May 21, 2013 5:08 PM
It was my sculpture professor who first told me about NASCAD while I was doing my undergraduate studies in a university in the United States. He asked why I didn't attend that school instead of the one I was at. I had to admit that I had never heard of it. He replied by telling me that this was the top art schools in North America, if not beyond. Over the years, I followed NSCAD University, and even visited on occasion, and it was not only keeping up its reputation, but expanding it. When it was my daughters turn to choose a school to study at I mentioned NASCAD and she too had never heard of it. I started to wonder if this was the best kept secret in the art world.
Once she saw the information, she was sold and off to study she went. Over the weekend she graduated, making the deans list with a BFA with a major in Textiles, and a BA in Art History. I had an opportunity to visit the graduation exhibition and was really impressed with the quality of the work on display. These are our future teachers, artists, and thinkers. We are in good hands as our society moves forward.
Over the past few months I've taken in several graduate shows from various schools, and until I visited the Sheridan College Illustration graduation exhibition and now the NASCAD University exhibition I was starting to wonder what the schools were up to. Cranking out graduates for the piece of paper, instead of the quality of work, the conceptual abilities, and critical thinking. Part of the function of universities is to teach students how to think, and how to expand on their thoughts, without which we would be doomed to a dreary existence that never evolves.
After visiting NASCAD and speaking with the students and instructors I have faith in the future, and the evolution that is inevitable. I was blown away at the quality of work on display, and the outstanding supportive environment that exists at NSCAD. Above Art piece by Samantha Merritt.
A big shout out for the exceptional work all around by the students and professors, and a thank you.