The Role of the Saidye Bronfman Award Partners:

The Canadian Museum of Civilization:

The Canadian Museum of Civilization has collaborated with The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation since it opened in 1989.

Each year, the Museum acquires examples of the Saidye Bronfman Award recipient's work for its permanent collection and produces a broadcast quality video of the artist at work. These activities are supported on a matching basis with funds from The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation.

The Foundation contributes generously to the Museum's acquisition of works by each of the laureates. This ongoing cooperation between The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation and the Museum has created an outstanding Canadian craft collection.

The Canada Council for the Arts :

The Canada Council for the Arts administers the nomination and jurying process for the Award, with support from the Foundation. The peer assessment committee which adjudicates the Award considers all aspects of aesthetics, including creativity, innovation and technical mastery, as well as the nominee's contribution to the development of the fine crafts in Canada over a significant period of time.

Five finalists are now named each year for the award, and they, along with the award laureate are recognized at the annual award ceremony. The Canada Council for the Arts is also an active participant in the events surrounding the award ceremony.

You can see the Bronfman Collection on-line by visiting: www.civilization.ca. The site presents in-depth information on the Award winners from 1977 to 2001.

Many of the winners of the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award are involved in the Ontario Crafts Council. You can view some of their current work online by going to the Ontario Arts Council's virtual gallery.

Credits:

Many of the artist portraits used in this project were taken by photographers Rolf Bettner and Andrew Leyerle.