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Diane Pugen


Faculty Artist talk 

Tuesday, November 15th, 6:30 pm

Room 230 

Second Floor 100 McCaul 

DRPT Faculty Retirement Reception to Follow 


Diane Pugen Biography


Diane Pugen is a prolific artist whose long career has included multiple roles within the arts community. Through a socio-cultural and political lens, her works examine her own and society’s relationships with the lands they inhabit. She began exhibiting her work in 1965 with exhibitions locally and across Canada, receiving many Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards for her studio practice. She has exhibited internationally in various locations, including Havana, Cuba, Mexico City, Mexico, Santiago, Chile, Berlin, Germany, and the United States. Pugen was educated at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students' League of New York. 


Additionally, she has contributed to the arts and culture community through her important curatorial work organizing impactful shows such as Inaugural Exhibition, A National Survey of Contemporary Women Artists, at Toronto’s Pauline McGibbon Women’s Cultural Centre, Bonnie Devine: Stories from the Shield, for the Woodlands Cultural Centre and Art Gallery of Algoma. Most notably, she curated ‘Hokusai Revisited, featuring the work of Nobuo Kubota, which garnered him a Governor-General Award for Visual art in 2009. 


Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly as an activist for artists' rights through her advocacy work on various boards in the culture sector. Pugen served on the board of the Toronto Arts Council, where she helped to develop the committee structure for their adjudication of community arts grants. While in this role, she was also a key organizer in initiating individual artists' grants and establishing Artscape, the city’s space agency. While on the board at CARFAC,  she helped develop the seminal book “Information for Artists” and worked on the passage and implementation of the new copyright law and the TAC exhibition rights, which guarantees that artists must be paid fees for public exhibitions. Additionally, her valued board contributions at The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts included curating, lobbying, and promoting opportunities for Indigenous artists at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre. These immense efforts resulted in her receiving The City of Toronto Medal of Honour for Service to the Non-profit Cultural Sector in 1992


In addition to her artistic and advocacy work, Pugen is an Associate professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, where she has taught for 31 years. She has contributed to service on integral committees across the university in such roles as co-chairing the First Year program with Nobuo Kubota, sitting on University Senate, CICOF, and as a faculty advisor with Robert Houle to the OCA First Nations Group and the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenization. Her pedagogical expertise includes printmaking, figure drawing and landscape in both drawing and painting. She has contributed significantly to the decolonizing efforts across the university, working to develop courses on the land and the relationship to the human body and by bringing in esteemed guest speakers and elders from Indigenous communities to inform the coursework.  

Most recently, Pugen was profiled as one of the featured artists in a new 2018 publication, At Home Talks with Canadian Artists, by Lezli Rubin-Kunda. In 2019 Diane Pugen was invited to write the forward to the new book From Bear Rock Mountain by Antoine Mountain, a Dene painter and writer.

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The RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is excited to announce the return of the Career Launcher Fund for Undergraduate and Master’s students graduating in 2021.


This fund aids in activities relating to career supports and skills building as you transition out of school. Eligible activities should fall in one of the 4 pillars below:


• Showcasing or distributing your work

• Skills development

• Access to networks

• Supporting your creative business


Qualifications – All Undergraduate and Master’s students graduating in 2021.


Career Launcher website:

Application portal:

Deadline: April 25, 2021


RBC Speed Networking

Drawing & Painting, Session 1 – RBC Speed Networking Program: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm.


Student registration:


Drawing & Painting alumni who may be interested, please register here at this registration link.

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Join Propeller and become a part of Propeller's 25 year history of supporting artists!

* New members joining by Nov 15 can enter two of our open call group shows free in 2021. 

* Highlighting of our new members in our in-gallery members group show or a separate virtual show

* In our ‘Propeller Spin’ blog, and newsletter; each new member will be featured 

All the more reason to join us today and be part of Propeller’s 25th year celebration in 2021. Please visit our site and go to menu item: "membership:join" to learn how to apply. 


Artist Alley

OCAD Artist Alley is going virtual! ​Shop 100+ products from local emerging artists and small businesses owned by OCAD University students & alumni.​ All proceeds go directly to the artists—we all appreciate your support during the pandemic.
From October 10th-November 10th, you can browse our curated catalog on our website (coming soon!) from the comfort of your home.
Leading up to the event, visit our social media (@ocadartistalley ) for Artist Spotlights and Giveaways. 

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Art & Sustainability

Raid your closet! Raid your kitchen!Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020Time: 12:00pm-1:00pmJoin us for this session on Teams by clicking the link in bio.Session description:How can you use dryer lint and hot sauce during a pandemic? Join this teach-in to learn about teaching strategies and materials for art in a time of coronavirus (and climate change!). Discussion will include:Small work for big ideas: Why scaling down is good for your wallet, your skillset, and the planet;Home is where the art is: Deepening your creative practice through material restraints and using what you already have.Featuring Drawing & Painting Co-chairs Ilene Sova and Julius Manapul (Faculty of Art)Moderated by Victoria Ho, Sustainability Coordinator (Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives)

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