VIVID - Class Notes
March 17, 2017


The catalogue for Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey is published by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Steve Farmer (BFA 1989) took the photographs for the beautiful hardcover book to accompany the exhibition Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey, on display last fall at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The book and the exhibition, curated by David Diviney (MFA 1998) Bruce Johnson (BFA 1988)and Sarah Fillmore, include the artwork by NSCAD faculty members Mark Bovey, Melanie Colosimo, Frances Dorsey, Steve Farmer (BFA 1989), Lorraine Field (BFA 1997, MA 2004), Sarah Maloney (BFA 1988) and Charley Young (BFA 2009) as well as NSCAD alumni: Wayne Boucher (BFA 1975), Carly Butler (BFA 2011), Matthew Collins (BFA 1998), Angela Glanzmann (BFA 2013), Ursula Johnson (BFA 2006), Janice Leonard (BFA 1981), Anne Macmillan (BFA 2009), and Susan Tooke (BFA 1980).

A public art commission, Two Circles, by Micah Lexier (MFA 1984) was unveiled in December at the East Tower of the Bay Adelaide Centre in downtown Toronto. Seemingly simple, the massive artworks are in fact made up of 1.6 million individually handmade, hand-placed ceramic pieces.

The exhibition Cord by Barbara Lounder (MFA 1984) was on display at Hermes Gallery in Halifax from Feb. 10 to March 5, 2017.

Flowers is an exhibition of digital paintings by Alex Livingston. At Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery.

The exhibitions Flowers by Alex Livingston (BFA 1983) and Feathers by Katie Belcher (BFA 2007) are on display at Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery in Halifax to March 29, 2017. 

Acclaimed author Lisa Moore (BFA 1988) has written Flannery (House of Anansi Press), her first novel for young adults. Other books included February, Alligator and Caught.

Gems (2016) by Jeannie Ozon, 60 cm by 60 cm.

Jeannie Ozon (BFA 1989), a Canadian painter and sculptor, had an exhibition of her work, Cycles, on display at Galleri Aspect in Kristiansand, Norway. Central to her work are bright colours, pattern and rhythm. Jeannie has lived and worked in Norway since 1997.

Inuit throat singer and Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq (BFA 1988, DFA 2015) is named to the Order of Canada. Tanya is being recognized for her “contributions to Canadian culture through her avant-garde Inuit throat singing.”


The chiseled cat jaws of Sonia Chow and Huschang Pourian's art suite for ICEHOTEL in Sweden.  PHOTO CREDIT: ASAF KLIGER / ICEHOTEL

Sonia Chow (BDes 1995) and her partner, German designer Huschang Pourian, have designed and built an art suite of snow and ice for ICEHOTEL in Sweden. Their art suite, called Cat’s Cradle: Le Petite Mort, is one of 15 which will “melt away and reunite with the Torne River in the spring, a cycle of sustainability,” she writes. “The bed sits on the curling tongue of a cat whose crystalline teeth rise up around you, ready to slide into its throat in a feline variation of the Tunnel of Love.” Sonia is based in Hong Kong.

Alas, a Visual Lament by Lorraine Field (BFA 1997, MA 2004) was on display at Saint Mary’s University Gallery, Jan. 13 to March 5, 2017. Alas is described as a photographic response to the loss of her husband and companion of some five decades, poet Roger Field.

The viewing platform at Batoche National Historic Site.

An interactive, outdoor interpretative project developed for Batoche National Historic Site by Form: Media and Eksistics Planning & Design got the attention of AZURE magazine and the influential ArchDaily web site.  NSCAD alumni Rob Leblanc (BDes 1992), John deWolf (BDes 1992) and Natalia Ultremari (BDes 2015) were involved in the experiential design project aimed at strengthening ties between the Canadian Government and the Métis Nation—Saskatchewan.  Natalia was also featured in The Coast’s Careers section.

Beth Meier (BFA 1994) has opened the business Crafted for the Home in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. The gallery and shop features works by Albertan artists and craftspeople.

Compositions in White by Ivan Murphy (BDes 1992) showed at the Nova Scotia Archives’ Chase Gallery from Jan. 14-31. The exhibition brought together paintings from 2007-2017, and are inspired by “a memory of snowshoeing through a snow-blanketed clear-cut where the tranquil layer of snow belied the wreckage beneath.”

Halifax band Not You made the CBC's best bands of 2016 list. NSCAD librarian Rebecca Young (BFA 1999) is a member, along with Nancy Urich, Meg Yoshida and Stephanie Johns. 


Donna Akrey, Middle Ground, 2016, mirror, wood, foam, casters.

Also, Also, an exhibition of work by Donna Akrey (MFA 2001), is on display at Rodham Hall at Brock University until April 30. Donna lives in Hamilton, ON.

Figurative painter Felice House (BFA 2000) presented Re/Western at Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds College of Art in the UK. Re/Western (Jan. 20 to March 24, 2017) comprised seven large-scale portraits of famous actors in westerns but re-imagined as women. She is an assistant professor in the Visualization Department at Texas A&M University. 

Ruth Marsh, Corpus Melliferous

Ruth Marsh’s exploration with dead bees is getting a lot of attention. An exhibition of her work, Corpus Melliferous was recently on display at Craig Gallery in Dartmouth, NS, and a video by Jeff Wheaton was made for CBC Arts. Ruth (BFA 2006) was also named to the list, 10 Artists with Forward Thinking Practices, compiled by Canadian Art.


Alexis Bulman (BFA 2013) is one of four emerging artists from Prince Edward Island whose work is featured in the exhibition New Positions at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery to April 23. Alexis’s installation called Slowly is inspired by her observations of people walking on snow-covered sidewalks.

Merray Gerges (BA 2015) in the new staff writer at Canadian Art magazine. She is the co-founder and co-editor of CRIT, a free biannual publication of contemporary criticism.

Sisters Chloe (BFA 2010) and Parris Gordon (BFA 2011), co-designers of the fashion label Beaufille, returned to show at New York Fashion Week after their debut in 2016. They are “exemplars of the ‘effortless chic’ aesthetic,” said Forbes Magazine, which named them to its 30 Under 30 list.


The documentary The Sunshine Makers, written by Connie Littlefield (MFA 2016), tells the fascinating untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture. The Sunshine Makers can be seen on Netflix Canada.

Silversmith Shelley MacDonald (BFA 2011) was invited to show her Boreal Collection at London Fashion Week, Feb. 17-21. In the fall, Shelley felt the “Kate Effect” when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was photographed wearing her earrings while on a Canadian tour. From Antigonish, Shelley currently lives in Whitehorse, YT.

Filmmaker Yalitsa Riden (BFA 2016) was named to AFCOOP’s FILM 5 Program, receiving training, mentorship, funding and in-kind support to create her latest film, Dirty Milk.

Illustrator and art instructor Amber Solberg (BFA 2013) will be one of the guests featured at the upcoming Geequinox, giving a joint panel discussion with Liz Mac Illustration on how to build a career in the art world. Geequinox is a two-day event focused on gaming, cosplay, comics, and art.

Inuit Art Quarterly profiled Iqalait-born sculptor and installation artist Couzyn van Heuvelen (MFA 2015) in the winter 2016 issue.

Jessica Winton (MFA 2017) is one of the artists accepted to Project Anywhere, a global exhibition model, for her project Ris Publica.

In Memoriam
Laurel Woodcock (MFA 1992), noted conceptual artist and respected educator, died on January 7, 2017 at Toronto General Hospital. 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. She joined the faculty at the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph in 2000.

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