NSCAD mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Gerald Ferguson
October 9, 2009

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of long-serving faculty member Gerald Ferguson.

Joining NSCAD in 1968 from Ohio University, Jerry was instrumental in the founding of the Master of Fine Arts program in 1973, and served as chair of the Divisions of Studio and Graduate Studies during his tenure. Jerry was a Director of the Lithography Workshop and a founding member of the NSCAD Press serving on the Editorial Board until his retirement in 2005. Recipient of the 1995 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, he was a noted expert and collector of folk art and historical Canadian painting.

A respected writer and editor, Jerry inspired and mentored many artists, art historians and critical writers in Canada and abroad. Gerald Ferguson contributed greatly to the international reputation acquired by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the 1970’s. Also a generous donor, works from his collection are in major galleries across the country. Named Professor Emeritus in 2008, he was beloved by his students and inspired generations of artists. 

Jerry’s distinguished teaching and artistic career has earned him an enduring reputation in the field of contemporary art. On behalf of students, alumni, faculty and staff who were honoured to have known him, we extend our profound and sincere sympathy to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Professor David B. Smith
President, NSCAD University

Photo: Steve Farmer BFA '89

The Gerald Ferguson Memorial Bursary Fund
A bursary in memory of Jerry is being established by his friends, colleagues and family. The Gerald Ferguson Memorial Bursary Fund will honour his distinguished teaching and artistic careers. Click here to learn more.