NSCAD Notes - March 5
March 5, 2013


Required reading: “Why Canada’s most illustrious art school is in crisis – and why we need to save it” by Sarah Milroy in The Globe and Mail, published Saturday, March 2.

Oscar high: John Kahrs’ Oscar win continues to generate buzz and media interest. In an interview with Steve Murphy on CTV, the Disney animator who graduated from NSCAD in 1990 said the school is “one of the great art schools in the world.”

Some stories on TV and newspapers:

Congrats!  NSCAD student Grant McRuer and recent graduate Mary Lyn Podiluk (BFA 2012) had their work accepted for inclusion in the International Showcase of 500 Necklaces by Lark Books. Mary Lyn, recently awarded a grant from the Saskatchewan Crafts Council, is also a finalist in the Niche Awards for a teapot made while she was a student at NSCAD.


In this edition of ‘Sweet Tweet,’ here is a week’s worth of tweets from attica furnishings@atticahome sent to the attention of Premier Darrell Dexter. Attica is owned by NSCAD alumni Suzanne Saul and Christopher Joyce.

Province, NSCADset to talk funding next week,Metro News Canada
The province's Minister of Labour and Advanced Education says she'll sit down with a group of NSCAD students next week to discuss the ...

Furniture saves Brampton area’s agricultural heritage, Toronto Star
A Brampton-area apple orchard being bulldozed for a subdivision is being turned into furniture by NSCAD grads Dennis Hale and Mike Sharpe of Storyboard Furniture.

NSCAD offers prep for starving artist existence, UNews
NSCAD grad Jenna Powell on her NSCAD experience.


Public lecture: “50 Years of Woven Work” by Sherrie Smith, textile artists and professor of fibre at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. in the NSCAD Boardroom, D500.

Steve Higgins, Artist in Residence: All are welcome to visit NSCAD prof. Steve Higgins in residence at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery on Wednesdays and Thursdays through to April 19.

Fine Arts Division Visiting Artist: Ed Pien, Canadian artist based in Toronto, will discuss his work. MFA Forum, Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. Public presentation, Friday, March 8, 7 p.m. in D440 (Bell Auditorium).


Artist in residence: The 2013 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program will host two studio locations in Fort McMurray and Anzac, Alberta. The residencies include dedicated studio space commencing on June 5 in Fort McMurray and July 31 in Anzac. Artists in the program will take part in an artist talk, open-house demonstrations, and have the opportunity to display their artwork in a group exhibition held in Fort McMurray.  Visual artists who are Canadian residents are invited to submit a proposal before Friday, April 12. Visit www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/artist to learn more.

Centre for Art Tapes Artistic Residency: The Local Artist-In-Residence Program at the Centre for Art Tapes provides an opportunity to a local media artist for the development and experimentation of new work involving audio, video or new media. For the 2013 Local Artist-In-Residence Program one position will be available to an established local artist. The successful applicant will receive up to $1000 in-kind support in the form of Production and Editing memberships, access to facilities and equipment, a $1700 artist fee, a $300 speaker fee for conducting a talk or workshop for the community about their project, and access to technical assistance during the residency. Application deadline:  5pm Friday, March 15. For more information please contact Centre for Art Tapes: (902) 422-6822 or  ns.sympatico.ca

The Works: The Works Art & Design Festival is now accepting applications for Enbridge Art Interns as part of the Works to Work Internship Program. Deadline for applications: March 15, 2013. Applications can be downloaded from:  www.theworks.ab.ca  Since 2001, The Works to Work program offers a unique employment opportunity that combines visual art theory with hands-on work experience in the fast paced setting of The Works Art & Design Festival.  The program begins in May and runs throughout the summer. There are 46 hours of in-class/home-study instruction and over 500 hours of practical work experience. Several learning strategies are used throughout the program including hands-on demonstrations, guest lectures and research. To encourage ongoing skill development, all participants can return for multiple summers to progress from assistant to coordinator to supervisor levels.

Sound in Motion: Sound in Motion Festival, an independent, not-for-profit festival dedicated to electronic music and arts taking place July 11-15, 2013 in Toronto Canada, invites student filmmakers to submit films to our film screening which will open the festival on July 11. For more information about the Sound in Motion Festival, please visit: http://www.studiofeed.com/main/festival/

Spa special: 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.

Call For Entry: Eyelevel Gallery presents its annual Y-Level Exhibition, showcasing emerging artists from Atlantic Canada. The call for entries is now open until March 8, 2013. Applicants must be an emerging artist practicing in the discipline of art, craft, design, media arts or related mediums located in Atlantic Canada. Applicants may choose to propose independent or collaborative pieces outside of their existing body of work for submission. Visit eyelevelgallery.ca/submissions for more details and information on the application process. For additional inquiries, please contact Jocelyn Li or Michael McCormack (Director) at 425-6412 or gmail.com.

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.

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

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

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 at www.100paintersoftomorrow.com

RBC Canadian Painting Competition Celebrates 15th Anniversary: 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

Art bikers sought: The 4Cs Foundation is now accepting applications for positions as 2013 Art Bikers Program staff.  Riding bicycles and pulling trailers packed with art-making materials and supplies, the Art Bikers travel throughout the HRM engaging children, youth, and neighbourhood residents in free, fun public art activities throughout the summer.  You must be highly creative and a physically fit bicycle “road warrior” with high level of urban biking experience. Experience working with children required and camp counsellor experience considered an asset. You must have art-making and/or fine craft skills. Strong legs, a quick mind, playful spirit, and abundant energy are essential. DEADLINE for applications is March 22, 2013. Read the full job description and instructions on how to apply at http://www.4csfoundation.com/content/art-bikers-program


Anna Leonowens Gallery:  Still Life by M.E. Sparks; Chemical Imbalance by Sandy Escobar; Growth by Emma Gerard; Insertion by Sarah Cheetham; Jewelry exhibition by Amy MacInness; O/ne by Jocelyn Li. All to March 9. 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. Portrait of Places: Watercolours by Frederick B. Nichols. To March 31. Ruled by His Warden with Stick and with Voice. To July 21. Peggy’s Cove Syndrome. To June 8. 1723 Hollis St., Halifax.

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

Artz Gallery: New work - Lucky Rabbit Pottery & Lynda Shalagan. To March 24. 5229 Artz St., Halifax. Tel: 425-6063. Thursday: 5-9, Saturday: 1-6, Sunday: 1-5 or by appointment.

Craig Gallery:  Voice Echoes by Marina Fregeau. To March 23. Alderney Landing, Dartmouth.

Dalhousie Art Gallery:  Pierre Dorion. March 15 to May 12. Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Gallery Page and Strange:  Jennifer Dorner: Outer Space Living is Easy. March 9-29. 1869 Granville St., Halifax.

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

Mary E. Black Gallery:  Fibre in Everyday Life: Past, Present, Future, presented by the Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers. March 4-30. Restrained, a collection of figurative, smoke-fired clay sculptures by Louise Pentz (BFA 1973). To April 7. Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, 1061 Marginal Rd., Halifax.

Megan Leslie, MP, Community Art Gallery:Zombie World, featuring works by young people under the direction of Justin West (BFA 2011). 1-2207 Gottingen St.

Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery:Steve Higgins: Artist in Residence. March 6 to April 19. Chromophilia. March 16 to May 21. 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: Last chance! Horst Deppe Commemorative Exhibition. Upstairs at 6301 Quinpool Rd., Halifax.

Seeds Gallery:  Unseen Work: Duncan Ferguson. To March 17. March of Prints, March 21 to April 7. 116-1099 Marginal Road.

Studio 21:Raymond Martin: Salluit.Above and Below: Susan Feindel.  To March 13. New location! Drop by the gallery at 1273 Hollis Street.

ViewPoint Gallery:  Closer to Home, photographs by Ford Dolittle. March 6 to 31. Opens March 7, 6 to 8 p.m. 1272 Barrington St., Halifax.

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