NSCAD Notes - News
November 2, 2017


Kudos this week:

  • To NSCAD alumna Ursula Johnson (BFA 2006) on winning the prestigious Sobey Art Award! Ursula is the first Atlantic finalist to win the top prize of $50,000. To celebrate, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and NSCAD will hold an evening in her honor on Friday, Nov. 10 at Art Bar +Projects.
  • To NSCAD professor Kim Morgan on winning a 2017 Established Artist Recognition Award.
  • To NSCAD alumnus Will Robinson (BFA 2005), also for winning a 2017 Established Artist Recognition Award
  • To NSCAD alumna Tanya Tagaq (BFA 1998, DFA 2015) for her upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.
  • To NSCAD alumna Emily Lawrence (BFA 2017) on being named Best Visual Artist in The Coast's Best of Halifax edition

MFA noon-hour talks
The Master of Fine Arts students will participate in four thematic noon-hour discussions over the  their two-week group exhibition Ladder Training, opening in all three Anna Leonowens Galleries next Monday November 6.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7: LANGUAGE OBJECT: Emma Allain, Alex Linfield, Jake Maddison, Lorraine Albert, Karin Jones, Carrie Allison
  • Thursday, Nov. 9: PLACE & PROCESS: Sara McCulloch, Chloe Kinsella, Andrew Godsalve & Nathan Wilson, Morgan Melenka, Alicia Hunt
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15: BODY /ARCHIVE / TECHNOLOGY: Rachel Anzalone, Suttie Mae, Alicia Proudfoot, Jason Everitt, Yang Guo, Xinting Hui, Katarina Marinic
  • Thursday, Nov. 16: ABSURD: Aralia Maxwell, Cullen Bingeman, Philip Kanwischer, Evan Peacock, Koei Kao, Benjamin Muriithi, Arianna Richardson

Artist talk

NSCAD alumna Lucie Chan will present a talk about her work on Thursday, Nov. 9, 1:30 to 3 pm at Art Bar +Projects. About this event: Guyana-born Lucie Chan lives and works in Vancouver. A graduate of NSCAD, she spent 10 years in Halifax developing trans-disciplinary drawings, and recently introduced written/performative elements to her practice. She has had solo exhibitions at venues such as the AGNS and the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, and her work has been shown in group shows across Canada, notably at OBORO, TRUCK, Richmond Art Gallery, Foreman Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada. Her work is included in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Lucie Chan was long-listed for the Sobeys Art Award in 2005 and 2010. She has completed local and international residencies (most recently at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts). All are welcome to this event.

October 23, 2017

Kudos this week:

  • NSCAD students Mary Metz took the first prize of $1000 for her Halifax-waterfront inspired pumpkin, and Blossom Mendoza won second prize of $500, The Great Pumpkin Patch contest was presented by Historic Properties.

  • Ambera Wellmann (BFA 2011) has won the 19th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition, prevailing over 14 other finalists. She was awarded a cheque for $25,000 Tuesday evening at a ceremony in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada. Runners up were Teto Elsiddique (BFA 2013) and Veronika Pausova.

  • Ursula Johnson was awarded the Award for Arts Achievement and Excellence at the International Council of Fine Art Deans (ICFAD) Conference on Friday. Ursula (BFA 2006) is the Atlantic finalist for the Sobey Art Award, The winner will be announced at a gala on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Wood shop re-opens

The Fire Inspector signed off on the new dust collection system for the wood shop at the Port Campus. The work in the shop is now complete and the shop is re-opened five days ahead of schedule.

New art jewellery society
There is a new art jewellery society in Nova Scotia founded by NSCAD alumni. Co-Adorn is a network of thriving innovative jewellery artists working to advance their art form in Nova Scotia through social events, workshops, and exhibition opportunities. Find out more info at http://www.co-adorn.com/

October 17, 2017

President's BlogA new post by NSCAD President Dianne Taylor-Gearing: A Positive Way Forward.
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NSCAD Fall Enrolments UpNSCAD experiences positive year-over-year growth in terms of international, first-year and transfer students.
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//Responsive: Lighting Up the NightA chat with Melanie Colosimo and Peter Dykhuis from the curatorial team for //Responsive, happening Oct. 18 to 21 at various sites in downtown Halifax.
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The arts and culture scene in OctoberConferences, art exhibitions, festivals ... October is lively in Halifax.
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NSCAD Mobile AppJust a reminder about the NSCAD Mobile App. It's recently been updated and is available for download through the App Store,Google Play and BlackBerry World.
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Halifax ExplosionNarratives in Space + Time Society has launched a free interactive mobile app, Drifts, that explores the contemporary Debris Field of the Halifax Explosion (1917-2017). The app was developed with MindSea Software Developers and the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Find out more about the research »
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Upcoming events:

  • Artist talk by Dil Hildebrand. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 pm in the Bell Auditorium.
  • Welcome Reception, ICFAD Conference. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6 pm, Port Campus.
  • //Responsive: International Light Art Project Halifax. Oct. 18-21, 7 -10 pm.
  • Research creation talk by Lorraine Albert. Oct. 20, 12 noon, Art Bar +Projects.

October 11, 2017

Public Lecture SeriesCollaborative artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler will present the latest NSCAD public lecture tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 11,6 pm at Halifax Central Library, Paul O'Regan Hall.

October 3, 2017

Treaty Space GalleryNSCAD has opened the Treaty Space Gallery at the Port Campus. In a dedication ceremony yesterday, Mi'kmaq Elder Marshall Douglas Knockwood opened the proceedings with a prayer and smudging, Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas performed a reading and Dr. Heidi Bohaker from the University of Toronto delivered a short lecture. The Call for Submissions for the new space is online at nscadtreatyspacegallery.wordpress.com. 

Photopolis begins

Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography has begun! Throughout the month of October there will be 40 exhibitions and more than 35 events celebrating photography in Halifax and Dartmouth. Photopolis is pleased to acknowledge NSCAD University has a sponsor of the festival and proud to present exhibitions by NSCAD Alumni Devon Berquist, Alexa Cude, Becky Gartner, Harold Klee, Frankie Macaulay, and Meriem Oumessad; as well as past and present NSCAD Faculty Alvin Comiter, Claire Hodge, Kim Morgan, Wilma Needham, and Gary Wilson. Be sure to check out the exhibitions and events happening on campus at NSCAD during October. For more listings and information about the festival, visit photopolis.ca

Waygooze - Gasperau Press' Annual Book Arts Fandangle

Happening Saturday, Oct. 21 at Gaspereau Press Printers & Publishers and featuring guest printers Myrna Keliher and Michael Hepher of Expedition Press and Clawhammer Press. Events include an authors' reading, Saturday morning authors salon, book arts panel on Friday evening and an open house on Saturday at Gaspereau Press. There will be a round-trip bus trip for NSCAD students, staff and faculty leaving on Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 am. Cost is $20. For more info, please email May Chung at mchung@nscad.ca

Upcoming events

  • Grad forum: New and returning MFA students present their work in a series of lightning round Pecha Kucha events on Wednesday morning, 10 am to 12 pm, at Art Bar +Projects. All are welcome! This week, Alex Linfield, Suttie Mae, Benjamin Muriithi, Yang Guo, Alicia Hunt, and Alicia Proudfoot are up.
  • Artist talk with Ed Pien, one of the visiting artists at NSCAD as part of the NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 to 8 pm at Halifax Central Library. Find out more »
  • Artist talk by Brendan Tang. Thursday, Oct. 5, 12 noon to 1 pm, Room P214.
  • Frame by Frame, a documentary film about photojournalists, screen Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 pm at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Windsor Foundation Theatre. A Photopolis event.
  • Gala opening for Photopolis. Friday, Oct. 6, 7 pm, at Viewpoint Gallery, Barrington St., Halifax.
  • NSCAD Public Lecture Series. Artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. Wednesday, October 11, 6 pm at Halifax Central Library. Paul O'Regan Hall.
  • Sabbatical talk with Karin Cope. Field Notes: North and South. Friday, Oct. 13, 12 noon, Art Bar +Projects.
  • Moving Forward, Looking B(l)ack: Visual Art in Nova Scotia, a panel discussion featuring women who curate, create and activate. With Pamela Edmonds, Lucie Chan, Bria Miller, Jade Peek, facilitated by Sylvia Hamilton. Friday, Oct. 13, 6:30 pm at Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St., Halifax.
  • Multi-perspective panel: How can art and art exhibitions challenge assumptions about aging? Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 166 Bedford Hwy.

September 26, 2017


NSCAD ceramics professor Neil Forrest’s exhibition Porøs just opened at ASU (Arizona State University) Art Museum. For this exhibition, Forrest worked with a cadre of engineers and architects to produce an installation "featuring hissing ceramic objects that emit water vapor, vessels that grow crystals and mysterious flocked, bumpy forms built from thousands of layers of vaporized ceramic slip."

Events this week and upcoming
  • Mirror: Mentorship + Professional Development. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Art Bar +Projects. Find out more »
  • Grad Forum, new and returning MFA students will present their work in a series of lightning round Pecha Kucha events. This week, Aralia Maxwell, Sara MacCulloch, Cullen Bingeman, Koei Kao, Rachel Anzalone, and Chloe Kinsella are up.Wednesday, Sept. 27, 10 am to 12 noon. D500. Find out more »
  • Artist talk by Lucy Pullen. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12 noon, Art Bar +Projects.
  • Notice What You Notice, an artist talk by weaver, note keeper and teacher Sandra Brownlee. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12 noon in H240, Fountain Campus.
  • A public lecture series -- Stories of War and Peace. Reina Green and Jessica Lynn Wiebe present on Representations of War and Peace in Art. Friday, Sept. 29, 1:30-2:30 pm at Keshen Goodman Library.
  • Culture Days at NSCAD. Special events include the an artist talk by Mario Doucette on Friday, Sept. 29, 4:30 pm at the Anna Leonowens Gallery and Totally Wicked Music Festival, 6-11 pm, at Art Bar +Projects.
  • NSCAD Inside Out continues Culture Days programming at NSCAD. All three campuses, plus the residency sites in New Glasgow and Lunenburg, will be open to the public. Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Reception to celebrate International Day of the Older Person. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-4 pm at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery.
  • Opening ceremony, Treaty Education Space, on Monday, Oct. 2, 4 pm, at the Port Loggia Gallery, Port Campus.
  • Debris Field: Public Geographies of the Halifax Explosion. A presentation by Barbara Lounder and Robert Bean of Narratives in Space + Time Society and launch of the interactive mobile app.Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 pm in the Bell Auditorium, Fountain Campus. Presented by NSCAD's Division of Design. Find out more »
  • Artist talk with Ed Pien, one of the visiting artists at NSCAD as part of the NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 to 8 pm at Halifax Central Library. Find out more »
  • Frame by Frame, a documentary film about photojournalists, screen Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 pm at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Windsor Foundation Theatre. A Photopolis event.
  • Gala opening for Photopolis. Friday, Oct. 6, 7 pm, at Viewpoint Gallery, Barrington St., Halifax.
  • NSCAD Public Lecture Series. Artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. Wednesday, October 11, 6 pm at Halifax Central Library. Paul O'Regan Hall.
  • Multi-perspective panel: How can art and art exhibitions challenge assumptions about aging? Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 166 Bedford Hwy.

September 20, 2017

Events this week and upcoming:
  • Sabbatical talk with Christopher Kaltenbach. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 12 noon, Art Bar +Projects.
  • Grad Forum. New and returning MFA students will present their work in a series of lightning round Pecha Kucha events over the next four Wednesday mornings, This week with Lorraine Albert, Evan Peacock, Jacob Maddison, Andrew Godsalve, Arianna Richardson, Nathan Wilson, Carrie Allison Goodfellow, Karin Jones. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 10 am to 12 pm. D500.
  • Artist talk with Luis Jacob. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 8-10 pm, Art Bar +Projects.
  • NSCAD will host a talk with Corey Bowles, director of Black Cop. Thursday, Sept. 21, 1 pm in Room 208, Academy Campus. 
  • Thirsty Thursday. NSCAD community cocktail night. Thursday, Sept. 21, 5 pm. Art Bar +Projects.
  • NSCAD Public Lecture Series. Fiona Raby. Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 pm at Halifax Central Library. Paul O' Regan Hall.
  • Book launch. Carol Bruneau reads from her latest book A Bird on Every Tree. Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30 pm. Art Bar +Projects.
  • Mirror: Mentorship + Professional Development. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Art Bar +Projects.
  • NSCAD Public Lecture Series. Artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. Wednesday, October 11, 6 pm at Halifax Central Library. Paul O'Regan Hall.


Congratulations to NSCAD student Seamus Gallagher on winning a Aimia | AGO Photography Scholarship. As one of three winners across Canada, Seamus receives a $7,000 scholarship for studies at NSCAD, and an additional $1,000 honorarium is awarded to NSCAD's Photography Department. Seamus, a photography and intermedia major originally from Moncton, NB, will travel to Toronto in December along with Professor Adrian Fish, to attend the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Winner Announcement Gala and meet the artists shortlisted for the Prize. For more info on the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Winner, please see: https://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com/scholarship/2016

Photo by Seamus Gallagher, recipient of a prestigious Aimia / AGO photography scholarship.

In the news

Colleen Jones of CBC TV will speak to NSCAD Extended Studies instructor Kyle Bridgett about his class, Doodling for Adults. The segment is expected to air on Thursday on CBC TV.

NSCAD professor Darrell Varga is on a panel with Sophie Hackett (photo curator AGO) and David Suzuki (The Nature of Things) discussing the acclaimed Canadian documentary Manufactured Landscapes. It airs Saturday Sept 23, on CBC National 8:30 pm (also on http://www.cbc.ca/arts/thefilmmakers)

Portrait of an artistFilmmaker Ariella Pahlke weaves the life and work of retired NSCAD professor Suzanne Gauthier in Suzanne Gauthier: one thing leads to another. The documentary screens on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 9:15 pm and Thursday, Sept. 21, 8:30 pm at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival. Read more »

Stirring up memoriesA walk through the former community of Richmond stirs up memories of trauma associated with the Halifax Explosion. Find out more about the research by NSCAD professors Barbara Lounder and Robert Bean as part of Narratives in Time + Space Society as the 100th anniversary of the tragedy nears. Read more »

VIVID: E-news for NSCAD alumniCatch up on the news from the fall issue.
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Mirror: Mentorship + DevelopmentThis is a new event at NSCAD bringing together students in their final year at NSCAD and NSCAD alumni.
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Insects by Design
Design Professor Christopher Kaltenbach wants you to think differently about bugs.
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A report of the Master of Design programThe Master of Design degree is changing to a two-year degree program starting next year.
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In tribute to AnnaA new sculpture on the Halifax waterfront and an installation on Granville Mall are inspired by NSCAD founder Anna Leonowens.
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September 7, 2017

A look ahead at NSCAD happenings this fall:

Visiting artists at the Anna Leonowens Gallery
Zachari Logan
Exhibition: Sept 12 - 23, 2017
Opening reception: Monday, Sept. 11, 5:30 - 7PM
Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 13, 12 Noon 

Mario Doucette
Exhibition: Sept 26 - Oct 7, 2017
Opening reception: Monday,  Sept 25, 5:30 - 7PM
Artist Talk: Friday, Sept 29, 4:30PM
presented in association with Culture Days

Nam Nguyen
William and Isabel Pope Artist-in-Residence
Exhibition: Oct 24 - Nov 13, 2017
Opening reception: Monday, October 23, 5:30 - 7PM
Artist Talk: Tues October 10, 1pm

Artist talk

"You Notice What You Notice"
Artist talk by Sandra Brownlee
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12 noon
NSCAD Weaving Studio, H240
Fountain Campus

NSCAD Public Lecture Series

Fiona Raby
"Aesthetics of Unreality",  visiting designer of Dunne & Raby
Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 - 8PM
Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road

Ed Pien
Toronto-based artist and NSCAD Litho Workshop: Contemporary Editions participating artist
Wednesday, Oct, 4, 6 - 8PM
Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road

Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler
Berlin/Ausin-based media artists and 2017 NSCAD Honorary Degree Recipients
Wednesday, Oct, 11, 6 - 8PM 
Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road

NSCAD and Culture Days

The Totally Wicked Music Festival
Form a band and perform!
Presented by the NSCAD Alumni Association
Friday, Sept 29, 8 PM
Art Bar + Projects

NSCAD Inside Out
An open house of all three campuses: Port, Academy, Fountain
Saturday, Sept 30
10 AM to 3 PM

Opening of the Treaty Education Space
Join the NSCAD Community as we dedicate the Port Loggia Gallery as the Treaty Education Space. Featuring poet laureate Rebecca Thomas and a talk by Dr. Heidi Bohaker on settler and indigenous approaches to treaty. All are welcome to attend! Supported by the NSCAD Alumni Association and sponsored by the Province of Nova Scotia.

NSCAD Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road
Monday, Oct 2nd, 4 PM

Photopolis at NSCAD
The Magic Project
Created by Kate Macdonald and Emma Paulson in response to the election of Donald Trump.
October 10 - 28, 2017
PORT LOGGIA GALLERY, 1107 Marginal Road
Opening reception: Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 – 7PM

October 24 - November 13, 2017
ALG Exhibition receptions: Mon 23 October, 5:30 - 7PM
Gallery 1 - Gül Ilgaz, Kim Morgan and Abdi Osman
Gallery 3 - Alvin Comiter, faculty exhibitor

//RESPONSIVE: International Light Art Project Halifax
Initiated by a partnership based in Halifax and Cologne, Germany, this special four day exhibition will showcase the medium of light through interactive, responsive, and performative artworks.

October 18 - 21, 2017
ALG extended hours: 7pm - midnight

Visit the //RESPONSIVE website for a complete list of projects and locations
Kudos this week

Congratulations to Wendy (Ho Ching) Chan (BFA 2017), winner of the 14th annual national jewellery competition. The competition promotes the work of emerging jewellery artists and is held at LA Pai Gallery in Ottawa. Clarrisa Long (BFA 2017) and Euneson Park (BFA 2017) were also among the five finalists. An exhibition of work by the finalists continues to September 13th at LA Pai Gallery.

Congratulations to Cassandra Vitiello (BFA 2017) on winning the $3,000 Vaccaro Family Scholarship. As part of the scholarship, NSCAD's Jewellery & Metalsmithing Department receives $1,000.

The film, Wollf, by NSCAD film student Chelsea Innes has been accepted to the Toronto Indie Film Festival. Congratulations Chelsea!

August 15, 2017

Kudos this week

  • Congratulations to NSCAD student Chelsea Innes. Her film WO|LF is an official selection of the Cannes Short Film Festival.
  • Congratulations to NSCAD Jewellery and Metalsmithing grad Shelley MacDonald. Her Ulu earrings were spotted on the Duchess of Cambridge during the royal visit to Canada last September and Shelley is still feeling the "Kate Effect." Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers since then, both in Canada and in the UK. Latest coverage is courtesy of Hello Canada! "I got to pay off my student loan from her wearing my earrings," says Shelley in the article.

NSCAD School of Extended Studies

The fall calendar is out and registration for fall begins August 22. There are dozens of classes for adults and kids and audit opportunities. Take a look and register.

August 8, 2017

Alumni Exhibition

Submissions are sought for the Alumni Biennial, Underpinnings: Celebrating 130 Years of NSCAD Alumni. The exhibition will take place Nov. 21 to Dec. 2. "For the 2017 Alumni Biennial the NSCAD Alumni Association invites alumni to reflect on the core values and pedagogy that have created the legacy for which NSCAD is known. We invite alumni to submit works that embody the physical and conceptual underpinnings of their practice that NSCAD gave them to build upon." Deadline is Sept. 15, 2017. For more info, please see: http://alg.nscad.ca/call-for-submissions-alumni-biennial/

Best of Halifax
NSCAD's Anna Leonowens Gallery is nominated for "best gallery" in The Coast's Best of Halifax edition. Sure would be great if you voted so our own Anna Leonowens Gallery could get the recognition it deserves. Vote now! See: http://thecoast.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Halifax-2017/Ballot/Artcultureentertainment

Kudos this week
Congratulations to recent NSCAD jewellery and metalsmithing grads Ho Ching Chang, Eunseon Park and Clarissa Long who are among the finalists for the L.A. Pai 14th Annual National Student Jewellery Competition. The exhibition will run from August 24th  to September 13th at the Ottawa gallery which specializes in Canadian contemporary jewellery and art.

July 11, 2017

Kudos this week
- Congratulations to Annabel Biro, the Nova Scotia winner of the BMO 1st Art Award, for her artwork, Story of a Chair. Annabel (BFA 2017) wins an award of $7,500 and her work will be on display as part of the 1st Art 2017 Exhibition at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

- Congratulations to the NSCAD alumni who have been named finalists for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition: Teto Elsiddique (BFA 2013), M.E. Sparks (BFA 2013), Kizi Spielman Rose (BFA 2014) and Ambera Wellmann (BFA 2011).

- Congratulations to Nicole Frenette (BFA 2015), who won a Northwest Emmy as part of a team who created a public service announcement for a mental health association called Navos. Nicole's drawings were used as the basis for the animation for the PSA called Hannah's Story. Take a look here.

- Congratulations to Audrey Dear Hesson (ANSCA 1951), the first black graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art, who was named a Life Fellow of NSCAD at this year's graduation ceremony. She recently accepted her award at her home in Dartmouth with her daughter Catherine proudly looking on.

"My days at the art college were good days," says Audrey Dear Hesson.
Design Print relocation

Design Print Services is relocating to the Photography department this week. As a result services are likely to be disrupted. Please get in touch with Jeff Wry (jwry@nscad.ca) to advise if are likely to require large quantity printing or vinyl cutting service over the next week.

If you require photocopying or printing you are still able to access any of the Ricoh machines located on each campus. This includes the other Ricoh machines located at the Fountain campus (Learning Commons, the Library, Multimedia and the Service centre).

Services are also likely to be disrupted in the Photo area on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14. If you plan on printing in the Photo area or borrow equipment on those days please get in touch with Alex Chisholm (achisholm@nscad.ca).

June 26, 2017

NSCAD and Landmarks

NSCAD students in Kim Morgan and Steve Higgins' Advanced Sculpture Workshop and NSCAD alumna Ursula Johnson are contributing artists to Landmarks 2017.
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Artistic residents named

NSCAD alumni who will be participating in NSCAD's Community Studio Residency programs are: Merle Harley, Helah Cooper and Gillian Maradyn-Josey in Lunenburg; Tamsin Sloots and Trevor Novak in Sydney; Curtis Botham and Genevieve Brideau in New Glasgow; and Jenny Shi and Emily Lawrence in Dartmouth.
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NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions

Brendan Fernandes kicks off the list of visiting artists drawn to NSCAD for the reboot of the NSCAD Lithography Workshop. Other artists include Sonny Assu, Amy Malbeuf, Ed Pien. Derek Sullivan, Ericka Walker, Shuvinai Ashoona in collaboration with the famed Kinngait Studios and Shary Boyle.
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- Congratulationsto John DeWolf (BDes 1992)  and crew at Form: Media, a company whose work for Batoche National Historic Site received a People’s Choice award in the Experiential Graphic Design category at the annual AZ Awards competition. For more info, see: http://www.azuremagazine.com/article/2017-az-awards-of-merit-experiential-graphic-design/ All winners and finalists are featured in the Annual Awards Issue of Azure Magazine, on newsstands June 29.

Roundabout Bicycles is the name of Jack Wong's bike shop, which is located near the Armdale Rotary.

- Congratulations to Jack Wong (BFA 2014) who is the proud owner and operator of a bicycle repair shop, Roundabout Bicycles. Jack says he was motivated to start this business because he saw a gap in the services offered in Halifax. At Roundabout's, his aim is to provide friendly, informative service to help more people ride safely and confidently in Halifax. "I've called this the “Neighbourhood Advantage,” but I welcome visitors from near or far," says Jack. Roundabout Bicycles is located near the Armdale Rotary. "For me, it means a place with an atmosphere of neighbourly care, where you can take your time learning about your options for getting the most out of your bicycle. It also means other perks, like free house-call consultations when you're looking for an opinion before deciding on a tune-up, and having a quiet residential street to test out your newly serviced ride." Find out more about Jack's new venture at http://www.roundaboutbicycles.ca/

- Congratulations to NSCAD faculty member Lesley Armstrong on the opening of the LaHave Weaving Studio earlier this month! Lesley is offering a number of workshops throughout the summer. Find out more through her website: http://www.lahaveweavingstudio.ca/

May 30, 2017

Public lecture

Amusing Ourselves to Death – Or Not
A lecture by Rudy Buttignol, CEO of BC’s Knowledge Network


The World Wide Web has unleashed a revolution that is upending every facet of media production, distribution and consumption. Internet giants such as Facebook, Netflix and YouTube dominate the industry, and the ownership of television networks is consolidating in the hands of the few and the powerful. What is the role of public broadcasting in this environment? How can it survive in the era of social networks, streaming services, and vertically integrated media corporations that own the satellites, cable and fibre optic infrastructure and wireless spectrum through which everything must pass?  Public broadcasters have never been more necessary than they are today. Because in the end it comes down to one essential question: Who can you trust?
NSCAD University with the Division of Continuing Education at Saint Mary’s University is presenting a free public lecture on the value of public broadcasting – the first step in exploring the feasibility of developing a public broadcaster in Nova Scotia.  A Q and A will follow.
When: Sunday June 4, 7 pm
Where:  McNally Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary’s University, 940 Robie Street, Halifax.
For more info, contact: Darrell Varga ph: 902-229-3581, e: dvarga@nscad.ca

School of Extended Studies, Summer Camps

New this summer: Combine your love of art and curiosity for science.
NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies has collaborated with The Discovery Centre to bring you art camps that include a specialized, hands on workshop at the Discovery Centre. The workshops align thematically with a selection of our Art camps enhancing the learning experience. The field trips will also include time for free exploration of the New Discovery Centre’s state of the art facilities.   

Our camps include all materials, lunch supervision, early drop-off (8:30am), and late (5:00pm) pick-up. Students are each given a free NSCAD t-shirt to encourage an uninhibited art practice. Lunchtimes are not only supervised, they offer creative and engaging activities for kids of all skills levels!

Registration is now open!

May 23, 2017

AED installations

By the end of this week, NSCAD will have AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) installed at all three campuses. Presently, there is a defibrillator located at NSCAD's Fountain Campus. It can be found near the security desk at NSCAD's main entrance on Duke Street.

At the Port Campus, the AED will be installed on the other side of the elevator on the main floor. The AED at the Academy Campus will be located in the main lobby, beyond the entrance.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson.

Neighborhood news
A round-up of newsy bits from NSCAD's three campuses. Read more »

NSCAD App reminder

There are no snowstorms in the forecast, but it's still a good idea to make sure you have the NSCAD App downloaded -- just in case! The free, downloadable NSCAD Mobile App provides easy access to emergency phone numbers, including NSCAD security. It also has numbers for student wellness services such as academic counselling, mental health support and disability services.

The app allows the university to communicate directly with users via a bulletin. Scenarios could be stormy weather that makes travel to class unsafe or a power outage at one of the campuses. Other features of the app include a news feed from Twitter, a map of Halifax showing campus locations, and tools such as a handy flashlight and loud alarm.  The NSCAD Mobile App is suitable for iPhones and Android smart phones. It can be downloaded for free through the App Store or Google Play. Just search “NSCAD Mobile.”

May 18, 2017

Artist for a Day -- It's a wrap!
NSCAD’s popular community event, Artist for A Day, took place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm, at the Port Campus. This year not only did we have beautiful weather, we were fortunate to partner with Pier 21, Mary Black Gallery and NSCCD, Visual Arts Nova Scotia and The Discovery Centre which activated the street with the hustle and bustle of art and craft enthusiasts.

Just outside our doors there was no shortage of activities to take part in including printmaking with Nova Scotia Printmakers at VANS, listening to the beats of Samba Nova in front of the market, pinching pots and spinning yarn in NSCCD studios, and assembling mini robots at The Discovery Centre that wiggle and danced across the paper leaving traces of marker behind. Inside the Port we had the tried and true: the ever popular jewellery making, wheel throwing and gyotaqu fish printing as well as some new and unique activities such as rotoscoping, performative video and not for the faint at heart, an amazing insect pop-up shop, where guests were invited to nibble on bug cookies!

On this beautiful sunshiney day we greeted hundreds of people and saw NSCAD faculty, staff, students, alumni, and for the first time, local high school students, volunteering. All of this helped made the wide variety of hands-on art making activities both inside the Port and out, a huge success! And for that we are grateful! -- Kelly Markovich


Influential filmmaker Mike Hoolboom, one of this year's recipients of the Governor General's Awards in Fine and Media Arts, will be giving a Master class at NSCAD's Academy Campus on Sunday, June 11 at 1 pm. The class will take place in Room 208.

NSCAD Professor Bruce Barber, at right, with Alexander Birchler, Pauline Gardiner Barber and Teresa Hubbard at the Venice Biennale.

Kudos ...

Congratulations to  NSCAD faculty member Dan O'Neill, who recently returned from Levoca, Slovakia where he installed his first international exhibition.

From Dan: "I am exhibiting 10 recent drawings from 2015 to 2016, and 17 lithographs, plus a continuous digital projection of a 2002 AFCOOP black and shite 16mm film scholarship stop motion animation entitled, Froot Loop. This was also the very first voyage overseas I have made in my 62 years.

All in all this exhibition is rather, a survey of 25 years of printmaking and drawing selections, demonstrating my cross disciplinary studio practice in emphasis - with works dating back to my undergraduate works under Bob Rogers, 1994 to 1995, with additional works achieved across the years including two new works established in the summer of 2016, all lithographs which have been produced in the printmaking department as a regular part time faculty member, and drawings compiled in my home studio.

The Levoca Town gallery curators, Peter and Jakub Milcak, father and son, (Jakub is a graduate of a NSCAD BFA, with a recent completed masters from Columbia University) hosted me with all preparations required to facilitate this event."

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Every year, Galeria Mesta Levoca in Levoca, Slovakia hosts a solo exhibition by an international artist "to broaden the knowledge of the town's art community." This year, Dan O'Neill was that chosen artist.

  • Congratulations to NSCAD Honorary Degree Recipients Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler for the opening of Flora at the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
  • Congratulations to NSCAD alumna Lani Maestro for the opening of her exhibition at the Philippine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
  • Congratulations to NSCAD Professor Adrian Fish whose photographs of the Stasi Archives are featured in Wired Magazine.
  • Congratulations to NSCAD alumnus Ford Doolittle (BFA 2012), winner of a 2017 Killam Prize in the Natural Sciences for his work in evolutionary biology.
  • Congratulations to interdisciplinary artist Lou Sheppard (BFA 2002), selected to conduct the second annual Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency in Banff.

May 1, 2017

A major investment from the Canada Council

NSCAD's Anna Leonowens Gallery receives support through a Canada Council's New Chapter Grant for the re-establishment of NSCAD's Lithography Workshop. Read more »


·        Congratulations to Dr. Adrian Piper and collaborative artists Teresa Hubbard (MFA 1992) and Alexander Birchler (MFA 1992), recipients of NSCAD’s highest honor, the Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, at NSCAD’s 2017 Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations also to Toban Ralston (BFA 2016), winner of the Governor General’s Silver Medal, and Maeghan Banks (MFA 2016), winner of the Governor General’s Gold Medal, for high academic achievement.

·        Congratulations to Christiane Poulin (BFA 2017), the 2017 Starfish Student Art Award winner.

·        Congratulations to NSCAD student Elsa Brittin who was asked by Halifax Mayor Mike Savage to create a ceramic sculpture for presentation to Halifax Regional Council.

·        Congratulations to NSCAD alumni Tanya Tagaq (BFA 1988), Ursula Johnson (BFA 2006), Mark Igloliorte (BFA 2003), Alan Syliboy, Joseph Tisiga, Isabella Rose Rowan-Weetaluktuk (BFA 2015) and Mary Longman (MFA 1993), winners of the REVEAL Indigenous Artists Awards. For full details, see: http://canadianart.ca/news/reveal-indigenous-art-awards/

·        Congratulations to transgender artist Cassils (BFA 1997), awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

·         Congratulations to Melanie Colosimo, director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Eleanor King (BFA 2001), Lisa Lipton (BFA 2003), Graeme Patterson (BFA 2002), Ursula Johnson (BFA 2006) and Kim Waldron (BFA 2003) for being longlisted for the $50K Sobey Art Award. For the full list, please see >>

Mayor Mike Savage, NSCAD student Elsa Brittin, NSCAD President Dianne Taylor-Gearing and Deputy Mayor Steve Craig at Halifax City Hall on April 25, 2017.

March 27, 2017

Announcing the Starfish Student Art Awards Finalists:

We're excited to reveal the list of Starfish Student Art Award finalists. The Starfish exhibition and party take place on Thursday, April 20, 7 pm at the Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Rd.

  • Sculpture: Angela Arsenault (MFA 2017), Ghosts in the house, 2016, mixed media, installation;
  • Painting: Carly Belford (MFA 2017), Flower Painting, 2016, 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm x 5 cm;
  • Ceramics: Annabel Biro (BFA 2017), Here’s a chair! 2017, ceramics, photography, 150 cm x 150 cm x 60 cm;
  • Photography Andrew Godsalve (MFA 2018) Getting To Know 500,000,000 Years in 9 Weeks and 17 Gigabytes, 2016, photographic print collage, 111.75 x 152.5 x 91.5 cm;
  • Intermedia: Julie Hall (BFA 2017), Like a Flood Themselves, 2017, audio, 0:11:11;
  • Drawing: Jacob Irish (BFA 2017), The Battersea Effigies, 2017, ink on paper, 110 x 76 cm;
  • Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing: Ann McCosker (BFA 2017), Sub-Settler’s Duo, 2017, sterling silver, fine silver, steel cable, tourmaline, moonstone, quartz, opal, 3.3 x 7 cm, 21.5 x 19.5 x 1 cm
  • Textiles: Christiane Poulin (BFA 2017), Winds of Change: a Lace-scape, textiles, seven panels each 400 cm x 102 -128 cm
  • Film: Julie Simmons (BFA 2017), evanesce, 2017, experimental film
  • Printmaking: Tamsin Sloots (BFA 2017), outside identity, inside you, 2016m intaglio, woodcut, chine-colle, Japanese papers, book board, cotton rag paper, dress pins, thread, 16.5 x 14 cm

 To see their nominated artworks, view the Starfish Photo Gallery.

Visiting artist Christopher Reid Flock
Foundation Studies welcomes experimental potter, Christopher Reid Flock, recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Reid’s work incorporates a voracity of new materials and processes in addition to being influenced by significant time spent in Japan. Reid’s talk will discuss his ambitious new work which features prominent large-scale, installation forms based upon 3d print, slip cast, and wheel work. Recent projects include a collaboration with Siemens Canada the facilitate scanning a Neolithic Jomon Vessel, which was later put through multiple rapid and slow fabrication processes. Reid will discuss the moral issues surrounding rapid prototyping and his approach to scanning and 3d printing/sintering and how it interrelates to classical clay process. Reid will be working with Foundation students over the March 27-31 week.

- Artist talk, Wednesday March 29th, 6:30pm, Academy Building, 1649 Brunswick Street, room A208. All welcome.

Art Factory opening

The Art Factory is a is a partnership with Phoenix Youth Programs. Through this program NSCAD offered six-weeks of studio based workshops to Phoenix program users while supporting our students to develop concrete facilitation skills.  In the past 6-weeks, we learned to Sand Cast in the Jewellery Studio, 3D Print and Scan at the Academy and Slip Cast in the Ceramics Studio. In this final celebration we will be exhibiting the work we made and thanking those who helped make it. This project was made possible by contributions from NSCAD students: Tamika Knutson, Jesse Thompson, Lauren Dial, Julian Covey, Helah Cooper, Lucy Paulker, Gabriel Soligo. The Art Factory Final Exhibition and Celebration
opens at the Port Loggia, Thursday, March 30th, 6 - 8 pm.

- NSCAD Jewellery and Metalsmithing students Eunseon Park and Tamika Knutson have been accepted to Alchemy4, the 12th Juried Student Enamel Exhibition sponsored by the Enamelist Society.

March 14, 2017

 A look ahead to NSCAD's spring events:

- Fashion Forward is a fun little film series we've put together with the help of the Atlantic Film Festival as a prelude to the spring fashion show. Check out the future of fashion in this Thursday's film, Blade Runner, followed by The Fifth Element next week. Screenings Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm at Art Bar +Projects.

- NSCAD's Ceramics Department is reprising last year's fundraising event Mugs on Tap. For $25, you can a handmade mug, cup, goblet or tumbler. Fill it with a beverage at Happy Hour pricing. Mugs on Tap takes place on Wednesday, April 5, 6 to 9 pm at Tempo Food + Drink. See the Facebook event.

- The Starfish Student Art Awards is a highlight of the NSCAD calendar. It consists of an exhibition of finalists' work, the announcement of a winner, and a fun party. The Starfish Student Art Awards take place on Thursday, April 20 at the Port Campus. For details, see the NSCAD event page.

- Dialect: the NSCAD Fashion Show features the fashion collections of NSCAD students and recent alumni. Hosts are Chloe and Parris Gordon of Beaufille and special guest is the Honorable Mayann Francis. Like last year, there will be two runways, one providing a VIP experience. Tickets are on sale now.

- Artist for a Day is a day of hands-on, fun art making for everyone. It's scheduled for Saturday, May 13. We're looking for ideas for activities and would love to have you involved. Please see the Call for Proposals.

Summer semester

There are so many interesting classes on offer this summer at NSCAD -- The Art and Culture of Comics, Photography and Colonialism, and Intro to Relief Printmaking to mention a few. There are also a number of workshops, including Book Arts, Prototyping, Language and Process for Studio Practice, Abstraction and Landscape and many more. Check out the story here or go directly to WebAdvisor to register.

March 6, 2017

Summer at NSCAD

Some of the most innovative classes of the academic year are offered during NSCAD’s summer semester, attracting NSCAD students, transfer students from other universities, visiting professionals and alumni.

NSCAD offers a wide array of classes across all disciplines and levels, from Foundation to senior studio classes. Most classes are offered in two blocks -- from May 1 to June 19 and from June 26 to August 15. Students are encouraged to apply early as many courses have limited seats and some are already full. Read more »

Nominations for Honorary Degrees

NSCAD’s Honorary Degree Committee is charged with selecting individuals, for conferral of the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa). To this end, the committee seeks nominations for individuals from the NSCAD community.
By awarding honorary degrees, NSCAD University seeks to recognize extraordinary achievement, in Canada or abroad, in community, national or international involvement, and to honour those individuals whose accomplishments are of such generally perceived excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University.

Their esteem should be such that, by virtue of accepting an honorary degree, their presence will bring honour and distinction to NSCAD University.

The Committee defines as broad a range of categories for achievement as possible in obtaining and considering nominations. In determining the leaders and exemplars to honour, it will seek over time to achieve a balance across disciplines and backgrounds. The Committee also considers the association nominees may have with NSCAD University or with higher education more broadly. The Committee also attempts to reflect the national character of Canada, the desirable features of its regional and cultural diversity, and the character and diversity of the University itself. As such, it is necessary for the Committee to have a diverse pool of candidates so that it may consider diversity in all of its dimensions.

Criteria for Selection

The Committee will seek nominations of candidates who have demonstrated:

  1. Inspirational leadership in, or service to, society;
  2. Outstanding contributions to, or leadership in, a field or discipline of study or a non-academic area of achievement; or
  3. Significant pattern of outstanding achievement at, or contributions to, NSCAD University. Particular consideration will be given to those candidates whose contributions or leadership have not yet been widely recognized, but which merit such recognition. Every effort will be made to select candidates who are reflective of the diversity of the University community and of Canadian society.

Nominators should ensure that their nomination letter and supporting materials provide reasons for the nomination and are as complete as possible. They should cite the pre-eminence of the individual nominee in his/her respective field, and/or achievements and accomplishments of an outstanding nature. If submitting multiple nominations, they are encouraged to provide a ranking for those nominations. This will both assist the Committee in their deliberations and may reduce the amount of supplementary information requested by the Committee. 

To assure the confidentiality of the process, nominators shall keep the nomination confidential from the nominee. Do not initiate a letter-writing campaign to support nomination; doing so will not influence the outcome.

Please send all nomination documentation in electronic or paper format to:
Att: Honorary Degree Committee
c/o Chris McFarlane
Office of University Relations (Rm. D400)
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
Closing date:  Friday, March 31, 2017

Artist for a Day - Call for Proposals

The NSCAD Alumni Association and Office of University Relations are seeking proposals for hands-on, participatory art activities for the sixth annual Artist for a Day, taking place Saturday, May 13, 2017 at NSCAD’s Port Campus. This popular event attracts hundreds of people, many of whom are getting their first introduction to NSCAD.

Examples of activities in the past include tie-dyed T-shirts, a group painting made using balloons filled with paint, linocut printing, copper jewellery making, life drawing, and stop motion animation. Your activity may allow participants to take away something they’ve made (Mother’s Day is the day after) or contribute to a larger, group work. Although there is no overall theme for Artist for a Day, 2017 is a special year for NSCAD and Canada as we celebrate our 130th and 150th anniversaries; engaging activities relating to NSCAD’s past, present or future would be relevant.

Through the sponsorship we’ve secured for Artist for a Day, we can cover the cost of art supplies and provide volunteers with lunch and a T-shirt.

Send us your ideas by March 23 along with an estimate of art supplies needs and/or budget to: universityrelations@nscad.ca

March 2, 2017

New York Trip

Fifty-three Fine and Media Arts students, and three faculty just returned from a week-long trip to New York. Traveling down by overnight coach, the NSCAD contingent made the most of five days in New York, visiting the great collection of historical work at the Metropolitan Museum, exhibitions at MoMA, the Whitney, PS1 and the commercial galleries of the Lower East Side, Chelsea and Midtown. Students also had time to take in Broadway shows, walk through Central Park, and visit iconic locations such as Times Square, Bryant Park, and the 9-11 Memorial. Even though flat-footed from walking, and dazed by the intensity and brilliance of the New York art-scene, everyone has returned with new ideas, excitement and energy. -- Sara Hartland-Rowe

 NSCAD faculty members Alex Livingson, Sara Hartland Rowe and David Clark accompanied NSCAD students to New York City over the winter study break.
President's Blog

NSCAD is always such a happening place. NSCAD President Dianne Taylor Gearing refects on the last Portfolio Day, NSCAD's GGArts winners, and the donor reception. Read the post »

Fashion Forward Film Festival

In anticipation of the NSCAD fashion show in April, we're holding a fun little film festival -- Fashion Forward. On the bill are three films that attempted to predict the future of fashion: Barbarella on March 9, Blade Runner on March 16, and The Fifth Element on March 23. See the trailers »


  • NSCAD Professor Pamela Ritchie and NSCAD alumna Landon Mackenzie were at Rideau Hall in Ottawa yesterday for the presentation of their Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Art. 
  • Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing grad Shelley MacDonald (BFA 2011) launched her Boreal Collection at London Fashion Week this week. Shelley's work garnered attention last year when Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was spotted wearing earrings she made.
  • Chloe and Parris Gordon unveiled Beaufille's fall/winter collection at New York Fashion Week. The sisters will be NSCAD's special guests for the NSCAD Fashion Show on April 22. Tickets go on sale next week.
  • Jessica Winton (MFA 2017) is one of the artists accepted to Project Anywhere, a global exhibition model, for her project Ris Publica. http://www.projectanywhere.net/ris-publica/

Culture Action Plan

Premier Stephen McNeil and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince launched the province's first Culture Action Plan last week. The Culture Plan highlights a number of themes and actions within those themes: Promote Mi'kmaw Culture; Promote Creativity and Innovation; Strengthen Education, Partnerships and Understanding; Excellence in Cultural Stewardship; and Drive awareness and economic growth of the culture sector. Within the theme, Excellence in Cultural Stewardship, NSCAD and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's plans for a new cultural campus on the Halifax waterfront are mentioned. The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is currently funding a study "to explore the feasibility of a re-imagined Art Gallery of Nova Scotia sharing space with NSCAD University." See more about the plan »

February 21, 2017

Culture Action Plan

Premier Stephen McNeil and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince will launch the province's first Culture Action Plan on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. The announcement will take place at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd., Halifax.

Congratulations Pamela Ritchie and Landon Mackenzie

NSCAD faculty member Pamela Ritchie will be awarded Canada’s top honour for fine craft, the Saidye Bronfman Award, at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa next month. Pamela is a professor in the Jewellery and Metalsmithing Department, where she has taught for the past 30 years.  She is also a NSCAD alumna, graduating with a BFA in 1975 and MFA in 1982.

Also receiving a Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts is Landon Mackenzie (BFA 1976), a professor at Emily Carr University. Parallel Journey, an exhibition of works on paper by Landon Mackenzie, is now on display at the Dalhousie Art Gallery.

The honour for Pamela means we have four Governor General’s laureates on faculty, namely Jan Peacock (Media Arts), Kye-Yeon Son (Craft – Jewellery/Metalsmithing) and Sandra Brownlee (Craft – Textiles/Fashion).

Media coverage on GGs:

Halifax jeweler Pamela Ritchie wins Saidye Bronfoman Award
The longtime jewelry design professor at NSCAD University in Halifax won the $25,000 Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts ...

Halifax jewelry artist wins GG Award
Chronicle Herald
Ritchie is honoured with the Saidye Bronfman Award and received a prize of $25,000.

Halifax artist wins GG Award
CBC Nova Scotia News
NSCAD University Prof. Pamela Ritchie is the winner of the 2017 Saidye Bronfman Award, part of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and ...

Vancouver artists Landon Mackenzie, Glenn Lewis win Governor ...
Vancouver Sun
She attended NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) as a student at a time when the school was a centre for conceptual art ...

Provocative, experimental, challenging: 2017 Governor General's ...
Toronto visual artist Shelagh Keeley. Vancouver painter Landon Mackenzie. Halifax jewellery artist Pamela Ritchie. Shelley Niro, a multimedia ...

Winners of Canada's 2017 Governor General's Awards in Visual and ...
... also marks the fortieth anniversary of the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Crafts, which goes to jewelry artist Pamela Ritchie.

New staff members at NSCAD

Maria Stein is the new Payroll Manager at NSCAD, effective January 1, 2017. Maria joins NSCAD with a strong payroll background in both the public and private sector with over 17 years of experience most recently with the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority and with Dalhousie University. From 2002-2014 Maria was a Senior Payroll Administrator with Wilfrid Laurier University. Maria’s strong understanding of university payroll processes will be extremely beneficial to NSCAD as she transitions into the position.  

Ashley Lorette is the Director of Human Resources at NSCAD effective February 6th, 2017.  Ashley joins NSCAD from Dalhousie University where she held the positions of Manager, Human Resources and Human Resources Advisor. Prior to working in a University environment, Ashley was the Deputy Municipal Clerk and Human Resources Supervisor for the Municipality of Gander in Newfoundland.  In addition to being a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration.

Katherine Frank has concluded her role as Chief Human Resources Officer and Acting Director, Human Resources effective February 1, 2017. Her new role is as a partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. 

Photography donation

The Photography Department is excited to announce that Epson Canada has donated to the department an Epson Stylus Pro Printer.  NSCAD and Epson have a relationship that stretches back to December 2003 when we received donations of our first wide-format printer and large-format flatbed scanner (still in use today!).  Since then they’ve donated Extended Warranties on various machines. This donation is timely as it will allow us to continue offering photo quality colour-managed printing services in an expanding role within the NSCAD community.

February 6, 2017

President's Blog: In a new blog post, President Dianne Taylor-Gearing writes about the AICAD response, Portfolio Day and the new class, Portfolio Prep Online. Read the post »

AICAD Response: Through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design, NSCAD and the three other Canadian art schools are prepared to accept international students to the U.S. affected by U.S. President's Executive Order. See the response »

NSCAD Public Lecture: Artist jeweller Otto Künzli presents CinemaScope. The lecture takes place Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30-9 pm at Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Free, all welcome. See the Facebook Event.

About Otto Künzli: The Swiss-trained, Munich-based artist has created truly iconic examples of contemporary jewellery including 1995’s 1cm of Love and 1980’s Gold Macht Blind (Gold Makes You Blind). Künzli’s minimalist, yet meticulously crafted work references cultural phenomena, utilising the power of metaphor and iconography with wit and sophistication. In addition to his highly respected artistic practice, Künzli has an accomplished academic career spanning over 20 years.  As director of the Jewellery department at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich from 1991 to 2014, he taught a number of prominent contemporary jewellers including Lisa Walker, Karl Fritsch and Helen Britton.  In March 2013 his major retrospective titled The Exhibition showcased his extensive oeuvre and was accompanied by The Book, a comprehensive catalogue documenting a career spanning over 40 years.

Artist jeweller Otto Künzli presents the lecture CinemaScope at Halifax Central Library on Thursday, Feb. 9. Part of the NSCAD Public Lecture Series. Free. All are welcome.

Reminders for students:

- Applications are now open for the Starfish Student Art Awards. Work will be accepted in one of 10 categories:painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, intermedia, ceramics, textiles/fashion, jewellery and metalsmithing. Deadline is Friday, Feb. 10, 4 pm. Apply now.

- Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 Graduation Catalogue and Exhibition. They are open to any student that has completed their Graduation or Undergraduate degree requirements by October 2016, February 2017, or May 2017. Applications are available at the Anna Leonowens Gallery as well as on the brightspace server. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 10 at 12 noon to the Anna Leonowens Gallery at 1891 Granville Street either by mail, dropped off in person, or submitted online through the NSCAD website. Questions or concerns? Email Erica Flake at nscad.ca or Daniel Lurvey at nscad.ca

- Applications are now being accepted for the 2017/2018 Community Studio Residency Program. Once again we are excited to offer residencies for recent grads in Lunenburg, New Glasgow, Dartmouth and Sydney, Nova Scotia. Participation in a residency program is regarded as an ideal way to launch or continue an artistic practice after graduation from NSCAD: giving alumni artists the physical space—not to mention the headspace—to work. Prime studio space is offered in exchange for community involvement, whether that’s holding community workshops for adults or leading classes for school kids. Residents are expected to be active participants in their host communities by engaging town residents in the visual arts through exhibitions, receptions and guest lectures.This opportunity is available to recent NSCAD alumni, with graduation dates over the past five years (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013). For more information and to apply please visit  http://alg.nscad.ca/community-studio-residency/

February 1, 2017

Canada funds Springboard Atlantic to support research-industry collaborations:

The Government of Canada has invested $9.2M into Springboard Atlantic, an organization that allows researchers from Atlantic Canadian universities including NSCAD University  to collaborate with industry experts on publicly funded work. The funding will reportedly be used to support 30 commercialization officers—who will connect entrepreneurs with researchers to bring products and services to the market—and to support entrepreneurs and researchers in patenting their intellectual property. “The investment in Springboard Atlantic drives the regional commercialization network that facilitates industry collaborations and new ventures between Atlantic companies and institutions,” commented CEO Chris Mathis. “This increases competitiveness and retains our graduates here in the region.”

Upcoming workshop: Note-taking methods to improve your understanding and memory! A free presentation/workshop in the Learning Commons on Wednesday Feb 8th, 5:30-6:60pm. Learn some easy ways to improve your learning and performance in your lectures and seminar classes. Please email jmilton@nscad.ca to register.

Memorial for Laurel Woodcock: A Celebration of Life for Laurel Woodcock (Oct. 22, 1960 - Jan. 7, 2017) will be held at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

January 24, 2017

Entrepreneurship talk: Jesse Rodgers (VOLTA Labs CEO) and Kelly Markovich (NSCAD alumna and entrepreneur) will lead a conversation on: entrepreneurship and community in the arts and design world, collaboration as a component of business and arts, and the resources available to create entrepreneurs in Halifax. This is an event for artists, designers, and craftspeople of all backgrounds and skill sets—come to talk, or just to listen. This event is open to the public—there will be snacks provided, and it is for all ages. It takes place today at Art Bar +Projects. Doors open at 5 pm, and the talk will begin after 5:30 pm.

Kudos of the week: A documentary written by NSCAD alumna Connie Littlefield (MFA 2016) -- The Sunshine Makers -- is favorably reviewed by the New York Times. See: Review: Turning the World On, the LSD way, in The Sunshine Makers 

Movies about art at Park Lane Cinemas: NSCAD alumna Meghan Bray, the theatre manager at Park Lane Cinema, called to inform about some art-related films playing at Park Lane. Screening in January is Where the Universe Sings, a documentary about Lawren Harris. (Showtimes: Friday January 27 at 7 pm, Saturday January 28 at 4:30 pm, Sunday January 29 at 7 pm, Monday January 30 at 7 pm, Wednesday February 1 at 7 pm.) Upcoming films include:  I Claude Monet, Revolution - New Art for a New World, The Artists Garden American Impressionism, and Michelangelo Love and Death. Also, the Flashback Film Festival is coming up February 3 to 9 and features movies including Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction just to name a few.

Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris is screening at Park Lane Cinemas.

Call for entries, 2017 NSCAD Graduation Exhibition and Catalogue: Call for entries are open to any student that has completed their Graduation or Undergraduate degree requirements by October 2016, February 2017, or May 2017. Applications are available at the Anna Leonowens Gallery as well as on the brightspace server. Erica Flake, Exhibition Curator, and Daniel Lurvey, Catalogue Designer, will be holding two information sessions, one at the Port Campus on Jan. 25, 12 noon, and one at the Fountain Campus, Jan. 26 at 12 noon. The purpose of these sessions is to provide information for graduating students on the application process and the role of involvement in the exhibition, as well as to answer any questions you may have. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday February 10th at 12 noon to the Anna Leonowens Gallery at 1891 Granville Street either by mail, dropped off in person, or submitted online through the NSCAD website. Questions or concerns? Email Erica Flake at nscad.ca or Daniel Lurvey at nscad.ca

January 17, 2017

New name
: The Art History and Critical Studies Department at NSCAD has a new name. It is now Art History and Contemporary Culture (AHCC).

Kudos of the week:
AFCOOP has announced the teams and projects selected for production through this year's FILM 5 Program. A jury of film industry professionals selected three teams to receive training, mentorship and over $30,000 in cash and services to produce a short film.
This year’s selected teams and projects are:

  • Yalitsa Riden (BFA 2016)  (Writer/Director) and Daniel O'Neill (Producer) for Dirty Milk.
  • Andrew Coll (Writer/Director) and Mohammad Mallahi (Producer) for Duet. 
  • Koumbie (Writer/Director) and Kevin Hartford (Producer) for Horizontal Concavity.

Alongside the creative teams, FILM 5 also trains aspiring technical crew through the Trainee Program. FILM 5 Trainees receive classroom instruction and on-set mentorship and experience working as crew members on FILM 5 shoots. AFCOOP is holding an info session about the Trainee Program on January 17th at 6pm. Trainee program workshops begin at the end of January.For more information about FILM 5 please visit the AFCOOP website: www.afcoop.ca

Nothing to See Here: A new season of the NSCAD experimental spoken word radio show Nothing to See Here begins this Thursday at 10:30pm on CKDU 88.1 FM. The show is a collaboration that uses improvisation and scripted material to create absurd soundscapes. It’s visual art for your ears! All 12 episodes from last season can be heard here on SoundCloud. We welcome anyone who would like to get involved in the production of the show to join us on our regular get together on  Thursday nights at 8 pm in the Academy Building where the radio magic happens. Contact Professor David Clark nscad.ca if you have any questions. Submissions of writing, sound pieces, music, and sound are welcome.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust: Scholarships: The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) would like to remind all potential applicants that its deadline dates for 2017 are fast approaching.  The deadline for Spring/Summer study is March 1, 5 pm and the deadline for Fall/Winter study is May 1, 5 pm. All applications must be submitted by these dates.For more information, go to nstalenttrust.ns.ca, or call the NSTT at (902) 492-6801.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust is a registered charity that provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who are interested in furthering their education in the arts in theatre, dance, music, circus arts, media, film, literary, and visual arts, fine craft and design. Since 1944, the NSTT has assisted over 1,900 Nova Scotians with awards and scholarships totaling over $2 million.

January 12, 2017

Gritty-to-Pretty Lighting Project: NSCAD's historic campus shows its true colours at night, thanks to funding received through Downtown Halifax Business Commission's Gritty to Pretty program. Read more »

Entrepreneurship in action: A visit to Mengnan Qu and Xia Yu's Yu Yo Art Supply and Tea House in Halifax's Brewery Market. Read more »

Master Artist: Karen Bondarchuk is no wildlife artist, but that didn't stop the Woodson Museum in Wisconsin from naming her a "Master Artist" during its annual Birds in Art exhibition. Read more »

In Remembrance:

NSCAD alumna and artist Laurel Woodcock has died.
A noted conceptual artist and highly respected educator, Laurel died on January 7, 2017 at Toronto General Hospital after receiving extraordinary care.
Born in Ottawa, Laurel grew up in Montreal, studying Fine Art at Concordia University and later completed her Master of Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. As a conceptual artist, Laurel achieved a national reputation working in text and installation, exhibiting in important venues such as The Power Plant, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, The Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and Artist’s Space in New York City. Her work was represented by Michael Klein’s MKG127 gallery in Toronto.
Laurel loved teaching. She joined the faculty in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph in 2000 and immediately set about developing the Extended Practices program in Studio Art, an area that continues to embody, both in curriculum and attitude, Laurel’s characteristic love of interdisciplinarity and dialogue. As a professor, Laurel was instrumental in teaching and mentoring a new generation of important Canadian artists. Her gifts as an instructor, coupled with her generosity of spirit and exacting standards, made Laurel a much admired and beloved professor. And she loved her students right back. Her keen sense of humour, intellectual curiosity and supportive nature will be sorely missed by all.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.  Condolences may be left at http://www.aftercare.org/obituaries/Laurel-Woodcock/

January 3, 2016

President's Blog:
"Reflections on the season of giving" is the latest blog post by NSCAD President Dianne Taylor-Gearing. Read more »

Kudos! Halifax band Not You makes the CBC's best bands of 2016 list. NSCAD librarian Rebecca Young is a member. Congratulations! Here's the link: http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/17802/11-best-new-bands-of-2016

Anna + Art Bar: 2016 was a boffo year here at NSCAD, and 2017 promises even more. Read more »

School of Extended Studies: Winter Bonanza! The winter calendar is out, outlining more than 60 classes for adults, youth and children. New on the books for Winter 2017 is the online class, Prepare Your Portfolio Online taught by anna sprague and Charley Young; Art 101: A NSCAD Sampler taught by Julian Covey, Katherine Taylor, Emily Wareham and Maria Doering; and Learn to Write with Your Eyes Closed taught by Michael McCormack. Read more »

Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey: A new book is out to accompany Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey, the exhibition now on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. This beautiful, hardcover book is written by curators David Diviney, Sarah Fillmore and Bruce Johnson and features the photography of Steve Farmer, RAW Photography. The book, like the exhibition, includes the artworks of NSCAD faculty members Mark Bovey, Melanie Colosimo, Frances Dorsey, Steve Farmer, Lorraine Field, Sarah Maloney and Charley Young. It also features many  NSCAD alumni: Wayne Boucher, Carly Butler, Matthew Collins, Angela Glanzmann, Ursula Johnson, Laura Kenney, Janice Leonard, Anne Macmillan, Susan Tooke. The book is available for $49.99 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's gift shop. And don't forget to see the exhibition, which is on display throughout the holidays until January 15.