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NEO Commissioning Program

NEO and OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers have partnered to create the NEO Commissioning Program to commemorate the launch of new corporate and fund listings on the NEO Exchange.

Painting a Brighter Picture

As with art, every new listing on the NEO Exchange is a bold statement of creation, and for us, a desire to create something meaningful for investors and companies, alike. The NEO Commissioning Program was launched in 2020 in collaboration with OCAD University, to commemorate new listings on the NEO Exchange in a unique and personal way.


Through the program, NEO selects and retains five emerging artists each year from OCAD U, providing a diversity of artistic voices to be showcased. The program is our way of supporting a vibrant and talented arts community while celebrating momentous occasions with our new issuers. By delving into the values, vision, culture, personality, and philosophy of each organization, our commissioned artists incorporate these inspirations into the one-of-a-kind artworks they create, which are then presented to our new listing partners upon launch.

Currently Participating in NEO’s Commissioning Program:

Donny Nie

Donny Nie is a Toronto-based painter and sculptor. She is a current MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a 2019 BFA graduate from OCAD University.

Emma Enright

Emma Enright is a textile artist and designer from Dundas, Ontario. Her current series of work investigates the materiality of textiles with a specific emphasis on weaving.

Jason Zante

Jason Zante is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He specializes in the field of illustration and design. He studied at OCAD University and has a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design.

Lily Huang

Lily Huang is a freelance illustrator and a recent graduate from OCAD U's illustration program. She is a first-generation Asian-Canadian artist based in Toronto, with a strong background in visual design.

Malik McKoy

Malik McKoy is a multimedia artist based in Ajax, Ontario. Recently graduated from OCAD University and Seneca College, Malik’s practice consists of painting and producing computer-generated 3D visuals.

2020/2021 OCAD U Commissioned Artists:

Elise Conlin

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 where she graduated from OCAD University.

Gillian Toliver

Gillian Toliver is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. As an artist of mixed Scottish and Caribbean descent, her work often explores spaces existing in an in-between, a world caught in a moment of creation.

Jin Ke Wang

Jin Ke Wang is a Toronto-based illustrator. He graduated from OCAD University in 2018 with a BFA in Illustration.

Justyna Werbel

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 U.

Mac Lenters

Mac Lenters is a visual artist and digital illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the Ontario region.

Artist Commissioned Prior to 2020:

Anand Jaggernauth

Anand was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, and after graduating from the University of Western Ontario he began a successful career in Geophysics.