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INTAC in Slovakia


Morgan Sears-Williams * Exhibition Opening Nov. 2


Artscape Youngplace Hallway Gallery     2nd Floor, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

Opening November 2nd and now extended to: November 24th, 2017

SOFT: transformative queer love and care explores the different manifestations of love and care and the intersections with politicized bodies, protest and reclamation of space.


Louie Palu Lecture – Nov. 3

Documentary Photographer – Journalist – Artist

This is an opportunity to meet with a war correspondent and photojournalist who graduated from OCA Photography and has built an intense, award-winning career. He is now on assignment for National Geographic and will be photographing in the Arctic.

Shortlist Announcement: Tenure-Track

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the tenure-track position, Assistant Professor, Issues of Representation in Photography, a cross-appointment between the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Design. Please see enclosed information about the candidates and scheduling details. The public talks will be held July 11-13, 2017. Please see below the dates and times for each public talk.


Please join us in congratulating and welcoming: Nichola Feldman-Kiss, Meera Margaret Singh and Jennifer Long.


Nichola Feldman-Kiss

Talk/title: Undo. Unravel. Go back, and further back, still. Go home. (Are you my Mother?)

Tuesday July 11, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

100 McCaul, room 544


A tri-citizen of Canada, Germany and Jamaica, Nichola Feldman-Kiss’s artworks explore body, citizen, collectivity and hybridity. Canada’s Department of National Defense, National Research Council, Ottawa Eye Institute and the United Nations have supported her experiential research and creation. Most recently the artist has been hosted in West Bengal to reflect on a vast commercial inventory of human bones. Feldman-Kiss has consulted on arts policy since 2001 and is a former Officer for New Media and Audio at the Canada Council for the Arts. She earned a BFA from University of Ottawa and an MFA from CalArts.


Meera Margaret Singh

Talk/title:Being in Between: Visualizing Displacement and Identity Through Photography

Wednesday July 12, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

100 McCaul, room 544


Meera Margaret Singh is a visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BA in Anthropology, a BFA in Photography from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal.  Singh has been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards, most notably several Canada Council for the Arts production/creation grants, an Ontario Arts Council mid-career grant, and a Toronto Arts Council visual arts grant. She has been a selected artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts; artist-in-residence at The Art Gallery of Ontario; artist-in-residence at 1Shanti Rd in Bangalore, India; artist-in-residence at JACA Residency, Brazil; selected artist in an international residency with German photographer Thomas Struth at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida; scholarship winner and participant in the Magnum Workshop with photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti; visiting artist/instructor at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India; McCain Artist-in-Residence at the OCAD University, Toronto. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. She is currently a sessional instructor in the Photography department at OCAD University in Toronto and the Curator of Education and Community Outreach at Gallery 44.


Jennifer Long

Talk/title: Explorations of Value, Community & Conversations

Thursday July 13, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

100 McCaul, room 544


Jennifer Long (MFA) is an artist, educator, curator and arts administrator.  From a feminist perspective, her artwork explores themes of vulnerability, perceived ideals, and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Long’s imagery has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, and received funding support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for The Arts. She is also a founding member of the Feminist Photography Network which brings together artists from Scotland and Canada for creative engagement.  Long is currently working at OCAD University as an Assistant Professor (CLTA) in the Photography Program and the Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.


Please join us for these talks, and connect with these professors!

Fashion & E-commerce Photo Internship

Are you a 3rd/4th year student interested in doing a Field Placement (Internship for course credit) in Fashion/E-commerce?
(Note: Field Placements are available as 0.5 or 1.0 credits!)

If so, this might be just what you have been looking for!

INTERNSHIP Information provided by PYA Importer
(courtesy of OCAD U alumni David Tran)

PYA Importer is a successful North American fashion house and wholesale importer. PYA owns a variety of leading fashion labels, which can be found at more than 1500 specialty stores and nearly every major department store across North America. PYA Importer got its start importing international clothing brands such as C17 – a high-end denim line, Mondo Di Marco – an Italian men’s sportswear label, and the Dutch line 4You which, under Assaraf’s leadership, grew from $8 million to $80 million in annual sales. In 2004, the company officially shifted its strategy by acquiring and housing brands like LINE the label, a popular women’s knitwear label specializing in custom yarn blends, and Toscano, a men’s luxury collection distinguished by its clean lines, elegant color palette and exceptional materials. His newest brand, Patrick Assaraf, a line of luxury basics from cashmere knits to Peruvian cotton stretch Tshirts, is designed by Assaraf himself. Over the course of this transition, PYA has remained committed to its best selling imported brands, and continues to distribute them across Canada.

Qualities needed:

• An interest in digital fashion and e-commerce photography

• Interest in fashion industry

• 1-2 years experience with Photoshop and Lightroom

• 1-2 years using DSLRs

• Comfortable or interested in a photo studio setting

• Able to work in a team or independently

• To be able to come 3-4 days a week


Photo Intern responsibilities:

• Setting up and tearing down photography studio including lighting, stands and backdrops.

• Assisting in-house photographer photograph, retouch and output photos for e-commerce, web and social media content

• Organizing, steaming and preparing garments to photograph

• Renaming RAW files and organizing them into the proper folders


Bonus if you have:

• Your own laptop with Photoshop / Lightroom

• Experience with Adobe Suite (Indesign/Illustrator)

• Experience with profotos

• Experience with NIKON DSLRs


Skills you will learn:

• Able to work in a professional creative environment

• High-end retouching and outputting skills

• Able to use professional lighting equipment

• Knowledgable about different lighting techniques and equipment

• Able to set up a tear down photography studio


Job Type: Internship Email David at DavidT@pyaimporter.com to apply.

To apply for a Field Placement, contact Experiential Learning Placement Program Coordinator: Serena Lee, slee@ocadu.ca

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.

Dianne Davis: Niagara Palimpsest

Dianne Davis, 2017

Dianne Davis, 2017

Come to Harbourfront Centre on Friday, June 23rd, 6-10pm to congratulate Photo alumna  Dianne Davis on the opening of Niagara Palimpsest, curated by Patrick Macaulay! 

Niagara Palimpsest is an alternate portrait of Niagara Falls, a place that is difficult to “see” because its myriad iconic images cloud our imagination. Growing up just a short distance from the Falls I often wondered about the natural world of this ‘natural wonder’.  Recently, while researching for a shoot in the area, I stumbled upon two anonymous school notebooks from 1891 containing pressed plants from the areas that now comprise the City of Niagara Falls. Taken in by the aesthetic quality of the pressings, I felt compelled to track down each of the 178 plants to uncover their fate – what survives, and what has been lost?

As I investigated each plant in this way, I began imagining the amateur botanist who had inhabited, tracked and named this same natural world, and I began drawing parallels between us. In her time the areas around the Falls and its riverbanks had only recently been stripped of trees. It is impossible to know whether she wondered about what had already been lost, or if she sensed the trajectory of things to come. Following in her footsteps, and impelled by the same compulsion to research, name and preserve, in the end I came to question these same impulses. What ends do they ultimately serve? Ultimately perhaps, our work can only attest to the “natural” history of the Falls, giving evidence of how significantly we have shaped this land.

I would like to acknowledge that the land from which these plants were gathered is the traditional territory of Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples.

– Dianne Davis

 Harbourfront Centre
Opening reception: Friday, June 23, 6-10pm

The exhibition continues to Sept 17, 2017
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Dianne Davis is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Toronto. She explores the complex relationships between humans and the natural world. Davis uses images to puncture the sense of inevitability that often informs the landscape and make it difficult to read and deconstruct its artifice.  She has exhibited widely and her work is in the permanent collection of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado and Union Investment Real Estate based in Hamburg, Germany. Davis holds a MEng and a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MA from Concordia University and a BFA in Photography from OCAD University. She is the recipient of Emerging Visual Artist Grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. Davis was born and raised in Chippawa (Niagara Falls, Ontario). Niagara Palimpsest is dedicated to the Nicol sisters of Niagara Falls.


LandMarks Opening + Free Bus!


LandMarks: Art+Places
denaturalizing nationhood, one story at a time.

 Exhibit dates: June 23-25, 2017
Location: Rouge National Park
Opening: Friday June 23, 11 am, Rouge Beach

 Participating artists: Abigail Permell, Cassandra Smyth, Debora Puricelli, Dimitra Roussakis, Kaiatanoron Bush, Lizz Khan, Natasha Hirt, Robin Love,  Tia Cavanagh, Yawen Ginger Guo and Vishal Luthra.

 Free Bus Charter from OCAD University to Rouge Park
Bus leaves from OCAD University 100 McCaul St at 10 AM and returns at 4 PM
(Rouge Beach currently only accessed via waterfront trail that begins at Rouge Hill GO Station.  Rouge Park parking lot has been flooded.)

In the form of limited-term on-site interventions at Rouge National Park, artists’ works consider the political, economic and cultural implications of the stories we tell about ourselves through our relationships to land. These works critique concepts of nationhood by reconstructing narratives of identity that embrace indigeneity, challenge colonialism and reimagine contemporary Canada.

LandMarks2017/Repères2017 invites people to creatively explore and deepen their connection to the land through a series of contemporary art projects in and around Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites.

A special thank you to faculty  Laura Millard & Min Sook Lee for leading this engaging project!

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