Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University

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The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) is a post-secondary art school located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It offers Bachelor's degrees in Fine Art and Design, and a BA in Visual Arts. It also offers MFA degrees and an MA in Art Education.

NSCAD was founded in 1887 as the Victoria School of Art and Design by Anna Leonowens of "Anna and the King of Siam" fame. It was named the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1925, and "Design" was reintegrated into its name in 1969.

One the notable artists to be associated with the school in its early years was Arthur Lismer, who was a member of the Group of Seven and spent several years as the school president.

Garry Kennedy was appointed President in 1967, and he remade the College from a sleepy provincial art school into an international hotbed of artistic activity. He invited many "art stars" to come to NSCAD as visiting artists, particulary those involved in conceptual art. Some the notables who made significant contributions during this period were Vito Acconci, Sol Lewitt, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Beuys and Claes Oldenburg.

The school has gone through several relocations since its inception but it currently resides in several Victorian era buildings in downtown Halifax.

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