2019 Selection Committee

Béatrice Cloutier-TrépanierBéatrice Cloutier-Trépanier

Béatrice Cloutier-Trépanier is the curator of a private collection in Montreal. From 2015 to 2017, she worked at Battat Contemporary where she was responsible for exhibitions including Tess Roby—In View and Marion Wagschal—Hexe. She holds an MA in art history from Concordia University and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at Queen’s University, examining contemporary art practices that redress gender-bias through creative interventions in the archives of 20th century women artists. Her writing has appeared in esse arts + opinions and Canadian Art.



Véronique LefebvreVéronique Lefebvre

Véronique Lefebvre has coordinated the SéminArts introduction to collecting contemporary art program offered by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in collaboration with the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation since 2010. She was responsible for educational services at the Musée d’art de Joliette in 2007 and for cultural mediation at the Darling Foundry in 2009. Having gained a BA in Art History from the University of Ottawa, she pursued a Master’s in Art History at Université de Montréal, wrote for Vie des arts (prix André-Paradis, 1997), and taught art history at Cégep de l’Outaouais. A mediator on the MACM team since 1995, she collaborated on the catalogue Métamorphoses et clonage (2001) and on diverse exhibition projects as a curatorial assistant.



Marie-Claude LandryMarie-Claude Landry

Marie-Claude Landry has coordinated the Ville de Laval Art Collection since January 2019, managing the development of the mobile and public art collection for the entire region. As curator of Musée d’art de Joliette’s collections from 2017 to 2019, she contributed to the expansion, diffusion, and management of 8,500 artworks. From 2011 to 2017, she served as curator of contemporary art at the same museum. Among her many curatorial accomplishments are the exhibitions Le musée s’expose. Regard sur les collections du Musée d’art de Joliette and Milutin Gubash. Les faux-semblants; she also coordinated the first monograph on artist Yan Giguère as well as Récits d’un territoire révélé, a book tracing the cultural history of the Lanaudière region from 1939 to the present day. She has served on many arts juries and in 2013 was invited to represent Quebec on the Sobey Art Award’s selection committee. She has gained extensive experience in museum management, research, and curation and has a background in art history.


Anne-Claude BaconAnne-Claude Bacon

Anne-Claude Bacon holds a master’s in art history and museology from the Université de Montréal. She was the director of the Jacob-William Collection (TOHU) before becoming curator of the Hydro-Québec Art Collection in 2004. President of Éditions esse, she also sits on the board of directors of OPTICA and is a member of the programming committee for the Giverny Foundation for Contemporary Art.




Julie BélisleJulie Bélisle

Julie Bélisle recently joined Ville de Montréal’s Service de la culture as cultural development agent for visual arts. She was previously head of digital content development and research at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Her expertise on digital technologies in a museum context was called upon for various projects (Virtual Museum of Canada, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Plan culturel numérique du Québec, Art+Feminism). From to 2004 to 2015, she was in charge of public programming at the Galerie de l’UQAM. She was also co-curator of Projet Peinture and coordinated exhibitions and publications. Specialized in material culture and contemporary art, she holds a doctorate in art history from UQAM. Her dissertation focused on the gathering of objects as an approach to creation, centring on issues related to consumption in art. She has written essays on current art practices and on Quebec and Canadian artists.


Sylvette BabinSylvette Babin

Sylvette Babin holds a master’s in open media from Concordia University. Her art practice has led her to participate in numerous events across Canada and in around twenty European, Asian, and Latin American cities. Member of Esse magazine’s editorial committee for over twenty years, she has also been its director since 2002. She has published articles in diverse magazines, catalogues, and artist books.