Elene J Freer Art Scholarship

Sponsored by Muskoka Arts & Crafts, this scholarship provides $1,200 to a Muskoka secondary school student who is continuing with a post-secondary education in the visual arts or craft field.

Due to COVID-19, all of Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ 2020 fundraising events have been cancelled in the effort to reduce the spread of the virus. As a result, Muskoka Arts & Crafts is unable to provide this scholarship this year.

Award Criteria

  • You must be in your graduating year of high school or have graduated within the past year and be pursuing a post-secondary education in the visual arts at a recognized university, college or another form of post-secondary education.
  • You must be attending or have attended high school in Muskoka.
  • The award cheque is issued near the end of August. In order to receive it, you will need to provide a letter from the registrar’s office confirming your year of study along with a list of the courses.

Application Procedure

Your application must include a portfolio, letter of intent, copy of your university or college’s acceptance letter and contact information for yourself in Muskoka, as well as when you are at school.


The portfolio is your opportunity to present a visual representation of your artistic development, potential, interests and creative explorations.

The work you submit should be a thoughtful selection of those pieces that you wish the committee to consider when assessing your application. Select work that indicates your seriousness in applying as well as your level of maturity, self-motivation and commitment to a visual arts education.

Your portfolio should contain original work, any of your self-initiated projects, as well as your response to class assignments. Between ten and twenty works must be included.

Ideally, submit your portfolio on a CD or memory stick or provide a web address where it may be viewed. The jpg images should show your work to its best advantage. If it is not possible to submit a digital portfolio, please contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts to discuss the submission of original work.

Letter of Intent

The letter of intent should be approximately 500 words in length. It should describe past achievements, short and long-term goals, the reasons for pursuing a post-secondary education in the visual arts and your expectations of this education.

Acceptance Letter

A copy of the letter of acceptance for post secondary education must be included.

Contact Information

Include with your application, a current contact address and telephone number for you in Muskoka as well as for when you are at school.

Application Deadline and Delivery 

TBA. Your application must be delivered to the Chapel Gallery, located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge, during its hours of operation, which are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. It may also be mailed to Muskoka Arts & Crafts, Box 376, Bracebridge, Ontario, P1l 1T7. Email submission should be sent to info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com.

Other Information

In any given year, the jury reserves the right not to grant the Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Student Art Award. The decisions of the jury are final.

If you have any questions, please contact Muskoka Arts & Crafts.
Phone: 705-645-5501
Email: info@muskokaartsandcrafts.com
Mail: Box 376, Bracebridge, Ontario, P1L 1T7