The purpose of our pairing program is to foster relationships between Montréal contemporary artists and art history students.
Students in our program write articles about local artists to be displayed on our website, allowing for students to gain non-academic writing and publishing experiences and for artists to have their work promoted.
As art history students, we understand that it can often be difficult to find an internship in a museum, gallery, non-profit, or other art institution that can help explore potential career avenues and gain professional experience.
In order to make the search for art internships easier, we have compiled a list of opportunities all over the world, including internships in curation, conservation, and more, for students interested in entering the professional art world. We have also included resources like helpful websites, youtube channels, and podcasts.
Born in 1965 in North Lancaster, Ontario, Besner's work typically feature phantom-like figures dressed in elaborate costumes against decorative backdrops. Known as Madonnas, these often haunting figures embody the artist’s autobiographical mode of expression whilst too functioning as communicative mediators between the space and reality of the spectators, on the one hand, and the artist’s incomparable imagination on the other. With an intimate knowledge of his materials, dramatic forms, and architecture, Besner finds a channel through which to express his deeply cerebral perception of the world.
Rooted in the authors’ collective training in art history, this publication presents a collective and critical response to Besner’s works in the hopes of provoking scholarly reflection. In specific, the collection includes three essays, each of which approaches distinct aspects of the artist’s oeuvre and and style. The three articles published herein were brought together as a discussion of Besner’s formal and material configurations with the intention of shining a critical light on the artist and his singular oeuvre.
1. A contemporary intervention: Dominic Besner and the Commedia Troupe by Hayley M.L. Eaves
2. Memories in the Oeuvre of Dominic Besner by Charlotte Jacob-Maguire
3. Painting the Urban Experience: The Second Birth of Dominic Besner by Anthony Portulese
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