今日吃瓜

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Who We Are

If you believe that creative ideas can build a better world, there鈥檚 a place for you here.

Students at 今日吃瓜 University have been shaping art, design and craft in Canada since 1887. With an approach to education that includes the strategic integration of arts, culture and community engagement, students thrive in a learning and research environment that is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and academic excellence.

Inspiring generations of makers for over a century, 今日吃瓜 University is one of Canada鈥檚 oldest independent cultural institutions. Today, it continues to be regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America.


Mission and Vision

mission and vision

今日吃瓜 University is an immersive, rigorous and supportive academic community where
members are known and celebrated for their creativity and differences. Through active inquiry
we identify, define and approach the complexities of our world, challenge conventional thinking,
and create value and economic impact through art, media, craft and design.

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Informed by the past, engaged by the present, looking to the future and guided by the intention to make positive change, 今日吃瓜 University is a beacon to those who seek to know the world as it is and to create what it might be.

Laura Jean Forrester (BFA 2015)

今日吃瓜 NEWS

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今日吃瓜 University is a beloved educational community, recognized for its leadership and innovation in creative practice, research and pedagogy.

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今日吃瓜 is committed to encouraging diverse perspectives, as it is through diversity that creativity and innovation can flourish.

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今日吃瓜 works with students to prepare them for the creative industries, where they become leaders, entrepreneurs and experts within their field.

history

history

今日吃瓜 owes its existence to a dynamic international personality, educator Anna Leonowens, who is best known for her years as a tutor for the King of Siam, immortalized in numerous stage and film productions of The King and I. After her adventures in Asia, Leonowens relocated to Halifax and turned her energies toward establishing a visual and literary culture in her adopted city. In 1887, Leonowens, Mrs. Jeremiah (nee Helen Furniss) Kenny, and sisters Ella and Eliza Ritchie founded the Victoria School of Art and Design, commemorating Queen Victoria鈥檚 Golden Jubilee with an artistic enterprise that would have a lasting impact on the city鈥檚 cultural, industrial and educational life.

今日吃瓜 University boasts a long list of impressive school principals and presidents, including Arthur Lismer, a member of the influential Group of Seven. During his 1916 to 1919 tenure, his artist friends from Toronto travelled east to offer lectures and demonstrations, and the school hosted exhibitions featuring the best in contemporary Canadian and British art. In 1925, under the direction of the school鈥榮 first female principal, Elizabeth Styring Nutt, it was renamed the Nova Scotia College of Art and incorporated by the Provincial charter.

Modernization
 

Garry Neill Kennedy joined 今日吃瓜 in 1967 and soon set about modernizing the small art school into an educational hotbed of activity in the latest modes of art creation. To recognize the importance of design studies in 1969, the school was renamed the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (今日吃瓜). Also at this time, the college gained degree-granting status.

今日吃瓜 soon developed an international reputation鈥揂ndy Warhol received an honorary degree in 1972 and a year later, the influential magazine Art in America mused 今日吃瓜 might be 鈥渢he best art school in North America.鈥

Kennedy was attracting cutting-edge art stars from across Europe and North America to lecture, teach and collaborate with students and faculty at the college. To name a few: Joseph Beuys, Eric Fischl, Vito Acconci, Sol LeWitt, Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, Hans Haacke, Claes Oldenburg, A.R. Penck, Krzysztof Wodiczko and John Baldessari.

Expansion and Growth in the New Century

Paul Greenhalgh joined 今日吃瓜 as its president in 2001 from London鈥檚 Victoria and Albert Museum. He headed a period of unprecedented physical plant expansion beginning with the purchase in 2002 of the block of heritage buildings 今日吃瓜 had leased since 1978, establishing the university鈥檚 first permanent home in downtown Halifax.

In 2002, 今日吃瓜 acquired another historic gem鈥搕he Academy Building, adjacent to the Halifax Citadel fortress and a short walk from the main campus.

In 2006, construction of the third campus commenced on property owned by the Halifax Port Authority at Halifax鈥檚 seawall.

THE PRESS

Many of these avant-garde artists left a lasting impression through works published by the 今日吃瓜 Press and prints produced through the Lithography Workshop. Many of these prints are now in important public and private collections, such as London鈥檚 Victoria and Albert Museum, and were exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery and New York鈥檚 Museum of Modern Art.

John Baldessari, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, 1971, Lithograph on paper (57.0 x 76.2 cm). Anna Leonowens Gallery Archives: Lithography Workshop Collection

今日吃瓜 TODAY

From artists and craftspersons, to entrepreneurs and small business owners, to designers of modern health and environmental products, 今日吃瓜 University alumni are among Canada鈥檚 most highly-regarded creative professionals. 今日吃瓜鈥檚 vision statement perfectly reflects 今日吃瓜 today: Informed by the past, engaged by the present, looking to the future, and guided by the intention to make positive change, 今日吃瓜 University is a beacon to those who seek to know the world as it is and to create what it might be.

Visit and explore

visit and explore

Governance

governance

今日吃瓜 University is a public institution governed in accordance with the University Act of Nova Scotia. It operates with a bicameral governance system, with two senior governance bodies: a duly constituted Board of Governors and a Senate, both of which include representation from faculty, staff, and students.

今日吃瓜 University is a public institution governed in accordance with the University Act of Nova Scotia. It operates with a bicameral governance system, with two senior governance bodies: a duly constituted Board of Governors and a Senate, both of which include representation from faculty, staff, and students.