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Three Montreal University Students Honoured by the MMFA’s Michel de la Chenelière Art and Culture Awards and Bursaries Programme

Yesterday, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) honoured the three recipients of its Michel de la Chenelière Award and Bursary Programme. Established in 2013 by Nathalie Bondil, the MMFA’s Director General and Chief Curator, and Michel de la Chenelière, great patron of education at the Museum, this programme recognizes Montreal university graduate students for their academic excellence.

For this fourth edition, a $5,000 bursary was granted to Jessica Veevers, doctoral candidate in Art History at Concordia University, for her thesis examination titled The Intersection of Materiality and Mattering: Acrylic Paint and Montreal’s Hard-Edge Painting. This bursary is intended to support her research and the writing of her thesis.

This year, a $2,000 award was granted to two students for the quality of their Masters: Cassandre Herbert, M.A. in Art History at the Université de Montréal, for her thesis titled À la recherche de Proserpine : la loggia du palais épiscopal de Bagnaia au temps du cardinal Niccolò Ridolfi (1541-1550), and Barbara Wisnoski, M.A. in Art History at l’Université Concordia, for her thesis titled An Aesthetics of Everything Else: Flat Ontologies and the Everyday.

“For its fourth edition, this programme of awards and bursaries is honouring not only two but three Master’s and doctoral students. I am glad that the programme can encourage these talented students to pursue their studies and highlight the excellence of their work in the fields of art and culture,” said Michel de la Chenelière, great patron of education at the MMFA.

From left to right: the recipients Barbara Wisnoski, Jessica Veevers and Cassandre Herbert,
with Michel de la Chenelière, President, Fondation Chenelière. Photo: Pierre Longtin