Reed T. Cooper Bursary

Each year we award $3000 to a mid-career visual artist living in Dufferin County.

The Reed T. Cooper Bursary in Visual Arts has been established under the auspices of the Dufferin Arts Council’s (DAC) Artist Support Program to honour the artistic achievements of Reed T Cooper and his many contributions to the local arts community.

The bursary is awarded annually to a mid-career visual artist(s) in Dufferin County who has been working professionally for a minimum of five years, and who displays a unique talent and a potential for excellence.

Reed Cooper Winners 1 and 2 Oct 2023 rotated


The Dufferin Arts Council may award up to a maximum of two bursaries of $3,000 each, per year, based on a review of proposals received.

Open to any professional artist who is a resident of Dufferin County and who is a member of the Dufferin Arts Council. Eligible media include, but may not be limited to: painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, fibre arts, glass, wood, photography, digital/computer-generated art. A recipient of the Cooper Bursary can re-apply after a period of five years.

Eligible artists shall submit a detailed written proposal for a special thematic project related to the advancement of their work or career, which may include, but not be limited to:

  • Researching, preparation and/or mounting of a special exhibition
  • Undertaking to explore new ideas and/or techniques in the artist’s choice of media that may include travel which would result in providing new opportunities for artistic growth
  • A professional development opportunity
  • All applications will be carefully and respectfully considered.

Please use the form below to provide details of your proposal, this must include:

  • Your mailing address and telephone number
  • A clear description of the project and expected results
  • Proposed timing to undertake and complete the project (maximum two-year timeline with the possibility of an extension for an additional year approved by the selection committee).
  • A budget of anticipated expenses and revenues
  • Your current curriculum vitae
  • Photographs showing samples of your work

Please remember:

  • Complete the bursary form in full and submit it with any supporting material (including photos) you feel necessary to present your idea/proposal.
  • DAC reserves the right to reject applications that are incomplete.
  • Bursary recipients will be asked to report on their project experience and results to DAC in an acceptable form, which may include: a written report, exhibition, or presentation within the two-year timeline. A written progress report is required at the end of the first year.
  • The bursary recipient must acknowledge DAC’s support by using the DAC Logo on all advertising, websites and other electronic communication.

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the year from January 1st to September 30th. Proposals must be received by DAC no later than September 30th. DAC will announce the bursary recipient the following January.

A Selection Committee will receive and review proposals, and recommend a preferred recipient(s) to the Dufferin Arts Council Board for approval. The Selection Committee is comprised of a member of the Cooper family, immediate Past President of the Dufferin Arts Council Board, a working artist from Dufferin County not applying for the bursary and the recipient(s) of the previous year’s bursary. The selection committee may be modified as needed.

The bursary has been created for established visual artists of any medium as a boost to the development of their career by further studies, setting up an exhibition of their work, research, travel, taking advantage of a professional development opportunity. Whatever the proposal, the terms of the bursary are that it is awarded as a furthering of development in the artist’s knowledge or a completed project.

  1. Fulfills the criteria of the statement shown above.
  2. Is a current member of DAC?
  3. Is a current resident of Dufferin County?
  4. Is a mid-career established artist?
  5. CV shows list of experiences and awards?
  6. Application complete and financial details present?

A rating scale will be used to evaluate the following criteria with 5 being the highest rating, and 1 as the lowest.


  • Benefit to artistic growth
  • Benefit to others/community

Chance of Success

  • Outcome/Potential for excellence
  • Measurable result – Show/Presentation
  • Has a unique and cohesive body of work
  • Can be endorsed by the Dufferin Arts Council
  • Meets the standards of past recipients of the Reed Cooper Bursary

Financial Commitment

  • Clear budget specifics
  • Potential for future revenue
  • What percentage of the total will the artist contribute?
First Name *
Last Name *
Mailing Address *
Postal Code *
Email *
Phone *
Project Title (if applicable)
Describe Your Project *
What do you hope to achieve with your project? Briefly describe. *
Proposed Project Start Date *
Proposed Project Completion Date *
Comments (if applicable)
Proposed Budget *
In the space below, please provide a list of major expenses that will be incurred in completing your project. If applicable, please also include a list of potential revenues.
Upload Current Curriculum Vitae *
Maximum file size: 2 MB
Only PDF files allowed.
Upload Photo Samples of your Work *
Maximum file size: 10 MB
Only JPG or PNG file types allowed.
Artist Medium Year
Ricky Schaede Oil/Acrylic/Ink 2019
Ann Randeraad Clay 2019
Anthony Jenkins Oil/Acrylic 2018
Darlene Hassall Oil/Acrylic 2018
Ann Clifford Sculpture 2017
Debbie Ebanks Schlums Glass/Installation art 2016
Emilia Perri Acrylic 2015
Pat Burns-Wendland Textiles 2014
Sharon Wadsworth Smith Acrylic 2014
Ken Hall Sculpture/Metal 2013
Linda Jenetti Oil/Acrylic 2012
Bridget Wilson Glass 2011
Roslyn Levin Sumié 2010
Peter Adams Oil 2008
Christine Rogers   2007

Reed's biography

REED T. COOPER 1931 – 2006

Growing up in Bermuda, Reed had his work accepted by the Royal Watercolour Society at an early age. Later, at university, his interest in art was rekindled, and as he embarked on a career with the civil service in Ontario, Reed pursued his second vocation. By the late 1960s he had held two solo shows at the Pollock Gallery in Toronto and was accepted in numerous group shows across Canada. He had work selected for watercolour and drawing exhibitions mounted by the National Gallery of Canada, which also bought one of his works.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s Reed refined his printmaking techniques and by the 1990s was devoting nearly all of his time to serigraphy. During these years he had his work accepted into several juried exhibitions, and became a member of several art societies, including the Ontario Society of Artists.

Reed T. Cooper
Photo: Gerry Pisarowski
Pine River Winter watercolour 2006
Pine River Winter, watercolour, 2006
On Bodmin Moor serigraph 1996
On Bodmin Moor, serigraph, 1996

Retiring to Mulmur Township in Dufferin County, Reed became active on the local art scene. Participating in annual studio tours and group exhibitions with other local artists, he also held solo exhibitions, at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives; in Creemore; at Killarney Mountain Lodge in Killarney, Ontario and in Toronto.

 Reed was a successful entrant in several juried shows in Ontario, including the Headwaters Arts Festival, three annual open exhibitions at the Tom Thomson Gallery in Owen Sound, and Spring Rush, an exhibition sponsored by the Dufferin Arts Council in 2002, when he was a prize winner. On two occasions (May 2003 and July 2005) Reed participated in a two person show at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver.

From January to March, 2005, Reed showed his work from the 1960s at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives. This “historical” exhibition featured 34 large acrylic paintings and linoblock prints, some on loan from private collectors.

As a committed member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Rosemont, Reed always hoped his work would find a place in the church. He would have been honoured that, in 2007, one of his paintings was adapted for a stained glass window.

After his death, his widow Jane, in concert with the Dufferin Arts Council, initiated the Reed T. Cooper Bursary in Visual Arts. This annual award, of up to $3,000, is given to a local artist in mid-career who shows promise for excellence in pursuing his or her artistic career.

Some of Reed’s work is still available for interested patrons. You may contact Jane Cooper at Arielcroft, 796125 3rd Line Mulmur E., R. R. 3, Mansfield, ON, L0N 1M0.

Phone: 519-925-2560


In lieu of buying a work, please consider making a  donation to the Reed T. Cooper Bursary. Contact us for more details.