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To learn news from ACAD, please visit ACAD.CA

811, 2018

Remembrance Day | No classes (Nov 9, 2018)

November 8th, 2018|

Reminder to students: ACAD will be closed tomorrow (November 9) in observance of Remembrance Day. No classes are scheduled and no services will be open, however you will still be able to access the building and your studios.

Remembrance Day Poppies

811, 2018

Now Hiring Show + Sale Cashiers: ACADSA

November 8th, 2018|




Reporting to the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association Career Development Program Manager and with support of other ACADSA Staff, the Show + Sale cashier is responsible for providing retail sales support for the Show + Sale retail market.


  1. Sales Processing
  • Processing cash and credit payments
    • Balancing the register at day end
    • Assist in the reconciliation of Show + Sale retail projects
  • Providing prompt, accurate and professional service to all retail customers
  1. Customer Service
    • Greeting customers
    • Maintain effective contact with ACAD students, faculty, administration, and the general public
    • Meeting customers’ transactional needs, answering general inquiries and directing additional sales opportunities to the Career Development Program Manager
    • Provide regular updates to the Career Development Program Manager and General Manager


  • A mature attitude with the ability to work independently and be a responsive member of the ACADSA team
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Preference will be given to current students and recent graduates of ACAD
  • Must be available for the full duration of the sale including evenings and weekends
  • Courteous, empathetic and skillful at conveying information and ideas concisely, and correcting issues promptly and professionally
  • This position requires computer literacy and excellent administration
  • Ability to take initiative for coordinating and carrying out assigned projects
  • Experience working in a similar role and/or with Square sales processing system is considered an asset


This is a casual contract position with a schedule of up to approximately 30 hours varied over the term of the contract with an hourly rate of $15.00 per hour. The position will commence November 22, 2018 and continues until November 24, 2018. The cashiers must be available for orientation and training prior to the sale for a minimum of 4 hours between 10am-5pm Monday-Friday.


  • Training
    • TBD
  • Thursday, November 22, 2018
    • 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Friday, November 23, 2018
    • 11:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 24, 2018
    • 11:30 am – 4:30 pm


Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume to careers.acadsa@acad.ca no later than noon on November 16, 2018.

The Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

711, 2018

REMINDER: Professional Market Panel (Nov 8, 2018)

November 7th, 2018|

ACADSA Professional Market Panel - Insta2


Just a reminder that, Market Collective co-founder Angel Guerra and New Craft Coalition co-founder and ACAD alumni Laura Sharp will be here on Thursday, November 8 from 1-2pm in the Lecture Theatre  to answer student questions regarding the ins and outs of selling artwork in a market environment. This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial practice to meet the people that do it professionally!

Participating in ACADSA Show + Sale? This is a recommended workshop that can aid you in in your preparations for the sale.

P.S. If you registered for this semester’s Show + Sale,  DON’T FORGET that your inventory submission forms are due tonight (November 7) at midnight.

111, 2018

#showandsale Promotion + Prizes

November 1st, 2018|

Fall_Instagram_Square_New_smACAD Students: We would love your help promoting Show + Sale! From now until the end of this Fall Show + Sale (November 24), we will be tracking the hashtag #showandsale on Instagram and Facebook. Students who promote Show + Sale using the hashtag on their social medias will be entered to win one of three $100 ACAD Bookstore gift cards! We especially want to see the work you will be selling! An important part of participating in art markets is learning how to self-promote. Think of this as an opportunity to hone your promo skills!


ACADSA has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.

Per Facebook rules, we must mention this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to ACADSA, not Facebook.

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

3110, 2018

Professional Market Panel (Nov 8, 2018)

October 31st, 2018|


ACADSA Professional Market Panel - Facebook

Hey ACAD students,

Market Collective co-founder Angel Guerra and New Craft Coalition co-founder and ACAD alumni Laura Sharp will be here on Thursday, November 8 from 1-2pm in the Lecture Theatre  to answer student questions regarding the ins and outs of selling artwork in a market environment. This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial practice to meet the people that do it professionally!

Participating in ACADSA Show + Sale? This is a recommended workshop that can aid you in in your preparations for the sale.

3110, 2018

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – October 2018

October 31st, 2018|

2018-10-31 Healthy Habits Prize Pack

Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!!

What is required?

Your name and ACAD email address

Contest winner will be drawn Wednesday, November 14th. Good luck!

Draw Entry Closed

Click Here to Enter Draw
3010, 2018

The Ghomeshi Effect (Nov 6, 2018)

October 30th, 2018|

2018-11-06 Ghomeshi Effect EventThis year the ACADSA Executive Commitee (EC) team has made sexual violence awareness and advocacy for survivors one of their main goals. The Ghomeshi Effect (@ghomeshieffect) provides knowledge about the current struggles of sexual violence survivors in the legal system. The Calgary show on November 6 at Mount Royal University is free for students, but they are still accepting any donations.

Visit www.facebook.com/ghomeshieffect/ for more information.

2910, 2018

Health + Dental Claims Deadline (2017-2018 Policy)

October 29th, 2018|

Attention ACADSA Health & Dental Plan members who were enrolled during the last school year! You have until Nov. 29, 2018 to submit claims for the 2017-2018 policy year.

Find claim forms at www.studentcare.ca.

Facebook_ACADSA_Claim Deadline

2410, 2018

Show + Sale Fall 2018 (Nov 22-24)

October 24th, 2018|



Join us in celebrating the creativity of Calgary’s emerging artists at the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association semiannual student art market, Show + Sale.

The First Night Fundraiser offers you an exclusive, private viewing and sale of over 3,000 original pieces, showcasing work from each of ACAD’s disciplines of study.  Whatever your preferred medium, you’ll find it here: Paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, glass, fibre, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics and more!

Proceeds from ticket purchases directly support ACAD students with programming that includes entrepreneurial training through seminars and workshops and funds student scholarships. Students receive the proceeds from the sale of their work during the event, with a portion supporting ACADSA’s student programming.

>> Purchase your ticket here

Along with local creatives, arts supporters and light refreshments from our sponsors at National Beer Hall and Bridgette Bar, you can expect advanced access to over 3,000 original artworks and conversation with the artists in attendance.

A cash bar will be available for your enjoyment and the closest parking available on campus is the Jubilee J2 parking lot.

The Show + Sale continues Friday, November 23rd (12-7pm) and Saturday, November 24th (12-4pm) with entrance by donation at the door.

For more information, please visit: acadsa.ca/show-sale/

A special thank you to our student programming sponsor, RBC Foundation, via the Emerging Artist Project.

Thank you for supporting art, craft and design education at ACAD for nearly a century; your ongoing support fosters entrepreneurship, builds community and develops our creative economy in Calgary, in Alberta and beyond.

2310, 2018

Pricing Workshop (Nov 1, 2018)

October 23rd, 2018|

Pricing Workshop November 2018

Hey ACAD students,

On Thursday, November 1 from 1-2pm in the Lecture Theatre, join Calgary-based curator, writer, and educator Diana Sherlock to learn about industry standards in pricing, CARFAC recommended artist fees, your rights as an artist to be paid fairly, and some helpful methods that successful arts professionals use when pricing their work.

Participating in ACADSA Show + Sale? This is a recommended workshop that can aid you in in your preparations for the sale.

1810, 2018

Collective Action to Leave Arts Commons’ +15 Window Spaces

October 18th, 2018|

Calgary artist-run centres end exhibition partnership with Arts Commons

CALGARY, AB — In the wake of recent disputes involving Arts Commons, multiple organizations have made the decision to cease programming their respective +15 Window spaces in this facility and terminate their partnerships with Arts Commons. Departing organizations include Marion Nicoll Gallery, Stride Gallery, The New Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art, and Untitled Art Society.

Over the past few weeks, each departing organization has written a letter to Arts Commons outlining their specific organization’s reasons for ending their partnership. Collectively, we believe that recent events have made it clear that there is a widening gap between our respective institutional priorities and values, and those held by Arts Commons. Throughout these challenges, Arts Commons has demonstrated a lack of support and an unwillingness to respond to the pressing concerns raised by our organizations and broader communities. This is indicative of a significant partnership imbalance that has negatively impacted the artistic integrity of our organizations’ programming in these spaces, as well as hindered critical discourse regarding contemporary art in Arts Commons. Our organizations believe that we cannot in good conscience continue to invite artists in to a space within which their safety, rights, and artistic integrity cannot be guaranteed.

Our organizations acknowledge that the +15 Window spaces have created many opportunities for emerging artists, and we are committed to supporting artists early on in their careers through other venues and programming initiatives. We encourage Arts Commons to continue to make space for contemporary visual arts within its facility, and we hope that the future holds more equitable opportunities for those who will continue to work and show in the space, where all parties respect and support one another in their endeavours.

An invitation has been extended to collectively meet with Arts Commons to further outline feedback on our experience working with their organization, and where we see room for growth or a need for changes. Ultimately, our organizations strive to create spaces and opportunities in the arts that work towards more equitable and inclusive futures. At this time, Arts Commons has been unable to support us in these aspirations.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with one of our organizations, please contact:

Areum Kim, Stride Gallery
P: +1 403 262 8507
E: director@stride.ab.ca
Ginger Carlson, TRUCK Contemporary Art
P: +1 403 261 7702
E: director@truck.ca
Laura Pritchard, Marion Nicoll Gallery
P: +1 403 284 7625
E: mng.acadsa@acad.ca
Natasha Chaykowski, Untitled Art Society
P: +1 403 262 7911
E: natasha@uascalgary.org
Su Ying Strang, The New Gallery
P: +1 403 305 7655
E: su@thenewgallery.org

Additional Media:

Artist-Run Centres Leave Calgary Arts Commons | Canadian Art – October 18, 2018

1510, 2018

Show + Sale 2018-19: Department Representatives

October 15th, 2018|


Welcome to our 2018-19 Show + Sale Department Representatives!

This list will be updated as positions are finalized.

Program Representative Email
Ceramics Kim Korol
Dan Labutes
Drawing Jessica Frizzell jessica.frizzell@acad.ca
Fibre Dalayce Nichiporik dalayce.nichiporik@acad.ca
First Year Studies Rose Pocha rose.pocha@acad.ca
Glass Shi Guo (Leia) shi.guo@acad.ca
Jewellery + Metals Jasmine Whiteley-Steel j.whiteleysteel@acad.ca
Painting TBD
Photo Haley Eyre haley.eyre@acad.ca
Print Media Kristal Wallace kristal.wallace@acad.ca
 Sculpture  TBD
VCD Hannah Burne hannah.burne@acad.ca
1510, 2018

REMINDER: Fall 2018 Show + Sale Registration Deadline – Oct 18

October 15th, 2018|


Hello students!

The ACAD Students’ Association (ACADSA) invites you to participate in Show + Sale, our semi-annual art market! Each sale attracts over 1,500 customers and provides emerging artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their professional work in a public retail setting. The upcoming sale will be held November 22-24, 2018.

Please read through the information below and contact Joel Farris, ACADSA’s Career Development Program Manager, at careers.acadsa@acad.ca if you have any questions.

How Can You Participate?

Registration for Show + Sale is a two-step process.

Step 1: All students interested in participating in the Fall Show + Sale must register through the online form before midnight on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

The form can be found at: https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/show-sale-fall-2018

Step 2: Students who have not participated in a previous Show + Sale are required to attend a mandatory workshop designed to introduce them to the policies and procedures of Show + Sale. The workshop will be held in the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre and attendance is taken. Please let us know before the event if you are unable to attend.

Fall 2018 Show + Sale Info Session
Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 1-1:30 pm
Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre

This workshop will introduce students to the logistical side of Show + Sale, specifically the online inventory submission process. Topics include, how to finalize registration online, attaching sales tags to inventory, and successful price-points from previous sales.

Once we have finalized registration numbers, an inventory submission sheet and link to an online submission form will be emailed to students who fulfilled the registration requirements. The deadline for inventory submissions will be Wednesday, November 7. Full details regarding inventory submissions will be distributed after registration is complete.

Show + Sale Workshops

Leading up to Show + Sale, ACADSA will be hosting professional development workshops to help you prepare for the sale! The most common feedback we received last year was requesting help on pricing your practice. On November 1, join curator, writer, and educator Diana Sherlock to learn about industry standards in pricing, CARFAC recommended artist fees, your rights as an artist to be paid fairly, and some helpful methods that successful arts professionals use when pricing their work.

Pricing Workshop
Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 1-2 pm
Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre

Department Representatives

Are you interested in taking on a leadership position within Show + Sale, while also getting paid an honorarium? Consider applying to be a Department Representative! For full details, visit our job posting at: http://www.acadsa.ca/2018/09/now-hiring-show-sale-department-representatives-2/

Lastly, please find the Show + Sale student handbook here. In this document you will find a comprehensive overview of Show + Sale, in addition to the policies and procedures. Anyone with questions leading up to the registration deadline, feel free to send me an email or stop by the ACADSA office (Rm 335) in the Main Mall.

Looking forward to a great Fall Show + Sale!

Joel Farris
Career Development Program Manager
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

1110, 2018

Midterm Tips from your EC

October 11th, 2018|

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Hi everyone,

We are approaching another midterm, or maybe your first midterm here at ACAD. I hope you are all finding your classes to be inspirational, informative, and fun.

My name is Fiona, I am the Director of Advocacy and Representation at ACADSA. I wanted to reach out to you at this time to share a little information about midterms. Midterms are an opportunity for you to consider your ACAD career and advocate for yourself. It is also the time and an opportunity for you to work WITH your instructors to help you get the most out of each class.

By midterms you will receive, from your instructor, a written reflection of your midterm grade. If this grade is not what you were expecting or you disagree with this grade, now is the time to discuss your grade and the class with your instructor. Often times, instructors have a system for midterm grades. For example, some instructors don’t believe in giving A’s at midterm. Some instructors believe this will encourage continued hard work or inspiration for the remainder of the term. Regardless of their reasoning, you need to know where you stand. If the grade is not what you were hoping for, you also need to know specifically why, and what you can and should achieve, in order to improve your grade. Expectations should be made very clear for both you and your instructor. If you are left with concerns of meeting the instructors expectations, you can arrange a future date to review. Be sure this future date leaves you with enough time for further work. Once you have completed this process, you must then be willing to DO THE WORK!

Mid term grade deadline – November 2nd. Last day to withdraw without a grade penalty November 8th. For more information see ACAD’s Polices and Procedures: https://www.acad.ca/about-acad/governance/policies-and-procedures

Trust that your instructor will be happy for you to take this initiative. They want you to succeed! It means you have both succeeded.

I hope this information is helpful and reduces the stress of waiting for grades. There shouldn’t be any big surprises. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage students to use Spring classes as a tool to lighten their academic load during the Fall and Winter semesters, to assist with life balance and to spend more time in the studios.

If you are experiencing overwhelming stress, or academic difficulties, there are resources to help you!

Meet with an Academic Advisor to chat about options – registrar@acad.ca

SUCCESS STRATEGIES Wednesdays 1-2PM Main Mall

DROP-IN ACADEMIC ADVISING Tuesdays 1-3PM Lodgepole Centre

DROP-IN ACADEMIC ADVISING Weekdays 1-3PM Registrar’s Office

EXCHANGE & TRAVEL STUDY INFORMATION Wed, October 24, 1-3PM Lecture Theatre


For academic support: https://www.acad.ca/current-students/get-support/academic-support

For Counselling: https://www.acad.ca/current-students/get-support/counselling-services

ACADSA Health + Dental Plan members have access to Empower Me, a mental health and wellness service that offers confidential and accessible support in multiple languages. Call 1 844 741-6389 to connect with trained counsellors, consultants, and life coaches 24/7, 365 days/year for a variety of issues. There is also an app available! For more information: http://studentcare.ca/rte/en/AlbertaCollegeofArtDesignACADSA_EmpowerMe_EmpowerMe

Please get in touch with us: you can find information about ACADSA, our staff and committee members at www.acadsa.ca/about. Get to know our team! Say hello to us in the halls and we will do the same. Stay up to date on what is happening at the Students’ Association, check out News and Events on our website (www.acadsa.ca) and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ACADSA.

Fiona Couillard
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

1010, 2018

ACADSA By-Election Results Are In

October 10th, 2018|


Good Evening Everyone,

Thank you to all the students who came to our polling stations to vote. The ballots have been counted! We are pleased to announce the new 2018/2019 representatives for the Student Leadership Council. Congratulations to the following students:

First Year Studies Representative: Willow Addiscott

Graduate/MFA Representative: Jessie Fraser

Graphic Design Representative: Kendra Davidson

MADT Representative: Julian Zwack

Print Representative: Ekaterina Vopiyashina

Sculpture Representative: Megan Ivany

We are excited to welcome you to the team! Thank you to everyone who participated!

For a full list of your Executive Committee or Student Leadership Council representatives, please visit www.acadsa.ca. If your department still lacks representation and you are interested in a position, please contact ACADSA’s Director of Advocacy and Representation, at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.

Thank you!

Fiona Couillard
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

910, 2018

ACADSA By-Elections: VOTE October 9-10

October 9th, 2018|

Hey ACAD Students!

It is time to vote in the 2018/2019 By-Elections! A list of candidates and their platform statements can be found on the ACADSA website (www.acadsa.ca/elections).

Voting takes place on October 9th + 10th. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2018/19 academic year.