VIVID: The NSCAD University Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

VIVID VOLUME 19, Fall 2012

Our Annual Fund Appeal - the 125 Challenge

You've no doubt received an email or a letter from Dr. Dan O'Brien, acting president of NSCAD University, asking you to donate to NSCAD's 2012-13 Annual Fund. During our 125th anniversary year, we have launched a special appeal: $125 for 125 years.

Our goal is to raise $125,000 for the Annual Fund—and we're already well on the way to reaching our target with $81,000 raised so far. We believe this goal is ambitious but doable—a tangible expression of our belief that the visual arts have the ability to enrich lives and communities.

To make your contribution to the Annual Fund, click here.

View the Annual Report 2011-2012 (PDF)

   Annual Report 2011–2012

 A wonderful ANNA-versary

NSCAD University celebrated its 125th anniversary on September 21 to 23 with a nod to founder Anna Leonowens.

In a card stunt dubbed ANNAmotion LOGOmotion, 143 volunteers gathered to create a giant portrait of Anna. The cards flipped to reveal NSCAD’s colorful and celebratory 125 logo. Afterwards, volunteers re-assembled on Granville Mall to flip out again and pose for a group photo.

In the evening, The Back to School Special was hosted by CBC’s Craig Norris on Granville Mall. The concert featured performers Buck 65, Matt Mays, Ria Mae, Tanya Davis, Ghettosocks (aka Darren Pyper, BFA 2006), Acres & Acres and Jenn Grant (BFA 2006).

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Alumni profile - Dennis Page

Dennis Page (BDes 1977) loves to send a letter in the mail—not only because of the greetings he’s conveying or the news he’s imparting—but because of the stamp he licks and puts in the right-hand corner.

Not just any stamp mind you, but a stamp of the Titanic, appearing as she was meant to be seen: proud, majestic, awe-inspiring. His company Dennis Page Branding and Design was commissioned by Canada Post to design the stamp for issue in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic's fateful voyage.

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Alumni profile - Angela Arsenault

What does an entrepreneur during her first year in business have to do to get attention? Angela Arsenault (BFA 2004) of Angela Grace Jewelry went to the Cannes Film Festival and then to the Emmy Awards to court celebrities—all with an eye to her customers at home in Nova Scotia.

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Alumni profile - Tom Anthes

Newly retired, the longtime art director for CBC Halifax was in a nostalgic mood as he recalled his days at the art college—“the best four years of my life,” said Tom Anthes (ANSCAD 1967). “The people I met became my best friends for life.”

Read more, see his work »


Alumni profile - Bruce MacKinnon

Whether you smile or grimace, he'll always make you think. Bruce MacKinnon, named last year to the Order of Nova Scotia, draws his incisive, often funny, commentary as the Halifax Chronicle Herald's resident editorial cartoonist.

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Making playtime beautiful - Toshiko and Charles MacAdam



As a textile artist, Toshiko MacAdam has been dedicating more and more of her energy to the enjoyment of children. Through Interplay Design and Manufacturing, a company she runs with her husband Charles MacAdam (BFA 1979), she hand crochets entire playgrounds.

“I believe beauty is so important for children, that it is crucial for their development and that the memory of beauty will last through their lifetime," she says, perched on a stool in the NSCAD fashion studio, where she teaches one day a week.

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The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada honoured Atlantic region designers Hanno Ehses and Rod McDonald with Fellowship status for their contributions to raising the standard of design in Canada. Hanno was instrumental in developing the design program at NSCAD over his 36-year teaching career. Rod is a prolific typographer who often shares his expertise with NSCAD students.
Read more from the GDC.

Alumni event in Toronto

Join Dr. Dan O'Brien, acting president, Rob Dimitrieff and Grant Machum, members of the Board of Governors, and Linda Hutchison, director of University Relations, in raising a toast to Eleanor King (BFA 2001), a finalist for the 2012 Sobey Art Award. We'll be holding an alumni reception in Eleanor's honour on Friday, Nov. 16, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom in the Gladstone Hotel. 
RSVP by emailing

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. 

VIVID - Alumni Ring
Ring Sizer (PDF) | Ring Order Form (PDF)

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.


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