Laurier Lacroix, C.M.
Laurier Lacroix, C.M., is a professor emeritus of the Université de Québec à Montréal, where he taught art history and museum studies. He holds a master’s degree in literature and French civilization (McGill), a master’s degree in art history (Université de Montréal), and a doctorate in history (Laval). He began his teaching career at Concordia University. His research interests are principally in the fields of public collections, art in Quebec and Canada before 1940, and the historiography of art history. He is currently at work on a historical study of artists’ studios in Quebec. His curatorial projects include the exhibitions and catalogues François Baillairgé (1985), Peindre à Montréal entre 1915 et 1930 (1996), retrospectives of the work of Ozias Leduc (1978, 1996) and Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté (1986, 2002), and Les arts en Nouvelle-France (2012). His doctoral dissertation on 180 religious paintings imported from France to Quebec in 1817 and 1820 by two priests, the Desjardins brothers, was the subject of an exhibition at Quebec and Rennes, 2017. His interests include contemporary art and he has curated exhibitions of work by, among others, Irene F. Whittome (1990, 1998, 2004), Pierre Dorion (2002), Guy Pellerin (2004), Marc Garneau (2002, 2014), Robert Wolfe (2006), Micheline Beauchemin (2009), and Lisette Lemieux (2016, 2017). He received the Career Award of the Société des musées québécois (1997) and the Gérard-Morisset Prize (2008). Laurier Lacroix is a member of the Société des Dix (2005), the Académie des lettres du Québec (2012), and the Conseil du patrimoine culturel du Québec (Council of Quebec Cultural Heritage).