Susan Edgerley
©Espace Verre


Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the fine crafts

Montreal, February 13, 2019 – The 2019 national Saidye Bronfman Award has been attributed to glass artist Susan Edgerley. Chosen by a jury of peers composed of Canadian craftspeople, the award is bestowed following a vigorous evaluation of all aesthetic aspects of a body of work, including creativity, innovation and technical competence. Furthermore, the laureate must have made a significant contribution to the development of the fine crafts in Canada.

Posted 16 February 2019

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Susan Edgerley is an artist best known for her unique approach to working with glass. Since 1984, she has been creating sculptures and installations, often large-scaled, using a multitude of glass art techniques and mixed media. Nominated by Espace VERRE, her candidacy for the Saidye Bronfman Award was presented on the 25th anniversary of Fusion, the transitional hot glass studio she founded in 1993. With this nomination, Espace VERRE aimed not only to highlight the importance of her contribution as an artist, but also to commemorate the preponderant role that she played in assuring the development and professionalization of emerging glass artists in Quebec. As a pedagogue, Edgerley dedicated herself to transmitting the knowledge and skills required to practice the many glass art techniques, the development of a singular and coherent artistic statement, and the conscientious elaboration of projects. In her personal artistic career, she constantly reinvents herself, creating works infused with poetic quintessence, where the maturity of her artistic intention only grows which each new series. Furthermore, a true believer in the importance of community spirit, her generosity and energetic disposition have brought her to collaborate in many initiatives, such as the planning of the Glass Art Association of Canada's 1996 Conference held in Montreal.
To the remarkable woman and artist that is Susan, Espace VERRE is in unison with all of the Canadian glass art community in saying bravo, and thank you for the exceptional legacy!
Susan Edgerley lives and works in Val-Morin, Quebec. After completing her studies at Sheridan College in Ontario (1984), she returned to Quebec where her artistic work was paired with her implication in the founding of the glass art school and studio today known as Espace VERRE. In the early days of the creativity center, she took on the role of pedagogical director (1988-1990), teacher (1989-2006) and member of the board of directors (1990-1995, 2000-2002). In 2003, she became an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. Her works have been exhibited in many galleries and are part of several public and private collections across North America, Europe and Asia. One of her noteworthy collaborative works is a monumental chandelier created with Donald Robertson for the Mont-Tremblant Casino in Quebec.
About the Saidye-Bronfman Award
Created in 1977 by the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, the award serves to highlight the careers of fine craftspeople that have marked their specific fields. What is more, winners represent the most gifted and influential ceramists, glass artists, carpenters, fiber artists, bookbinders, goldsmiths and jewellers of Canada. Including a $25,000 prize, this award is important in permitting Canadians to know more about fine crafts through cultural media. Since 2007, the award is administered by the Canada Council for the Arts as part of its prestigious Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Art.

Espace VERRE
Centre des métiers du verre du Québec Inc.
1200, rue Mill
Montreal, QC H3K 2B3
+1 (514) 933-6849

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