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Co-published with the University of New Brunswick.
Softcover, 182 pages, 119 bw, 8.5 x 10.5"
Publication Date: 1993
Table of contents/excerpt (PDF)
Once a twinkle in Oscar Wilde’s eye, NSCAD University has long been an internationally-renowned centre for advancing the visual arts. This text offers a comprehensive look back at the school’s evolution since its 1887 founding by adventurer Anna Leonowens. Authors Donald Soucy and Harold Pearse undertook this centennial project in 1985 upon the discovery of two full boxes of archival material, including photos, newspaper clippings, minute books, reports and memos.
Recurring themes in the book are the ongoing quest for suitable space in downtown Halifax, the struggle for growth amid financial and political challenges, and the central role played by women in the college's administration. Known as the Victoria School of Art and Design until 1925, the college was founded to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and became an integral part of Nova Scotia's cultural life. At first it offered instruction in the fine and industrial arts, art education training to public school teachers and Saturday morning children's art classes, traditions that continue today. It was renamed the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1925, with Design added in 1969 to reflect the college's expanding curriculum.
An impressive cast of characters in NSCAD's first century includes principals Arthur Lismer, member of the influential Group of Seven painting movement, Elizabeth Styring Nutt (1919-43), and Garry Neill Kennedy (1967-1990), who brought global attention to the college during his tenure as president. NSCAD alumni are among Canada's most esteemed artists, designers, curators, art educators and arts administrators.
Published in 1993, The First Hundred Years has a useful appendix listing names and dates of administrative staff and officers, faculty, and honorary diploma and degree recipients dating back to the early years.