Class Notes

Class Notes is your opportunity to reconnect with classmates and tell them what you’ve been up to since graduation. Share your news and updates by filling out the form and feel free to include links to your social networking profiles and websites.


Ken-Porter, BFA 1974

I went when it was the best art school in the world. What a memory!

Nancy Keating, BFA 1974

My latest public art installations are The Last Steps memorial on the waterfront in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Canada Gate installed in Passchendaele, Belgium in November 2017.

Terry Knight, BFA 1974

I am currently William and Emma Rogers Professor, Design and Computation, Department of Architecture, MIT.

Lesley Armstrong, BFA 1975

I’m pleased to present the Summer 2020 textile workshops and public talks at LaHave Weaving Studio in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.


Alex McCurdy, BFA 1980

Alexandra McCurdy RCA was accepted to the International Academy of Ceramics, received Best Body of Work Award at the Craft Nova Scotia Xmas market, was juried into the Marion McCain Atlantic Contemporary Art exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, had two works purchased for the Nova Scotia Art Bank, and was accepted to the Korean Biennale Ceramic Exhibition, all in 2019.

Laurie Omstead, BFA (1981) MFA (1998)

I totally enjoyed being a student at NSCAD and then absolutely loved teaching in the Foundation program at NSCAD from 1999 until 2013!

Douglas Amonite, BFA 1983

After NSCAD, I went on to get my Masters in Art Psychotherapy where I worked with persons living with HIV/AIDS, and persons living with cancer. My very first memory of NSCAD was being able to “smell” the creativity that was held there. It was an indelible moment.

Denise Cormier-Mahoney, BFA 1984

Finally making the big move east from Seattle after living in the USA for 35 years. Looking forward to coming full circle and discovering my place in the art world of Atlantic Canada. So honoured to be selected for the Kingbrae International Artist Residency Program in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick for July 2020.

Jessica Kerrin, BFA 1988

I’m an author with 16 works of fiction published to date. My publishers are Kids Can Books and Groundwood Books, both located in Toronto. I now write full time.

Miriam Fabijan, MFA 1989


Lisan Kwindt, BFA, 1991

I work in public health, but have connected with the textiles community here in metro Vancouver. I’ve lived here since 2000. Member of the Peace Arch Weavers & Spinners (PAWS) Guild. Past member of the West Coast Knitters’ Guild. I was sad to hear that instructor Joyce Chown passed away. Would like to know who’s doing what these days.

Ilyana Martinez, BDes 1991

For 15 years I have worked collaboratively on drawings, sculptures and murals with Z’otz* Collective (Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, Ilyana Martinez). Some of our terracotta sculptures from the series “Symbolic Distances” are now on permanent display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in the new Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing. The works are part of The Arts of One World Collection.

Michael Joyal, BFA 1993

I illustrated CBC’s top 12 Canadian works of poetry that came out in 2018:

Robert Bohler, BFA, 1993

I am currently working as the pre-K to Grade 12 Visual Arts Teacher at Access International Academy in Ningbo, China.

Steven Holmes, MFA 1994

Appointed a 2020 Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Hartford CT.

Pandora Vaughan, BFA 1995

I’m a working artist. I do lots of things to support myself – community art and heritage projects, graphics, archive work, etc. I’m happy to still be able to have a studio and make work. In August, I relocated from London, England to Glasgow, Scotland. I work in print, textiles, sculpture, architecture and digital media – whatever suits the project – it’s generally spatial.

Here is a link to a recent interview I did. You can also see some of my work and bio on, and on Instagram.

Steph Girard, BFA 1996

I look fondly on many great memories – Oh but to back to my NSCAD days.

Gail Marie Hodder, BFA 1996

I am currently a program coordinator for Skills Canada Nunavut after spending the year prior running a Makerspace in Iqaluit, teaching STEAM-based programming to children.

Rachel Reeve, BFA 1998

I have spent the past 14 years teaching art to children in the Annapolis Valley, NS. This has involved camps and workshops at Ross Creek, community recreation departments, farmer’s markets and seven years as Art Specialist at the Booker School. At the end of 2018 I decided to focus mainly on my art practice. I now have representation in Halifax and will continue to seek out opportunities to exhibit. With years of experience teaching in the community and in schools I would be happy to engage in any form with students in the Art Education program.

Felice House, graduated 1999

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. I received tenure in Sept 2019! My portraiture is on display in collections including the Booth Museum of Western Art, Prentice Women’s Hospital, and New Mexico State University.


Alice Gould, MFA 2000

I want to organize a reunion and possible exhibition for the MFAs of 2000/2001. I would love a list of names snd any other info about if and how the Alum Assoc supports reunions.

Sophie Lavoie, BFA, 2002

I have curated an exhibition for McMichael Canadian Art Collection. “Walter J. Phillips: At the Lake” Feb 15 – May 10, 2020.

Donna Akrey, MFA 2002

I am currently involved in these collectives: (with past NSCAD undergrads Margaret Flood and Svava Thordis Juliusson)


Devon Vankoughnett, BFA, 2003

I currently run a fused glass and ceramic art lab for HRCE.

Patrick McMillan, graduated 2003

I am currently entering my ninth year of business as an independent jeweler and metalsmith and my third year as the owner and operator of The Bench Jewelry and Metalsmithing Studio. The Bench is a shared studio space for jewelers and metalsmiths located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. We are set up with a number of spaces including a large shared workspace with tools, machinery, and soldering area, a private bench area for permanent renters, and a design and meeting area for students and clients. We also run jewelry workshops throughout the year for adults and teenagers, host private lessons, and work with local schools to bring workshops and demonstrations to the community. As we enter this new year, we are continuing to grow and looking to expand our studio space and develop new workshops for our growing jewelry network.

Morgan Mallett, BDes 2005

Morgan was awarded The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design in November, 2019.

Victoria Hutt, BDES 2005

Currently working at the Canadian Crafts Federation.

Dorothée Rosen, BFA 2005

I am alive and well, practicing in my field full time, right here in Halifax, paying my mortgage, and growing.

Christopher Milne, BFA 2006

Christopher Milne, *Townsend Principal, received his Master of Fine Art in Fine Art at the University of Oxford, England; his Bachelor of Fine Art in Fine Art and Art History was completed at NSCAD University, in Halifax, Canada. Milne has worked at Dia:Beacon, the Dia Arts Foundation’s museum in Beacon, New York; the Stephen Haller Gallery in New York, New York; and on numerous independent projects. Complementary to his experience as an arts professional, he maintains a studio practice and has exhibited in the United States and internationally. Milne resides in Water Mill, New York.

* Townsend is a curatorial platform that showcases the work of international emerging and mid-career contemporary artists of all media. Townsend’s inaugural project Inside Out, conceived as a response to uncertain times, is a virtual presentation of limited editions and unique works created in a series. We invite you to view those works here: Inside Out. Future initiatives will include virtual presentations, and the production of pop-up exhibitions in the Hamptons, New York City, and other domestic and international locations, each introducing artists new to the Townsend platform.

Alison Knott, BDes 2007

Now in my eighth year of running the Creative Kick: a passion project that sees commercial and visual artists meet up once a month in Halifax. New friendships are made, people find mentors or studio mates, and overall people feel supported and inspired by our local community.

Adam O’Reilly, graduated 2007

I’m the Director of Graphic Design at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY.

Steph Craan, Teacher’s Certificate, 2007

After completing the teacher’s certificate, I have been teaching full time high school art and I am loving it. It has made my last half of my teaching career absolutely wonderful. I am enjoying teaching this subject. I have 90% of my student engaged in what they are doing. This was the best decision of my career.

Meghan Bray, BFA Interdisciplinary minor Art History 2009

Excited to be continuing my artistic path outside of NSCAD while using all the valuable skills I learned there. While my current career may not be in the arts I continue to develop myself on a daily basis and I am thrilled to be a selected artist on Walli the digital wallpaper app along with being featured in various galleries throughout the years.


Tania Maislin, MDes 2010

I wrote my thesis on Visual Learning Strategies and now I’m doing an E.A. Certificate to work with Special Needs Children.

Lisa DesRoches, BFA, Photography 2012

I’m so grateful for the education, experience, and friendship I gained at NSCAD, everything has helped me in the last eight years as I navigated life and my career as a photographer, post-grad.

Rachel Cameron, MDes 2013

I graduated from the Master of Design program, having completed my thesis on the impact of playground design on childhood development. I moved to Toronto and perused a career in design within the architecture industry. Eventually, my family moved to Hamilton, Ontario where I worked for the IKEA Canada head office, which afforded me many opportunities to utilize my conceptual and problem-solving design inquiry methods, as well as really incredible opportunities such as illustrating a giant 50 foot mural for IKEA Halifax!

My world was turned upside down when my little brother was killed while traveling in the back of an Uber. I left my job at IKEA and began painting (abstract acrylic) as a way to work through the trauma and grief that was paralyzing me. I have since, in the last two years, developed the beginnings of a career in painting, taking on large scale commissions and making prints of my work available.

I moved back to the East Coast on November 1, 2020 with my family and will be living on the South Shore, where I plan to use the studio space to push my work to the next level. I would love to reconnect with my alma mater and perhaps work together in some capacity.

Gabriella Rizkallah, BFA Interdisciplinary 2014

My NSCAD journey allowed me to pursue a path towards my dream career. In 2016 I received my BEd from St. FX, specializing in visual arts. Then, continued to complete my MEd with a major in Art Therapy from Wayne State University.

Carley Mullally, BFA Textiles and Fashion, 2015

After graduating from NSCAD in 2015, I went onto receive my MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. Just before finishing my degree in 2018 I was invited back to NSCAD to teach the Off-Looms course, formally taught by my mentor and internationally renowned artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. I have been teaching as an ICA since, and have also been teaching workshops and progressing my personal studio practice. Every opportunity I’ve had has been connected back to NSCAD and am forever grateful to the faculty and mentors I have become friends with along the way.

Olivia King, Film, 2019

I am now the only female sound person in IATSE 849 – all thanks to the training and connections I made at NSCAD.

Lauren Taylor, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, 2019

Greatly missing time with students and professors talking and working together on the process of each other’s paintings and photography in order to create our best works!


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)

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)

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!
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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.