2015 Selection Committee

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 Les éditions esse, she also sits on the board of directors of OPTICA and is a member of the selection committee for the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation’s art collection.



Julie BélisleJulie Bélisle

Julie Bélisle is the newly appointed head of cultural action at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. From 2004 to 2015, she was involved in research and mediation at the Galerie de l’UQAM and contributed to various digital exhibition projects (Virtual Museum of Canada, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec). She holds a doctorate in art history, and her research area is the use of material culture in contemporary art. She has also worked as a curator, notably on Le Projet Peinture : un instantané de la peinture au Canada, which involved 60 artists (with Louise Déry, Galerie de l’UQAM, 2013). She has written essays on a number of Québec artists, has been art director of Spirale, and sits on the board of directors of Éditions esse. Since 2014, she has been a lecturer on museology at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.


Caroline OhrtVincente Lhoste

Vincente Lhoste, a young entrepreneur, has been a self-employed art consultant for two years. She has lived and worked in France, Montreal, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the Université du Québec à Montréal and diploma in 2D design from Emily Carr University, and has been working in the art world since 2004. As a consultant, she takes part in events that promote contemporary art, such as Éditions esse’s Vendu–Sold, Art Toronto, Galerie B312, and the Affordable Art Fair. She is also involved with organizations promoting art in the business sector, such as Brigade Arts Affaires and Jeunes mécènes pour les arts. Currently, she specializes in consulting for young collectors and business people.


Sylvette BabinSylvette Babin

Sylvette Babin holds a master’s in open media from Concordia University. She has been the director and editor of esse arts + opinions since 2002, while continuing her practice as a performance artist. She has participated in numerous artistic events in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Her writings have been published in magazines, catalogues, and artist books, and she has curated several events, including Les Convertibles produced by Culture pour tous (2006), Infraction 08 (Sète, France, 2008), and Il Nostro Gusto (Triennale Orange, Saint-Hyacinthe, 2009).