VIVID: The NSCAD University Newsletter for Alumni & Friends

VIVID VOLUME 22, Spring 2013

I AM NSCAD campaign to launch

Attica Furnishings, The Loop, Breakhouse Design, Inkwell Boutique, Gallery Page & Strange, Spectacle Group, Kula Partners, Spider Video … the list goes on and on. Some of the most innovative businesses in Nova Scotia have been created by NSCAD University alumni. To draw attention to the contributions of art and design graduates, the NSCAD Alumni Association is launching the I AM NSCAD campaign Thursday, April 18 at Attica Furnishings on Barrington Street. Join us!

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Plus read comments from alumni on the campaign »
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Starfish Finalists named

Ten NSCAD students, representing various artistic media, have been named finalists for the Starfish Student Art Awards. They are:

• Ceramics: Torrance Beamish (BFA 2013) from Victoria, B.C.
• Painting: Teto Elsiddique (BFA 2013)
• Sculpture: Duncan Ferguson (BFA 2013) from London, Ont.
• Intermedia: Dylan Fish (BFA 2013) from Toronto, Ont.
• Film: Tori Fleming (BFA 2013) from Barrie, Ont.
• Drawing: Carrie Allison-Goodfellow (BFA 2013) from Vancouver, B.C.
• Printmaking: Merle Harley (BFA 2014) from Toronto, Ont.
• Jewellery: DM Nowlan (BFA 2013) from Black Point, N.S.
• Photography: Mary Ellen Oxby (BFA 2013) from Edmonton, Alberta.
• Textiles: Stacy teBogt (BFA 2014) Grand Pre, N.S.

Join us on Thursday, May 2 at the Starfish gala to find out who the winner will be.

See artworks by the finalists »


Make some noise and watch something turn

We had such a great time last year that we're doing it again! Plans are in motion for Artist in a Day. 

The second annual celebration of art making in the great outdoors will take place on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist for a Day coincides with I Love Local's Open City.

Some the neat events in the works include textile dyeing, T-shirt printing, weaving, pottery making, life drawing and stop motion filmmaking. There will also be a bicycle parade to celebrate the centenary of Bicycle Wheel (above), Marcel Duchamp’s first readymade, a class of objects he invented to challenge assumptions about what constitutes a work of art.

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Class notes

Catch up with news of your classmates! In this latest edition, we bring you news about: Eliza Au (BFA 2005), Jason Buxton (BFA 2003), Ying-Yueh Chuang (MFA 2001), Scott Conarroe (MFA 2005), Luc Courchesne (BDes 1974), Phil Delisle (MFA 2012), Andrea Dorfman (BFA 1995), Cliff Eyland (BFA 1982), Terry Graff (MFA 1981, MA 1991), Jenn Grant (BFA 2006), David Ross Harper (BFA 2006), Audrey Dear Hesson (1951), Sin-ying Ho (BFA 1997), Salomeh (Sally) Honarmand (2009), Raymonde Jodoin (BFA 1986), John Kahrs (1990), Cal Lane (BFA 2001), William MacGillivray (1960s), Firth MacMillan (BFA 1995), Sarah Maloney (BFA 1988), Zeke Moores (BFA 2002), Greg Payce (MFA 1987), Kate Walchuk (BFA 2011), Jayne Wark (BFA 1979), Louise Waters (BFA 1992), Mark Whidden (BFA 1991), Colleen Wolstenholme (BFA 1986), Charley Young (BFA 2009), Lorena Ziraldo (BFA 2000).

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Alumni profile: Audrey Dear Hesson

More than a half-century since she graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art, Audrey Dear Hesson is enjoying renewed interest in her work. She is the only living artist whose work is included in DISCOVERY: African Nova Scotian Art Pioneers, on display to April 27 at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum.

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 Congrats to our laureates

Filmmaker William MacGillivray (1960s) and artist-potter Greg Payce (MFA 1987) are the latest NSCAD alumni to be awarded Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Read more »

Another big winner is John Kahrs (BFA 1990). The Disney animator won a Best Animated Short Oscar for his charming film Paperman. Read more »

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What's going on at NSCAD?

A summary of what happens at the Board of Governors is now posted after each meeting. Here's the latest »

Plus, President Dan O'Brien writes a blog post on dealings with the province, agreements reached with FUNSCAD I and FUNSCAD II, and the two studies now underway.

2012-2013 Annual Fund

NSCAD University’s 2012-13 Annual Fund campaign was the most successful ever in its 125-year history! On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at NSCAD, President Dan O'Brien expresses thanks for the much-needed support.

In our 125th anniversary year, our goal was to raise $125,000 through the Annual Fund campaign. We surpassed that goal, raising $141,632 in total. But that’s not the only good news—giving is up by a whopping 66 per cent over last year. Our donors—209 altogether—dug deep; the average gift was $677.

Here are some more interesting statistics from our Annual Fund data: while alumni giving tripled in the past year, we also saw gains from all constituencies, including faculty and staff, friends of NSCAD and members of the NSCAD Board of Governors. The lion’s share of donations was directed to student assistance through scholarships and bursaries. Other donations went to “the area of greatest need” and the endowment fund.

Thanks again to everyone who gave so generously.

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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