Starfish Shortlist
March 9, 2016

Ten distinguished artists have made the shortlist for NSCAD University’s Starfish Student Art Awards.

The grand prize winner will be announced at the Starfish gala on Thursday, April 21, 7 to 9 p.m. at NSCAD’s Port Campus. The winning artist is awarded the $5,000 purchase price for his or her artwork, which then becomes part of NSCAD University’s permanent collection. Nine finalists will receive $1,000.

Each of the 10 nominated works represents a different visual art discipline: drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, textiles / fashion, jewellery and metalsmithing, filmmaking, intermedia, ceramics, and photography.

The Starfish Gala is a unique event in Halifax, full of colour, drama and fun. Besides the exhibition of finalists’ artworks and the announcement of a winner, there will be food and drink, music, a print sale and performance art. Plus NSCAD board governors and special guests will participate in a “walking jewellery exhibition” of student-made work.

Without further ado, here are the 10 finalists, the artworks and the categories they’re nominated in:

  • Ceramics: Kate Grey (BFA 2016) for Scar Tissue, semi porcelain clay, video, 5:17 min;
  • Drawing: Jordan Baraniecki (BFA 2016) for Untitled 3’s, charcoal and conté, 73.5 x 25.75 cm;
  • Film: Yalitsa Riden (BFA 2016) for Shoreline, film; 11 min, 13 sec;
  • Intermedia: Maeghan Banks (MFA 2016) for make, believe, two-channel video installation with sound, 9 min. loop
  • Jewellery and Metalsmithing: Nathalie Maiello (BFA 2016) for 7 Necklaces, copper, brass, powder coating, 60 cm x 180 cm x 10 cm
  • Painting: Marc Knowles (MFA 2016) for Platform Peek, latex paint, spray paint and paint can lid on wood, 92 x 165 x 6 cm
  • Photography: katarina marinic (BFA 2017) for Fabrication, photograph, 76.2 x 50.8 cm
  • Printmaking: Sydney McKenna (BFA 2016) for Play, relief print, 116 x 81 cm
  • Sculpture: Philip Nuttall (BFA 2018) for Canis Latrans, marble and limestone, 56 x 30 x 30
  • Textiles / Fashion: Laura Admussen (BFA 2016) for Island Catch, seaweed, cotton, linen, found rope and metal, 120 x 11 x 2 cm

Congratulations to all the finalists!

For more details about the Starfish Student Art Awards, please see our Events section.


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