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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

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 Art Museum Student Award and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Art Museum Student Award

The Art Museum Student Award was initially established through the generosity of three donors: Joy Alexander, Judith McErvel and Margaret McKelvey. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Art Museum Student Award was established in 2006 with an endowment fund from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Both awards are intended to recognize and assist students who are involved with the Art Museum in a significant way through volunteering or Work-Study. The awards are open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students who have an affiliation with University College.

Both Art Museum Student Awards are Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF) Awards, which means that financial need and Ontario residency are the primary award conditions.

For application information please contact the Art Museum.

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.