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Père-Clément-Cormier Monument

Père-Clément-Cormier Monument 


Claude Roussel

Inauguration Date:

November 1989


In front of the main façade of the Bibliothèque Champlain, on the Université de Moncton campus

Description of Artwork:

The Père-Clément-Cormier Monument is a bronze statue of Father Clément Cormier gazing slightly downward as he holds his hands close to his body.


The Père-Clément-Cormier Monument was unveiled in November 1989. It was commissioned by the Université de Moncton to highlight the contribution made by Father Clément Cormier, founder of the Université de Moncton. The artist wished to celebrate the sensitivity and work of this man who made an important contribution to the history of education in Acadia.

A Word on Artist Claude Roussel

Born in 1930 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, internationally renowned artist Claude Roussel was introduced to sculpture by Paul Carmel Laporte, the pioneer of visual arts in Madawaska. He went on to study at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal from 1950 to 1956. In Edmundston, he was the first artist to offer art courses in the province’s Francophone public schools.

A Canada Council for the Arts grant in 1961 enabled Claude Roussel to go to Europe to study, travel and produce artwork for a year. In 1963, a second Canada Council for the Arts grant gave him the opportunity to be the artist in residence at the Université de Moncton. There he was a pioneer in visual art courses and established an art gallery in 1965. As a committed educator and prolific artist, he has 46 solo shows and 119 group exhibitions to his credit, and has produced over 30 works of monumental sculpture. Throughout his career, he has received numerous prizes and distinctions including the Order of Canada in 1984 and the Order of New Brunswick in 2002, and was named on several boards of directors of art associations.

Claude Roussel retired from teaching in February 1992 and now is devoted to sculpture and painting in his studio in Cap-Pelé.

A true leader in his field, he has created about twenty indoor and outdoor public art works in Moncton, more than any other artist. Mr. Roussel has played a key role in establishing contemporary art in Moncton.

Monument du Père-Clément-Cormier Monument

Monument du Père-Clément-Cormier Monument