1999-2000 Research Fellowships Awarded by the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - June 16, 1999
The Research Fellowships Program of the National Gallery of Canada has selected five recipients for support during the 1999-2000 academic year. Established in 1991, the Program encourages advanced research, with emphasis upon the use and investigation of the collections of the National Gallery, including those of the Library and Archives.
A Fellowship in Historical (pre-1970) Canadian Art was awarded to Dr. Brian Foss, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montreal. Dr. Foss will investigate and analyze the landscape paintings of Homer Ransford Watson (1855-1936), interpreting them within the visual culture of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Canada. The National Gallery houses the largest single collection of Watson's work, as well as important archival materials relating to the artist.
Kathy Zimon, Fine Arts Librarian Emeritus and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art, University of Calgary, is the second recipient of a Fellowship in Historical Canadian Art. She will make use of the extensive documentation files on Canadian artists housed in the National Gallery Library, in order to assemble biographical information for a dictionary of Alberta artists born before 1950.
The Fellowship in Contemporary (post-1970) Canadian Art was awarded to Ruth Kerkham, Toronto. Her research will examine concepts of "race", "authenticity" and "origin" in the light of Jean Baudrillard's simulacra, as well as contextual social responsibility. She will question how such readings of race inform curatorial practices and will study works in the National Gallery collection by Carl Beam, Ron Benner, Panya Clark Espinal, Jamelie Hassan, Paul Wong and Jim-me Yoon.
The review committee for the Fellowships in Canadian Art was composed of Rose Marie Arbour, Université du Québec à Montréal, Charles Hill, Curator of Canadian Art, National Gallery, Diana Nemiroff, Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, and Ian Thom, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery.
Denis Canguilhem, Paris, France, was awarded the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography. A recent graduate of the Université de Strasbourg, the École nationale de la photographie, Arles, and the École des Hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, Mr. Canguilhem will examine formal and conceptual aspects of the work of American photographer Harold E. Edgerton (1903-1990) in the context of the evolution of scientific techniques in instantaneous photography. In 1997 the National Gallery received a significant gift of photographs by Edgerton from the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Members of the review committee for the Fellowship in the History of Photography were James Borcoman, Curator Emeritus, Photographs Collection, National Gallery, Marta Braun, Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, and Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs Collection, National Gallery.
The Claudia De Hueck Fellowship in Art and Science supports investigation or engagement in both scientific inquiry and artistic practice, the conjunction of the natural and creative worlds. Proposals may require studio, laboratory or field-work, as well as collaboration outside of the National Gallery. The recipient of the 1999-2000 Fellowship is Susan Feindel, Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, whose studio program is based upon her investigation of the deep water coral beds off the shores of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
The review committee for the Fellowship in Art and Science was composed of Juan Geuer, Almonte, Ontario, Diana Nemiroff, National Gallery, and Brydon Smith, formerly Curator of 20th Century Art, National Gallery.
Details and application guidelines concerning the Research Fellowships Program can be consulted on the National Gallery's website: http://national.gallery.ca/
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