Jacob Mailman BFA 2010


If Jacob Mailman could have taken a picture and documented his NSCAD University defining moment, it would show him as a first-year student listening intently to the guest lecturer addressing his Intro to Visual Culture class.

"He just kind of blew my mind," says the soft-spoken Jacob, a 25-year-old native of Bridgewater, N.S. "I’ll always remember the power of what he was saying … what photography could be."

The speaker that day five years or so ago, was photographer Gary Wilson, a faculty member in the Division of Media Arts. He’s since become a mentor to Jacob, and the photography department, a true home.

"The people in this place have been an incredible family to me ever since I first walked in here," says Jacob, a Canon Photography Award winner. He’s perched on a stool in a small storage room, which is stuffed with tripods, lighting kits, film canisters and cameras of all kinds.

Since graduation last year, he has worked as a technician in the photography department and an instructor through the School of Extended Studies. As well, he pursues his own work as an artist; favorite subject matter includes street scenes, fashion and dance.



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“I cannot wait to be at school this fall and grow, not only as an artist, but as a person as well. Thank you for the gift of opportunity. I will use it to the best of my human ability. This scholarship means the world to me and I will make you proud.” - Graham Ross (BFA 2019)

Lindsay-Jacquard “This award makes a difference for me both financially and emotionally. To be recognized for my accomplishments is a boost to my confidence, as a student and an artist.” - Lindsay Jacquard (BFA 2016)

NSCAD-Scholarship-57“When someone makes the choice to be an artist, it’s not easy. For a lot of people, they incur debts as students and then they graduate and find a job. But as an artist, you still might have to go through a period where you are developing a style and getting a career rolling. We want to recognize that struggle and support artists.” - Doug Pope, president of the Robert Pope Foundation

Brian-Sloan-2“While a student I was asked if I could ‘explain what is going on here.’ I thought for a moment and had no words to explain the range of experience I was receiving through NSCAD. Now, some 20 years later I still have no answer to that question but I do know that NSCAD changed my life. I hope that my little gifts of gratitude help the students of today along their chosen path of studies.” - NSCAD alumnus Brian Sloan (BFA 1993)