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Awards & Scholarships

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto recognizes student achievement in the arts through three award opportunities:

The Art Museum Curatorial Residency Award

Each year, the Art Museum accepts applications from eligible students for the Art Museum Curatorial Residency Award. In 2022, the 8- to 10-week, full-time summer residency placement comes with a financial award in the form of a stipend of $3,000/month (~$19/hour). The award offers the successful candidate an opportunity to engage in curatorial work in support of upcoming Art Museum exhibitions.

Under the supervision of the Art Museum’s curatorial staff, the successful candidate will engage in research and program development for an upcoming exhibition and associated programs exploring issues of labour—in correspondence with the Jackman Humanities Institute theme on the subject—through the lens of artists. For more information about the theme, visit the JHI website.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • University of Toronto student (undergraduate or graduate) registered in full- and/or part-time studies at UofT; preference to students who have some affiliation with University College
  • OSAP eligible
  • Ontario resident
  • Demonstrated engagement or background in one or several of the following: visual arts studio, curatorial studies, arts management, communications in the arts and culture sector, art history, or museum studies at the University of Toronto

To apply, please submit the following:

  • CV
  • Transcript
  • Statement of Interest (250 words), relaying a description of current/past engagement in the visual arts and how the residency might further career interests and goals

Read the full description of the residency here.

Submit your application by emailing by the deadline on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto Award was established with gifts from three founding members of the University of Toronto Art Centre Volunteer Committee, Margaret McKelvey, Joy Alexander, and Judith McErvel, with matching funds from the University of Toronto Adjustment Fund and the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF), and the Art Museum OSOTFF II Award established by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation with matching funds from OSOTF. In previous years, awarding was made separately from the two funds.

Past recipients

Page Image: Deanna Bowen, God of Gods: A Canadian Play (installation view), Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 2019. Photo by: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Installation view of God of Gods: A Canadian Play at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award

We are pleased to announce Sherry Chunqing Liu as the recipient of the 2022 Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award. Read the media release here.

The Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award was created by Reesa Greenberg, an internationally renowned scholar on museums and exhibition studies, for academic excellence for a Master of Visual Studies (MVS) Curatorial Studies student at the University of Toronto at the end of the first semester. Greenberg’s donation provides an annual monetary award of $5,000 to a first-year MVS Curatorial Studies student, as well as a biannual award of $10,000 in support of international travel or a paid MVS Curatorial Studies Program internship at the Art Museum.

The $5,000 award is adjudicated by visual arts and curatorial faculty of the University of Toronto on the basis of exceptional work by a student in the first semester of Graduate Studies.

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

For application information click here.

Student Engagement in the Arts

The University of Toronto celebrates student engagement and leadership in arts related initiatives annually with the University of Toronto Student Engagement in the Arts Awards. This recognition award is given to successful applicants who have made a leadership contribution to co-curricular arts activities at the University. These awards are given at a ceremony in late March, at the Art Museum, in conjunction with the University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition.

For application information click here.

Past recipients

The University of Toronto Student Engagement in the Arts Awards are generously sponsored by TD Insurance, MBNA, and Manulife.