In November 2019, Partial Gallery and OCAD University announced an inaugural opportunity for OCAD U students and recent grads to display and sell their work on Partial’s online platform. Nearly a year after the launch of the OCAD U Artist Showcase, the pilot project has generated:
- Over 1.7 million impressions
- 28 Sales & 16 Rentals
- Over 85 interactions (booking requests and interest sessions)
- 40 featured OCAD U students and grads
In addition to the revenue success of the program, OCAD U’s emerging artists have expressed the significance of selling and exhibiting work in an online community with their peers, as well as the lessons in creative entrepreneurship it provides.
For me, being a part of the Partial Showcase is being a part of a larger community of creatives in Toronto. It’s giving me the opportunity to reach my work out to more people and build my clientele.
– Zuna Amir, Partial Artist, Illustration, ‘20
With close to 500 OCAD U artworks available, the Showcase has added 10 new OCAD U artists to its growing Artist Showcase.
Exhibiting artists have also expressed their appreciation for Partial’s personalized support in connecting them with collectors and organizations.
The reason Partial is the one I stick to is that it actually works…The local, and personal attention coming from Partial is invaluable. Partial Gallery is extremely helpful, responsive, and respectful and that means a lot.
– Shlomi Amiga, Partial Artist, Photography, ‘19
Participants featured in the 2019 Partial x OCAD U Artist Showcase were selected from an open call to new OCAD U grads and upper year students, juried by Faculty Members and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD).