Two art history students among recipients of Elspeth McConnell Fine Arts Award
Lucile Cordonnier (MA Art History) and Hannah Berger (BFA Major Art History and Studio Art) have been selected as recipients of the 2019-2020 Elspeth McConnell Fine Arts Award. The award, granted through the late McConnell’s Doggone Foundation, aids students in the Faculty of Fine Arts in gaining experience in their fields by funding internships at local institutions such as museums, galleries, and artist-run centres.
Cordonnier’s internship is taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts, under the supervision of Anne Grace, curator of modern art. The internship surrounds the initial planning stages of the landmark exhibition on the Parisian art dealer Berthe Weill (1865-1951), in partnership with the Grey Art Gallery at New York University. Cordonnier is conducting research that focuses on little-known or unknown artists whom Weill showed at her gallery. Additionally, she will be completing different tasks for the planning of the exhibition: researching the provenance of artworks and browsing through museums’ collections to suggest paintings to exhibit.
Berger’s internship is at the Museum of Jewish Montreal. Berger will be curating visual materials and helping with research for the virtual tour pilot project, supporting development and facilitation of the Museum's arts programming including art talks and digital exhibitions, liaising with artists, as well as leading guided tours.