Celebrating creativity
October 21, 2011

NSCAD alumni will be represented in full force at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards gala on October 28 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax.

Award-winning filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald, who was drawn to Halifax from New York to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the late 1980s, is one of three finalists for the $25,000 Portia White Prize. Also nominated are Mi’kmaq artist Gerald Gloade and photographer James MacSwain, who is also an instructor in media art production and a regular visiting faculty member at NSCAD.

As well, 10 artists have been selected as finalists for the Established Artist Recognition Awards, with the winners receiving $5,000 each.

They are: classical pianist Simon Docking, writer Sue Goyette, choreographer Sheilagh Hunt (BFA 1995), novelist and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell, painter Sara MacCulloch (BFA 1992), composer Scott Macmillan, visual artist Ivan Murphy (BDes 1993), printmaker Dan O’Neill (BFA 1994, MA 1999); children’s book illustrator Susan Tooke (BFA 1980) and conductor Dinuk Wijeratne.

The Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award will also be announced at the gala. Four of the five finalists teach at NSCAD: David Clark, chair of the media arts division, is nominated for the digital web work 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (to be played with the left hand);  media arts professor Susan McEachern for the photographic series Equine Studies; part-time faculty member Adam Kelly and Tim Dallett for an interdisciplinary new media project called Investigation 1; and textiles professor Robin Muller, along with collaborator Sarah Bonnemaison, professor with Dalhousie's School of Architecture, for The Warming Hut. Rounding out the top five is artist Susan Feindel for her mixed media installation See Below.

This year, four of the finalists will receive $3,000 while the winner takes home $25,000.

Three communities are finalists for the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award. Antigonish, Cheticamp and Christmas Island are competing for the $10,000 award that seeks to support the integration of arts and culture into community life.


 Commons Winter by painter Ivan Murphy, on display at Page & Strange Gallery.