Concordia University

Ronald Portanier


PhD - Art History

Thesis Title

French Naval Sculpture under the Ancien Régime: How Its Artistic Practice Was Governed By Its Functional Purpose, Stylistic Form and Allotted Space As Part of the Ship's Architecture


Jean Bélisle (Professor Emeritus) & Dr. Cynthia Hammond 

Research Interests
  • 17th & 18th c. French naval sculpture in the Atlantic space 
  • Naval sculpture of New France



Ronald Portanier is a PhD candidate in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in the Department of Art History. His research topic concerns French naval sculpture in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. He is the recipient of the Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship award for the academic year 2016-2017.

Ronald attended the Université du Quebec à Montreal from 2013 to 2016. Between the summers of 2014 and 2015 he carried out research related to his thesis topic in the archives of the French navy and the naval museums of France. In keeping with the spirit of the inter-university doctoral program Ronald transferred to Concordia University in 2016 where he completed the Comprehensive Examination and the Doctoral Forum. He has recently submitted his dissertation for jury review.

Ronald has an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting & Drawing where he graduated with great distinction, both from Concordia University. He was awarded the Betty Goodwin Prize in Studio Arts in 2010 and has had solo and group exhibitions of his art work at the Belgo in Montreal.

Ronald Portanier is a member of the Agraphia Art History Writers Group.


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