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$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.


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


Aimia | AGO Art Truck: Sept 24th in Butterfield Park


Come to Butterfield Park on Thurs, Sept 24th between 9:30-4:30 to interact with the Aimia | AGO Art Truck!    

Learn about the Aimia | AGO Photography Student Scholarship, which offers three – $7,000 awards for students going into their final year of study.  The Scholarships are awarded to students working in photography who have shown extraordinary potential throughout their undergraduate studies. For the purposes of the Scholarship Program, “photography” is defined broadly: submissions can include video, photo-based installation, and other lens-based artwork.

 The Art Truck will also share Information and visuals of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize which recognizes four international artists working at the forefront of photography.  The winner of this $50,000 award is selected by you – the audience members! Come out and Vote for work that speaks to you!

 AIMIA AGO main_logo

Meera Margaret Singh Exhibition Extended!

Art Gallery of Ontario (Craig Boyko)

Art Gallery of Ontario (Craig Boyko)

Faculty Meera Margaret Singh’s current intervention in the AGO’s European Collection (above) has been extended until Sept 29th!  Additionally, her new video works will remain on display in the Air Studio until August 14th.  Don’t miss it!

Meera Margaret Singh at the AGO


Next week is the last chance to see faculty member  Meera Margaret Singh’s  work on display at the AGO!  Don’t miss it!

Barbara Astman at the AGO

Barbara Astman, Florida detail

Imagery by: OCAD U Professor Barbara Astman, “Florida detail”

Look Again: Colour Xerography
Art Meets Technology at the AGO

April 25, 2015 – April 17, 2016

In the mid-1970s several young Canadian artists embraced the cutting-edge technology of the colour Xerox machine. Six of them – Robert Arn, Barbara Astman, Flavio Belli, Michael Bidner, Michael Hayden and Jaan Poldaas – joined forces with curator Karyn Allen during an exciting two-week exhibition at the AGO in the fall of 1976. As an art medium, xerography made it possible to produce inexpensive copies of virtually any image or object. It allowed artists to play with images from the mass media, recombining or altering them for their own use. Visitors today will recognize this art form as a precursor to the pervasive circulation of digital images today.

This installation draws upon our rich archival holdings of Astman and Bidner from the 1976 exhibition.

 Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto Ontario Canada M5T 1G4

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Scholarship Announcement


We are pleased to announce that OCAD U has been invited to participate in The 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program invites 16 schools across Canada to propose one representative be considered for a $7000 scholarship.  To be eligible, you must be a full-time student  going into your final year of study.   Submissions are accepted from February 2nd and will close on March 2nd, 2015.  Full details of this opportunity can be found here.

2014 Winners include:

Marvin Luvualu Antonio (OCAD U)

Kristiane Church (University of Manitoba)

Paige Lindsay ( Ryerson University)

AGO’s Artist-in-Residence: Meera Margaret Singh

Congratulations to Meera Margaret Singh (OCAD U Faculty)!
Meera will be participating in the 2015 AGO’s Artist-in-Residence program.

Meera Margaret Sing, "Patricia", C-print, 30" x 40"

Meera Margaret Sing, “Patricia”, C-print, 30″ x 40″

Bio:  Meera Margaret Singh is a visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BA in Anthropology (1997), a BFA in Photography (2004) from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and an MFA (2008) from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec.

Singh has been the recipient of several residencies and awards, including Canada Council for the Arts production/creation grants (2009, 2011), Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant (2010), and an Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Grant (2011). She has been selected as participant in an artist residency at the Banff Centre; as the McCain Artist-in-Residence at OCAD University  in Toronto; as the summer resident at the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada in Kamloops, British Columbia; as a scholarship winner and participant in the Magnum Workshop with international photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti; as a selected artist in an international residency with German photographer Thomas Struth at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and festivals throughout Canada and the United States. She is currently an instructor in the Photography department at OCAD University in Toronto.


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