Deadline for proposals: April 1 2017
The Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen is soliciting proposals from artists for artwork acquisitions through the Louise and Reuben Cohen Fund. Following work done to enhance the institutions processes and practices related to the collection, the acquisition committee members are happy to resume their activities with an enhanced purchasing ability this year. Artists are invited to propose up to twelve recent works (produced since 2000) and/or significant artwork in their career.
Guidelines and the online form are available at this address: www.umoncton.ca/umcm-ga/acquisitions2017en
History and context:
In 1966, a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts made it possible for Claude Roussel, first director of the Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton, to acquire some works of art. Passionate in his interest to introduce Acadie and Acadian artists to modern art movements, Roussel also purchased a number of important Canadian avant-garde artworks. Established in 1985, the Louise and Reuben Cohen Acquisition Fund enables the gallery to purchase new works with the objective of composing a collection representing the history and milieu of the visual arts in Acadie and the Maritimes. The gallery was renamed in 2005 in order to honour Reuben Cohen and his wife Louise, for the generous donation of artworks and the establishment of this fund.
The Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen at the Université de Moncton now dedicates resources to the conservation of this artistic heritage composed of just over one thousand pieces. This collection, rich in its importance to New Brunswick heritage, reflects the history of modern and contemporary art in the province with a particular focus on Acadian art from 1960 to today.
The collection and related activities contribute to the support of the cultural development of the Acadian and Canadian visual art communities, demonstrate engagement with professional contemporary practices, play a role in the fostering of artists and artistic careers, and encourage research on the visual arts in Canada and the academic sector.