Two emerging artists just received news that can change the course of a career: they have become the next Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellows in Contemporary Art. Andréanne Abbondanza Bergeron of Concordia University and Martin Leduc of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) were this year’s recipients of the prestigious award offered by the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.
With a value of $60,500, the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art offers recipients the recognition and support that is essential to the development of their work and the advancement of their creative research at a crucial moment in their career, as they transition from an academic environment to the professional world. The fellowships are awarded annually to two new graduates — one from UQAM and one from Concordia — in a master's or PhD program in media or visual arts.
“For eight years now, we have been able to observe the development of each of our fellows, from emerging talent to recognized artist. We could not be prouder of the accomplishments of every one of them,” says Claudine Bronfman.
“By getting involved at the very start of an emerging artist's career, we not only encourage the coming generation, but also support the Montreal arts scene. We want Montreal to retain its title as a major cultural hub,” adds Stephen Bronfman.