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Project 13: OCADU

On Thursday, March 29th, 2017, OCAD University hosted their Project 31 event, a live art auction offering artwork from the university’s alumni and faculty. Now in its eighth year, this fundraising auction raised over $218,000, and all thirty-eight lots in the live auction were sold. This year’s live art auction also featured twenty limited edition digital paintings from Anda Kubis, internationally celebrated artist, all of which were sold during the auction. The proceeds from the auction will be directed towards a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, and other initiatives that enhance and enrich the learning experiences for OCAD’s present and future students.

More than 300 guests were in attendance that evening, which made moving around and finding seating a bit difficult. Those in attendance included Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice Chancellor of OCAD, and many of the donor-artists whose works were up for bidding. Some of those donor artists included April Hickox (Photography Instructor); Paul Dallas (award-winning artist and Illustration Instructor); and John N. Inglis (alumnus and retired faculty member). The auction was led by Stephen Ranger, Vice President, Business Development, Waddington’s. Stephen was very entertaining as an auctioneer with his quick wit, dry sense of humour, and ability to quickly move through thirty-eight lots without losing the crowd’s interest.

A few of the pieces in the auction sparked quite a bidding war. Peter Sramek’s black and white photograph, “Evening Store, Sumiyoshi-Mae, Osaka”, was sold for $4800 and the funds will be directed towards the Photography International Collaboration Studio, a photography workshop that allows third and fourth year photography students to travel abroad to other universities. Gary Taxali’s silkscreen print, “Oh No”, went for $4800, more than double the estimated price of $2000. Proceeds from his work would be directed to various fourth year awards and to Illustration Program initiatives. “Urban Luxe” by artist and designer Rachel Babineau was a joint project between her, Weavers Art, and OCAD U’s Fibre department. This was a 8’ x 10’ wool and silk hand-knotted rug that sold for $7500. Babineau directed the funds to the Material Art & Design Program Initiatives. The event concluded with a thank you speech from Dr. Sara Diamond and more mingling amongst the guests.

The Project 31 Auction was an enjoyable evening for all in attendance. For more information on the event, please visit https://www1.ocadu.ca/project31/


© 2017 Article by Aleka Allen, Photos and layout TorontoArtsandEvents.  All Rights Reserved.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Charity Events
Start Date: 2017-03-29
End Date: 2017-03-29
Venue: OCADU

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