End-of-term shows
April 11, 2012

It's the end of term, and at NSCAD that means a lot of cool shows are coming up.

Come and mix with the cool kids at Ceramix!

Ceramix is NSCAD’s Ceramics department’s end-of-year open house. The opening reception takes place Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ceramics department, third floor, Port Campus. The show and sale continues to Saturday, April 21.

“If it’s ceramic and if it’s made at NSCAD, it’s going to be in the show,” says Paula Dirks, a student organizer of Ceramix. A fourth-year student originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Paula will be contributing a few ceramic installations, including “a comic strip diorama.”

Ceramix will include the work of about 75 NSCAD students working at all levels. Pieces range from the functional to the sculptural.


Master of Design Thesis Expo

You’re invited to see what the brightest young minds in design have dreamed up over the past year.

NSCAD’s Master of Design Thesis Expo is set for Monday, April 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fourth floor studio of the North Block, Granville Campus. It’s an informal event which highlights the explorations of graduating master’s students over the past 12 months and presents their individual thesis projects.

One of those students, Joseph Rau, came to the master’s design program after studying landscape architecture and urban design. From Edmonton, Alberta, he says the 13 graduating students arrived in Halifax having pursued different careers or courses of study; many even came from different countries.

Marlene Ivey, acting director of the Master of Design program, says the students approached their projects through the lens of their varied perspectives: using design to tackle the cultural, economic, environmental and technological issues facing society today. For example, student Kevin Dahi researched the development of a national emergency management system for Syria, while LeeAndra Cianci designed a dynamic dining experience to encourage family connectivity and communication. Martyn Anstice addresses a newspaper’s declining readership and Hana Seo encourages participation and engagement of a local Christian church congregation. 

“These are just a few examples of how students have used design to look at real-world problems,” says Professor Ivey.

All are welcome to attend the Design Thesis Expo. The students involved are: Martyn Anstice, LeeAndra Cianci, Kevin Dahi, Grace Fong, Ian Grivois, Carley Hodgkinson, Lyly Long, Stuart McQuarrie, Michael Peters, Joseph Rau, Hana Seo, Linghan Zhan and Yanyan Zhang.

Class of 2012: Members of the graduating Master's of Design class pose for a photo on Granville Mall.

March of Prints continues; Prime is up next

Prime is a painting, drawing and ceramics show that will replace the March of Prints (running to April 15) show at Seeds Gallery, 116-1099 Marginal Road, opposite the Port Campus.

The show will feature the work of second, third and fourth year painting, drawing and ceramic students. The opening reception is Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. It runs to May 6.

Seeds Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m.