NSCAD Graduation Catalogue




The annual NSCAD University Graduation Exhibition is the largest display of undergraduate and graduate work at one time.  For the last ten years the gallery has selected a curatorial intern to coordinate this amazing display of the diverse talent of our graduating students.

In addition to the exhibition, a design student is selected to design and publish the corresponding exhibition catalogue. Working with a budget they generate a perfect bound, 100+ page, full colour catalogue of which every graduating student receives one copy.

The NSCAD University Graduation Exhibition and Catalogue is one of the most anticipated events of the year attracting over 1000 visitors. 


Dianne Taylor-Gearing
NSCAD University

Dear Graduate,

As a creative community, we know what it takes to create a body of work for a graduation show and exhibition – hours upon hours of exploring, researching, contemplating, listening, making – and sometimes starting all over again. Every NSCAD degree represents a major investment of focus, discipline and imagination.

Graduating NSCAD student Daniel Lurvey is the designer of the 2017 Graduation Catalogue. It was exciting to meet with Daniel back in early February as he presented his concept designs—representing NSCAD at the intersection of coastline, ocean, and sky.

Since its inception in 2007, the graduation catalogue has become a unique NSCAD tradition, used as a showcase to present the work of the graduating class. The quality of work in the NSCAD graduation catalogue and on display in the exhibition represents a high level of achievement by all of our graduates.

To members of the Class of 2017, I would like to express my very best wishes as you embark on your next step beyond the doors of NSCAD. In graduating, you have become a part of the NSCAD alumni family, a network of graduates living and working around the world. And, like family, please know you’re welcome home anytime. This is your place, your university, and it always will be, so stay connected. Congratulations all.

Warm and sincere best wishes,

Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing
President, NSCAD University

To those of us who spend our days (and nights) navigating the winding halls of the Fountain Campus, echoing through the expanses of the Port or sequestered up the hill at Academy, it is no secret that NSCAD is unlike any other institution. We owe this individuality not only to the buildings that host us or the inter-disciplinary structure that pushes us toward broader, more complex practices, but the talented and intelligent students that choose NSCAD as their home and community to grow, explore and cultivate their practice. NSCAD draws to its doors an exceptional group of politically engaged, unrelenting idealists who persistently participate in shaping a community grounded in inclusivity, diversity, accessibility and radical acceptance.

Being given the opportunity to curate the 2016 Graduation Exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery has shown me how resilient and tenacious the students of NSCAD truly are. Faced with daunting deadlines, creative failures and moments of internal contention, NSCAD students consistently carry on, committed to their practices and letting their passions and intense focus drive them to produce the work I have the honour of curating today. Displaying the works of more than 80 artists the 2016 Graduation Exhibition is a concise vision of the breadth of talented students whose time at NSCAD has come to an end. It is the result of the combined efforts of our remarkable students, our committed instructors and our endlessly generous mentors, without whom NSCAD would be merely a shell of what it is today.

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the class of 2016 and thank you for giving us your time, your sweat, your brain power and likely more than a few of your tears; its not always been easy but it was most certainly worth it. May you remember this place fondly as you continue to share your incredible strengths with us and with the world!


Erica Flake
Exhibition Curator
2017 Graduation Exhibition


Daniel Lurvey
Designer and Coordinator
2017 Graduation Catalogue

Perched on the edge of the continent, NSCAD is undeniably influenced by its geographical location. This catalogue design celebrates the coastal remoteness that makes NSCAD so distinct. The die-cut pattern of brick and wave glyphs references the proximity of NSCAD to the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean. Recent NSCAD alumni will immediately recognize the iconic view of Georges Island from the Port Campus drawing studios, as pictured on the inside of the cover.

Those who choose to make the journey here are greeted by a tight-knit, supportive and rigorous arts community. NSCAD’s modest size gives students enormous access to the institution. This community of students is reflected in the inner catalogue pages.

Coming to NSCAD, sight-unseen, from the west coast was a huge leap and milestone for me. My experience was one that could not be replicated anywhere else. Memorably, throughout 3rd year, a small group of us spent late-nights in the studio under the guidance of Design Professor May Chung. Her dedication to providing a challenging environment has left a huge impact on me. Being able to live near school and have 24-hour access to a studio space has allowed me to immerse myself in my studies and truly live my practice.

Designing this catalogue has given me the opportunity to put faces to names and to get an intimate look at the work everyone has created. I am immensely proud of the publication we have made together. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2017. I wish everyone the best moving forward and I look forward to seeing what the future brings to each of you.



Thank you to everyone involved in making this year’s catalogue a success. To President Dianne Taylor-Gearing, Marilyn Smulders, and University Relations for your support. To Melanie and Kate for your encouragement and honesty, and for creating a challenging and rigorous internship. To Rod McDonald for your mentorship. Thank you for your critical feedback and sharing your deep knowledge of design. To Mike from Halcraft Printers Inc. for your patience and generosity with your time and expertise.



The Graduation Catalogue and Exhibition are sponsored by:
Garrison Breweries
Java Blend