VIVID: The NSCAD University Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

VIVID VOLUME 14, Fall 2011

A logo worth 1,000 words—and then some

125th anniversary logo

The challenge to designers was to create a logo for NSCAD’s 125th anniversary that reflected the past and going forward, tradition and potential, pride and celebration.

And, oh yes, it should capture a sense of all of NSCAD’s disciplines, from textiles to ceramics to media arts.

Two young NSCAD grads, Harry Olson (BDes 2008) and Akshay Tyagi (BFA 2008), picked up the gauntlet.


125th anniversary logo designed by Harry Olson and Akshay Tyagi






Sobey Art Award: Making the list

Zeke Moores (BFA 2002) and Christian Giroux (MFA 1995) are among the finalists for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian artists. The winning artist will be announced on October 13, 2011 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Read more >>

NSCAD profs up for Masterworks Award

The Warming HutNSCAD faculty members David Clark, Susan McEachern, Robin Muller and Adam Kelly are nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia's Masterworks Arts Award.  Read more >>


Scott Conarroe: Dawn Treader

Photographer Scott Conarroe (MFA 2005), winner of the Duke and Dutchess of York Prize, talks about how he makes gritty landscapes look so pretty. Read more >>



Afghan sisters find their voices

Born in Kabul, Hangama and Fazila Amiri and their family fled Afghanistan in 1996 with the arrival of the Taliban, fleeing first to Pakistan, then to Iran, then to Tajikistan, and finally arriving in Canada in 2005.

Both sisters are now studying at NSCAD University. But while they’ve adjusted to life in Canada, they can’t forget the troubled homeland they left behind. Read more >>


Bringing research to reality

NSCAD professor Gene Daniels is honored with the the Faculty Research and Creative Practice Award at the President's Convocation for the development of "e-Home," a temporary shelter for victims of natural disasters. “It means a lot for me to be able to share my research with my colleagues.” Read more»

Academy Building renos unveiled

As film students began classes for the fall semester, they entered a renewed, state-of-the-art facility, the Academy building. During a three-year course of study, this is where they learn all aspects of filmmaking—the technical and the creative. Read more >>

Four grads vie for RBC Canadian Painting Competition

In the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, it really is an honor just to be nominated. Four NSCAD alumni—Adam Gunn (BFA 2010) of Halifax, Daniel Hutchinson (MFA 2008) of Toronto, Jared Peters (BFA 2010) of Saint John, and Thomas Chisholm (BFA 2004) of Victoria—had the pleasure of being among the 15 emerging artists shortlisted for the prestigious competition. Read more >>

Setting up shop with Izzy and Charlie

When is the last time you wrote a thank you note?

Inkwell boutique owner Andrea Rahal (BFA 2003, BDes 2004) is not talking about a quick text or an email or a facebook post—but an honest-to-goodness, real-pen, real-paper, note of appreciation for the dinner your friends down the street cooked for you. For the friend who cared for your dog when you were away. For your grandmother who still tucks a $20 bill in your birthday card. Read more >>

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2011–2012 Annual Fund

Make a difference in the lives of NSCAD's emerging artists and designers. Support the Annual Fund, either by downloading the Annual Fund donation form (PDF) or by donating online.

In our 2011 Donor Report, we are delighted to recognize NSCAD's many friends whose gifts encourage the passion and commitment of our talented students.

Thank you!

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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NSCAD alumni gathered in LA

President David B. Smith joined a number of California-based alumni on May 15 for a tour of the Getty Museum in conjunction with an alumni reception hosted by David Winston (BFA 1994) at the XIV restaurant in LA. The private Getty tour was organized by Carla Roth (BFA 1986) and her husband Merritt Price, design director at the Getty.

In Toronto in mid-November? Contact Linda Hutchison at for details on the Toronto alumni reception scheduled for Friday, November 18.