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Miles Collyer Featured CONTACT Exhibition at Open Studio

Mike Brick, 2015 © Miles Collyer

Mike Brick, 2015 © Miles Collyer

Join Miles Collyer at his featured CONTACT exhibition, ‘The Inhabitants of Space’, on view soon at Open Studio. He will be showing work alongside Derek Coulombe, Erika DeFreitas, and Alexis Dirks.

When: May 13–June 10
Where: Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, ON
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 6:30pm–8:30pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.

Meera Margaret Singh at Zalucky Contemporary

Bound, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Bound, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Kick off CONTACT Photography festival with Meera Margaret Singh at her featured exhibition, “Jardim”. Work on display at Zalucky Contemporary will be from her 2012 residency in Brazil. Don’t miss the artist talk for this!

Where: Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
When: May 6–June 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 4pm–6pm
Artist Talk:  Saturday, May 27, 3 pm

For more information, visit the CONTACT website.

Phoenix, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Phoenix, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Gateway, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

Gateway, 2012 © Meera Margaret Singh

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

OCAD Alumni Featured in CONTACT Photography Festival

Left: Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; Right: Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress

Left: Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; Right: Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress

Be sure to check out the upcoming exhibition SIGNALS & SENTIMENTS, a featured CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition, showing at the Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC). Curated by Katelyn Gallucci, the show includes work from OCAD alumni Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, and Jimmy Limit.

Where: Suite 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
When: April 27–June 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27th from 6–9 pm

For more information, visit the Critical Distance website.

Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez at Project Gallery

'Love Birds' by Ravinder Rai

‘Love Birds’ by Ravinder Rai

DIVERSIONS, curated by Devan Patel, showcases the photographic outcomes of an ongoing artistic dialogue between emerging artists Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez. Engaging in themes of contemporary identity, image, commodification, and sexuality, this exhibition shares a process of awareness and discovery as Rai and Benítez photographically respond to each other’s work. Navigating through objects to compose and create playful and clever photographs, this exhibition also incorporates elements of installation.

Ravinder Rai’s practice pursues a reflexive exploration of identity, desire, and the presentation of the self. Positioning himself as the subject of abstract study, he uses photographic still lifes to interpret his experiences as a closeted gay individual. In this way, the work construes otherwise repressed narratives and ruminations while visually retaining a degree of authorial anonymity.

Sebastián Benítez’ series Feint navigates and negotiates through a myriad of objects and images marketed towards gay men, such as movie memorabilia, novelty items, and gay travel guides. Benítez’ work explores his own personal positioning in relation to these commodities, while inviting the viewer to consider the different motivations, relationships and underlying discourses that underpin these objects.

Opening Reception: Thursday April 28th 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 15, 2016

Project Gallery
1109 Queen St E , Toronto
Wed-Sun 12-5pm

This exhibition is Featured with the CONTACT Photography Festival 2016


Exhibition Opportunity

Microsoft Word - Call for Entry contact show.docx

Entry Details & Agreement:

  • There is no theme to this call – we want you to review your work and select what you think best represents your practice! Students from ANY year are welcome to submit their work.
  • Each student can submit a maximum of 3 ready-to-hang/framed image,
    no larger than 20” x 24”.
  • On the back, lower-right corner of your art, please clearly print the following: Name, title, year, medium, phone number & email (Tag forms will be available at: designphotoroom254.wordpress.com)
  • A standard OCAD U release form must be filled out with all submissions. This can be found at designphotoroom254.wordpress.com or available at room 254 when dropping off your artwork.
  • All students who submit a piece must be willing to volunteer their time to assist with the installation, opening night prep, take down or other related needs.
  • All work must be submitted to Nicole Torres in room 254 before Friday, April 24th at 3pm. Please wrap your work so it can be safely stored until the installation begins. Nicole can be reached at ntorres@faculty.ocadu.ca
  • All students must be available or make arrangements to have their work removed from the walls, packaged, and picked up on May 31st/June 1st.
  • Please note: this is a curated exhibition. Students whose work is not accepted will be contacted by May 7th.

If you have any questions, Surendra Lawoti will be the Faculty of Art contact: slawoti@faculty.ocadu.ca

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