Class Notes
February 3, 2015

Catch up on news from NSCAD alumni far and wide

Visual artist Susan Coolen (BDes ’77) was recently interviewed by COMP Art & Design Magazine, an online publication produced by the Department of Art + Design at St. Francis University.  The article discusses Susan’s use of found objects in her work and how these discarded items connect to the present day. Her recent exhibit NEON WOOD, a collaboration with Bread Heads, took 50 pieces of wood kindling and transformed them into a glowing installation.  Plans for another exhibition of NEON/WOOD are in the works for this spring.

Always pushing the limits, avant garde artist Clayton Patterson (BFA ’77) is fed up with the declining grassroots culture in New York. He’s created a video titled Welcome to NY featuring footage of Taylor Swift, a recent “welcome ambassador” promoting New York tourism, juxtaposed with gritty shots of a violent New York cityscape. Clayton explains his distaste with Swift representing the New York arts scene in a recent article on  Also featured in The New York Times, Clayton further explores the “ruination” of New York by unveiling his plans to leave the city he’s lived in for so long for the Austrian Alps. The outlaw artist is currently working on several projects as well as judging at this year’s Victoria TX Indie Film Fest in March and helping to promote the band DAMEHT.

The work of fine art photographer Michael McLaughlin (BFA ’83) is now on display at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York City’s West Village. The exhibition titled Your Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, a reference to the traditional pre-flight instructions of airline hostesses, is a collection of the sights found commonly in the act of traveling between countries and continents. Michael’s work will be on display from January 14 to February 22, 2015.

Michael McLaughlin's photographs are at Robin Rice Gallery in New York City to Feb. 22.
Anatomica, now on display at the Dalhousie Art Gallery, features the work of Sarah Maloney (BFA ’88) along with artists Lyn Carter, Maura Doyle, former NSCAD President Garry Neill Kennedy, Kaisu Koski, Maskull Lasserre, Lucy Lyons, Lisa Nilsson, and Howie Tsui.  The show will be on display from January 16 to March 8, 2015.  Her work will also be featured in the upcoming exhibit at Studio 21 titled First Flowers from February 13 to March 11, 2015.

Known for her installation and photographic work Kelly Lycan’s (BFA ’92) next exhibition Ideas and Things will open March 28 to June 13, 2015 at the Kamloops Art Gallery in BC.  The exhibit focuses on the work of five artists exploring materiality through colour theory, text and more.

Aidan Chopra (BFA ’98) took a leap of faith and quit his job to co-found Bitsbox, a free website where kids learn to code apps for mobile devices.  Kids receive access to the website and a monthly box of materials that allow them to can pick and choose which apps to create. The new business has been featured in TechCrunch, GeekDad and Forbes and just completed a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.

Janet Howse (BFA ’01) has used her artistic skills to create The Work of Art, a company that focuses on creating adaptable art products for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  The Work of Art recognizes that caring for someone with dementia is not easy and art has been known to reduce anxiety, minimize behaviours and provide an outlet to connect with the loved one or patient. See:

Eleanor King (BFA '01) has a solo exhibition, Eleanor King: Dark Utopian, now on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. A Fulbright scholar studying at SUNY Purchase, she has shown her work nationally and internationally in exhibitions at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, and Galleri F15 in Moss, Norway, among other venues.  In 2012, she represented Atlantic Canada for the Sobey Art Award . 

Andrea Cavicchi (BFA ’03) has published a children’s book titled The Good Luck Dragonfly,A Journey through the Northern Wetlands. This paperback book tells the story of a small twelve-spotted skimmer dragonfly that travels through the northern wetlands meeting many unique creatures along the way. 
Photographer Scott Conarroe’s (BFA ’05) work was featured in Time Lightbox. Scott, with help from Time, travelled to China in 2012 to document the massive railway expansion taking place. This gave him the opportunity to present his work to a wider audience. Scott’s work was also featured in Azure Magazine.

A high compliment was paid to Dorothee Rosen (BFA ’05)  when she was featured in not one, but two articles in Jeweler’s Circular Keystone, considered to be  the leading magazine in the jewellery industry. 

Charley Young (BFA ’09) and Melanie Colosimo, director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, have teamed up to create Beautiful Illusions now on exhibit at the MSVU Art Gallery from January 10 to March 8, 2015.  The show has been described as touching on themes of memory, transitory states and trace imagery.

Congratulations goes out to Kiano Zamani (BFA ’10) who recently received his MFA in Cinematography and Video/Film Production from the University of British Columbia. Kiano currently works freelance in Director /Producer/Branding/New Media.

Mary Lynn Podiluk (BFA 2012) is a 2015 Niche Award winner for her handcrafted engagement ring called “Infinite.” Mary Lynn was also a student Niche winner in 2012 for which she was able to present her work in a solo exhibition at Ottawa’s L.A. Pai Gallery.  

Jade Dumrath (BFA 2014) was a two-time student winner at the Niche Awards in the functional category and decorative accessories.