Letter from the Editor

As a first-year student at Concordia, new to Montreal and eager to become acquainted with the city’s richly diverse artistic milieu, I signed up with the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History as a copy-editor. It was my eventual goal to lead a team of fellow undergraduates in expanding the scope of the journal to include, in both English and French, reporting on the myriad events constantly happening at the university and in the city at large, as well as profiling the laudable output of the outstanding essayists who stalk the hallways of our alma mater.

I am thrilled to announce that this goal has been realised, as will be presented to you in this issue of the journal. The finished product that you hold in your hands is the result of much diligent and deeply appreciated effort from a number of people. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the copy editors and associate editors who donated their time and energy to help to fine-tune the already magnificent essays submitted this year. The care and thought put into each paper is evident. I would also like to thank Taralyn Boyden and Laurie Filgiano, whose unfailing assistance and support was greatly appreciated.

My most sincere and warm thanks go to Dr. Loren Lerner, who has been a role model and a mentor to me and countless others during my time at Concordia. The unfaltering patience, kindness and thoughtful guidance she provides is treasured, recognised, and remembered by each person she connects with.

The generous cooperation of the artists featured in the following essays, and their associated art institutions, allowed for the vibrant illustrative images accompanying the papers to be included. Our sincere thanks go out to them. The financial support of the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) and the Concordia University Alumni Association (CUAA) is also gratefully acknowledged. The journal could not exist without such donations, and is greatly enhanced because of them.

Last but not least, I would like to congratulate the authors and reviewers featured in this year’s CUJAH, and to thank them for sharing their insightful and beautifully written inquiries and reflections with us. It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know each person who contributed to the journal this year, and I hope that those of you fortunate enough to be in the beginning stages of your undergraduate career will continue to work on and improve upon this unparalleled educational resource and platform for investigative thought.

Rosie Prata
Editor in Chief
CUJAH 2008-2009