Message from the President

Welcome to the 2nd Annual OCAD University Alumni Exhibition! Works of art are the most complex and diverse products of human achievement, while at the same time being perhaps the purest form of communication. Therefore, the challenge of curating an exhibition of this nature is indeed daunting.
My thanks first of all to Amanda McKinney (BFA, 2007) and Tony Taylor (AOCAD, 2004), who have devoted their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to the demanding role of chairing the 2012 Alumni Exhibition, and to OCAD U Alumni Relations Assistant, Megan Skyvington (BFA, 2011) for her dedicated administrative work in support of this initiative, and endless gratitude to all Alumni Council members for consistently volunteering their time, ideas, and humour, throughout the year. This support is very much a part of what has made this year’s Exhibition a great success. Lastly a huge “Thank You” to all our alumni artists and designers for bringing us their amazing creations.
Knowing I that belong to this talented and diverse community of artists and designers — who have enriched Canada and beyond for 135 years — gives me goose bumps. I‘ve always referred to it as The Art College, for you it may be OCA, OCAD or OCAD University — what has never changed is the fusion of ideas, innovation and energy that is ever-present at 100 McCaul. So many artists, designers and makers of treasure have practised at this incredible institution of the imagination, and this show allows you a select peek at 60 original works by artists who have made their way in all walks of life. Wherever you go to enjoy art, keep an eye out for OCAD University alumni. Their work is consistently among the finest to be found anywhere. It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations to each of the 40 exhibitors whose work was selected for our show. We anticipate exponential growth of the Alumni Exhibition with the vision of it becoming one of Toronto’s hottest cultural events.

Virginia Trieloff
President, OCAD University Alumni Association