In 1998, through a $125,000 gift, they established the Renata Hornstein Graduate Fellowship in Art History, which allows two new students to undertake postgraduate work at Concordia each year.
Among the recent recipients is Marie-Hélène Busque, who received an award of $3,125 last winter. Busque plans to use the funds to travel to Paris, where she will pursue her research on the patrons of high-end fashion houses and the collectors of the goods they produce.
“The funding I received was a huge benefit to my thesis,” Busque says. “By examining the donations to the Palais Galliera fashion museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, I’ll be able to identify buyers and their collecting patterns.”
As Goldfarb explains, by nurturing research like this, the Hornsteins have found yet another way to support the cultural institutions to which they have devoted their lives.
Michal continues to work out of his Montreal office each day, while Renata has remained committed to the arts, her own included.
“They absolutely adore each other,” Goldfarb says. “Their life is one life.”
Michal and Renata Hornstein will receive their honorary doctorates at the John Molson School of Business’ spring 2014 convocation ceremony on June 11 at 3 p.m. in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts (175 Ste-Catherine St. W.).