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Tonight: Morgan Sears-Williams, Jessica Kennedy and Allison Morris


Congratulations to  Morgan Sears-Williams, Jessica Kennedy, and Allison Morris for being included in the exhibition Girls, Girls, Girls – OPENING TONIGHT at Northern Contemporary Gallery!

Morgan Sears-Williams  is a Canadian-born visual artist currently working and living in Toronto, and attending OCAD University.  Morgan’s art practice is influenced by various feminist and queer movements and communities, and she often draws from personal experiences. Morgan explores ideas of plural identities within queer and feminist spaces, contemporary and intersectional feminist art practices and family relationships through photography, video and publication. She strives to highlight different social justice issues and to create change, be it political or not, through her work.

Morgan Sears-Williams

Morgan Sears-Williams, Stop Messaging Me , 2015, Installation View

Stop Messaging Me project:

 For many women, online spaces can be an unsafe and unwelcoming environment due to harassment. Taking up space online as a feminist can make you even more of a target for these unwanted sexual messages and threats. Additionally, a lack of accountability from law enforcement agencies helps harassment bleed from the online world into physical spaces.

Taken from Facebook, Twitter, Tinder and the like, messages were sourced from friends, online communities and the artist’s own research. Stop Messaging Me is commenting on digital culture and the ease of fast and anonymous communication, the online threats and comments have been reproduced into their own permanent archive. The index cards reference an older age of archiving, and the typewritten font an older age of technology. The process of typing these messages was both strenuous and time-consuming; this reproductive labour emphasizes the impact these words have on a person in an attempt to make viewers think more about the relationship between threats made online and their offline effects.

Viewers are asked to take one of these cards and to ‘deal with it’ in some way. In doing so, they are asked to try to experience what the people who receive these threats have felt and how they deal with it. It is up to the participant to choose what they will do with the card.

Bio: Jessica Kennedy is a Toronto born and raised printmaker/photographer. Currently studying at OCAD U, majoring in photography, Kennedy found her inspiration to lie in the rhythmic process of printmaking. In the past Kennedy has worked with themes of memory, family and anxiety in both photography and printmaking, currently she is working in some activist art based in feminism and women’s rights, solely through printmaking. Trying to make art that makes a difference while also making art accessible at a community level, Kennedy is currently working on a piece about the way society reacts to women’s decisions regarding birth control and reproductive rights, represented in a printmaking installation of anti-baby baby materials. This piece will be showcased in the OCAD U 101st Graduate Exhibition. A few upcoming shows Kennedy will be in include a print exchange with the Toronto Print Coalition and a First Generation Exhibition with theme: Reflection.

Bio: Allison Morris is an emerging fine art photographer living and working in the Greater Toronto Area. She has exhibited in Toronto, Ontario and Florence, Italy. Allison has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and spent her third year of study abroad as part of OCAD University’s Off-Campus Florence program in Italy.

Allison’s artistic practice explores themes of female representation, the construction of femininity, beauty, youth, identity, and performance from a feminist perspective. She uses self-portraiture as a tool with which she can control her images and challenge the male gaze by consciously performing for the camera and herself.

Northern Contemporary
1266 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON

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Career Launcher Exhibition: Allison Morris


Please join us in celebrating the new artwork of 2015 Photography Alumni Allison Morris.  This exhibition is part of the 2015 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher award – a collaboration between OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and Artscape Youngplace.

IMPERSONATIONS is an exploration of the ways that social media allows us to reveal and curate our best selves. Allison performs as a variety of different characters who are only revealed by their material and aesthetic choices, without revealing a face or ‘true’ self. This allows the viewer to acknowledge their own vulnerability to succumbing to these false identities, as they are given the space to create their own narrative and fill in the blanks of each character.

Bio: Allison Morris is a fine art photographer living and working in the Greater Toronto Area. She has exhibited in Toronto, Ontario and Florence, Italy. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at OCAD University, and spent her third year of study abroad as part of OCAD U’s Off-Campus Florence program in Italy.

Allison’s artistic practice explores themes of female representation, the construction of femininity, beauty, youth, identity,and performance from a feminist perspective. She uses self-portraiture as a tool with which she can control her images and challenge the idea of the male gaze by consciously performing for the camera and herself.

ART CAMP Exhibition: Oct 22nd


ART CAMP Exhibition at Ryerson Artscape:
October 22nd – November 15th, 2015
Opening Reception: October 22nd, 7 – 10pm

An exhibition exploring our contemporary understanding of reality from the context of the physical and digital spaces that collectively constitute our world.

Featuring work from 13 Ryerson + OCAD U photography students & alumni:
Andrea Chartrand ● Mauricio Estrada ● Abigail Lomboy ● Antonio Giacchetti ● Jesse Marcelo Sarkis ● Allison Morris ● Manuela Morales ● Hilary Riem ● Camille Rojas ● Evan Roy ● Farihah Shah ● Morgan Sears-Williams ● Cassandera Xavier

Part of the first ART CAMP Residency in collaboration with OCAD U & Ryerson University that took place at the Ryerson Artspace from May – October 2015.  Art Camp brings together 13 students from OCAD U’s Photography department and Ryerson’s School of Image Arts to collaborate on community building and art creation.  The ART CAMP Residency was founded by  Robyn Cumming, Marc Losier & Jennifer Long.


Ryerson Artspace 
1214 Queen St. West

Media Contact: ryersonartspace@gmail.com

Gallery Hours:
Thursday – Friday: 1 – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12 – 5pm

OCAD U is well represented in PhotoEd Magazine’s 2015 Schools Issue!


When you open up the 2015 Schools Issue of PhotoEd Magazine, you will find major representation from OCAD U!

Congratulations to:

Emma Blackshaw (2015 Graduate)
Genevieve Blais (2015 Graduate)
Gabby Frank (2015 Graduate)
Mara Gajic (4th year Photo Major)
Allison Morris (2015 Graduate_
Cailen Speers (2015 Graduate)
Alexandra Votsis (2015 Graduate)

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This week at OCAD U: The Feminist Art Conference


Mark your calendars and be sure to attend this weeks’ Feminist Art Conference!
Recent photography alumniLana Missen and Allison Morris will be presenting, along side photo faculty member Meera Margaret Singh


The Fortune of Having Been There: Volume III

Allison Morris, 2015

Allison Morris, 2015

Don’t miss out on the final installment of  The Fortune of Having Been There!
A stunning exhibition featuring art by OCAD U’s Photography Thesis students.

The Fortune of Having Been There: Volume III
Curated by Stephanie Peikert
The Project Gallery: June 3 – 10

As humans, we often associate ourselves with external entities in order to ground us in our journey. Exploring the relationship between individuals and objects, works in this exhibit reveal the associations, tensions and struggles inherent to identity and self-discovery. Opening: Friday June 5, 5-8pm.

Emma Blackshaw
Sardar Farrokhi
Lucas Johnson
Kelsie Knauf
Kimberly Lee
Lindsay Nemeth
Justin Vitale
Nick Vo
Carly Whitmore
Arma Yari

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm

Contact Exhibition Page: scotiabankcontactphoto.com

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Career Launcher Photography Exhibition: Closing Reception


We are excited to announce the Career Launcher Photography Exhibition closing reception will be held on Saturday May 16th from 2pm – 4pm at Artscape Youngplace 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries. In addition to celebrating the work of 12 recent graduates we will also be announcing the winner of the Career Launcher will be announced at the ceremony. The show looks amazing and we are super excited to announce the winner of the Career Launcher who will be receiving a studio membership as well as a solo exhibition in the Artscape Youngplace hallway galleries in the fall of 2015!

Participating Artists include:

Alexandra Votsis
Lindsay Nemeth
Tanya Robinson
Christopher Garland
Carly Whitmore
Emma Blackshaw
Petar Boskovic
Allison Morris
Sarah Azzam
Rachel Bromberg
Katelyn Gallucci
Gabby Frank

Florence Exhibit Opens Tonight

Join us tonight in celebrating both Peter Porcal and the wonderful artwork produced during the 2013-14 Florence Program.  This group exhibition showcases three of our current Photo Thesis students: Gabby Frank, Allison Morris, &  Nicolas Vo

The Great Hall, 2nd Floor of 100 McCaul St
Reception begins at 6pm on Tues, Jan 6th.
Lo Studio Divino continues to Jan 12, 2015



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