In this Issue
Supporting OCAD U
Design Guest Speaker
Exhibition on Campus
Alumni Profile
Alumni News
Alumni Travel
Alumni Socials
In Memoriam
Alumni Day
May 5, 2012

Celebrate 135 Years of Imagination!

Alumni Day is open to all alumni and their families and is part of OCAD U's 97th annual Graduate Exhibition.

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"Project 31"
Live Art Auction
Proceeds to OCAD U
March 29, 2012 
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Increase your creative potential, build your career or explore new areas of art and design. Workshops, software training, lectures, and studio courses available.

Alumni Rings
Alumni Rings
OCAD University alumni rings are custom made-to-order by Candice King-Stewart, AOCAD'01 (Material Art & Design) and Orosergio Ltd.

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Holiday card 
Supporting OCAD University
Please donate to the Annual Fund

The Annual Fund appeal encourages alumni and friends to renew their OCAD University ties by making annual gifts; the primary way for all of us to help sustain the special features that set OCAD U apart.

Annual Gifts Make a Difference
Every gift to the Annual Fund, whatever its size, makes a valuable and immediate difference to OCAD U. These gifts help shape the experience of our students through financial aid, academic opportunities, and campus life initiatives. Your support of the Annual Fund helps OCAD U meet emerging needs and challenges.  

Recognizing Your Gift
Every gift is acknowledged by the University, and you will be included in our donor listing published in Sketch magazine. Gifts of $1,000 and higher are recognized with membership in the Art & Design Society.

Year-End Tax Receipt Information
In order to ensure you receive a tax receipt for 2011, please be advised of the following:

By Mail: Gifts must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2011.

Online: Gifts must be received no later than December 31, 2011. You can make your gift online up until 12:00 midnight (ET) on December 31st.

For gifts made in person/by courier: If you would like to make a gift in person or by courier it must be received by 5:00 pm Thursday, December 22.

We would like to thank you for considering making a gift to OCAD University. 

Announcing New Alumni Benefits
Career Coaching & Development
We are pleased to announce that OCAD University has partnered with CareerJoy, Canada's career coaching company, to offer new benefits to our alumni community!

CareerJoy is uniquely focused on the Canadian professional and offers 1:1 face-to-face career coaching at 8 locations across Canada--from Halifax to Vancouver--as well as the option and flexibility of tele-coaching.

Discounts on Coaching Services
OCAD U alumni are now eligible to to receive up to 15% off* all CareerJoy coaching services, including Resume Packages, Career Identity Program, Career Transition Program, 90-Day Job Search Program, Outplacement Services, Leadership Assessment Program, and Career Identity Program. Please indicate that you are OCAD U alumni when you contact CareerJoy for your initial consultation.

Free CareerClass Webinars
CareerJoy will also provide a series of free CareerClass webinars to OCAD U alumni annually. Here is the first  webinar:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"New Year - New Career" 
Click here for details + to register for the 12:00pm-1:00pm session 

Click here for details + to register for the 8:00pm - 9:00pm session
 *Receive a 5% discount if you choose a payment plan, or a 15% discount on payment in full.
Event: Faculty of Design Guest Speaker
Civil rights advocate to speak at OCAD U    


The Faculty of Design TD Speaker Series welcomes U.S. Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, Judith Heumann, to OCAD U on Thursday, January 19, 2012.    

Judith Heumann is the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State. She is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people.  


She served as the World Bank's first Advisor on Disability and Development and served in the Clinton Administration as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education from 1993 - 2001. She previously worked with numerous disability rights organizations including co-founding the World Institute on Disability.


For more information and to RSVP please go here.

Sponsored by: TD Logo
Event: Twinning Artists--Twinning Cities
Onsite [at] OCAD U: January 26, 2012 to June 3, 2012

The first in a series of partnerships between Canadian and foreign artists called "Twinning Artists-Twinning Cities," this exhibition was conceived in collaboration with Partners in Art.


"AVALON" (Bangalore and Toronto) is the first project in the "Twinning"series. To launch Avalon, Toronto's Oliver Husain completed a residency in Bangalore this fall, during which he shot a new film titled "Item Number" - a backstage drama inspired by architect KM Heinz, which will premiere in Bangalore in late April.


The Toronto exhibition of AVALON, co-curated by Shai Heredia and Charles Reeve, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies and Art at OCAD University, will introduce three highly regarded artists from Bangalore - Abhishek Hazra, Yashas Shetty and Bharathesh D. Yadav - and incorporate collaborative elements by Oliver Husain. This exhibition will explore fantasy through drama - dreams of flamboyant houses with eclectic facades - mythological imaginings of Kannada cinema - visual exploration of local micro organisms... AVALON is a place where art confronts the science of modernity.  


Details of AVALON, including panel discussion, opening reception, and curator's tour are here

Alumni Profile
Danica Loncar, AOCA'92 (Drawing & Painting)

 Art as Community, Artist as Mentor

 Danica Loncar

"The Art Works Art School Scholarships are a humble way of allowing me to say 'thank you' to OCAD University for being seminal to my achievements and for keeping us all connected in a meaningful way."


Danica Loncar graduated from OCAD U in 1992 with Honours. She was also a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's medal. During her time as a student she benefited from a learning environment so rich that it has stayed with her since graduating. She fondly remembers the instruction of Lorne Towes and Pheobe Gilman in her figurative drawing and painting classes and the excited, creative flurry that was her life as an OCAD U Student.  Her positive experiences followed her as she embarked on her journey as a practicing artist and teacher instructing in both art and design at the college level.


A monumental moment in Loncar's career took place after she was invited by Joyce Wieland to participate in a group exhibition at her newly opened Alma Gallery, when Wieland enthusiastically offered Loncar her first solo exhibition at Alma Gallery in 1990.  Wieland praised Loncar's work, saying "your work speaks with a very powerful voice", marking a truly inspirational moment in Loncar's professional career.  The life-altering connection she made in 1989 with Wieland, a nationally acclaimed and admired icon of Canadian art, reaffirmed for her the enormous importance of a mentoring relationship between artist and student. This relationship goes above and beyond the teaching of technical skills and knowledge to the value of sharing ideas and life experiences in a collective space.  


Totems, carbon pencil and oil on canvas 

 Practicing this message of mentorship has been a part of Loncar's life ever since. Since 2003 she has proudly held the position of Director at the successful Toronto art school Art Works. Art Works is a small studio that has been in operation since 1996 on top of a retail space in the Bloor West Village in Toronto. The school eventually outgrew the space and in 2008 relocating to 238 Jane Street with the purchase of a 3,700 square foot, three-story building suitable for its growing number of students and programs. Loncar expanded the school's services in the new location to include 5 working studios, an art store, a first floor gallery, a prep room for teachers, a second floor art library and media resource center, a sculpture and learning garden, and ample basement storage.  What started as a small, obscure studio space with a handful of students in 1996 has expanded to an arts community with over 1,200 registered students in 2011.


Since establishing herself as Director of Art Works Loncar has been the force behind the establishment of two student awards to give back to the OCAD U Students who will follow in her footsteps. During our interview with Loncar she spoke fervently of what she felt it was to be an alumna and donor saying, "I feel so privileged and lucky to do what I do. I feel that we, as OCAD U alumni, have an obligation and responsibility to give back and to communicate  to students and fresh grads that there is so much opportunity that awaits them beyond the classroom".  Her eloquence and positive strength is something OCAD U can be proud of as we count her as among the ranks of our impressive graduates.


For more information on Art Works,school of art, please visit Art Works  


Contact Megan Skyvington at to share your post OCAD U story or the story of alumni you know for one of our upcoming Alumni Profiles.  

Alumni News
Career Updates & Accolades 
Ten Birds
Katherine Bellman, BFA'10
(Drawing & Painting) is a founding member of the Lolita Vulgar Collective, which is putting together an online magazine for various art practices.

Victoria "Jessica" Ching, BDES'99
(Industrial Design) has been awarded a Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship, to help further develop and market-ready her invention HerSwabTM.

Elizabeth Hutchinson, AOCA'85
is co-leading Moroccan Sketchbook, an all-inclusive 7-day travel-painting sketch workshop based in Marrakech from March 11-18, 2012. 

Kevin McBride, AOCAD'99
(Fine Art), Alejandro "Sandros" Valencia, BFA'2003, and former OCAD U student Richelle Forsey have produced Modern Canadian Interiors, a documentation of interiors of manufacturing sites, prisons, churches, vacant dwellings and other abandoned buildings. 

Steven Rhude, AOCA'83
has written and illustrated the newly published Natalie's Glasses with MacIntyre Purcell Publishing. This is Rhude's first children's book.

Cyb´┐Żle Young, Class of 1995 (Interdisciplinary Studies) has been awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration for her book Ten Birds.  
Alumni Travel 
"Art & Life in Italy" May 6 -16, 2012 
Join other OCAD U alumni on this art lovers trip to Florence, Siena and Rome. Take it all in with a comprehensive exploration of art and architecture, in situ,and in museums.

Maggie Broda, AOCA'72 (Drawing & Painting), leads this exploration, joined by local artists and art historians on site. Days to be filled with frescoes, paintings, marble and wood, and punctuated with espresso, gelato and divine food and wine.

Whether this is a long-awaited first visit or a happy occasion to return to your favourite places, this trip will stimulate and revitalize you. For more information, costs, and itinerary please click here.

Brought to you by the OCAD U Alumni Association + Worldwide Quest 


Alumni Social
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St West
Please join us at Toronto's art hotel, The Gladstone, for the first social of the new year with other OCAD U alumni.

FEBRUARY 7, 2012
The Melody Bar
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm  



or (416) 977-6000 Ext 4880  

The first 30 guests to RSVP will receive a free drink!  

In Memoriam

Holtby, Philip Norman, AOCA'52. Died in Toronto on Saturday Nov. 12, 2011 at the age of 80. A first permanent job as a runner for a brokerage firm led to an illustrious 40 year career in the Canadian securities industry. He retired at the age of 59 to pursue varied interests including contemporary art, reading, travel, skiing and time with his family. In remembrance of his wife he endowed the annual ''Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture'' at the Royal Ontario Museum.Full tribute here.

North, Virginia K (Somerville), AOCA'52.
Passed away peacefully at the Welland General Hospital on December 2nd, 2011 in her 81st year. While attending the Ontario College of Art and Design, Virginia was a proud member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity. Virginia started her career as an Interior Designer at the T. Eaton Company, and later partnered with her husband in the John North Interior Design firm in Toronto. Full tribute here.

Visser, Marten "Ted". Suddenly on December 3, 2011 at the age of 70. Born in Amsterdam, Visser immigrated with his family to Canada when he was 11 years old. He attended OCAD U at night, while apprenticing at a large art studio, designing and illustrating the Sears Roebuck mail order catalogues. He had a freelance career doing fashion illustration and had produced hundreds of paperback book jacket covers --everything from romance to science fiction and westerns. Full tribute here. 
Keep in Touch  
Update your contact information/Send us your career news  

Megan Skyvington, BFA'11
(Drawing & Painting)
Assistant, Development & Alumni Relations Events
(416) 977-6000 Ext 4880

OCAD U Alumni Relations
205 Richmond Street West, Room 320
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1V3