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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.


  • 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


  • 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.

Maisha Marshall-Ende

Congratulations to Maisha Marshall-Ende for being the OCAD U representative for the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Scholarship Prize!  Maisha’s portfolio has now moved onto the next stage of the jurying process and will be reviewed by the AIMIA | AGO jury, alongside 15 other students representatives from across the country, in hopes of receiving one of the three $7,000 scholarships! 

The OCAD U faculty jury who selected Maisha to represent OCAD U had this to say about her practice:

Maisha Marshall-Ende works with a confidence beyond her years, seeking and finding new ways to explore the fluidity of representations of bodies. Employing studio colour, b/w and video, her strategies engage the viewer in an intimate vision that disrupts interpretations of beauty and physicality. Her video work is a lovingly shot and an irreverent contribution to the long and illustrious herstory of black hair.

Marshall-Ende uses the figure to skillfully transform the complicated nature of bodies politicized by gender and race. The gestures captured are both subtle and powerful in a stillness that questions and subverts how bodies are seen. The resulting photographs offer dramatic sculptural forms through the intersections of human bodies, hands and faces with lingering close-ups revealing fine-grained and richly textured landscapes of touch. 

Maisha Marshall-Ende, Black bodies: Partner Body Series, 2016

Maisha Marshall-Ende, Black bodies: Partner Body Series, 2016

Grad Ex 102

instaparentsCongratulations to all of the artists exhibiting in Grad Ex 102!  Check out our Instagram account @ocadu_photo and Facebook page for a peak at some of the festivities from opening night!

Grad Ex continues:

Friday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Photo Students in CONTACT Show at Fleishman Gallery


Sensitive Souls, from the series ‘A Place to Call My Own’, 2016 © Meghan Boyle

Congratulations to current students Lesia Miga, Morgan Sears-Williams, Nazila Niazi, and Meghan Boyle for their CONTACT exhibition “Bed of Roses” at Fleishman Gallery! Check out their show opening on May 2nd to hear more about the work.

Where: Fleishman Gallery, 25 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON
When: May 2–30, 2017
Opening Reception: May 2, 6pm–9pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.


WDIWTBWIGU2, from the series, ‘What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?’, 2016 © Lesia Miga


Forbidden Love, 2017 © Morgan Sears-Williams


Transposed, 2017 © Nazila Niazi

Friday #ArtCrush: Naaz Niazi

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University. This Friday’s #ArtCrush is Naaz Niazi, a fifth year photography student in thesis. 

In this series, Naaz and Morgan talk about collage as a form of image making, working as an Iranian within the Canadian context and exploring multiple identities through photography.



Who or what are your artistic inspirations?

My inspiration come from anything that makes me pause and think further about art. For example, references to  the everlasting masterpieces of architecture sites in Iran, Persian Miniature paintings, Persian textile and Persian geometric pattern have been an inspiration for me to create an art with new meaning.

I’ve recently discovered a selection of amazing art through Instagram pages such as art_psycho , love.watts, artbasel and collage_expo introduce contemporary artists and instantly update me in the world of art.


What subject matter do you tend to spend the most time working on?

I’ve always been drawn to subject matters such as visual narrative and constructed scenery, paradoxes of culture,  magic realism and surrealism in photography. My approach to photography is explored through self-representation and performance while exploring the space between the real and unreal.



Transposed 1, Digital Collage, 2017


What drives you to work with that subject matter?

As an Iranian-Canadian artist the ambition to share a true expressive work in themes of cultural identity was always an element of interest. My aim was to combine the traditional identity versus the modern identity and the notions of the self as an Iranian in society. I am also interested that through juxtaposition, I can offer a relationship between objects, subjects, locations and their new environment while provoking the viewer’s imagination and bringing memory to a constructed reality.


Do you work in any other mediums and how does that inform your work?

I’ve been drawn to create a painterly aesthetic to my photography and lithography has given me the ability to create a  texture similar to a painting. I have also worked within matte medium transfer on vellum which creates a delicate see through piece that works well with light and installation. These mediums take photography out of its 2- dimensionality and create a closer relationship between the artist and their work.


In Transposed (your thesis work), you have been dealing with themes as a transnational artist and straddling different identities living in Canada and being Iranian. What is your experience working as a transnational artist and how do you bring this into your work?

As an Iranian artist I dealt with duality of culture, identity, memory and nostalgia, Iwas hoping to produce a work that shares a true expression of this experience while using assemblage, juxtaposition, and manipulation to create a visual narrative that provides an open-end format to the viewer and brings a sense of experience to the audience.



Transposed 2, Digital Collage, 2017


Working within collaging, how do you decide what different materials and images to bring into making a single image?

In my imagery I mostly use pictures I shot previously  . I believe that each image had a purpose when it was  shot , so i’m constantly looking through new and old images while developing a concept .I also look for symbolism and iconic images within the Persian culture.


How do you think your art practice has changed or evolved over your time at OCAD?

I am so glad that throughout my years at ocad vie experienced a  combination of mediums  . I was always interested to explore art through different mediums and am glad that I  took such multi-disciplinary  courses in painting , printmaking , digital art and video .



Transposed 3, Digital Collage, 2017


Where do you see your career path going and who would you most like to work with?

I am going to continue making my art and am hoping to collaborate with more local artists and be a part of the artist community in Toronto .


Are there any specific OCAD U Faculty who have influenced your work? A specific discipline or course?

I’m so thrilled to be working with so many amazing people through my journey at OCAD . Nicholas Pye have been supporting my ideas and art for the past three years .I  was lucky enough to be mentored by  April Hichox and Nick Pye in my thesis year.

Throughout my liberal courses Mark Dickinson and Gabby Moser affected me  expanding my knowledge in a critical way and their passion in teaching and learning .



Untitled, Digital Collage, 2017


To see more of Naaz’s work visit her instagram.

See Naaz’s work at the

102nd Graduate Exhibition at OCAD University, May 3rd-7th.

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University.

Interview by Morgan Sears-Williams

About the writer: Morgan is a fourth year photography student and runs the Friday #ArtCrush series on the OCAD U Photography Blog. She loves speaking to other artists about social justice, how to break barriers within artist communities and nurturing the arts in alternative spaces. She is the Art Director for The RUDE Collective, a student representative on the Photography Curriculum Committee and has done workshops on intersectionality and allyship relating to LGBTQ folks. To see more, you can visit her website or her instagram.



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.

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.

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


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.


  • 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!

Friday #ArtCrush: Zhao Yu

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University. This Friday’s #ArtCrush is Zhao Yu, a fourth year photography student in thesis.

In this issue, Zhao and Morgan talk about deconstructing the landscape in photography,  the relationship buddhism has in their work, and working as a transnational artist.

Who or what are your main artistic inspirations?

Olafur Eliasson is my favourite artist, he is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience.

I also look into Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism thinking to embody my research.


What subject matter do you tend to spend the most time working on?

I create mixed media artworks, photography, performances, and installations in the recent months. By emphasizing Neo Confucianist and Buddhist ideology, I intend to investigate the dynamics of the landscape in my works. Including the manipulation and minimization of its effects and challenges the limits of spectacle based on our assumption of what landscape means to us. Rather present a factual reality, I like to create an illusion of landscape that is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.



Do you work in any other mediums and how does that inform your work?

I think I produce mixed media artworks quite a lot. I see the mediums as links between the landscape’s reality and that flux in its conceiver’s memories. I like to develop forms and performance that do not always include logical criteria but are based only on physical associations, formal elements, and the action of recognizing landscape from the body, which incite my acknowledge to the meaning of landscape with my personal connections.


You use a lot of different types of paper or fabrics when printing your photographic work. Why do you choose to engage with these fabrics and papers, and how does that tie in conceptually or aesthetically to the work you do?

In Buddhism, there is something called the “elegance of imperfection”. I guess that’s why I am just obsessed with handcraft papers and fabrics. I seek the imperfect in my photographic process, to create an eternal contradiction in every image. From the handcraft object’s  roughness and disordered details, I can feel the joy to be an “imperfect artist”. The warmness in handcraft papers and fabrics is what I find the most physically connected in the photographic process. After all, we are just imperfect creatures, I think the imperfections in art just speaks out to our nature, and the ever-changing spirituality in every art creation.



What do you think the value is in being a multi disciplinary artist and interweaving multiple mediums into your art practice?

I like to try new mediums, explores the new possibilities. I think sometimes i just got the idea that I have to try it, try to performance, try to do installation etc… even I don’t know what the outcome would be. it is one important part of my practice, experimentation and create new possibilities.


Why do you use photo installation to show some of your works? What is the value or significance in breaking the ways viewers typically see photographs?

I guess I see photography as a very edged medium, and photo -installation is my way to create new opticals and spaces. I like my viewers to actually go into that optical I created. I do not intend to photograph or create anything that is “physical”. I see the dimensions as a tool. The photographs, sculptures, and installation that in my works are just inputs of an equation, and I think the outputs are versatile that has many interpretations depending on what viewers think.



What body of work are you currently working on?

The discovery of Sunyata (emptiness) in art is a passionate approach in my current works. Buddhists believe that wisdom and enlightenment will be achieved through the realization of Sunyata. Sunyata stresses the necessity for voidness of self and existence, an objective defined as observing things or  regarding things. In this body of work, I start with deconstructing photography, to be aware of the most basic foundation of light, air, and space. I create installation work by using camera obscura, direct reflection, and projection, creating photography in visual, acoustic, and spatial ways. This project is a way to look inward and meditate. The deconstruction of photography is the process of decreasing complexity and turns the medium into emptiness. I guess it is an opportunity for change and renewal in photography, both visually and conceptually; afterward, Sunyata is born.



Through your thesis work, themes of landscape and the artist’s relationship to land are evident. What is your experience working as a transnational artist? How is using images from your home in the Yunnan Province, China, and merging those with images and video from Toronto significant to you?

When I was growing up in Yunnan, a province in China situated at the far eastern edge of the Himalayan uplift, I saw the most devoted Buddhists who walked for years on pilgrimages to the holy mountains. Among the high mountains, they sought self-discovery and redemption through Buddha’s teachings. Walking and pilgrimage in the lap of nature have become their meditation, which seeks the truth in this ever-changing universe. Whenever I have created my series of works in Toronto, I see the landscape and people of my hometown as the most precious memory and I have also been inspired by them. In Toronto, I re-discover these memories and re-construct it in my work.

As a transnational artist, of course, i experienced two very different cultures and values in art and life. I immigrated to Canada when I was fifteen, In the West, I saw the human spirit shine brilliantly in the expression of the creative will and in the pursuit of individualism. In the East, I learned that the human will and expression fall under the principles of nature. I have spent a long time to understand, and to merge these two together. I think my works are just the significant documentations of the discovery of a new identity.



To see more of Zhao’s work visit his website.

See Zhao’s work at the

102nd Graduate Exhibition at OCAD University, May 3rd-7th.

Friday #ArtCrush is a weekly blog series highlighting students in their final year at OCAD University.

Interview by Morgan Sears-Williams

About the writer: Morgan is a fourth year photography student and runs the Friday #ArtCrush series on the OCAD U Photography Blog. She loves speaking to other artists about social justice, how to break barriers within artist communities and nurturing the arts in alternative spaces. She is the Art Director for The RUDE Collective, a student representative on the Photography Curriculum Committee and has done workshops on intersectionality and allyship relating to LGBTQ folks. To see more, you can visit her website or her instagram.

Apply to ART CAMP 2017


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.

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

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