Get to know NSCAD's grad students
August 28, 2015

It's a brand new academic year! Here's an introduction to NSCAD's MFA students. To keep up with them and the art they're making throughout the year, check out the blog.

New MFAs:
Angie Arsenault

Angela Grace Arsenault was born into and raised up by a family of seafarers and creatives on otherworldly Cape Breton Island. In 1999, she left her Island home to attend NSCAD University, where she obtained her BFA in Media Art in 2004. In keeping with her spirit of adventure, Angela moved to Vancouver in 2007 where she gained a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from the Vancouver Community College. Upon graduation from VCC in 2009, Angela hightailed it back East and has lived all over Nova Scotia since. She currently calls Spryfield her home away from home. Angela has exhibited her work across Canada and has been running a successful commercial jewellery business since 2011.
Carly Belford

Carly graduated with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University in 2012.   She currently lives in her hometown, Toronto. Her work in painting is focused on landscape, and deals mainly with her romanticization of the natural spaces she has encountered in photographs and during her own travels.
Ursula Handleigh

Ursula is a visual artist based in Toronto and a graduate of OCAD University’s BFA program. Working with experimental photography, film and historical processes of image making, her work explores questions of identity, perception, memory and familial relationships. She has participated in the XPACE/SPARK Art Space Residency in Syracuse, New York, the M.C. McCain Post-Graduate Residency in Toronto, Ontario and the Spark Box Residency in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Juss Heinsalu

Juss  is an artist who works in ceramics, creating site-specific installations, music instruments, and performances. He received his BA from the Estonian Academy of Arts and spent a year studying at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany. Heinsalu is also interested in the process of wood firing and kiln building. He has been helping to organize the Kohila International Ceramics Symposium in Estonia for several years, assisted the 2nd European Wood Fire Conference in Denmark, and has participated in various projects and exhibitions in the USA, Germany, and Spain. Recently finished his additional studies through the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.

Xiaocheng Li

Xiaocheng Li was born in Dalian which is a coastal city located in northern  China. She majored in Art Design (Fashion Design) at Donghua University in Shanghai from 2010 to 2014. At the same time, she received another Bachelor’s degree certificate in Applied Psychology at East China Normal University. While completing her studies, she began to take part in a variety of design competitions and also worked in Masha Ma Clothing Company as a designer assistant, where she learned that all the branches of design are related closely. Thus, she is glad that NSCAD University gives her the opportunity to continue her studies and promote her artistic tastes and visions.

Emily Wareham

Emily was born and raised on beautiful Prince Edward Island but has called Nova Scotia home since September 2004 when she moved to further her education in the arts. She received her B Des., Major in Communication Design and her BFA, Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University. She has since filled the role as the part-time jewellery technician at NSCAD. It is within the university environment that she thrives, as she is perpetually learning and being inspired by the talented faculty and students. She is driven by the constant challenge the materials and techniques present and the problem solving aspect involved in designing one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces

Shiori Yamamoto

Shiori Yamamoto was born in Osaka, Japan. She is currently a graduate student at Kyoto City University of Arts, where she is studying dyeing and weaving. She is interested in contemporary art and is inspired by Japanese temples and shrines. The theme of her current work is “kawaii,” which, in the context of Japanese popular culture (especially manga and anime), is the quality of being "cute." The NSCAD MFA Program is happy to welcome Shiori as a visiting student for the Fall 2015 semester.

Returning MFAs
Maeghan Banks

Maeghan Banks is an artist based in Montreal, Canada. Her interdisciplinary practice includes bookmaking, digital media, video and installation. She is currently researching perception and the aesthetics of contemplation in networked digital media. In both art and life, she is trying to reconcile an internet state of mind with a mindful state of being.
E.M. Alysse Bowd

E.M.Alysse Bowd is a sentimentalist, a heroine and a romantic. She is a child of the prairies who prefers open skies and warm chinooks. She graduated with her BFA in Ceramics from ACAD and has since pursued a  practice of object-making, performance and participatory gestures.
Angela Henderson

Angela Henderson was born and raised in the interior of British Columbia and currently lives and works in Vancouver BC, where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Angela works across mediums of drawing, photography and a range of installation techniques to investigate the notion of 'public' in the built environment as a divided space between public debate and private interest.
Sophie MadeleineJaillet

Sophie Madeleine Jaillet is a rock and mineral collector from Montréal, Québec. She graduated from Concordia University in 2013 with a BFA in painting and drawing. In her studio, she explores the various possible physical interactions between materials. Through the construction and destruction of minimal forms, her sculpture works address the effects geological mechanisms have on mineral structures and our perceptual understanding of these effects.

Anna Heywood-Jones

Anna Heywood-Jones

Anna Heywood-Jones was born and raised in Ontario and now calls British Columbia home. She holds a diploma in Fibre Arts from Kootenay School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University. The foundation of Anna's graduate work is dedicated to building a vocabulary of Nova Scotian natural dye stuffs paired with material explorations into the complex interaction between human and botanical spheres.
Marc Knowles

Marc Knowles studied fine arts at the Félix-Leclerc Cégep in Gatineau, Quebec, and graduated in 2002. In 2008 he received his BFA in drawing and painting at Concordia University. For five years he worked as an art handler and in sales at Gallery de Bellefeuille in Montreal. Before coming to NSCAD last fall, he focused full time for fourteen months on his studio and travel, including time in Japan and St-Vincent and the Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean.
Connie Littlefield 

Connie Littlefield has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. She has made several long-form documentaries in which she explores consciousness and social change. Her thesis project is Huxley's Exit, a film about the use of psychedelics in palliative care.

Kate Ward

Kate Ward is an Australian artist who graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art from the Australian University School of Art, majoring in textiles with a sub major in printmaking in 1998. Since graduation she has continued to develop her artistic practice, participating in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, the United Kingdom, America and Canada. During this time she has won national and international awards for her work.
Jessica Winton

Jessica Winton is a provocateur in the public realm, creating art installations to provoke civic engagement on socio-political issues. Her background as a builder in the film and television industry has influenced her material process in its varied approach. She maintains her practice in Wonder'neath Studios in north end Halifax with several other artists and collaborators. She also spends her time collective gardening, parenting and playing shinny ice hockey.