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Job Posting: Student Monitors needed at Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Fostering social and cultural transformations, Onsite serves the OCAD U community and the general public.

A completely new Onsite Gallery will open in September 2017 at the centre of OCAD University’s Creative City Campus. The expanded Onsite Gallery will be a stunning 8,000 square-foot space located at 199 Richmond St. W. and will be downtown Toronto’s most talked-about contemporary art and design space.

Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, Onsite Gallery, the Onsite Gallery Student Monitor serves as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, supervises galleries and engages with visitors.
The Onsite Gallery Student Monitor will:

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.
  • Supervise the entrance and all areas of the exhibitions to enhance visitor experience, encourage conversation and engagement and enforce gallery rules and etiquette.
  • Research the exhibiting artists/designers and exhibition themes, prepare and lead thoughtful tours and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the artists/designers and themes in the exhibition to facilitate discussion and meaningful engagement with viewers.
  • Track daily attendance and encourage the recording of email addresses for Onsite Gallery’s e-newsletter database, so patrons are aware of upcoming exhibitions and events.
  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and front reception and gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.
  • Perform administrative tasks including writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.
  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping front reception tidy and locking all doors.
  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.
  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.
  • Attend Student Monitor orientation meeting prior to the opening of an exhibition, and any other meetings as called by the Programs Coordinator or Curator.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Programs Coordinator and senior management.

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student
  • Interest in contemporary art and design
  • Comfortable in a public speaking role
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public
  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts

Assets:

  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment
  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr) to assist with Onsite Gallery’s digital presence and promotion
  • Smart Serve certified

Duration: early September until December 11, 2017, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period

Rate of pay: $12.43/hour – plus 4% in lieu of vacation and 8% in lieu of benefits

Schedule: 1-3 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 7.25-19.25 hours/week, depending on availability

Vacancies: 3-4 regular Student Monitor positions; 2-3 Student Monitors for special event assistance and on an as-needed basis

Please submit the following to Linda Columbus, Programs Coordinator, at lcolumbus@ocadu.ca:

  • a cover letter
  • resume
  • if applicable, your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall 2017 semester

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 16, 2017.

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

Apply for INTAC before June 30!

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INTAC Exhibition, May 2017, Osaka University of Arts, Japan

OCAD U CROSS-DISCIPLINARY ART: INTAC PHOTO
Now Accepting Applicants from all Programs

International Collaboration Studio: Photo 3018
International Collaboration Studio II: Photo 3019
International Collaboration Studio III: Photo 4016
International Collaboration Studio IV: Photo 4017
1.0 credit Sept–April, 2017-18

Early deadline: June 30, continuing until course is full. Approvals at latest by end of 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. Current collaborations feature students in Tampere (Finland), Seoul (S. Korea), Berlin (Germany), Osaka (Japan), Ahmedabad (India), Toluca (Mexico).

This past year’s work focused on the theme of ‘Turmoil’ which was explored in multiple ways as proposed and developed by student participants. Final works spanned the range from photography and video to drawing, sculpture, books and music performance. The year led to exhibitions in Osaka, Japan and at OCAD U.

This year’s theme will be Rituals.

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 Slovakia in November, 2017 and then another venue in May, 2018. 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 a description of our process and examples of current and past students’ activities.

You can also check out one of our public Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/INTACinfo/

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

(L) INTAC Strategy Workshop, Osaka University of Arts (R) Group with Sacred Deer, Nara, Japan, May 2017

(L) INTAC Strategy Workshop, Osaka University of Arts (R) Group with Sacred Deer, Nara, Japan, May 2017

What is INTAC?

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 Rituals and participants will respond with project propsals in whatever way they may interpret this, although we hope that global and cross-cultural issues will be fore-fronted. 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 also worked in other media – most recently audio, sculpture, writing, quilting, jewelry, drawing, painting and performance.

There is also the possibility of engaging the course as an online moderator and helping to develop the online presence and functioning of the INTAC network, which is a growing international program.

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 two Professors, Peter Sramek and TBC, you will take responsibility for cooperative leadership and initiative in these areas.

How?

Using class meetings, video conferencing (sometimes very early in the morning) and online blogs 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 project partners using various platforms: Skype, FaceBook, E-mail, Tumblr Blogs and other channels. Specific joint activities and projects will be articulated each year, based on specific partnerships and opportunities. There will be short-term objectives and deadlines over the 8 months of the course.

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.

Who?

• This course is open to students in years 3 and 4 from all programs – Art, Design, INVC, LAS, DigF

• There are two sets of course codes and you must register for the paired Fall and Winter sections.

• Students who have taken the 300-level courses may continue in INTAC by registering 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. This 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.

The Application Process Apply Now!!

Deadline for Approval by the Faculty of Art Office is mid-July, but students will be approved in June/July 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 and E-mail address you will respond to over the summer.

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

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.

Scotiabank and Dream Office Reit Competition – DUE TOMORROW!

Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to design and build an installation to be displayed in the lobby of Scotia Plaza located at 40 King St. W, Toronto. Partnering with Scotiabank and Dream Office Reit to sponsor the competition, the installation will celebrate, draw attention for and create an impactful and positive conversation about diversity, equality and inclusion.

Installation
The installation is to occupy a 10’ x 10’ space, approximately 10 feet high to be located in the lobby of 40 King St. West in the walkway from ground floor Adelaide St. entrance that leads to Starbucks. The installation is to be a physical display (no digital image). The material would have to be hard and durable to withstand public access.

Prizes
Finalist – $5,000 prize + $10,000 production (includes materials and installation)
Award for 2 Honourable Mentions – $500 each

Eligibility

Faculty of Art graduating students and/or student teams (maximum 3 students, at least 2 participating in Grad Ex) must be participating in Grad Ex 2017.

Submission

  • 250-word creative/artistic proposal
  • 4 images of existing work (In PDF form or digital documentation)
  • Student number and telephone number
  • Submit to: Vivian So, Program Assistant, Faculty of Art at vso@ocadu.ca

Good to know

  • Strategically important to the diversity & inclusion (LGBT+) goals
  • Once on site, you may need help to construct/install the project, which must be part of the budget
    Providing real quotes from fabricators in your budget is encouraged
  • Please consider your audience as they are primarily from corporate Toronto, it must be professional, inappropriate content will result in your submission being disqualified.
  • Project Timeline:
    Outline launch: April 20, 2017
    Proposal deadline: April 28, 2017
    Jury Day: During GradEx (May 3 – 7, 2017)
    Award Announcement: TBA
    Creation of Project: May 7 – 30, 2017
    Delivery date: May 31, 2017
    Installation date: June 1, 2017 (revealed at Scotiabank / DREAM Pride Kick-off event June 2nd) Duration of display: several months

Questions or concerns for applicants can be directed to the Project Coordinator:
Rob Nicholls, Sessional Instructor, Drawing and Painting rnicholls@faculty.ocadu.ca

Apply now!

4th Year Epson Award

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 Thanks to the generosity of Epson Canada and our supportive local representative Andrew Patrick, OCAD U’s Photography Program is pleased to announce that Epson is donating an Epson Printer (model to be confirmed) to a Photo major enrolled in Directed Photo Studio, Landmarks or Thesis during 2016/2017.

 Eligibility:

  • Open to undergraduate Photography majors who are currently enrolled in the Photo Directed Studio, Landmarks or Thesis Stream.
  • Applicants must have a practice that incorporates digital output such as digital negatives or prints.
  • Open to students with diverse career goals.

Applications must be submitted before Mon, May 8th at midnight to Jenn Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca. In the subject line, note your name and Epson Award Application.  Results will be announced in the late May.

Submissions: In a single pdf, include the following:

  • Your name, email and the 4th year course you were enrolled in.
  • 5 to 10 examples of your strongest work that is created using a digital component (example: the final print may be a digital print or the work could be created using a digital negative). The selected images can be from a single series or diverse bodies of work.
  • Place only 1 image per page and under each visual, include:
    • Title, date of creation & scale
    • Medium: example: Epson Paper mounted on dibond
    • Additional details if needed: example: “This cyanotype was created using a digital negative.”
  • 250 words (maximum) explaining why you want this Epson printer and how it will be an asset to your future career goals.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca
(Note: Jenn will be away from April 21-April 27.)

Career Launcher: Artscape Youngplace Due Apr 24!

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Apply to ART CAMP 2017

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Call for proposals: Due April 30th, 11:59pm (midnight)

Art Camp 2017 brings together 12 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 2017 that is based on artistic merit, availability and interest in collaboration.

Art Camp recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse. We encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their letter of intent in their application.

Working alongside faculty supervisors Robyn Cumming (Ryerson University), 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 August 2017.

This year’s exhibition theme is RAISING/FALLING. Potential participants are not required to submit work on this theme but will create work during the course of the residency that engages with this theme for the resulting exhibition in August.

Participating in the residency will involve May & 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 May to August 2017. All participants will receive a budget towards the production of their exhibited work.

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 (evening sessions and special events may be added):

-Friday, May 12th 1-9pm: Introductions, sharing of work, welcome dinner
-All Wednesdays in May-July 9am-5pm

How to Apply
In a Google Drive/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 2017 / 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, what inspires your practice and how you might approach the exhibition theme. (max. 400 words)

Portfolio of work
• Include 10 images from 2 to 3 different series. If your work is time-based, please include web links for up to 3 works. NOTE: All pieces should be edited down to 3 minutes. You are encouraged to include a secondary link showcasing the entire piece.
• Images should be JPG format, approx. 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 APRIL 30th, 11:59pm (midnight). A jury will be struck to review the applications and applicants will be notified by May 5th of their acceptance.

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

$7000 Scholarship Opportunity

OCAD University is participating in the
Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program!
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST
This program awards three scholarships of $7,000 each to a student entering their final year of study.

If you would like support on this application, Associate Chair Jenn Long will be sitting outside of the Photo Cage and  available to help you on Tues, March 14 from 12-1:30 pm.  

ARTISTIC CRITERIA:  The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program recognizes extraordinary artistic potential in students studying toward bachelor’s degrees with a major or focus in fine art photography. For the purposes of the scholarship, “photography” can encompass any lens-based media, including video. The jury will focus on artwork that provokes a strong response and exhibits conceptual rigour, technical excellence and a dynamic engagement with contemporary photographic practice and theory.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Students will be asked to submit general information, as well as a 250-word artistic statement, summarizing their practice and offering contextual information about their portfolio. Their portfolio can include:

  • Up to 15 .jpeg images, uploaded to the scholarship website.
  • Up to 2 video works with a total running time of no more than 5 minutes, uploaded to Vimeo.
  • Full credit information for each work, including artist’s name, title, date and medium and dimensions.

The portfolio should include a focused selection of artwork produced anytime over the course of the student’s undergraduate degree.

TERMS OF ELIGIBILITY

All applicants must meet and/or agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Only full-time students in their final year of study are eligible for the scholarships, and students must apply during the prior academic year.
  2. Students must be registered at OCAD U or one of the other partnering schools.
  3. All applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of application and at the time the scholarship is awarded.
  4. Students must meet all application deadlines. Late materials will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  5. Students must apply using the online submission form and upload support materials online, as instructed by the submission guidelines.
  6. Winning students must be willing to attend a special event in Toronto, scheduled by Aimia and the Art Gallery of Ontario, with a faculty member in recognition of their achievement.
  7. Artwork by all 16 finalists will be used by the AGO and Aimia on the prize website, in press communications and in promotional materials relating to the scholarship program.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jenn Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca

 

March 15th – Instagram Call

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH, 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 Lee, Untitled, 2016, 2nd year photo, @sheylee #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 March 15th)

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

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