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Month: August 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Barbara Astman Exhibition

Barbara Astman, I as artifact #17, 2014

Barbara Astman, I as artifact #17, 2014

The Jane Corkin Gallery presents Barbara Astman, I as artifact 2008-2014
Opening: Wednesday September 2, 6-8 pm

In I as artifact, Barbara Astman presents a collection of haunting, mask-like representations of the artist, evocative of other cultures.

Bio: Barbara Astman’s work has received national and international recognition. Since the 1970s she has explored a wide range of photographic and mixed media and her work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections in Canada, United States, and Europe.  Barbara is a Professor at OCAD U teaching in the Photography and Drawing & Painting.

Jane Corkin Gallery
Distillery District
7 Tank House Lane
Toronto, M5A 3C4

Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM
Sunday, 12PM-5PM


INTAC: seats still open!

11198655_10155551577160232_100642593_nWould you like to work on collaborative projects with students from universities around the globe in an informal, team-based environment with 15 OCAD U students, mentored by recent graduates?

JOIN INTAC! International Collaboration Studio

PHOT 4014FA, 4015WI, 4016FA, 4017WI 1.0 credit Sept – April, 2015-16
Accepting Applicants from all Programs!!

The International Art Collaborations group includes the OCAD  University in Toronto and partner universities around the globe, providing an international experience for our students. INTAC students build relationships through video conferencing, e-mail, chat and blogging and, under the guidance of professors, develop thematic art collaborations which turn into an annual exhibition.

Apply in writing by e-mail to: msingh@faculty.ocadu.ca



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New Fall Courses Are Open for Enrollment!

If you are looking for a Fall course in Photo, we have just opened the following courses:

Fall, Tuesdays at 11:50

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the basics of lighting for studio and location photography. The principles of lighting, including temperature, sources and lighting styles, are also covered. Students explore issues relating to lighting through a range of studio and location exercises.   

Fall, Tuesdays at 8:30

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This studio course explores the representation of place and the artist’s relationship to landscape through the lens.  Our interactions with the environment will be examined, addressing such issues as sustainability and human interactions with the land in local, global and cultural terms along with our responsibility as artists in today’s world. Projects by artists working in these areas will be studied and students will develop work with an emphasis on defining social and political objectives and the refinement of personal working strategies.

Fall, Fridays at 11:50

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This studio course will consider documentary photographic practices in the context of a post-modern image culture. Focusing on frameworks for documentary practices provided by assigned readings and a study of practitioners, the issues of cultural and social representation and working with communities will be examined. Focus on the impact of digital technologies and the blurring lines of fact and fiction will lead to discussions of new strategies for making socially relevant photographic images today. Students will undertake projects in relation to the ideas presented and discussed.

Free Grant Writing Workshops!


Meryl McMaster: Wanderings

Congratulations to recent alumni Meryl McMaster for her show, opening today, at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico!


Photo by Ian Clark

Meryl McMaster: Wanderings
Guest Curator: Jon Lockyer
August 21th to December 31st

Meryl McMaster’s work demonstrates a continually evolving exploration of the artist’s own relationship to cultural and familial heritage within the larger framework of historical and contemporary Indigenous identities. As a person with both Indigenous and European familial lineages, McMaster treats identity subjectively, as something that is never complete, always in process, but invariably shaped by both internal and external factors and actions. Wandering, a new body of photo-based work, represents a new progression in the photo-based practice of Meryl McMaster. While previous bodies of work have established the artist’s occupation of two contrasting, but interrelated worlds, the work in Wandering takes aim at the personal journey McMaster has undertaken within these worlds.

About the artist:
Meryl McMaster is an Ontario-based artist and a BFA graduate from OCAD University, Toronto. She is the recipient of the Charles Pachter Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the Canon Canada Prize and the OCAD Medal. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States and has been acquired by various public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Eiteljorg Museum and the Donovan Collection.

About the curator:
Jon Lockyer is a curator, educator, and writer from Toronto, Ontario. Lockyer’s interest as a curator focuses on issues of social and political engagement, and that challenges the aesthetic and pedagogical boundaries of contemporary art. More specifically, Lockyer is interested in Indigenous art and curatorial practices that have originated in North America since the early 1960s. Lockyer received his BA from Trent University in Canadian Studies, and recently completed an MFA at OCAD University in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. He was an intern at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM), and previously worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON) and C Magazine. Lockyer currently lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he is the Director of Artspace.


SPARK photo festival


Deadline: Sept 13, 2015
This exhibition is part of the 4th annual SPARK photo festival, which takes place in Peterborough and surrounding areas during the month of April.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to emerging photographers working with identity.
Applicants are encouraged, but not limited, to consider the following:  Originality, character, singularity, distinctiveness, a state of being or what a person, place or thing is. Identity can be in a constant state of flux or locked in and rigid. Masks and role-playing can simplify or complicate the notion of identity, as both can reveal or conceal.


IMAGES: 5-10 jpegs
File size 1600 ppi longest side, 72 pip
Label each image as follows: 01_lastname.jpg

Include: the title of work, date created, dimensions, and printing substrate

A succinct piece of writing explaining how your work, and possibly process, relates to the concept of identity.



Email submissions to the curator: mcclellanh@yahoo.ca

Residency Opportunity


SEPTEMBER 4 – 7, 2015
$400.00 / $350.00 (G44 MEMBERS)

 The second annual residency held at Artscape Gibraltar Point will once again be lead by OCAD U faculty April Hickox over 4 days on Labour Day weekend. It will allow you to focus on intensively exploring new ideas or finding direction for projects in progress.  

This residency explores the representation of place and the artist’s relationship to landscape through the lens. Our interactions with the environment will be examined. Participants will be able to work independently with daily group and independent critiques, workshops as needed and power points exploring diverse artistic practice. Participants will explore the expanded image, the notion of vantage point, repetitive shooting and landscape and performance.

Price includes: Presentation, group and individual critiques from April, private accomodation and shared studio space at Artcape Gibraltar Point for 3 nights/4 days, free access to G44 rental equipment and AGP’s darkroom, 3 group dinners.

 3 spaces are still available!

If you are interested, a $200 deposit is required to secure a spot. Final date for registration is August 21st, 2015.

Registration Form and more info at Gallery 44

Course Offerings UPDATE

camera14     A 2nd section of PHOT-4003, The Body and the Lens  Is opening soon!

Course Description: This studio course provides a forum for production and for dialogue in current trends and practices of photography with the body as subject. Emphasis is placed on the refinement of working strategies with the view to developing a personal vision. Weekly slide talks, screenings and discussions will provide students with an overview of the theory, practice and issues relating to body/lens relationships.

The course will run on Wed @ 6:30 pm in the Winter semester.

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