process using the appropriate codes.

Please provide: Name, Student Number, Program/Major, Year Level, Number of Accumulated Credits (at least 10), Overall Average, E-mail address you will respond to over the summer.

Describe the primary media you are thinking of working in and how you would see collaborating with a group that is in different parts of the world. Describe any previous international experiences: living, travel, programs, languages, etc. Discuss how this course experience will fit your educational goals.

Include 5–10 captioned images of recent works in your application document (PDF, Word or Pages), which you feel illustrate your approach to artmaking.

Email your application to psramek@ocadu.ca

Note: It is highly recommended that, unless you have already received approval for this course, you first register for a full load of courses during the registration period. All applicants will not be selected for this program. Once registered you can drop 2 studio courses. This 1.0 credit will be equivalent to 1.0 Studio Option credit in Photography or as an elective in your major program. It can be approved as a Program Studio Option outside of Photography with special permission of your Chair.


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