OCAD’s 98th Annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx)

NOTE: This will be an image-heavy post.

On May 2nd to May 5th was the Annual Graduate Exhibition at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design).

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, May 2, 6:30 to 11 p.m. (all are welcome!)
Friday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The class of 2013, an eclectic mix of more than 550 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs, present their final thesis work to an audience of more than 26,000 guests.
OCAD University’s students work in a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art; to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the Faculty of Design. OCAD U’s annual “GradEx” transforms the university’s main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into one of Toronto’s largest and most anticipated exhibitions of emerging talent.

(Taken from their event page on Facebook)

One of the graduates, and one of my very good friends, Awuradwoa Afful invited me to view the exhibition. She had three paintings, and one of her animations on exhibit on the fourth level of OCAD. (( Click to go to her art blog! ))

Charisse and I were fawning over how cool her display was when she asked us to snap a polaroid for her personal collection. We immediately took to the idea and made her stand with her paintings to snap photos for our own collections, lol.

Here are some pictures of the artist with her Pour Paintings!





And here is her animation that she submitted. It was playing in another room on the fourth floor where other animated art were being featured.

In the City: Part 1 from Awuradwoa Afful on Vimeo.

Then we walked around the fourth floor to look around other people’s artwork. I took pictures of pieces that grabbed my attention, or stayed in my memory afterwards.

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Savina Ioannou, “Spilalem”

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Jennifer Gordon, “Aquinta Series”

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Artem Gomziakov, “Visual Disparities”

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Emily Gillis, “Fur II”

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Marie Ka-Eun Choi, “Categories of Personality”

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Justin De Lima, “Canadian Citizen Series”

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Jessica Anne Crupi, “Schema”

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Holly Hinton



Sally Chung, “Guidance”

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More, by Sally Chung

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Loredana Blandisi, “Manifested Nostalgia”

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Emmanuel Adansi



Deanna McCaw

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Agata Plocinski, “Baptismal” Series

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Saira Hussain, “O”

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Sang-Jin Lee, “Crop Circle” / “Teal (Cobalt)”

There were also some pieces that I liked, who’s information I didn’t catch, unfortunately.


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And then there was the special case where the artist was present:

Mitsuo Kimura



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I liked a lot more work, but after about three rooms I got tired. Plus, I didn’t want to run out the battery on my phone either. I wish I had brought my camera so I could have snapped better photos though. The idea completely slipped my mind even though I had looked at my camera in the morning before leaving.

But it was a good show. We didn’t cover all the floors, but we did visit some of the photography, sculpture, and material design rooms. And we passed by the innovative creations on the fifth floor. We also went to the Medal winning art pieces on the first floor. Charisse would often say she felt so inspired looking at all the art work. And they were indeed. The exhibit made me wish that I had gone to OCAD and pursued art. But at least I got to hear about it from Awuradwoa during our university life.


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