VIVID: The NSCAD University Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

VIVID VOLUME 16, March 2012

Congratulations Jan!

NSCAD professor Jan Peacock wins a 2012 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
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 David B. Smith steps down as president

David B. Smith resigns as President of NSCAD University. A board committee is beginning the search for an interim president.
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News around NSCAD

A compendium of NSCAD news items, including Studio 21's scholarship support, Nova Scotia Talent Trust winners, the upcoming Artist for a Day celebration and ordering Garry Neill Kennedy's new book, The Last Art College.
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Fundraising boost

NSCAD's Annual Fund campaign, NSCAD Now, increases donor participation by 20 per cent.
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Class notes

See what your classmates have been up to with this edition of Class Notes. Do you have news you’d like to share? Send us your updates and we’ll include them next time. Please email Linda Hutchison, director of University Relations, Alumni & Development, at or give her a ring at 902-494-8244.
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Introducing Anna

A look at the life - invented and otherwise - of Anna Leonowens, one of the formidable founders of the Victoria School of Art and Design. “She was a very strong woman, very unusual for her time,” says Lois Yorke, who is writing a biography of Anna Leonowens.
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Alumni profile - Jim Smith

Originally from Montreal, ceramic artist Jim Smith set up his home, studio and showroom in a tiny, historic house in Chester after graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the early 1980s. "It was a little on the rough side," he says. "But I was so thrilled to have my own studio."
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Remembering Shawn

The newly created Shawn Jackson bursary will go to students, who like Shawn himself, show "tenacity in the face of adversity."
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Portrait of a donor

Retired Saint Mary's professor Rowland Marshall and his late wife Margo created a number of scholarships at NSCAD, including awards for excellence in printmaking, sculpture, painting, product design and textiles.
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Reinventing Rosenberg

A fascinating exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia gives insight into the art and life of Henry Mortikar Rosenberg, Principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design.
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Part of the Lunenburg scene

NSCAD contributes to Lunenburg's vibrant arts and culture milieu through its community residency program, now in its sixth year in Lunenburg. Other residency programs have since been set up in New Glasgow, and starting this summer, Sydney.
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Stay in the know!

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Make a gift to the NSCAD Now Annual Fund

We are heading into the home stretch for the 2011/2012 campaign for the NSCAD Now Annual Fund. Gifts received before March 31, 2012 will be counted into growing results for this fiscal year. Let's blow our targets out of the water and demonstrate how much NSCAD has meant to students, alumni and friends!

Please see the appeal at NSCAD Now and read the vignettes of NSCAD students and alumni. Giving is easy: you can donate monthly or make a one-time gift. You can also choose where you'd like your support to go by viewing the menu of giving options.

Alumni reception in Fredericton

Alumni are invited to join NSCAD President David B. Smith and Bernard Riordon, director and CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, for a reception on Thursday, April 12, 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will take place at the art gallery, 703 Queen Street in Fredericton.

Interested in going? Love to see you! Please RSVP by e-mailing

Alumni Ring

The NSCAD alumni ring celebrates a lifelong connection to your academic and creative achievements. Designed by Karen Konzuk, BFA 97, this stainless steel band subtly incorporates the official NSCAD colour with a side incision of purple powder-coated finish. Inside the band is an engraved Latin inscription of NSCAD’s informal school mott nolo facere insipida, after John Baldessari's lithograph I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art. 

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Seeds Gallery

Located at NSCAD University's Port campus, Seeds Gallery is a year-round shop for student and alumni work. Our goal is to provide a commercial venue for students and alumni, to promote a diverse range of artistic practices, and to enhance the Halifax art community.