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Steven Bates: Concordia recipient of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art 2010

On May 20, 2010, Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal announced the inaugural recipients of The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, a major new multi-year gift of $550,000 supporting fine arts graduates as they launch their careers.

Receiving the two-year fellowship from Concordia is Steven Bates, an artist, musician, technician and sometimes curator. The fellowship, valued at approximately $55,000 (plus additional resources such as studio space), will allow Bates to develop his professional practice, undertake and exhibit his research/creation and broaden his teaching experience. 

Steven Bates

Steve Bates recently completed his MFA in Studio Arts (Open Media) at Concordia University, focusing on sound, composed music, radio and installation projects. His thesis exhibition, Dead Air, was presented at Parisian Laundry in April 2010 as part of the gallery's annual graduate student showcase, Collision, and was met with critical acclaim. Dead Air attempts to elicit some of his personal reactions to the concepts of time and its implication on everyday life. Bates welcomes the interaction of theory and artistic production, and this plays a significant role in his work. He founded a sound art festival in Winnipeg, Send + Receive: A Festival of Sound, which he directed for eight years. Current projects include ongoing collaborations with Douglas Moffat under the name Field Sound, including a commission from the City of Toronto for its first permanent outdoor sound installation, OKTA, and Pergola Music, commissioned by the City of Calgary Parks Department as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.

Dead Air by Steven Bates

Updated on May 21, 2010


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