September 2015

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Alumni Fall Social (Sept. 30)
Please join the OCAD University Alumni Association at the Gardiner Museum for the annual fall alumni social. Maggie Broda, President of the OCAD U Alumni Association, welcomes you and your guest(s) to mingle with other alumni while enjoying refreshments and treated to a private tour of the transformed European Porcelain Gallery.

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Where: Gardiner Museum, Toronto, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Special Guest: Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University.

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Q&A about Legacy Award Winner Doris McCarthy (AOCA, 1930)
  Photo provided by Beth McCarthy 
We caught up with Beth McCarthy, Doris McCarthy's great niece after the Alumni of Influence Awards reception on May 2 to ask her a few questions. 

AN: What do you think winning this award would mean to Doris?
BM: Doris would have been both proud and humbled by winning the OCAD U Legacy Award. Proud because of the recognition acknowledging her long, prolific and successful career, as a well-loved Canadian landscape painter. Humbled because it was at OCA that Doris had her beginning, recognized by Arthur Lismer, then Vice Principal of the OCA, who awarded Doris with a full-time day scholarship after completing the Saturday morning Junior Course while she was still in high school. 

AN: What lessons could recent grads learn from Doris' life?
BM: Recent graduates could learn from Doris' determination, tenacity and passion. Doris was highly disciplined, and did not wait for inspiration but sought it out, both in content but also in the day-to-day routine of working on her art. It was work and she approached it with a strong work ethic. 

AN: Can you tell us a memorable story that Doris shared of her life at OCA?
BM: In Doris' autobiography she shares one of her journal entries as a 16 year old student in first year: "November 19, 1926: I have never been so happy in my life - every minute is just another beautiful deep gratitude. Surely nobody in all the world has so much, so full a life as I. I love Monday - because Mr. Lismer usually gives us a criticism and sometimes a lecture. I love Tuesday - because it's modelling with Mr. Hahn. I'm wild about Wednesday because Mr. Lismer gives us such wonderful lectures, and Museum study is opening new world of ideas and ecstasy to me...I love Thursdays - because we have modelling again. Friday is the climax of the week because we have our happiest drawing class and then Composition - the finale - the most looked-forward-to period of the week, when we have wonderful lectures, and both Miss Coombs and Miss Patterson! Then best of all the students' supper, with Mr. Lismer's silly clever jokes and his humour and friendliness - and Mr. Hahn's geniality and Mr. Stansfield's riffle - and poor John's (John Byers was president of the students'  club, chairman ex-officio) feeble speeches and of course lots to eat." 

View Doris McCarthy's full profile and video

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Alumni News

Painting provided by Andrzej Tarasiuk

Mimi Vandermolen (AOCA, 1969) was one the first women to study Industrial Design at OCAD U. Here's a great article highlighting her amazing career. Read More

Keith Chisholm 
(AOCA, 1972) is one of the 52 finalists for the inaugural 2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). 

John Scott's (AOCA, 1976) dark, gestural work is being featured at the McMaster Museum of Art until December 5.

Penelope Umbrico (AOCA, 1980) will be exhibiting a video installation as part of the Culver Digital Mural Project at ARTSblock in UR Riverside, CA from October 6 to November 9. Visit her website.

James Robertson (Class of 1983, Illustration) has teamed up with Holt Renfrew to create a whimsical fashion zoo in celebration of his debut children's book "Milford the Fashion Zoo". Read More

Eva Lewarne (AOCA, 1984) was written about in Creative Lifestyles. Read More.

Dorothy Siemens (AOCA, 1985) was recently featured in the Northumberland News Studio ToursRead More

Greg Girard (AOCA, 1987) is currently exhibiting "Selects" at the Monte Clark Gallery until September 12. 

Steve Wilson (AOCA, Environmental Design, 1996) was resently featured in Inside Toronto News for his recent illustrations in the children's book "Turn Off That Light!" by OwlKids. Read More 

Ayoldele Roseman (AOCAD, Drawing & Painting, 1998) will be showing work in the "Women in Art Organization 18th Membership Exhibition", which will be held at the Fine Arts Gallery in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies from September 14 to 26. 

Melissa General
(AOCAD, Photography, 2002) is currently exhibiting "Mikwemin" with Jo SiMalaya Alcampo at Gallery 101 until September 19. 

Joe Becker
(AOCAD, Drawing & Painting, 2003) is part of the group show “The Triumph of the Therapeutic” at Patrick Mikhail Gallery from August 7 to September 12. 

Adam David Brown (BFA, Sculpture & Installation, 2005) has a solo show "One Time or Another" at Idea Exchange Art & Design in Cambridge opening September 11 to November 8.  

Andrzej Tarasiuk
 (AOCAD, Drawing & Painting, 2005) is exhibiting his solo show "Fluidity: Actual Entities & Occasions of Experience" at The Joseph D. Carrier Gallery until October 5. 

Elle Kay (BFA, Fine Arts, 2006) has released her first EP. She will be attending the Folk Music Ontario conference in Toronto this fall. To check out her music visit her website

Lynn Christine Kelly (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2006) has a solo exhibition at Red Head Gallery from September 9th to September 26th. Jacob Whibley (AOCAD, Graphic Design, 2006) has a solo exhibition “all we ever wanted was everything” at Narwhal Contemporary from September 5 to October 3rd.

Maria Flawia Litwin (BFA, Sculpture & Installation, 2008) is currently exhibiting "The Lowest Relief" at Typology until September 27. 

Sarah Parrin (BDes, Graphic Design, 2009) has recently written a children's book, illustrated the cover and designed the interior. "The Weird Adventures of Virgo Capella" is available on Amazon Cortney Stephenson (BFA, DRPT, 2009) is a guest curator at Yellow House Gallery's show "Body. Form. Colour" running from Sept 10th to October 10th, featuring Michelle Tourikian (BFA, DRPT, 2011), Krista Arnold (BFA, DRPT, 2013) and Stella Cade (BFA, DRPT, 2013).

Sarah Eldershaw (BDes, Industrial Design, 2009), Zeynep Sen (BDes, Industrial Design, 2013) and Ashley Mauerhofer (BDes, Industrial Design, 2014) and OCAD U students created a whimsical, experiential and interactive installation at the inaugural WayHome Art & Music festival last month. Read More

Joel Derksen (BDes, Graphic Design, 2010) is the silver medal award winner for the Graphic Design 2015 Awards for his collaboration with Messestadt.

Meryl McMaster
(BFA, Photography, 2010) is having a show called “Wanderings” from September 9 to October 10 at Katzman Contemporary. She is also featured in and on the cover of BlackFlash Magazine issue 32.3.

Lisa Myers (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2011) is the AGO Artist-in-Residence until November 6. 

Nicholas Crombach (BFA, Sculpture & Installation, 2012) is one of the 52 finalists for the inaugural 2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP).  Yi Jiang (BDES, Industrial Design, 2013) is the Canadian winner for the James Dyson Awards for his foot-powered washing machine, the Drumi. Read more.

Andrew Zealley (MFA, Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design, 2013) is currently an artist-in-residence at PWA, and is developing an artist residency/internship program for AIDS service organizations.

Melina Kaija (BFA, Integrated Media, 2014) was featured in The Varsity for her show "Morphis: Evolution of the Athlete" which was recently on display at Akasha Art Projects. 

Maziar Ghaderi (MDes, Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014) was the creative director & Stephen Surlin (MDes, Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014) was the director for the performance "Mexe: Capoeira X Technology" that took place during Summer Works 2015. 

Emily Boros-Rausch (BDes, Material Art & Design, 2015) won the grand prize for her product, a reusable bandage for people with severe skin conditions for the OCAD U’s Imagination Catalyst pitch at the Umbra Store. Read More 

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Alumni in Action: Katherine Gray (AOCA, 1989)

Photo provided by Katherine Gray

Katherine Gray's work has been exhibited most recently at the Heller Gallery in New York City, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, Urban Glass in New York, and Galerie Handwerk in Munich. She has shown with See Line Gallery and Acuna-Hansen Gallery, both in Los Angeles, and been reviewed in the New York Observer, Artforum and in the LA Times. Her work can also be found in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass, among others. She has also received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.

Katherine has written about glass, curated several exhibitions, and has taught workshops around the world. Currently, she lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and is an Associate Professor in Art at California State University, San Bernardino.

AN: What led you to pursue a career in the arts?
TC: I really didn't think that there was anything else that I wanted to do, even though I didn't really have any idea what a creative life looked like.   AN: Looking back, what was most resonant or pertinent from your OCAD U experience? 
TC: Being exposed to and working with all the other students, both in the glass area but in all of the departments, and seeing the range of artistic expression. 

AN: What advice would you give the class of 2015 as they approach starting a professional art or design practice?
TC: Say yes to everything. AN: What has been the most exciting (and possibly intimidating) project you have taken on?
TC: Being given a really large budget (for me!) to complete a site-specific installation for an exhibition, and then not being clear for a little while on what exactly I would do. Completing and exhibiting the resulting piece really changed the trajectory of my career.

AN: Any final comments on your career? What do you see on the horizon? 
TC: The cliché "love what you do, and you will never work a day in your life" is so true for me, and I still love what I do. Right now, I'm not sure what is on my horizon in the short term, which is kind of unusual. A couple of pieces from a recent exhibition might be acquired by different museums, but then who knows.

To check out Katherine's work, visit her website.

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Alumni Giving: Matthew Evans (AOCAD, 2002)
For Industrial Design grad, Matthew Evans, pictured far right, giving back directly to upcoming artists and designers was the main focus in setting up the Evans Award with Michael McClelland (pictured, left).  Both Matthew and Michael are avid art collectors and wanted to see funding help a new artist or designer starting out in the industry.  Kelly Uyeda, BFA Drawing & Painting, 2015, (pictured, centre), the 2015 recipient of the Evans Award, is taking her time in putting the Award to good use.  When asked how she will use the Award, she paused and answered, “I’m saving it for something special.  I want to use it for studio space, or setting up a collective with fellow artists, making a space our own.”  For Matthew and Michael, this has come full-circle, helping a fresh graduate continue in their creative potential.  Look for Kelly’s exhibition at OCAD University’s booth at Art Toronto 2015.

If you want to learn more about supporting students contact Michelle Kim. 
Studios & Fabrication Resources
We know that finding a creative community and a work space after graduation can be challenging. That's why we've put together this list of resources that we feel will assist you in finding places to get things made, workspaces, and much more. 

Visit the new Studio & Fabrication Resources page. 

If there's any information you feel is missing and should be included please email us. 

Get Your Work Featured! 
Painting by Sandra Altwerger
We have so many talented alumni and want to share your work in the social media sphere. We're looking to curate our Facebook and Twitter header with alumni work. Currently featured is "Here" an acrylic painting by Sandra Altwerger (AOCA, 1963).

Submit your work for consideration to Alumni Relations. 

In Memoriam
Neil Alexander MacNaughtan (AOCA, 1953) led a successful career in graphic arts and design after graduating at the top of his class at OCA in 1953, died suddenly at the cottage on June 24th, 2014. Full obituary.

Gordon Stuart (AOCA, 1946) died at his home in Swansea at the age of 91 after a short illness in January 2015. Read More

Special thanks, as always, to alumnus John Ellis (AOCA, 1961) for keeping us informed. 


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