Clarissa Long BFA 2017

Chelsea Innes BFA 2018

Parris Gordon BFA 2011 & Chloé Gordon BFA 2010

NSCAD Alumni Association

The NSCAD Alumni Association is a link between the university, its graduates, and the visual arts community. We’re committed to promoting the excellence and prestige of NSCAD by supporting programs and academic objectives. 

Board of Directors
Cameron Jantzen (BDes 2003), President and Board of Governors Representative
Duane Jones (BDes 2004), Vice-President and Board of Governors Representative
John DeWolf (BDes 1992), Member at Large
Craig Ferguson (BFA 1998), Member at Large
Leilany Garron-Mills (BFA 2009), Member at Large
Judith Major (BFA 2000), Member at Large
Kaitlyn Pilloud (MDes 2018), Secretary
Jiani Wen (MDes 2018), Treasurer
Peter Wünsch (BFA 1989), Member at Large
Meg Kelly (BFA 2013), New York Chapter Representative
Jeremy Tsang (BFA 2011), Toronto Chapter Representative
Siobhan Cleary (BDes 1993), Immediate Past President
Ann-Barbara Graff, Acting NSCAD President (Honorary Ex officio)
Kris Rappas, SUNSCAD President (Ex officio)

Stay in Touch
Haven’t heard from us in a while? Please provide your current address and we’ll keep you in the loop about what’s going on at NSCAD.

Art Bar +Projects

The Art Bar +Projects space is independently operated by the Alumni Association of NSCAD. It was created as a space to showcase performance and installation art, relational aesthetics and art happenings. The Alumni Association aims to create an inviting atmosphere that will promote the discussion and celebration of art and design in Halifax. Art Bar +Projects is community focused with a global view; it is a space for students, faculty, alumni and our community. The Art Bar +Projects has been very successful with all constituencies and is becoming recognized across Canada. We have all worked together to find a new model for having such a facility and we are committed to its success. Learn more >>>

Show your NSCAD pride

To draw attention to the entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity of art and design graduates, the NSCAD Alumni Association launched the I AM NSCAD campaign. Logos are provided in various sizes and types suitable for websites, social media (#IAMNSCAD), email signatures, and more.

Download I AM NSCAD Logos


Next Meeting

Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:00 AST

This year’s meeting will be held virtually, details and login information to come. Please RSVP to get your personal email invitation.

Important Notes:
This meeting is by RSVP only. Attendees must have login to their Zoom Account that the host can pair to their RSVP to attend. We require this to efficiently run the one person one ballot election.

Agenda: September 8, 2020
Minutes of AGM: September 10, 2019

Nominating Committee

This year we have nine candidates running for the NSCAD Alumni Association Board of Directors and six open seats. Each of the candidates is elected for a term of two years. In voting, you should evaluate the skills, past experience, and perspectives that each candidate offers the NSCAD Alumni Association. Get to know the candidates running for your Board below:

Don Burry  (BFA 2011)
Alana Caruso-Fitterer  (BFA 2014)
Louise Cerveny  (BFA 1986)
Elise Graham  (BFA 2013)
Kaitlyn Pilloud  (MDes 2018)
Freya Poirier  (BDes 2020)
Bruce Sparks  (BFA 1977)
Wren Tian-Morris  (BFA 2020)
Sarah Trower  (BFA 2014)

Important Notes:
This meeting is by RSVP only. Attendees must have login to their Zoom Account that the host can pair to their RSVP to attend. We require this to efficiently run the one person one ballot election.

By-Laws of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Alumni Association


Alumni Ring

The NSCAD alumni ring celebrates a lifelong connection to your academic and creative achievements. Designed and produced by Karen Konzuk, (BFA 97), this stainless steel band 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 motto nolo facere insipida, after John Baldessari’s lithograph I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art.

Rings are $200 ($245.00 with tax and shipping within Canada)

Degree Frame

Custom-designed frames from Tempo Framing are available to all alumni. Present your degree alongside the NSCAD colours in a slick matte-black metal frame with branded mat board cut especially for our square degrees. These frames are made in Canada and come pre-assembled.

Frames are $70.00 ($100.50 with tax and shipping within Canada)

T-Shirt and Sweatshirt

Show your school spirit by wearing a NSCAD T-shirt or sweatshirt. Check out the full range of NSCAD branded products at

Proceeds from sales support the Audrey Dear Hesson Scholarship, an undergraduate entrance scholarship for new and transfer students, who self-identify as Black/African Canadian.

In 1951, Audrey Dear Hesson was the first black student to graduate from the Nova Scotia College of Art (now NSCAD University), earning the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s medal for highest standing. In recent years, Audrey has been recognized for her role in breaking barriers for black artists. Her work was featured in several exhibitions, including the landmark In This Place: Black Art in Nova Scotia at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in 1998 and Discovery: African Nova Scotian Art Pioneers, at Dartmouth Heritage Museum in 2013. In 2017, she was named a Life Fellow of NSCAD University.

TD Insurance

As a NSCAD alumni, you have privileged access to the TD Insurance program, which provides savings through lower preferred insurance rates. Plus, by choosing TD Insurance you also give back. Our program contributes to NSCAD every year, so while you benefit from savings, you will also be supporting your alma mater.

Get a quote and see how much you can save!
Call 1 800 339 1847

Masters Robe and Academic Hood

NSCAD graduates from the MFA and MDes programs may now purchase academic regalia comprised of the masters robe and academic hood, specially designed with NSCAD’s colors. DSR Harcourts is the only authorized distributor and NSCAD academic regalia needs to ordered directly from their website at www.harcourts. com.

NSCAD Library

Alumni enjoy free access to the NSCAD Library through the “Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere” program, which also includes access to more than 100 participating libraries in Nova Scotia. Items may be borrowed at one library and returned at another. Visit Libraries Nova Scotia for more details.

Request a Transcript

A transcript is a complete record of your academic history. It lists classes in progress, classes that have been completed, grades received and other information relating to your academic career. Transcripts are printed on security paper and bear the signature of the Registrar. Students can request either an official or unofficial copy of their transcript. Learn more >>>

School of Extended Studies

NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies offers a wide range of short and long term courses, workshops, open studios, and certificate programs. NSCAD alumni receive a 20% discount on all adult courses, Visit Extended Studies for more information.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Present your active professional artist association’s card or artist’s C.V. to qualify for an Artist Membership at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (25% off the Individual member price).

Benefits include unlimited free admission to the Gallery, invitations to member openings, 10% discount on workshops and in the Gallery Shop, reciprocal admission to select Canadian art museums, and more.

To join or renew, email or visit the Visitor Services desk during Gallery hours.

Saltscapes Magazine

Saltscapes gives you the best of Atlantic Canada all year round. Discover the secret places and unique characters that make Atlantic Canada special. NSCAD alumni enjoy a discounted subscription rate. Visit and enter your alumni code: ALNSCAD. With each subscription Saltscapes will contribute to the NSCAD Alumni Association Foundation Scholarship.

The Last Art College

Written by former NSCAD president Garry Neill Kennedy, The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1969-1978 traces NSCAD’s fascinating history through the 1960s and 70s as the epicenter of the conceptual art movement in North America.

Publications details: Hardcover, 480 pages, 191 color illus., 410 b&w illus., 8.5×11″. ISBN: 978-0-262-01690-2

Co-published by MIT Press and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.