VIVID: The NSCAD University Newsletter for Alumni & Friends

VIVID VOLUME 20, Winter 2012

Our best wishes and thank you!

We had a fantastic response to this year's Annual Fund appeal. So many people pitched in that we surpassed our $125,000 target.

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And while we're showing our appreciation, a round of applause to the RBC Foundation for support of our graduation catalogue and exhibition and the Airport Project.

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The Airport Project

More than 15,000 people a day passing through Halifax Stanfield International Airport will get an eyeful of contemporary art. Artwork by NSCAD students in Steve Higgins and Kim Morgan's Advanced Sculpture Workshop are on display in various locations in the terminal as a result of a unique collaboration with the airport and support by the Reznick Family Fund at NSCAD and RBC Emerging Artists Program.

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Confronting the male gaze

From the glamour of London, England to the tranquility of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Hangama Amiri is excited about where her art is taking her. As one of three young grads living and working in Lunenburg with the NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Residency Program, she is building a body of work which explores issues related to being a woman in Afghanistan.

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Full Circle: Joan Bruneau

As gorgeous as Joan Bruneau’s pots are on their own, they’re not really complete unless they’re being used. An exhibition of her work, Full Circle, is a dazzling display on her enormous talent. It's on at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax to Jan. 6.

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Alumni profile: Jared Betts

When Jared Betts was a NSCAD student not that long ago, the idea of being a practicing artist seemed so far off and unattainable. But he's been able to launch his career by taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. His solo exhibition, Espíritu Detrás De Las Hojas (Spirit Behind the Leaves), just opened at the National Gallery of Costa Rica in San José.

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Designing for seniors

Seniors taking multiple medications are more prone to adverse reactions. What can be done about it? Students in the Collaborative Design class used their design skills to examine the problems and devise solutions. 

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Faculty spotlight: Kim Morgan

NSCAD professor Kim Morgan is the winner of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Art Award for her work of art, Range Light Borden Carleton. Congratulations Kim! 

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A statue for Anna

As NSCAD's 125th anniversary year draws to a close, a campaign  to create a public work of art in honour of founder Anna Leonowens is announced. NSCAD joins with Armbrae Academy and the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in launching this intiative.

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Class notes

Catch up with news of your classmates! In this latest edition, we bring you news about:Michael Arno (BDes 1982), Eliza Au (BFA 2005), Robert Bean (BFA 1978), Saul Becker (BFA 2000), Patrice Burke, Chris Dorosz (MFA 1997), Scott Everingham (BFA 2003), Winnie Fung (BFA 1998), Christine Goudie (BDes 2007), Doretta Groenendyk (BA 1991), Charlene Heath (BFA 2005), Andrew Kear (BFA 2000), Eleanor King (BFA 2001), Daphne Large (BFA 1973), Sarah Maloney (BFA 1988), Carol Morrison (BFA 2005), Wilma Needham (MFA 1980), Frank Orlando (BDes 1998), Craig Francis Power (BFA 2001), Heather Rathbun (BFA 2008), Emma Sharpe (BFA 2010),Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (BFA 2006), Ruth Skinner (BFA 1989), Sydney Smith (BFA 2006), Kirsten Stanley (BFA 2012).

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Introducing the Student Referral Program

Alumni play an important role in recruiting talented students to NSCAD University by exemplifying the impact the NSCAD experience has made on their life.

As alumni, we encourage you to refer outstanding prospective students to the university. By referring a talented student, whether for an undergraduate or graduate program, you are sharing your pride in a NSCAD degree and/or program, the creative learning environment and the quality of education offered here.

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Save the date

Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery will host a fundraising auction on January 19, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., with proceeds to be shared between Brigadoon Children's Camp Society and NSCAD University for the education of children in the arts. Up for auction are paintings by artists including Gerald Collins, Janice Leonard, Marilyn McAvoy, Joseph Purcell and Heather Sayeau from the art collection of the late Joan DeWolfe. Studio 21 has recently moved to a new location at 1273 Hollis Street.

Kudos to NSCAD

The Honorable Wilfred Moore pays tribute to NSCAD University in the Canadian Senate.

The Honorable Leonard Preyra introduces a motion in Province House to congratulate NSCAD University during its 125th anniversary year.

Read both statements on our 125 website.

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.


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