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Elaine Waisglass: Project 31

Spotlight on Project 31: A live auction in support of OCAD U students

Elaine Waisglass, "Hibiscus" (Rose of Sharon “David”) Limited edition ink jet print, archival inks on archival Arches Watercolour Paper, edition 1 of 12 2014, 42 x 42 inches Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Gallery Estimate: $5,500

Elaine Waisglass, “Hibiscus” (Rose of Sharon “David”) Archival Inkjet Print, 2014, 42″ x 42″, Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Gallery, Estimate: $5,500

Talented artist and supportive alumni Elaine Waisglass is directing the auction proceeds from her work to the Photography program!

“I grew up in a bleak Toronto suburb in a house where the garden consisted of a bit of grass front and back, a skinny maple tree in the front yard and a wire fence. My grandmother, on the other hand, had a very different kind of garden. It had beautiful colours and perfumes, flowers for vases, fruits and vegetables for dinner. To me, that little garden was paradise. From the time I was a very little girl my greatest wish was that one day I would have my own garden just like hers. Many years later my dream came true. The only problem was winter, when there were no flowers at all, only a thick blanket of snow. The solution was to photograph the flowers so I could see them all year round.”

“More than anything I must, must have flowers, always, always.” – Claude Monet

The live auction will happen: 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Artwork Preview: 6 p.m., Live Auction: 7:30 p.m.

Catalogue Preview


Keesic Douglas: Project 31

Keesic Douglas, "Fracture", 2014

Keesic Douglas, “Fracture”, 2014

Spotlight on Project 31: A live auction in support of OCAD U students

We are thankful for the generous support of faculty & alumni like Keesic Douglas.  Keesic is directing the auction proceeds from his work to special projects in the Photography Program.

“My work explores ways of knowing and ways of being through an Indigenous lens. I question historical inaccuracies and beliefs about First Nations experiences on Turtle Island (North America) and look at the environment and people’s relationships with the earth.”

The live auction will happen: 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Artwork Preview: 6 p.m., Live Auction: 7:30 p.m.

Catalogue Preview

Kotama Bouabane: Project 31

Your Photography Faculty supports OCAD University’s Project 31  auction. Over the past five years, this event has been a tremendous success, raising over $400,000 for OCAD University projects and programs, including student scholarships, awards and bursaries, program materials and equipment, and much more.

Over the month of March we will showcase the artworks being donated by OCAD U Photo faculty and alumni.  First up is alumni and faculty, Kotama Bouabane!  Kotama will be directing the money raised from the sale of his print to 4th year Photography Awards.


The Project 31 auction will take place at OCAD U on March 26, 2015 and will be a ticketed fundraising event. Work will be on view in the Great Hall as of Monday, March 23rd. But if you are at the school on the evening of the event you can view the auction from the main elevators over looking the great hall with the auction running 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


Noon on Feb 25: Submit NOW!

Wed, Feb 25th at 12 noon is the final deadline for Timeraiser!  Last year 3 OCAD U students were selected from the applications.  This means they were paid for their artwork, they had their images on display at the Powerplant, their CV was expanded and they received some great press!  Not to mention that their artwork helped to raise volunteer hours for non-profit organizations!

Apply today!

Selection from Timeraiser 2014, Student Category: Carlie Woodworth, "Self-Portrait” from the series "Heirloom Objects", Inkjet on Matte. 13”x19”, 2014.

OCAD U Representative in Timeraiser 2014: Carlie Woodworth, “Self-Portrait” from the series “Heirloom Objects”, Inkjet on Matte. 13”x19”, 2014.


2014 OCAD U Representative in Timeraiser: Lauren Vaile, “self portrait 2″, 2013, 17″x22”, inkjet print

The Artist Project: UNTAPPED

Ursula Handleigh, Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014

Ursula Handleigh, Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014

Congratulations Alumni Ursula Handleigh & 4th year student Dainesha Nugent-Palache for being select to participate in The Artist Project: UNTAPPED.  

Better Living Centre
Exhibition Place, Toronto
Opening : Feb 19,  7-10pm
Fri, Feb 20,  11am-8pm
Sat, Feb 21, 11am-8pm
Sun, Feb 22, 11am-6pm

UNTAPPED Emerging Artists is a juried competition that awards new artists an opportunity to participate in a dedicated feature space at a professional-level art fair. This program aims to provide a platform for artists to launch their artwork to a public audience, make connections within the arts industry and gain experience in the contemporary art world.

Selected from hundreds of applications, 20 of the country’s best up-and-coming artists are invited to showcase their work for FREE!

Bio: Ursula Handleigh is a visual artist based in Toronto and a graduate of OCAD University’s BFA program. Working with experimental photography, film and historical processes of imaging making, her work explores questions of identity, perception, memory and familial relationships. Ursula has participate in the XPACE/SPARK Art Space Residency in Syracuse, New York, the M.C. McCain Post-Graduate Residency in Toronto, Ontario and the Spark Box Residency in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Bio: Dainesha Nugent-Palache is a Canadian lens-based artist living and studying in Toronto, at OCAD University, who creates performative and conceptual video works and photographs. In the process of completing her BFA in photography, Dainesha is currently working on her thesis, in which she hopes to explore the dichotomies and paradoxes present in Jamaican culture. Most of Dainesha’s work is concerned with representations of society, self, and black diasporic identities, in relation to both the past and present; she also expresses an interest in the ever present cult of the consumer within a Post-Ford capitalist society, fixated on glamour and excess. All in all Dainesha hopes to continue to provide documentation and commentary on twenty-first-century realities.

Meryl McMaster at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria +The Dunlop Art Gallery


Congratulations to Meryl McMaster (2010 OCAD U graduate)

on being included in two recent group exhibitions!

In Another Place, And Here
January 24, 2015 – May 31, 2015
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss St, Victoria, British Columbia

Material Girls
January 30, 2015 – April 5, 2015
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library
12th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan

This exhibition is also featured in Canadian Art’s “15 Shows We Want to See in 2015“!



Call for Submission


We are thrilled to announce that OCAD U will again partner with TIMERAISER to support artists, nonprofits and collectors!  


 This is an amazing opportunity open to all emerging artists!  If you are a current student, you can submit to the special OCAD U student category (you will be prompted to indicate if your student status as you move through the general application process).  From the work submitted to the student category, a minimum of one artwork will be purchased by TIMERAISER.  (Last year 3 winners were selected:  Ting Fang,  Lauren Vaile, and Carlie Woodworth!)  


Open Call: Feb 20th, 2015
Student Call: Feb 25th, 2015
To submit, click here.


TIMERAISER buys the artwork from the selected artists.
The public “buys” the artwork with volunteer hours.
Nonprofits get volunteers.

Timeraiser is a volunteer matching fair, a silent art auction, and a night out on the town. The big Timeraiser twist is rather than bid money on artwork, participants bid volunteer hours.  Throughout the evening, participants meet with various non-profit organizations in the room to find available skilled volunteer opportunities that meet their needs. Once matches are made, the bidding can begin. Winning bidders have 12 months to complete their pledge in order to bring the artwork home as a reminder of their goodwill.

For more information contact:
Jenn Long: jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca OR Jennie Suddick: jsuddick@faculty.ocadu.ca

Ting Fang, Palette, from the series Ting, 2014, 24" x 24", Digital C. Print

Ting Fang, Palette, from the series Ting, 2014, 24″ x 24″, Digital C. Print

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)

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