VIVID: The NSCAD University Newsletter for Alumni & Friends

VIVID VOLUME 21, Winter 2013

Where we stand

In his latest blog post, NSCAD Acting President Dr. Dan O'Brien outlines where the university stands in regards to its budget deficit, continued sustainability and feedback from its principle funder, the Province of Nova Scotia.

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Respect for the hand-drawn line

John Kahrs (BFA 1990) nabs an Academy Award nomination for his charming animated short film, Paperman. The artists working on the seven-minute film developed new technology which combines computer-generated art with hand-drawn animation.

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Another side

A new exhibition at Secord Gallery in Halifax promises to shine a light on Professor Horst Deppe's "other side." The commemorative exhibition includes watercolour paintings, woodblock prints and miniature figures cast in tin.

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Class notes

Catch up with news of your classmates! In this latest edition, we bring you news about: Andrea Cavicchi  (BFA 2003), Wayne Boucher (BFA 1975), Scott Conarroe (MFA 2005), Paul Douglas (BDes 1984), David Harper (BFA 2006), Daniel Hutchison (MFA 2008), Sarah Irwin (BFA 2003), Kyle Jackson (BFA 2009), Jessica Scott Kerrin (BFA 1988), Nedia El Khouri ( BFA 1998), Rob MacInnis (BFA 2005), Sarah Maloney (BFA 1988), Lisa Moore (BFA 1988), Jyri Niemi (BDes 1998), Clayton Patterson (BFA 1977), Nadine Purdy (BDes 2011), Jay Rutherford (BDes 1987), Todd Saunders (BDes 1992), Daniel St-Amant (BFA 2005), Erin Stump (BFA 2004) and Akshay Tyagi (BFA 2008). Read more » 



Alumni profiles: Louanna and Hilary Murphy

Louanna (BFA 2009) and Hilary Murphy (BFA 2010) are the talents behind the new fashion label Dreamboat Lucy, based in Charlottetown, PEI. The sisters' 2013 spring/summer collection made its debut on the runway at the recent Mercedes-Benz Start-Up Show at Toronto Fashion Week.

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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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Fundraising auction

The art collection of the late Joan DeWolfe was auctioned on January 19 at Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery. Approximately $70,000 was raised in one evening, with proceeds going to NSCAD and Brigadoon Children's Camp.

Find out more about Joan DeWolfe and her love of art.

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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