The Bronfman Collection 
Virtual Gallery
The Works
The Works
The Works

Welcome to the Bronfman Collection 
Virtual Gallery

For more than thirty years, the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation has encouraged Canadian crafts through the support of the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts. It was inaugurated in 1977 to celebrate Mrs. Bronfman's 80th birthday, and has been given annually to Canadian artists who are not only expert in their fields, but who teach and publish, serve on juries and participate in workshops and actively support their professional organization.

In October 2006, The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts announced that, beginning in 2007, the Award will become a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, which will continue to recognize distinguished career achievement by Canadian craftspeople each year.

The Foundation has contributed generously to the Museum's purchases of work by each of the laureates. This ongoing cooperation between the Foundation and the Museum has created an outstanding Canadian craft collection. In 2000, the Bronfman Collection Virtual Gallery was created to allow visitors to see more of the artistry for which the Awards were granted, and to read about the craftspeople.

Some of the objects that you will see were selected for three major exhibitions prepared by the Canadian Museum of Civilization: Masters of the Crafts in 1989, Transformation in 1996 and Unique! 30 Years of Outstanding Crafts in 2006. We are pleased to be able to bring the work of the thirty Saidye Bronfman Award recipients to a wider public through this electronic gallery. We know it will bring pleasure and inspiration to all its viewers.

Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation
Stephen Bronfman, President
Nancy Rosenfeld, Executive Director

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Victor Rabinovitch, President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Inglis, Director General, Research and Collections

Saidye Bronfman Award

Saidye Bronfman Award Recipients:

1977 to 1986
Masters of the Crafts

1987 to 1996

1997 to 2006

Finalists for the
Saidye Bronfman Award

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and Credits

Saidye Bronfman, O.B.E.
Saidye Bronfman, O.B.E.