Harold Pearse visual artist in his Edmonton Studio

Harold Pearse in his studio, Edmonton AB Summer 2014

Harold Pearse, visual artist and art educator, currently resides in Lunenburg Nova Scotia with his wife and 2 dogs. He is Professor Emeritus at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta (U of A) in the Department of Elementary Education where he served as a Sessional Instructor from 2001 to 2015. He also taught Drawing in the U of A Faculty of Extension. From 1971 to 2001 he was a Professor of Art Education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. Between 1995 and 1999 he served as Associate Dean (Academic) of the College.

Educated at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC (BEd), Sir George Williams University (Concordia), Montreal, Que (MA in Art Education) and the Atlantic Institute of Education at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS (PhD), he has over fifty years of experience teaching art at the public school and post-secondary levels. In 2011 he was named the Canadian Society for Education through Art’s  Post Secondary Art Educator of the Year and in 2012 received the University of Alberta Faculty of Education Sessional Teaching Award,

As a practicing artist he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries, commissions for art in public buildings and art work (oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media) in public and private collections. He has also curated a number of exhibitions for public art galleries and written essays for exhibition catalogs.

Harold Pearse has delivered numerous presentations, lectures and workshops to art and education groups at the local, national and international levels and has authored numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of art education for Canadian and international professional journals and anthologies. He served as Editor of the Journal of Social Theory and Art Education (1990-1992) and as National Coordinator of The Social Theory Caucus, an affiliate of the American National Art Education Association (NAEA).  He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the NAEA’s Studies in Art Education and the Director of Publications for the Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) and is currently on the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Education through Art. Dr. Pearse is the co-author of a history of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, called The First Hundred Years, (NSCAD and UNB, 1992), co-author of In This Place, Black Art in Nova Scotia (NSCAD 2001) and editor of From Drawing to Visual Culture: A History of Art Education in Canada (McGill-Queens Press, 2006).

Dr. Harold Pearse has held office in a variety of professional associations and organizations and recently served as Past President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) and in October 2015 was made an honourary member.

Since moving to Lunenburg Nova Scotia he has immersed himself in the cultural life of the community. He is currently the President of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society, which presents an annual four day music Festival, free summer concerts, and Fall and Spring Concert series.

CV available on request

Harold Pearse talking about his exhibition, 2 Dogs and a Cat Every Day for a Year, Anna Leonoewns Gallery, NSCAD University, July 2019