President’s Report

RBC NSCAD Emerging Artists Project

What if we helped students make a successful transition from the academic world to professional practice?

“The NSCAD Graduation Catalogue became a flagship piece in my portfolio: an effective and tangible demonstration to potential employers of my abilities and experience as a designer.”

- Tom Froese, BDes ’09 and 2008 Graduation Catalogue designer

For the past three years, NSCAD students have been successfully bridging the gap between the academic and the entrepreneurial world of the arts, thanks to an innovative partnership with the RBC Foundation.

The RBC NSCAD Emerging Artists Project supports three distinct and high-profile elements: Art Exchange, an off-campus gallery in the nearby RBC Dominion Securities office, the Graduation Catalogue and the Graduation Exhibition.

“This was my first real sale,” says photographer Ryan Buckley, BFA ’08, whose work, Stroma, was purchased through the gallery. “It’s nice to have this on your CV so soon after graduating.”

“An opportunity like Art Exchange nudges you into the art world and helps establish you as a credible artist,” he adds.

Participation in the Graduation Catalogue, a 150-page catalogue featuring the best work of the graduating class, has grown steadily each year. “It’s the first time that many of the students have been published in a catalogue,” explains Tonia Di Risio, Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery. “Each student has his or her own page in the catalogue.”

“If you want to have a career in the arts, you need to learn how to prepare your work for this kind of publication.”

For Tom Froese, BDes ’09, being selected to design the 2008 Graduation Catalogue was, in his words, “a pivotal experience.” Funded through the Emerging Artists Project, the catalogue design internship gives a design student the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining hands-on project management skills.

“It was my first real-world project over which I had full creative control,” explains Tom. “I was able to flex all my design muscles and grow new ones, as I had to be art director, production artist, photographer, project manager, strategist and event planner, all at the same time.”

The Emerging Artists Project also supports an exhibitions coordinator internship for the annual Graduation Exhibition. Like the design practicum, the student earns academic credit for coordinating the show, which this past year comprised 100 works across three galleries.

“Creative expression is fundamental to society,” says Stewart Robinson, Branch Manager, RBC Dominion Securities. “RBC is proud to support NSCAD through our Emerging Artists Project.”