An initiative resulting from a joint commitment of the Philanthropic Activities Office and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural Centre, the objective of the Yvonne L. Bombardier Graduate Scholarship Program in Visual Arts is to contribute to Québec’s next generation of artists.

The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation is proud to present the 2023 recipient of the Yvonne L. Bombardier Graduate Scholarship in Visual Arts: Ryth Kesselring.

A Concordia University MFA Fine Arts student, Ryth won over the members of the selection committee by producing a very singular universe with extremely complex and surprising devices. The artist has a multidisciplinary approach that includes research on a wide range of materials and media. She approaches her practice by combining artistic expression, scientific research and experimentation, an approach that truly stands out. 

Discover her artistic universe and her works on her website.

Écosystème II, 2021. Linen and silver threads, electronic components and magnets, recycled Plexiglas, wood, earth. Photo: Paul Litherman

Application period
The application period is over. Next period will be from September 2024 to January, 2025
Stay alert for the exact dates!

The scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in a Master’s art program in a Québec university, who practices one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Drawing
  • Engraving/stamping
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

The Selection Committee is composed of professionals working in the arts and Foundation representatives. 

The scholarship includes:

  • A cash prize of $10,000
  • An exhibition in a professionnal space
  • Production of a video business card presenting the scholarship winner’s artistic approach and works

Deadline to file an application: January 11, 2024. 

Applications are now submitted on the Foundation’s new digital platform.

On your first visit, you will need to create a user account by filling out the registration form. 

You will then be able to fill out the application form.

IMPORTANT: An Electronic Application Guide (pdf) has been developed to assist applicants. We invite you to consult it before beginning any application process. It is also available in a web format here. 

Please note that you will need to provide the following documents on the form: 

• A presentation letter describing your artistic and creative approach, with emphasis on future projects and the development of your artistic approach (maximum 1,000 words).

• Two letters of recommendation signed by a professor, a teacher, or a lecturer. If the letters are not in the file at the deadline, it is your responsibility to inform us that it will follow after the deadline, otherwise the file will be considered as incomplete.

• A portfolio consisting of maximum 15 digital images, presenting works over the past two years. The digital images must be provided in JPEG format.

• An up-to-date curriculum vitae (maximum three pages)

• An academic file containing all statements of grades for the current program of studies as well as an official attestation of attendance produced by the Registrar of the educational institution. If you are in the first semester of the program, the statement of grades for the last year of studies in the previous program must be provided (for Master’s students: Bachelor’s program).

The selected candidate will be announced in March 2024.

  • Candidates must be registered as full-time students in a Master’s art program, in Québec
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens or have the status of permanent resident
  • Work produced as part of a collective is not eligible. Only individual production will be considered for evaluation
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