VIVID: The NSCAD University Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

VIVID VOLUME 17, May 2012

Oh, Canada! Oh, NSCAD

NSCAD faculty, alumni and students are well represented at Oh, Canada, the largest survey of Canadian art in decades. Oh, Canada opens at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) on May 26.

To the right is NSCAD professor Kim Morgan's Range Light, Borden-Carleton, one of the signature pieces in the show.

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 A magical day

The Alumni Association's Artist for a Day event was a resounding success! Held on Halifax waterfront on Saturday, May 12, the idea behind the inaugural event was to blow open the doors of NSCAD University and show off what goes on at the university by bringing it all outside. Steamroller printing was one of the highlights of the day, along with life drawing, weaving, sewing, making pots, painting and so much more.


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The graduating class of our 125th year

“Making art, making design should be dangerous," commencement speaker Nicholas Houghton told graduating students during the Graduation and Commencement Ceremony on May 13th.  You’ve got to take risks if you’re going to push on.”

The ceremony paid tribute to NSCAD's 210 graduating students as well as to honorary degree recipients Martha Rosler and Dr. Thomas Jock Murray.

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'It's not an easy path but it's totally worth it'

Graduating student Jaime Williams was finishing her Phd in clinical psychology when she took a drawing class through the School of Extended Studies. The class awakened a passion for making art that she never knew she had.

Read Jaime's reflections of her NSCAD experience and those of other recent graduates: Mary Stankevicius, Kevin Dahi, Maddy Mathews, Kristen Sharpe, Lawrence Woodford, Jennifer Green, Siobhan Gallagher, Jennifer Green and Katharine Vingoe-Cram.

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NSCAD receives generous gifts

Two anonymous donors have given a combined gift of $3.4 million. Most of the money will be dedicated to a new bursary endowment fund aimed at benefitting students in financial need. The gifts were announced recently by departing president David B. Smith.

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José Andrés Mora wins Starfish grand prize

NSCAD student José Andrés Mora wins the grand prize at the 2012 Starfish Student Art Awards for his video installation, Interlocution. Nine finalists were also named during the gala, the third annual celebration of NSCAD student talent.

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Blowing off dust

NSCAD student Jessica Wiebe sorts through her memories of a tour of duty in Afghanistan in a series of drawings. Called The Dust Series, the drawings have been accepted into a national art competition for emerging artists called Defining Moments. Organized by, the art exhibition will tour this summer to venues in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax.

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NSCAD Alumni Association's AGM

You’re invited to the NSCAD Alumni Association's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 5:30 p.m. at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.

Come and join the fun as we gear up for September’s 125 exhibitions and spectacles! Everyone is welcome.

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Make a gift to the NSCAD Now Annual Fund

Dylan Moore is proving that giving is contagious! When Dylan turned eight years old, he asked that his birthday party guests donate to NSCAD instead of bringing gifts for him and ended up gathering more than $200 for NSCAD Now, the Annual Fund.

Dylan's example has inspired others to give to NSCAD too. Won't you give too?

We make giving easy through our NSCAD Now 2012-2013 Annual Fund giving site. 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.

NSCAD appointments

Dr. Daniel O'Brien,  former president and CEO at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., takes on a new challenge as the acting president of NSCAD University. Dr. O'Brien commenced duties as of May 16. Welcome Dan!

As well, Dr. Kenn Gardner Honeychurch steps back into the role of Acting Provost and Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs and Research, for a one-year term. Over the past three years Dr. Honeychurch has been a professor in the Division of Historical and Critical Studies, and before that, served as Vice President Academic for 10 years.

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.