Alumni Stories

A highlight of recent news stories featuring our talented alumni.

Wallie Brannen, ANSCAD 1974, BFA 2003, BA 2009
The Anna Leonowens Gallery hosts an exhibition dedicated to the memory of NSCAD alumnus Wallie Brannen.

Micah Lexier, MFA 1984; Paul McClure, BFA 1989 and Sandra Meigs, BFA 1975
2015 Governor General's Award winners | NSCAD alumni Sandra Meigs, Micah Lexier and Paul McClure were awarded Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Emily Gill, BFA 2009
Alumni profile | In conversation with NSCAD alumna Emily Gill, an artist-jeweller based in Toronto.

Christian Sparkes, BFA 2004
Cast No Shadow gets theatrical release | The debut feature film Cast No Shadow by NSCAD alumnus Christian Sparkes will be in movie theatres on April 3rd.

Evan Rensch, MFA 2015
By your pleasure, I did see | Pursuing an MFA at NSCAD in photography, Evan has been engaged in documenting those in Nova Scotia’s service and tourism industry.

Ksenia Azanova, BDes 2016
Scholarship by design | Design student Ksenia Azanova is awarded the inaugural Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship.

Andrew Harwood, BFA 1991
A look back at the first | Andrew organized the first wearable art show at NSCAD 25 years ago. He remembers what it was like.

Jarrett Shaw, BFA 2014
African-NS stories told by African-NS directors | NSCAD film grad Jarrett Shaw is directing one of four episodes in the miniseries Studio Black!

Cliff Eyland, BFA 1982
Q&A with Cliff Eyland | The NSCAD alumnus talks about the Halifax Central Library art commission and his life-long fascination with libraries.

Jennifer Angus, BFA 1984
Alumni profile | Jennifer Angus is an artist whose medium is insects.

Katherine Nakaska, BFA 2015
Scottish sojourn | Receiving the Roloff Beny scholarship allowed NSCAD student Katherine Nakaska the chance to reconnect with her Scottish heritage.

Katherine Victoria Taylor, BFA 2014
From bookbinding to the big screen | NSCAD's Katherine Victoria Taylor and Joe Landry (faculty) re-created the actual Book of Negroes for the CBC miniseries of the same name.

Amélie Proulx, MFA 2010

Creating her own secret recipe | NSCAD alumna Amélie Proulx returns to her alma mater to conduct ceramics research.

Liz Toohey-Wiese, MFA 2015
Identity and landscape | NSCAD grad student Liz Toohey-Wiese discovers her identity is strongly associated with the landscapes of home.

Michael McCormack, MFA 2015
Stationed | What would it be like to be a short-wave radio operator? Grad student Michael McCormack evokes the experience.

Catherine Laroche, BFA 2015
Playing with art | NSCAD student Catherine Laroche invites people to play with her art installation, Barrington Blocks.

Hunter Lewis Lake, BFA 2015
Rebel with a cause | Hunter Lewis Lake's unique, made-from-garbage art will be available during Pop-up at the Christmas Shop.

Paula Fairfield, BFA 1984
'I make weird sounds' | Six-time Emmy nominee Paula Fairfield is an artist whose medium is sound.

Jessica Wiebe, BFA 2015
Bandaging the wounds | NSCAD student Jessica Wiebe works through her time as a soldier in Afghanistan through her art and by helping others to find their creative voice.

Gillian MacLeod, BDes 1993
Alumni Profile | NSCAD alumna Gillian MacLeod is living her dream as an art director at Martha Stewart Living.

Julie O'Kruk, BDes 2016
Designing for Dine by Design East | NSCAD design student Julie O'Kruk designs the billboards, posters and magazine ads for Dine by Design East.

Becka Barker, BFA 2000
The evolution of The Evolution of Max | Filmmaker Becka Barker explores the unique perspective of a child with autism.

Kelly and Larry Burke, BDes '85 and BDes '81
Small but mighty | NSCAD grads Kelly and Larry Burke's small firm Burke & Burke wins big at the Canadian Regional Design Awards.

Elly MacKay, BFA 2005
Entering a magical world | NSCAD grad Elly MacKay's three-dimensional scenes usher viewers into a magical world.

Laura Jean Forrester, BFA 2015
NSCAD student wins RBC Art Competition | Laura Jean Forrester win $10,000 purchase prize for her proposal, The Waterside Garden.

Dan O'Neill, BFA 1994
NSCAD profile | A look at the life and artistic practice of Dan O'Neill.

Arianne Pollet-Brannen, BFA 2009
Alumni profile | Arianne Pollet-Brannen's sculptural artwear is exhibited at Toronto’s Arts & Fashion Week.

Lesley Steffler, BDes 2014
Design grad amazing | Inspired by the concept of a maze, Lesley Steffler wanted the catalogue to symbolize the process that students go through, not only in their years at NSCAD but in the creative process itself.

Sandra Brownlee, BEd, BFA 1971
2014 Saidye Bronfman Award Winner | Sandra Brownlee, a teacher, weaver and bookmaker, wins the 2014 Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in fine craft.

Ian McKinnon, BFA 1980
Answering the call | Foundation instructor Ian McKinnon has been named artist-in-residence at historic St. Paul's Anglican Church.

Sam Decoste, MFA 2015
Animated doc tells a sad tale from history | MFA student Sam Decoste is nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her animated documentary Mary & Myself.

Seth Scriver, BFA 2002
“Gravy icing” | Visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman were happy to finally finish their feature film animation—so winning at TIFF was "gravy icing."

Sarah Cheetham, BFA 2013
NSCAD across the causeway | NSCAD University and the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design partner to provide a residency opportunity for NSCAD graduate Sarah Cheetham.

Alexis Bulman, BFA 2013
BMO 1st Art winner | Recent NSCAD graduate Alexis Bulman is a regional winner in the BMO 1st Art Invitational Competition.

Elizabeth Williams, ANSCA 1928
"Where women held the fort" | 106-year-old Elizabeth Williams remembers attending the Victoria School of Art and Design in the 1920s.

Jason Buxton, BFA 2003
The perspiration pays off | Jason Buxton's powerful film Blackbird opens across the country on Friday, with special events planned at Halifax's Park Lane Cinemas.

Doug Bamford, BFA & BEd 1995
Commemorating the history of steelmaking | Doug Bamford, senior ceramics technician, is working on two public art commissions for a new park in Sydney.

Bill MacGillivray and Greg Payce, MFA 1987
NSCAD alum Bill MacGillivray and Greg Payce win GGs | Filmmaker William MacGillivray and artist-potter Greg Payce are honoured with Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Audrey Dear Hesson, ANSCAD 1951
A living pioneer | Talking with Audrey Dear Hesson, the first black graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1951.

John Kahrs, BFA 1990
Congratulations on the Oscar | NSCAD alumnus John Kahrs takes home the Oscar for best animated short.

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