A generous gift
June 12, 2013


Judith Rickard (left) and Jean Hogan (right) pose for a photograph with NSCAD President Dr. Dan O'Brien.


The late Joan DeWolfe loved art and loved collecting art—filling her modest Halifax bungalow with colour and creativity.

With nine months to plan for her death, she thought carefully about the legacy she would leave—deciding to support young artists and children in need.

The co-executors of her estate—friends Jeannie Hogan and Judith Rickard—visited NSCAD University recently to meet with President Dr. Dan O’Brien and hand over cheques adding up to more than $100,000.

Proceeds from the estate, including funds raised at an auction of her art collection, were divided between two main benefactors, NSCAD University and Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society.

“She collected the work of young artists,” said Jeannie. “So she would be delighted to know that she is still facilitating the careers of artists.”

Ms. DeWolfe, a Halifax resident, died May 11, 2012 at the age of 63 after a nine-month battle with cancer. During her career, Joan worked at various investment firms. In her last years, she worked as an executive assistant for Addictions Services at the Nova Scotia Department of Health.

Described as “joyous,” "stylish" and “dynamic” by her friends, she lived her life with passion, surrounding herself with contemporary art and close friends. Those two loves came together on a cold night in January, when her art collection went up for auction at Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery.

Once the estate is settled, the bequest will total more than $200,000. This gift provides endowed funding for graduate scholarships and support for youth to participate in Extended Studies programs.

"Joan’s legacy will have a profound impact, attracting and supporting generations of graduate students to enroll in NSCAD’s Master’s programs, as well as younger artists who may not have the means to explore the world of art,” said Linda Hutchison, Director of University Relations.

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