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class of 2013 joins alumni ranks

Alumni Relations would like to congratulate all those who graduated this past June and officially welcome them as our newest alumni. Here's wishing you the best of luck with your future dreams. We hope that you'll stay connected as you move forward with what is next.

Please make sure to visit the Alumni section of the OCADU website for information regarding:

Alumni Association
Alumni Events
Benefits & Services
How to Give to OCAD U
Lifelong Learning
Our Alumni
How to Contact Us

Please note that the Young Alumni Council was formed this past year and they are working hard to create opportunities for you to connect, learn and share with other recent graduates. Stay tuned for updates regarding events and keep us informed of your news and whereabouts as you continue your professional career. Don't hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. Congrats and welcome to the class of 2013!

talent network available to alumni

Talent Network replaces Job Board
Talent Network

Register as alumni today to access a wide range of opportunities! Learn more!

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New venture for alumnus!

David keystone (BFA, 2006, BDES 2012)
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Enigmatic alumnus David Keystone is happy to announce his new venture - the expansion of The Belly Buster Submarines.

With 2 degrees from OCAD University, one in Integrated Media and one in Industrial Design, David has acquired a wide range of skills that have helped him maintain an impressive CV throughout the years.

An entertainer at heart, David's history includes success as a reality Television star, comedy writer, Creative Director for Magen Boys Entertainment, Program Director at Camp Wahanowin and a private events producer and host for over a decade.

To learn more about David you can view his profile and for daily doses of literary humor, visit his blog

Recently David reached out to his past professors with news of his venture and to thank them.

In his letter David wrote, "I was brought on as the Brand Manager. The role of my design team was to revitalize and streamline the brand and make it ready for expansion, everything from the logo to accessories, tag line, location design, and the overall customer experience. Everything but the food. My entire OCADU experience helped guide my decisions and I'm pretty proud of the results - I feel like I have all of you to thank for it! So, Thank You!"

He has without a doubt made those professors and OCAD University proud. BlogTo featured a great article after the restaurant launched this past June.

Visit the Belly Busters website for full details. We're happy to share such great news and encourage you to share your news with us.

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New member of the Order of Canada

barbara reid (AOCA, 1980)
Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid was named as a member of The Order of Canada on June 28, 2013. The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Reid was chosen for her contributions as a children's book illustrator and author, widely known for her creative use of the medium of Plasticine. Her first book was New Baby Calf by Edith Newlin, and since then Barbara has illustrated over 25 books for children. Her life's work forms a significant contribution to the inspiration and education of children across Canada and has drawn international acclaim and respect. In addition to writing and illustrating award-winning children's books, Barbara tours, speaks, donates, promotes and conducts workshops for the cause of children's literature.

One of her books, The Party, is being included in the group of children's books that the Governor General of Canada is sending as a gift to the Royal's new baby Prince George.

Special thanks to Barbara's partner Ian Crysler for bringing this story to our attention and providing the photograph we see of Barbara in her studio.

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Alumna receives Interior Design Award
Eleanora cunietti (AOCA, 1985)
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Audrey Carden and Eleanora Cunietti (pictured on the right), and the Carden Cunietti team are proud to announce that they've been named UK Homes and Gardens Interior Designer of the Year 2013. They've also launched a charity event titled The Spring Clean which helps to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Alumna starts catering business

Susie Julia Zmyslowski (bfa, 2013)
Pastel Macaron

Fine artist and illustrator Susie Julia Zmyslowski has turned pastry chef and invites you to try her creations via the Pastel Macaron! Pastel Macaron is a celebration of dainty, romantic pastries, and a life filled with sweet things and signature tastes. Quality of products meet effortless beauty and artistic sensibility, creating striking pastries suitable for a variety of occasions.

E-mail or phone at 905-606-2356 for inquiries.

studio space available

VACANCIES at Artscape Wychwood Barns, as well as at Artscape Gibraltar Point

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Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Since being founded in 1986, Artscape has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets by leveraging local cultural assets and resources.

These projects have been catalysts for growth and revitalization, and have helped stimulate some of Toronto's most vibrant and creative neighbourhoods. They have also helped Artscape to earn a reputation as an international leader in the fields of culture-led regeneration and city-building through the arts. The success of this model can be seen throughout Toronto in artscape spaces like Artscape Whychwood Barns, Artscape Triangle Lofts, Artscape Distillery Studios and much more.

They also offer a great resource for those wishing to follow their lead at Artscape DIY.

View the spaces currently available!

Alumni travel

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Join President Maggie Broda (AOCA, 1972) of the Alumni Association to discover "How the West was One" and the Wonder of Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico. The trip date is TBD. For more information contact Alumni Relations Space is limited, non-alumni are welcome!

On the horizon! - Spring 2014 - A fabulous trip to Spain and Fall 2014 - The Venice Biennale!

Alumni merchandise available

317C the store for computers and books


You will be pleased to find the following Alumni Association Merchandise at 317C:

Canvas, laptop-friendly, utility Tote Bags $39.99 +tax

Embossed, insulated collar, Ceramic Mugs $19.99 + tax

Custom-etched, 10 oz., Beverage Tumblers
$10.99/each $64.99/set of 6 + tax

Diploma Frames $110 + tax

The store is located in room 317C of 100 Mc Caul street. More information about the store.

NEW benefit

25% discount on select shows!

stratford festival
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OCAD U alumni can now save 25% off select productions throughout the 2013 season! Choose from the list of productions on our dedicated alumni page linked above and take advantage of 25% off select productions including Fiddler on the Roof, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice and many more!

in memoriam

Karen Evans, (AOCA, 1983)
passed away June 22, 2013, age 54 |details|

Inta Mezgallis Ridler, (AOCA, 1998)
passed away June 28 2013, age 74 |details|

Dennis Burton, (AOCA, 1956)
passed away July 8, 2013, age 78 |details|

Mary Casey, (AOCA, 1956)
passed away July 20, 2013, age 84 |details|

Margann Fitzpatrick, (Class of '43)
passed away July 26, 2013, age 89 |details|

Nancy Graham Joy, (AOCA, 1942)
passed away July 27, 2013, age 93 |details|

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



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august 2013

14 Life Drawing
21 Life Drawing
23 Life Drawing at the Gardiner Museum
26 Financial Literacy Workshop

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Go to our Alumni Events page for full details and registration for events.

new life drawing available

gardiner museum

friday evening August 23


Be inspired by Kathy Venter's Life and join us in the stunning Terrace Room for drop-in life drawing sessions, without instruction. Drawing boards and materials provided; $10 price includes museum admission. Drinks and snacks available for purchase at the Gardiner Bistro.

Event highlight

no dull affairs at Onsite [at] ocad u

show runs until october 12 2013

Karen lofgren

Be sure to check out the latest exhibit featured at Onsite [at] OCAD U (the university's professional gallery) titled "No Dull Affairs". Work from alumni Karen Lofgren (AOCAD, 1998) and Vanessa Maltese (BFA, 2010) are in the show.

50th year reunion for class of 1963

Invitation is open to classes of 1962+1964

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On Behalf of Ron Kaplansky (AOCA, 1963) and Kenneth Caplan (AOCA, 1963) OCAD University Alumni Relations invites you to celebrate a 50th Anniversary reunion of 1963 graduates to be held on Friday October 18th at Lambert Lounge, OCAD University. It is hard to imagine that 50 years have flashed by since the 119 students of the 1963 graduating class received diplomas and strode out the doors of the Ontario College of Art to an awaiting world.

Share good memories, tell us about your journey and enjoy refreshments with friends and classmates. Spouses and significant others are definitely welcome. The invitation is open to the classes of 1962 and 1964.

We would like to make this celebration one you will remember so please confirm your attendance to Julie Thompson, Assistant Alumni Relations by Friday August 23rd.

The reunion will be confirmed once the response level has been determined. We've already heard from a number of alumni who are looking forward to the event but it seems many have moved without providing their current address.

Please update your information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

call for submissions

emerging designer competition

$10 000 prize

Design Exchange emerging desinger

Design Exchange, in partnership with RBC, is pleased to announce the RBC EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION, an exciting national competition that seeks to provide an unparalleled opportunity for emerging Canadian designers to gain recognition and exposure, while celebrating the immense and diverse design talent in Canada.

Participation is open to all Canadian designers with no more than five years of professional industry experience, across all disciplines. Projects submitted should be realized work, or be in the process of being realized.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, and will also be partnered with a curatorial mentor who will aid them in the development of an exhibition to be featured at the Design Exchange in January of 2014, to coincide with Toronto’s internationally celebrated Design Week.

Any questions should be directed to the competition coordinator at 416.216.2138 or emerging@dx.org.

call for volunteers

Call for volunteers for O-Days!

August 27 to September 4, 2013

100 McCaul Street

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Campus Life and Student Union are looking for enthusiastic OCAD University students, faculty, staff and alumni to join our O-TEAM and volunteer for O-DAYS! (orientation) 2013!

Volunteers help make O-DAYS! successful and will assist with set up, meeting and greeting, directions, crowd control, running events, O-Kit stuffing and distribution, leading campus and community tours, food prep/service and more!

Volunteers will be provided with refreshments while working, an O-TEAM volunteer T-shirt, and will be invited to a special volunteer thank-you luncheon in late September.

Various activities will be planned August 27 to September 4, 2013. To join the O-TEAM! submit your application by Friday August 16th. A detailed activity schedule will be posted online and will be updated on a regular basis.

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New work from artist/sculptor

Susan Murar (AOCA, 1984)

photo credit patty schenk

Susan Murar

Nationally recognized Canadian artist/sculptor Susan Murar recently completed another impressive piece titled "Norval Morrisseau's Ancestoral Shaman", in Stratford, Ontario. Another sculpture completed in 2012 - Murar’s portrait of Morrisseau changing into "Copper Thunderbird" - was one of the pieces featured in "135 Reasons to Love OCAD University." Speaking about the Anishnaabe artist and Grand Shaman of the Ojibwa, the artist stated that she had always admired Norval Morrisseau's work and that he had really influenced her as an artist. After his death in 2007 she knew she'd found the perfect subject for a large-scale portrait sculpture she had been looking for a long time.

Murar produced a number of sculptures devoted to him an other work in the series can be seen in this video. On her website she states "I am honouring his gift to the people of the world". With this addition to her collection of works she continues to do just that. Murar created a blog in memory of the artist. Learn more about Susan Murar and her inspiration Norval Morriesseau.

blast from the past

Gerrit Verstraete (AOCA, 1968)

1968 jacket

The above picture is the College jacket from September 1964, belonging to alumnus Gerrit Verstraete.

Gerrit was a student from 1964-1968 when he graduated with honours. After a successful career as artist and writer, he went back to school at age 65 to complete a Master of Arts in Communication and Technology, at the University of Alberta and is now working on his Doctorate.

Not to fear, he hasn't abandoned his Gabriola Island, BC studio altogether and remains an active artist and community leader.

Reflecting on the purchase of the jacket Gerrit states, "I couldn't afford the luxury leather jacket, but after nearly 50 years I still have the corduroy/plaid jacket".

Gerrit is also the co-founder of the Drawing Society of Canada.

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Focus on finance

Focus on Finance Issue # 10
top 5 financial dream team

Written by Diana Bahr

Read the full article.

Ever feel like it takes a team to keep a part of your life going? In the financial arena (or should that be ‘ring’), who’s in your corner?
In keeping with the sports metaphor, here is my highly recommended and most referenced top 5 financial dream team:

Coach: A Financial advisor: Like a great coach, an experienced financial advisor is a must-have for your team. Ask friends for a referral or check out Financial Planning Standards Council to find a coach to guide you.

Offense: Gail Vaz-Oxlade: The offense takes the goals you’ve set and runs the play. You need a no-nonsense get-to-work attitude here, and Gail Vaz-Oxlade is my first-round pick for this position.

Defense: What’s the Cost: What’s the Cost is a practical debt-repayment tool that calculates how expensive your loan actually is and presents the quickest or most cost efficient scenarios for paying it off. Tackle your debt enemies as soon as you can!

Goalkeeper: Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC): They provide articles, tips and tools on banking, insurance, and fraud. Protect your money so you can achieve your goals

Cheerleader(s): Financial Post, a smart friend, and YOU: Finally, your team needs to be cheered on! Stay motivated by the financial planning success stories in Financial Post.

Check out these resources for more ways to complete your financial dream team.

Launched in the February 2012 Alumni Newsletter, Focus on Finance is a series of articles on financial literacy written specifically for OCAD U alumni by Diana Bahr.

Diana Bahr is the Projects Officer with Financial Aid & Awards and a mature student at OCAD U. She is as passionate about personal finance as she is about art. She believes that artists and designers can create any career they want, with a great plan and some basic financial management skills.

Alumni Profile: Bryn Ludlow (bfa, integrated media, 2010)

by Julie Thompson (BDes, Industrial Design, 2008)

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I recently had the chance to meet with Bryn Ludlow before she embarked on the next step of her educational journey. Bryn is starting a PHD in "Interactive Arts + Technology" based at the Pain Studies Lab at Simon Fraser University, where she will focus on the subject of chronic pain and will use the method of "body mapping" in her research.

A quick internet search and review of Bryn's profile revealed that she has accomplished quite a few accolades in (just under) 3 decades and hers is a story worth sharing. My discussion with Bryn highlighted the she is first and foremost one the most inspiring young women around. She has a calm and friendly demeanour, a big brain and even bigger potential. I can safely say there are not enough words (especially in an e-newsletter) to describe the impact that Bryn has made as a student, research assistant, artist and advocate for social change.

Reviewing her art and writing, one notices a deep connection with the body. The topics of body, pain, social change and awareness pervade her work. Any one of her many projects would highlight this trend but for now please enjoy this glimpse of how one person can be a voice for many:

As a Student:
Bryn's believe in the power of art influenced her projects. Her unique perspective and connection to the body was highlighted when she took it upon herself to coordinate a student-run exhibition titled The Moving Figure with CCP student Teresa Aversa and OCAD U Introduction to Anatomy professor, Dr. Stephen Tulk. About the subject of anatomy (and Bryn) he stated, "The material is compelling for art students because there's nothing more real than looking at the body. This is who we are. For some students it's a transformative thing ­ to see who we are. And for some students there's a real spiritual aspect to it because we're dealing with mortality and being and how we work as a mechanism and [as an] organism. Bryn found some of the energy in this and what's gratifying is that she had the motivation to get it started." From our discussion Bryn's motivation comes from "having a vision" and the motivation comes from "seeing it". Bryn volunteered at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and her connections there led her further down the path of healing arts. In 2010 Her thesis paper and documentary video installation work at OCADU was recognized at the 95th Annual Graduate Exhibition with the Sir Edmund Walker Graduate Studies Award for Proficiency in Integrated Media.

This sparked the opportunity for Bryn to continue her education and she enrolled in a Master of Arts in Health & Aging at McMaster University. In her MA thesis, "Body mapping with geriatric inpatients receiving daily haemodialysis therapy for end-stage renal disease at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute: A qualitative study," Bryn used an innovative method called, "body mapping" where participants drew on a paper map with an outline of their bodies, where they felt any pain, cramping, and other emotions and sensations while they were receiving haemodialysis therapy. Bryn found that body mapping gave patients an independent voice to express their health concerns.

Bryn's advice, "enjoy being in the moment, focus on work and make it what you want".

As a Research Assistant
Bryn worked on many interesting mobile digital media-based projects as a Research Assistant with Professor Bruce Hinds, Dr. Martha Ladly, Dr. Paula Gardner and Professor Geoffrey Shea at OCAD U. At the Mobile Experience Lab she was involved with Elders and Memory, CBC Newsworld Holodeck, and INCLUDE, NEWS and AESTHVIS projects in GRAND NCE. Her writing can be seen in these publications. At McMaster University (April 2011- July 2012), Bryn was involved with three projects: a study of the care processes affecting people with serious mental illness and cancer; a knowledge exchange network focused on equity in cancer care; and a research workshop focused on the links between social work and the arts, held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Being part South African, this trip allowed Bryn to explore her roots and she tells of a self-defining moment when she saw firsthand works by artist Dumile Feni an artist whose work is similar to Bryn's own Body Spaces.

On her experience Bryn enjoys "being part of a project from idea to realization".

As an Artist:
Bryn creates vector based illustrations called Body Spaces. More so a creative outlet, she focuses on the shadows that form the negative space. Inspired by Jackson Pollock and Helen Frakenthaler, Bryn also creates large scale expressionist paintings that she paints with her feet. She sometimes creates videos of the process at ground level. She enjoys the grounding feeling that this approach affords and the visceral feeling of cold paint on her feet.

As the paint dries "you can feel that you're almost done".

As an Advocate for Social Change and Awareness
In 2006 Bryn began a journey of healing that started as a way to cope but blossomed into something incredible. A survivor of sexual assault, Bryn founded The Canadian Artists Against Sexual Assault/ Artistes Canadiens Contre L'Assaut Sexuel (CAASA/ACCAS). A web-based organization, CAASA/ACCAS offers member-reviewed resources for survivors and secondary survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as for the community at large.

In 2007-2008, CAASA/ACCAS organized an art exhibition in conjunction with the Centre for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, and staff at TRCC/MWAR. The intent of this exhibition was to give survivors of sexual assault an opportunity to share their stories through artwork and writing in personal notebooks that hung below the paintings, giving their stories a voice. In 2008 Bryn and CAASA/ACCAS members co-produced an impressive newsletter available for download called, "AWARE" documenting the efforts of CAASA/ACCAS to-date.

In 2009 Bryn co-created "CAASA @ OCAD" a student group to raise awareness of the high incidences of unreported sexual assault occurrences at universities, and for prevention. The group gathered to organize a memorial for the Montreal Massacre (which occurred on December 6, 1989). The memorial also occured on December 6th, now recognized as "National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women" which began on December 6th, 1991. Bryn assisted with memorials in 2010 and 2011.

After 7 years CAASA/ACCAS remains an excellent resource for survivors and their loved ones.

With such an impressive history, Alumni Relations is more than excited to wish Bryn the best of luck as she enters her PHD program this fall and continues her life-long passion for learning. Commenting on all of the above, Bryn states that "that anything is possible, and the possibilities for new opportunities can turn into new experiences"

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