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Awards & Scholarships

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

Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award

We are pleased to announce Ameen Ahmed as the recipient of the 2020 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.

Portrait of Ameen Ahmen wearing a blue collared shirt against a colourful background.

The Art Museum Curatorial Residency Award

Applications are now being accepted for the Art Museum Curatorial Residency Award.

Commencing in the fall of 2020, the Art Museum Curatorial Residency Award grants the recipient an 8-week, full-time residency and comes with a financial stipend of $6,000. The Award is open to both graduate and undergraduate students of University of Toronto with preference given to students affiliated with University College. Applicants must reside in Ontario and must be OSAP-eligible in order to apply.

The residency is made possible by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto Award, which was established with gifts from three founding members of the University of Toronto Art Centre Volunteer Committee, Margaret McKelvey, and 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.

For application information click here. Applications are due on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

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.

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.