Class Notes
December 17, 2012

Catch up on the latest news of NSCAD alumni scattered far and wide.


Lapsus by Robert Bean is part of the Canadian Contemporary Collection on display at the National Gallery in Ottawa.

NSCAD faculty member Robert Bean (BFA 1978) has a body of work, Lapsus, currently on display in the Contemporary Canadian Collection of the National Gallery in Ottawa. Lapsus, which showed at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in 2005, are images of small lost or forgotten objects (lists on scraps of paper, paper clips, notes) photographed and massively enlarged.

Daphne Large (BFA 1973) opened Village Pottery in New London, PEI, a month after graduation. The summer of 2013 will mark the shop’s 40th year producing one-of-a-kind pottery. Daughter Suzanne Scott has joined the business as a potter and is also developing her own line of ceramic jewelry under the name Potter’s Daughter. 


Michael Arno (BDes 1982) is the President of Superna, an Ottawa-based company focused on technology innovation in the Information Communication Technology market.

Wilma Needham (MFA 1980) recently retired after a 30-year teaching career at NSCAD University. Teaching the first courses in feminist studio practice, Wilma worked with the Women's Collective and with students engaged in politically charged work.  With the collective she helped write the policy on sexual harassment and most recently worked on the President's committee to create the policy on Discrimination and Harassment. For most of the last 20 years, Wilma has coordinated the Internship program, establishing community links and work opportunities for students throughout the province.  She also introduced the course Portfolios & Practice, now known as Professional Practice class, preparing students for life after art school. Wild, a show of digital images of Savannah Baboons which conjure impressionist paintings, was on display at the Anna Leonowens Gallery from Dec. 10 to 15, 2012.

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Ruth Skinner (BFA 1989) is a Toronto-based documentary photographer who blends traditional and contemporary practices using the enduring aesthetic of black and white. During her studies she developed an interest in ferry systems and their cultural significance. Her latest work, Passages, is a photographic documentary which explores the 179-year history of the Toronto Island Ferry.

Artist Chris Dorosz (MFA 1997) had an exhibition of work, Stasis, on display at Scott Richards Contemporary Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA, from Aug. 2 to Sept. 1, 2012. His most recent body of work consists of celebrity portraits (Amy Winehouse, Angelina Jolie) painted on acrylic rods. He lives and works in San Francisco, where he teaches at the Academy of Art University and runs South Beach Artist Studios.

Winnie Fung (BFA 1998) is the managing director of Performance Space 122, a not-for-profit arts centre serving the dance and performance community in New York City.

Children’s book illustrator Doretta Groenendyk (BA 1991) has a new book out, Bluenose Twelve Days of Christmas, in collaboration with Mr. Nova Scotia Know-It-All Bruce Nunn. Her other books include Snow for Christmas, Bully 101, Thank You for My Bed, I’m Writing a Story and Bounce & Beans & Burn.

Sculptor Sarah Maloney (BFA 1988), a faculty member in NSCAD’s Foundation Division, was elected to the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. New members are elected by their peers and recognized for their significant contribution through their work.

 FrankOrlandoposter-300 Frank Orlando (BDes 1998) and Fred Connors show the limited edition poster Frank designed for Fred's mayoralty campaign. Frank has taught in the Design Division for the past 15 years and is a partner and creative director of Liberated, based in Halifax. (Photo by Lee Cripps.)


Ceramic artist Eliza Au (BFA 2005) of Richmond, B.C. is the winner of the 12th annual Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Interested in how sacred space is transformed by the use of pattern and geometry in Gothic and Islamic architecture, Eliza received $10,000 to advance her studies in the Netherlands. On faculty at Emily Carr University, she has completed residencies with Greenwich House Pottery (NYC, NY), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), and the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY).  Recent exhibitions include the 66th Scripps Ceramic Annual at Scripps College and The Art of Craft at the Vancouver Museum.

Washington native Saul Becker (BFA 2000) is a painter and sculptor. A multi-media exhibition, Field Recordings, was on display at the Horticultural Society of New York in the summer. Field Recordings combined atmospheric sound compositions by Stephen Vitiello with Saul’s electroplated wildflower sculptures.

Artist Scott Everingham (BFA 2003) has an exhibition of paintings at Galleri Christoffer Egelund in Copenhagen, Denmark (continuing to Jan. 19, 2013) and upcoming exhibitions Galerie Trois Points in Montreal, Que. (Feb. 16 to March 15, 2013) and General Hardware Contemporary in Toronto, Ont.

Christine Goudie (BDes 2007) graduated in November with a Master of Design (MDes) from Carleton University in Ottawa. The MDes program is offered through the School of Industrial Design. The title of her thesis is “Investigating Knowledge Exchange within Interdisciplinary Teams in the Design and Development of Assistive Medical Devices.”

Photo-based artist Charlene Heath (BFA 2005) works at Ryerson University as a Mira Godard Study Centre Media Collections Assistant.  This position provides support in the development of the MGSC Collections database; assists with expansion and maintenance of the MGSC holdings; and provides assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and visiting researchers and guests.

Andrew Kear (BFA 2000), the Curator of Historical Canadian Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, was one of three curators who mounted the major exhibition William Kurelek: The Messenger, which traveled to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. He also curated The WAG Century, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Canada’s oldest civic art gallery. 

Eleanor King (BFA 2001) was the Atlantic regional finalist for the Sobey Art Award and her work can be seen until Dec. 30, 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto.  It’s been a fantastic year for Eleanor, a musician, instructor in NSCAD’s Media Arts Division and the director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery. As well as the Sobey recognition, she received a creation grant from the Nova Scotia Arts Council and a research/creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. A new solo exhibition, Stacks, curated by Ryan Doherty, is on display at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge to Jan. 27, 2013.

Portraits of Injustice, by artist Carol Morrison (BFA 2005), is a show of victims of injustice painted using information provided by Amnesty International. It was first shown at the Harbourside Gallery of the Immigration Museum in 2010. Since then it has been shown at the St. John Arts Centre, the Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury and the People’s Place in Antigonish. It is now on display at the McCarthy Gallery, in the library of NSCC on Arthur Street in Truro, until the end of January 2013.

Craig Francis Power (BFA 2001) is a writer, curator and visual artist from St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador. His darkly comic art is on view as part of the Emerging Artist Series at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, a program that gives artists in the early stages of their careers a platform for putting their first major project on view. Craig Francis Power: Les Fleurs du Mal is on view to March 10, 2013.

Jewelry artist Heather Rathbun (BFA 2008) recently showed her work at the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale in Toronto. A former resident of the NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Residency, she currently lives in Toronto where she is an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre.

Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (BFA 2006) is one of 18 artists and architects whose work was included in a group exhibition, Migrating Landscapes, in the Canadian Pavilion at the Architectural Venice Biennale, Aug. 29 to Nov. 25, 2012. Of Métis descent, Tiffany’s submission included three models that replicated the cabin her great grandfather built on the trap line near Fort McMurray. Tiffany has recently graduated with a Masters of Architecture at the Southern California Institute of California (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles.

Illustrator Sydney Smith (BFA 2006) has teamed with author Sheree Fitch on the re-release of several of her beloved children’s books published by Nimbus, including Toes in My Nose, There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen and Mabel Murple.

Pastry chef Patrice Burke won a gold medal at the World Skills Americas contest in San Paulo, Brazil. The daughter of Kelly Burke (ANSCAD 1984) and Larry Burke (BDes 1981), Patrice attended NSCAD where a foundation class opened her eyes to other possibilities for her creativity. “I had a professor who encouraged me to open my mind a little bit about what form my art could take,” Patrice, a graduate of NSCC, told Bill Spurr of The Chronicle Herald. “It seemed natural to pair my artistic side with my love of food.”

Emma Sharpe (BFA 2010) and Shanley Maguire have launched a new magazine celebrating print, art and culture. Go Home Magazine, a quarterly publication produced in Toronto, “looks to marry traditional print sensibilities with the benefits of modern communications. We want to cultivate an appreciation for traditional methods and the tangibility of printed matter,” said Emma. At NSCAD, Emma focused on photography and media studies and spent a semester on exchange at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland where she got in touch with her Celtic roots.

Kirsten Stanley (BFA 2012) of Rothesay, N.B., has started her own film and video production business, 181 ° Productions after graduating from NSCAD in the spring. While at NSCAD, she wrote and directed four short films, Tears for Julie, Mixed Signals, Her Daughter’s Eyes and Fuddle.

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In Memoriam

Remembrances of poet and teacher Roger Michael Field of Ferguson’s Cove were shared during a celebration of his life, held December 2 at NSCAD’s Port Campus. During his life, Roger worked at Halifax’s New Option School for adults, as principal of Uniacke District School, head of English at the Koc School in Istanbul, member of the Halifax Refugee Clinic and teacher of professional English to design students at NSCAD. The father of three and the husband of Lorraine Field passed away on October 28, 2012 at the age of 67.

Joyce Teresa (nee Maithus) Hanson (BFA 1973) passed away December 6, 2012 at the QE II Hospital in Halifax after a long battle with cancer. She was 84. In her 40s, Joyce went to NSCAD and earned her BFA in 1973—she is one of the students noted in Garry Neill Kennedy’s famous lithograph, Page 141, about the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduation, Joyce remained active in the art world, showing her work in various galleries.

Heather Isabel McKean, the longtime administrative assistant in NSCAD’s Art History Department, died at the age of 59 at the QEII Hospital in Halifax. Former students and colleagues recalled her sympathetic ear, gregariousness and wry sense of humour. “Heather was a joy to know,” said one. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University, Heather retired from NSCAD in 2010.

E. Jeanne (nee Boutilier) Stanfield of Bedford died on Nov. 9, 2012 at the age of 97. She grew up in Halifax and attended the Nova Scotia College of Art in the 1930s. Throughout her life, she was known for her artistry and talent for interior design.