The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968-1978

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How did a small art college in Nova Scotia become the epicenter of art education—and to a large extent of the postmimimalist and conceptual art world itself—in the 1960s and 1970s? Like the unorthodox experiments and rich human resources that made Black Mountain College an improbable center of art a generation earlier, the activities and artists at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in the 1970s redefined the means and methods of art education and the shape of art far beyond Halifax.


From gallery openings to dance performances to visiting lectures to exhibitions to classroom projects, the book gives a rich historical and visual account of the school’s activities. Supplemented by details of specific events, The Last Art College: reminiscences by faculty and students, accounts of artists’ talks, and notes on memorable controversies.

is a Canadian conceptual artist who was awarded the Portia White Prize by the Arts Council of Nova Scotia in 2000 and a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004. From 1967 to 1990 he was President of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.