The Starfish Student Art Awards highlights the work of exceptional NSCAD students across ten visual arts disciplines. Established by property developer and art collector Louis Reznick, the winning artist receives a $5,000 purchase prize and their artwork is added to a special section of the permanent President’s Collection. Nine finalists receive $1,000 each.
NSCAD student Christiane Poulin was the unanimous choice of the Starfish Jury to win the 2017 Starfish Student Art Award. The announcement was made in front of a full house at the Starfish Gala held at NSCAD’s Port Campus on the Halifax waterfront. Poulin received the $5,000 purchase price for her art installation, Winds of Change: a Lace-scape, which becomes part of the NSCAD University collection.
Winds of Change: a Lace-scape consists of several handwoven panels that hang from the ceiling and create a sense of space. In creating the installation that viewers can walk through and around, Poulin conjures the deck at NSCAD’s Fountain Campus – an outdoor gathering space at the heart of NSCAD’s charming and old downtown campus.
The art installation captivated the jury with its sense of architecture suggested by the beautiful lacy panels and their delicate shadows. Jury members agreed, “The ambition and conception of the piece were matched by its execution.”
A retired public health doctor, Poulin (BFA 2017) graduated from NSCAD 40 years after completing her first year and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree.
The nine student finalists—Angela Arsenault, Carly Belford, Annabel Biro, Andrew Godsalve, Julie Hall, Jacob Irish, Ann McCosker, Julie Simmons, and Tamsin Sloots—each received a $1,000 prize.
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