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A Thank-You from OCAD U Students

Recently, we sent Photography graduate Irina Luca (BFA, 2012) and current Graphic Design student Esra Tasdemir (BDES, Class of 2013) to capture life at 100 McCaul. They asked their peers to speak about ‘What OCAD U Means to Me’ and, in particular, to talk about the effects of philanthropic support on their OCAD U experience.�Follow this link to see the full story.

Don't forget to make your gift before the end of the 2012 tax year.

Focus on Finance: Financial Planning for Artists & Designers

Focus on Finance

Issue #8: Resolve to Change Your Financial Behaviour: Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Your Finances

By Diana Bahr, financial aid & Awards

Read more at CREATiveFund$

Why do you do the things you do with money?
Despite what the first economists believed, we now know that humans are not entirely logical or rational beings when it comes to money (a collective ‘duh’ is heard among Focus on Finance readers).
The behavioural economist is a new breed of researcher, studying the emotional and social influences on economic decision-making. This type of economist knows that in many areas of our lives, including personal finance, we often make bizarre and unpredictable moves that are bad for us. Why? Research suggests we make the choices we do because of an emotional payoff we get at the time.

What if instead of surrendering to psychological pitfalls, we use them to help us make better financial decisions instead?

This month read about the two that you can use turn to your advantage:
Psychological Pitfall # 1: Too much choice leads to poor (or no) financial decision-making

Psychological Pitfall # 2: We hate losing money more than we like gaining it

Read the full article here.

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 I am about art. Believing that artists and designers can create any career they want, with a great plan and some basic financial management skills.

Send Diana your questions or your best financial tip at dbahr@ocadu.ca for inclusion in a future issue of Focus on Finance.

Alumni Travel

Georgia OKeeffe

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 will be scheduled for the third weekend in May, 2013. For more information visit World Wide Quest online. Space is limited, non-alumni are welcome!

Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at 491 King Street E from 2 - 3pm and 6 - 7pm with Maggie Broda.

Save the date: Spring 2014 - A fabulous trip to Spain and Fall 2014 - The Venice Biennale!



Vintage OCAD Event

december 2012

19 Life Drawing

January 2013

5 Life Drawing
9 Life Drawing
12 Life Drawing
16 Life Drawing
19 Life Drawing
23 Life Drawing
26 Life Drawing
30 Life Drawing

Please note: The life drawing winter semester room schedule has changed. Wednesday's session will be held in room 488 and Saturday's will be in room 615.

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


2 Life Drawing (Painting Day! 10:00 - 4:30pm)
6 Life Drawing
9 Life Drawing
13 Life Drawing
16 Life Drawing
20 Life Drawing
23 Life Drawing
27 Life Drawing

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

How are we doing?

Alumni Financial Planning Survey - Let us know how to serve you better!

Industrial Design Alumni

In order to best serve our alumni membership, we have developed this simple survey to determine what your interests and needs are regarding your personal financial planning. The results of the survey will be tabulated and published.

All information will be kept in the strictest of confidence and used solely for the purpose of this survey. All personal information will be removed before publication.

Follow this link to complete the survey.

Call for Submissions:

Disrupting Undoing Image

Disrupting - Undoing

Deadline: Jan 25th, 2013
Your full proposal must include:
� A short artist biography or CV
� Up to ten images in jpeg format
� A brief description of the work including your name, title, date, medium and size.

Artists will be contacted by February 5, 2013 to indicate whether their work has been selected for this exhibition.

Please visit this link for more details.

Alumni News: Vanessa Maltese (BFA, 2010) wins RBC Painting Prize

Vanessa Maltese

2010 graduate and Drawing & Painting Medal Winner Vanessa Maltese was chosen as the winner of the 14th annual RBC Painting Competition.�

On November 29th, Maltese's work, titled�Balaclava, net the artist the $25,000 purchase prize. Of the works by the 536 painters who submitted to the competition, the finalists' paintings exemplified to the jury the breadth and scope of what painters can achieve today in terms of process, subject matter, aesthetic and temperament. The jury also stated that Maltese's winning painting demonstrated an assured vocabulary that encompassed both hard-edged and gestural forms.�Balaclava�stood out in its ability to reconcile depth and surface, pattern and illustration, material and subject - to create a dynamic, highly resolved composition.

Congratulations to Vanessa on this fantastic accomplishment!

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