Class Notes
April 12, 2013


Audrey Dear Hesson, who became NSCAD’s first black graduate when she graduated in 1951, has artwork on display to April 27 as part of the exhibition, Discovery:  African Nova Scotia Art Pioneers, at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. The work dates to her school days at the art college and includes a ceramic sculpture, jewelry, tooled leather and weaving.


Filmmaker William MacGillivray is a winner of a 2013 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Bill studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art in the mid-1960s. Two of his films feature NSCAD prominently: the drama Life Classes, about a single mother who models for life-drawing classes and eventually becomes an artist herself; and the documentary I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, about the enormous influence of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design on contemporary art. Bill is now finishing a drama called Hard Drive and starting a documentary on former Newfoundland premier Danny Williams.


Framed Immersions by Luc Courchesne (BDes 1974) was on display from March 2 to April 13 at Centre Space in Toronto. This new body of work continues the artist's embrace with new technology to convey his unique point of view. Luc began his explorations in interactive video in 1984 when he co-authored Elastic Movies, one of the earliest experiments in the field, and since produced about 30 installation works and image series including Encyclopedia Chiaroscuro (1987), Portrait One (1990), Family Portrait (1993), Hall of Shadows (1996), Landscape One (1997), Passages (1998), Rendez-vous... (1999), Panoscopic Journal (1999-), Panoscope 360° (2000-), The Visitor: Living by Numbers (2001), Untitled (2004), Where are you? (2005), Horizons (2007), the Shores Series (2008-) and Icons (2009) in a co-creation with artist and choreographer Marie Chouinard. His work is part of major collections in North America, Europe and Asia and has been shown extensively in galleries and museums. Based in Montreal, Luc Courchesne is a professor of design at l’Université de Montréal, a founding member of the Society for Art and Technology [SAT], a board member of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Traffic, the conceptual art show that NSCAD Professor Jayne Wark (BFA 1979) helped curate, has been reconfigured as Continental Drift: Conceptual Art in Canada and is soon to open at Der Badische Kunstverein in Germany. Continental Drift presents the work of more than 100 artists, including Vera Frenkel, General Idea, Garry Neill Kennedy, Ken Lum, N.E. Thing Co., Michael Snow, Françoise Sullivan, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, and Joyce Wieland, as well as American and European artists who realized important pieces in Canada during this time and had a lasting effect on conceptual art there, such as John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Martha Rosler and Robert Smithson. If in Germany, please note Dr. Wark will provide a guided tour of the exhibition on Sunday, June 23.


Cliff Eyland (BFA 1982) was awarded the $430,000 public art commission for the new Halifax Public Library. His proposal involves the creation of 5,000 paintings specific to the new building. Each of the paintings would measure 3”x 5” in direct relation to the size of a traditional library index card.

Terry Graff (MFA 1981, MA 1991) is the new director/CEO and chief curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the editor of a new book, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Goose Lane Editions, 2013). The book’s insightful text is complemented by full-colour plates of 75 masterworks selected from more than 3,500 works owned by the gallery. The Masterworks book has been released in conjunction with the Masterworks North American tour, that will first travel through the United States and then across Canada. The first stop for the exhibition was the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida.

Raymonde Jodoin (BFA 1986) has an exhibition of drawings, Niellures et Suite II at Centre culturel de l’Arrondissement Jacques-Cartier in Sherbrooke, Québec (Feb. 1 to March 31, 2013) and an upcoming exhibition, Feuilles, photographs of leafs and threads, at Centre d’exposition du Vieux-Presbytère de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. Raymonde designed the book cover of A Healthy Life on a Healthy Planet by Danielle Méthot which was launched recently.

Artist potter Greg Payce (MFA 1987) is this year’s winner of the Saidye Bronfman Award. He has been an instructor in the ceramics program at the Alberta College of Art and Design. In recent years, other past winners of the Saidye Bronfman Award, which recognizes excellence in craft, are alumnus Charles Lewton-Brain (BFA 1978), NSCAD professor Kye-Yeon Son, and NSCAD professor emeritus Walter Ostrom.

Sarah Maloney (BFA 1988) teams with Melissa Doherty for the show, Nature in Culture, showing to June 2 at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Currently teaching in the Foundation Division at NSCAD, Sarah has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Fray at the Textile Museum Toronto; Corpus, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; and Atlantic Crossing, Dresden Germany.


Filmmaker, animator, cinematographer, and artist Andrea Dorfman (BFA 1995) has made numerous experimental and dramatic short films, two feature films – Parsley Days (2000) and Love That Boy (2003) – and the documentary, Sluts (2005). For the past few years she’s been working in animation at the National Film Board of Canada creating the Emmy-nominated Flawed (2010) and Big Mouth (2012), as well as creating mini-documentaries for the charitable human rights organization The Equality Effect. Currently she is developing her third feature film and working on an interactive documentary with the NFB on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. In other news, HarperCollins is publishing How to be Alone, based on the short video poem that she created in collaboration with Tanya Davis. It’s described as “a poetic tutorial on how to find happiness and freedom in solitude and how to thrive in a world that makes you feel bad if you’re alone.”

Ceramic artist Sin-ying Ho (BFA 1997) is an associate professor with the Department of Art – Studio Art/Art History at Queen’s College, City University of New York. She recently served on a panel discussion, Americans and the Porcelain City, held to coincide with a new installation, Evolution of Chinese and Their Global Influence, which is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

NSCAD now has an Oscar winner among its alumni. John Kahrs (1990), an animator with Disney, won the Academy Award for best animated short for his film, Paperman. Since the win on February 24, John has been interviewed in the local media, including Stephanie Domet on CBC Mainstreet and Steve Murphy on CTV Atlantic. He told Steve Murphy about how he was able to explore and try out different artistic media while at NSCAD, calling it “one of the best art schools in the world.”

Giving Notice, an exhibition by Firth MacMillan (BFA 1995), showed at Toronto’s Red Head Gallery Feb. 27 to March 23. Last January, Firth relocated to Toronto from New York City. “In the exhibition, she reinterprets pointed, yet every day, moments from her life in New York. Her three-dimensional drawings of razor wire in Bushwick, and sculptural representations of shadows in Central Park, are meditations on the edge between image and object, representation and abstraction, form and formlessness.” She has exhibited at CRG Gallery, Lyons Wier Gallery and Charles Cowles Gallery in New York and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Gardiner Museum, and San Bao International in China.

Catch 22, an exhibition by Alexandra Newbould and Louise Waters (BFA 1992), was on display at the Beaver Hall Gallery in Toronto from April 5-12. Louise’s recent work concerns Newfoundland fisheries, glaciers and nonobjective explorations.

Sculptural works by Mark Whidden (BFA 1991) are on display at (((Parentheses))) Gallery and Art Projects to April 19. The gallery is located at 2168 Gottingen Street, Halifax.


Director Jason Buxton (BFA 2003) has won several awards for his first feature Blackbird, including the Claude Jutra Award, best Canadian feature prize at the Toronto Film Festival, and best screenwriter, best Atlantic director, Michael Weir Award and best Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival. The film now has a Canadian release date, opening on Friday, May 10 in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal and on May 17 in Calgary, Sydney and Moncton.

Ceramic artists Ying-Yueh Chuang (MFA 2001) and Eliza Au (BFA 2005) have a two-person exhibition, Variations on Symmetry, traveling across Canada. The exhibition is currently showing at Ontario Craft Council Gallery. It ends on the April 13 and then travels to the next stop at Mary E Black Gallery in Halifax towards the end of May.

Photographer Scott Conarroe (MFA 2005) has been named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. Scott is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery, he teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and lives in the village of Kerememeos, B.C.

Singer/songwriter Jenn Grant (BFA 2006), who was so helpful in helping organizing last fall’s alumni concert, won the ECMA for pop recording of the year for her gorgeous album The Beautiful Wild.

Two exhibitions coming up at Art Mûr, 5826 St-Hubert, Montreal: Better the Devil you Know by David Ross Harper (BFA 2006) from May 4 to June 22; and Colleen Wolstenholme (BFA 1986) from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2.

RE: Position is an exhibition bringing together seven artists, including two NSCAD alum, who mine the “past and present to create works that, in various ways, comment on consumerism, social mores and the dialogue between functional, decorative and art object.” Work by Cal Lane (BFA 2001) and Zeke Moores (BFA 2002) is included in the exhibition, along with that by Boris Bally, Myra Mimlitsch, Meghan Price, Amelia Toelke and Jonathan Wahl. April 20 to June 16 at Toronto’s York Quay Centre.

An exhibition of prints by Charley Young (BFA 2009) is on display at the Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing. Drafting is on view from April 4 to 27. Originally from Alberta, Charley moved to Halifax to attend NSCAD where she obtained a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008. In 2012 she was the artist-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, and also began her Masters of Fine Art from the Maine College of Art. Currently Charley, winner of the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award and Lieutenant Governor Award 2012, is artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Centre in Johnston, Vermont, USA.

Lorena Ziraldo’s (BFA 2000) solo exhibition, Hotel California, just wrapped at Wallack Galleries in Ottawa. Many of the paintings are the continued documentation of her son as he heads into early adulthood. She is represented by Secord Gallery in Halifax.


Metapainting, an exhibition of work by Phil Delisle (MFA 2012) is on display at the Ottawa School of Art, 35 George St., Ottawa. It’s on display April 11 through to May 19.

Salomeh (Sally) Honarmand (2009) was a two-time winner at the Wearable Art Awards in Port Moody, B.C. The winning pieces, including Sally’s Pieces of Joy and Soul of the City, were on exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre in March. “A big thank you to NSCAD and its amazing advisors and instructors, especially to Suzanne Caines (BFA 1993) who had an amazing influence in my soul. I was at NSCAD for a very short time but I can say every moment I spent there was highly valuable, full of experience, creativity and knowledge. Good for all those people who can finish their programs in such a wonderful school.”

Good Shape, a solo exhibition by Kate Walchuk (BFA 2011), opens at NSCAD’s Seeds Gallery on April 18 and runs to May 19. Kate works at Lost & Found, 2383 Agricola, organizing shows and assisting other artists.

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