NSCAD Success Stories

Applause, applause! Here is a glimpse of the many ways our faculty, staff, students and alumni amaze us with their achievements. Please check back because this list will be updated frequently.

December 2015
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival will include NSCAD student Raghed Charabaty’s film Alia. The short film, which also won Raghed the Starfish Student Art Award, is named a Top 10 Student Film of 2015. The festival takes place January 8 to 17, 2016 through the Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Lightbox. 

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust awards special recipients in a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library. Isaac Fresia (BFA 2014) wins a $10,000 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award; he is now studying in the Bachelor of Environmental Design program at Dalhousie. Visual artist Sarah MacLeod (BFA 2015) currently the NSCAD-Sydney Community Studio Resident at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design receives the $1,000 Charlotte Wilson Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award. Another NSCAD community studio resident, Marley Johnson, in Lunenburg was also a recipient for painting and drawing. 

Hangama Amiri (BFA 2012) is given a $15,000 honorable mention in the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. All paintings by the 15 finalists—including NSCAD alumnus Andrew Maize—were on display at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver to Nov. 29.

Michael Donovan, former chair of the NSCAD Board of Governors, is named Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Michael Donovan is the executive chairman of DHX Media, a global leader in the kids and family entertainment industry based in Halifax.


Hangama Amiri (BFA 2012) is awarded a prestigious Fulbright Canada student grant to conduct research and study at Yale University during the 2015-2016 academic year. Her project is entitled “Women, War and Afghan Heroines.” Hangama was a NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Resident in 2012-13, and winner of the Portia White Protégé Award.

NSCAD part-time faculty Tom Ferrero's work appears on the cover of Metalsmith magazine. The object on the cover is from a series of knives Tom made called "Artifacts of Fantasy" which originally showed at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. "All the work is intended to reference a known or unknown culture, human, alien, or other. They are supposed to act as artifacts from these cultures when viewed by us and provide us with hints of information on their possible use and who might have made them."

Andrea Rahal (BFA 2003, BDes 2004) is named a regional winner in Telus’s Small Business Challenge. Andrea, who owns Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique and Letterpress Studio, offers this advice to entrepreneurs: “Don’t be afraid, just push the fear away because it’s going to keep rearing its head. There’s always going to be challenges. It’s basically problem solving. You just have to be patient. Breathe.”

NSCAD film student Yalista Riden's short film Shoreline wins the Best Coast to Coast Short at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton. Yalista wrote and directed this short last spring while in her third year at NSCAD.

Jenna Faye Powell (MFA 2012) is announced as the  winner of the 2015 Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario`s Emerging Cultural Leader Award. Jenna is the executive director of Forest City Gallery in London, Ont.


Sydney Smith (BFA 2006) wins a Governor General's Literary Award. Sydney wins with JonArno Lawson in the category Children's Literature (Illustrated Books) for the book Sidewalk Flowers.

NSCAD part-time faculty member Sara Hartland Rowe (BFA 1990) is a finalist for a 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for her work, Travellers. Retired NSCAD professor Suzanne Gauthier and NSCAD alumna Susan Tooke (BFA 1980) receive 2015 Established Artists Recognition Awards. 

Sandra Meigs (BFA 1975) wins the $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize.

M.E. Sparks (BFA 2013) wins a Juror’s Choice Award, worth $1,000 at the inaugural Salt Spring National Art Prize, an initiative of the Salt Springs Arts Council.

Lisa Lipton (BFA 2003) is one of the four finalists for the Sobey Art Award, receiving a $10,000 prize. Her work is on display in the Sobey Art Award Shortlist Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to Jan. 3.


NSCAD student Raghed Charabaty's film Alia wins top prize at the Pan-Canadian film competition at the Festival of New Cinema in Montreal. This is one of the most prestigious student film awards in the country. From NSCAD Professor Sol Nagler: “Ray's film competed against every university film program across Canada, with most projects having huge production budgets. Ray's beautiful film won for its innovation in form and subtle beauty. The award was given during a gala audience before the closing night film for the festival. I can't express what a HUGE achievement this is for Ray, NSCAD and our film program!! Just goes to show how much we punch above our weight!”

NSCAD Professor Darrell Varga's new book, Shooting from the East: Filmmaking on the Canadian Atlantic is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

The works of many NSCAD alumni and faculty  are purchased for the 2015 Nova Scotia Art Bank. Featured artists include Alan Bateman (BFA 1988), Anke Fox (BFA 1992), Arianne Pollet-Brannen (BFA 2009), Deborah MacDonald, Jack Bishop (BFA 2007), Kyle Jackson (BFA 2009), Matthew Collins (BFA 1998), Melanie Colosimo, Steven Peters (VAS 2012), Susan Malmstrom and Brandt Eisner (BFA 2005), Susan Tooke (BA 1980, BFA 1980), Suzanne Gauthier, Tony Myers and Wayne Boucher (BFA 1975).


Veronika Horlik (MFA 2011), Jess Riva Cooper (BFA 2004), Zimra Beiner (BFA 2009), Jordan MacDonald (BFA 2009) and David Harper (BFA 2006) are finalists for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award: Re-imagining Clay. 

The documentary, Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island, by Marcia Connolly (BFA 1995) and Katherine Knight (BFA 1980), was a big winner at the Atlantic Film Festival, taking the awards for best Atlantic documentary and best Atlantic cinematographer (Marcia Connolly). The film is about the striking architecture on Fogo designed by NSCAD alumnus Todd Saunders (BFA 1992), the equally dramatic East Coast landscape, and the vision of Zita Cobb, the Island born social entrepreneur. Lukas Pearse (BFA 1994), NSCAD regular part-time faculty, and Mike Ritchie won Best Atlantic Original Score for North Mountain, a film by Bretten Hannam (BFA 2008).

NSCAD part-time faculty member Carol Bruneau is named a Progress Women of Excellence Award recipient in the Arts and Culture category. Carol is the Halifax-based author of two short story collections and four novels: These Good Hands, Glass Voices, Berth, and Purple for Sky, winner of the 2001 Dartmouth Book Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her novels have been published internationally. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Literary Review of Canada and The Halifax Chronicle Herald, and her essays and stories in various anthologies and journals.

Aurélie Guillaume (BFA 2015) is the winner of the 2015 National Jewellery Student Competition at L.A. Pai Gallery, Ottawa.  Aurelie and Semina Baek (BFA 2014) are also the winners of BKV Prize 2015 in Germany.

Isaac Fresia (BFA 2014), Sarah MacLeod (BFA 2015) and Marley Johnson (BFA 2015) are winners of Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships.

Marusya Bociurkiw (BFA 1981) is short-listed for the 2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, for her book A Girl, Waiting.

Paula Fairfield, at centre, with the sound team for Game of Thrones.
Sound designer Paula Fairfield wins a Creative Arts Emmy Award for her work on Game of Thrones. It’s her first win and seventh nomination! CBC’s Jackie Torrens chatted with the NSCAD graduate about her work back in July.  Read more


Veronika Horlik (MFA 2011) is the winner of the 2015 Emerging Artists People’s Choice Award. From Montreal, Veronika wins $10,000 and her work is on display along with that of the other finalists at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

K. Claire MacDonald (BFA 2012), is the winner of a $15,000 Dalglish Family Foundation Venture Award. The award supports entrepreneurship in craft and design; Claire will be using her award to set up a studio to further develop her jewellery and sculpture practice.


Long-time Board of Governors member Margaret Fountain is appointed to the Order of Canada for "for her philanthropic support of provincial and national arts organizations focused on music, dance, theatre and arts education."

Connie Lynn Higgs (BFA 2015) is the Nova Scotia winner of BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition 2015. Connie was a Starfish Student Art Award finalist as well.


(r)evolve by Connie Lynn Higgs
Hand-woven, ikat resist dyed linen, wool
203.2 x 43.1 x 1.2 cm; 80 x 17 x 0.5 in
(Photo by Eliot Wright

NSCAD jewellery and metalsmithing alumni Aurelie Guillaume (BFA 2015) and Semina Baek (BFA 2014) have been accepted into the prestigious and international BKV Prize Exhibition “BVK-Prize 2015” held in Munich, Germany.

Andrew Maize (BFA 2011) and Hangama Amiri (BFA 2012) are the finalists from Eastern Canada for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The overall winner is announced Nov. 16.

Veronika Horlik (MFA 2011) and David Harper (BFA 2006) are finalists for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award: Re-imagining Clay. 


Lisa Lipton (BFA 2003) is named the Atlantic finalist for the Sobey Art Award. The winner will be announced Oct. 28 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Writer Carol Bruneau, who teaches the class Writing for the Arts at NSCAD,launched her new book, These Good Hands, on Wednesday, June 3, 7-9 pm at The Company House. The book recounts the story of French sculptor Camille Claudel and the nurse who cares for her during the final days of her 30-year incarceration in France’s Montdevergues Asylum.


Alexandra McCurdy (BFA 1980) is inducted to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in Montreal on Saturday, May 16. In celebration of this and her 50-year career in ceramics, Alex  will have an exhibition, Crossing Material Boundaries, at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto this October. She (www.amccurdyceramics.com) is a professional ceramist and independent curator living in Halifax, NS and Naples, Florida.

Sydney Smith (BFA 2006) wins the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration at the Atlantic Book Awards. The book, Music is for Everyone, is written by Jill Barber and published by Nimbus Publishing.

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President Dianne Taylor-Gearing wears the academic robe made specially for her Installation ceremony.

Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing is officially installed as President of NSCAD University. Read her remarks 

NSCAD alumna Anne MacMillan (BFA 2009), now studying at MIT, received the 2015 Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. Established by the Council for the Arts at MIT in 1979, these awards honor the late President Emeritus Jerome B. Wiesner and Mrs. Wiesner for their commitment to the arts at MIT. An endowment fund provides a $2,000 honorarium to each recipient. 

The long list for the AIMIA/AGO Prize includes the names of two NSCAD grads Graeme Patterson (BFA 2003) and Scott Conarroe (MFA 2005).

Halley Davies (BFA 2013) and Martin Hellmich win an international competition celebrating the Hubble Telescope. 

NSCAD University awards honorary degrees, Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees, to Tanya Tagaq Gillis (BFA 1998), Gerhard Steidl,Robert Frank, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge. 

Beck Gilmer-Osborne receives the Governor General’s Silver Academic Award at NSCAD’s Graduation ceremony. Prof. Carla Taunton accepts on their behalf.


Raghed Charabaty is named the Starfish Student Art Award winner for his film, Alia.

Raghed Charabaty, a third-year film student, is the Starfish Student Art Award winner for his film, Alia. He wins the $5,000 purchase prize for his artwork and it becomes part of the NSCAD collection. The nine other finalists—Alysse Bowd (ceramics), Aurelie Guillaume (jewellery), Angela Henderson (intermedia), Connie Higgs (textiles),  Patricia Hondzel (printmaking), Hunter Lewis Lake (drawing), Evan Rensch (photography), Liz Toohey-Wiese (painting) and Couzyn van Heuvelen (sculpture) —each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Read more

A hearty congratulations to all the artists who made the Sobey Art Award longlist, including NSCAD alumni Ursula Johnson (BFA 2006), Eleanor King (BFA 2001), Zeke Moores (BFA 2002), and Lisa Lipton (BFA 2003). 

Janelle Brown (BFA 2014), (at right below) is named the winner of Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer competition.



NSCAD alumni Micah Lexier (MFA 1984), Paul McClure (BFA 1989) and Sandra Meigs (BFA 1975) are winners of the 2015 Governor General’s Awards. “Micah Lexier’s intellectual rigour, conceptual ability, generosity, compassion, limitless energy and work ethic are unparalleled and widely recognized. [He] is an indefatigable instigator, and his infectious enthusiasm has served as a catalyst for countless significant events in recent Canadian art history,” wrote NSCAD Prof. Jan Peacock in nominating Micah Lexier, a visual artist based in Toronto. On Paul McClure, this year’s Saidye Bronfman Award winner: “A sublime metalsmith… he is dedicated to concept research and experimentation in order to expand the boundaries of his own practice and contemporary jewellery in Canada.” (Melanie Egan, nominator, Head, Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre). On painter Sandra Meigs: “She is an astute risk taker, whose work is led by a feral imagination, resolutely following the barest whiff of imaginative trails into uncharted intimacies.” (Helen Marzolf, nominator). For more info, please see: http://ggavma.canadacouncil.ca/

Cast No Shadow, the debut feature by by director Christian Sparkes (BFA 2004) and cinematographer Scott McClelland (BFA 2003), opens in theatres across the country.

The 10 finalists for the Starfish Student Art Awards are named. They are: Hunter Lewis Lake (drawing); Raghed Charabaty (film); Eva Mary Bowd (ceramics); Aurelie Guillaume (jewellery and metalsmithing); Angela Henderson (Intermedia); Connie L. Higgs (textiles); Patricia Hondzel (printmaking); Evan Rensch (photography); Elizabeth Toohey-Wiese (painting); Couzyn G. Van Heuvelen (sculpture).


The newly renovated Canada House in London, England has a ton of art, including rugs inspired by paintings by NSCAD alumni Wayne Boucher (BFA 1975) and Norma Jean MacLean (BFA 2011). Read more

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) announces that NSCAD Honorary Degree Recipient Martha Wilson, Founding Director of Franklin Furnace in New York City, is one of two recipients of the 2015 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. The awards were presented at a gala celebration and dinner held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Capitale, 130 Bowery, in New York City. 

Jade Dumrath (BFA 2014) is a two-time student winner at the Niche Awards in the functional category and decorative accessories. Semina Baek (BFA 2014) just won the professional first prize for international art and design at Academia Firenze to do her Masters levels next year. And, Emily Gill’s work was highlighted in a Globe and Mail story, Our Home and Native Bling.

NSCAD alumnus Graeme Patterson (BFA 2003) is among the 11 artists who have made the longlist for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award.


Jeff Frizzell (BFA 2009) is the illustrator of Loose Strands, a fantasy novel which combines digital design and traditional storytelling. The book won the Digital Book Award for best book app at the Digital Book World 2015 Conference and Expo. Read more 

A new, interactive public art commission is unveiled on Barrington Streets. Barrington Blocks was created by NSCAD student Catherine Laroche with help by Prof. Rory MacDonald. Read more

December 2014

NSCAD alumnus Cliff Eyland (BFA 1982)'s art commission for the new Halifax Central Library is a smash hit! Read the Q & A on its creation

Vanessa Paschakarnis’ (MFA 1999) sculpture is included in Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014, now on display at the National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition highlights a selection of recent acquisitions to the gallery’s Canadian contemporary, indigenous and photography holdings.

NSCAD’s Jewellery and Metalsmithing Department continues to shine! Quite a few students and grads have been selected as finalists for the Niche Awards this year. Emily Gill (BFA 2009), Mary Lynn Podiluk (BFA 2012), Jade Dumrath (BFA 2014) and Wendy Chan are all undergrads or recent grads. Mengnan Qu (BFA 2012) is now at SUNY doing her Master’s degree. Sungyeoul Lee was at NSCAD on exchange. The Niche Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.

Todd Saunders (BFA 1992) was declared one of the winners at the ArchMarathon Awards held November 20th in Milan, Italy. Todd, an architect whose Saunders Architecture firm is based in Norway, was recognized for the Fogo Island Long Studios in Newfoundland.

Graeme Patterson (BFA 2003), Evan Lee, Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier, and Chris Curreri were runners-up for the Sobey Art Award, with Nadia Myre of Quebec taking the $50,000 top prize. The awards ceremony took place November 19th  at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

NSCAD grad Heather Rathbun (BFA 2008) is announced as one of two winners of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto's first venture award. The Craft & Design Business Advisory Committee of the Harbourfront Centre assessed applicants based on their plan of business, after which two recipients will be awarded with the Dalglish Family Foundation Venture Award and given $15,000 each toward their idea or company. For the inaugural edition of the awards, the committee selected two artists, Heather Rathbun and Stephanie Fortin. Heather of Heather Rathbun Jewellery Design and Stephanie of Coeur de Lion, are both graduating artists from the Craft & Design Studio Artists-in-Residence program.


Toshiko MacAdam and Charles MacAdam are nominated for the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia's Masterworks Art Award.

NSCAD regular part-time faculty member Melinda Spooner (MFA 1999) and painter Pat Sollows (BFA 1993) were honored with Established Artist Awards at the Arts Nova Scotia Gala on Nov. 20. The 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award went to composer Peter-Anthony Togni for the orchestral composition Responsio. NSCAD regular part-time faculty member Toshiko H. MacAdam and her husband Charles MacAdam (BFA 1979) were finalists for the award, for the sculpture/installation Harmonic Motion. The winner was awarded $25,000 and the four finalists received $3,000 each. Read more about Toshiko's amazing work.

This prestigious award has gone to several of our NSCAD faculty in the past few years including:

  • Steve Higgins, part-time faculty member in sculpture, for Beyond the Terminating Vista. Read more »
  • Kim Morgan, professor in sculpture, for Range Light Borden-Carleton PEI.Read more »
  • David Clark, professor in Media Arts Division, for the web-based artwork 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein. Read more »


Sol Nagler and Andrew Hicks claimed the Design Competition and Future Innovations Award from the Mobile HCI conference.

Solomon Nagler, associate professor in Media Arts, research associate Andrew Hicks (BFA ’10) and their team took home the top prize, the Design Competition and Future Innovations Award, at the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services. Read more »

NSCAD alumna Daina Augaitis (BFA 1984) and Kent Monkman were named the winners of the 2014 Visual Art Awards. Daina, Chief Curator and Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, is recognized by the Hnatyshyn Foundation for curatorial excellence in contemporary art.

Adrienna Matzeg (BFA 2014) is a winner of the 12th BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition, celebrating the creativity and diversity of Canadian art students. The art by award winners is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto until October 26. See the winners' work »


Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq is the 2014 winner of the Polaris Music Prize.
NSCAD grad and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq is awarded the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. Read more and listen »:

Christian Sparkes,
a 2004 NSCAD film graduate, won big at the Atlantic Film Festival awards ceremony in September. His debut feature Cast No Shadow captured awards for best Atlantic feature, best director, best screenwriter, and best cinematographer, as well as best actor and best actress. Christian made this film through the Telefilm micro-budget program with NSCAD as his partner. Read more »

NSCAD ceramics student Laura Jean Forrester won a public art commission to celebrate RBC’s new location. Her beautiful work, The Waterside Garden, is located in the RBC Waterside Centre. Read more »

Sara Hartland Rowe, part time faculty member in fine art, was busy all summer on a major art commission that’s recently been installed at Bridge Transit Terminal in Dartmouth.Read more »

NSCAD Emeritus Walter Ostrom, a ceramic artist, was named Regis Master and presented a lecture in the Regis Masters Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Read more »

Film director Christian Sparkes (BFA 2004) won big at the Atlantic Film Festival with his debut feature, Cast No Shadow.


NSCAD graduate Paula Fairfield (BFA 1984) was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the sound design on the show Game of Thrones. She didn’t end up winning, but she’s used to that because she’s been nominated five times before! She was also nominated for the previous season of Game of Thrones, the miniseries The River and the series Lost. Paula says her time at NSCAD was formative and influential in her development as an artist, and cites Prof. Jan Peacock as a mentor. The Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles on August 16 and August 25. Read more »

 Paula Fairfield at the 2014 Emmy Awards with Stan, the Dog with a Blog.


NSCAD students Semina Baek and Vilya Ou shared first place prize in the 11th annual National Student Jewellery Competition! NSCAD students traditionally do very well in this national competition and this year was no exception!

MFA graduate Kaitlyn Bourden and  Lee Roth (BFA 2014) were recognized in the International Sculpture Center’s 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program. Both artists received honorable mention for 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture. Kaitlyn and Lee will be recognized in the 2014 October issue of Sculpture magazine, as well as on the www.sculpture.org website.


Graeme Patterson (BFA 2003) was named the Atlantic finalist for the Sobey Art Award. He will vie for the $50,000 top prize, to be awarded on November 19 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where an exhibition of nomination-garnering works by the five finalists is set to open on November 1.

Carly Butler (BFA 2012) and Teto Elsiddique (BFA 2013) were named the Eastern Canadian finalists for the $25,000 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. The national winner was announced at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal on October 1, 2014. Tiziana La Melia of Vancouver, British Columbia received a purchase prize of $25,000 for her work Hanging on to the part.


Beck Gilmer-Osborne (centre) is the 2014 Starfish Student Art Award.


Beck Gilmer-Osborne is the winner of the 2014 Starfish Student Art Awards. Beck was awarded the $5,000 purchase prize for their artwork, TUCK, which now becomes part of the NSCAD collection. The other 10 student finalists were Jin Li, Conor Fagan, Josianne Desrochers, Kristy Depper, Semina Baek, Lee Roth, Jack Wong, Hesameddin Hanafialamdari, Elyse Moir and Merle Harley. Read more »


Printmaker Dan O’Neill was a winner of the Open Studio National Printmaking Award. Read more »

Recent NSCAD grad Jenna Marks won first place at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animation Films in its 48-hour animation jam competition.

NSCAD film professor Sam Fisher returns from the NAB show in Las Vegas with "best in show" for Andra, a motion focus system. NAB is produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and is the largest show of its kind in the world. Read more »

NAB, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment, and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. - See more at: http://nscad.ca/en/home/abouttheuniversity/news/motionfocuscameraagamechanger.aspx#sthash.2qV8tyHx.dpufRead more » 


Sandra Brownlee is the 2014 winner of the Saidye Bronfman Award.


Sandra Brownlee, part-time faculty member in textiles and a NSCAD alumna, is the winner of the 2014 Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the fine crafts. Created in 1977 by the Bronfman family to honour their mother on her 80th birthday, the $25,000 prize is awarded annually to an exceptional craftsperson. In addition, works by the recipient are acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization for its permanent collection. Sandra Brownlee is a weaver, notebook keeper and teacher. Read more »

Previous winners of the Saidye Bronfman Award include:

  • NSCAD alumnus Greg Payce in 2013,
  • NSCAD alumnus Charles Lewton-Brain in 2012,
  • NSCAD professor Kye-Yeon Son in 2011 Read more »
  • and NSCAD Professor Emeritus Walter Ostrom in 2003.
  • Video artist Jan Peacock is a 2012 winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She is a professor in the Department of Media Arts and Director of the MFA program. Read more »


NSCAD alumnus John Kahrs takes home an Academy Award for his animated short film, Paperman. John Kahrs graduated from NSCAD in 1990. He began his career at Blue Sky Studios in New York, where he worked as an animator between 1990 and 1997. He later moved to Pixar, where he worked on such films as A Bug's Life, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. After 10 years at Pixar he moved over to Dis­ney, where he animated on Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, and was an animation supervisor on Tangled. Read more »


Animator John Kahrs and his wife at the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony.