NSCAD Notes - Feb. 12
February 12, 2013


Remembering Horst Deppe: The late Horst Deppe was well known as a graphic designer and much loved professor of design at NSCAD. The upcoming commemorative exhibition at Secord Gallery will shine a light on his other side—as a fine artist. Read more

President’s Blog: Dr. Dan O’Brien gives an update on university finances and the provincial government’s response. Read the post

Fresh face for the website: You may have noticed new photography on the NSCAD website. Our thanks to Eliot Wright (BFA 2012) for his wonderful work.

Design updates:

Michael LeBlanc, Associate Professor and Chair of Interdisciplinary Design, is currently on sabbatical. He recently gave a workshop to industrial design students and gave the keynote address to a short symposium on critical design at Foshan University in the south of China. For more information, please check out Prof. LeBlanc’s latest blog posts here and here.

Christopher Kaltenbach, interdisciplinary designer, is a guest of the University of Saint Joseph's Architecture Program in Macau, China where he is conducting a series of workshops on graphic design, interior design/spatial thinking, and acoustic and lighting design for second-year architecture students. On Feb. 20, he’ll give a presentation on Interdisciplinary Design Thinking (see poster below).

Having worked in design and design education in Japan, Australia, Canada and the U.S., Christopher is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Design in the Division of Design and Master of Design Programs at NSCAD University. He maintains a design practice actionfindcopypaste, recent projects include an exhibition catalogue for a U.S. museum and a window display for the French clothing retailer Aigle. He is a regular contributor to the Dutch architecture magazine MARK and the Australian architecture magazine AR (Architectural Review Asia Pacific).  See: www.actionfcv.com


Novanet Libraries’ Food Drive:  Reduce or clear your Novanet Library fines--with food! From February 8 until February 17, for every non-perishable food item donated, participating Novanet libraries will reduce your library fine by $2, to a maximum of $20. All food donations will be given to the NSCAD Food Bank. Bring your donations of canned goods or other non-perishable foods to the Library Desk at any Novanet library during regular hours. Cash is also accepted.

March Break at NSCAD: Camps for ages 5-18 include Creative Comics Magical Myths; Fairytales & Legends;  Reduce, Reuse, Re-Story;  Urban Art; Drawing & Painting; Creative Sketchbook; Outer Space; Spring Fling. Tuition is $295, includes instruction, materials, lunch supervision, and a nifty T-shirt, as well as participation in the ARTrageous Exhibition at the end of the week. March Break Camps take place at NSCAD's Port Campus, located at 1107 Marginal Rd, Halifax between March 11 to 15th from 9 am-4 pm. To register - online: nscad.ca or by phone: 902.494.8185


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Craig Francis Power Puts Bad-Boy Spin on Folk Art , Canadian Art
Playing the role of an archetypal bad boy with a heart of gold, Newfoundland's Craig Francis Power creates art with intentional edge. Here, Sam Cotter reviews his latest show.

NSCAD Plan Update and Government Response, CBC Mainstreet
Karin Cope from the Friends of NSCAD responds to the government’s latest demands of the university and the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Marilyn More, responds.

NSCADneeds public's help, The Chronicle Herald

On Wednesday, students from NSCAD gathered at Province House to present the government with a Manifesto for a Vibrant, Strong and ...

NSCADstaffers accept tentative deal, The Chronicle Herald

Some of NSCADUniversity's labour troubles are over. Although conciliation talks are scheduled for two days next week for one group of ...

NSCADstudents' manifesto makes case for school's survival, The Chronicle Herald

NSCAD University students marching on the provincial legislature Wednesday demanded that the government preserve Nova Scotia's only art ...

NS: Students, teachers fight for NSCAD's future, Daily Business Buzz

A group of nearly 200 students and teachers raised their voices in song to demand funding for the Nova Scotia College of Art and Designas ...

NSCADstudents, instructors march to Province House over school's ..., Metro News

The group delivered its manifesto for a “vibrant, strong and independent NSCAD” to MLA Leonard Preyra, which outlined the need for fair ...

Artist gives back to renewal centre, The Chronicle Herald

Irwin graduated from NSCAD University in 2004 and with her husband runs the Finer Diner in Hacketts Cove. The diner has a one-wall gallery ...

Artist handy with a challenge, The Chronicle Herald

Kyle Jackson is a NSCAD graduate and, he says, an urban folk artist straddling the worlds of folk and fine art. He is the featured poster artist this year ...

Artist helps public relate to injustices, South Shore Now

As a graduate of NSCAD, Carol Morrison felt compelled to use the photos to paint portraits of the victims. She said she wanted the portraits to help ...


Visiting artist presentation: Curator, artist and editor Dave Dyment will discuss artists’ publications and multiples and contemporary models of production and distribution. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., D500. As well, Dave will give a presentation on his work. Thursday, Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. in D440 Bell Auditorium. 

Wellness: Representatives from Dalhousie Counseling Centre, Saint Mary’s Health Services, Connections Clubhouse, Empowerment Connection, Healthy Minds Cooperative, Partners for Mental Health, Veith Street Gallery and Youth Advisor Council will participate in table day, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge. Film screening, Crooked Beauty. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5:15 p.m. in G219. Round table discussion. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

Winter Study Break: Feb. 19 to Feb. 23. Also, the university will be closed for President’s Day on Monday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m.


Student discount: “The owners of the Be Well Spa (who long ago went to NSCAD and had a great time) are extending a student discount to all current NSCAD students. The Be Well Spa, which is at 2110 Robie Street just across from the Commons, is Atlantic Canada's first organic and chemical-free spa and offers a full range of spa services along with computerized allergy testing, Naturopathic medicine and unique spa products.  Come in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, show us your current student card and enjoy a 10% discount on any service or spa product purchased.”

Volunteer opportunity: The IWK is looking for a volunteer to help design/develop a set for an upcoming IWK Family Feud event (taking place on February 26). This is an unpaid position and the time commitment is flexible. Please contact Julie Folk at iwk.nshealth.ca for further details.

Exhibitions Archive Intern: The Centre for Art Tapes has a rich history of media art exhibitions, live performances, festivals, visiting artists and curators. The CFAT exhibition archives extend back into the 1970s and document early media art activity in the Atlantic region, as well as active participation in the broader artist-run culture. The Exhibitions Archive Intern will help the centre preserve this history and make the information accessible by creating an exhibitions digital archive, and transferring the printed material into a digital database. Scanning and data entry will be required, along with basic computer skills. Please send CV and letter of interest to Daniel Higham, communications coordinator at: 902-422-6822 or email: ns.sympatico.ca.

The Annual Y- Level Exhibition: Eyelevel Gallery presents our annual Y-Level Exhibition, showcasing emerging artists from Atlantic Canada. The call for entries is open until March 8. For info on the concept for the exhibition and eligibility requirements, please contact Jocelyn Li or Michael McCormack at 425-6412 or eyelevelgallery.ca.

Sobey Art Award: Nominations are officially open for the 2013 Sobey Art Award. The $50,000 award is given annually to a Canadian artist age 40 or under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. The five finalists for the 2013 Award will be announced in June, 2013. An exhibition of works by the five shortlisted artists will be showcased at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from October, 2013 to January, 2014. The winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award will be announced in Halifax, during a gala event in November, 2013. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2013. For more information and nominations guidelines please visit www.sobeyartaward.ca

NSCAD’s community studio residencies: The NSCAD School of Extended Studies is calling for applications for the 2013/14 Community Studio Residency Program. The NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program, now in its seventh year, offers recent graduates the opportunity to develop their studio practice. As part of the NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program, they also work with elementary and secondary school students and offer workshops and lectures to the local community. We are offering opportunities in Lunenburg, New Glasgow, Cape Breton and for the first time, Dartmouth! Visit or call the School of Extended Studies for details.

Call for Submissions for Abandoned Ship: 2013 Exhibition of Fine Art Graduates from Atlantic Canada. Duration of exhibition at Khyber Centre for the Arts: June 28 – Aug. 2. Deadline: March 22, 5 p.m. Each eligible artist can submit up to three works to be considered within their application; however this is not a requirement. Questions?  Please contact mail.com Eligibility: Must be a BFA graduate of 2013 from Memorial, Mt. Allison or NSCAD.

Call for entries: Curator Tom Smart in consultation with Peter Dykhuis, curator of Dalhousie Art Gallery, has issued a call for entry on an exhibition by PLANS (Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia) on the theme of realism. Applications accepted to March 1, 2013. For application forms, please email Sue MacIsaac, eastlink.ca

Art Sales and Rental, Call for Submissions:  Looking for a place to sell your work, gain exposure and improve your CV? The Art Sales & Rental Gallery is seeking the work of local emerging artists and would like to invite NSCAD students to apply. Located inside the AGNS, the gallery offers a fair commission as well as equal opportunities for solo feature artist shows. The Art Sales & Rental Gallery holds juried, open accessions every two weeks on Monday, but submissions can be dropped off at any time.  Drop by for more information or email at gov.ns.ca! Feel free to check out the website as well: http://bit.ly/artsalesandrental

Garden art: The Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia would like to invite artists to submit an expression of interest in displaying sculptural works in the Gardens for our 2013 season. The gardens have been an outdoor gallery and displayed sculpture from various artists since 2007, and organizers are interested in having more and more artists involved in this project. For more info, please see: www.historicgardens.com

ViewPoint Gallery Competition: ViewPoint Gallery of Contemporary Photography is launching its annual International Feature Photographer competition. This is an open call to photographers worldwide to exhibit your work for one month at ViewPoint Gallery, a contemporary photography gallery located in the heart of one of Canada's most vibrant arts communities, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Twelve winning images will receive one month of exhibition in the gallery. The works will be professionally printed, framed, promoted and offered for sale. Deadline: April 1, 2013. For submission guidelines and details visit: http://viewpointgallery.weebly.com/international-competition.html

Avondale Art Fair: The second annual event will take place at the Avondale Sky Winery on June 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live music, food and demonstrations by artists. Applications are due by March 15. Entry fee $150. For info, please see: www.avondaleartfair.com

Conveyor Exhibition Grant: This annual grant is presented to an artist whose work exudes compelling new ideas, a well developed concept, and attention to technical detail in a photographic project. We are pleased to invite all artists working in media related to photography to apply. The grant recipient will have their work printed at Conveyor Arts and exhibited in a solo show at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, New York, in May 2013. The grant recipient will also be invited to give an artist talk at United Photo Industries and participate in other programming in connection with the exhibition. Deadline Feb. 28, 2013. More details about the Conveyor Exhibition Grant at http://conveyorarts.org/

Painters of Tomorrow: Published by Thames & Hudson, (Spring 2014) with a coinciding exhibition at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, 100 Painters of Tomorrow is an ambitious new book that will locate the 100 most exciting emerging painters at work today. The resulting publication will introduce and present each artist and their work, creating a definitive and intelligent snapshot of the best new talent in painting from across the globe. International submissions from artists are being sought. Deadline March 15, 2013. Each university is assigned a code; NSCAD’s is A277. All required information and a full prospectus can be found online at www.100paintersoftomorrow.com

CONTACT Photography Festival: Submissions are being sought for Narrow and Wide, a juried photography show focusing on the panorama and the close-up. Selected works will be produced by Colourgenics in its high-end fine art facility. Deadline is March 1, 2013. Please see:  http://www.colourgenics.com/narrowandwide.html

RBC Canadian Painting Competition: In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, RBC will award $115,000 in total prize money. The national winner and two honourable mentions will each receive a purchase prize of $25,000 and $15,000 respectively and these works will become part of the RBC corporate art collection. Additionally, the other 12 finalists will each be awarded $5,000 in recognition of the 15th anniversary. The 2013 RBC Canadian Painting Competition closes on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. See: http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/community/emerging-artists/rbc-painting-competition.html

Viewpoint Gallery: Halifax’s only contemporary photography gallery will hire a recent graduate for the position of Assistant Director. The position will run for 26 weeks beginning March 4, 2013. To apply, please submit your letter of intent to the Board of Directors along with a CV and three references via email to viewpointgallery.ca.


Anna Leonowens Gallery:  Anna Leonowens Gallery will open to the public on Tuesday, February 12 at 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with opening receptions at 5:30 p.m. for undergraduate exhibitions Survival Mechanism by Teto Elsiddque in Gallery 1, Morgan Salter in Gallery 2A, Define Space by Cheryl Ozon in Gallery 2B and Canada's Ocean Playground by Brittany Sharp in Gallery 3. 1891 Granville St., Halifax.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia:Gold: A Nova Scotia Treasure. To March 31. Craig Francis Power: Les Fleurs du Mal. To March 10. 1723 Hollis St., Halifax.

Art Sales and Rental Gallery: Various artists. Inside the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Halifax.

Corridor Gallery:  I Saw a Lightball Scurry Across the Floor by Katie Hernandez. To Feb. 27. Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Rd., Halifax.

Craig Gallery:  Subconscious, photography by Kylee Nunn. Identity: The Voices in my Head, video installation by Margarita Fainshtein. Alderney Landing, Dartmouth.

Dalhousie Art Gallery:  A Very Long Engagement, curated by Frances Dorsey. Textile artists Jozef Bajus, Pat Hickman, Doug Guildford, Sherri Smith, Dorie Millerson and Martha Stanley investigate the subject of time. To March 3. Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Gallery Page and Strange:  Paper, featuring gallery artists. To March 1. 1869 Granville St., Halifax.

Lost & Found:Fortune, new paintings by Rebecca Roher. To March 8. 2383 Agricola St., Halifax.

Mary E. Black Gallerya table, craft for the Canadian table by Beth Alber, Jackie Anderson, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Michael Belmore, Lois Etherington Betteride, Brigitte Clavette, Charles Funnell, Chantal Gilbert, Elizabeth Goluch, Fiona Macintyre, Michael Massie, Mary K. McIntyre, Kye-Yeon Son, Myra Tulonen Smith, Ken Vickerson. To Feb. 24. Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, 1061 Marginal Rd., Halifax.

Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery:Prospect 16: Declan O’Dowd. To  March 3. Activist Ink, works by Emily Davidson, Dan O’Neill and Ericka Walker. To Feb. 24. 166 Bedford Highway.

Pier 21:Position As Desired, Exploring African Canadian Identity, photographs from the Wedge Collection. To March 30. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery: Lost Horizon: Landscape by Other Means. Includes works by Rose Adams, Marlene Creates, Peter Dykhuis, Lorraine Field, Kelly Mark, Camille Zakharia, Carl Zimmerman. To  March 10. Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue.

Secord Gallery:Horst Deppe Commemorative Exhibition. Feb. 15 to March 8. Upstairs at 6301 Quinpool Rd., Halifax.

Seeds Gallery:  Work by NSCAD students and alumni. 116-1099 Marginal Road.

Studio 21:Don Pentz: Enigma Landscapes. Extremes, group exhibition. Both to Feb. 13. Raymond Martin: Salluit. Above and Below: Susan Feindel. Opens Feb. 15, 5 to 7 p.m. 1273 Hollis St., Halifax.

ViewPoint Gallery:  The Soto/Hasid Project by Adrian Fish. To March 3. 1272 Barrington St., Halifax.