Are you ready? In sitting down to write this foreword to the 2015 Graduation Catalogue,
I thought about how I felt when I was in your position on the cusp of graduating from art school.
It was an exciting time but I was full of apprehension too. Was I ready? There was still so much more I wanted to learn and explore in my practice and, in many ways, it felt like I was just getting started, working long hours in the studio along with my peers and rising to the challenges posed by my profs.
You may have the same question, but rest assured, I was ready and you will be too. The creative talent that brought you here to NSCAD along with an art school education gives you so much more than you may immediately realize: perseverance, ingenuity, resourcefulness and the willingness to take risks. You’re well equipped to take the next step.
We’re going to miss you here at NSCAD, but you’re part of the NSCAD family now—a worldwide network of NSCAD alumni who think fondly on our labyrinthine hallways, the squares of cheese at Anna Leonowens Gallery openings and all-nighters in the studio. And like family, you’re welcome home anytime. This is your place, your university, and it always will be, so stay connected.
Congratulations on your accomplishments — you are ready!
Warm and sincere best wishes,
Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing
President, NSCAD University