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NEO Commissioning Program: Call for Emerging Artists



OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and NEO Exchange, Canada’s next-generation stock exchange, have partnered to co-create the NEO Commissioning Program. Five (5) emerging artists from OCAD U, working in a variety of mediums, will be commissioned to provide works of art to commemorate the listing of a corporate client or the launch of a new fund on the NEO stock exchange.

The NEO Commissioning Program will select and retain five (5) emerging artists, each representing a different artistic practice, providing a diversity of artistic voices and approaches to be showcased in the commissioning program. Working under the guidance of a Curatorial Coordinator and responding to a client creative brief, each artist will be commissioned to produce approximately four (4) original artworks over the course of a 12-month period. Artists will receive $1,200 per commissioned work. Completed works will be prominently bestowed to NEO Exchange clients and be cherished with their corporate art collections.

We are happy to announce that the recipients of this opportunity are Justyna Werbel, Mac Lenters, Jinke Wang and Gillian Toliver.

The commissioned work will be proudly featured in NEO Exchange’s promotion of its new listing via press release, social media and email newsletters. The commissioned work (with artist credit) will be displayed in a gallery of NEO listings online at and at NEO Exchange’s office.


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Justyna Werbel works both as an active visual artist and curator. She received her BDes in Industrial Design and is currently pursuing her masters in the IAMD program at OCAD University. Justyna’s MFA thesis explores sonic awareness by interpreting audio recordings of sonic masses in motion, into large and small scale drawings to create a new way of investigating her drawing practice. She is exploring this practice through inhabiting and becoming sonically aware of her invisible topography, focusing on the body in a space that receives and produces sounds. Justyna transcribes minimally edited mono recordings made using a mobile phone, which documents the everyday experiences of the recordist. The transcriptions are made with tools and materials she has acquired and developed over several years of research and studio based practice. She has both exhibited and presented in Poland, Germany, Israel the Czech Republic, Uruguay, Brazil, India, and Canada.

Mac Lenters is a visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the Ontario region and has completed multiple commission projects with international corporations including Starbucks and Holt Renfrew. He is an advocating member of the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), and a member of the Akin Artist Collective. Mac received his BFA from OCAD University and his Visual and Digital Arts diploma from Humber College. At the heart of his recent work is an exploration into discovering harmonies and contrasts linking the natural and technological worlds, examining the questions they pose in an advancing time. Through a dualistic media practice of painting and 3D rendering, Mac forms colourful and anfractuous worlds that echo a fascination with the intricacies of nature and society. Mac’s research stems from personal histories amidst the forests and lakes of Northern Ontario.

Born and raised in China, Jinke Wang moved to Canada in 2013. He graduated from OCAD University with a BD in Illustration in 2018, and now works as a freelance illustrator and mural artist in both Toronto and China. He has participated in many exhibitions such as The Artist Project, The Elastic Effect and The Body Electric-International Conference on Resident Education. His work has also been featured in the CBC ARTS– Life on the Line show. He has received illustration awards from the Creative Quarterly, the American Illustration, and the Adobe Design Achievement Award. After graduating from OCAD, Jinke designed posters for RBC Amplify, Canadian International Children’s Art Festival, and for other clients as well. He has also produced large-scale murals for Virtute Innovation and Art Education Inc., Third Wave Coffee, and Longo’s Market.

Gillian Toliver is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Toronto. Recently graduating from OCAD University for Drawing and Painting, Toliver’s thesis work, Paper Skin Makes Me, Waver in The Breeze was awarded the Drawing and Painting Medal for 2019. As an artist of mixed Scottish and Caribbean decent, her work often explores spaces existing in an in-between, a world caught in a moment of creation. In an honouring and opening of self, Gillian’s work is a reaction to the absurdity, multiplicity, and fluidity of being. Utilizing practices of labour, repetition and ritual, she navigates the condition of body and mind from systematic censorship through creating new forms in which to pour and bind self to. The creation of these new ‘host’ bodies is used in an act of reclaiming physical and mental environments.

Elise Conlin is an illustrator and maker living and working in Toronto, Ontario. She grew up drawing and painting in the small town of Elmira, Ontario, before moving to Toronto to attend OCAD University.

NEO Exchange is a Canadian stock exchange based in Toronto. Marketed as Canada's New Stock Exchange, NEO aims to help companies, dealers and investors by creating a better listing experience, eliminating predatory market behaviours such as high-frequency trading, implementing a unique market making program to ensure liquidity, and offering free real-time market data for all NEO-listed securities

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